Title: Shadowsong (Wintersong #2)
Author: S. Jae-Jones
Publisher: Wednesday Books, 2018 (Feb 6)
Genre: YA Fantasy
**I received a copy of this book from the author and my review is in no way affected or influenced by receipt of this book**
First of all, I’m going to tell you right off the bat – I haven’t finished this book…but I agreed to a stop on the blog tour, so I feel like I should at least tell you how it’s going so far. Plus it was the release day yesterday, so it’s only right to celebrate!!
The covers of both books are gorgeous btw.
Here’s the blurb:
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 Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her.
When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King—who he was, who he is, and who he will be. What will it take to break the old laws once and for all? What is the true meaning of sacrifice when the fate of the world—or the ones Liesl loves—is in her hands?
Sounds awesome, right?
I love the way Jae-Jones writes the words in her book…she’s lyrical with her prose.
Here’s an example of her use of alliteration:
Nature creeped in along the edges, reclaiming groomed, orderly, and civilized corridors into a twisting tangle of tunnels and tracks, weeds and wildflowers.
Branches and brambles reached for me with grasping hands as I passed, bursting forth from the walls like sudden shoots and saplings.
I love the way she does this throughout the book. It is poetic and pretty…like a song.
I am currently halfway through the book, but I can already tell it’s going to be a five star read for me. It’s like reading Wintersong all over again…though now instead of Liesl dealing with becoming Queen of the Underworld, she is dealing with becoming a victim of The Wild Hunt. And it’s all because she lived and walked away that the whole world is out of balance.
Is it Classroom-Appropriate?
No. These books are definitely not appropriate for classroom reading. They are definitely meant for older YA readers. So we will just skip this section all together and give Shadowsong ★☆☆☆☆ for class use.
I would DEFINITELY stress older readers for this series. Like, simply put, 16 plus. I don’t think it’s appropriate for anyone under that age to read Wintersong. But this is my opinion.
I love these books…and though I have not finished this one, I know I’m going to love it. I loved the first book and I loved this one. I love the writing, I love the story, I love it all.
I give Shadowsong ★★★★★!
Here’s some info about the Author!
S. Jae-Jones, called JJ, is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and the NYT bestselling author of Wintersong.
Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, she lived in New York City for ten years before relocating down to Dixie, where she is comfortably growing fat on grits and barbecue. When not writing, she can be found rock-climbing, skydiving, taking photographs, drawing pictures, and dragging her dog on ridiculously long hikes.
Here are the links for Shadowsong:
There is also a giveaway for the book!! So I’m going to share the link now!
Rafflecopter Link: Giveaway for Shadowsong!!
Because of ALAMW, I’m literally on the road (well, I’m in a hotel at this exact moment), so I am not going to be writing any reviews until I get back. But I will post updates of the trip!
I’ll keep you updated on the adventure!! 😘❤️