Title & Author: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Page count: 503
Originally published: February 2017
Wintersong is a dark, mysterious, and poetic story about sacrifice, but it’s also one of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and self-love. Leisl has spent her life sacrificing her dreams for her family’s welfare—until a dark stranger’s even darker games force her to choose between her family and herself.
Character| ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Plot| ★ ★ ★ ★
Worldbuilding| ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Flow| ★ ★ ★ ★
Overall Entertainment Value| ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Did I enjoy this book| Yes
Would I read it again| Yes
Bonus: Will I read the next book| Yes.
“What’s the use of running, if we are on the wrong road.”
Favorite thing about this book| Has a book ever been told with more spellbinding and lyrical prose? I LOVED the way Wintersong was written. It reads like a piece of music—ebbing and flowing in all the right places. While reading this book I found myself unnerved, again and again, by Leisel’s relationship with the goblin king, which I think speaks to the brilliance of this book. It is meant to be unnerving. I found myself constantly switching between shipping the thing and dreaming for it to sink. And at each turn I found myself questioning my motives behind those thoughts, in much the same way Leisel questions her motivations throughout the book. Then I realized that I wasn’t rooting for this strange and unnerving relationship—I was rooting for the journey Leisel was on. Not the journey through the underground or the journey through a weird and dark romance. But the journey she was on as a girl becoming a strong woman. I was rooting for her to find the strength within her to make her final choice—whatever that may be—and the strength to then live with the consequences of that choice. This is a wonderful book about shredding your past, about growing up and growing into not who you’re meant to be, but into who you’ve always been, and about accepting and loving yourself the way you dream of another accepting and loving you—for who you are, entire.
If, like me, you can’t wait to read book two—Shadowsong—you can order it now!!!!
What was your favorite quote from Wintersong?