Shadowsong

Shadowsong

Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother’s and her own musical careers. Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped. Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth,...

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Title:Shadowsong
Author:S. Jae-Jones
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Shadowsong Reviews

  • Alana • thebookishchick

    Someone please send help. I'm just a ball of emotions after finishing this.

    I just want to cry and cry and CRY at how perfect this sequel was.

    I think it's pretty cool that I started off 2017 with my favorite book of the year,

    , and now I'm also finishing the year with another favorite book,

    . And they just so happen to be both books in a duology. Please don't make me choose w

    Someone please send help. I'm just a ball of emotions after finishing this.

    I just want to cry and cry and CRY at how perfect this sequel was.

    I think it's pretty cool that I started off 2017 with my favorite book of the year,

    , and now I'm also finishing the year with another favorite book,

    . And they just so happen to be both books in a duology. Please don't make me choose which one I liked more because I simply can't. I would like to thank Wednesday Books for sending me a copy of this gem and making my 2017 year of reading complete.

    In short, I'll list some of my favorite things about this book and then we'll get into everything I can talk about without spoiling anything.

    SO HERE WE GO.

    Things I loved:

    -The fierce protectiveness amongst the siblings

    -Character growth is about a 250/10, seriously guys, it's impressive

    -Finding out the Goblin King's name (ya girl guessed it right!)

    -The story being in the mortal world

    -ALL THE PLOT TWISTS

    -Josef and Liesl trying accept love and deal with mental illness/self harm

    - THE ENDING. OH MY GOD. MY LIFE IS OVER. SO. FREAKING. GOOD

    First, let's start off with the author's note in this book. The author personally offers readers a content note which I think is FANTASTIC. It basically let's readers know that this book contains characters who deal with addiction, self harm, reckless behavior, and suicidal ideation. I am behind and respect this 100%. I think this is so important for those who might find any of the above topics triggering.

    Kudos to you, S. Jae Jones

    Second, for people who think this will be like

    , IT'S NOT. Not even close. For starters the Goblin King isn't really in this book until the very end. At first I was kind of sad about that but I think it definitely makes you appreciate him and his relationship with Liesl even more. *heart emoji eyes* It also takes place above ground for about 90% of the book and then we get to go back into the Underground. Also, this book is much darker and heavier than the first. This book is about Liesl trying to overcome herself and reconnect with Josef after he has been gone. We find out what Josef has gone through while he has been away and we also see Josef trying to cope with the BOMBSHELL that was dropped in

    , that he didn't know about. (Vague much? I know, but I won't spoil anything for y'all).

    Third, the writing in this book is GORGEOUS. Seriously, it's so nice it hurts. Everything about this book just HURTS. This is also a giant reason I love this duology. I'm just enamored by the writing. Hence, why both books have worked there way up to all time favorites right next to Harry Potter. That's how good I think these books are.

    Seriously though, these quotes RUINED me.

    These are just a few of my favorites but believe me when I tell you my book is marked left and right with SO many more beautiful quotes.

    All in all, this book, although much different than

    , is the perfect companion to conclude this dark, magical romance of Liesl and her Goblin King, as well as Lisel and her siblings and even herself. I'm so sad this story is over and the ending wrecked my soul but it was everything I hoped it would be and more.

    The only thing left I have to say to my favorite character I have ever had the pleasure of reading, the Goblin King, "be, thou, with me".

  • Chelsea Humphrey

     Whatever your opinion may be of this book, know that this is an honest review and in no way coerced as I wasn't the biggest fan of 

    . Obviously it resonated with me enough, because I jumped on the chance to review an early copy of 

    ; looking back in hindsight I think most of my issues previously were due to the book being inappropriately marketed (at th

     Whatever your opinion may be of this book, know that this is an honest review and in no way coerced as I wasn't the biggest fan of 

    . Obviously it resonated with me enough, because I jumped on the chance to review an early copy of 

    ; looking back in hindsight I think most of my issues previously were due to the book being inappropriately marketed (at the time), therefore setting my expectations in a place they never should have been. I'm not going to rehash everything here, but if you'd like to catch up and read my thoughts on 

    , you can do so

    . All that to say, my expectations were in exactly the right place for this installment; I was hungry for the author's signature prose and romantic style of storytelling and that is exactly what I got.

    It's funny, because most of the issues I keep seeing people having with this book are the very ones I had with 

    . People seem to be expecting the sequel to be a little sexier, to feature Liesl and the Goblin King's relationship in a little more of a, 

    , physical sense, but you won't really find that here. In fact, the Goblin King is fairly absent for this novel; we don't see or hear much from him until nearing the end of the book. This was a deal breaker for some, and I get it, but for me it wasn't. I wasn't invested in the physical part of this relationship post my reading of book one; this book, in my humble opinion, was about so much more. While you won't find as much of the technical musical jargon here, you will find that same beautiful writing and heart-wrenching emotion as previously throughout. I was 100% invested in Liesl's relationship with Joseph and this being the focus was a huge plus for me. There was a bit of intrigue and mystery sprinkled throughout which also pleased me greatly.

    Oh Lord. I've been sitting on this review for almost a week now because I cannot contemplate how to do 

     justice. The ending is what has held me hostage; I cannot imagine how to discuss the final 50 pages of the book without spoiling it for you, so I just won't. I will say that it is full of raw emotion, balancing both supernatural and human need, desire, and want on such a fine line that I found myself holding my breath until the very last page. It was completely unexpected for me, as I'm used to reading many mysteries that I have figured out early on, but I was wholly caught off guard by how Jae-Jones chose to close out this chapter of her writing career.

    I'm going to wrap this up, but I want to end by stating how glad I am that I went into this with an open mind. I truly believe that if I had gone into reading 

     free of expectations and assumptions that I would have enjoyed it just as thoroughly as I did 

    . As I read I found myself wanting to copy down every single word as quotations for my review, but instead I find it easier to just shove the book at you and proclaim "

    " If you do decide to embark on this lovely and terrible journey, please make sure you start at the beginning with 

    , as these novels do need to be read in their proper order. Bravo Ms. S. Jae-Jones, and I look forward to more of your work!

  • may ❀

    This book made me feel so many things, most of all sadness bc the stories of Lisel and the Goblin King and Josef and Kathe are over and my heart hurts. (ಥ﹏ಥ)

    - Now in relation to Wintersong, Shadowsong is like a distant cousin

    - The writing is absolutely fantastic. Jae-Jones knows how to put you in a trance with her writing, no doubt about that

    - She’s created the most amazing world. I absolutely adore the german-inspired setting

    - But opposed to W

    This book made me feel so many things, most of all sadness bc the stories of Lisel and the Goblin King and Josef and Kathe are over and my heart hurts. (ಥ﹏ಥ)

    - Now in relation to Wintersong, Shadowsong is like a distant cousin

    - The writing is absolutely fantastic. Jae-Jones knows how to put you in a trance with her writing, no doubt about that

    - She’s created the most amazing world. I absolutely adore the german-inspired setting

    - But opposed to Wintersong’s fire and passion and anguish, Shadowsong is dark and creepy and deranged

    - You feel like you’re trapped in a haunted world and you got to stay weary of everyone

    - While Wintersong focused mainly on Lisel and her relationship with the Goblin King, Shadowsong is centered about Lisel and her growth and relationship with her little brother, my precious Josef.

    - AND DAMN CAN I JUST SAY THE SIBLING REP IN THIS BOOK GOT MY HEART IN KNOTS

    - It was beautiful and heart wrenching and honestly you don’t see siblings who can ignore each other for days but would do or sacrifice

    for the other often in YA

    - I just…loved that :’)

    - Most of the plot takes place above ground, I know sad to say, but we don’t get to see much of the underworld

    - Lisel is in like a constant state of longing for her life underground and we really get to see what’s floating inside her head – the insecurities, the hopes, the fears

    - Can we just talk about the reoccurring themes in this book for a second??

    - They gave me chills man. I loved it. The poppy flower, the distant galloping, the polar-opposites examples !!!

    - I do have to mention tho that this book, like its former, is slow in pace.

    - The world builds at its own time and while many events do take place, they are stretched over a long period of time so it does have a dragging feeling

    - Also 10 points @ Jae-Jones for including a trigger warning page along with a hotline on her first page, im….not crying

    - BUT I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS LIKE ABOUT HER GRANDMOTHER AND GREAT AUNT AND THE CHANGELING AND HOW ALL THE MIRRORS AND ISH WORK

    - So yeah, definitely heavier than its predecessor but I really enjoyed this as a conclusion to wintersong

    4 stars!!

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    I GOT MY VERY FIRST FRICKEN PHYSICAL ARC, COURTESY OF WEDNESDAY BOOKS AND I AM SCREAMING AND SHAKING AND VERY VERY EXCITED BC I LOVED THE FIRST BOOK AND I FINALLY MADE IT LOOK AT ME MOM

    Extra special thank you to Wednesday Books, y'all made my week.

  • Sana

    Friend: Hey what's worse than being a living, breathing disappointment?

    Me:

    Every time I think of this book and how I spent an entire painful month reading this makes me want to dig a hole and bury myself alive in there because wow!!!! look at all those 744 hours (24 hours times 31 days) I spent in pure boring agony!!!!

    Y'all know your girl here was damn hyped up for this book considering I am an actual trashcan for the first book so just fucking IMA

    Friend: Hey what's worse than being a living, breathing disappointment?

    Me:

    Every time I think of this book and how I spent an entire painful month reading this makes me want to dig a hole and bury myself alive in there because wow!!!! look at all those 744 hours (24 hours times 31 days) I spent in pure boring agony!!!!

    Y'all know your girl here was damn hyped up for this book considering I am an actual trashcan for the first book so just fucking IMAGINE my disappointment once I was over with this book. I'm literally going to cry because I actually can't believe I hated this book, wow who would've thought?

    was slow and so was this book.

    Listen, listen, the slow in the previous book was a good kind of slow with an actual, intriguing plot and beautiful romance to go along, but this? Total opposite.

    Literally all I remember is

    , Sepp being an asshole, Liesel being a whiny shit, Kathe being pointless, with some revealing things going on, but nothing really happening??? and did I mention there's like 5% goblin king in this book.

    SHH, SHUT THE FUCK UP, IT DOESN'T MATTER.

    BUT, WAIT. OH MY GOD

    YOU KNOW WHAT MADE ME ACTUALLY BANG MY HEAD ON THE WALL AND CRY FROM THE SHEER FUCKING STUPIDITY OF IT????

    OH MY FUCKING GOD, THE GOBLIN KINGS NAME.

    GUYS,,,

    GUYS,,

    WHO THE FUCK

    NAMES

    THEMSELF

    OR THEIR CHILD'

    OH MY GOD, BITCH DON'T EVEN TALK TO ME. OH MY FUCKING GOD. BITCH. NO. GOD. WHAT. I WAITED TWO FUCKING BOOKS FOR THAT FUCKING NAME TO BE REVEALED.

    GOD DAMN IT WOLFGANG IS A STEAK HOUSE, JONES, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING.

    THE GOBLIN KING'S SECRET SPECIAL NAME WAS WOLFGANG OH MY GOD.

    wow honestly, bye i'm so done, i want to die and i never want to wake up when i sleep, and i just want to dig a hole and sit inside of it and never get up again, wow bye!

    also,,, is TRASH a genre because i think this book needs to be shelved under it!!!!!!

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    *screams* YOUR GIRL GOT APPROVED FOR THE ARC OF SHADOWSONG !!!!! Netgalley kept me pending for a week, but IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT.

    Also, can we take a moment to applaud S Jae-Jones for including a trigger warning for suicide in her book, I love her so much.

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    Y'all this is fucking shelved under New Adult and fuck me if this doesn't have some hot sex between gobby man and liesl i will fucking riot.

    LOOK AT THAT FUCKING COVER WHAT THE FUCK IM SCREAMIJG ITS GORGEOUS WHAT THE FUCK OH MY GOD WHAT THE FUCK COME TO ME NOW WHAT THE FUCK I WANT THIS NOW WHAT THE FUCK NOW PLS WHAT THE FUCK

    LOOK AT THAT LITTLE SNIPPET OF THE SYNOPSIS AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    COVER. TO BE. REVEALED AHAHAHAHAHAHA BIOTCHES A COVER

    if it's pink im jumping in a river

    WE HAVE A FUCKING TITLE OMFG. SOMEBODY HOLD MEEEEEE

    i am totally not freaking out

    TWO THOUSAND EIGHTEEN GET YOUR BUTT TO COME FASTER I CAN'T WAIT.

    someone please let me borrow your time machine.

  • Samantha

    1.5 stars

    I wanted to like this. I really did. Wintersong had some problems, such as pacing issues and a lack of consistency in character personalities and motivations, but I ultimately ended up enjoying the relationship between the protagonist and the Goblin King.

    This had not only the issues of the first book, but suffered from a lack of plot that was filled in with overly verbose descriptions to fill the pages. The relationships built in the first book were either drastically changed, almost

    1.5 stars

    I wanted to like this. I really did. Wintersong had some problems, such as pacing issues and a lack of consistency in character personalities and motivations, but I ultimately ended up enjoying the relationship between the protagonist and the Goblin King.

    This had not only the issues of the first book, but suffered from a lack of plot that was filled in with overly verbose descriptions to fill the pages. The relationships built in the first book were either drastically changed, almost without reason, or nonexistent. And to top it all of, what little threads of plot we got were only present towards the very end and were tied up rather quickly.

    Not only did this book not need to be as long as it was, but it also felt disconnected from the first book in the series. There was some atmosphere in the descriptions I enjoyed, but this overall felt like a waste. There were some cool elements brought up and squandered, like The Wild Hunt. This whole book left me with a feeling of... what was the point?

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