Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Review: Dearest by Alethea Kontis with Giveaway

A themed tour with Prism Book Tours.

Dearest (Woodcutter Sisters, #3)Dearest
(Woodcutter Sisters, #3)
by Alethea Kontis
YA Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 320 Pages
February 3rd 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers

A fabulous fairy-tale mashup that deserves hordes of avid readers. Absolutely delectable. Kirkus Reviews, starred review of award-winning series debut Enchanted.

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?

My Review:
I haven't read the other two books in the series yet. In some ways, I think they can stand alone--at least, this one could. But in other ways, I felt that I was missing some backlog and more information about side characters. This didn't keep me from thoroughly enjoying the story.

I really enjoyed Friday. She is one of several sisters, each named after the days of the week, and has such a kind heart. Her "job" is to care for the palace orphans. She develops a way to keep them in line, while working and having fun. She's very good with children and I especially loved her interactions with Wendy, Michael and John, her "little darlings." I loved the way different fairy tales were twisted and mashed up.

Friday discovers a bunch of naked men, naked because they'd just turned back into humans after being swans all day because of a curse. She immediately connects with one, Tristan, and knows he is her destiny. The adventure the men/swans and Friday, along with others, go on to break the curse and stop evil from spreading is full of magic, suspense, love, and more. It really was a lot of fun to see where the story would go. I need to go back and read the first two!

Content: Moderately clean romance (naked guys with no details--just what's mentioned above; kissing); mild language; mild violence.

*I received a copy from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*


The Other Woodcutter Sisters Books
 Hero (Woodcutter Sisters #2)
Links for Enchanted

Alethea Kontis courtesy of Lumos Studio 2012
New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is 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 in 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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  1. looks like a fantastic series, hope to get a chance to read them :)

  2. Gorgeous covers on the books. This is just the type of series I enjoy reading and I hope I get a chance to.