I loved Brigid Kemmerer’s LETTERS TO THE LOST (click on link to read the review), and when I saw that she has a new book coming on March 2018, I can’t help but squee! The hero, Rev Fletcher, is Declan’s (hero of Letters to the Lost) friend.
Here’s the cover, featured in HEA USA Today:
And there’s also an excerpt that made me wish March 2018 is here now!! Read it here.
LETTERS TO THE LOST is a compelling, emotion-filled read, maybe better read by more mature YA. However, even while the letters started because Juliet lost her mother, this book doesn’t only deal with death and the resulting grief, but also the wider themes of fate and choice.
The first few chapters were raw with emotion, especially the letters, and especially where Juliet used photographs to convey certain thoughts or feelings. The main characters are not your usual teens; having lost people important to them, they’re deeper, weightier, sounding almost like mature grown ups (because there are immature ones), especially in their letters where they’d discuss fate and choosing paths. I thought there was a bit of disparity in their real selves and the selves in their letters, but I suppose that’s only to be expected because somehow it’s easier to let a stranger see your real self without the barriers and prejudices of a lot of things that come with knowing who the other person is. (You’ll understand what I’m talking about when you read the book)
NEW BOOK RELEASE!
A Starr gone. A team betrayed.
Cover from Bustle
Yes, I think it’s beautiful. S. Jae-Jones’ covers sure are pretty. She’s so lucky! Wintersong (the first book) initially caught my eye because of the cover, I have to admit.
SHADOWSONG is the second book and it follows Wintersong, 6 months after Liesl left the Underground. For new readers, I would advise you to read Wintersong now! I’m not sure if you’ll understand Shadowsong without reading the first book–maybe you will, maybe you won’t–but why would you deprive yourself of one of the most epic reads I’ve had the fortune to enjoy? Go get it now!
Here’s where you can check out the excerpt for Shadowsong: https://www.bustle.com/p/s-jae-jones-returns-to-the-world-of-the-goblin-king-in-shadowsong-cover-excerpt-reveal-63280
Oooh, can’t wait, can’t wait for January 2018!!! I hope Liesl and the Goblin King have a happy ending… Too much to hope?
If you’re a fan like me for Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones, here’s the scoop!
There’s a title for Wintersong #2! And it’s called….
And it’s coming January 30, 2018. Can’t wait! Hope we’ll see more of the Goblin King!
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ROMEO AND WHAT’S HER NAME is unexpectedly funny and sweet contemporary young adult romance.
Emily Stein is crushing on Wes Rosenthal, and what better way to be close to him than to be the understudy of Juliet to his Romeo? However, she didn’t think she’d have the chance to actually play Juliet, plus she was kept busy by Amanda–who was playing Juliet–doing errands, and so she didn’t have a chance to really learn her lines. On the fateful day, Amanda wasn’t able to go on stage, so guess who had to take her place?
I am lost.
WINTERSONG is magical, with a fairy tale atmosphere that is heightened by the lovely, lyrical writing. Though there are echoes of Labyrinth (my favorite childhood movie!), the author took it beyond that to create a story and characters that are unforgettable and that will live in you long after you have finished reading the book. I can say definitely that WINTERSONG is a book that will go on my keeper shelf and that I will reread over and over until I have wrung the last bit of magic from it.
Told from the first person of view, Liesl or Elisabeth makes an engaging, self-aware narrator, and from her narration, we see how she grows from girl to woman, not just in terms of physical, but also in her emotional and mental maturity, in the self-actualization that she attains at the end. Her realization that she is “Elisabeth, entire”. The author takes us on this strange, wondrous, compelling journey, and while more astute readers may guess there’s only one outcome to this story, yet the journey to that end is filled with growth and realizations that both characters (Elisabeth and the Goblin King) would not have attained without these experiences.