I am so disappointed and disgusted that I don’t even feel like saying hello to you guys. Like I just want to get done ranting. I’m so…ugh. There is literally no way to put my feelings into words right now.
I was so damn excited for this book! It’s cover is gorgeous, I’ll still admit it. I have never been this excited for any book, that I legit went out to look for it for 5 hours till I could finally get it! The saying literally fucking goes like “NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER” but do I understand it? No.
Have I had previous bad experiences? Yes.
Do I EVER learn? Obviously not, pfft.
I’m really pissed offfffff! I wasted a lot of fucking time on this stupid goddamn book! SO before I start ranting, you should have a basic idea:
All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.
One of the things that I liked was how the events of the story gradually linked up. For example ; when the Goblin King gave Liesel the stick, the significance of it was almost lost to the readers until later in the next chapter, she remembered why the stick had been given to her and what she could do with it. Words spoken by other people also started making a lot more sense and they just began adding up.
The book starts with a beautiful beginning! Like ” Once there was a little girl who played her music for a little boy in the woods. She was small and dark, he was tall and fair, and the two of them made a fancy pair as they danced together…”
Now that’s intriguing, right? And I honestly loved the prologue because it had such a unique fairy-tale element to it. And I was so happy that I finally made a good selection of book to read! The first half was fairly well-written, sticking true to its genre of fantasy but then in the second half it suddenly became a forbidden love -romance novel and this annoyed me so much! BUT BOY WAS I WRONG?!
Again, the plot wasn’t original enough for me to like the book. But honestly, I knew that before starting the book so I’m not going to go in a plot-rant here. It was the writing and the characters which got to me SO SO much!!
I hated how Liesel kept underestimating herself all the time, only on the basis of how she looked. Can’t you look past the fact that it’s okay to not be pretty but be talented? I can honestly quote the the number of times she under-estimated herself. I don’t know why writers think it is okay to portray protagonists as quiet, ignored and a selfless little angel who carries the entire weight of the world on her shoulders but doesn’t give two fucks about what she wants. And then some knight in shining armour has to come along making her realize that it’s okay to be selfish at times (This knight in shining armour is btw the person she HATES throughout the book only to realize in the end that she actually has feelings for him) CAN WRITERS FUCKING STOP WRITING ABOUT THIS?!
*Bangs head on the wall 200 times till all memory of this trope ever existing vanishes from my brain*
Also, I don’t even know WHEN she started having feelings for him?! It was so confusing. One page, she hated him with all her guts, and the next page she suddenly became horny for him?? Like wtf. I honestly hated Liesl. As if her inferiority complex wasn’t enough, she was also so dumb!! The goblin king has told her literally thrice in clear words that all he wants is Elisabeth (Liesl) and yet she keeps asking like a stupid little annoying bitch “what do you want from me? What do you want?” Like hello haven’t you been listening he wants you, he has already told you!! Can you just stop being so fucking dramatic about it. It is very difficult to like someone, who not only under-estimates herself, but also thinks that the one true talent she possesses is there or can be made better if her goblin king is there. Seriously? I already hate girls who depend on boys SO much, and thinking that some prince is going to make you outshine? What bullshit! Like literally she goes like, “He played my music like a sculptor, fashioning and moulding and building it until it produced a perfect image of myself. He gave shape to my musical musings. My music was elegant, transcendent, ethereal, and hearing my music played by someone who understood me so so completely—hurt.” To be very honest, I was like wait…..she is now hurting because she loves him so much??? And ohmygod guys, she even got jealous when she saw her sister with the Goblin King. Not angry that he kidnapped her, but jealous, jealous that it was her sister arm-in-arm with him and not her.
*a moment of silence for this exceptional sisterly love*
You get what I’m saying, guys?! THIS WAS TOO CONFUSING AND UNREALISTIC.
Kathe, her sister, was much better. She could atleast distinguish between beauty and talent. Apart from that, she was a victim in the story and was not really herself so I can’t comment on her true personality. Then there was her parents, brother and grandmother but again very little is provided about them except the fact that everyone ignores her and only cares for her so she could provide for the family.
Even if I had liked the plot or the characters, I don’t think I would have still liked the book. There is so much over-usage of words, synonyms and drag sentences. I’ve never felt so forced to read a book before. I understand that music and lyrical composition is one of the major parts of this story but it became sooooooo boring after a bit. Honestly, if you aren’t a music person (violins, pianos and stuff) then vocabulary is going to be a bit of an issue while reading this. You will read paragraphs after paragraphs about klaviers, and violins, and unnecessary sentences about music notes and Vivaldi, all of which were (honestly) all lost on me.
The book literally takes 10 pages for an event to happen. It’s really slow and you will go pages after pages only to find out how uncomfortable and ignored Liesl feels. That’s it. Nothing major is happening.
This book was major Caraval feels, man. Except it was a very very poor version of it. For those of you who have read Caraval, you remember how The Legend was disguised as Donatella’s husband? Something similiar is here so , tick mark on that.
Hatred for the knight in shining armour turned to love? Tick-tick.
Older sister looking to save her younger sister? Tick tick.
Older sister fighting between love for sister and love for whatever-screwed up creature she has feelings for. Double-fucking ticks!!
This book is all shades of pathetic. It’s pathetic. It’s literally the shittiest book I’ve read all year. I can still soooo much I didn’t like, but I think I should just stop before people start hating on me. Lol. I think 60% of my disappointment comes from the fact that I was expecting SO much! And “Perfect for Labyrinth lovers?????” BUULLLSHHIITTTT. I know my opinion is going to be a major unpopular one (Isn’t that mostly the case?) but honest advice? PLEASE DON’T READ THIS. Go read Caraval or Night Circus if you want sisters love-and-adventure, but please save your precious time and money from this book! But like…read it if you want. I don’t want to enforce my choices, because I once again read a few reviews and they were all 4-stars. And I’m just like “will i ever ever like a book?”
I think I should just crawl back to my little hole and cry to myself silently on my poor choices in life.
Until next time, guys! Toodles. xx