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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 andRough 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....

Title : Hero
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ISBN : 9780544056770
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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Hero Reviews

  • Anne
    2019-01-30 10:00

    This is the second book in Kontis' Woodcutter Sisters series, and while I loved Enchanted, this one just didn't have the same spark. I think it boils down to not really liking Saturday all that much.Oh! don't get me wrong, I didn't hate her, she just didn't make me want to stand up and cheer. I wanted to like her tough-girl personal, but she just seemed kinda oafish, prickly, and annoying.I ended up wanting to learn more about Snow White, or her sister, Wednesday, or her pirate sister (can't remember what day of the week she was), or...well, pretty much anyone's story but Saturday's.Anyway, I did like her love interest, and his BFF the chimera. Both of them were interesting additions to the story. I especially liked how comfortable he was wearing women's clothes. Like it was a non-issue that he had to pretend to be a girl for all of those years. Very cool!I guess between the fact that there was no real recognizable fairytale (to me, anyway) driving the story, and not being super-crazy about the MC, I just didn't enjoy this as much as I was hoping I would.On the upside, I didn't hate it, and it did make me curious about the rest of the family & all of their adventures. I'll definitely be checking into those as soon as I possibly can.Also reviewed for:

  • Melodramaticfool
    2019-02-07 10:17

    SEE THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!Melodramatic ReviewsMeet Saturday Woodcutter, a fierce, muscular girl who would much rather gallivant around the forest chopping down trees with her axe, than dance at a ball least alone in a dress!A girl who is a fun rolemodel for tomboys out there!While Enchanted was a mash up of fairy tales, Saturday's was more of an adventure. We pick up with the Woodcutter family's lifestyle completely changed thanks to the golden egg laying goose, so they find themselves with more steady financial support. Saturday's axe has changed into a sword, and she finds herself questioning her purpose and if she's really all that special since she believes herself to be the only non-magical person in her family.But once she summons an ocean in her backyard, she finds out that she is more than she could ever imagine. Saturday sets out on her journey, but once she is captured by a witch she meets an Earl's son, a man who is more than he appears. They will need each other's help in order to get out of their predicament, and love will of course be part of the adventure, though Saturday wishes it didn't have to be so.I once again found myself falling in love with the Woodcutter family.They are all so unique, close together, and amazing. Saturday is such a brave woman that is an admirable heroine in this book and her love interest, Peregrine, is quite admirable and unique himself, and their chimera friend tops off the trio perfectly. Though the story is slightly cheesy, it is really enjoyable and fantastical none the less.We don't get much insight into the villains from Enchanted until the end, which leaves me wondering if things will be summed up in Friday's book, or if there will be more? ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*I knew that Enchanted couldn't be a single book! How wonderful!!I wonder if it will focus on one of the other sisters?! Or the brother! Oh boy, oh boy!

  • Lubinka Dimitrova
    2019-02-13 06:13

    My kind of heroine: "Instead of batting their eyes at idiots, young girls will start taking up stick swords to slay a dragon and save the prince."

  • Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
    2019-01-27 06:08

    "Men are bastards. Amazing, wonderful, fabulous, heartbreaking bastards.""I destroy everything I touch. What sort of destiny is that?"Althea Kontis blew me away with the first novel in this series, Enchanted, and I was equally impressed with this follow up book as well. In fact, I may have enjoyed it even more than Enchanted. Huh, wasn't expecting that! In this second book Woodcutter daughter number six, Saturday, takes center stage after she inadvertently throws a mirror out her window and creates an ocean in her backyard. But when she sets sail with her pirate sister Thursday she gets kidnapped and is taken to a mountain on the top of the world and forced to complete tasks set forth to her by an evil witch. Hijinks ensue. Romance blossoms. And Saturday comes to learn just how strong she really is.My two favorite aspects of these books are the highly developed characters and the beautiful descriptive writing. It's no secret that I am a huge fan of fairy tales, and this story is just such a huge mash up of various fantasy and fairytale tropes it made me want to dance around with joy! This book makes me think of butter; warm, sweet, and dripping with happiness and magic. I loved it! And I also loved watching Saturday grow into herself. Another wonderful fairytale that I would recommend to anyone who loves this type of story! Peregrine caught her by the neck and kissed her hard. "In case we never get this chance again."She kissed him back. "We will. We have to.""Because you're going to save us?"Saturday smile. "Because we're going to save each other."

  • Krista Wright
    2019-02-16 12:54

    I enjoyed this even more that the first book in this series. The writing is definitely much better in this one, and once again the mash-up of fairytales is just fantastic! Magic mirrors, enchanted swords, sleeping spells, evil witches, and a dragon? Yes! I love Saturday as a character...she is definitely not a typical girl, and I love her and Peregrine together. At this point I think I will read anything by Alethea Kontis.

  • Jenna (Bookiemoji)
    2019-02-14 10:17

    Read this review on Jenna Does Books.My favorite fairy tale writer, Alethea Kontis, pulls off another slam dunk with HERO, the second of her stories about the Woodcutter sisters. HERO is a gender-bending, swash-buckling tale about Saturday, the second youngest sister to Sunday, whom we previously met in Enchanted. While Sunday was a whimsical girl with an art for words, Saturday is a strong and willful girl with plenty of heart (plus some added snark). Her story proved to be just as enthralling as the first!Alethea has a knack for reminding readers why many of us love fairy tales to begin with. In this entry we are once again given a delightful story with some obvious (and some not-so-obvious) nods to classic tales, such as The Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin and more. It was so much fun picking out the various references. Just like Enchanted, HERO is built upon these familiar stories, but her overlying story and characters are entirely of her own creation. You never think “Wait, this is just a retelling of Cinderella!” or “I feel like I’ve heard this before…” because Alethea’s story and characters are wholly unique and distinguishable – not to mention they have so much more personality.Alethea made some daring decisions in developing the roles that the ill-fated Saturday and Peregrine would play in HERO. Gender issues are front and center in this installment, and her characters go against the “status quo” in every way possible. I’m not an active pusher of the feminist movement (though I am 100% behind equal rights, don’t get me wrong – I am female), nor do I require “girl power!” in everything I read, but I certainly appreciate the gender role reversal in HERO. The… er, extent… to which Alethea reverses the roles of her two leads is unlike anything I’ve every read before. The gender role reversal also adds to the humor within the story and helps to develop the personalities of the two characters. Peregrine, for instance, was even more endearing because of his place in the story. I have difficulty choosing between him and Rumbold as best fairy tale male lead ever… They’re just so different!Just as the tagline asks “Does romance have to be part of the adventure?”, HERO is more about action and adventure than it is about love and ballroom dances… In fact, there’s not a single dance in these (almost) 300 pages. (That is, unless sword fighting can be considered a dance? Some think it is, but I digress.) My point is this: There are more bantering words thrown between the two main characters than there are sweet nothings. The main characters have to use their brains and brawn to fight an evil witch if they want to survive to the end of this story. They have to decipher friend from foe and they have to learn to trust each other before they can even consider falling in love……Alas, as the tagline question reveals, there is some romance in HERO. But that’s kind of a given, right? This is a fairy tale… and what is a good fairy tale without romance? Plus, if you stick two equally awesome characters together in a dark and dreary cave with limited living space, they’re sure to form some sort of bond. In fairy tales, that bond usually leads to romance. So no matter how much Saturday wishes she could fight it, her fate is inevitable. Now whether or not she can survive long enough to follow through with said romance… that is the real question. Luckily, Saturday’s adventure is full of excitement, error and unexpected turns before the ooey gooey romance begins to take over.While the dialogue exchanged between the characters had its ups and downs during the scene in which Saturday first encounters Peregrine and the witch, Alethea certainly appears to have refined her already effortless writing style in HERO. (Some of the issues I had in this particular scene may be limited to the early copy I was provided and final edits may have fixed these items for the final copy.) There are many quotable passages within these pages, and the story progresses in a way that is both exciting and unpredictable. Only a master of storytelling can accomplish all these things within a single novel. And although the book gets off to a somewhat slow-ish start, it quickly picks up with the throw of an enchanted mirror. Not to mention, the friendship between Peregrine and his chimera friend (cleverly named Betwixt) fills even the early pages with a bro-mance that feels genuine and more fully-realized than many friendships in YA. Betwixt has the honor of delivering some of the best lines in the book, even. If you like chimeras, you absolutely must meet Betwixt.If you found much to love about the first installment, you will surely find even more to love in HERO – the story will leave the reader wishing for thirds! (Luckily, at least one more book has been confirmed by the author; Beloved, the story of the third youngest sister, Friday.)

  • Princess Debz
    2019-02-02 06:15

    I approached Hero with low expectations, only because there was no way it could possibly measure up to the genius that is Enchanted. Just goes to show that I don’t know everything, because Hero was equally, if not more compelling and enchanting than Enchanted. Something about Saturday’s story just touched me in a way that Enchanted wasn’t able to, and that made my experience reading this book even more powerful.Saturday herself was an amazing character. The contrast between her and Sunday is enormous, and not just in height. I have to admit I didn’t pay much attention to Saturday in Enchanted, and now I’m wanting to go back because she is such an interesting character. She’s the oddball of the family, with her strength and lack of magical ability, but she doesn’t let that stop her.Gender roles are challenged, but in a very skillful manner. Saturday doesn’t worry about settling down. She has adventures to embark on! She's independent and doesn’t spend her time worrying about boys, which is something we need with the weak, bland heroines that are all over YA.*glares at Twilight* That being said, there is still romance fully present in the story, but it isn’t the focal point of the novel. And more than the actual romance, time is spent focusing on the companionship between the two, which made their more romantic moments that much more genuine.And now to the meat of the novel: the plot! I absolutely loved it. Right off the bat there’s a ton of excitement in the air. And that’s just the start! Sometimes it seemed like there was maybe even too much happening at once, but then things would calm down for just a moment so we as readers could sort things out and catch a breath before the next adventure. It takes skill to create such a powerful, exhilarating, and beautiful novel, and for that I applaud Alethea!Despite the lack of a basis in any one particular fairy tale, the whole feeling of the novel was that which lies in the dusty fairy tale collection you grew up with; a mixture of familiarity and knowing to expect the unexpected as you embark on an all new journey. It’s a feeling that never gets old.

  • Trisha
    2019-02-01 05:18

    "Those of us who are Fate's playthings often have little choice where our path takes us."This was a great adventure and an interesting meshing of some of the fairy tales we all know and love.But this one wasn't quite up to the standard of book 1. It was good on it's own but not quite as amazing. Saturday is kind of a tough girl to love. she's gruff and stubborn and often confused by the emotions of there. She does come off like she doesn't care but...sometimes she does.I think another stumbling block for this one is the beginning. A lot of it is just throw in confusing and it takes a good 10 chapters to really sort out some of the odder points. And the smoke moment between mother and daughter - that whole thing felt childish and silly. It felt out of place with the rest of the book....all in all, it was good and I did enjoy it. I just didn't love it.

  • Megan
    2019-01-30 11:58

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat.I was so excited that Enchanted was a stand-alone, and now it has a sequel? And a third book? WTH?Not that this is bad news, in fact I loved Enchanted and wanted to read more of Kontis' work, but I admit the fact that it's become a series is a bit disappointing. At least it's the story of another of the sisters, and not a continuation of the last book.ANYWAY... YAY I GET TO READ MORE KONTIS SOON!BOO IT'S NOT COMING OUT UNTIL OCTOBER!YAY I LOVE THIS COVER!

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    2019-02-12 09:08

    4.5 starsRTC.

  • Caitlin
    2019-02-15 07:04

    I have no idea what consists of spoilers, so I've hidden my review because of some things I mentioned that some people might not enjoy.Although this is the second in a series, it could also make a fine standalone book, even though I strongly suggest reading the first, not only to understand some things they mention in Hero but also because Enchanted is equally as amazing as Hero.I'm not going to lie, I was disappointed by Saturday being the next sister to get a book. I just didn't really enjoy her that much in Enchanted, but after reading this book, I'm disappointed in my earlier self. Saturday is charming, possibly more so than Sunday was in Enchanted. She is ambitious and even when she's annoying, she's still endearing.Peregrine is another story. I both loved and hated him. When he was introduced in the prologue, I felt for him. But as I kept reading, he became a little bit more creepy. His obsession with her is probably understandable, seeing as how he's had visions of her for a very long time, but it rubbed me the wrong way. I hated him for those reasons, but I loved him because of reasons I cannot explain. I didn't want to like him, because he felt a little bit creepy in the beginning but I found myself loving him all at the same time. I will say that, by the end of the book, he had captured my heart completely. He does not compare to Rumbold, but he's a different person entirely and so he doesn't need to be a copy of Rumbold.I LOVED Betwixt, and I have no shame in admitting he was my favorite character in the book. He was caring, loyal and hilarious. He stole my heart. That's not even mentioning the perfect friendship between Betwixt and Peregrine. My dying wish is for Betwixt to have a role in the next books, please, oh please.I loved that there was a witch involved, period, but when Cwyn was introduced, it made it even better. I loved the idea of the witch using the raven's eyes to see, specifically. It made me feel more on edge, because whenever the raven came, the witch was right behind. And I HATED the witch. I guess there's no shame in admitting that, but the moments when the witch showed up were horrible. And I never felt safe. I was always nervous, because I always thought the witch was going to find Saturday in parts of the book where I didn't want the witch to find her.I also want to mention the final chapters in particular because they painted a picture. Alethea Kontis wrote the entire book perfectly, but the final chapters were particularly amazing. I hate using cliches, but I felt like I was there. Those last few chapters deserved five stars all on their own. A definite round of applause.In conclusion, the writing continued to be amazing, the world building is still perfect and Alethea Kontis managed, once again, to write a really great book. I bow to her.

  • Rachmi
    2019-02-05 08:11

    2.5 stars"Instead of batting their eyes to idiots, young girls will start taking up stick swords to slay a dragon and save the prince."This time is Saturday's story. After I finished Enchanted I was looking forward to read this book, as I want to know the Woodcutter girl who doesn't like to go to the ball and wearing beautiful gown.I think her adventures in this book are more interesting. I love it more than Sunday's in Enchanted. Although this book doesn't have many retelling of fairytales, at least not much I know, Saturday's adventure to become a hero is more appealing to me. Not to mention the fact that she is the one who rescue her hero, and also rescue the world from the evil witch. I know that Saturday is a badass heroine since I read Sunday's story, what with that ax and helping her father and brother in the wood. So it isn't surprising knowing that she's the hero the title refers to.However, it was a bit hard for me to connect with her and other characters, especially Peregrin, her love interest. I didn't connect with her instantly, unlike with Sunday and Rumbold. I think it was mostly because she's a bit different in first few chapters than in Enchanted. Here I see her as a mopping and whinny character in the beginning of the story. I know that she wants to have her own adventures and thinking that she's the only one who doesn't have magic, but the way she keeps talking about it is a bit annoying.There is also problem I encountered at the beginning, the flow doesn't run smoothly, in my opinion. There are things that happen at the same time with many different characters. The movement between one scene to another felt jumpy. It was like one paragraph I read one thing but then in the next paragraph another thing happens without so much description to begin with. It also happens with many characters (view spoiler)[Jack and Trix suddenly show up without so much explanation about their whereabouts (hide spoiler)], so they disappear but then pop up out of the blue at the end of the story.All in all, as much as I enjoyed the book, I'm not that satisfied with it. I think in a way, as a full story Enchanted is still a bit better than this one.

  • Yune
    2019-02-17 05:05

    Saturday, one of seven sisters in the Woodcutter family, feels dull in comparison; her siblings have married royalty, run off to sea, or gone off to the realms of Faerie. Naturally, she falls right into an adventure of her own, complete with a cursed prince, a good-natured chimera, and an eyeless witch who's threatening the world beyond the mountaintop domain where our heroes find themselves trapped.I think I'm bowing out of this series; while this book wasn't bad, it lacked the depth that intrigued me in its predecessor, and its mishmash of characters and plot elements and magical doodads -- homage to various fairy tales -- just made it feel incoherent rather than sprightly, especially since some things seemed to pop up and then vanish when convenient. Inconsistent pacing and a habit on the author's part to blithely skip over some minor but awfully useful explanations made me skim through the last part of this.The worst part was the villain, the lorelei who wants to open a gate to the demon world. Although her eyes were stolen, she uses a raven familiar to see for her ((view spoiler)[and said raven turns out to be a fire-witch who conveniently spells out the lorelei's plan, sigh (hide spoiler)]), and what could be a deliciously creepy aspect just becomes a source of comic silliness, as the lorelei fails to notice that a man is now pretending to be her daughter, or that the captured woodcutter lad is actually a girl (Saturday). The situation had a lot of potential that I frankly found wasted, and the frothy nature of the story couldn't make me overlook a lackluster narrative.

  • Barry Simiana
    2019-01-23 09:18

    I was surprised by Enchanted - the forerunner to his book. I thought - and I was wrong - girls stuff. But no. Instead I found an intelligently written, funny mash up of every fairy tale you can imagine. I loved it. and so I waited for this sequel to emerge, secretly worried that sequelitis was going to take over. But no.Hero follows another of the Woodcutter sisters on a new quest. All the sisters have something magickal about them. Saturday - the star of this tale - thinks she's missed out. Not so lucky there kid. This is a romp and a half. And where Enchanted leaned a bit of the fairy tales that inspired it (but by no means copied, Enchanted is very much an original idea), Hero is a bright brand new adventure, almost boys own stuff with girls in the foreground. The background fairy stories are still referenced, but they are more subtle, letting Ms Kontis weave her own touch through them.These books are a riot of Story (capital S intended). They take the vanguard on the new Modern Fairytale. Girl or boy, have a go at these. Exceptionally well written, clever, funny, girl-breaks- world-girl-gets-kidnapped-finds-boy-kills-witch-releases-dragon-finds-long-lost-brother-and on and on. In a way, it's a fairy tale version of Indiana Jones movie. It just doesn't stop.Not just a GoodRead, but a Bloody GoodRead.

  • Mel (Daily Prophecy)
    2019-01-31 08:13

    -It was interesting to see how different Saturday is when you compare her with Sunday. I liked her journey and development, seeing how she realizes she has some magic on her own. I think I liked Sunday more, but Saturday was pretty tough!-I liked that Peregrine played a woman to survive and how Saturday rescues him. Their relationship went a bit fast, but I liked their chemistry and they were cute together.-I couldn't point out the separate fairy tales, so I'm a little confused which tale(s) this story was based on.-The plot was filled with action, but sometimes I was a bit bored. I felt something was missing; something I did find in the first book.Overall, a good story, but it didn't live up to my expectations after reading Enchanted.

  • Rachel
    2019-01-27 06:18

    Exquisite writing! Especially writing about mirrors. I liked the conclusive of the book's arc ending that still left room for more story for these incredible characters.

  • Jessica (a GREAT read)
    2019-02-03 12:55

    Back to the magical world of Alethea Kontis, Hero is the second tale in her Woodcutter series. Now that Sunday is set in her happily ever after we move on to the next sister, Saturday. Saturday was the sister who didn't get any magical gifts. She's not overly pretty, she's too tall, too strong...pretty much your first tomboy ever. She prefers working with her hands in the woods and when her fairy godmother's gift of an ax turns into a sword, she's more than eager to use it.Saturday wasn't expecting much from life, but then when her mother's sister and Trix's real mother dies, her mother was all set to go and see her sisters for the first time in years. But then Trix puts a spell on them and leaves without them, since it was his mother.Once the spell wears off, Saturday and her mother team up with Thursday and set sail on the ocean trying to find her brother. When she gets kidnapped nearly right away by a giant bird and taken to a mountain at the top of the world, she's a bit disoriented, but not scared. Saturday is quite brave and strong and can handle herself.That's when she meets Peregrine. He has his own story as well, he was tricked by the witch's daughter to take her place on the mountain. So now Peregrine wears a dress and pretends to be a girl, the witch is blind and can't see the difference, for some time ago, Jack Woodcutter stole her eyes and then hid them.Saturday's story was quite more adventurous than Sunday's. Saturday was not about a girl needed to be saved. She can handle herself and it's admirable. She doesn't play the role of damsel in distress. But she does have to undergo quite a few impossible tasks for the witch and she'll have to learn that it's okay to ask for help, for Peregrine wants to help her. He's been waiting for Saturday his whole life, having dreamt about her and not knowing who she really was until she landed on the mountaintop with him.There wasn't as many fairy tale appearances in this one as last time. At least, not as many I could recognize. There was Snow White, Hansel and Gretel and maybe a few others. But as I said, there weren't as noticeable as last time. But I still enjoyed the references from the fairy tales.I very much enjoyed the romance here, possibly even more than in Enchanted. For Saturday was never one for romance. She didn't believe it was meant to be in her future and naturally, when she meets Peregrine that changes a bit. But, not right away! Yay for no insta-love in a fairy tale! Granted Peregrine was pretty much in love with Saturday right away, but Saturday had to get used to Peregrine first. They get to know each other somewhat during their time together. Of course, it isn't til the near end when Peregrine is off to go see his betrothed--the one he never got to marry before he was whisked away to the mountain top--that Saturday realized she was in love with him. Tragic love and all!There were quite a few surprises at the end of this one! One was one I kept expecting to happen at some point in the series and a few others were ones took me completely by surprise! The ending here isn't quite like Enchanted. There were quite a few cliffhangers. So now, I am left wondering what on earth is going to happen to our characters that we kind of left hanging in limbo! Furthermore, I am wondering what sister could we possibly be going to next! And how will she help out and help the characters left hanging in limbo?!Note that when I saw limbo, I don't actually mean the place between heaven and hell--as that's what I remember thinking of limbo as. Limbo isn't really a place in the way I am using it here. I am basically trying to not tell you what is happening to the characters. They are not well off, basically and are in need of help to get out of their sticky situation.I'll be quite curious as to what the next book will be like! That one is Friday's story apparently with Beloved. The ending here was good, it is a sort of finished and unfinished one. There is still lots to do, but I am wondering how will we know of it? The next book is Friday's, who was absent during this one because she's taken on her apprenticeship. I wonder if she will get in the know of what was going on. I really want to know how Saturday handles her last few items on the list that weren't accomplished by the end of her book. As I say somewhat periodically...only time will tell! And naturally, of course, I hate the waiting!Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars

  • Emma
    2019-02-01 04:57

    Saturday Woodcutter is tired of being the lone ordinary child among her magically gifted siblings. Even with an enchanted sword to call her own, Saturday fears she is never destined to have a great adventure like her sister Sunday or travel the world like her sister Thursday. The idea of Saturday ever being the stuff of songs and ballads like her older brother Jack is downright laughable.Then Saturday accidentally creates an ocean outside of the Woodcutter family home and sets sail on a pirate ship.Unfortunately, Saturday's first adventure is cut short when a witch kidnaps her. Saturday is whisked to the Top of the World and embroiled in the witch's evil plans. Even with her magic sword and sensible thinking, Saturday isn't certain she has what it takes to stop the witch and save herself--let alone anyone else. But she is certain that she has to try in Hero (2013) by Alethea Kontis.Hero is a sequel/companion to Kontis' earlier novel Enchanted. (Enchanted was Sunday Woodcutter's adventure. And while the same characters feature and references are made to the events of Enchanted in Hero, you could probably read this one without reading the first book and still enjoy it.)Hero is full of the wit and nods to familiar tales that readers of Enchanted will expect. This time around Kontis also creates a tighter narrative with smoother plotting and more surprising twists (including a very surprising one at the end!). Peregrine is an excellent foil for Saturday. The two together are as memorable as they are formidable. Their unlikely pairing also provides ample opportunities for gender bending as traditional roles are flipped or just thrown out the window.Saturday is a great heroine. She is tough, surly and she hates all things romantic. (Don't even get her started on magic and all the trouble it causes.) She is also massively tall and often rude and obnoxious to strangers (or relatives . . . or friends). Which is to say that Saturday is an incredibly human protagonist. She makes quite a few mistakes throughout the story and she carries more than her share of guilt over said mistakes. But at the same time she is proactive and selfless in a way that heroines don't always get to be when a fairy tale atmosphere comes into play.Hero is another excellent installment in the Woodcutter Sisters story and a mandatory read for anyone looking for an antidote to the typical princess story. With a central arc that resolves nicely Hero still promises even more adventure and mayhem to come for the kingdom of Arilland and the Woodcutter family.Possible Pairings: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, Entwined by Heather Dixon, Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale and Chris Hale, The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy, Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones,Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier A Well-Timed Enchantment by Vivian Vande Velde*This book was acquired for review from the publisher at BEA 2013*

  • Karissa
    2019-02-06 11:11

    I got a copy of this book to review through the Amazon Vine program. This book is the sequel to Enchanted. It is much more of an adventure fantasy than Enchanted was but doesn’t have quite as many fairy tale references.This tells the story of Saturday, the rough and tumble sister of the seven sisters. Through a series of crazy circumstances she ends up on a quest to defeat an evil witch while struggling to realize her own magical abilities...all after creating an ocean in her backyard.There was a lot of adventure in this book along with wondrous creatures, romance, and curses. I really enjoyed it alot, found it to be a very engaging story and breezed right through it. Saturday is less sure of herself than her sisters and tends to be a bit surly about things. She is also more prone to try to bash something into submission than to think it through. She grows a lot in this book and learns about who she is and what her strengths are.Peregrine is the male lead in this book and his character has an interesting twist to it. Basically he’s been kind of turned into a girl for most of the story. It’s gives him an interesting perspective on things. He is the most patient male character I’ve ever read about and he does a great job weathering Saturday’s rages. He is the one who helps Saturday learn to accept herself for who she is.There is a lot more action and adventure in this book than in Enchanted. I also didn’t feel like there were quite as many references to traditional fairy tales. We got to spend more time with both Monday and Thursday as well and learn more about them as characters. All of the characters are so easy to engage with and so likable, it makes them a joy to read about. There is humor throughout as well and some witty dialogue too. The world is well done and I love reading about all the crazy characters in the Woodcutter family.Overall this was a wonderful classic fairy tale adventure. There is lots of humor and lots of action, as well as engaging characters that are easy to love. Saturday grows a lot in this book and learns how to be herself. We learn a lot more about the Woodcutter family as whole. All in all I loved this story and can’t wait to read what Kontis writes next. I hope to see many more tales about the Woodcutter family in the future. Highly recommended to fans of witty and heartfelt fairy tale retellings.

  • Amy
    2019-02-07 06:57

    Better. So much better than Enchanted! Hero is a companion/sequel to Enchanted by Alethea Kontis and follows the sixth sister, Saturday. I couldn't tell you what Saturday is supposed to be because thankfully that stupid rhyme about Monday being fair of face and Tuesday full of grace isn't brought up again. The book is much clearer than its predecessor, without the fumbling foreshadowing or weird, intermixed characters. The writing is clear and enjoyable. The heroine actually has a personality. The hero...well, he isn't a wild womanizer. That's for sure. With a peak at the daring Thursday (though what happened to her husband, the Pirate King?! He barely gets a mention) and the familiar faces of old favorites (like Trix), the book stands well alone but also reads comfortably as a sequel (hence, I guess, titling it "Companion to Enchanted") The vast majority of my problems with the first book were solved and then some in this fun romping fairy tale that does not try to be more than it is. In fact, I'll probably re-read it some day. It is still only a 3 star book, however. I was confused by a very important theme running throughout. The subtitle or whatever you call it on the cover reads "Does romance have to be part of the adventure?" Certainly the novel plays with some interesting gender roles, with a heroine (who is totally 'god gifted beautiful'...and passes for a guy. Huh?) resembling a boy and the hero cursed to look like a female. However, there is never any question of Saturday not getting her "prince". It is a fairy-tale, there is going to be a romance. So why was that heading used? If anything it left me more inclined to not pick up the book. But that is a minor thing. Saturday is a heroine in her own right but at the cost of the hero. Seriously, what does Peregrine do? He assists her when he can but his role is minimized to that of a "damsel in distress". I liked his character a lot and thought the author did a good job of turning what might have been an awkward relationship (he...looks like a girl) into something believable and maybe even cute. His voice stands distinct and likable. But apparently escape isn't as hard as he thought it was? I don't know. Peregrine became helpless as Saturday became hero. Surely there must be a better balance! Anyway, recommended for fairy tale lovers, especially those hesitant after the first book. Sets up well for an exciting adventure in the third installment.

  • Jessica
    2019-02-17 11:07

    There are a few things I really liked about this book, and a few that prevented me from "really liking" the entire thing. Nevertheless, as I was mentally tallying the pros and cons, I found myself swayed to 4 stars based on the attributes of the character relationships, which outweigh the issues I found fault with in the plot.I should mention here at the start of my review that I read an advance galley proof which may differ from the final published version. Also, I have not read "Enchanted" so this is my first foray into the world of the Woodcutter sisters.First, the pros: I love the family dynamic among the siblings, the parents, and the extended family. Unlike so many contemporary titles in teen and children's literature, the family members love each other. The parents aren't stupid, overbearing, or their child's best friend. They are respected by their children. There isn't any resentment among the siblings, although there is a perfectly healthy amount of wishing from Saturday to be more like her sisters as she matures from a younger sibling in their shadow into a young lady with an individual identity. It's a relatively fast-paced read. Even reluctant readers should remain engaged. You don't get bogged down in dialog or descriptions of scenery. The references to well known fairy tales a) allow you to jump quickly into the story even if you didn't read the first book in the series, and b) allow the author to avoid long explanatory narrative sequences. This is overall a PG book and perfectly appropriate for the target audience. The only thing I found (mildly) shocking is the female character's comfort level with being seen naked by a near-stranger of the opposite sex. A strong female hero, whose strength has nothing whatsoever to do with her appearance or sexuality. She is supported by an equally strong male, whose strength is not derived from his masculinity. They share a mutual respect and support each other.Now, the negatives: Ends on a very dissatisfying cliffhanger. It seems like the set it up was for one main challenge, which was half completed, then passed off to someone else and another challenge was begun. Too many problems were resolved without Saturday's direct influence or by leaping beyond established expectations. This may not bother a younger audience, but it irked me.Overall, I found this an enjoyable read and will go back and read the first volume in the series.

  • Reagan
    2019-01-20 06:52

    At a Glance: At a glance I was excited about finally reading about a character I can really relate to. The description set me on edge and the part a about romance+Saturday just didn't add up. Cover:Well the cover you all see above is not the cover I saw. The cover I saw was a girl in a blue-green dress with short hair.As you can see Saturday has her sword, and her blue-green dress from the ball in the first book. I prefer this cover honestly. The other cover has nothing to do with the books really. The only thing correct is that she has her sword! But I guess as long as it's a book and I can read it I'm fine.Action:The action was great. It was all spread out good and evenly across the book, not so that it was action after action but there was other things in between it.Romance:Surprisingly yes, and with the most unlikely character and a new character! The romance in this book was so much different between Sunday and Rumbold, that it's a whole new thing.Heroine:The heroine in this story is none other than our Saturday. As described in the book, a beautiful stubborn brat. All true, but she's all that in a good way.Hero:Peregrine is our hero. Or maybe it's Betwix the chimera. Peregrine is a new character cursed to live at the top of the world in place of the witches daughter.Favorite Supporting Character:Thursday the Pirate Queen. She's small but can conquer a kraken.Something I loved:URG!!!! Do I have to chose! I don't think I can! Everything! I like it even more than the first book!!Something(s) I hated:I didn't hate this but I just didn't understand it, the fact that there is French in a made-up world.Cliffhanger? Half and half. There is a small cliffhanger but I'm going to guess that that's because in the next book it brings us closer to finishing the quest to vanquish Sorrow, Rumbold's evil fairy godmother, the woodcutter sister's Aunt, and Seven's (Mama) sister.Would I recommend it?YES!!!!!! To everyone who read Enchanted. If you haven't read Enchanted read it, then read Hero.Did my friends like it? They haven't read it yet. But I'll make them somehow.Will I buy/keep it?Forever and ever!Rating:Six Chess pieces!

  • Dena (Batch of Books)
    2019-02-10 11:07

    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.My blog: Books for Kids

  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    2019-02-16 05:14

    Hero by Alethea Kontis. 282 p. Harcourt (Houghton), 2013. $17. Language: PG (6 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG (glimpse of clothesless girl); Violence: PG (regular for fantasy).Saturday Woodcutter has always felt outside of her family, as the only Woodcutter without fae powers. On the day her brother Trix runs away, however, Saturday almost breaks the world. And in trying to fix it, she is snatched up by an eagle and deposited into the clutches of a lorelei, an evil demon who is determined to really destroy the world. Together with Peregrine, a boy who has been imprisoned in the form of a woman for more years than Saturday can guess, and Peregrine’s companion Betwixt, the trio must figure out how to thwart the demon – even if it means that all of them might sacrifice themselves for each other. I think I’m in love with Ms. Kontis. She may have started Enchanted as a dare, but she seems to have expanded her and developed her story in a masterful, engaging way. Though this story focuses mainly on Saturday and Peregrine, there is plenty more to learn about the extended Woodcutter family – AND the elusive Jack Woodcutter. All this has done is made me hungry for the next book, and the next and the next…. Pardon me, I have to go read this again. MS, HS – ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Library Teacher

  • Ahnya
    2019-02-14 08:12

    Saturday is the sixth Woodcutter daughter. Even though she is kind of a giant she feels like she is the only normal one in the family. While using a magic mirror she breaks the world, and the ocean expands and comes almost to the Woodcutter doorstep. Saturday's pirate queen sister Thursday comes to the rescue. It is decided that Saturday and Mama will go on a quest to fix the world. While aboard Thursday's ship Saturday is kidnapped by a witch's raven familiar because Saturday was mistaken for her famous adventuring brother Jack Woodcutter who stole the witch's eyes. I loved this book. It is kind of a gender swap fairy tale, where the girl goes on a quest, and rescues the prince. The humor in this book delightful. The characters were so much fun. I cant wait to read the rest of the series.

  • Susan Bigelow
    2019-01-27 13:17

    What to say about this book?THE GOOD: 1. Saturday is fantastic, and way more interesting than Sunday. 2. Pirate ship! Thursday!3. Peregrine, who is just fascinating. The gender play here is kind of... obvious? But the fact that Peregrine is a boy who wears a girl's form and skirts and is apparently just fine with this is very interesting, very refreshing. 4. Action and adventure, there is a lot here.THE BAD:1. I thought the book was fascinating gender-wise, but missed a chance to do even more with the gender stuff. Peregrine (view spoiler)[does change back into a "full" man at the end, but we don't really know how that makes him feel, if he's okay with it, etc. There's a moment where it seems like he's kind of sad, but the moment passes. (hide spoiler)]2. The pacing. 3. Not enough time with the family. They are so amazing when together.4. The end. The story ends, and then the book continues on! For several chapters!That said, the balance is quite good. More Woodcutter Sisters, please! I hear Friday is up next, that would be great. Seems Kontis is working her way backwards.

  • Beth Cato
    2019-01-19 05:01

    I enjoyed the first book in this series, Enchanted. For me, this book was much slower to hook me, but once it got going it was good fun. Kontis has a knack for writing twisty-turvey fairy tale mash-ups. This one had a very fresh vibe to it because the heroine wields a sword, is referred to as a "giantess," and of a very athletic body. The hero is caught up in magic and lives for a prolonged time in a cave at the Top of the World, where the blinded witch believes he's her daughter. The way they accept each other is great and such a healthy thing for teens to read. This is one of those books where you can't help but smile at the end.

  • katayoun Masoodi
    2019-01-25 11:00

    3 1/2. liked this better than the first one, "enchanted". it was as fun and easy read as enchanted, and really liked Saturday and kind of loved Peregrine. would be reading the third one soon, as the only downside to this one was that while the main story did end, the third one started at the end chapters and well you want to know what happens!!

  • Melanie
    2019-01-25 11:13

    I didn't like this book. It was so confusing and weird. It took me a long time to finally understand what was going on and even then the story wasn't gripping to me. I also didn't like the cussing (and there was a lot, in my opinion). Overall, a disappointing read since I loved the first book in this series. I don't think I'll be reading the next book. [1.5 stars]

  • Deborah Blake
    2019-01-28 09:18

    I loved this book so much I immediately went out and bought everything else Alethea Kontis has written. Her twist on fairy tales is completely original and totally enchanting. She's a must buy for me from now on.