Monday, December 2, 2013

Hero: A review

Author: Alethea Kontis
Info: Harcourt Books, copyright 2013, 304 pages

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): Finally, Saturday Woodcutter gets the adventure she's always waited for...and she does it with flare.

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.

~Goodreads Description~

The Breakdown
Saturday Woodcutter dreams of adventure.  She dreams of a day when she leaves the comfort of her family home, enchanted sword in tow, and seeks out adventures like that of her legendary brother Jack.  She doesn't quite expect the destiny that awaits her though.  When she inadvertently breaks a magic mirror and cracks the very foundations of the world, she finds herself whisked away to the literal top of the world where she must defeat a witch with unspeakable power.

The Awesome
Here, here to strong, stubborn female characters who don't turn away from danger.  Saturday is a force to be reckoned with.  At the onset of the story, she sees her self as the unremarkable sister of a rather remarkable family.  By the end, she finds a strength of will and inner beauty she never thought possible.

And here, here to strong, stubborn male characters who let women find their own path and embrace their destiny...sword and all.  Peregrine (loving this name more and more!) has lived a life of isolation which should have made him crazy, but he maintains a fierce will to live and moral compass that could never steer him wrong.

The Not-So-Awesome
Like most of the books I've been reading this fall, Hero is another series sequel...which means that I must wait (impatiently!) for the next edition.

Alethea Kontis knows how to spin a tale.  Once again she weaves several stories together into a beautiful, fun, exciting new tale that keeps you enchanted from page one.  She has created characters you come to love with realistic fears and worries and has put them up against villains that complicate their lives in heartbreaking ways.  I'm a sucker for a good fairytale, and Kontis more than delivers.


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