Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday (137) Wintersong by S.Jae-Jones

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly blog post hosted by Breaking The Spine where readers share which books they are highly anticipating. This week I want to share Wintersong by S.Jae-Jones.

Why I'm Waiting: This book sounds amazing. I am not going to lie this one intrigues me because it reminds me of Labyrinth. As a child of the 80's it is my sworn duty to love anything remotely sounding like that film. Plus this story has what sounds like a Beauty and The Beast element so it will be super interesting to see how those ideas weave together. I guess that's about it but I do like the cover as well (although with a 2017 publication date I don't want to like it too much because I know it can change). 

Expected Publication:
February 7, 2017 by Thomas Dunne



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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Since I'm curious, Have you heard of Wintersong before? 
If so, Do you plan on reading it?

Sound off in the comments below. I love to read your responses. 
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That about wraps up my Waiting On Wednesday for this week.

Feel free to leave a link to your Wednesday memes in the comments below, I love finding new books to read. Like what you see? Please share!

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Review: Dark Companion by Marta Acosta

Author: Marta Acosta
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Dark Fantasy
Publisher: Tor/MacMillan
Publication Date: July 3, 2012



Orphaned at the age of six, Jane Williams has grown up in a series of foster homes, learning to survive in the shadows of life. Through hard work and determination, she manages to win a scholarship to the exclusive Birch Grove Academy. There, for the first time, Jane finds herself accepted by a group of friends. She even starts tutoring the headmistress’s gorgeous son, Lucien. Things seem too good to be true.

They are.

The more she learns about Birch Grove’s recent past, the more Jane comes to suspect that there is something sinister going on. Why did the wife of a popular teacher kill herself? What happened to the former scholarship student, whose place Jane took? Why does Lucien’s brother, Jack, seem to dislike her so much?

As Jane begins to piece together the answers to the puzzle, she must find out why she was brought to Birch Grove and what she would risk to stay there..because even the brightest people make terrible decisions when they are offered the things they desire most.


Review
Dark Companion is a book that I found kicking around in my closet. I can't remember how this book came to be in my possession or whether I was supposed to review it at some time but onto my to be read pile it went. 

When I initially decided to read Dark Companion I didn't check out any reviews beforehand. Since the book has been out quite some time I knew I could easily find plenty but I also didn't want to spoil myself since it's one I don't even remember owning. Looking back however, I wish I had.  I could have saved myself the half day I lost reading this book and that's not a statement I make lightly.  


So without further ado, here's my Good,Bad and Ugly review of Dark Companion:

The Good: *crickets* I joke, not everything was terrible. I think the Author did a decent job of describing the environment surrounding the characters. I also liked the inclusion of quotes above each new Chapter. If one pays attention the quotes directly reflect what is about to happen to the characters. That little detail added a nice touch to the story and I found a couple more quotes to favorite on Goodreads so that was cool. 


The Bad: The characters had some of the flattest personalities that I have ever read. Jane was so simplistic and yet is supposed to be special for some reason or another. She reminded me of Bella Swan except somehow even less interesting (that in itself is a feat). The boys Lucky and Jack felt carbon copied from a how to write Young Adult novel. I won't even get into the I abuse you because I love you aspect but girl should have kicked them both square in the balls more than once. The teachers while at least discernible didn't really add much to the spooky atmosphere of the academy. The only relatively interesting character was Wilde and that's because she was a hooker and had a semi-interesting back story. I also really hated how long it took for the momentum of the story to pick up. Now maybe this is because I wasn't enjoying the book but the pace felt like a snail could beat me if we were in an actual race. 


The Ugly: The main plot. Oh sure, it could have been interesting had the characters kept me entertained but by stories end I was left going "That's it?". Such a letdown. Oh and of course the girl gets the guy in the end (although in this case I'd call it settling and also wonder why she'd want him anyway). Heaven forbid Jane learn how to exist and be happy without a man by her side. Here's a girl whose lived on the streets and seen the seedy side of life who finally has safety and security. She should be on a trip of self exploration. Setting her sights on new horizons now that the shackles of her former life have been cast off but oh no, it's boys, boys, boys and the occasional I guess school is important thought as well. 


Overall, I really wish I had not put myself through the pain and suffering of reading Dark Companion. I have to remind myself that sometimes the best thing you can do is DNF and move on.  

With that being said, I'll be rating Dark Companion by Marta Acosta ★★.
                                   
 *Copy reviewed owned by me.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in an which way  for providing them.

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Marta Acosta lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was a feral reader, roaming the stacks of the public library.

She received a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Stanford University and has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Contra Costa Times, and Spaces Magazine.

Marta lives with her husband, spawn, and their crazy dogs. An avid gardener, she likes independent films, funny novels, loud music and lively conversations.

She’s always happy to hear from readers, even the ones who point out typos.

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