I was so excited to read this book. All my book friends loved it, the main character had a knack for music, and there were GOBLINS. I haven’t read a book about goblins, especially one that they weren’t the creepy goblins we all think about when we first hear that word. I was like “yes a new part of fantasy to get into!” and like sitting there, devouring this book for all it was.
And it started out so promising! I was like “okay, great setting up” and “oh that might come back later on in the story” … and then it never picked up.
In fact, I started to get super annoyed with the main character, Leisl. See, she was once friends with The Goblin King (when they were little) and she “promised” him a bride (in his own twisted way of thinking). So he takes her “over the top beautiful sister who is obsessed with pretty things and jewels and having fun. So he puts Leisl, the ugly, stick-thin-no-womanly-curves into basically a game for her to go and win her sister back.
Leisl would not stop comparing herself to her sister. I mean, I for one, understand that because if you knew my older (and only) sister (I only have the one sibling), you would realize that I have compared myself to her the majority of my life. She is gorgeous, she is tiny, she is artistic, she is smart, she is talented, she is blah blah blah blah. So really, I do understand comparing yourself to your siblings. But this girl would not stop. If you take out all the parts that she compares herself to her sister or is talking about how gorgeous her sister is or how plain and boring she is, the book would be 100 pages less at least.
It just made me realize that my brain is super annoying and I should keep my thoughts to myself because everyone is probably annoyed by me too.
The Goblin King is why I finished the book. He was nothing like “WOW” but he was interesting and I wanted to learn more about his character and how he got to the place he was in.
The writing is poetic and if you loved the writing in Caraval, The Star-Touched Queen, The Night Circus, etc., you will love the writing here. That just wasn’t enough for me. I need action. I need mischief. I need twist. I need cringe worthy moments.
I just didn’t love this book, which doesn’t mean you won’t.