My Newest Obsession- Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones + INT Giveaway

If you follow me on Twitter you would have seen me screaming to the void about Wintersong and how desperately I want to read it. This book is inspired in part by Labyrinth– which was childhood favorite movie. I’ve spent years obsessed over The Goblin King and yearning for someone to take his character and delve deeper. My dreams have been answered and JJ has written a book I know I’ll love.


About the Book

BWIntersongCovereware 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.

Coming February 7th 2017 by Thomas Dunne

This past week Griffin Teen graciously sent me the first 40 or so pages of the book to give me very much appreciated look at what I was looking forward to. To say I dropped everything to read would not be an exaggeration.

I have been waiting to get a feel for the atmosphere of the book and characters and this teaser was perfect to do just that. I immediately got swept away in the story and the visuals were PERFECT. As I read further, each page, inspired dread because I knew it would end and I’d be made to wait so long to read more. Some pain though is worth it, wouldn’t you agree?


The novel begins with a beautifully written overture about a boy and girl singing and dancing in the woods. The little girl never knows who the boy is but he asks her to marry him and plays games with her. This is such an excellent beginning and though not long it sets the story up and is so very vivid. I could feel the woods, I don’t know if it was supposed to, but it made me think of cool days and being chilled in the shadow of trees.

Chapter 1 introduces us to the main character and her sister. In only a few short chapters you get a very clear idea of these sisters personalities and how they interact with one another. I felt it was beautifully executed. Both sisters have fault and seem highly realistic in their passions and insecurities. Once the tall stranger enters the story I couldn’t help but picture David Bowie’s version of the Goblin King. Even if you aren’t a fan of Labyrinth JJ’s descriptions and the book’s atmosphere will have you visualizing the setting and characters.

I really could go on and on about these 44 pages I’ve just read but I think you get the idea. This book is beautifully written and after just a short teaser I am INVESTED. I want to know what will happen next. I am attached to the characters-though they are not perfect in the slightest (this honestly makes me even more attached to them).

Have you added this book to your to be read list? If not you SHOULD. Here it is on Goodreads. Also, you MUST check out the author’s website and sign up for her newsletter. Both are full of exclusive content you will want to see.


I’m giving away a pre-order of one Wintersong hardcover. This is international if Book Depository ships to your location.

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  1. Danielle D says

    I’m looking forward to the story itself, I love the page peeks S.Jae has been posting on her twitter page. It’s killing me that we still have 7 months to wait.

  2. Lillie says

    My favorite part is so going to be “based in part on Labyrinth” that’s one of my favorite movies ^-^

  3. Mithila says

    I’ve been following JJ via her newsletter and I’m REALLY in love with the inside cover pages! The borders look so nice and from what little I’ve read of the writing, it seemed mesmerising. I’ve never watched Labyrinth… even so, I’m excited to see what she does with her book!

  4. says

    I’m so excited about goblins, goblins, goblins! Some of my favorite fantasy creatures. I can’t wait to read this and visit this underground world she’s created! The description alone has me on the edge of my seat!

  5. says

    OMG. I loved Labyrinth and can sing all the songs by heart. I grew up watching that VHS tape over and over again…David Bowie and Jennifer Connolly (sp?) dancing in the ballroom…sigh.
    Did you know the woman who played Dr. Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation (Gates McFadden) choreographed that movie? Thought I’d share…
    I want to read this book so very much.

  6. Emely Alayo says

    I’m excited about how Liesl will cope up living in another world. Another life. Will they overcome their differences? Why must she sacrifice her music, her dreams?

  7. says

    CAN I JUST SAY EVERYTHING? LOOOOOOVE a good fantasy, plus the comparisons to Labryinth have totally piqued my interest. ALSO that cover + blurb from Lu has made this book a top priority for me.

  8. Heather K. says

    I’m excited to read her take on The Goblin King. Anything inspired by Labyrinth is a must read for me. Thanks for the chance!:)

  9. Katie says

    You. Are. So. Lucky. I’m sooo excited for this book–I’m hoping it fills the UPROOTED void in my life! (Thanks for the giveaway!)

  10. says

    I love the cover for this book. it drew me in right away. of course goblin king did too. I am so glad you enjoyed those 44 pages. I can’t do previews. They drive me nuts. Can’t wait to read this book.

  11. Vivien says

    The whole thing really. I am so looking forward to this book. My young heart is just fangirling inside!!!

  12. MichelleRae6 says

    I’ve read a version of the Goblinking before and it was one of my favorite books so this sounds right up my alley 🙂

  13. Amy Dorman says

    I’m a total sucker for gorgeous writing and vivid worldbuilding. I am also a HUGE Labyrinth fan, so that certainly piqued my interest!

  14. says

    If it’s inspired by Labyrinth, I’m there. I have to watch the movie again (I’ve just been telling this to my husband, who has NEVER SEEN IT O_o ) because it’s been way too long.
    Thanks for this, Kristen!

  15. Denita says

    I am so excited about this Wintersong. I had this obsession with the Labyrinth when I was little and I always wished that they made a sequel. I really wish they had more books about goblins.

  16. says

    It sounds amazing. The synopsis sounded familliar, like the Beauty amd the Beast familiar, where the woman married herself to the one who captured one of her loved ones to free them–but with the additional muse drive, it sounds different in an enchanting sort of away. Yeah. I’m adding this to my TBR list.

  17. says

    The aspect I’m looking forward to the most is the concept of being kept ‘prisoner’ by someone who has been your muse. Also, the part where the Goblin King and Liesl actually had met before as kids and how it would play out in the future, the process of them falling in love after the ‘forced’ marriage and how Liesl’s life fading away will go into the dynamics of their relationship.

  18. Dani says

    Just by reading this small summary makes me want to read this book. I cannot wait to read this when it comes out.

  19. says

    I’m super excited about this! The Labyrinth is one of my all-time favorite movies and I’ve been waiting for this retelling for too long! I’m ready to see if there is an actual romance between the MC and the Goblin King!

  20. Susan T. says

    I’m most excited for the Goblin King of course! I would marry him in a hot second! This is definitely a romantic hero I can get behind. 🙂

  21. Cynthia Powers says

    I think what excites me the most is finding out whether the Goblin King will be redeemed by love. The book sounds great!

  22. cali says

    I’ve missed Labyrinth as a formative movie, but I’ve been obsessed with goblins since I’ve read Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti as a (much too young) kid. So I’m definitely looking forward to Wintersong. Cannot wait to read it.

  23. Adrianna says

    Labyrinth was one of my absolute favorite movies. I always loved the ball scene, where she was sort of tranced and her and Bowie were dancing together, so I’m super exited to see a version of what happens when the main character stays with him.

  24. says

    I always wanted to read a book about the Goblin King too. Ever since I saw an anime that featured the goblin king, I’ve been so interested in him. So that’s what I am looking forward to.

  25. Anna says

    I’m excited for this book! You flailing about it is how I heard about it! I’m excited about the goblin part… not many books have goblins!

  26. says

    the fact that we get an actual book with goblins and stolen maidens and the best part is we get adult themes with it too! just makes me the happiest of clams !

  27. says

    I’ve been super excited about Wintersong ever since I first heard about the book! It sounds like it’s going to be a fascinating fantasy novel, and I love that it’s inspired by Labyrinth and the Goblin King specifically 😉

  28. Brittany Kelley says

    I am so beyond excited for this book! I too am obsessed with Labyrinth and have been since I first watched it as a kid (it waa the first movie I had entirely memorized from start to finish, dialogue and songs and all). This is probably my most anticipated 2017 release, along with ACOTAR3 and Renee Ahdieh’s new series!

  29. says

    I found out about Wintersong a few days ago.
    Since the moment I read the synopsis, I knew I wanted to read this book.
    Something about the synopsis captured me. I don’t know what, I just know that it did.
    Not to mention, It’s a retelling. And I love retellings. Honestly, it’s enough to tell me a story is a retelling for me to jump right on it.
    So… yes. I’m very-very much looking forward to picking this book up.
    And thank you so much for the amazing chance! Good luck to everyone! (:

  30. Raneem says

    I’m soo excited about the fact that it’s GOBLINS and i’ve never read s book where goblins where the main characters so i’m very excited!

  31. Eveline says

    I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with goblins in it (apart from Harry Potter, you know). I’m curious if I’ll warm up to them or forever think they are creepy and should be avoided.

  32. says

    YAY 😀 Gorgeous post sweet girl. <3 Thank you for sharing about this book 🙂 I am so glad that you are so excited about it 😀 I just love that cover a whole bunch. Sigh. I'm most excited about that, haha 😀 But I also think it sounds pretty exciting too. I just. Ah. I hope it will be good 🙂 And gosh, I hope you will love it the most. <3 Thank you for this amazing giveaway too. You are the bestest 🙂


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