This is a hard review for me to write, because I’m unsure of my opinion on this book. I originally picked it up because it seemed like it had a Labyrinth feel to it (“You remind me of the babe”). It also had a Beauty and the Beast vibe, so major potential.
The setup: Liesl is the oldest of three children. Her sister is about to get married, and her brother is a talented musician. Liesl is an incredible composer, but her dad frowns on her skill because she’s female. There’s also Liesl’s grandmother, who tells stories of the Goblin King.
Liesl’s sister is kidnapped and taken to the Underground and Liesl chases after her, in a rather misguided rescue attempt. The prose is beautiful and haunting, but here’s where I have difficulties: the book becomes a slow-blossoming romance. I don’t read romance as a general rule, so I was left feeling a little lost. There were lots of comparisons between writing music and -ahem- making music.
If you enjoy the fantasy romance sub-genre (think A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Maas), then you’ll love this book. It doesn’t end the way one would expect. My big complaint is that I wanted less of the gushy stuff (I sound like I’m five) and more on the fascinating history of the Goblin King. His mythos might be explored more in the sequel, which I haven’t read.
I guess my final opinion is: if I enjoyed fantasy romance, I’d have really liked this book, but I don’t, so meh.
My Book Suggestions: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr; A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.