ARC Book Review: Wintersong

Posted January 20, 2017 by booksbeautyandcoffee in Book Reviews / 4 Comments

ARC Book Review: WintersongTitle: Wintersong
Author: S. Jae-Jones
Publisher: Thomas Dunne
Published: February 7th 2017

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.

This was provided for free by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion or the review to follow.

Well damn, you guys. I’m trying to form some actual words and sentences to express my feelings, but like, just damn. But I mean, is that really new at all? I kind of always start off my reviews like a hot mess, and I’m gonna just have to come to terms with that.

First off, can we talk about the fact that I genuinely didn’t realize this was a Labyrinth retelling? Or maybe it is just described as being inspired by the movie, but still, I didn’t know and I thought I was so clever realizing how similar the stories were. Insert an eye roll at myself here, I’m such a dork.

But honestly, if I’d known that this was a retelling/inspired story, I probably would’ve picked it up much faster than I did.

As for who I pictured for the main characters, I pretty much just pictured the original Labyrinth cast, just with the ages changed around a bit. Aka, Goblin King as a younger version of the movie one, and then Liesl as an older version of the movie one! I pretty much read this as a written version of Labyrinth, with some changes of course, and I loved it.

One of the things I definitely loved most about this was the fact that it felt like we got two stories out of one book. We had the first half, where the Goblin King stole away Liesl‘s little sister and she went off to rescue her, and then the second story seemed to start when the Goblin King accepted Liesl‘s proposal of marriage.

The only thing I wasn’t really a fan of was the ending.. I’m not spoiling anything, so don’t worry about that, but I just had to throw out there that I’m a bit confused as to what exactly… happened? It just seemed to get very rushed, and I think I got what happened, or what we were supposed to understand, but then again, I’m not exactly sure.

This is definitely a slow paced retelling, but if you’re a huge fan of the original movie, I’m absolutely positive you would enjoy getting to read it!

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!

  • I’m starting this one next – I’ve been excited about reading it, but now I’m even more excited! It’s a bummer about the ending though – do you know if there’s going to be a sequel that it was setting up for? Confusing endings usually make me shy away from books, I typically find myself preferring tidy endings where things get wrapped up nicely.

    Awesome review!

    • Olivia

      i don’t know if there’s going to be a sequel, on goodreads it doesn’t say anything about one yet, but i would be so happy if there happened to be one coming out!

  • I’ve never seen Labyrinth – so I’m not familiar witht he story, but that gif is going to be haunting my dreams lol. Bummer about the ending, I hate that feeling. But sounds like overall this is a good read, and definitely one I will keep an eye out for!

    • Olivia

      it’s actually a really good movie! i hadn’t seen it until like october last year, but it’s definitely worth the watch. maybe i just read the ending too quickly, which i do sometimes when i get excited to see where it goes, so i may give it another try! i hope you like it!