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Publisher’s Synopsis: 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 long-time 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.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Quills

Review: Sometimes, you need a magical book to take you outside of your own life.  This book was definitely that book for me.  In the midst of a very quickly ending quarter, The Sugar Queen managed to make me slow down and focus more on Josey and all of the characters in her life.  And I loved every moment I spent in her life.  I loved her developing friendship with Chloe and Della Lee as she fought to find her way into the world.  Even more than that, I loved the magical elements of the novel.  The way Chloe’s passion for Jake could cause water to boil and the way books always managed to find her when she needed them.  I loved the vivid descriptions of food and the comforting effects it can have on a person.  I just all around love Addison’s writing.  She has an amazing gift for vivid descriptions that take you away from wherever you are and bring you into the world she is describing to you.  I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a little bit of magic and an escape.

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