Review of Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Wintersong (Wintersong, #1)Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

[Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes.]

I enjoyed this enough to want to read the sequel, but not enough to buy copies of my own. I'll probably pick it up from the library so that I can at least get some closure.

This book was well-written, lyrical, and emotional. I loved how the story unfolded, but I do wish there had been a little more ... explanation? It seems like everything is still a mystery to me, but it was still a good read.

My only qualm is that the Goblin King essentially kidnapped Elisabeth. He kidnaps her sister first, then manipulates her into staying in the Underground with him as his wife. She loves him but she doesn't, but she does? I felt like she was manipulated into loving him, like Stockholm syndrome. It kind of bothered me and got in the way of my liking the romance.

There were also a few passages that were lifted directly from Labyrinth. And yes, the book was heavily inspired by Christina Rosetti's The Goblin Market (which I just read for the first time today). I minded but I didn't. If that makes sense.

Overall an interesting romantic fantasy. I wish I could have pictured the Goblin King as someone other than David Bowie, but oh well.

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