Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Review: Dearest by Alethea Kontis

Release Date:February 3, 2015
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Source: Library
Author Links: Goodreads | Website

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?



I finished this a while back, but I just felt so blah about it, that it's taken me forever to review it. And I still don't know what to say about it.

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Whatever. I'm just going to try to power through this.
I really loved Enchanted, but the rest of these Woodcutter Sisters fairytales have been pretty unimpressive (to me). It's like Kontis picked out every character that I didn't give two shits about, and decided to base her books around them.
This one features the sweet seamstress Friday.
I mean, she's ok... Ugh.

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Anyway, this story has The Six Swans as the main fairytale, plus a nod towards Peter Pan.
She takes care of some of the orphans in the castle (Michael, Wendy, & John), and refers to them as her Darlings. Cute, no?

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Anyway, Friday falls for one of the Swanboys, and helps his sister defeat the evil spell that gives her brothers feathers.
Also, one of the brothers is in love with a swan named Odette.

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None of this made a bad story. It's just...
Ok, at the end of the last book, Hero, there was this whole Big Battle thing brewing. Some mysterious spell thingy was causing BAD STUFF to happen. And some of the Woodcutter's were heading out to find the cause of it all!
Yeah, right?! So, here I am, thinking that this book would be a bit of a continuation of that plotline.

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I guess the problem is, while it wasn't a bad story, it also wasn't what I wanted. I want to know more about Wednesday, who is possibly Snow White's real mother! Or this badass little Snow White!
Friday the $@#!ing seamstress and her stupid swans?
Not so much.

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Unless the next (is there even a next?) book is about a character that I reallyreallyreally want to read about, I'm pretty sure I'm done with this series.


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