Sunday, July 9, 2017

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Title: Wintersong
Author: S. Jae-Jones
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Pages: 436


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 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.


I received a copy of this book from a stooped old lady that was seeking refuge in my house from a storm one cold winter night. Like most normal people, I refused to let her in the house because she looked a bit creepy and could have just been out to kill my whole family, and I'm not down with that. After I refused her shelter, she handed me this book and then magically turned into a beautiful maiden, and I knew I'd fucked up (I've seen Beauty and the Beast). She put a curse on my husband that he would never see snow again (dude loves snowboarding, so it's a pretty shitty situation for him). I'm not sure what my curse is exactly, but I know it's there. 

Because she gave me this book though, I figured reading it could help me break the curse. Surely there'd be some clues in it that would help me out right? Otherwise why give it to me in the first place? But it was basically a bust. I mean, the main character in this story is inspired by the beast that she agrees to marry, but there's just nothing about my husband that I find really inspiring. He doesn't have the devilish good lucks that songwriters wax on about (his nose and ears are just a bit too big for his face). He's not known for his daring feats that one could write stories about. And in the bedroom, calling him a minuteman would be a gross exaggeration (so we're not making any pornos either). The book makes it pretty clear that Liesl's life needs to be sacrificed regardless of how the Goblin King feels about her and in spite of their relationship. Does that mean that for my husband to get to see snow again, I'm gonna' have to die? That's just not really an acceptable price I don't think, and frankly, I'm not willing to pay it. But we've tried everything else I can think of. We even tried that true love thing, but either it just isn't working for us, or my husband isn't my true love. So I guess before I sacrifice myself, I'm gonna' have to head out to kiss some frogs. Any volunteers? 

Overall I give Wintersong 2 cursed roses because it didn't help me at all. 

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About the Author

S. Jae-Jones (called JJ) is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and the author of WINTERSONG (Thomas Dunne 2017). When not obsessing over books, she can be found jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, co-hosting the Pub(lishing) Crawl podcast, or playing dress-up. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she now lives in North Carolina, as well as many other places on the internet, including Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, and her blog.

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