Wintersong has been one of the most hyped books for the spring. I honestly couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I have mixed feelings since I've read it though.
Thoroughly engrossing, yet as times mismatched, music and myth weave into a retelling of The Labyrinth with a pinch of Hades and Persephone.
Some allegories and dreams came across, at least to me, almost as if the author wasn't really sure what she was doing. Juxtapositions of sexual awakening alongside siblings, or the symbolism of dualism with the Goblin King and her brother, were unsettling for YA; and I'm unsure if this was what the author was really going for.
The book was disjointed and incoherent when new themes and directions started to take foot towards the end of the plot. Since I read this in one sitting I noticed a lot of redundancies in the writing, which happens sometimes if you read a whole book in one sitting, but a lot of the repetitiveness could have been easily fixed with a synonym or two.
I enjoyed the fairy-tale aspect of the majority of the storytelling, but the romance was somewhat puzzling and felt slightly sadistic. The mixture of religion and pagan mythology put me off because we got a huge smattering of it at the end, and it felt included to give the Goblin King more depth.
The writing was as good as the plot and themes were confusing. All being said, I did finish this in a day's worth of reading, so take that as you will.
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