Monday, March 2, 2015

Dearest by Alethea Kontis [Review]

Dearest4.5 out of 5 Robots!

Dearest by Alethea Kontis

Series: The Woodcutter Sisters #3
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release: February 3, 2015
Hardcover:  288 Pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon

Book Summary:
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?

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Can I just say how much I liked this series?  I totally stumbled across it and was so happy I did.  If you like fairytale retellings, you will love this!  I can't say Dearest, the last book in series was my favorite (that would be Hero), but it was still a great book.

Here is what I liked:
**In general, I love how Kontis weaves so many familiar tales into her stories, but yet gives them life on their own.  The books have that whimsical fairytale dreaminess about them, but are also fully aware and surprisingly grounded.  I also really liked that each book is a companion novel to the others and focuses on a different Woodcutter sister.  

**I loved the stories that were included in this book: The Goose Girl, The Wild Swans, The Swan Princess.  I loved how these all fit together.

**I wasn't too sure how I felt about Tristan and Friday being destined for each other at first, but I loved the resolution to that.  I don't want to give anything away, but this is a perfect example of how these books read like a fairytale, but then become grounded and self aware.  You'll see what I mean when you read it.

**I love the Woodcutter family.  They all have fun personalities and quirks.  They love each other fiercely, but scrabble like a real family.  They are extremely loyal to each other, even when at odds.  But they are very fun characters.

**I also liked that this book took place on the same timeline as the second.  There was a lot going on so it was fun to see what was going on with everyone else.  (The first book takes place prior to the second and third).

Here is what I didn't like:
**Honestly, there wasn't much I didn't like!  I loved this series from start to finish.  As I said, the second book was my favorite, but I think this was my second favorite.  

Read this series!  I wish it was better known because it is very well done!

Other Books in the Series:
1. Enchanted
2. Hero
3. Dearest

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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