Hero by Alethea Kontis
Book 2 in the Woodcutter Sisters’ Series
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/ Fairy Tale Retelling
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
After magically creating an ocean in her front yard, Saturday goes with her mother on a journey to see her dead aunt but is kidnapped and taken to a mountain where time stands still. Where she finds love and a strength she didn’t know she had.
The prologue of this book really catches your attention and draws you into the story. Saturday is a heroine after my own heart. Saturday is every girl who wants to be the hero of her own story and not the heroine in distress. She is loyal, hard working, strong, stubborn, loves to argue, always says the wrong thing, and loves her family and will do anything for them. Saturday is the only person in her family that doesn’t have magic and that makes her the odd one out. She is sick of living in her magical siblings shadows. She wants to go out and have her own adventures. I love are hero Peregrine. He is so kind, sweet, caring, and honorable. I fell in love with him very early in the book. He has had a hard life but hasn’t let that get him down. I have always admired people who have been beaten down in life but survive and are stronger and better people for it. I loved how the author flipped the stenotype of the hero rescuing the heroine in distress without making the hero seem weak and undeserving of the heroine or the heroine seeming too aloof and unfeeling to fall in love with the hero. I love how Peregrine and Saturday’s personalities balance each other out. I agree 100% when Saturday says of her and Peregrine”he was soft where she was hard.”
One of my favorite scenes was Peregrine and Saturday’s second sword fight after she finds out her destiny. It was a very emotional and important scene for both characters. I could picture the scene playing out right in front of me in my bedroom. I love it when the characters have arguments while sparring and this was just an amazing moment for both characters. I really loved Peregrine’s wise and trusted friend Betwixt the griffin. He and Peregrine have a very special bond after being together for so long. All the fairy tales are wove together so seamlessly into the story you would think that this is how these fairy tales were always meant to be used and were just waiting for Kontis to be born to work her magic.I love what Saturday learns about herself on this adventure like she needs love as much as everything else, that she doesn’t have to do everything alone, and that she can be beautiful and strong at the same time. I do wish that there was more information about the different gods, magic, and such but that was a let down in Dearest so I didn’t expect it in Hero. This story does have a bit of a cliffhanger and I can tell you it doesn’t pick up in book 3 Dearest so I am betting it picks up in the second Trix Adventure. If you are a lover of adventure, love, and fairy tales I can’t recommend this book too much.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Content Rating: PG
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