Bitsy Words: Dearest by Alethea Kontis

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Bitsy Words: Dearest by Alethea Kontis

5 Stars

Dearest by Alethea Kontis is the 3rd book in the Woodcutter Sisters series and my favorite so far! I loved Friday Woodcutter and picking out the fairy tale influences in the story, from Peter Pan (her darlings!) to Rapunzel to the six swans.

I also liked how closely it related to the other two books though I had trouble recalling some of the incidents. I can’t wait to get the rest of the sister’ stories- Thursday the Pirate Queen is next! If you like sweetness, irreverent humor, fairy tale mashups, and romance you’ll enjoy the series. It requires suspension of disbelief in that fairy tale way but that’s part of the charm.

Even though Cornelius is a fairy, this reminded me of Friday and Tristan while I read :)

Book Info

Dearest by Alethea Kontis
Series: Woodcutter Sisters #3
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt BfYR
Pub Date: February 3rd 2015
Pages: 320
Format: eARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: FantasyYoung Adult
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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?


Morgan @ Gone with the Words

10 Responses to “Bitsy Words: Dearest by Alethea Kontis”

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    Candice @ The Grown-Up YA

    I thought this one was ADORABLE!!! I’ve really enjoyed this whole series, to be honest. Is there really another one? I would LOVE to see Thursday’s story! Eep! :) Glad you enjoyed this!

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    Asheley (@BookwormAsheley)

    I’ve been holding out starting this series because I thought this one was the last one but another one! I need to wait a little longer. Honestly, though, these covers are SO SO pretty. They catch my eye every single time I see them. (:

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      Morgan @ Gone with the Words

      She’s writing one book for every sister (7 total) so I guess you might be waiting awhile! Lol. They’re connected for sure but still independent enough; I like that the focus always switches! Yes the covers are super pretty :)

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    Jessica @ a GREAT read

    OOoh great little words on this one! I finally got my copy of it and I cannot wait until I have the time to read this one! Love the series! And OOOOOMG! I soooo remember this Thumbelina movie!! And seriously at random moments I get this song in my head despite not remembering all the words! I am sure I’ll be humming it later tonight now! LOL!

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    Lauren @ Love is not a triangle

    I’ve only read the first in this series! I’m behind. But I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed this one and the second. I love fairytale retellings. I didn’t know we were going to get all the sisters so I look forward to that. The six swans is such a lovely/heartbreaking tale. Or maybe I just think that because of Daughter of the Forest, which is magnificent by the way. Thanks for this review.

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      Morgan @ Gone with the Words

      Yes, I love that each sister will get her own book! The second book was my least favorite of the three but they are all really good, especially if you love retellings like you said. Ahh I need to finish Daughter of the Forest, I’ve heard it’s amazing!

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    I really loved the blend of different fairytales, like her previous books, but I wasn’t a huge fan of Tristan and Friday. I’m more curious about the next sister :D

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