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All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. Now eighteen and helping to run her family's inn, Liesl can't help but feel that her dreams and fantasies are slipping away. But when her sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl must 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. And with time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed. -- from publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Thomas Dunne Books, St Martin's Press,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250079213
Characteristics: ix, 436 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Winter song


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Aug 03, 2018

I was hooked for the first half of the book. I didn't like the protagonist...she was very whiny and annoying. A lot of the book includes musical references. Luckily, I understood them as I have dabbled in music and piano, but I concur that several other people would be lost, annoyed, or bored. The storyline was dark and intriguing, and I loved the Goblin King, and I loved this forbidden romance. Yet, later in the book, Liesl became too much for me too handle. SHe treated herself like a sex toy, and that all she was worth was in her beauty and sex. She became the Goblin King's toy, and that infuriated me as to why an originally strong female protagonist was being reduced to a diluted, weak character relying on a man. The writing is incredibly beautiful and poetic, the story and characters did not suffice for me in the second half of the book.

Jun 16, 2018

If you liked the movie "The Labyrinth" with David Bowie you'll love this book! A mix of fantasy and a bit of adventure, it's a great read for those who are slowly getting into the fantasy genre.

May 31, 2018

I had a hard time forcing myself to finish this book. It had so much promise but was so slow and failed to deliver. I think I was expecting more excitement and less internal speculation from the protagonist. I am not sure I will read the second book.

EvonneMarie Apr 27, 2018

So I was chosen/coerced into reading this book between our library staff to see how closely it followed the storyline of The Labyrinth. Some of the lore is similar, and I decided iI needed to do more research to see if it was just because it was the lore or if they had just twisted the storyline. There is not much info on The Goblin King available. So we're still undecided.
I loved the writing and the old german influence in this book. I thought it had some interesting plot twists. And the fact that it's a bit of a melancholy ending rather than a happy ending was unexpected.
I enjoyed the book, and would say if you like a good goblin fairy tale, then you'll enjoy it too.
I do think it's a bit steamy in a few places for young teens, but in the world today, many have been there, done that already so...

bibliosara Jan 02, 2018

Alright. It's been a few months since I read this, so I've had the chance to let my initial frustrations settle.
Jones is a talented writer, there is no question of that. Wintersong is, as other reviews have said, darkly poetic and seductive. It's hard to put the book down, and it's written in a unique style that captures your attention-and your imagination. The story is a unique spin on a goblin-king-esque fairy tale.
The character is intended, as far as I understand, to have bipolar disorder. She has a lot of self-esteem issues, and tendencies to try and control the world around her. Overall, she is really relateable for a lot of young/teenage girls.
That makes it all the more infuriating when the romance takes a turn for the worse. At first, the relationship between Liesl and the Goblin King is intriguing, stirring, passionate. But then things start changing. Liesl seems to become more manipulative and violent than the Goblin King, and quite honestly-although some might disagree- I believe it turns into a combustive and abusive relationship that helps neither. I was frustrated that Liesl never seemed to grown into herself. There is a lot of violence (inferred, direct, and some of it sexual in nature) for a YA book. This bothered me, because I hated the fact that this book is marketed to young women just forming their understanding of and beliefs about romantic relationships. The heroine's volatile actions are inexcusable, despite any mental health issues she may or may not have.
Jones had a great start, but I for one am not going to continue reading this series. Sexual violence is a real issue and is a topic with too many gray lines involved for young girls to be reading about in this context, without the proper education.

kelly_williams Jul 23, 2017

This book wasn't what I expected; and then it changed gears, and still wasn't what I expected; and then changed AGAIN and STILL left me surprised! I absolutely love it when books can surprise me- I dread being able to guess the ending. The Goblin King is such a great flawed hero, and the heroine is flawed herself, in unexpected ways. I can see why it's made the Banned Book List a few times. I'll read it again!

GCPL_Teen Jul 23, 2017

I wasn't the biggest fan of this book. Its gotten some amazing reviews elsewhere, and lots of readers have LOVED this title, but it wasn't really for me. For starters, it read and felt more like an adult book, than a young adult one.

The book follows Elizabeth, a girl with the dreams of being a composer, but who has to give up this dream to keep the world from dying. She does this by becoming the Goblin King's bride--but as she spends time with the Goblin King, she realizes the cost to save the world might be higher than she's willing to pay.

It's an interest book, with very descriptive writing. Its VERY VERY heavy on the romance. Almost to the point of gagging. It's also VERY heavy on content that revolves around sex. While nothing is outright inappropriate for a young adult, I would advise readers to at least be aware that this book does have sex in it.

I certainly wouldn't mark this title a must read, but I did finish it.

May 31, 2017

DNF 71%

Ok, look. I can take the terrible protag, the hateful family dynamics, the ridiculous and utterly boring love interest, the melodrama, and the contemporary language, but I need it all to have a point.

Halfway through the book, there was an objective, a mission. But after Liesl's 'sacrifice,' there is literally NOTHING going on. Both Liesl and The Goblin King are so tormented, crying buckets of tears while making out, and here I am with no f**king clue what is it that hurts them so.

I am so done with this ridiculous story. Readers, you probably have better books on your shelf to read.

Apr 20, 2017

I absolutely adored this book. I fell in love with it from the first page. It's so beautiful. It has this haunting eerie melody aura to it that you don't want to stop. It just makes my heart ache for more. I wish there was more!
I've seen a few reviews that compares this book to Labyrinth (which I haven't heard of, should I be ashamed?) For me, it reminded me a bit of the myths of Persephone.

VaughanPLAlison Apr 18, 2017

One of the best YA books I've read in a while. It's well-written, romantic, rich and has a heroine you'll be rooting for. And you'll totally picture David Bowie in this ;)

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Jun 16, 2018

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EvonneMarie Apr 27, 2018

EvonneMarie thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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GCPL_Teen Jul 23, 2017

Sexual Content: There is no explicit sexual content, but this book certainly talks a LOT about sex, and has a fair amount of sex in it.


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