Dearest Book Tour: Review & Giveaway

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Synopsis (according to Goodreads):

"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?"




Dearest is the third in the whimsical fairytale mashup series, The Woodcutter Sisters. You recall my earlier review of the first two in the series, Enchanted and Hero. Well, I actually liked this one the best. Kontis appears to be improving in style and scope with each book, which makes for a nice change! 


We follow Friday Woodcutter, who knows herself and is more honest with herself than our previous two heroines. Her voice seemed authentic to me, but that's probably because I've known a few Friday Woodcutter types, myself. There's also the continuing homage to a handful of fairy tales, primarily (not not only) every swan and goose fairy tale you've heard of.


I think what sets this book apart in the series is that it feels less like a fairytale mashup, and more like a story (or retelling) in its own right, with a fairytale environment backdrop. The pacing was good, and continuous, and the love was less saccharine (although still very much fairy tale love). The timeline happens concurrently with book 2 (Hero), but in a different part of the country. Overall, this made for a sweet story of adventure and love, centering around a character who didn't need to have a coming-of-age story as much as a triumphing-through-diversity story. 


I recommend this one for fans of the first two books, although you can read it as a stand alone just fine, and fairytale retellings. Also stubborn female protagonists, reluctant romance, magic, and underdogs. And I'm also still hoping for a Thursday Woodcutter story (though I want to know how she became the Pirate Queen, and thus far all three stories happen in a forward timeline, not a flashback). We've still got to figure out what's going on with Seven and her coma sisters, which I imagine may be Peter's story; we also need Monday reunited with her daughter now that we the audience know what's going on there. And more Conrad, please. But first, let's get the Thursday story!



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

ìA fabulous fairy-tale mashup that deserves hordes of avid readers. Absolutely delectable.î óKirkus 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 Sundayís palace, she takes one look at Tristan and knows heís her future. But the brothers are cursed to be swans by day. Can Fridayís unique magic somehow break the spell?

Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Book Depository - Indie Bound - Powell's

The Other Woodcutter Sisters Books
 Hero (Woodcutter Sisters #2)
Links for Enchanted
GoodreadsAmazon - Barnes & Noble
Book Depository - Indie Bound - Powell's
Links for Hero
GoodreadsAmazon - Barnes & Noble
Book Depository - Indie Bound - Powell's

Alethea Kontis courtesy of Lumos Studio 2012
New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a fairy godmother, and a geek. Sheís 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 Childrenís 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 youíve ever tasted and sleeps with a teddy bear named Charlie.

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