“What’s the use of running, if we are on the wrong road.”
This book… Well, one day I had all four of my wisdom teeth pulled out and during that long night of blood and Tylenol (I wish I was kidding… I’m not) I bought this novel as an e-book to distract me from my misery.
Let me say right away. I LOVE the cover. Soo beautiful!
I think the biggest thing that I liked about this book was the storyline. Music is one of my favorite things in the world so having it play such a huge role really hooked me. But then to have the main character be a composer too….!!!! I am still ecstatic about that.
The whole setting – the time period, the inn, and the underworld – was quite nice as well; although, I felt like the underworld was a bit vague at times. For some reason, I imagined the underworld as this dark hole in the ground where there was a lot of dirt and roots were sticking through the ceiling. Maybe that’s just me though. haha
The ending…I actually loved it. I don’t want to give it away so I won’t say anything else, but if you’ve read the book, comment and tell me how you liked it. 🙂
Moving on, at first I really liked Liesl. Unlike many main characters, she wasn’t stunningly beautiful, she was just plain and ordinary, her beauty was found inside. I thought this was amazing! Also, she was a strong character who seemed sweet, level-headed, and sure, but as the book went on, she kind of lost those traits. It seemed as if she became rather frivolous and I found her annoying. Plus, I didn’t care too much for her attitude towards the Goblin King, she seemed to brush him off or use him for her own benefit and pleasure sometimes. I did like the Goblin King, though, he was so forlorn, yet mischievous and surprisingly gentle too.
Like Liesl, the writing started really good but dropped off a bit. I found that the characters reflected a lot and many words were spent on their thoughts, feelings, and musings. Maybe some readers enjoy that, but I would’ve liked more scenes especially with Liesl and the goblins.
Lastly, it wasn’t a clean read. It wasn’t super graphic or anything, but they do have sex. Personally, I think the book and the plot could be enhanced by taking this out. I thought it was a bit lame that sex was so essential to Liesl finding herself. Maybe that it is what broke the story for me. I don’t know… So it was an okay read, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.
“What is eternal life but a prolonged death.”
Thanks for reading and Merry Christmas!
P.S. If you’d like to read a few quotes from my upcoming novel Ashes of Glass just click here.