Dearest by Alethea Kontis Review

dearestcoverDearest by Alethea Kontis

Book 3 in The Woodcutters Sisters series

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling

Summery from 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?

My Review

Friday’s sister Saturday has accidentally made a huge magic ocean to appear where a big magic ocean has no place appearing. Sunday Friday’s youngest sister and queen of the land opens up her castle to all the refugees her subjects misplaced by the ocean. Friday of course is one of those people and she takes care of the children of the refugees and loves doing so. When Friday finds 7 sleeping buck naked young men in the castle’s magic tower she doesn’t know what to think. When they wake up and startle her and she falls off the tower,they turn into swans,and save her. After that she learns about the curse put on the 7 men who happen to be brothers and she may be the only person who can help break it.

Friday is one of the most genuinely nice,good,honest heroines I have ever read about. I loved her character. Some people will think she is too nice and too perfect to be a great heroine but she isn’t. This is the first Woodcutter’s Sister’s book I have read and it will not be my last. I was charmed for page 1. So many lovable characters. I had trouble picking favorites which doesn’t happen often. I love all the swan brothers. The twins were hilarious,Sebastian so wise,and Tristan is a great hero. If you aren’t a fan of love at first sight then I don’t recommend this book. I do wish there was a bit more world building and that the gods of fire,air,earth,and water were explained more.

I love the theme of loyalty in this book. Loyalty to family,friends,and country. I loved it showed that sometimes the path you planned isn’t the one for you after all. The final enemy scene was unique and I didn’t see it coming. Most likely because my emotions were so messed with though the last chapters. If you love fairy tale mass-ups this is the book for you.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Content Rating: PG

Happy Reading

The Reading Rebel



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