Book Review : Wintersong by S. Jae. Jones

Genre : Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Page : 436 pages
Published : 7th February 2017


The last night of the year. Now the days of winter begin and the Goblin King rides abroad, searching for his bride….

All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her mind and spirit and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesel can’t help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.

But when her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds–and the mysterious man who rules it–she soon faces an impossible decision. With time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.

Dark, romantic, and powerful, Wintersong will sweep you away into a world you won’t soon forget.


“It takes love, you see, to bring the world back to life.”

I still remember I used to see this book on visible racks in the bookstore. I pick it up immediately because I am curious with the title. Wintersong. Moreover, I live in Indonesia and this book has its own Indonesian cover which gives off different vibes with the original cover.

 

See?

It makes you curious about the book.

I remember reading the summary and ended up putting it back because I found out this is a romance book. If you have followed through my blogging journey, then you should’ve known that I do not favour romance that much. It’s not like I hate romance, but I need another genre to balance out those romance part. Like fantasy romance? With more fantasy than the actual romance part of course.

Anyway, I always re-pick the book whenever I was in the bookstore and ended up reading the summary over and over again until I unconsciously memorized the whole context of the summary. Yep. I don’t know why but I always feel attracted with the book until the day I finally decided to give it a go.

And?

Voila!

I can’t help but to re-read my favourite scenes in the book!

And what is my favourite scenes?

Every pages that include Goblin King and our main character in the book, Liesl.

The story kick off with mysterious and dark introduction of the world where Goblin King and magic actually exist. It continues as the plot now focused on Liesl, a young maiden that helps her family inn business that loves to secretly play music. No one seems to be aware that Liesl could be a great composer since her family paid more attention to her brother musical taste, Josef. Aside from music, Liesl also can’t compete herself with Kathe – her sister in terms of beauty.

As Liesl works hard for the business, she watched how Kathe drown herself in perfect yet terrifying fantasy created by none others but Goblin King. Thus, Liesl try her best to free her sister by going down to the mysterious Underground.

Actually, the story is similar to Beauty and The Beast. There’s a young maiden and a monster. In this case, we have Goblin King. To make it more exciting, this book is a retelling of Hades and Persephone. As you can guess, it’s dark and yet, romantic.

“Life,” he said softly, “is more than flesh. Your body is a candle, your soul the flame. The longer I burn the candle…” He did not finish.
“A candle unused is nothing but wax and wick,” I said.“I would rather light the flame, knowing it will go out than sit forever in darkness.”

I am in love with all Goblin King and Liesl interaction. Goblin King has his own tricks to capture Liesl and his own way in taking care this special young maiden. While Liesl has her own stubbornness in handling the Goblin King. If you are looking for a dangerous yet deep romance, this book might be your answer.

As much as I love the couples, I feel like there’s something missing in the book. Something that makes me hold back from giving this book a complete five stars. I’m not sure what I’m looking for in the book but I think it lacks the excitement. Like I want more tension and surprise? The story is fun, romantic, dark and mysterious but sometimes, I just feel like its predictable even though there are surely some twists in the book.

Still, I love the book. Even though this is a retelling, I love how the story transform beautifully without missing the point of the original tales. As the story uncovers, I also notice that the plot are way more complex than it seems. I am not going to spoil this here since it would not be fun anymore when you decided to read the book.

One thing for sure, I can’t help myself from screening through the pages and getting myself lost again in Goblin King and Liesl interaction. The reads are so addictive and I can’t wait to read the second book. Seriously, I can’t get enough of them both.

“You are the monster I choose”

Author : Celine

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