This is the sixth book I read for the Pay It Sideways Challenge. I doubt I would ever have picked The Sugar Queen up if it weren’t for this review at Trees and Ink, which makes the story sound intriguing, magical and ‘sweet’.
Unfortunately, I don’t have many good things to say. I should have listened to my gut instinct because this is really not my sort of book. I was hoping for a subtle magic in the storyline, but instead just got silly magic – a lucky cardigan that mostly works to attract a man that the main character has fallen in love with. It’s the sort of magic that you would read about in a romance novel for teenagers, and indeed everything about the storyline felt childish and naive.
Josey lives at home with her high-maintenance mother, who expects Josey to be at her every beck and call. She is in her late twenties, but reminds me more of a teenager, hiding sweets in her wardrobe and harbouring a secret crush on the postman. One day, Josey wakes up to find a strange visitor in her wardrobe, a visitor that she will eventually befriend.
What follows is a tedious succession of awkward romantic situations and ridiculous encounters. This novel is slow and predictable. The ‘twist’ at the end is obvious from the very first chapter and really not very original. I’m not keen on romance novels as it is, but this one really had nothing to offer.
I feel bad giving such a horrible review, so if you have read this book and enjoyed it, please feel free to stick up for it!