Hero by Alethea Kontis
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?”
Saturday thinks she’s different from the rest of her sisters in that she doesn’t have any powers. But she turns out to be the most powerful of all. After getting kidnapped and brought to a witch’s lair, she’ll need all her wits and power to combat her.
Hero is the sequel to Enchanted, though a separate story as it follows a different sister’s adventures. Enchanted was so fresh and enthralling that I had high hopes for this one. And while I loved the characters this time around, I missed some of the wonder and excitement from the previous story, the blending of various fairy tales. The bulk of this story focuses Saturday and her love interest and their fight against an evil witch. The characters are the strength of this installment, my favorite was the shapeshifting chimera named Betwix. This fantasy is a fun read for all ages, with plenty of adventure, magic, and romance.