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Dearest (The Woodcutter Sisters) Hardcover – February 3, 2015
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"Magical adventure, occasional humor, and moments of gentle romance make this a good choice for younger to mid-teens. Enchanted, Hero, and now Dearest will be at home in most libraries."
—School Library Journal
"A mashup of the original seven swan brothers fairy tale, ingeniously woven with new twists. . . . Magic abounds."
"With her trademark wit and clever world building, this will easily appeal to fans of the series as well as readers who love fractured fairy tales."
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Top Customer Reviews
Anyway, the reason I hadn't actually gotten around to reading Kontis is . . . pretty silly . . .
You see . . . I made an assumption.
Along with the delightful mashup of classic fairy tale characters, and the new adventures they have in this series, Kontis also writes children's books. Small children's books. Small children's alphabet books.
And so . . . I decided the version of fairy tale she would tell would be of the cutesy, heroine with a vacant gaze variety.
Then came Dragon Con.
I mostly followed the Urban Fantasy tract, but (fortuitously) there was a bit of UF/YA crossover, and in the Back to the Roots: Incorporating Folklore & Mythology in Urban Fantasy panel there were several YA authors, one of which was Alethea Kontis . . .
I realized within minutes of making her acquaintance that I had made a terrible mistake.
Not only was she hilarious and wildly entertaining, but . . . when she began lamenting how most of her target audience was completely unfamiliar with anything but the Disney version of fairy tales, and how the original stories were seriously dark, I knew I had found a kindred spirit. She even used my favorite example to make her point: The Seven Ravens, in which the child heroine has to cut off her own finger to use the bone as a key when rescuing her brothers.
Ooohhh yeaaaaaah. Brothers Grimm, baby!Read more ›
The story picks up just before Saturday broke the world and we get to see what the rest of her family was doing while she was away. In the wake of the disaster Friday takes it upon herself to care for all of the children in the families who’ve been misplaced by the giant ocean. Eventually she stumbles upon Tristan and his brothers sleeping in the castle’s tower, there is an immediate connection between the two and Friday sets out to help break their curse. This sets in motion a chain of events that will take Friday further than she’d ever imagined, and teaches her more about herself and love than she ever would have staying at home.
Friday’s story is my favorite of the Woodcutter Sisters series so far. Her adventure is exciting and delightful and also very funny. It was wonderful to see her blossom from the quiet character I’d seen her as in previous books to a confident woman who was willing to go to great lengths to save those she cared about.
It’s often difficult to juggle multiple characters but Alethea does it with great ease. Tristan along with each of his siblings were all wonderful characters, each with their own personalities. The other characters included in this book were all enjoyable as well, I found myself particularly drawn to Conrad and Friday’s darlings, Michael, John, and Wendy (yes like in Peter Pan).Read more ›
Dearest by Alethea Kontis, is the third book in the series, and follows the tale of Friday Woodcutter. Friday is kind and loving, and is an apprentice with a world renowned seamstress, thanks to her dear sister Sunday. But a storm caused by Wednesday has ended that apprenticeship, and has altered Friday's life. She is back in the castle and discovers seven brothers that are cursed to be swans during the day. A spell must be broken, but will Fate allow it? And most importantly, will Friday's love be able to break the spell?
Friday Woodcutter is an enjoyable heroine. Where Sunday was a dreamer and Wednesday was fierce, Friday was sweet. She is someone to love and adore, because I would think that she would want the same for you. She is kind and loved. And one thing that I felt Kontis wanted to be clear about was that Friday loved and was loved in return. There's magic in love, a bit natural and a bit from magic itself. Friday was selfless and gained an army of followers to help break the cause.
I love, love, love how Kontis always includes different fairy tales into one story. Kontis has reinvented the Darlings from Peter Pan, The Six Swans by Brother's Grimm, Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky, and many more. She weaves them together so seamlessly, and I always get enchanted by her stories.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this shorty story and could not wait to read about the other members of the family.Published 4 months ago by Candace Chamberlain
I read all three Woodcutter Sisters books in quick succession. Each one is quite different in structure and focus, and I found all of them enjoyable. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Darth Breather
The Ocean at the edge of your house - it's a big scary thing, and it wasn't there yesterday. Queen Sunday, the youngest Woodcutter sister who married her enchanted frog in... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sylvia McIvers
Dearest is the third book in the Woodcutter serie. It has bits and pices of fairytails we all heard groving up and that just makes i lovelier. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
interestingly ever after as all good fairy tales must end. hoping for more stories from the author. whether they be the same series or a different endeavor. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Indiquinn
Alethia Kontis is a very imaginative author. Her story moves well and keeps the reader engaged. I definitely recommend her to readers of all ages.Published 11 months ago by Virginia V. Roberge
I really enjoy the books in Woodcutter Sisters series, though this one is probably my least favorite. I still enjoyed it, though! Read more
Love love love this book. So imaginative and funny and touching. I can't wait to read more of them!Published 12 months ago by Page Turner
Love love love this book and the whole series. Memorable, lovable and well written.Published 13 months ago by daylene40