Dearest (Woodcutter Sisters #3)
Published: 3rd February, 2015
HMH Books for Young Readers
In her third book about the delightful Woodcutter sisters, Alethea Kontis masterfully weaves “The Wild Swans,” “The Goose Girl,” and a few other fine-feathered fairy tales into a magical, romantic companion novel to Enchanted and Hero.
Readers met the Woodcutter sisters (named after the days of the week) in Enchanted and Hero. In this delightful third book, Alethea Kontis weaves together some fine-feathered fairy tales to focus on Friday Woodcutter, the kind and loving seamstress. When Friday stumbles upon seven sleeping brothers in her sister Sunday’s palace, she takes one look at Tristan and knows he’s her future. But the brothers are cursed to be swans by day. Can Friday’s unique magic somehow break the spell?
“A fabulous fairy-tale mashup that deserves hordes of avid readers. Absolutely delectable.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review of award-winning series debut Enchanted
What I liked: It’s been a while since I read Enchanted and Hero (nearly a year!) but I do remember wondering what was happening with the other sisters while Saturday ran off to be a pirate, and Dearest picked us right about the same time Saturday left. I came to really like Friday, and Tristan’s brothers were rather funny. Friday herself has a sort of dry humor at times that I chuckled at, but she’s a very kind person but she also doesn’t let people push her around. I liked that we also saw Sunday and saw how her time as queen in the land of Arilland. I thought it was cute how Friday had a way with children, and her powers helped with that I believe. Although certainly not overly powerful she’s an Empath, someone who can sense the emotions of others, hence why I believe it helps her with the children. She’s a kind soul, and that along with her dedication and charitous nature made her easy for me to relate to her because, somehow, I could completely connect with her and the way she thinks. I connected more with her than the other two sisters (though I really love Sunday as well). I also love the tales she wove into the story, and they’re pieces of the original tales (which I read forever and a day ago growing up), and I was happy to see the pieces that I remembered from them. I thought the action part that came in was really great, and I really wondered how Friday was going to manage this disaster that was happening.
What I didn’t liked: I’m still a bit iffy on the romance between Friday and Tristan because it was a rather sudden thing to happen. Yet I feel like the explanation, while a tad vague because it was all up to Fate, was something a little sound to read because of how it was explained by Friday.
Overall Review: I love how much Fate rules in this story, because even though it’s a bit cliche in a way Alethea makes it work in a way that I’ve come to know it seems to in her books. I liked the romance for the most part even if I did struggle with it a bit. I really enjoyed this story though because it was everything I wanted to know and more about what was happening in Arilland while Saturday was adventuring as a pirate (which was my favorite part about Hero) and this book gave me that and more by the time I finished it. I can’t wait to see which sister is next in the series!
Recommend?: Truly, I recommend this entire series! It’s fun and fast paced in a way that I enjoyed!
My Rating: 4.5/5
Don’t miss the first two books in the series!
Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1)
Published: 8th May, 2012
Harcourt Children’s Books
It isn’t easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.
When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.
The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past—and hers?
Hero (Woodcutter Sisters #2)
Published: 1st October, 2013
Rough and tumble Saturday Woodcutter thinks she’s the only one of her sisters without any magic—until the day she accidentally conjures an ocean in the backyard. With her sword in tow, Saturday sets sail on a pirate ship, only to find herself kidnapped and whisked off to the top of the world. Is Saturday powerful enough to kill the mountain witch who holds her captive and save the world from sure destruction? And, as she wonders grumpily, “Did romance have to be part of the adventure?” As in Enchanted, readers will revel in the fragments of fairy tales that embellish this action-packed story of adventure and, yes, romance.
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About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontisis a princess, a fairy godmother, and a geek. She’s known for screwing up the alphabet, scolding vampire hunters, and ranting about fairy tales on YouTube.
Her published works include: The Wonderland Alphabet (with Janet K. Lee), Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome (with Janet K. Lee), the AlphaOops series (with Bob Kolar), the Woodcutter Sisters fairy tale series, and The Dark-Hunter Companion (with Sherrilyn Kenyon). Her short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in a myriad of anthologies and magazines.
Her YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award in 2012 and the Garden State Teen Book Award i 2015. Enchanted was nominated for the Audie Award in 2013, and was selected for World Book Night in 2014. Both Enchanted and its sequel, Hero, were nominated for the Andre Norton Award.
Born in Burlington, Vermont, Alethea currently lives and writes in Florida, on the Space Coast. She makes the best baklava you’ve ever tasted and sleeps with a teddy bear named Charlie.
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