Sunday, 23 April 2017

{Review} Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones + INT Giveaway

24763621Posted by Donna
Release Date: February 7th, 2017
Finished Date: April 7th, 2017
Publishers: Titan Books
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 463
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US / The Book Depo 
 
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.

The Review: As soon as I heard about Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones I pre-ordered it straight away. If I’m honest that’s not me at all. I very rarely pre-order debut books until I start hearing some hype from bloggers who received advanced copies, however I read the blurb of this story and just knew that I had to read this book. 

Wintersong is about a young girl named Lisel who has to hide her musical talent from her family but yet there is one person who loves to hear Lisel play, someone from her past who she has tried to forget but that person can’t forget her – The Goblin King. Deep in the woods and underground The Goblin King lives and he will do anything to have Lisel – even if that means taking away one of the people she loves most, her sister. Lisel will do anything to get her sister back and away from the goblins and The Goblin King but that means she may have to sacrifice herself. 

You know when you start reading a book and you just don’t want to put it down? That’s how I felt while reading Wintersong. It was impossible to put down and I fell in love with the story from the very start. The story is simply written so beautifully and it’s such a magical read that is mysterious and spell-binding. And the music aspect was such a beautiful touch that made me enjoy it all the more. 

The characters were simply fantastic. They weren’t perfect and had their faults but no-one is perfect and so I forgave them when they made mistakes. I just loved the characters, every minute they were together was nail-biting and nerve-racking but so beautiful too. I loved that they could connect through music when they couldn’t or wouldn’t always put their feelings into words. It just made for a very beautiful read!

I hear the story is being compared to a Hades and Persephone re-telling or a Labyrinth re-telling which doesn’t bother me at all because this book could have been a re-telling of any kind and I still would have looked this book. It is its own book, no matter where the inspiration came from to write it, so before you read try and keep an open mind and I’m sure you’ll love it. 

By the time I’d finished the book my emotions were all over the place. That ending? Talk about a cliff-hanger but I’m so glad the author is writing another book because I wouldn’t have been happy had that been the end of the story. 

In all Wintersong is a fantastic read and dare I say my favourite read of 2017 so far!
Giveaway
Now because I loved this story so much, I have teamed up with Bookworm Candles and Crafts to provide you with a little giveaway. Once I finished this book I immediately went to Danielle and started plowing her with ideas for candles to make. In the end we decided on The Goblin Grove location candle. 

The Goblin Grove is a key feature throughout the book and a fantastic location to get lost in. This candle smells like alder circle, woven music and sweet ripe fruit. This beautiful candle represents everything this magical book has to offer, from the circle of alder trees in The Goblin Grove, to the music being played by the characters and most importantly to that moment that Liesl’s sister eats the juicy ripe peaches that starts the whole story in motion!

This candle has been newly added to Bookworm Candles and Craft store and added to her Location candle range and today we are offering three winners a 2oz sample candle of The Goblin Grove. So if you loved this book or even if it’s new to you, then feel free to enter!  And it's international!

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