BAMF Review Spotlight: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Posted November 28, 2016 by Jamie in Features, Interviews // 2 Comments

bamf-review-spotlightWe have loved doing our BAMF Reviews this year, so we thought we’d highlight the first six books we will be reading next year for our BAMF Reviews! There are some great books coming out next year and we need these titles in our hands. Some of the spotlights include an interview with the author, but all of them include why we are super excited to read this book!

In February 2017, we will be reading…

BAMF Review Spotlight: Wintersong by S. Jae-JonesWintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Also by this author: Wintersong
Published by Thomas Dunne on February 7th 2017
ISBN: 1250079217
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 448
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Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

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.


Why We Decided To Read This One

Jamie: LABYRINTH RETELLING. Plus that 40 page preview that is available made me crave the rest of the book. I CANNOT HANDLE THE WAIT. We were both excited about the fact and idea that this is a retelling of a different nature plus we consider it New Adult since the main character is 19 and if you paid attention to NA August, that is an NA age.



Why We’re Excited To Read It

Jamie: This is probably my most anticipated release for next year. I can’t even explain the fangirling reaction that is currently happening in my head right now because it is mostly !!!! I am just so excited to see how the story plays out and fall in love with the Goblin King. Because we know that will happen.

Dani: I don’t know if I can express my excitement. From the moment I found out about it, I knew it was one I had to read, mostly because it’s based on the poem Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti. Jamie and I both read a preview of the book, and it absolutely killed me. JUST AAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. I have an ARC and I have this preordered. My excitement is boundless!!!


Interview with JJ!

BAMF: Describe WINTERSONG in 10 words or less

S. Jae-Jones: 50 Shades of Labyrinth…kinda sorta maybe not really.

BAMF: Why do you write for younger audiences?

S. Jae-Jones: I’ve always liked stories for and about younger people; for me, the coming-of-age narrative never gets old. I don’t know if I would necessarily say I write for younger audiences generally so much as I write for a younger version of me specifically—the books and stories I would have wanted to read as a teenager.

BAMF: What do you hope readers take away from your book?

S. Jae-Jones: Well, I hope they have an enjoyable/entertaining couple of hours spending time with my characters! But I am also a firm believer that once a book is out in the world, I do not and should not control a reader’s relationship with my text. If they like it, if they dislike it, if they think it’s good, or if they think it’s terrible—it’s not my place to judge. However, I can say what I took away from the writing of Wintersong: I started with a fun, fluffy premise exploring a romantic “what if” from a formative fandom, but it was really a journey about giving my artistic self permission to be selfish and creative, a journey which I believe is mirrored in Liesl’s story.

BAMF: Which character from your novel would you most like to be friends with? Which character would you fight with the most?

S. Jae-Jones: I would probably most likely be friends with Käthe, Liesl’s sister, although I think I would get along splendidly with Thistle, a prickly goblin girl. I’m not typically someone who fights, but the character who would annoy me most is probably the Goblin King.

BAMF: Describe your “I’m an author moment”

S. Jae-Jones: Is it terrible to say I haven’t had one yet? I was an acquiring YA editor at a Big 5 publishing house before I became a published author, so I’ve more or less seen it all. It was pretty magical holding a physical copy of my ARC though.

BAMF: What elements of the original story did you keep in WINTERSONG and what did you change to be original?

S. Jae-Jones: I kept the basic premise of Labyrinth, wherein a young woman has to journey to the realm of the Goblin King to rescue her abducted sibling. But the trappings around the premise—the characters, the relationships, the setting—are of my own making, drawn from other sources of inspiration.

BAMF: What song from contemporary music would Liesl liked to have composed herself?

S. Jae-Jones: Oh goodness. I think Liesl has a bit of a punk soul, but her aesthetic runs more along the lines of Florence Welch, Lorde, or Lana Del Rey. Perhaps “Seven Devils” by Florence + The Machine.

About S. Jae-Jones

S. Jae-Jones (called JJ) is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and the author of WINTERSONG (Thomas Dunne 2017). When not obsessing over books, she can be found jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, co-hosting the Pub(lishing) Crawl podcast, or playing dress-up. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she now lives in North Carolina, as well as many other places on the internet, including Twitter (, Tumblr (, Facebook (, Instagram (, and her blog (

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