Sugar Queen

I loved Sarah Addison Allen's Garden Spells. Loved it. But I was a bit concerned about reading  Sugar queen. What if it wasn't as good? What if I didn't like it as much?

I needn't have worried. I loved Sugar Queen. I liked it as much as I liked Garden Spells and I'm very much not pleased that I have to wait until 2009 to read another one of Sarah Addison Allen's books. And I think I might have buy these books because I think I'll want to reread them some day.

Josey is a 27 year old woman who is completely and totally cowed by her mother. She was homeschooled as a kid and is not "allowed" to do anything outside of the house. Her father died when she was 9 and until that point she was a spoiled tantrum-throwing nightmare and everyone in town has a story of something she did to them. She does not have a life outside the house but she has a secret life inside it - her false closet which is filled with her secret stash of candy and romance novels.

Chloe runs the a local sandwich shop. She is in love with Jake but she just found out that Jake cheated on her. She kicks him out immediately but is miserable. She trusted him and loves him but can't seem to get past his betrayal. Meanwhile her books are following her around. Books just show up when Chloe needs them, whether she wants them or not. After her breakup with Jake she's followed around by a very persistant self-help book.

One day Della Ray, a local waitress with a checkered past, shows up inside Josey's closet. She's decided she's going to help her get a life. That is her goal and she's going to do it whether Josey likes it or not.

Loved this book. Loved it. Loved the characters. Loved the setting. Loved the hints of magic. Loved that the chapters were named after candy. Loved it.

My only wee complaint is that the plot is perhaps too similar to Garden Spells. Once again there's a dangerous man and a similar build up to an explosive climax. Once again there's a character who does not have a life outside of her house. Another love interest who is new to the area. I didn't make me like it any less but I don't know that it would last the third time around so I hope that her next book has a different arc while keeping the same magical qualities that I liked the in first two.

If you've read this don't forget to check out Sarah Addison Allen's website for deleted scenes and other extras.