REVIEW – Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

wintersong-by-s-jae-jonesWintersong by S. Jae-Jones
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ | 5 Star Rating
Goodreads | Wordery | Author’s Site
Published by Titan Books – Out Now! 
This book was sent to me for review by the publisher.

 

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. – Goodreads Description

Wintersong is the best book I’ve read in a long time and it’s instantly become one of my favourite books ever. It’s such a perfect mix of fantasy, romance and intrigue that it was impossible to put it down. This book is loosely based on/ inspired by the film Labyrinth (which I watched only recently) and to be honest I enjoyed it so much more. Jae-Jones writing instantly draws you in with gorgeous prose and an almost ethereal style that it makes you feel as if you’re reading something completely unique and new.

Our protagonist Leisl (Elisabeth) is a young girl in historical Germany who lives with her family in a small village inn. Leisl is basically the caretaker of her two siblings, virtuoso Josef and romantic Kathe as her mother looks after their inn and her father drinks away the family’s finances. Another member of the household is her grandmother, Constantine who is a big believer in the old tales surrounding their lands of Goblins and fairies that she passes on to both Leisl and Josef. Leisl’s belier only goes so far however and this lands her in trouble when she forgets to be careful of her choices and makes a mistake concerning her sister. One day in a cat and mouse game with a creature known only as the Goblin King,  her sister Kathe is kidnapped to be  his bride and Leisl is forced to go the the Underground – the world of the goblins, to get her back. However Leisl realises she recognises the Goblin King from her childhood and is forced to relive her past and expose her deepest secrets in order to find a way to recover her sister and return her to the world above.

Honestly this book is so incredibly beautiful and dark that you can’t help but be drawn into it’s seductive story. Leisl such an interesting and multi faceted character that I think a lot of people will be able to see themselves in as she struggles with the choices she is forced to make. I also read on the author’s twitter that the sequel will explore her bipolar disorder that is hinted in the first book which I’m really intrigued and hopeful for as that would be amazing. She’s an incredibly strong woman and her relationship with the Goblin King whilst extremely dark is utterly addictive. I just loved this book so much and I can’t wait for more people to read it. I’m also counting down the days to the sequel in 2018 which I will definitely be pre-ordering ASAP. I highly recommend picking this book up and a huge thanks to Titan Books for the review copy.

Thanks for reading! P.S This is basically my February Wrap Up as it’s the only book I read that month. 🙂

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December/Christmas Book Haul Part 4

This will be the final part of my December Book Haul. These books were all gifts from my sister, Jess for Christmas. She bought me –

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The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Dubliners by James Joyce

The Iliad by Homer

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Odyssey by Homer

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Call of the Wild & White Fang by Jack London

The Harry Potter Box Set by J. K. Rowling

Thanks for reading and feel free to comment your thoughts on the books as always. 🙂

 

December/Christmas Book Haul Part 3

Here are some more books I was gifted this month –

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The Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin

The City Watch Trilogy by Terry Pratchett

The Gods Trilogy by Terry Pratchett

The Death Trilogy by Terry Pratchett

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan

Lumberjanes Volume 2 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke A. Allen

Saga Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Rat Queens Volume 2 by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch

A Game of Thrones Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4 by Daniel Abraham, Tommy Patterson and George R.R. Martin

I also received The World of Game of Thrones and a signed copy of More Than This by Patrick Ness (one of my favourite books) but forget to include them in the photo. For anybody interested the GOT graphic novels in HB The Works is currently selling all of the volumes for £7 each.  🙂

December/Christmas Book Haul Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of my December Book Haul! Here are some more of the books I picked up/received this month –

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Inda by Sherwood Smith

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

Harpy’s Flight by Megan Lindholm

Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb

The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

The Pagan Night by Tim Akers

Planetfall by Emma Newman

Cam Girl by Leah Raeder (Elliot Wake)

As always feel free to let me know your thoughts on these books in the comments! 🙂

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words. This meme involves answering three questions. What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’re going to read next? What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently Carol by Patricia Highsmith as I went to see the film a few days ago and I LOVED them both. It’s such a lovely story and Patricia Highsmith’s writing is different from anything I’ve read before.

What do you think you’re going to read next?

Hopefully either Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb or The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. I really want to continue the Realm of the Elderlings ‘series’ but I may start The Bronze Horseman beforehand to have a little break between the series. I’m really far behind on my Winter TBR so hopefully The Bronze Horseman will spur me on to tick some of the others off of my TBR.

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently in between two books, Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb and My True Love Gave to Me. I’m really enjoying them both and hope to finish them before the new year, especially My True Love Gave to Me as I read a few of the short stories last year.

Let me know in the comments what you’re reading or leave a link to your WWW Wednesday! 🙂

 

 

November Book Haul – Part 1/3

My book buying has been a bit excessive recently so I haven’t done a book haul in a while as they all would’ve been way too long. I decided to start again as I really wanted to show what I’ll be reading in the upcoming months and after the New Year my book hauls will be a lot smaller. I also went to an Open Day at a local animal shelter where they were selling a lot of books so that’s my excuse for some of these purchases, I’ve also been finding really good deals in local charity shops. Anyway – here are the books I bought in November.

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Atonement by Ian McEwan

The Rose Society by Marie Lu

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman

Tatiana and Alexander by Paulina Simons

Out by Natsuo Kirino

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

I’d Tell You I Loved You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen, and Philip Smiley (Illustrator)

George by Alex Gino

The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these books! 🙂

December TBR/Winter Reads

After not reading a huge amount of books in November I’m hoping to make up for it this month. These books are just the ones I’d like to read during December but also the ones I’d like to read during winter as for the most part they’re centered around the winter time. I’ll probably read others too but these are the ones I really hope to tick off of my TBR soon. Anyway here are the books I’d like to read during December/over winter.

The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb

My True Love Gave To Me – Edited by Stephanie Perkins

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

So these are the books I hope to read in the upcoming month(s). Let me know in the comments if you’ve read these books and if you have, what you thought. 🙂

P.S – I’m going to start doing book hauls again soon after not doing any for awhile (due to buying too many books) so be sure to keep an eye out for that!