Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Dearest (Woodcutter #3)
By Alethea Kontis
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015. 282 pages. Young adult fiction.

In the third adventure of the Woodcutter family, Friday Woodcutter is swept away by an unexpected sea that appears outside her house, only to be washed up on the shore near her sister's palace. While living there, Friday discovers a family of seven brothers who have been cursed to live as swans during the day and return to human form at night. Will Friday be able to help them break the spell before they are forced to remain as swans - permanently?

I really think this latest effort of Kontis is my favorite of the series so far. She weaves so many legends and fairy tales effortlessly into the plot that part of the fun is trying to see how she's manipulated and brought together so much that is familiar in oral and written literature. She does rely heavily on what has happened in the first two books, so if you might want to refresh your memory if it has been a while since you have read the first two books of the series.


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