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by S. Jae-Jones
Publisher: Thomas Dunne
Release Date: February 7th 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, Romance
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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.


For fans of Cruel Beauty if you appreciated Nyx’s slight darkness in her character then you’ll definitely like Liesl as a character! She has a kind of selfishness that she is well aware of. Even though she loves her brother she still has this twinge of resentment for him because she’s jealous that he gets all the attention when she is just as talented. She poured all her energy and talent into him and as a consequence he went into the limelight and she lingered in the shadows. It was totally realistic for her to want to break out and show everyone who she really was especially after she’s always been told that she had no talent. It made her much more down to earth and humane.

 I also liked that Liesl doesn’t have a drop dead gogeous beauty that most YA MC’s seem to have these days and she doesn’t go through a makeover and put on a pretty dress to change either. We can tell she’s kind of insecure about her looks but we see that her beauty lies in her music.

LOVED the plot!!!! It was simple but so interesting and gripping at the same time! I haven’t watched Labyrinth so i didn’t really know where the story was going. But i loved every second of it!

The writing was lyrical. The musical aspect of the story permeated the entire book making it rich in its background and incredibly unique. I’m not musical at all so there are things that didn’t really ring a bell to me but it was like the writing itself was infused with music! It was melodious and flowed smoothly. Like the language of the book was music and the romantic connection between Liesl and the Goblin King stemmed from music!

The Goblin King was my favorite part of the book! Though i didn’t fall in love with him as i thought i would he was by far the most interesting character! He was oozing mystery and you just wanted to dig deeper and deeper until you found out all his secrets! He had a truly beautiful character which shifted between vulnerability and malice!

I loved the connection between Liesl and the Goblin King. They pushed each other endlessly to the edge and they set each other free. They brought out the most passionate feelings in each other which helped fuel their music.

“There is music in your soul. A wild and untamed sort
of music that speaks to me. It defies all the rules and laws you humans set upon it. It grows from inside you, and I have a wish to set that music free.”

I have to mention that all the characters are extremely well developed! Every single character is unique. Liesl was just phenomenally written with all her flaws and it made her easier to connect to. Kathe was the vain sister but who always felt somehow alienated because she was the only one in her family with no musical talent and yet she loved her family, especially Liesl. All the characters had real depth, especially the Goblin King who was a whole can of mystery and intrigue!

Bittersweet ending!!! I don’t know how i feel! But from reading the last line i think there’s hope for a sequel because i need more of these characters!!!! But my favorite part was by far the writing-just beautiful!

S. Jae-Jones, called JJ, is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and the author of Wintersong, forthcoming from Thomas Dunne in February 2017.
Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, she lived in New York City for ten years before relocating down to Dixie, where she is comfortably growing fat on grits and barbecue. When not writing, she can be found rock-climbing, skydiving, taking photographs, drawing pictures, and dragging her dog on ridiculously long hikes.

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