Thursday, October 22, 2015

Review: Hero (Woodcutter Sisters #2) by Alethea Kontis

Release Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Harcourt Books
Source: Library
Author Links: Goodreads | Website | Twitter

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.

This is the second book in Kontis' Woodcutter Sisters series, and while I loved Enchanted, this one just didn't have the same spark. I think it boils done to not really liking Saturday all that much.
Oh! don't get me wrong, I didn't hate her, she just didn't make me want to stand up and cheer. I wanted to like her tough-girl personal, but she just seemed kinda oafish, prickly, and annoying.

I ended up wanting to learn more about Snow White, or her sister, Wednesday, or her pirate sister (can't remember what day of the week she was), or...well, pretty much anyone's story but Saturday's.
Anyway, I did like her love interest, and his BFF the chimera. Both of them were interesting additions to the story. I especially liked how comfortable he was wearing women's clothes. Like it was a non-issue that he had to pretend to be a girl for all of those years. Very cool!

I guess between the fact that there was no real recognizable fairytale (to me, anyway) driving the story, and not being super-crazy about the MC, I just didn't enjoy this as much as I was hoping I would.
On the upside, I didn't hate it, and it did make me curious about the rest of the family & all of their adventures. I'll definitely be checking into those as soon as I possibly can.


Lily B said...

well thats unfortunate, gotta hate when the second book does not live up to first

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks for the review. I'm not familiar with this series. So many books, so little time.
Love the cover though.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Hmm. Maybe a middle child syndrome with this book? Sounds interesting with the fairytales though. :)

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