Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Wintersong By S. Jae-Jones Talk-Up

 This isn't much a review but more of a talk-up. Where I talk up and hype (hopefully)books that I love! 

So I've been a huge fan of JJ ever since I started following PublishingCrawl YEARS ago. I though it was so cool that she was an artist too, and when she got her book deal announcement, I was ecstatic that it was a Labyrinth retelling. I loved that movie. I followed her newsletter and kept up with all the changes, from NA to YA it made (I'm still hoping those NA scenes will be available sometime to the public ;] ) and my most favorite thing, the art! I thought it was so cool that JJ was able to implement her art in the book! As an artist and author, it really inspired me into hoping maybe I could do the same in the future.

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Title: Wintersong
Expected publication:  February 7th 2017 by Thomas Dunne
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Summary: 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.

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The first thing I noticed about this book is that it's long! Over 400 pages long!
Already in the beginning you can see how different the retelling is from the Labyrinth movie. Instead of the main character loving fairy tales and books, she loves music. The whole family is a musical family, except for the younger sister, Kathe, who is an added character. Instead of a younger being wished away, Kathe is stolen.
There are some scenes that are similar to the movie, but they end there, with small similarities. The goblin's dance, the games. Everything is darker, grittier and sexier. I had read that this book had originated as an adult book--a really adulty adult book, and then was cut down to YA in JJ's newsletter. Since I had this in mind while reading, I could definitely see where certain scenes would have escalated and had been embellished on before the edits. ;)
And the Goblin King is a much deeper character than the mysterious and elusive goblin king of the movie. I would say that the movie is a good touchstone for some things, but Wintersong is something completely on its own.
With it's combination of folklore, fantasy, arts, and music, Wintersong is like dreamy read. The pacing was a bit slow for me-whimsical really, which other readers would probably like a lot more. If you liked The Star-Touched Queen, then you'd probably like the dream-like motions of this book.
One last thing that I found interesting, after my read, was that JJ posted in her newsletter that Liesl is actually Bipolar. After reading that it made me re-analyze the book and the character.
If you haven't already, you should definitely sign up for her newsletter because she gives such interesting inside information to the writing and publishing process. 
Also, her and Kelly do a Podcast all about publishing and books and all the things. So you should check those out as well!  
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