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Finix Post. Yes, I definitely liked it. Let me try to express. All wide eyes did see that. Now you know it and we know it, so why this annoying spat? I agree to have my personal information transfered to MailChimp more information. Book Review: Magic Required by H. It's hard not to compare and contrast Truth with Superstar, but stylistically it's closer to '70s Christian rock musicals like Tell It Like It Is and Celebrate Life both of which contain some pretty remarkable songs.
It's flawed but it has its shining moments. It's a keeper. Folknik , Mar 20, Honeybunch and clhboa like this. Location: Littleton, Colorado. I wouldn't mind reading the PDF. Location: United States.
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In which I explain a little bit about the process of going from adult to teen, and offer a way to get a peek at the " unadulterated content ," as it were. NOTE: This list is no longer open as the scenes have already been sent. Apologies if you missed it!
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I've tried to draw them for you. Have a makeup tutorial! This is a story about a brave maiden. This is a story of a tragedy. This is a story about the power of love. This is a story about the compassion and love and sacrifice between siblings.
This is a story about selfishness and selflessness. This is the story of the greatest sacrifice. This is a story about life. The writing is exquisite. The world is so encompassing and real. The characters are flawed and selfish and selfless an This is a story about a brave maiden. The characters are flawed and selfish and selfless and strong, so so strong. I am absolutely shattered and heartbroken and mourning. Someone help me this book has exceeded my highest expectations and ended on a note that I cannot bear.
View all 56 comments. Oct 25, Simona B rated it liked it Shelves: , in-english , ebooks , fantastic-lit-and-co. They are enchanting. Alluring- no, no, what are you saying? It's something else. They are the enchantment. They are the ghost and the obsession. They are the allure.
The difference is slight, almost indiscernible -one could say it exist only if you will it into existence- but it's there. And since it's there, since these notes don't make you feel, but are the feel, the space between them is filled with promise. The st "What's the use of running, if we are on the wrong road? The staff is bursting with it, full to the brim, the spaces insufficient, the lines painfully bulging. Paradoxically, they should explode. For the song to fulfill its crescendo, they should explode.
Dissolve in the river gushing from within them. They never do. The boy you've been crushing on for so many months you forgot how it is not to adore him, on a lucky and maybe a little tipsy night finally kisses you. He gently backs you in a corner and even more gently kisses you. You are stunned blissful, overjoyed, and you wait for the shock to wear off so you can properly enjoy the moment.
You wait and wait and wait, and the shock does wear off. And you wait and wait and wait. Something is still missing, but you are faithful. You can't have waited all that time for such a plain thing. And so you wait and wait and wait.
It must come. It's just here around the corner. It must be so. But it isn't, and the magic never comes. The next metaphor is far less pretty, but we are not striving for prettiness. Do you know when your nose prickles, and your eyes start to water a little, and the muscle in you upper lip twitch just the littlest bit? Of course you know. And you know what it means. I am also sure you know how unpleasant and irksome it is when the sneeze doesn't actually come.
I feel as if I just had to sneeze , and couldn't. Since I am not much of a lover of plot-driven books, this is, to me, a real asset. The book hasn't got any plot twist worth the name, and I always appreciate not only this fact in itself, but the audacity it takes for an author to bet on a plot of this kind and stake their hopes on it.
The middle part is absolutely dull I wonder if that counts as an oxymoron? The chapter leading up to the grand finale grandly fail to build up the climax. Things happen without a reason or a later reference or meaning, as if they were meant simply to fill up some dozens of pages. Instead of neatly rearranging itself in a ball, the thread of this story unfolds and unfolds meaninglessly, aimlessly, heading nowhere in such a blatant state of confusion I could not, for the life of me, turn a blind eye on it.
The rhythm was off; the song did not catch my ear. Have you ever seen After Earth , the movie? When I'm asked what I think about it, my usual answer is that even though it is set on a post-apocalyptic Earth, it might as well have been set on another planet, and that did not make sense to me.
Here is the same: readers, meet the goblin people. They're nasty, they're mischievous, they're absolutely similar to any other sprite you can think of. Some of them are kind of kind. And there are changelings too: view spoiler [ they are born from wishes hide spoiler ]. Think that is cool? Want to go deeper into that? Forget it. Because apparently, the romance was more important than some proper world-building. I unfortunately did not feel it.
I understood the development of their relationship on a rational level, but it did not, not even in the slightest, touch me. I tend to blame it on the partial lack of characterization -and I know I have to provide further information on that "partial".
The book generally exceeds in tell and lacks in show. Throughout all the first part of the novel, we're told, repeatedly, how Liesl feels miserable, unwanted, neglected, but we're not told why , or rather, we are not shown.
Later in the book we are, through hardly , honestly; but at least we had those a couple of instances, but it felt like too late. First, you've got to wonder what's gotten into her for about two-hundred pages. Not pretty. Moreover, she comes off as a monotonous and unvarying, in spite of the fact that her change, her growth, is supposed to be the main point of the book. Again, not pretty. I hoped she would become more tolerable as soon as she grew tired of play victim , but although the change really was noticeable in some ways, it did nothing to allow me to connect with her.
He could let her go in the first place, let her forget him and live, if without excitement, without fear as well, but he doesn't. Such malice is so unusual in ya books, I couldn't help but adoring it, and I am a little bewildered S. Jae-Jones didn't play on it more, because it really looks like a winning point to me.
Besides, it makes the character development stand out even more, because at last view spoiler [he regrets his actions and really lets her go hide spoiler ]. To me, this was the point of the Goblin King's character and the most beautiful and poignant thing about him, but it kind of got lost among many other less striking things, who knows how. On the other hand, since, as I already said, the timing and the writing of the book don't really do their job, his background and its revelation too left me completely indifferent.
And, sorry if I repeat myself, the problem lied not in the contents, but in the form. It is neither happy nor sad, but a perfect middle ground. It is the ending that finally, actually shows Liesl's full potential as a heroine , because that's what Liesl is in this ending, a heroine. She is confused in the sense that her character seems to be clueless as to where its narrative purpose lies and ineffective throughout the whole book, but now and here is where she finds herself.
Loved loved loved it. So Liesl sacrifices herself; we even see how the world actually threatens to plunge into eternal winter when she so much as steps outside of her husband's dominion. And then she can just un-sacrifice herself like that, and the world continues existing happily ever after? Does this mean, what?
That a sacrifice is no longer requested? If that's the case, why, and how is that possible when the whole plot basically stems from that?
I really can't stand when authors do that, bending the rules they set themselves so the story can flow on undisturbed. If you don't want to or can't stick to those rules, change them, switch them with new ones, and if you need exceptions, arrange for the exceptions to be rules in the first place. What's the fun part of creating , if not this?
So I'll put it simply: although the potential was all there, the execution wasn't satisfying to me. It felt hollow and unsure; very heartfelt indeed, and passionate, but paradoxically I could only take it in with my mind, my heart untouched, and, as if that were not enough, my mind as well found a thing or two to say.
What I am profoundly grateful for is that ending : that alone is surely worth the whole book , which, I hope, will prove to be nothing like any other ya you've read before.
If that's a good or a bad thing, it's up to you decide. But if you ask me, I most certainly believe the former is the one. Set in a fantasy realm? Ever-so-enigmatic male lead? Teenage girl bethroted to said enigma? The two hopelessly fall in love? View all 10 comments. Beautiful, dark, mysterious, and captivating. It is a book that deals with a wide range of themes: Love, pain, selflessness, selfishness, sacrifice, family, music, strength, insecurity, and confidence.
Wintersong is apparently a retelling of the movie Labyrinth. I have never watched Labyrinth, so I had no idea what to expect. However, I was told it resembled the book Caraval, a favorite of mine.
The first half definitely resembled it and I think both Caraval and Wintersong were executed wonderfully. I was quite worried picking up this book due to the mixed reviews. I didn't want to be disappointed, and I had high hopes I'd love it. I'm so glad I wasn't disappointed. However, I'm sad I didn't love this book as much as I'd hoped. It had its ups and downs. But I did love it. Jae-Jones is a brilliant author.
Her writing is absolutely magnificent. I was so positively overwhelmed by it. It was captivating and so beautiful and magical. Honestly, wow. Just wow. Her creativity, her imagination, her wonderfully flawed characters The second half deals with Liesl's emotional well being and how she deals with the aftermath, which was done excellently.
However, during the second half is where I think the book started going a tad downhill for me. Yes, things are revealed, yet there's a lot of questions unanswered obviously for the sequel. Something was missing, something was lacking. Some of the events and aspects weren't properly explained. Stories were thrown into the plot here and there and I still couldn't connect some of their relevance to the actual plot.
We also see character development in Liesl. She goes from a selfless, self-sacrificing young girl to someone putting herself first. As for the Goblin King, I really liked the mysterious aura surrounding him.
He's still an enigma and there's more unanswered questions about him than answered. I'm quite excited to find out more in the sequel. Finally, I enjoyed the romance between Liesl and the Goblin King.
There was chemistry and I was so invested. They're great together! Yet, I was told the ending is painful and tear-inducing. Was it? Not really. I felt I don't know why. It was sad no doubt, but it just didn't bring tears to my eyes. Wintersong is a beautiful novel filled with emotion and magic. Despite how it lacked in a few areas, I still think it's marvelous and I absolutely can't wait for the sequel! View all 27 comments. Jan 18, Alyssa rated it liked it Shelves: releases. Not sure if I want to round up, or down.
Is it bad that I'm kind of disappointed? That ending was awful. Cruel, not poorly written. All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lo 3. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed.
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. He accepts. Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. 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. What I Liked: I know what you might be thinking: how did she not love this book to pieces?
Why doesn't it say "5 stars", or at least "4 stars"? Believe me, I'm probably as surprised as you are. I fully expected to absolutely adore this book and gush about it after reading it. I expected to fall in love with a mesmerizing, seductive story; I didn't fall in love with the story, and to me it wasn't mesmerizing and seductive. Liesl short for Elisabeth is the oldest of three children. She is the plainest child, the one most often forgotten. Her sister Kathe is beautiful, curvy, and flirtatious.
Her brother Josef is a musical prodigy, playing the violin like no other. Liesl herself is a genius composer, but only Josef knows about the music in her soul. And it's a music that the Goblin King wants. No one believes in the Goblin King, save Liesl's grandmother When she was a little girl, she used to be friends with him.
Now she is older and no longer believes in her childhood fantasies. But when her sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl immediately strikes a bargain with him to get her out. In exchange for her sister's life, Liesl will marry the Goblin King and live in the Underground. She is no longer alive to the above world, and her family will soon forget she existed. In the Underground, Liesl is captivated by the Goblin King, whom she is slowly remembering that she has known him her entire life.
As they grow closer, Liesl finds herself creating more music, and developing strong feelings for him. But nothing lasts forever, and a price must be paid. There are consequences for every action, and Liesl must decide what to sacrifice once and for all. There are plenty of reasons to love this book, plenty of reasons why I understand the hype.
For one, the writing is so beautiful. The author has a great writing style, and I love how wonderful the writing of this story was. Everything flowed idyllically, with a lull. The author has a talent for writing, and it shows, in her debut novel. I'm not really familiar with the fairy tale on which the author based this story, or Labyrinth.
However, I can tell that this is a retelling of a fairy tale. The story in general is so interesting. It has a Hades and Persephone feel to it but more romantic, sort of. The world-building is well-written; I was expecting a lot of fantastical elements, and goblins of course, and there is a lot of all of that.
Goblins, changelings, magic, twisted words, bargains Liesl goes through quite a transformation, in this book. Part of why she was willing to go down in the Underground with the Goblin King was because she wanted to be loved and wanted, for the first time in her life.
She once believed she was plain and unr markable; by the end of the book, she has more self-worth, and she thinks more of herself. She is so selfless throughout the book, and by the end, she still has that soft heart, but she is also a stronger woman. The Goblin King - I almost wish we could have read from his perspective.
He is an enigma and a puzzle, and we slowly learn about him as the story goes on. I liked him, but I wasn't entranced by him like many other readers were. I can understand the fascination with him, but he didn't come across as anyone special more on this in the next section. I did like him though. The romance is hot and cold. Liesl and the Goblin King clash and burn and simmer.
They push and pull, and so there are scenes in which there is some serious heat, and then there are scenes in which they don't even want to look at each other. This book has content that is definitely "mature" and not for younger teens. I'll talk about the ending in the next section. Overall though, I get the hype. Really, I do. And I think this is a well-written fantasy story with a great pairing and a sweeping tale.
But maybe it was just me - I didn't fall in love with the story. I felt a little disappointed, even as I was reading. I still haven't quite hit that point.
My irritation started with the beginning of the story - I hated Kathe. She's beautiful, selfish, and so, so spoiled. She only thinks of herself though we see, as the story goes on, that that is not quite true. She is shallow and I honestly felt bad for Liesl for having to deal with her.
But Liesl is a selfless sister, as sisters are. I think I'm most disappointed in the romance - I wasn't all that convinced and sucked into the romance.
Don't get me wrong, I shipped Liesl and the Goblin King. I can see why people think the romance is seductive and sensual. But I was Maybe I was expecting more when people were like "oh the romance is so gritty and dark and sexy". It wasn't? The story takes a darker turn after the halfway point, and I suppose this book is a little sexier than any given Young Adult novel, but I didn't think it was particularly sexy.
Maybe it's because I have read so many adult romance novels and I know what a sexy romance in a story really is? How sexy seduction can actually be, in a fictional story? I'm not sure. But the romance was underwhelming in terms of the chemistry. Don't get me wrong! It's still a fairly sensual romance and there are a few hot scenes between Liesl and the Goblin King!
I personally was unimpressed though. All of their hot and cold was a little annoying too, to be honest. I didn't really understand their physical relationship either. At one point, it was like Liesl wanted the Goblin King to have sex with her to "fix" her. Is sex something that "fixes" people?
Maybe it is, but in this book, it seemed so weird that sex was what unlocked Liesl's music. That seemed nonsensical. But hey, maybe I'm missing something that was part of the original story or fairy tale. In terms of the Goblin King himself - he seemed somewhat one-dimensional. I understand that the story is all about Liesl's transformation, but I couldn't get a good enough sense of the Goblin King. We learn about him so, so slowly, and most of the time, it's like he's a piece of meat to Liesl, or something like that.
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