School Library Journal Loves HERO – Thursday, January 16, 2014

It’s odd for a major review like this to appear so long after the book’s release…but better late than never! Also, I wholeheartedly support comparisons to the TV show Once Upon a Time. Some of us little people should benefit from The Giant Hammer of Disney, right? ************************* KONTIS, Alethea. Hero. Bk. 2. 304p. (Woodcutter […]

Today’s Blog Offerings – Tuesday, October 1, 2013


HERO landed in bookstores today, and exploded all over the intarwebs in a big way! *** At the Waterworld Mermaids, I blog about my spectacular, almost supernatural ability to pull off things at the Last Minute. Includes a few stats on Beloved, the first draft of which I finished last night around 11pm. (Click here […]

Jenna Does HERO (with giveaway!) – Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Jenna over at Jenna Does Books has posted a really great review of HERO: JENNA’S REVIEW 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 […]

KIRKUS Loves Hero! – Friday, August 16, 2013

HERO Author: Alethea Kontis Review Issue Date: September 1, 2013 Online Publish Date: August 14, 2013 Publisher:Harcourt Pages: 304 Price ( Hardcover ): $17.99 Publication Date: October 1, 2013 ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-0-544-05677-0 Category: Fiction The cover is terribly wrong—again—but Kontis’ return to the Woodcutter family is still mightily entertaining. This story focuses on […]

Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir – Monday, November 26, 2012

My new (and final) review column is up at IGMS. It’s been a wonderful four years of reviewing — thank you all so much for reading! Title: Darkbeast Author: Morgan Keyes EAN: 9781442442054 I had the pleasure of interviewing Morgan Keyes in July during my yearly Month of Author & Artists. In doing the requisite […]

Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir – Thursday, August 23, 2012

New book reviews are up at IGMS! Title: Home from the Sea Author: Mercedes Lackey EAN: 9780756407278 I adore Mercedes Lackey – By the Sword is one of my all-time favorites, as is her beautiful collaboration with Andre Norton: The Ship Who Searched. I keep the Bardic Voices books on hand at all times for […]

On Reviews – Friday, August 10, 2012


Recently on Twitter (I seem to be on Twitter a lot while I’m writing fiction–it’s quick and easy) a bunch of us were discussing reviewers who blatantly ask for free books, and the value of such reviews. Since then, I’ve been mulling over how to respond to these folks. Because according to some of my […]

The Adventures of Supermermaid #1 – Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Today is my blog day over at the Waterworld Mermaids, and I’m talking about my very first experience behind a table at a comic book convention–at HeroesCon just this past weekend! ********************** I am a comic book geek, dyed in the wool from the tender age when I could lift my first Archie Comics Digest. […]

Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir – Sunday, May 27, 2012

New reviews are up at Intergalactic Medicine Show! I’m off for the next two months while on book tour — in the meantime, my review column will be usurped by my dear friend and fellow Codexian Jamie Todd Rubin. I for one am really looking forward to his reviews–which have a decidedly more sci-fi flavor. […]

New Enchanted Reviews – Tuesday, May 15, 2012

More bloggers share the love and their thoughts about Enchanted! “The story is simply magical and so much more than a typical romantic fairy tale.” —Luxury Reading “Enchantments abound in Enchanted: balls, magic both dark and light, true love, sorcery, and lyrical writing.” — Misfit Salon “Enchanted offers a new way to read some of […]

Today at #SffWrtCht – Monday, April 16, 2012

Click over to the Science Fiction Writers’ Chat today to read one of the most gorgeous and loving reviews of ENCHANTED to date. It is truly an honor to be so cherished. THANK YOU, #SFFWRTCHT!

Moirae Reviews ENCHANTED – Saturday, April 14, 2012

A new review of ENCHANTED is up at Moirae (the Fates) Book Reviews: I encourage you all to pop by and see what The Fates thought of my little fairy tale! I have been invited back to do an interview with the Moirae on April 25th…stay tuned!  

Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir – Thursday, March 22, 2012

And now…the March reviews! Title: Cinder Author: Marissa Meyer EAN: 9780312641894 It is so incredibly wonderful when a delicious book comes along that you gobble up in less than a day . . . and so disappointing when that book doesn’t end. Cinder was described to me as “Cinderella meets The Fifth Element,” so I was on […]

Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir – Wednesday, March 21, 2012

There was a snafu last month with the February reviews — everything is fixed now, and they have been posted simultaneously with the March reviews. The IGMS book reviews for February are: Title: Witchlanders Author: Lena Oakley EAN: 9781442420045 Take all the classic elements of fantasy and swirl them around (stirred, not shaken), and you […]

The ENCHANTED Mimi Valentine – Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mimi Valentine, intrepid teen book reviewer, got her hands on Enchanted and wrote a very sweet review telling the world…well, not ALL about it, but enough to whet everyone’s appetite and make them want to read more. “Absolutely ADORABLE. Magical. Smile-inducing. And so incredibly sweet! This book is one of the many reasons why I […]

Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir – Friday, February 17, 2012

New reviews up at Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show! Title: Extraordinary: The True Story of My Fairy Godparent, Who Almost Killed Me, and Certainly Never Made Me a Princess Author: Adam Selzer EAN: 9780385736497 “Do you believe in fairy tales?” asked the back cover of Extraordinary. “Why yes, thank you, I do,” I replied […]

Starred Review for ENCHANTED in Kirkus! – Wednesday, February 15, 2012

As promised, here’s that FABULOUS review from Kirkus! It still makes me giddy. (My favorite parts are in bold.) ENCHANTED [STARRED REVIEW!] Author: Kontis, Alethea Review Issue Date: February 15, 2012 Online Publish Date: February 5, 2012 Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Pages: 320 Price ( Hardcover ): $16.99 Publication Date: May 8, 2012 ISBN ( Hardcover ): […]

When You Wish Upon a Star – Friday, February 10, 2012

Reports have been trickling in from those folks who have a subscription to Kirkus — ENCHANTED has received a coveted STARRED book review! The review begins thusly: “Readers who get past the generic title and an off-puttingly generic cover will discover a fabulous fairy-tale mashup that deserves hordes of avid readers.” Now, before you all […]

Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir – Sunday, December 4, 2011

Also on my to-do list: New Princess Alethea reviews are up over at IGMS! (It *says* October, but they really mean November.)   Title: The False Princess Author: Eilis O’Neal EAN: 9781606840795 As a Princess, I am always drawn to books with the word “Princess” in the title. I’m usually disappointed when I read the […]

Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir – Wednesday, November 2, 2011

New reviews are up at Intergalactic Medicine Show! (Actually, they’ve been up for a while, but every time I’ve tried to post about it, my site has been down. We’ve moved to a new server now, so all should be well.) Title: Enclave Author: Ann Aguirre EAN: 9780312650087 When a publisher puts a Publisher’s Weekly […]

Blood Oath Reviews – Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Reviews of a different sort — from the movie that became my second credit on IMDB. (Not only is my name in the opening credits of Blood Oath…it’s even SPELLED CORRECTLY!) Before you read any–or all–of these, just keep one thing in mind: we didn’t set out to produce Shakespeare. We were a bunch of […]

Princess Alethea On Reviews – Friday, September 23, 2011


I tell people I don’t read reviews. That’s not *totally* true. It is true that I don’t hunt them down–usually my editor will send me the important ones. I have Google Alerts out for things like “Alethea Kontis” and “AlphaOops” in case someone invokes my name and it’s appropriate for me to share a little […]

Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir – Sunday, September 18, 2011

My new Intergalactic Medicine Show reviews are up! Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Author: Ransom Riggs EAN: 1594744769 “I slammed out of the Priest Hole and started walking, heading nowhere in particular. Sometimes you just need to go through a door.” -Jacob Portman I almost feel bad writing a review of Miss Peregrine’s […]

13 Little Blue Reasons – Sunday, July 31, 2011

I finished Maureen Johnson’s The Last Little Blue Envelope this morning at the bookstore. The premise of the book is this: Virginia (the main character) spent all last summer hopping around Europe (starting in England), following the instructions in thirteen little blue envelopes her artistic Aunt Peg left her before she died of cancer. Only […]

Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir – Tuesday, July 19, 2011

New reviews are up at Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show! Title: Rejiggering the Thingamajig Author: Eric James Stone EAN: 0979534992 I absolutely loved reading this book. For me, Rejiggering the Thingamajig wasn’t just a collection of brilliant stories by an author so funny and clever it makes me angry sometimes, it was a trip […]

Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir – Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New reviews are up at Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show! Title: Sparks Author: Laura Bickle EAN: 9781439167687 It’s funny . . . I read this book a few weeks ago, and I’m still not quite sure whether or not I liked it. I finished it, which is certainly something for the plus column these days. So […]

Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir – Saturday, April 30, 2011

New reviews are up at Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show! Title: Fuzzy Nation Author: John Scalzi EAN: 9780765328540 Admit it: it’s a strange title. I figured it was about animals (a lot of animals), or a bunch of fetishists, or a country of very hirsute folk. Regardless of the title, I am a pretty […]

Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir – Thursday, March 24, 2011

New reviews are up at Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show! Title: The Desert of Souls Author: Howard Andrew Jones EAN: 9780312646745 I loved this book. This could possibly be the shortest review I ever write, because I don’t know how to say it any other way: I loved this book. I wish it had […]

Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir – Saturday, February 19, 2011

New reviews are up at Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactc Medicine Show! Title: The Winds of Khalakovo Author: Bradley P. Beaulieu EAN: 978-1-59780-218-5 If your reading habits are anything like mine, difficult pronunciation in a book can be a real turn off. If I scan down a book’s jacket and find that the main characters’ names […]

Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir – Monday, January 24, 2011

My new reviews are up at Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show! Title: Pegasus Author: Robin McKinley EAN: 9780399246777 Ask me who my favorite authors are and — hard pressed as I am to narrow it down to less than twenty — Robin McKinley is always at the top of the list. She has remained […]

Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir – Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New reviews are up at Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show! Title: In Dreams Begin Author: Skyler White EAN: 9780425236956 Three things instantly struck me when I started Skyler White’s In Dreams Begin. The first was the gorgeous fluidity of the prose. Skyler has obviously studied poets and is also one herself; she writes in […]

Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir – Sunday, November 14, 2010

New reviews are up in my column at Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show! Title: Warrior Wisewoman 3 Editor: Roby James EAN: 9781607620617 I’ll admit, when I first received this book and looked at the title, I was slightly concerned that I was getting into part three of a Conan-style fantasy that I hadn’t dived […]

Princess Alethea’s Sharktopus Review – Sunday, September 26, 2010

I had some of the most fun I’d had in a long time last night. It was a veritable MST3K SharktopusCon on Twitter. Up-to-the-minute popcorn passing up and down the Eastern seaboard as we all tried to outdo each other’s cleverness and summarily died in fits of giggles. My favorite part might have been when […]

Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir – Friday, September 17, 2010

New reviews are up! Title: The Immortals Author: J.T. Ellison EAN: 9780778327639 The cool thing about J.T Ellison is not that her Taylor Jackson novels could easily be converted into CSI: Nashville (and more well done, at that), it’s that she’s lived in a lot of the same places I’ve lived, so her novels always […]

Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir – Wednesday, August 11, 2010

New reviews! Author C. C. Finlay and I were Tweeting the other day about Jane Austen — he had just read Pride & Prejudice for the first time and was essentially wondering how he’d lived his whole life thus far without it. Like any Austenite worth her salt, I then advised him to seek out […]

New Comics – Sunday, July 11, 2010

In the last run to the comics shop, I caught up with The Guild (they’re up to issue 3, guilty pleasure) and the run of IDW’s graphic novelization of Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn. You’d think I probably had enough The Last Unicorn stuff (I’d probably own more merchandise if Hot Topic licensed it), […]

On the Plus Side – Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Prime time Monday night, I’m hanging out with one of my fairy goddaughters. We’re watching reruns of Bones, and she’s messing around on the laptop. Out of the blue, she says, “Can you change it to ABC Family?” This news was surprising, as we’re normally one of those close-knit “What do you want to watch?” […]

Eating Out: M&S Grill – Saturday, June 26, 2010


If you’re new to an area, one of the first things you discover is the local dining scene (sometimes not by choice, if you don’t happen to have things like groceries or pots and pans yet). I’m still shiny to this Northern Virginia/DC area, and I’ve been both exploring the area and asking for ideas […]

Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir – Thursday, May 20, 2010

New reviews! Title: Swords & Dark Magic: The New Swords & Sorcery Editors: Lou Anders & Jonathan Strahan EAN: 9780061723810 Ah, Summertime. The time for cookouts and beach balls and lemonade. For bibliophiles, it’s the time of mass-market paperbacks and anthologies. Why lug Umbert Eco into your hammock when you could have a relaxing love […]

Iron Man 2 Cents – Monday, May 10, 2010

Iron Man was fun, albeit a little long. Go see it. You’ll enjoy it. I only had two peeves: 1.) Dear Gwyneth — if you really didn’t want to be in the movie, you shouldn’t have. It was painfully obvious you weren’t a team player. As one performer to another: when you’re not having fun, […]

Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir – Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New reviews! Title: The Iron King Author: Julie Kagawa EAN: 978-0373210084 Julie Kagawa is one seriously fantastic panel moderator. The first time I did that, I was voted moderator by default since I was the last one to show up to the panel (and the other guests were EVIL). Julie’s first time was also at […]

Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir – Friday, February 5, 2010

Princess Alethea’s new reviews are now up at Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show! This month I discuss: Title: The Girl Who Chased the Moon Author: Sarah Addison Allen EAN: 9780553807219 I fell in love with Sarah Addison Allen over a crotchety old woman and an apple tree. The woman was named Evanelle, and if […]

Books on the Bed: The Man Who Took the Indoors Out – Friday, January 15, 2010

Title: The Man Who Took the Indoors Out Author: Arnold Lobel Pub Date: 1974 Status: Out of Print Number nine on the list of My 21 Most Influential Books, The Man Who Took the Indoors Out is incredibly difficult to find, and is not even listed on Caldecott Medal winner Arnold Lobel’s Wikipedia page. This […]

Books on the Bed: Ronia the Robber’s Daughter – Friday, January 8, 2010

(Books on the Bed: Novels and stories I read as a child that still remain in my collection. Recommended reading for all ages. If you can find them.) The first box I packed during my half-move from Tennessee was for my friend Ariell. She was the first person on Awesome Porch who I ever saw […]

Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir – Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Princess Alethea’s new book reviews are now up at Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. This month I discuss: Title: Quatrain Author: Sharon Shinn EAN: 9780441017584 My friend Gayle held this book tight to her chest on the day she gave it to me. “I know you really like Sharon Shinn,” she said, “but I […]

Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir – Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The new Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir reviews are up over at Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show! This month I discuss: Title: Rogue Angel: Destiny (audiobook) Author: Alex Archer Publisher: GraphicAudio EAN: 9781599502052 Title: Bad Moon Rising Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon Publisher: St. Martin’s Press EAN: 9780312369491 Title: Ophelia Joins the Group Maidens Who Don’t Float: […]

Books On the Bed: They Call Me Boober Fraggle – Thursday, August 27, 2009

I was thinking about it the other day — I can’t actually remember a time when I didn’t know how to read. I knew the alphabet at eighteen months. At three, I was reading the TV Guide. Mom got me into Kindergarten at four, where a teacher’s assistant told my father, “Alethea can spell words […]