All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They've enraptured her mind and spirit and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesel can't help but feel that her musical dreams ...more
That said, while WINTERSONG is now designated as YA, it does contain mature content and would probably be more appropriate for older teens and adults. :)(less)
“You are the monster I claim.”
Dark and poetic.
Frightening. Seductive. Beautiful.
I claim this beautiful tale, I claim the sorrow, the dreams, the wildness, the magic, the darkness and the pain that consumed me.
I loved it.
“Once there was a little girl who played her music for a little boy in the wood.”
But the girl grew up, and forgot about the boy. She continued her life as if he never existed, she kept her family together, composed her music in the dark and wished, for attention, for ...more
this book was.... [crowd leans in] meh [crowd immediately starts booing]
in millions of years, archaeologists will dig up my crystallized body that has been perfectly preserved by the bog of disappointment that I drowned in after reading this book and put me in a museum with a placard ‘wintersong did this.’
look, I've already mentally five starred this book because 99% of my friends loved it and honestly what the fuck is a certified emotion and it's the biggest mood right now. I genuinely ...more
The plot is basically Hades/Persephone meets Caraval. It is not only magical, but mysterious and riveting - exploring so many heart felt topics such as the bond between siblings, sacrifice, and self-acceptance.
Leisl the older "ugly" sister, the overlooked talent, and the backbone of her family. I connected with her and her insecurities/struggles, especially in the beginning. I think you'll either ...more
Too often authors have incredible ideas of stories to write. So we’re excited about them and want only to find a time-machine to transport us into the future with the intention to read said stories.
And then we do, after months of waiting (still waiting on that time-machine, by the way) and we’re disappointed because, although the author had a great idea, the execution was so-so or completely mediocre.
Am I right? Which is why I am so extremely happy and proud to be able to ...more
Wintersong is a painfully beautifully written book about nineteen year old Elisabeth (Liesl) who has always been a responsible and caring older to sister to her siblings Joseph and Kathe, sacrificing her future and dreams for her brother Joseph. She's always lived in ...more
I don’t know about you, but I was so intrigued by this sentence, that I had to continue to read the entire book and I’m very glad to say that I wasn’t disappointed. “Wintersong” truly gave me everything I expected to read … and then some. XD It was obvious that Jae-Jones did her research and even though there were a few things that bugged me, she still did a ...more
The moment I saw Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones I had to buy it. The cover, the title, the blurb-pretty much everything about the book baited me. First, I must say that I'm a Labyrinth freak and I've been highly anticipating reading this. I was under the impression that this was a true Labyrinth retelling, but there's more going on here.
I was so taken-back in just the first 70 pages of the book. The authors writing style is so ...more
Once there was a little girl who played her music for a little boy in the wood. She was small and dark, he was tall and fair, and the two of them made a fancy pair as they danced together, dancing to the music the little girl heard in her head.
I take back what I said about thinking every other 1-star read by me is the most boring book ever, because this was, by far, the most boring book I have ever read. The fact that I actually finished it is so surprising to me because I thought about DNF ...more
'I am the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground,' he said, mismatched eyes glinting. 'I am wildness and madness made flesh. You’re just a girl'—he smiled, and the tips of his teeth were sharp—'and I am the wolf in the woods.'
Thank you to St. Martin's Press for providing me with an ARC!
Wintersong was a work of art. S Jae-Jones's writing was breathtakingly poetic and I found myself whisked away by the first page. The storyline was seductive, passionate, and heartbreakingly beautiful. In a ...more
you know those books that literally reach out with their painfully beautiful covers and grab onto you?? saying “buy me! i’m pretty”?? well that’s what this book did for me, and tbh I don’t even care… I’m returning it.
from the very first chapter i was like oh no. this is not heading in a good direction. the family dynamic was so annoying and stupid. Liesl did nothing ...more
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You could say that I'm a hardcore Labyrinth fan girl. I love the movie, Labyrinth, and have seen it many times, glitter-dappled set and cheesy puppets aside; it's an interesting story that's clearly inspired by Celtic faerie lore, and (you could argue) the allegorical tale of a girl's coming-of-age through the use of symbolism. In fact, many of the reasons I love the movie are less because of what's in the story and more of what's ...more
The second I read the first page I knew there was no backing out of this story. I knew I would start and finish it with no interruption.
The moment you start this book, I still can't comprehend how, the story pulls you in like wines wrapping themselves around you and pulling you in. The entire book has this air of mystery surrounding it even if we know what's happening so it constantly keeps you wanting to read ...more
“Winter turned to spring, spring to summer, summer into autumn, autumn back into winter, but each turning of the year grew harder and harder as the little girl grew up while the Goblin King remained the same. She washed the dishes, cleaned the floors, brushed her sister’s hair, soothed her brother’s fears, hid her father’s purse, counted the coins, and no longer went ...more
With the superlatives out of the way, I will admit that the first 50-pages of this were rough.
I wasn't sure what to think but mainly my thoughts were composed of sentiments such as:
Do I like this?
Do I actually hate this?
What is going on?
How the hell do I pronounce these names???
With a little patience, it all started to weave together into the most intricate, spellbinding story of forbidden love that I have ever read.
Perhaps it makes sense considering ...more
Edit: I got a fourth point that makes it problematic for me.
Spoilers and Rant mode time
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DNF@72% 1 Star
I tried so hard to finish this but I couldn't.
I thought after I got halfway through it would get better which it did but ...more
Almost half the book in the beginning was wonderful. I just knew I was going to love this story. But after that it just fell flat for me, which makes me angry but what can you do?
I love the name of the book, I love the book cover and I love the idea. I wish I could tell you exactly what it was that went wrong for me but I can't.
I'm happy to know that more than half my friends on goodreads enjoyed the book, some didn't, but I was hoping after their rave ...more
(edit: this book popped back up on my feed today, and considering how livid even thinking about it makes me, I'm bumping my rating down another half star. I really am still being generous here.)
Mmmmmmmmmm I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about this book.
I was so sure I was going to love this. The blurb made it sound so mysterious and creepy and intriguing: a young musician gets caught up with evil goblins who steal her sister, and she has to find a way into a dark underworld to ...more
It was slow to start for me. I thought I wasn’t going to like it very much but then sweet Elisabeth went underground AND HUNG OUT WITH THE GOBLIN KING. I was hooked from the moment she went underground. So hooked that I just read over half of this book in one day. I just couldn’t put it down!!
I loved Elisabeth as a main character. Her whole life she has been told she’s not good enough, not pretty enough, just not enough. She found herself in the ...more
*not an unbiased or objective review
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Ever-so-enigmatic male lead? Check.
Teenage girl bethroted to said enigma? Check.
The two hopelessly fall in love? Check.
An obstacle that they will almost CERTAINLY overcome? Check.
...now where have I read that one before?
First notes. They are enchanting. Haunting. Alluring- no, no, what are you saying? It's something else. They are the enchantment. They are the ghost and the obsession. They are the allure.
The difference is slight, almost indiscernible -one could say it exist only if you will it into existence- but it's there. And since it's there, since these notes don't make you feel, but are the feel, the space between them is filled with promise. The ...more
This is a story about a brave maiden. This is a story of a tragedy. This is a story about the power of love. This is a story about the compassion and love and sacrifice between siblings. This is a story about selfishness and selflessness. This is the story of the greatest sacrifice. This is a story about life.
“Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.”
This book is magical. The writing is exquisite. The world is so encompassing and real. The characters are flawed and selfish and selfless ...more
Wintersong is a beautiful book. Beautiful, dark, mysterious, and captivating. It is a book that deals with a wide range of themes: Love, pain, selflessness, selfishness, sacrifice, family, music, strength, insecurity, and confidence.
Wintersong is apparently a retelling of the movie Labyrinth. I have never watched Labyrinth, so I had no idea what to expect. However, I was told it resembled the book Caraval, a 2017 favorite of mine. The first half definitely resembled it and ...more
Is it bad that I'm kind of disappointed? That ending was awful. (Cruel, not poorly written.)
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Rating: 3 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley
Summary (from Goodreads):
Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.
All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the ...more
Wild, untamed, dark, painful, sensual.
This is a coming-of-age story of a simple plain girl on the outside, but with the fire burning inside her: slow and shimmering and waiting for a little breath to fan it to life.
This is how the author S. Jae-Jones aka JJ describes it:
The story of a young woman who goes Underground to save her sister, only to find herself instead.
In a long time, I haven't read a story as sensual as this one, filled with dark allure, death, desire, fear; a story that at the
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