The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen | Review

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

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….

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The Sugar Fairy by Sarah Addison Allen
Published by Bantam (May 20, 2008)
Source: Purchased
Format: Kindle edition, 208 pages
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My Review | The Sugar Queen

The Sugar Queen is a quick read. Also, it was a disappointment to me. All the books I’ve read by Sarah Addison Allen have included the same quality writing. Extra ingredients include magical realism, classically drawn characters, and a quirky character or two. 

Allen hurried in the writing of this manuscript. The premise, story line, plot, and magical realism do not bear the quality in earlier books. In fact, The Sugar Queen comes across as an afterthought when considered in the light of Allen’s other books.

If you are a fan of Sarah Addison Allen, please don’t let my comments here keep you from picking up a copy of The Sugar Queen. Each reader interprets and imagines differently than others, and you may enjoy this book. That is something I cannot say. But in all fairness, I always want to be honest with those who read my reviews. 

About the Author

Author Sarah Addison Allen

New York Times Bestselling novelist Sarah Addison Allen brings the full flavor of her southern upbringing to bear on her fiction — a captivating blend of magical realism, heartwarming romance, and small-town sensibility.

Born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Allen grew up with a love of books and an appreciation of good food (she credits her journalist father for the former and her mother, a fabulous cook, for the latter). In college, she majored in literature — because, as she puts it, “I thought it was amazing that I could get a diploma just for reading fiction. It was like being able to major in eating chocolate.”

After graduation, Allen began writing seriously. Her big break occurred in 2007 with the publication of her first mainstream novel, Garden Spells, a modern-day fairy tale about an…

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