Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

I picked this book for the following Seasonal Reading Challenge task:
Read a fiction book with a food or beverage in the title.

About the book (from the publisher):
In this irresistible novel, Sarah Addison Allen, author of the New York Times bestselling debut, Garden Spells, tells the tale of a young woman whose family secrets—and secret passions—are about to change her life forever.

Josey Cirrini is sure of three things: winter is her favorite season, she’s a sorry excuse for a Southern belle, and sweets are best eaten in the privacy of her closet. For while Josey has settled into an uneventful life in her mother’s house, her one consolation is the stockpile of sugary treats and paperback romances she escapes to each night…. Until she finds her closet harboring Della Lee Baker, a local waitress who is one part nemesis—and two parts fairy godmother. With Della Lee’s tough love, Josey’s narrow existence quickly expands. She even bonds with Chloe Finley, a young woman who is hounded by books that inexplicably appear when she needs them—and who has a close connection to Josey’s longtime crush. Soon Josey is living in a world where the color red has startling powers, and passion can make eggs fry in their cartons. And that’s just for starters.

Brimming with warmth, wit, and a sprinkling of magic, here is a spellbinding tale of friendship, love—and the enchanting possibilities of every new day.

As I said in my last post, I love Sarah Addison Allen's books and this one is my favorite of all. Each book has just a touch of magic. Nothing big, but I find that the magical elements are the things that stick with me. In Garden Spells, there's a magical apple tree. In The Girl Who Chased the Moon, the wallpaper changes with the main character's mood. And in The Sugar Queen it's the books. If you like Sarah Addison Allen, or if you just love books, you have to read this one for the magical books. They're really, really funny.

I also have to point out the covers of these books. Aren't they gorgeous? I know you're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover, but in this case you can ;o).

What book would you have chosen to complete this task? Tell me about it.


raidergirl3 said...

I just bought this book at the second hand bookstore. I loved Garden Spells and I expect to love this one as well.

Jen said...

Hi Kristi!

I landed here via

Any book reader who loved The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen (or any book by her) is okay in my book :)

Love the little smiley too.

Jen the Bookworm

Marg said...

I have loved all of this author's books so far. It is hard not to judge the books by their covers, isn't it? They are all gorgeous!

joanna said...

I loved this one too - the books were fabulous weren't they? And the closet full of candy too! :-) I agree about the book covers, the ones I have, this one and Garden Spells, have glitter and everything. A nice touch.