S. Jae-Jones' Wintersong
I am gonna take a shot in the dark and guess that S. Jae-Jones is a huge fan of Labyrinth, because her Goblin King--in a story about a young woman whose sister is kidnapped by said Goblin King--is basically David Bowie. Which, hey, I am ALSO a fan of Labyrinth and David Bowie, and so have no real problem with this. My major beef with this book is that, when there are two sisters in a book, why is one always an overlooked brunette genius and the other a flirtatious blonde who loves shopping and clothes? It's such a cliche in what is otherwise a decent story, full of Eastern European mythology and magic. (And David Bowie.) I mean, the second half descends into sheer melodrama, (omg such melodrama) and I could have done with slightly less discussion of music composition, but it was pretty entertaining and generally well-written. B/B+.
A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be released in February.