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  • Dark and poetic!

    A journey of dark adventure and self worth discovery. I did find it a little hard going in parts but its worth pushing through those pages. Surely a sequel as you are left in limbo! Worth a read

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  • Captivating story#

    I love this book with its amazing theme and breath taking literature!!!

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  • The goblin king and the underworld

    A story of a young girl growing up who plays with a young boy who becomes the goblin king of the underworld. The story of how she enters the underworld and why. This story just becomes better and better the further into the story you read. Well worth reading.

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  • Amazing

    Refreshingly different and mostly unpredictable! It kept me captivated to the very end.

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  • Lots of music and confusion.

    Liesl lives in a small town where magic and folklore is very much alive. Her grandmother places salt over all the thresholds to the house to keep the goblins out every winter… As a child, Liesl played with the Goblin King in the woods. But it all becomes too real when her sister eats the fruit from the goblin market and is taken Underground to be the Goblin King’s bride. She has to save her sister and thus an adventure begins. I heard about this book during this year’s A-Z challenge when someone recommended their favourite fantasy books. I liked the blurb, so I added it to my TBR. What I liked about the book: it’s a mixture of The Phantom of the Opera, The Goblin Market, Cinderella, Fitcher’s Bird and the Ugly Duckling (there might be other stories, but these stood out). It takes the folklore of the Alder King (Der Erlköning) and weaves an inventive world around it. Music is woven through the story and tells a tale of its own. What I didn’t like about the book: it’s a mixture of present and past tense (intentional?). Some phrases are repeated in quick succession over the span of a chapter (accidental?). Sentences rhyme like poetry (why?). Her brother and the Goblin King have the exact same violin (thematically creepy). There’s no warning on the cover that there will be sex scenes (even if they aren’t steamy, they do jolt you out of the story). Though there is a glossary at the back for the unfamiliar terms and words, they are used liberally and along with oddly phrased sentences pull you from the story (a few words here and there would’ve been enough to convey the otherness of the book without detracting from the story, in my honest opinion). Some scenes contradict others… I was confused from the moment she saw the portrait gallery and decided that there are several Goblin Kings – only for the story to reaffirm that he has always been the same man. And then it gets contradicted again. So either he is her age or there about – or he’s a creepy old codger who played with a little girl out in the woods. (I know: we all love the idea of a late teen girl/almost-twenty-ish young woman falling in love with an immortal being. But having him in her life when she’s just a little girl of about seven? Eww.) I also didn’t get the nicknames… But that can just be a language thing. (The book is set in Austria/Germany?) The first few chapters are beautifully written and lives up to the hype on the cover. The rest… It’s okay. Liesl has a few too many fits (being aggressive and destructive) after being this sensible creature at the start of the book. Perhaps it’s because of the music within? I don’t know, but it did make her rather unlikeable. I could live with the constant bemoaning of her unappealing face and body, her invisible lot in life and the jealousy/protectiveness of her odd siblings. But losing her mind when she finally gets the attention that she wants? Perhaps a chapter or two… But not half the book. And then she gives up everything she loves, everything she wants for something selfish? Or did she? And did she do it again? The ending is set up to make the reader want to read the next book. I’m not sure if it’s worth the confusion.

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