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Dearest (Woodcutter Sisters #3)

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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 w
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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

SO. We all know that I love fairy tales. And while I'd had the Woodcutter Sisters on my TBR for years, a couple of months ago I wouldn't have even been able to tell you where my copy of Enchanted (book 1) was. Truthfully, I still don't know, but that sad fact was made irrelevant when I snagged the kindle version on sale for $1.99. *fist pumps*

Anyway, the reason I hadn't actually gotten around to reading Kontis is . . . pretty silly . . .

You see . . . I made an assumption
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Anne
Dec 01, 2015 Anne rated it liked it
I finished this a while back, but I just felt so blah about it, that it's taken me forever to review it. And I still don't know what to say about it.

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Whatever. I'm just going to try to power through this.
I really loved Enchanted, but the rest of these Woodcutter Sisters fairytales have been pretty unimpressive (to me). It's like Kontis picked out every character that I didn't give two shits about, and decided to base her books around them.
This one features the sweet seamstress Friday.
I mean, sh
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Alyssa
Dec 23, 2014 Alyssa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Dearest by Alethea Kontis
Book Three of the Woodcutter Sisters series
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 3, 2015
Rating: 2 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

“A fabulous fairy-tale mashup that deserves hordes of avid readers. Absolutely delectable.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review of award-winning series debut Enchanted

Readers met the Woodcutter sisters (named after the days of the week) in Enchanted
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Kitty
Mar 21, 2014 Kitty rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite book series doing a book based on one of my favorite fairy tales.. (Heavy breathing)
Beth
Jan 06, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dearest is a quintessential fairy tale with Friday the constant optimus.

Friday is left with cleaning up her sister Saturday's mess. Not that she's complaining. But it was a grave error for Saturday to call the ocean to the borders of Arilland.

While Saturday is off on her pirate ship adventure, Friday finds herself a little over taxed. She ends up in charge of a gaggle of wayward children and all the responsibilities that entails. She discovers 7 cursed brothers, one of which is her mister right
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Jenna (Bookiemoji)
May 27, 2014 Jenna (Bookiemoji) rated it it was amazing
If you've loved the other books in this series about the Woodcutter sisters, you're sure to adore Friday, undoubtedly the sweetest sister of the lot.

Plus, there are so many nice twists and turns and fantastical surprises in this one!

Cannot wait to write up my review!
Amy
Jul 25, 2015 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pre read: Goose girl AND the wild swans???? ooooh.....

Post read:

Bother. This book contained some of my all time favorite fairy tales and I still disliked it. There was so much going for it! The third in a now more developed series, Dearest contains all the flaws of Enchanted and Hero without some of their more redeeming aspects.

First, this book does not stand well as a "stand-alone" companion novel in the series. It heavily depends on Enchanted and Hero for any sense of placement. Many loose en
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Natalie
*spoiler below*



Dearest is the weakest of the Woodcutter Sister series. The book started out OK, not great but decent and then fell apart halfway through. The protagonist is a Mary Sue with power ups that are out of the blue and detract from whatever quality she could have had. And worst is her insta-love interest, he has no special defining character. They were pretty boring (alone /together) and overshadowed the rest of the more interesting characters.




*spoiler*


... and the wrong brother died.
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Jean
I received this book as part of a GoodReads first reads giveaway. (On my birthday, when I was having a particularly difficult time health-wise, so thank you, GR! Best birthday gift!)

4.5 stars

With the first two books the Woodcutter Sisters series, Alethea Kontis proved to me that she was one of the most inventive and talented YA writers out there. with the third book, Dearest, she, in my mind, cements this reputation. Dearest focuses on Friday Woodcutter (Friday's child is loving and giving) and,
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Panda
Aug 05, 2015 Panda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, on-shelf, fairytale
Well i think this may be my favorite book in this series yet. not only was it based on one of my favorite fairy-tales but i was swept up in this story so much i hardly put it down. that being said Friday did annoy me a little more than i thought she would in the first few chapters and for most of the book it felt like she wasn't really the main character of the story, but strangely i didn't mind that too much in this instance. the fact that this book takes place during hero however means that co ...more
Cheryl
Jan 17, 2015 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
I have been eyeing this series for a while but had yet to read any of the books in the series. I got the chance to check this series out with book three. Which by the way the book can be read as a stand alone novel. I have been reading more fairy tale themed books. This genre is going to go far and I hope more authors jump on this band wagon. Anyways back to this book.

I love the Woodcutter sisters. Although, with not having read the other books, Enchanted and Hero, I have not gotten to know the
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Rebecca Greer
Jan 13, 2015 Rebecca Greer rated it really liked it
I loved the first in the series and was slightly disappointed with the second. The third book in the series helps to bridge missing gaps from the second and is just as fun as the first. I can't wait to meet the next woodcutter sister.
Emma
Aug 07, 2015 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazon-vine, bea-read
Friday is an optimist and content with her life. She loves her family and her work as a talented seamstress. Her life is full.

But even gentle Friday has to admit that her younger sister Saturday made an egregious error when she broke the world and called an ocean to the previously peaceful (and landlocked) borders of Arilland.

While Saturday goes off to seek her fortunes on a pirate ship, her family is left behind to deal with the aftermath. Friday, in particular, soon finds herself in charge of
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Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd

Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

MY THOUGHTS

I really enjoy the books in Woodcutter Sisters series, though this one is probably my least favorite. I still enjoyed it, though!

This book is focused on Friday, one of the Woodcutter sisters. After an ocean grows across the land, refugees stumble into the castle. Friday tries to help with the growing population, but ends up stumbling into a room full of naked men. Turns out that the men have been cursed t
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Luna
Aug 10, 2014 Luna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Can this be my review: !!!
No? Ok I’ll use actual words.

I think Alethea Kontis has magic herself. Dearest is probably the closest I have ever come to the perfect fairytale book. It’s like it was written as my made to order dream story. Which is surprising because while I was sure I would enjoy it I didn’t expect Friday Woodcutter’s story to be the one I’d love so so so much.

You know how you have songs you listen to on repeat? Movies you watch over and over? Dearest is the book that I’ll have to r
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Morgan
I'm glad to read that this is going to continue on with a book for each sister (aka 7 books in all) and then spin offs with Trix. Friday and Thursday are my favorites, and I was sad that Thursday had already found her pirate "prince charming". I didn't think she'd get a book.

I'm also interested to see what happens with Monday and Wednesday, and if all 7 of them get a book does that mean Tuesday isn't really dead?

*not a spoiler since that's something they all know as "true" from the first pages
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Lelia Taylor
Aug 29, 2015 Lelia Taylor rated it liked it
Shelves: full-reviews
3.5 stars

What drew me to the first book in the Woodcutter Sisters series and the second and, now, the third, is the covers. The designer is listed as Christine Kettner but, as Art Director, Ms. Kettner is not the actual artist. Whoever it is, that artist and Ms. Kettner have true magic in the their minds, eyes and fingers. I've seen other beautiful covers but these stand out and just one glance tells me this is an Alethea Kontis book; that's brilliant branding at its best.

Opening Dearest takes t
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MrsJennyReads
Feb 18, 2015 MrsJennyReads rated it it was amazing
I love this book, I did a review on my blog check it out! https://mrsjennyreads.wordpress.com/2...
Alyssa
Feb 01, 2015 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
Absolutely in love with this novel!!! They just keep getting better and better. Full review 2/17
Jenny
Mar 07, 2015 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love this series! I think this one may have been my favorite one yet!
Matina
Feb 03, 2015 Matina rated it it was amazing
Alethea Kontis gets better with every book she writes. I fell in love with the Woodcutter sisters in Enchanted, fell in deeper with Hero, and have completely lost myself in Dearest. Friday’s story was endearing and wonderful. It doesn’t hurt that the story focused on some of my favorite fairy tales as well: The Wild Swans and The Goose Girl.

The story picks up just before Saturday broke the world and we get to see what the rest of her family was doing while she was away. In the wake of the disast
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Karissa
Jan 16, 2015 Karissa rated it really liked it
I got a copy of this book to review through NetGalley. This was a well done continuation of the Woodcutter Sisters, a series of fairy tale retellings featuring different sisters. I actually thought this was one of the most cohesive stories of the bunch. It's mainly a retelling of The Six Swans.

This book tells the story of Friday, she is the sister who weaves and sews and is very kind and loving. While she isn't my favorite sister of the Woodcutter sisters I did think her magical skills were very
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Minna
This book was a HOT MESS. There was just So. Much. Going. On. A mishmash of fairy tale stories, with not more than 50 pages total worth of plot between them. I can't even summarize in cohesive paragraphs how disappointed I was with this book so here are some random thoughts:

-John, Michael and Wendy were Friday's Darlings (of COURSE they were. Poor J. M. Barrie.). I half expected their nurse-dog to be named Nana as well.

-Enough with the seemingly endless undiscovered magical powers. It feels like
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Nicole D.
Mar 11, 2015 Nicole D. rated it it was amazing
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 st ...more
Margaret
Sep 07, 2016 Margaret rated it really liked it
Friday Woodcutter is as simple and as complicated as her infamous patchwork skirt. She loves truly, feels deeply, and cares passionately--and these are all very different things. And she may be the key to saving the bespelled princess and her seven brothers, including Friday's dearest…

What I liked

I really love the characters in the Woodcutter family tales! Not just the sisters, although every one of them is wonderful, and I cannot wait for all their stories. But their mother and father, their br
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Melanie
I loved Enchanted and haven't had a chance to read Hero yet. There were parts in Dearest where I felt a little lost but it was easy to pick up on what was happening. It was fun to read about characters from the first book while meeting and getting to know new ones.

Friday is kind and brave. I enjoyed her discussions with the orphans John, Wendy and Michael. Her first conversation with them was about dreams with pirates and flying and she refers to them as her "darlings."

Once she learns of Trist
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Katie W
Feb 10, 2015 Katie W rated it really liked it
I haven't read the other two books in the series yet. In some ways, I think they can stand alone--at least, this one could. But in other ways, I felt that I was missing some backlog and more information about side characters. This didn't keep me from thoroughly enjoying the story.

I really enjoyed Friday. She is one of several sisters, each named after the days of the week, and has such a kind heart. Her "job" is to care for the palace orphans. She develops a way to keep them in line, while worki
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Heidi
Feb 06, 2015 Heidi rated it really liked it
I was a bit confused at the beginning of this story, probably because I hadn't yet read the first two books in the series. But I quickly caught up and once I figured out Friday and her sisters I really began to enjoy the story. Friday is definitely someone I found myself able to root for whole-heartedly. Her kindness and love towards others made her a character I cared about greatly. And when she meets Tristan and finds out about the curse that afflicts him and his brothers and sister, she immed ...more
Erikka
Apr 14, 2015 Erikka rated it liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales, 2015
This book had the same positives and negatives of the other two books, which are enumerated in those reviews. However, there were some things about this book I liked more and some I liked less. There wasn't a great deal of random unexplained characters like in the first two, although Conrad and Mr. Humbug seemed weirdly random and unexplained (but they weren't main characters like in the other two books. But seriously, what's with her characters that appear out of nowhere with no explanation? It ...more
Jennifer
Apr 17, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I read it in a day. I think I've gotten used to her writing style, but I also think she's grown a lot as an author. She loves to plop you in the middle of things and to leave a lot of thing unanswered, but it's fun and never boring. I like how all three books are related but can also stand on their own. Same with the sisters. They're all related and alike, but each has her own very distinct personality. I really hope she keeps writing about them all!

It's weird that she started with Conrad as POV
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"A veritable badass fairy princess." --Jim Butcher

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"Alethea Kontis: Awesome, racks up award nominations, wears tiaras." --SF author Ferrett Steinmetz

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Other Books in the Series

Woodcutter Sisters (5 books)
  • Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1; Books of Arilland #1)
  • Hero (Woodcutter Sisters #2; Books of Arilland #2)
  • Thieftess (Woodcutter Sisters #4; Books of Arilland #7)
  • Fated (Woodcutter Sisters, #5)

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“A few of my sisters have the ability to anticipate catastrophe. When the ground beneath your feet turns to mud, you might find a stepping stone they put there years earlier, for no particular reason at the time.” 3 likes
“Trouble was, they didn't have much faith to begin with. Their dreams had gone from the beaches of Arilland to the palace ballroom and no further. Faith was a thing sewn into the patchwork skirts of a girl on another shore.” 3 likes
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