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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: 9781466892040
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Winter song


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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...

lt_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 ;)

AL_KELSEY Mar 27, 2017

This is a beautifully dark romance molded together with enchanting music and a forbidden love. The first 250 pages of the book had me hooked. However, there's a change in the story, and I just can't get past the idea of a woman becoming a strong, independent woman capable of standing on her own two feet and accomplishing her life goals when, and only when, she gives herself to a man. As much as I loved the Goblin King, and as strongly-written as Liesl's character was, I had a really hard time dealing with second half of the story. This is beautiful fantasy for those who love fantasy, but make sure to keep in mind the strength of a girl without a boy.

Mar 04, 2017

If it wasn't for the historical setting and details, I would have rated this book lower.
Pros: The world-building and music set it apart from the usual "girl falls in love with hot, dangerous non-human."
Cons: Unfortunately, it ultimately fell into the same tropes of instalove where the love interest has a split personality of violent/dangerous creature vs goodhearted/kind person and he has to withhold sex for her own good. Ugh. The ending is somewhat open ended and may be setting up for a series.

This book was a mix of Labyrinth (yay) and Cruel Beauty (not a good thing, imo). The Hollow Kingdom series does the goblin king bride story in a better way without the cons.

Feb 16, 2017

I've tried to trim down my thoughts (and make them a little less heated) and came up with this:

I am not the reader for this type of novel. I like the premise a lot, and I thought the beginning was great- lyrical writing, mystery, a little bit of spookiness- but it fell flat for me SO fast afterward. I lost track of how many times Liesl told us that she was 'plain,' 'invisible,' 'the ugly one with no talent' in the first three chapters. But then- THEN!- this 'tall, elegant stranger,' the 'austere young man,' (lost track of how many times those two phrases were used through the course of the book, too) is MAGICALLY in love with her because of COURSE she THINKS she's plain, but NO NO, THE BEAUTY INSIDE HER IS REAL AND ENCHANTS THE GOBLIN KING (who doesn't have a different name, apparently, thus the TES and AYM descriptors tossed in among "The Goblin King" this and "The Goblin King" that. You would think she would have come up with a nickname.

Liesl struck me as very cold and foolish at the start of the novel, but she only advanced to warm and foolish by the end of the novel.

Once I finished, I realized that this was the type of book I never should have picked up. There was virtually no plot once she went to the Underground, and I learned WAY too much about the way the Goblin King's fluffy hair was somehow elegant and how Liesl was just so amazed by how he possibly loved her and was a good person because of her music. BUT REMEMBER, she isn't pretty or experienced and NO ONE loves her and she cannot ever be happy, okay? We NEVER are allowed to think she's beautiful. Please. I'm so tired of that.

Overall, I thought it was blah. It's not my kind of book, and I guess this is what I get for trying another ultra-hyped book. I'm glad everyone else loves it, though! #BaaBaaI'mABlackSheep


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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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