Shadowsong: Dark & Deranged, Yet Ultimately Hopeful

Well that was a journey that I am still not sure I was entirely ready for. 

Photo Jan 08, 23 09 07Receiving an ARC of Shadowsong was a dream come true (corny yes, but also entirely accurate).  I finished reading it early into my plane ride home for Christmas and was then left to stew in all the feelings that SJ Jones invoked in me.  I have been trying to formulate thoughts for three weeks, and I really hope I can do Shadowsong justice.  So, with that being said, let’s get to it.

If you pick up Shadowsong expecting the same type of story that Wintersong brought you, then you are going to be disappointed and/or confused.  Wintersong was a romantic journey, but it also read (to me) as a novel of self discovery.  Leisel was never quite sure where she belonged in her family, in her society, and found acceptance in the Underground with the Goblin King and his realm.  Shadowsong is a journey into the troubled mind of Leisel (and her brother Josef) but also is about peeling back the consequences of burying ugly emotions for years.  I was left picking apart and analyzing what leaving the Underground really did to Leisel throughout the book, and I am not sure I am even accurate on my assumptions.  Wintersong is a beautiful book, but superficial in retrospect.  Shadowsong is deranged and dark, and heartbreakingly sad at points.  

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February Wrap Up & Haul!

For being the shortest month of the year, February dragged on and on for me.  It started out on a bad note with me being sick, and then all of a sudden, I wasn’t in the mood to read at all.  img_9104Instead, I spent most of my nights watching my boyfriend play video games, and messing around on my iPad.

At first, I felt guilty about it: so many books to read, so little time right!?  But its okay to have sub par reading months, just as its okay to have amazing reading months.  This is a past time, a pleasure hobby, not a job.  I can read as much or as little as I want; it’s my time and I certainly am not getting paid to read and review books.

Anyways, I just wanted to go on that mini rant and let anyone know that if they are feeling down on themselves for being in a reading slump, everything is going to be okay.  Sometimes we need a little break.

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