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?
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 to be swans during the day. Friday has to help the men stop their curse as well as a tyrant that has taken over their kingdom.
While this is the third book in a series, you can read this book in any order, since they each focus on a different character and story. Like the others, this book is a fairy-tale mash-up and while I couldn't recognize all the references, I love the fairy-tale quality and overall fantasy aspect to these books! Sure, they can be ridiculous and unbelievable, but that's what's fun about them!
As for characters, I loved them. I liked all of the brothers, they were a very interesting bunch, as well as their sister. Friday was a really great MC. She's very sweet, caring, and selfless. Even before she discovers the brothers, she was helping out all of the children at the castle. She's also very strong, in a sense that she is more than willing to help others. She's the type of character that I love to see, but never seen to get a major role in YA books.
My issues with this book mainly lie on the romance. "She takes one look at Tristan and knows he's her future". *gags* Sorry, but I can't stand romances like this. It's all basically just one look and they knew their meant to be together. I know most fairy-tales have very cliche romances, but it doesn't mean I have to like them.
Overall, I enjoyed this book! I love the fairy-tale aspects in these books and the characters were great! It's not my favorite in the Woodcutter series, mostly because of the romance, but it's still a great book. Supposedly, the author is writing books for the other sisters, so I'm looking forward to that!
I hereby give this book
Meaning: I liked it, but it wasn't quite amazing.