Curses and Witches: A Review of HERO by Alethea Kontis

Alethea Kontis
304 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: October 1st, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher

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.

Saturday Woodcutter believes that she is the most plainest of all her siblings, with nothing more than sword and her snarky wits, Saturday is rather dull compared to her special siblings. Until she summons an ocean in her backyard out of anger. With her magical sword, Saturday boards a pirate ship before getting kidnapped by a giant bird. Held captive at the top of mountain, Saturday meets Peregrine, a mysterious and annoyingly charming prisoner who’s apparently under a dreaded curse.

Together, the two of them must be able to destroy the evil witch and save the world from utter destruction. Curses, demons, and suspicious characters, HERO is a breath-taking sequel ready to sweep you off your feet.

Once again Alethea Kontis managed to pull me back into the magical world of the Woodcutters. As you all know I completely adored ENCHANTED, and was dying to get my hands on the second copy. And as soon as it arrived, I picked it up.

You know how there are some sequels that just start out of know where, and you’ve completely forgotten about all the characters and their lives from the first book? Thankfully HERO is nothing like that, told by an entirely different sister, we get a short and sweet recap on the Woodcutter family, and what happened in the previous book.

While HERO was amazing, there were some parts that had me shaking my head. Sometimes the story was a little rushed and other times, when the character should have been in great pain, I didn’t really feel anything. But aside from that, HERO was amazing.

I loved all the characters, new and old alike. I loved how Saturday’s personality barely shifted when she met Peregrine and started to fall for him. And Peregrine was complete awesomeness. With his witty sense of humor and kindness, he’s much more different than out typical male protagonist. I only wished that Peter, Saturday’s lovely brother, made more appearances in the story, I loved his closeness to Saturday.

All in all, HERO was a fantastic read, one that you should definitely check out, with a dazzling amount of different fairy-tales and folklore combined, it is sure to be a novel that will hook you from the start.

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Asma is a cat-loving co-blogger at IceyBooks. She's a 15 year old homeschooler who spends her time blogging (obviously), reading, and whatever else strikes her fancy. She's also a part time pirate and assassin.



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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    October 7, 2013

    I had the same thoughts! It was a fun story and I really liked the MC, though the prince kind of got on my nerves sometimes.

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    October 9, 2013

    I still need to read the first book, but I have it there on my TBR list! Hopefully I’ll get to it soon! Glad to hear the sequel is good too!!
    Great review, Asma!

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    Mary Preston

    October 13, 2013

    This is the first I’ve heard of this series. I do love witches.

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