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Blog Tour & Review: Hero by Alethea Kontis

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Hero (The Woodcutter Sisters #2) by Alethea Kontis

Age Range: 12 and up

Grade Level: 7 and up

Series: The Woodcutter Sisters (Book 2)

Hardcover: 304 pages

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (October 1, 2013)

Genre: Fantasy

Source: NetGalley for tour

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

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.


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Also by Alethea Kontis:

Enchanted

Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1)

Hardcover, 305 pages
Published May 8, 2012

It isn’t easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling
to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only
comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible
tendency to come true.


When
Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two
become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One
night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her
love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of
Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.


The
prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with
him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to
woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince
she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past – and
hers?

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About the Author:

New
York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a goddess, a
force of nature, and a mess. She’s known for screwing up the alphabet,
scolding vampire hunters, turning garden gnomes into mad scientists, and
making sense out of fairy tales.

Alethea is the co-author of
Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter Companion, and penned the AlphaOops
series of picture books. Her short fiction, essays, and poetry have
appeared in a myriad of anthologies and magazines. She has done multiple
collaborations with Eisner winning artist J.K. Lee, including The
Wonderland Alphabet and Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome. Her debut
YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book
Award in 2012 and was nominated for both the Andre Norton Award and the
Audie Award in 2013.

Born in Burlington, Vermont, Alethea now
lives in Northern Virginia with her Fairy Godfamily. She makes the best
baklava you’ve ever tasted and sleeps with a teddy bear named Charlie.

You can find Princess Alethea online at: www.aletheakontis.com.

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My Thoughts:

Alethea Kontis is the queen of crazy.  She doesn’t follow any sort of recipe for her books; she just tosses in all the ingredients and POOF! she winds up with a magical fairy tale unlike any other.  I’m sure it took much more than a simple poof to write Hero, but that’s how it seems.  I don’t think I will ever understand how she can take so many different fairy tales, smoosh them all together the way she does, and have the story make sense.  She surprised me with Enchanted, and again with Hero.

I love the way she writes.  Her characters are vibrant and full of life.  Saturday is a fabulous protagonist.  I adore her strength and her stubbornness, her fire and her fight.  I love the way she solves her problems (with her brain) and the way she carries out her plans (with her strength).

Peregrine is a bit…odd.  I wasn’t sure that I would like him right at first, but it didn’t take long before I did.  Saturday doesn’t hold his weirdness against him, and he doesn’t hold her weirdness against her.  They are perfect for each other.  The romance is clean, with only a couple of non-passionate kisses that happen.

This book seems quite a bit shorter than the first one, but I kind of like that because it isn’t quite so complex and confusing.  There are a few new elements to the world that I don’t remember from the first one, and this book ended with the story still in play (not a cliff hanger) which I’m not sure I really like.  Overall though, I really liked this book and would recommend it for kids ages 12 and up.  Teenagers especially will enjoy this series.


Tour Schedule:

Sail Away on the 
Fairy Tale Adventure Tour*
*Family Welcome

Sept 22 – LAUNCH
Sept 23 – The Missing Piece at Alethea Kontis
 – Review on Debz Bookshelf
 – Celebration on Deal Sharing Aunt
Sept 24 – Interview with Miss Print
Sept 25 – Interview with Carina Books
 – The Grandfather Pirate on Living a Goddess Life
 – Meet the Inspiration on The Wonderings of One Person
Sept 26 – Review on Shannon’s Blog
 – Meet the Inspiration continued on Bookmarks
Sept 27 – Meet the Sister on Leeana Me

Sept 30 – USA Today Happy Ever After Interview
 – Review of Enchantment on Colorimetry
Oct 1 – RELEASE DAY!
 – Release Day at Waterworld Mermaids
 – My Favorite Bit (with Cat Valente) at Mary Robinette Kowal
 – Review at Library of a Book Witch
 – Interview & Review at Tressa’s Wishful Endings
Oct 2 – Video Rant at http://www.geekgirlinlove.com
 – The Big Idea at John Scalzi’s Blog
 – My Bookshelf on Mel’s Shelves
 – Did You See? on Cu’s eBook Giveaways
Oct 3 – The Missing Piece on I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
 – Review at Books for Kids
Oct 4 – Podcast with Bennet Pomeranz
 – Review of Hero on Colorimetry
Oct 5 – Hero LAUNCH PARTY at One More Page Books in Arlington, VA
Oct 7 – Character interview with Saturday Woodcutter at I Smell Sheep
 – Stealing from the Best on Romance Writers of America & Fantasy Futuristic & Paranormal
Oct 8 – A Twist in the Tail at A Backwards Story
 – Review at JL Mbewe
Oct 9 – Enchanted Inkspot
 – Deleted Scene at Fragments of Life
Oct 10-15 GRAND FINALE

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Adriana Garcia
    October 3, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Aha! I knew right away from the cover it was a part of the Woodcutter series. I like that Saturday grumbles about their being a romance because finding yourself kidnapped makes me think she's a damsel in distress which is a turn off. I really like her character and that she seems to be a fairy tale (princess?) protagonist that has some sense and that girls could look up to.
    Maybe the last book will connect all of them together?

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      reviewkidsbooks@gmail.com
      October 5, 2013 at 12:36 am

      You will definitely not be turned off by this damsel in distress. She does get kidnapped, but this is Saturday we are talking about. The girl is a lioness. I love her!

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    Natasha
    October 6, 2013 at 2:42 am

    My girls would love this book! We are a dreaming family & we love new adventures!

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