Hero by Alethea Kontis
About the Book (copy from Goodreads.com): "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."
Hero is the second book in the Woodcutter Sisters series. The first one, Enchanted, came out in May of last year. It was about the sister named Sunday and was sort of a retelling of The Frog Prince. I guess it did well enough that Harcourt decided to purchase 2 companion novels, this one and the next one which is tentatively titled Beloved and due out next year. According to the author's website, ideally it would be a 7 book series, one book for each sister, so if you read this (or the first one) and like it, make sure you buy everyone a copy so she can keep writing with them.
I don't see any specific fairy tales on this one based on just the description, but supposedly like the first it'll have kind of a mish mash of them. But I like that it's own book too. Kind of like the Dealing With Dragons books by Patricia C. Wrede (still one of my all-time favorite series).
That being said, I have to say it (again). I don't like the cover. Apparently it went through a LOT of revisions (I've been poking around the author's blog a bit). In fact, the other cover I see most of is this one on the right, which is pretty much the same cover only with a turquoise-y dress instead of the gray. Which, I guess I can see why they turned to a gray dress, since Saturday is apparently kind of a tomboy. But both just kind of look weirdly photoshopped to me, but the color of the blue/green dress is better in my opinion. Makes me wonder what the color of the actual dress was. The other thing I don't like is her hands. I think she's wearing gloves, but do you think they look weird? Hmmm...
Hero will be released on October 1st, just under a week away!
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