Try as I might to love Wintersong, my expectations were just too high and the book fell flat. While the writing is gorgeous and mesmerizing it wasn’t enough to keep me interested for the 448 pgs. For those who don’t know S. Jae-Jones’s Wintersong is a Labyrinth inspired retelling. You know the movie from the 80’s starting the late great David Bowie as the Goblin King. Yes the one and only movie. Sadly, a movie I don’t remember much so I can’t attest to how accurate this interpretation is.
Leisl the main protagonist is your typical YA trope-y heroine. She’s a middle child. She’s not the prettiest. The smartest or the most musically inclined prodigy. Nope those belong to her beloved older sister and her younger brother. Nope she’s the serious, boring and don’t know what to do with my life type character.
Fast forward a few chapters and Leisl life changes for the best. She meets the Goblin King and all is better. Pretty much the rest of the book is of Leisl and the Goblin King arguing, making lovely music together then hot passionate sex. Lather, rinse and repeat. I guess somewhere in this story there’s a message of women empowerment or something of the likes because after all the hot sex, Leisl was a strong “woman” now. She had goals and was not going to let her life slip away from her as she once did. Leisl was going to be a woman in charge and explore the world around her and do the things that she always dreamt about.
Look I know I’m being a little flippant with this review but there wasn’t much that grab my attention. Yes, as I’ve stated before, the writing was beautiful but story wasn’t all that entertaining. Secondly, I didn’t connect or care for the characters in this book. They felt like an after-thought after the incredible world-building that S. Jae-Jones set forth.
So while I appreciated Wintersong, it wasn’t mind-blowing to me. It was enjoyable for what it was but not spectacular. I think if more time had been put into the characters as the world-building maybe I would have like this better.
Still if you have a love for all things Goblin King relate, I would highly recommend you give Wintersong a try.
*I received a digital copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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