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review 2017-09-13 19:27
a beautifully written Adult Dark Fairytale wherein topics such as Love (of family as well as the romantic sort), Sacrifice, Devotion, Faith and true Happiness are explored
Wintersong - S. Jae-Jones

This is a love story, first and foremost, of varying types with a dark atmosphere and a very non PG vein. It is not one of those prenatural boy meets lonely outcast of a woman who proceed to fall in love against all odds and live happily ever after. What it IS is a beautifully written Adult Dark Fairytale wherein topics such as Love (of family as well as the romantic sort), Sacrifice, Devotion, Faith and true Happiness are explored. There are definite uncomfortable moments like when Elisabeth is constantly described as being homely, only possessing beauty through her tenacity and musical prowess. I thought it was nice though..to have Beauty defined as something more than the Adonis-like allure. I think it's a depiction too often lacking in most literature nowadays. Anyhow, back to the glowing review, Wintersong is a seriously character driven fantasy where the world building and character development are supurb. There are times of sluggish pacing... Especially where feelings and enviroments are likened to musical attributes (such as tempo and key). These were confusing to me BUT it works overall and it is SOOO worth it. I cried...yes I'll admit it, I might have even wept like an orphan on mother's day... ALRIGHT?!? I felt wrung out and anxious like exposed nerves being tap danced on. No... Everything was most desidedly NOT alright. My heartstrings were being played like the virtuoso sonatas eluded to in the book. If you feel like you are slogging through the plot I highly recommend sticking with it if for nothing else than for the ending!

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review 2017-06-10 03:51
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Wintersong - S. Jae-Jones

 As I read Wintersong I found myself falling more and more under it's magical spell. The setting and characters just got to me. S. Jae-Jones just pin point something few can: people. No one in this book is good or bad, wrong or right. Nothing in this book is black or white and like the characters everything is in shades of grey.

  The heroine especially can came across as selfish, narrow viewed, but on the other has a huge heart that gives and gives. Liesl was never given the chance to grow and spread her wings, always push aside by her beautiful sister and talented brother, her own worth put on the back shelf. The thing about Liesl is, she doesn't want to be there, and in her own ways fights to break free from the place she was put.


 Her fight and later love of the Goblin King is every changing. It's not the, be all, end all kind of love. It hurts, it heals. It can be messy and it can be crystal clear.

 

 The first part of the book is the trial of Liesel as she gets her sister back and the later part of the book is her discovering of who the Goblin King is. Both like a symphony changes, with the words poetic or harsh.

 

 The ending could have made this a standalone, but with this type of sad (heartbreaking!) ending I'm glad we will be able to see more of Lisel and the Goblin King's love story.

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text 2017-05-12 03:25
Seduction for Beginners by Jae
Seduction for Beginners - Jae

Seduction for Beginners is a short story that I read last night when I couldn't decided what book I wanted to read next.  I haven't included it in my lists as a book read, because honestly. at less than 15,000 words, it's not really a book in my mind.

Anyway, this was a really cute, sexy story about the first time a couple gets intimate, all the way.  And it was truly the best of the lesbian romance stuff I've read lately.  There was really no angst, there was no dead previous partner, no deathly diseases, no crazed exes, no heart-broken character.  Annie, half of the couple, is only recently come out (there was a book that preceded this story, but I've not read it.) and her partner, Drew is the more knowledgeable one.  Drew is letting Annie be the guide in the physical aspects of this relationship, taking things at the speed she's comfortable with.  And now, Annie has decided that it's time to go all the way, as we used to say back in the day.  :)

It was cute, it was sexy, it was fun and I really liked the author's voice.  Now, if only her books were a reasonable price or would go on sale, I'd read more of her!  :)

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text 2017-04-16 18:15
Reading progress update: I've read 12 out of 276 pages.
Inhumans By Paul Jenkins & Jae Lee - Paul Jenkins,Jae Lee

OH, right, it was the Portuguese army that made me think Europe.

 

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text 2017-04-16 16:53
Reading progress update: I've read 11 out of 276 pages.
Inhumans By Paul Jenkins & Jae Lee - Paul Jenkins,Jae Lee

 

That looks European to me.   They never do say exactly where Attilan is, though, and even Mr. fantastic is cagey about the whole thing!

 

 

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