Published: February 7th 2017
Genres: Young Adult
Reading from: ebook
Publisher: Thomas Dunne
Pages: 436 pages
Series or Standalone: ???????
Rating: 4.256 out of 5 stars
Thank you to the publisher for providing for eARC, all my opinions are mine.
Summary from Goodreads: 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 looked him straight in the eye. “What was it your father used to say?” Hans said nothing. He turned his head away. “What’s the use of running, if we are on the wrong road?”
So I went into this book with no expectations , I went in thinking “Hey if its at least a 3 out of 5 stars it will be okay” but WOW this book exceeded my expectations on so many levels. So i had never even heard heard/seen Labyrinth(oops). This book is a piece of art, it masterfully and delicately planned out and written. I was blow away from the very first sentence. The first chapter or so was pure genius, it was so beautifully written and draws you into the story, you just can’t hold back.
It was dark, beautiful, poetic, romantic, and sexy and every way.
“Once there was a little girl who played her music for a little boy in the wood.”
So basically its about a girl who played music for a little boy, she completely(or did she) forgot about the boy. Yet the boy never forgot her. She continued her life and continued to grow up and change. She composed her music being in the shadows of the flame(her brother and sister), desire for greatness, and attention. (Remember the boy) Well he waited for, like he waited a long time for her in his depressing and gloomy world. He eventually grew impatient and then decided to kidnap her sister(interested now? things now got interesting) They soon go through going from strangers, to enemies to lovers but you know from the beginning that there story didn’t deserve a happy ending or you knew it wasn’t going to happen.
Liesl (the girl) starts like a sweet lullaby, starts out slowly and then grasps you into the story. It gives you the nostalgia feeling
Overall Liesl wasn’t the typical beautiful jaw dropping beauty who everyone thought was beautiful, however it was slightly over emphasized a bit.
The Goblin King was your typical swoon worthy boy that you absolutely fall in love with the moment you meet him. I’m still not sure I love him, but he was by far my favorite character. His character broke me in so many ways. He’s the most interesting and intriguing character and I wanted to get more from him.
Also before I forget to mention, there is a clear division in the book, it kinda felt like 2 different stories kinda interwoven in the strangest wave. The beginning felt like a chase and game it was wild and beautifully written. While the second half gave you kind of a feeling of a soft spoken lullaby, giving all of your feels and emotion of the aftermath of the beginning.
The main reason I dropped a star was because of the fact the ending didn’t feel like an ending. The story just kinda stopped. I didn’t feel satisfied, and honestly I grieved because of the ending. It left me with too many questions and just left so many questions unanswered. It kinda felt like someone just shut the book in my face, and then burned all the other copies. It just felt so dis attached…………..
Recommended for mature readers
About the author
S. Jae-Jones, called JJ, is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and the author of Wintersong, forthcoming from Thomas Dunne in February 2017. Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, she lived in New York City for ten years before relocating down to Dixie, where she is comfortably growing fat on grits and barbecue. When not writing, she can be found rock-climbing, skydiving, taking photographs, drawing pictures, and dragging her dog on ridiculously long hikes.