Wintersong: {ARC Review}

Publication date: February 7th, 2017
Publisher: Thomas Dunne
Series: None at the moment
Format: e-ARC

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns. 
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws.A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

Oh how I wanted to love Wintersong! When I read that it was going to be like Labyrinth, I was immediately interested and my expectations were set extremely high. 

With that being said, I would encourage readers to lower their expectations because if you are seeking a Labyrinth type book, you will not find it in Wintersong. Yes, there are goblins, a kidnapped family member, and riddles, but those are where the similarities end. 

Wintersong is about a young woman who has been in the shadows of her siblings all her life, and now she is thrust forward into the open when Der Erlkonig, the goblin king, comes back into her life by taking her sister Kathe into the Underground. Liesl has to find Kathe and rescue her before time runs out or Kathe will be gone forever. 

My main issue with the book was Liesl. I feel like that in every chapter she was going on and on about how plain and ugly she was compared to her sister and other women. It was extremely tedious to have to read about it all the time. Her self confidence causes her to be stubborn many times, especially when the goblin king was trying to tell her something important. I get it, we all have confidence issues, but there was no need for her to constantly complain about her looks when all of this important stuff was going down with her sister and the Underground. She was also entirely too selfish with her brother, especially when something huge was revealed about him. 

Plot wise, it moved rather slow and I found it to be boring at times, especially with all of the musical references. I love music as much as the next person, but it made the book drag for me. 

Things really picked up around the end, which also happened to end on a huge cliffhanger. I have not seen an announcement for a second book in the series, but I am curious to know what will happen if there is a second book.

S. Jae-Jones's writing was very beautiful at times, and it reminded me of The Star Touched Queen because of how lyrical it was. I just think my expectations were set too high to fully enjoy this one, and on top of that Liesl's character was a bit much for my taste.

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