White Stag

White Stag The first book in a brutally stunning series where a young girl finds herself becoming monster than human and must uncover dangerous truths about who she is and the place that has become her home As t

  • Title: White Stag
  • Author: Kara Barbieri
  • ISBN: White Stag
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  • Page: 370
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The first book in a brutally stunning series where a young girl finds herself becoming monster than human and must uncover dangerous truths about who she is and the place that has become her home.As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen year old Janneke was raised to be the male heir While her sisters were becoming wives and mothers, she was taught to hu The first book in a brutally stunning series where a young girl finds herself becoming monster than human and must uncover dangerous truths about who she is and the place that has become her home.As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen year old Janneke was raised to be the male heir While her sisters were becoming wives and mothers, she was taught to hunt, track, and fight On the day her village was burned to the ground, Janneke as the only survivor was taken captive by the malicious Lydian and eventually sent to work for his nephew Soren.Janneke s survival in the court of merciless monsters has come at the cost of her connection to the human world And when the Goblin King s death ignites an ancient hunt for the next king, Soren senses an opportunity for her to finally fully accept the ways of the brutal Permafrost But every action he takes to bring her deeper into his world only shows him that a little humanity isn t bad especially when it comes to those you care about.Through every battle they survive, Janneke s loyalty to Soren deepens After dangerous truths are revealed, Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to She must make the right choice to save the only thing keeping both worlds from crumbling Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 368 pages Published January 8th 2019 by Wednesday Books More Details Original Title White Stag ISBN 1250149584 ISBN13 9781250149589 Edition Language English Series Permafrost 1 Other Editions 4 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about White Stag, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Can t Wait Books of 2019 1,074 books 2,406 voters Can t Wait Sci Fi Fantasy of 2019 452 books 1,032 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Oct 31, 2018 megs_bookrack rated it liked it Shelves arcs read 3.5 STARS As the sole survivor of a goblin raid on her village, Janneke is wracked with survivor s guilt This would have been bad enough, however, to make matters worse she is taken hostage by the raiding army and forced into a life of servitude at the hands of the sadistic goblin, Lydian.Her life while with him is absolute hell This is putting it mildly We learn about this time through flashbacks but let s just get the trigger warnings out of the way sexual assault rape, torture, body mu 3.5 STARS As the sole survivor of a goblin raid on her village, Janneke is wracked with survivor s guilt This would have been bad enough, however, to make matters worse she is taken hostage by the raiding army and forced into a life of servitude at the hands of the sadistic goblin, Lydian.Her life while with him is absolute hell This is putting it mildly We learn about this time through flashbacks but let s just get the trigger warnings out of the way sexual assault rape, torture, body mutilation, and emotional abuse If you are a reader who is sensitive to these topics, tread with caution The descriptions of these happenings do pop up continually over the course of the story as they are a big part of Janneke s character development.After some time, Lydian grows tired of his plaything and for one reason or another gifts Janneke to his nephew, Soren When the story begins for us, Janneke has been living with Soren for 100 years.How can a human girl live that long I have no idea I never really understood the concept of time in this story She is supposed to have been there for a hundred years but is still the same as when she first got there as far as outward appearance She is still written as a teenage girl It is strange I think it has something to do with the location The Permafrost The magical land of the goblins.Soon after the story begins, the current Erlking, leader of the goblins, dies and a new leader needs to be chosen to replace him on the throne In their world, the way this is done is through a stag hunt The magical White Stag is where the Erlking draws his power from, quite literally, during his reign Any goblin may become King by slaying the Stag Hunting groups are assembled, alliances formed, and the hunt begins Janneke, trained as a hunter since childhood, joins Soren on the hunt They are both willing to do anything to ensure that Lydian doesn t become Erlking They are joined by a ragtag group of allies and the real adventure begins.On the hunt, things are never boring, there is a lot of action and quite a few violent and intense scenes New alliances are formed along the way and one of the best parts of the story for me was the various side characters They added depth and humor to the story which was definitely needed at times There really isn t too much I can say on the topic of the hunt without getting into spoilers, which I do not want to do.Throughout their journey, Janneke and Soren s relationship begins to change The intensity of the hunt pushes them closer together and they begin to rely on each other like never before I really enjoyed their relationship Soren is swoon worthy for sure Soren, you might ask Isn t he a goblin Yes, but keep in mind, these are not your standard goblins.Oh no These goblins are apparently quite attractive and described like Viking warriors than deformed little monsters I found it helpful to picture this when thinking of Soren Not what you think of when you think of goblin Yeah Truth be told, it was a little jarring at first but I think, again, it has something to do with the magic of the Permafrost At one point, Barbieri mentions something about their looks being an illusion Then in another section, during a fight, you read of their illusion dropping a little and their true, animalistic, form showing through Ultimately, I am not really sure how it all works as there was quite a bit of ambiguity with the magic system Granted, maybe I just didn t get it, but I do read a lot of fantasy and felt this could have been ironed out a bit Perhaps we will get clarification of the world in the second book.The conclusion is an absolute cliffhanger and I look forward to seeing how Barbieri continues this story Janneke and Soren both had so much growth here and I am most interested to see if they continue to grow together in the future or if changing circumstances push them apart.For the most part, I enjoyed diving into the hunt and learning about Janneke and the goblin world Was this book perfect No, not at all There were definitely some places that I felt could have been fine tuned some repetitive phrasing and unclear magical elements, etc That being said, it is impressive that such a young author is getting this out there as a debut novel The world is vast and complex and I think that Barbieri should definitely be proud It draws you in and makes you want to learn Thank you so much to the publisher, Wednesday Books, for providing me with a copy to read and review, as well as including me on the blog tour for its release I truly appreciate the opportunity and look forward to continuing on with this story in the next book flag 96 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Nov 03, 2018 Chelsea Humphrey marked it as dnf paused review of another edition Shelves from publisher, netgalley I think I m going to have to mark this one DNF 25%.I initially requested White Stag because gorgeous cover Goblin King a happy Chelsea The first chapter was incredibly suspenseful, dropping us right in the middle of an action packed, tense scene It was a fantastic start and I was anxious to see how the author would fill in the backstory, along with bringing us forward in a tense race to hunt the stag I quickly realized that perhaps this book needed a bit work before being released I think I m going to have to mark this one DNF 25%.I initially requested White Stag because gorgeous cover Goblin King a happy Chelsea The first chapter was incredibly suspenseful, dropping us right in the middle of an action packed, tense scene It was a fantastic start and I was anxious to see how the author would fill in the backstory, along with bringing us forward in a tense race to hunt the stag I quickly realized that perhaps this book needed a bit work before being released via traditional publishing the first two novels are available to read via Wattpad the plot halted and it was stilted conversation up until about 20% in to the book Even once the hunt had begun, I found myself tossing the book aside and picking up other things that were holding my attention clearly.I think the author has a fantastic idea here she s basically taken what S Jae Jones did with Wintersong and, instead of musical love story, brought a darker, violent and psychological component to the table With a little work on developing her characters and adding in copious amounts of world building, I think this book could be something really special CW for rape, violence, and murder Many thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy. flag 93 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Aug 21, 2018 Alana thebookishchick rated it really liked it Shelves fantasy, reviewed arcs tw mentions of rape, torture, violenceLadies and gentlemen, there s a new Rhys in town and he goes by the name of Soren.I honestly, didn t doubt for a second that I was going to end up loving this one I mean, I freaking LOVED Wintersong, and it changed my life basically forever because I am now just one giant pile of goblin trash So, its not really a surprise that the minute I heard about this book I knew I was going to spend the rest of my days eagerly anticipating the release of this book tw mentions of rape, torture, violenceLadies and gentlemen, there s a new Rhys in town and he goes by the name of Soren.I honestly, didn t doubt for a second that I was going to end up loving this one I mean, I freaking LOVED Wintersong, and it changed my life basically forever because I am now just one giant pile of goblin trash So, its not really a surprise that the minute I heard about this book I knew I was going to spend the rest of my days eagerly anticipating the release of this book I basically fell in love with this story from the first page It s all the right amount of dark, twisted, and atmospheric.The story follows Janneke, captured by the goblins at seventeen years old after they burned down her village and killed her family When the story starts she s currently bound to Soren, but recounts the horrors of being previously bound to his evil uncle, Lydian Janneke, loathes the goblins but after spending a century with them she fears she is starting to become monster than human Especially as Soren takes her on the Hunt for the stag after the Goblin King is murdered The rules are simple, whoever kills the stag becomes the next Goblin King, but the stakes are high If Lydian becomes the Goblin King the world will never be the same, if Soren dies Janneke will be once again bound to the goblin responsible for her nightmaresThe world building in this one is off the charts, it was so good and super atmospheric I basically wanted to live inside of this evil little world, especially with Soren at my side This book starts off strong and never stops It s action packed with an tons of plot twists, secrets, and an epic adventure through the Permafrost that will introduce you to monsters straight out of your nightmares.Janneke, was such a lovable character and I absolutely loved her growth throughout the story She struggles greatly with her feelings towards Soren, what being a monster means, and letting go of her past throughout the entire story And while we do see this softer, doubting side to her, she continues to be an absolute BADASS and carry this story on her back Remember what I said earlier about Soren being the new Rhys I AM NOT LYING Soren brought back all the ACOMAF vibes and I was screaming over the slow burn, hate to love, romance between Soren and Janneke It was the perfect amount of angst and love without ruining the plot I can t wait to see where the next book goes with the two of them.The only reason why I couldn t give this five stars is because it was a little bit predictable, but maybe that s just because I ve read too many fantasy novels Even though I figured out the end early on, it was still extremely enjoyable to watch the plot unravel and the mayhem ensue.Favorite Quotes If I stopped because I was in pain, I would have killed myself a long time ago, I said I m a survivor Things like that stay with you no matter how hard it is to forget them It doesn t mean you haven t survived It doesn t make you weak And I don t want to force you into something that will make you unhappy And if that means that I release you from your bind and you go back to the human world and find a man of your own, then I ll do it Your happiness means to me than anything in the world I was chaos and darkness and balance and light All in all, if you re looking for an epic adventure, with a fierce female MC, lovable side characters, and lots of secrets than this should definitely be on your radar Blog Twitter Instagram flag 60 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 26, 2019 C.G Drews added it Shelves epic fantasy, read 2019, young adult This is about goblins and erlkings and monstrous girls so basically a checklist of things I quite enjoy reading I am PLEASED It had a lot of fae culture woven through a Norse setting, but focusing on goblins instead, and I ve been reading SO many fae books recently that this just fit right into what I was in the mood for Plus it s bitterly cold and cruelly wicked with knives and claws and fights around every few pages But it also takes the time to really discuss and delve into PTSD and me This is about goblins and erlkings and monstrous girls so basically a checklist of things I quite enjoy reading I am PLEASED It had a lot of fae culture woven through a Norse setting, but focusing on goblins instead, and I ve been reading SO many fae books recently that this just fit right into what I was in the mood for Plus it s bitterly cold and cruelly wicked with knives and claws and fights around every few pages But it also takes the time to really discuss and delve into PTSD and mental illness Welcome to the haaaalls of the GOBLIN KING.Ok I freaking loved reading this version of them The have glamours, like the faeries, to make themselves inhumanely gorgeous, but when the glamours fade they look like vicious terrible monsters They re all SO bloodthirsty Literally stab your neighbour before breakfast and nobody is shocked My man, you all need some therapy It has a Norse inspired setting I loved the mythology creatures we met, like the wolf goddesses and the mischievous svartelves who ll drive you mad And it was SO COLD So frikkin freezing I could feel that wrapped around every page Jenneke was also a bitter stabby gift to this world She s been tortured and abused for hundreds of years but she s permanently 17 and she is NOT in the mood for anyone s shenanigans She was rescued from her abusive master by Soren, who has always been kind, but she still hates him for owning her Whichfair Her PTSD and anxiety are brutal portrayed It s easy to feel a lot for her And tbh I m just glad YA fantasy books are unpacking the mental side of the vicious lives they lead Jenneke has been actually through hell torture, mutilation, rape and while the book isn t graphic, it does refer to what happened She has an eating disorder now too, which is ownvoices rep from the author, and you could feel the heartache with that too.But then when little shreds of friendship weave into her life afjdsald it s so good Like she starts teaching a little goblin girl who to be a better archer And Soren is there like as a constant I like you and watching their relationship thaw was beautiful He basically affectionally describes her a small dog that bites ankles She hits him Bless.Now I WAS worried about the romance, because Soren is effectively her captor even though he rescued her from her abuser Uneven power dynamics in relationships especially when it s with 1000 year old goblins make my skin crawl thnx so much But this book did it the right way There was only romance when they were both in equal positions of power over themselves And Soren hadn t freed her because view spoiler he thought releasing the bond would actually kill her hide spoiler There are, um, a few things that didn t work for me.The language is super modern aka, Janneke even busts with stuff like gee thanks and they banter back and forth about how Goblins can t use sarcasm properly I mean there has always BEEN sarcasm, but the actual word didn t exist until the 1500s Plus GOBLINS CAN T LIE It s said again and again But in order to be sarcastic, you are effectively saying an ironic lie So the discrepencies here threw me a lot And yeah there are a lot of fight scenes and I m not the biggest fan of unending action But that s just me Overall This was a very satisfying story of monsters and mayhem, and it was cruel and vicious and filled with brittle and desperate hope It was about what even makes a monster And it was about being abused and it s about healing, and saying how it s ok to change I very much loved the balance of mythology and hunting for the erlking s stag vs piecing back together broken people and loving yourself flag 59 likesLike see review Dec 14, 2016 Caylin rated it did not like it review of another edition TW Mention of rape At first, I couldn t figure out what bothered me about this story I read it, and then read it again, trying to figure out why I just didn t feel comfortable with it Then, after thinking on it, I realized what was wrong The main character s rape is used for shock value It s brought up again and again, to either reinforce how bad the bad guy is, or to force sympathy for the character It s a go to whenever the character is upset It s a constant reminder bashed over our h TW Mention of rape At first, I couldn t figure out what bothered me about this story I read it, and then read it again, trying to figure out why I just didn t feel comfortable with it Then, after thinking on it, I realized what was wrong The main character s rape is used for shock value It s brought up again and again, to either reinforce how bad the bad guy is, or to force sympathy for the character It s a go to whenever the character is upset It s a constant reminder bashed over our head whenever the author wants to elicit empathy for a character that doesn t deserve it The rape is only in the story because the author said, How can I elicit empathy for this character How can I make people feel reeeeaaaallly bad for her I ve already tortured her, and enslaved her, and given her severe scarring and mild dysphoria I know I ll have her be a rape victim too It is not something handled with the care or delicacy something so horrible deserves It s just a label thats been slapped on the main character s forehead to create a tortured protagonist If it wasn t there, absolutely nothing would change Nothing Now the rape isn t the only issue I have with this book, though it is the largest, and most contributing factor to this review The story itself is simply a mix of everything Sarah J Maas has ever written, with the word goblins in place of Fae And really Goblins Goblins are decidedly not creatures of unearthly beauty Spend exactly five seconds on google images, and you can see that Goblins are short, sharp toothed, and they like stealing stuff They look like Dobby after six years of doing meth The first time I read the book, I kept imagining a three foot tall monster thing following her around The author could have chosen a myth that fit the characters she presented closely , or taken some extra time and energy and created a race of her own Hell, even changelings would have worked, with a bit of explanation and worldbuilding Speaking of worldbuilding, there was very little All we know about goblins is that most of them apparently live in the palace, there s ice everywhere, and they like killing each other How did the humans and goblins come together Dunno Why is the stag so important in becoming King Don t know One of the characters later calls it a game How is this world connected to Norse gods Dunno The Stags in Norse mythology eat among the branches of the World Tree Yggdrasill, and quite possibly represent the four winds There s another stag who such large horns that he creates rivers I am far from an expert on this, so if I am wrong please correct me, but as far as I m aware, there is no great stag in the mythology Don t get me wrong, I know worldbuilding is hard as hell, but a loose base can be formed around the ideas of a certain culture Nothing irritates me when authors simply pluck out bits and pieces of research that they like, slap it in the story, and wipe their hands of the things that aren t important But I ve been incredibly negative The author is a good writer overall She knows her way around a story, and the pacing was good I even liked the main character at times, and I think that with a bit of editing, she can be a great protagonist But the carelessness with which the rape was treated ruined it for me I won t be continuing to read flag 45 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Oct 11, 2018 Sh3lly grumpybookgrrrl added it Shelves netgalley, 2019 release, fantasy, abandoned series, annoying characters, i read it wrong, maybe its just me, magic, read 2018, paranormal DNF 35% This one is not for me after all, and I ll tell you why First anyone who writes a book at age 22 is pretty amazing That is quite an accomplishment Respect But, I didn t like the main character Janneke is so angsty So much self loathing It s basically a deal breaker for me I get that horrible things have happened to her and she was forcefully brought to the Permafrost home to goblins and other creatures But, the angst over it irritated me.I think others will like this and it DNF 35% This one is not for me after all, and I ll tell you why First anyone who writes a book at age 22 is pretty amazing That is quite an accomplishment Respect But, I didn t like the main character Janneke is so angsty So much self loathing It s basically a deal breaker for me I get that horrible things have happened to her and she was forcefully brought to the Permafrost home to goblins and other creatures But, the angst over it irritated me.I think others will like this and it s an interesting premise Book it s me not you.Previous post A bit of Norse mythology with goblins I m at 14% and this is really good already eARC provided by Netgalley and publisher. flag 38 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 15, 2018 Ashlee Library In The Country rated it it was ok This isn t going to be a warm and fuzzy review.I love dark fantasy stories that involve the folk and jumped on the opportunity to read and review White Stag I discovered the origins of this story after I had started it so cool and highly commend the author for getting her work published after originally publishing online.That said, this story needs A LOT of work still The premise is very interesting and I enjoyed the main characters, Janneke and Soren, but the plot only gets confusing This isn t going to be a warm and fuzzy review.I love dark fantasy stories that involve the folk and jumped on the opportunity to read and review White Stag I discovered the origins of this story after I had started it so cool and highly commend the author for getting her work published after originally publishing online.That said, this story needs A LOT of work still The premise is very interesting and I enjoyed the main characters, Janneke and Soren, but the plot only gets confusing and is all over the place.It s clear the story is meant to read like a dark fairytale but there was far too much modern language in it creating a huge distraction from the flow of the story The writing could use a fine toothed comb Additionally, the whole story is a mishmash of various mythologies, creating an even confusing world that truly didn t have much world building to begin with I was so confused about how the lordships worked, where the different lords actually LIVED and just the general lifestyle of the goblins.And that gets me into another issue I had When you think of a goblin, what do you picture Don t say David Bowie because it s widely known that Jareth is never said to be a goblin and the general consensus is that he is something else So, what do you picture when you think of goblins Probably not creatures with ethereal beauty Let s call a spade a spade here The author took all of the concepts of faeries and elves and essentially slapped the word goblin on them But why I get that goblins are folk as well, but this was not a goblin story Not to mention constantly referring to them as men These things bothered me throughout the book and I basically just stopped thinking of them as goblins and instead as fae It helped, really Also Lydian is a terrible creature but also a highly confusing character and antagonist Sure, he is five blocks away from sane but there really was NO explanation at all as to his actions and incoherent ramblings It felt as though we were building up to this huge reveal behind his craziness, but it never came I have a feeling we could get answers to this in the next book but I really could do without Lydian s character in every way not to mention, I m not sure I ll even read the next book Which saddens me, because I was so excited for this and wanted to read it so badly Things I did like about this was the romance and growth of the two main characters I felt like this was done well and felt believable Janneke and Soren compliment each other nicely Additionally, I enjoyed the idea of the Erlking and point of the stag hunt These two things are what kept me pushing through this story, though it STILL took me two and a half weeks to finish it Overall I did read an ARC and can only hope a lot of the plot issues have been cleared up before publication I also read the synopsis for the second book on WattPad and can REALLY only hope it is greatly altered as I do not get great vibes for the direction it is going and doubt I ll read it in that case TW rape, tortureReview copy generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review flag 36 likesLike see review View 1 comment Sep 15, 2018 Cindy Savage Queen rated it really liked it Shelves arc, netgalley Rating 3.5We are all monsters in some way.Whitestag tells the story of Janneke Janneka a young girl stolen away from the mortal world 100 years ago, into the Permafrost, after the death of her family For 100 years, she has lived among goblins She has suffered a lifetime of hurt and continues to struggle, but she also to fight All with the hope of one day returning to the human world, until she learns that she is changing and it may be too late to go back White Stag chronicles the journey of Rating 3.5We are all monsters in some way.Whitestag tells the story of Janneke Janneka a young girl stolen away from the mortal world 100 years ago, into the Permafrost, after the death of her family For 100 years, she has lived among goblins She has suffered a lifetime of hurt and continues to struggle, but she also to fight All with the hope of one day returning to the human world, until she learns that she is changing and it may be too late to go back White Stag chronicles the journey of a young woman as she comes to terms with who and what she is, and struggles with herself to discover just what it is she truly wants and what sort of life she truly wants to live How I feel about the main cast Characters Janneke Soren Seppo Lydian Romance Janneke Soren This book was a very pleasant surprise I ll be honest I was rather charmed from the start because some of the elements are quite reminiscent to a few of my favorites series That said, the book is a pretty solid read on its own but something about it lacked the depth it needed to make it to the 4 star mark Full review to come I received a free ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Huge thank you to Wednesday Books flag 32 likesLike see review Sep 27, 2018 destiny howling libraries marked it as to read Shelves owned digital, owned tbr, fantasy, young adult, unread review copies, late a thon, february tbr Not gonna lie, if I m on netgalley and see the word goblin I just start clicking buttons Thank you so much to Wednesday Books for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 31 likesLike see review Jan 12, 2019 Krystal rated it liked it Shelves freebies, from the publisher, jan feb 19, owned, ya, carnage and mayhem, dark fantasy, loved up, misleading blurbs, myths and legends Here we have a story that s part fantasy, part recovery from trauma, and all around SAVAGE But also loved up So yay I ll admit, it threw me a little The story kinda starts in the middle which I normally enjoy usually means action but it bothered me that it never went back to properly explain things This feels like one of those times where the author held this story in her mind for so long that some of it got trapped there and never made it to the actual book There s plenty happen Here we have a story that s part fantasy, part recovery from trauma, and all around SAVAGE But also loved up So yay I ll admit, it threw me a little The story kinda starts in the middle which I normally enjoy usually means action but it bothered me that it never went back to properly explain things This feels like one of those times where the author held this story in her mind for so long that some of it got trapped there and never made it to the actual book There s plenty happening, but scenes are never properly set and, in a fantasy world, that s pretty problematic I never really fully connected to the world because it was so sparse on detail Even Janneke s past is a little sketchy We re told about the family she was separated from, and that she endured horrible things at the hand of Lydian, but the details are pretty vague which, again, made it harder to connect I really felt for Janneke with her struggle to overcome trauma, but it would have packed a much powerful punch if there was detail about what she went through Not necessarily the physical, but just that breakdown of the psyche Trauma is, sadly, quite a relatable topic, so the feelings and emotions that come with those experiences are so important At the same time, we get a lot of talk about how Janneke is a fighter and she s pushing on and choosing to live and I really loved that I loved that she has this broken past but she s still so fierce Just a shame for me it was tempered with all that lovey dovey business.You can tell from the very beginning of the book that they re looking towards hooking up Soren is supposed to be a goblin and he s savage and powerful and all but then when it comes to Janneke he s all goo and, quite honestly, I was pretty disappointed The goblins were such savage, murderous characters so I was really expecting of that from our leading man, especially with such a ferocious leading lady Sadly, it winds up being a lot of talk about feelings.I enjoyed the support characters, though Not Lydian that guy is an A grade A hole but Rekke, and Seppo I really liked They were fun Again, pretty tame for goblins, but I ll take it.The goblins in general started out really well but kinda fell apart at the end They were so brutal and savage which was BRILLIANT but then it all kinda tapered out to make way for the love story and suddenly it became hard to distinguish the goblins from human characters Definitely feel like that was a weakness of this book.I LOVED the fantasy of it all, though Not so much the bland landscape but the creatures were fantastic There was some great action scenes with monsters and the like and I definitely got invested when one made an appearance There s a fabulous imagination here, and I d be curious to read a different book series by this author because I think there is some real creativity there that needs to be shared with the world To be fair, I m just not big on romance so that taking up so much of this book meant I didn t love it quite as much as I hoped But I did really enjoy it, and I think the author has a lot of potential so I ll look forward to reading of her work The trauma angle was quite important, and though it wasn t handled badly, per se, it could have used a bit care and detail rather than patching it all up with vague talk There needed to be emotion involved, I think, though I did appreciate that she doesn t just get over it this is genuinely something she wrestles with throughout the novel Just needed to be feel and less tell This was an entertaining novel but it s certainly not a light fantasy This is dark and brutal and definitely needs a trigger warning for the talk of trauma, assault and rape But there is a message of hope in its pages, and I think that s the most important part of this story.It won t be everyone s cup of tea, but if you want a fantasy story with a darker kind of realism, this one is worth taking a chance on flag 26 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 29, 2018 mo is currently reading it Goblins, a wintry setting, and a main character possibly becoming a monster Sounds like some GOOD SHIT flag 25 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 12, 2018 Kristen marked it as to read review of another edition Twilight meets Game of Thrones Sign me the fuck up flag 23 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 02, 2019 Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede rated it liked it Shelves read 2019 I was a bit worried about reading this book after seeing friends of mine DNF the book on However, I m glad to say that the book did work for me Up to a point Yes, I have some issues with the book, but that has nothing to do with the rape or any abuse Janneke had to deal with I know that it s a trigger for some readers But, in this case unlike some other books I ve read that really got to me , did it not bother me And, that s because the characters were not developed enough for m I was a bit worried about reading this book after seeing friends of mine DNF the book on However, I m glad to say that the book did work for me Up to a point Yes, I have some issues with the book, but that has nothing to do with the rape or any abuse Janneke had to deal with I know that it s a trigger for some readers But, in this case unlike some other books I ve read that really got to me , did it not bother me And, that s because the characters were not developed enough for me to feel for them And, that is one of the big issues with the big It has so much potential it s such an interesting book And yet, I just wish that we, the readers had gotten a better understanding of the world Instead, it feels like we are dumped in the middle of a story and now we have to puzzle together where the characters are, who they are and what they are doing through snippets of information Janneke has been held captive for 100 years It doesn t feel like it to be honest, especially when it comes to her and Soren Seriously they have spent 100 years together and now they go from hate to love What have they been doing for the last 100 years Not talking Anyhow, as I read the book did I reflect over the fact that if the story had begun with Janneke as a child and the events that occurred Perhaps also from Soren s POV would it have been easier to get to know the characters I can t even say for sure if I liked Janneke or not One thing for sure this romance between Soren and Janneke definitely didn t help the matter It felt so off If it had been shown through the years if we had gotten glimpses of it through the years Then, it would have been a different matter.The story has potentials The writing is good However, this is a story that could have been developed Especially the characters And, I wanted to know about this world Odin was mentioned now and then, so I guess it takes place in a parallel world or something The interesting thing is this the first book in a new series could have easily been at last a trilogy if the history of the characters had been explored When I read fantasy series do I expect to get to know a whole new world and species There is no need to rush the story This has turned out to be quite a long review, but I found that I have a lot of thoughts concerning the story I liked the book, I had issues with the story Would I read the next book Yes, I would, despite all my issues do I want to know what happens next. I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review flag 23 likesLike see review Jan 08, 2019 Ellie rated it liked it Shelves fiction, pub in 2019, ya fantasy scifi dystopian, 2019 challenge New release Tuesday I m so excited to ring in the new year by participating in the blog tour for White Stag Janneke has spent 100 years as a thrall basically a human slave to the young goblin lord Soren Previously, she belonged to Lydian, Soren s cruel and sadistic uncle, and before that, lived in her family s village before Lydian burned it down When the goblin king dies, the hunt begins to have a new power on the throne, and Janneke is determined not to let Lydian become the new Erlking New release Tuesday I m so excited to ring in the new year by participating in the blog tour for White Stag Janneke has spent 100 years as a thrall basically a human slave to the young goblin lord Soren Previously, she belonged to Lydian, Soren s cruel and sadistic uncle, and before that, lived in her family s village before Lydian burned it down When the goblin king dies, the hunt begins to have a new power on the throne, and Janneke is determined not to let Lydian become the new Erlking The first to find the mystical white stag and kill it to claim the throne wins.White Stag is a YA fantasy that takes a new spin on Goblins and changelings and adds a quest or hunt like feel similar to Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, and also feels like a better written cousin of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas a young human woman coming into her own and discovering that she is just as powerful as the magical beings around her Also, I do want to note a few quick content warnings Physical and emotional abuse, several graphic rape scenes memory sequences, gore, mutilation This list is not comprehensive and I urge caution if this content may negatively affect your well being I was given a copy of this book by Wednesday Books in exchange for my honest opinion Links in post are affiliate links whose proceeds go toward the maintenance of this blog flag 18 likesLike see review Oct 01, 2018 Dianne rated it it was amazing Shelves 1 in series, arc read, coming of age, edgy, fantasy romance, goblins, interesting dialogue, netgalley, new beginnings, own Raw, gritty and brutally bold, WHITE STAG by Kara Barbieri is a fabulous foundation for a dark fantasy about a young woman whose life was stolen away as she became the prisoner of a sadistic goblin, bent on dehumanizing her in every way possible before sending her on to his nephew.Janneke was always different, raised as the son her father never had, the sole survivor when her village was burned to the ground, she still has no place to call home, no place to feel safe Wracked by survivor s guilt Raw, gritty and brutally bold, WHITE STAG by Kara Barbieri is a fabulous foundation for a dark fantasy about a young woman whose life was stolen away as she became the prisoner of a sadistic goblin, bent on dehumanizing her in every way possible before sending her on to his nephew.Janneke was always different, raised as the son her father never had, the sole survivor when her village was burned to the ground, she still has no place to call home, no place to feel safe Wracked by survivor s guilt, humiliated and defiled, scarred and scared, she never expected Soren to be any different than his monstrous uncle But it was Soren who would become both a friend and the person who would show her the beauty in the lie she now lives Can he show her how to accept herself, too Brilliantly dark, brutal and gut wrenching, yet Kara Barbieri manages to create a beautiful story in spite of the ugliness of Janneke s life I was horrified at what was done to Janneke, her memories are pure nightmares, but her character is strong in spite of it all This is dark fantasy, it is edgy and penned with a bold, no nonsense hand, but it is definitely an incredible read for older young adults on up Be prepared for the emotional tsunami evoked within these pages as one young woman learns to accept and grow into the destiny Fate created for her.I received a complimentary ARC edition from Wednesday Books Series Permafrost Book 1Publisher Wednesday Books January 8, 2019 Publication Date January 8, 2019Genre Older YA FantasyPrint Length 368 pagesAvailable from Barnes NobleFor Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow flag 16 likesLike see review Jun 12, 2018 chandler ainsley marked it as to read review of another edition i used to be a twi tuber so sign me the FUCK up flag 16 likesLike see review Aug 26, 2016 A.L rated it it was amazing review of another edition As I approach the final chapters of White Stag, I must admit at times I felt disgusted, frustrated, and wanted to give up Indeed, despite the five star review that I have finally decided upon, I have had to restart this book twice over the past year Why it is becoming clearer to me that my feelings about this story and it s imagery, messages, and it s recurring allegory in relation to grief, self atonement and rebirth in the face of deep regret and burnt bridges are devices that, for me, mir As I approach the final chapters of White Stag, I must admit at times I felt disgusted, frustrated, and wanted to give up Indeed, despite the five star review that I have finally decided upon, I have had to restart this book twice over the past year Why it is becoming clearer to me that my feelings about this story and it s imagery, messages, and it s recurring allegory in relation to grief, self atonement and rebirth in the face of deep regret and burnt bridges are devices that, for me, mirrored my own path in life I m surely not the only reader who will feel this White Stag challenges us in a way that we often have the mental construction to overlook The Journey of WS s allegorical wars lies parallel to our own struggles, be it with loss, death, addiction, mental illness, etc White Stag drags us through those moments, and their associated feelings, that we d much rather forget, or at least let fade into the mist Rebuilding ourselves into the thing we once hated, on barren soil, is a task that when accomplished, is a vision filled with glory, strength, confidence, control The hard part of it all is admitting that most of the time it was US who embodied these qualities Often we were ready to give up, give in, die in shame It was those around us, nurses, doctors, therapists, priests, whomever who, despite our pushing them away, kept faith in us I realized while reading White Stag that it is not so much a story about Jenneke, but about her transformation, her growth, and no, it wasn t a glorious journey She needed help, and would not have survived on our own.The author puts forward this beautifully allegorical tale that can touch each and every one of us on some level It reminds us that we wanted to give up, had all reason to given who we were at the time, but that it was the faith of others in us, no matter how much we tried to pin it on self interest of the other party, that, be it to prove them right or wrong, or through sheer force of will, we overcame White Stag also reminds us that the sheer force of will is not a character strength, it s something in our makeup, a static factor It cannot be nurtured, for it is a fail safe feature For me, White Stag will remain a difficult though absolutely powerful story It is in my mind a reminder of the importance of my Catholic family that adopted me and helped me lose what I thought I had to be completely independent I once thought that it was my own inner spirituality that got me through, but all along it was the help, never acknowledged or admitted, not even countenanced, of people who had good in them Now, my interpretation of White Stag as being a spiritual journey in my own particular line of sight by no means confines it to that corner of the literary spectrum, though for me all literature is informed by the Soul Anyone can find their own meaning, a powerful one at that, in White Stag If you have not yet read this story, please do I promise it will challenge you.As well as a long life fan of fantasy and roleplaying, I find White Stag to occupy a very unique niche in fantasy, a niche often attempted but rarely done well The darker forces of fantasy, in our age of taking anti heroes to the extreme, has so often simply put good humans into the bodies and challenges of a dark race, be in vampires, werewolves, orcs, dark elves, etc White Stag very effectively shows the naivete of such efforts, and should be lauded for its uncompromising delve into the psyche of the ostricized individual and group, culture, race, whatever Rather than finding the similarities by trying to explain and excuse, White Stag shows us the monster in ourselves, and let s us come to an understanding of it flag 15 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 11, 2018 Scrill rated it liked it Shelves fantasy, romance, ya This review and others like it can be found on my blog, Vicariously Voraciously ARC received via Netgalley for a fair review.The death of the Goblin king has spurred The Hunt for the white stag and Janneke finds herself in the middle of it After being a thrall for the goblins for 100 years now she seems to be losing of her humanity and becoming like the monsters they are During this hunt, the goblin who controls her uses it as an opportunity to encourage her to accept what she h This review and others like it can be found on my blog, Vicariously Voraciously ARC received via Netgalley for a fair review.The death of the Goblin king has spurred The Hunt for the white stag and Janneke finds herself in the middle of it After being a thrall for the goblins for 100 years now she seems to be losing of her humanity and becoming like the monsters they are During this hunt, the goblin who controls her uses it as an opportunity to encourage her to accept what she has become.The Story White Stag is the dark story that follows Janneke as she struggles with humanity versus monstrosity As a thrall she struggles with PTSD from the tortures she has suffered through, yet also struggles with survivors guilt as she is the sole survivor from her town 100 years after she was captured, she realizes that she is becoming like the creatures she deems to be monsters.The story itself was really easy to read, however, you could tell this was a debut for Kara While I loved the concept of the story and the pitch of the story, the flow of the writing seemed disjointed at times I felt that a little editing could have really gone a long way, and I am eager to see the growth that Kara achieves after this book as the series continues While set in old timey fairy tale world the book read much modern in language Don t get me wrong, I really liked this book In fact, it un slumped me I went from zero book completion to actually making it through a book, granted it took me a few weeks to do so Trigger warnings assumed rape torture, kidnapping, violence The World Building This is where the book really stood out to me Here we have goblins that fit well into the beautiful fae world that has been somewhat popular lately There are these beautiful goblin like creatures that remind me of the goblin race you find in other books like Wintersong by S Jae Jones or Stolen Songbird by Danielle L Jensen What I love about this goblin race is that it s all sort of just a mirage, as the creatures become violent or monstrous the hideous and beast like they become It is when they are acting somewhat civilized that they resemble the human race.Again, Kara could have done a little explaining or developing some details of this world, but there is definitely opportunity as the series progresses I thoroughly enjoyed some of the additional creatures that were introduced in this book and the role they ultimately played.The Characters I loved Janneke I love how much she has endured and survived and still clung to the idea of humanity despite her need for retribution Through her character and her relationship with Soren she shows that the title of monster is loosely applied I love that she craved power, yet understood the consequence of acquiring it, both physically and in the sense of the pain as well as what it was doing to her human body She danced on this fine line of what she was willing to do to live and what she thought was right yet she stuck with her morality through and through flag 14 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Nov 22, 2018 Olivia Farr rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley reviews, favorites White Stag is a really fantastic YA fantasy that I was absolutely pulled into and found it hard to put down We mainly follow Janneke Janneka male female declension as she was raised to be a male heir , a human who was captured and brought into the Permafrost by a goblin Since then, she has been a thrall slave to goblins The first goblin Lydian who enslaved her tortured her see warnings below before giving her as a gift to his nephew Soren Soren has treated her quite differently, a White Stag is a really fantastic YA fantasy that I was absolutely pulled into and found it hard to put down We mainly follow Janneke Janneka male female declension as she was raised to be a male heir , a human who was captured and brought into the Permafrost by a goblin Since then, she has been a thrall slave to goblins The first goblin Lydian who enslaved her tortured her see warnings below before giving her as a gift to his nephew Soren Soren has treated her quite differently, as a friend confidante, and in that time, Janneke has begun to trust him although she has never forgotten what he is a monster as she was raised to believe.Janneke both fears and hates Lydian, determined to kill him but frightened of the terrible torture he inflicted on her At a goblin gathering, she begins to fight with him and thus Soren joins in to protect her The fight ends because the Erlking goblin king has died and the stag has been released The white stag is the embodiment of the goblin king s power and belongs to the strongest goblin The deadly hunt begins, all the goblins who wish to become king heading out to find the stag and become the next king, forming temporary alliances and frequently backstabbing Before they leave, Soren tells Janneke something she finds quite frightening she may be joining with the permafrost as a changeling, transforming into the monsters she fears a goblin Determined to fight it with every beat of her heart, Janneke is thrust even further into the dangerous realm and the deadly politics that are arising.Full of magical creatures, battles, and even a touch of romance, this book was absolutely incredible, and I really loved every step of the journey I cannot recommend it enough to anyone who loves engaging YA fantasy However, I would add warnings for rape in the past acknowledged, not described in too much detail , torture physical and mental , and mutilation could fall under torture One of the major themes of the book is that our choices are what make us monsters, not our very essence, and that everyone could be a monster to someone else elements of perspective you are a monster to the animals you kill for food or to the grass that you walk on, etc This was a really important and intriguing discussion which underlies a lot of the epiphanies in the book To add to that, the characters were all very well fleshed out and there were so many I really enjoyed, especially Seppo, but also of course the main two of Soren and Janneke Although the description talks about Janneke being raised as a male, this was a relatively smaller piece of the story and only mentioned occasionally in reflections was not as big a part of the book as I expected from the description Instead, we mostly see Janneke s journey to come to terms with all her past, present, and future and understand appreciate who she is.Overall, I really loved this story, and I cannot wait until the next is released While there s a bit of a lead in to the next book, this one is wrapped up not a big cliffhanger This was an incredible world, and I absolutely loved every second I spent in it.Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley All opinions are my own flag 13 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 04, 2019 Luupi The Reading Queen rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves 2019 releases, arcs, fantasy, new year challenge 2019, read 2019 2.5 starsTW Slavery and rape.You know when you didn t like a book but then you sit to write a review and you don t really know the reason why That s me right now.To begin this with I have to say I found our main character, Jenneke, really entertaining to read about She was so well fleshed out, I could feel her pain and fear but also her need to survive and to not give up on her life She was so strong and she never backed up from a fight, of course she did it because otherwise the goblins wou 2.5 starsTW Slavery and rape.You know when you didn t like a book but then you sit to write a review and you don t really know the reason why That s me right now.To begin this with I have to say I found our main character, Jenneke, really entertaining to read about She was so well fleshed out, I could feel her pain and fear but also her need to survive and to not give up on her life She was so strong and she never backed up from a fight, of course she did it because otherwise the goblins would have sensed her weakness but still she felt very badass to me.Moreover, I really enjoyed the conversation about what made a monster what it is It explained how maybe we are all monsters depending on who or what is perceiving us It really brought joy to my heart because it was said in such a wonderful way without feeling like it was pushed inside this book.On the downside, though, one thing I really didn t like was the world building or better off the lack of Even now that I ve finished White Stag, I still have so many questions unanswered The main issue was that it felt like we were thrown pieces of information to keep the plot going, it felt unnatural and all those times it took me out of the story view spoiler The goddess aspect is the first one that comes to my mind, she was only there to give them wolfs and save Jenneke, then she just vanished I would have like to know her story, if there were other gods in this world, why she bothered answering prays but we got none of that If I recall correctly we only got her name and that she granted wishes in exchange of favors and for me that s not enough because usually gods are a key factor in all societies hide spoiler Also, the romance is a big aspect in this book but I didn t feel the chemistry between those two characters at all and it was mainly because one of them lacked depth view spoiler I didn t see Soren s appeal, he was a bit funny and charming when he wanted but it didn t feel like he was made to be that way I didn t feel like he was a person with his own emotions and thoughts, he was the polar opposite of Jenneke and I just didn t click with this relationship hide spoiler So, now I was able to put into words why I didn t enjoy this book that much, it was because the world building could have been better and I couldn t connect with the relationship that was a big part in this book However, the main character was truly a badass without hiding her emotions like fear to herself and it also has a quite interesting conversation about what monsters are so if you think you ll like these things I would recommend you to give it a chance flag 13 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Lou rated it it was amazing White Stag, the first novel in the Permafrost fantasy series by self publishing success story Kara Barbieri, is a dark, brooding and superb read in fact, it s difficult to believe that this is a debut, let alone a book written in the authors teen years If this is the first, I am already ridiculously excited for the upcoming series instalments but also what comes after the too Brutal and beautiful in equal measure, this is an intricately plotted story with some wonderful worldbuilding.The atmo White Stag, the first novel in the Permafrost fantasy series by self publishing success story Kara Barbieri, is a dark, brooding and superb read in fact, it s difficult to believe that this is a debut, let alone a book written in the authors teen years If this is the first, I am already ridiculously excited for the upcoming series instalments but also what comes after the too Brutal and beautiful in equal measure, this is an intricately plotted story with some wonderful worldbuilding.The atmosphere is ominous for the entirety of this masterfully crafted tale, and you really feel for main character Janneke as she finds her feet in a cruel world that she has no prior experience or knowledge of The journey she goes on to attempt to save some of her humanity and salvage something meaningful from a time of real despair showed me just how emotionally invested I had become This is one of those deliciously dark and deviant fantasies that you get most out of from going in blind, hence the intentionally sparse detail If you appreciate deceptively dark fantasies of just a sucker for a special talent then this is an immensely enjoyable and utterly enthralling book I hope there isn t too long to wait for the next instalment I ll keep my eyes well and truly peeled Many thanks to Wednesday Books for an ARC flag 11 likesLike see review Jan 14, 2019 Cassandra The Bibliophagist rated it liked it Review to come flag 11 likesLike see review Oct 02, 2018 erica rated it liked it Shelves fantasy, young adult, from author or publisher Y all, I am so torn about this book There was so much I LOVED but there were also quite a few things that I thought needed some work.First of all, this is a book about sexy goblins Yes, that s right But this shouldn t be a stretch for anyone who s seen Labyrinth White Stag opens in a palace in the Permafrost, where the Erlking is seated on his throne next to a white stag, surrounded by Goblins paying respects to their king A fight between two powerful Goblins erupts and during the battle the Y all, I am so torn about this book There was so much I LOVED but there were also quite a few things that I thought needed some work.First of all, this is a book about sexy goblins Yes, that s right But this shouldn t be a stretch for anyone who s seen Labyrinth White Stag opens in a palace in the Permafrost, where the Erlking is seated on his throne next to a white stag, surrounded by Goblins paying respects to their king A fight between two powerful Goblins erupts and during the battle the palace floor splits open The Erlking falls through to his death and the white stag bounds away into the forest The Hunt has begun the Goblin who kills the white stag will become the next Erlking.Our heroine is Jenneke, a human who has been living among the Goblins for one hundred years as a servant slave thrall after being captured during a Goblin raid on her village In this world, based on Norse mythology, Goblins and other powerful mythical creatures live in the Permafrost, a frozen wasteland beyond the human villages She is still mortal, but living in the magical Permafrost has blessed her with longevity, so even though Jenneke is over one hundred years old, she still looks seventeen From the beginning of time, humans had been stolen across the border of the Permafrost in raids along with many other types of plunder Those brought across the border had the status of a thrall, expected to work and do the bidding of the lord that had stolen them. Goblins could rip me apart so easily, torture me until my mind unraveled Goblins stole humans for work the Permafrost wouldn t let them do themselves So many of the things they had their clothing, their agriculture, their buildings were because humans lived among the monsters doing the skills they couldn t Humans created, goblins destroyed It was known. Jenneke s master is Soren, who treats her less like a slave and like a friend This powerful Goblin takes Jenneke on the Hunt with him It quickly becomes apparent that Soren is one of the most powerful Goblins on the Hunt his main competition is his uncle, Lydian, who was also Jenneke s first master, who raped and mutilated her Of course something was wrong with me I was sitting here next to the world s most deadly predator, hunting a sacred stag in the middle of the Permafrost, after one hundred years of servitude that should ve left me dead I was the epitome of wrongness. Before setting out on the Hunt, Soren reveals to Jenneke that she is slowly becoming less human and Goblin like she is transforming into a Goblin Remember what they are They aren t your friends or allies They re cold blooded killers who want to either turn you into one of their own or kill you They re monsters, and I m becoming one of them. The Hunt for the white stag becomes a fantastic adventure Goblins riding mountain lions like horses, dragons, a goddess with an entourage of wolves, and a creepy underwater creature surrounded by the dead bodies of his loves These exciting escapades were so much fun as individual scenes, but the story lacked something integral world building Barbieri failed to construct a full fledged imaginary world Like, I get that the Goblins are all hunting the white stag, but why Jenneke is turning into a Goblin but why We only get a few glimpses of the human world, so everything is from the Goblins perspective, which creates a one dimensional world instead of a well rounded fictional universe Barbieri did tell us that the Goblins kidnapped humans to build for them and whatnot, but we never actually see that happening In fact, Jenneke acts like there aren t any other humans around, or that she s an anomaly Why Barbieri inserts a few passages at the very end of the book trying to explain why the stag is so important etc but it felt rushed, like she quickly wrote a few paragraphs to fix the world building issue, and it just didn t work The reader needs to know these things at the beginning, not in the final pages of the book.There is also sexual tension from the beginning between Jenneke and Soren, which I just didn t buy On one hand, they have known each other for a hundred years On the other hand, they act like strangers Which one is it, Barbieri Plus, Jenneke understandably hates Goblins they killed her family and have enslaved her for a hundred years Now, as she s transforming into one of them, she begins to hate them any Soren is Jenneke s master, but he also protects her from the other Goblins, and wants to help her with her transition from human to Goblin Part of Jenneke s journey is to accept Soren for his Goblin ness and to accept her own emerging Goblin ness but their relationship did not feel authentic Be his The thought scared me The thought petrified me But not int he way it should ve Not in the way a human should feel about having the love of an apex predator, a goblin, a cruel merciless monster No, it scared me because for once I was walking out onto thin ice But maybe he s worth the risk Janneke, he said softly, are you afraid No, I said Not of you Maybe it s because I just read ACOTAR, but this book seemed like a rip off of Sarah J Maas at times, swapping out the sexy Faeries for sexy Goblins Soren is a Goblin, sure, but he isn t a hideous monster like the Goblins you re thinking of He looks like a sexy twenty something year old man, with long white hair Hot You could also swap out the wall diving the Faerie realms from the humans with whatever separated the Permafrost in this book it might have been a wall I can t remember Maybe a Border Jenneke s history as a human taken into the magical realm as a changeling also felt like ACOTAR To be fair, the author is twenty two She obviously has some fantastic ideas for stories, and I would be open to reading her other work This book has a fantastic premise it just needs world building and character development Hopefully the second book in the series is satisfying Release date January 2019, available for pre order now ARC provided by St Martin s Press in exchange for an honest review.The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication flag 11 likesLike see review Oct 04, 2018 Katie rated it really liked it Thank you NetGalley for sending me this book in return for an unbiased review Sorry these always take so long I had real difficulty getting into this book, and then I read that the author used to write on Wattpad, and it all made sense Quite quickly though the pace picked up and the plot began to come through One element I absolutely adored was the Norse mythology and settings, seeing the history of Janneke and her understanding and religious experiences was beautiful I loved this and I got Thank you NetGalley for sending me this book in return for an unbiased review Sorry these always take so long I had real difficulty getting into this book, and then I read that the author used to write on Wattpad, and it all made sense Quite quickly though the pace picked up and the plot began to come through One element I absolutely adored was the Norse mythology and settings, seeing the history of Janneke and her understanding and religious experiences was beautiful I loved this and I got into the ideas and aspects of this religion I think that this was by far one of my favourite parts of the book Alongside this, I found it really interesting that Janneke was in a seventeen year old s body but had lived in the permafrost for over 100 years I found this a marvelous take on the modern young adult fantasy and even so that Janneke was so scarred Her body was broken and she suffered incredibly emotional damage I haven t seen something so heartbreaking and incredibly devastating as this knowledge and understanding of what Janneke had gone through Further, I enjoyed the romance and the characters, finding that we were introduced slowly and came to know each and every person that came into the story As well as this, the romance bloomed slowly, in fact, it takes about 100 years This was very enjoyable The world building is gorgeous and the plot twist at the end was fantastic I highly, highly recommend this book and can t wait to buy it flag 10 likesLike see review Dec 29, 2018 Irena rated it really liked it White Stag is young adult fantasy that made notice even before it was released, and now when I read it, I can see why.This is the first fantasy about goblins that I have ever read, and I can tell you that I have enjoyed learning about these creatures that I knew so little about before basically, my whole knowledge before this book came from Lord of the Rings movies.The world was fascinating, and I wish we got to see of it Since this is only first book in the series, I hope we will learn White Stag is young adult fantasy that made notice even before it was released, and now when I read it, I can see why.This is the first fantasy about goblins that I have ever read, and I can tell you that I have enjoyed learning about these creatures that I knew so little about before basically, my whole knowledge before this book came from Lord of the Rings movies.The world was fascinating, and I wish we got to see of it Since this is only first book in the series, I hope we will learn about it in next installments.I would really want to explore it , because some scenes like the one when Janneke looked around her and thought how beautiful this world actually would be if she wasn t in a position she was captivated me, so I crave for of it s beauty.I was always fascinated with faeries They are my favorite creatures, and I loved reading about them even before they were popular in literature.Goblins have some similarities with them like, how they can t lie or how manipulative they are , so it was natural that I was fond of them too.White Stag is an action packed story I loved it s pace and it reads so fast.There s an action at the very beginning and it lasts until the end with some slow parts in the middle.I liked it, but I wish we got at least two chapters at the very beginning to learn about politics in this world.What I liked the most in this novel is one phrase that stayed with me, and that is how everyone is a monster in some way I m paraphrasing it here so don t quote me on literal words.One particular scene when our main character realized that stuck with me the most Ever since I finished this book, I feel like every day I think about that scene, and her words.The writing style is solid I really enjoyed reading Barbieri s words and I can only imagine she will even get better at times.Some scenes reminded me of Twilight Saga, but in a good way I strictly talk here about dialogue.Also, some sentences in the novel and don t take it like a bad thing because it is a 400 pages long book reminded me of ones I already read somewhere like breath she was holding, you know that one.What I have concluded is that the author probably read many ya novels so they influenced her.I like how atypical the ending was It really stood out in my eyes, and welcomed it wholeheartedly.I loved White Stag and I will gladly be continuing with the series flag 9 likesLike see review Jul 15, 2018 Charlotte Bayley Westcott rated it did not like it ARC received from NetGalley in return for an honest review I hate, hate, hate to say this but I did not finish this book at 50% Honestly, I probably should have stopped earlier, but I had hope that it would get better In the end, it just got even worse Every few pages I had to stop and check to see if this was the second in a series Information seemed missing from the backstory and the world building Why are these goblins beautiful Why do the male and female ones look different What hap ARC received from NetGalley in return for an honest review I hate, hate, hate to say this but I did not finish this book at 50% Honestly, I probably should have stopped earlier, but I had hope that it would get better In the end, it just got even worse Every few pages I had to stop and check to see if this was the second in a series Information seemed missing from the backstory and the world building Why are these goblins beautiful Why do the male and female ones look different What happened over those hundred years to get the two characters How do the goblins get power from those they kill Even with all those questions to keep me reading what ultimately stopped me was just how one dimension Soren and Janneke felt Janneke s rape was a big part of her history, but it was mainly all we knew about what happened to her during her years with the goblins Instead of just telling this fact to us once or twice the fact that she was raped is forced into the reader s face over and over It seems like the author was making up for the fact that we didn t know much about her by trying to make us just focus on that aspect I really was not expecting rape when I started this book Nowhere is it warned and while it is not in very graphic detail the information is enough that it could be triggering for some people Soren Oh, Soren, you had no depth to you at all Really, all I understood about him was the fact that he loved Janneke for some reason They declare their love for each other 50% in and it is so disappointing There is nothing there that makes me feel like he really loves her Janneke quickly realizes that she too loves him within a just short percentage of the book If her feelings were built up for longer and the declaration of love was saved for later I might have finished the book Ultimately, I just couldn t finish the book flag 9 likesLike see review Sep 28, 2018 kath novelandfolk rated it it was ok DNF 20%It really sounded like my perfect recipe for a YA fantasy Norse mythology inspired, wintery setting, a goblin king I had such high hopes for this one but sadly it just was not my cup of tea It reads precisely like fan fiction for The Cruel Prince with toned down characters with very little chemistry and some Norse mythology sprinkled in to appeal to the folklore crowd Just replace goblin with fae and the story feels redundant ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange DNF 20%It really sounded like my perfect recipe for a YA fantasy Norse mythology inspired, wintery setting, a goblin king I had such high hopes for this one but sadly it just was not my cup of tea It reads precisely like fan fiction for The Cruel Prince with toned down characters with very little chemistry and some Norse mythology sprinkled in to appeal to the folklore crowd Just replace goblin with fae and the story feels redundant ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review flag 9 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 02, 2018 Robin Bonne rated it really liked it Shelves fairy tales and fantasy, netgalley 3.5 Stars I struggled to keep my attention on the plot I thought about it for awhile and determined this was because the dialogue between characters never found a natural rhythm It felt wooden, disjointed, and strange I did really like the book s concept, and I enjoyed the Goblin King character Also, the cover on this book is lovely to look at I just wish the dialogue flowed a little smoothly Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an unbia 3.5 Stars I struggled to keep my attention on the plot I thought about it for awhile and determined this was because the dialogue between characters never found a natural rhythm It felt wooden, disjointed, and strange I did really like the book s concept, and I enjoyed the Goblin King character Also, the cover on this book is lovely to look at I just wish the dialogue flowed a little smoothly Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an unbiased review flag 8 likesLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Sheila Goicea rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019 releases, arc, netgalley, ya fantasy, animals, color me with this cover, folklore, romance, tbr series to complete, 2018 top picks See my full review of this book on my blog along with others at foalsfictionandfiligree I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.Content Warning Slavery, Violence Gore, Rape, ProfanityBLURB An exhilarating story of one girl s journey to finding her place in a world of monsters Cursed with pain upon doing any action that did not in someway fit into the See my full review of this book on my blog along with others at foalsfictionandfiligree I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.Content Warning Slavery, Violence Gore, Rape, ProfanityBLURB An exhilarating story of one girl s journey to finding her place in a world of monsters Cursed with pain upon doing any action that did not in someway fit into the power the Permafrost gave them, the goblins fittingly had the submission of the stag as the symbol of their king s ultimate power Until it runs. What a delightful debut novel this was Encounters with goblins, dragons, deities, and other magical beings leaves the reader filled with strong sentiments of otherworldliness My first reaction upon finishing WHITE STAG was I cannot wait to read what happens next I definitely experienced some book hangover The ending provides such an unusual twist in the protagonist s journey and I am eager to know now how her new foundsituationwill pan out Janneka, often referred to as Janneke, is no stranger to the Hall of Monsters Having lived amongst terrifying goblins for one hundred years has given her an insight unlike any other When she was seventeen, Janneka s town was attacked by goblins As the only survivor, she was taken across the magical border separating human and creature into the Permafrost.Janneke s upbringing luckily aided her misfortune Having been born into a family with only girls, she assumed the role of the son and was raised as such in order to protect and provide for the family The burden of her family s demise all those years ago weighs heavily upon her conscience, as she was the only one spared Spared is a relative term For she was found by the evil goblin lord Lydian, who made it his duty to miserably humiliate and assault Janneka for years More for his amusement than anything, Janneka suffered greatly a pain quite tangible when she recalls her memories of the past As the years pass, Janekka s ability to survive in the Permafrost poses a challenge Through this, she is forced to face truths about herself, and who she is to become No matter which path she decides, there is ugliness, but also potential for beauty Throughout this entire read, symbolism is intertwined with Janekka s story Meaning and deep introspection on one s identity and self worth poses to unpack than words found on the page The balance of good vs evil, man vs monster, power vs submission, and freedom vs captivity are all strongly represented throughout You are balance and chaos You are light and dark It churns inside you, forcing you to choose Most are represented by the White Stag itself At first, it seems that the White Stag is merely a symbol which in lore, it has many symbols However, as the plot thickens, this creature s purpose poses to be much important than anyone realizes.Both positions on an issue are always present, and working against one another Janekka experiences this intimately as she wars with herself both internally and externally I really appreciated how the author depicted Janekka s turmoil, and made her feelings tangible to the reader There is a romance While I m not big on romances, I found elements between these two characters really interesting due to their situation I m actually quite curious to see how this will play out in the coming sequel Speaking of relationships, this was NOT a relationship, mind you Janekka as I briefly mentioned earlier goes through some very unpleasant things at the hand of Lydian, the antagonist This is just another warning to keep this in mind when heading into this read, as it can be rather unpleasant This is where I would say that this book is meant for mature readers, who can separate what is healthy and unhealthy in relationships These awful experiences really help to reveal the goblins true nature, which cements the difficulty of the romance that does happen to flourish I found the overall premise to be a refreshing mix on lore, with some contemplative takeaways The only issues I had with this book, were 1 It could be pretty graphic and unsettling 2 The second half felt rather rushed I really wanted information of the Permafrost itself, and the pace to slow down so I could enjoy Besides that, I m really looking forward to the sequel, GOBLIN KING.Vulgarity Moderate I came across 48 words total in the ARC provided to me.Sexual content Moderate There are a few scenes which focus on the topic , but they are not overly graphic or descriptive It leans towards the New Adult genre or is better suited for mature Young Adult readers.Violence Quite a bit My Rating My Blog Bookstagram Twitter Pinterest Facebook flag 7 likesLike see review Dec 28, 2018 Danielle Life of a Literary Nerd rated it liked it Shelves arcs, fantasy My point is we re all monsters to someone or something by some definition It s the context of the situation that matters Who doesn t want golbin stories in their life White Stag is an excellent story about accepting yourself as you grow and change not always i the ways you expect We follow Janneke as she s forced into the merciless Goblin world after her village is destroyed When the Goblin King dies, a new and deadly hunt for power begins Things I Liked I really enjoyed the w My point is we re all monsters to someone or something by some definition It s the context of the situation that matters Who doesn t want golbin stories in their life White Stag is an excellent story about accepting yourself as you grow and change not always i the ways you expect We follow Janneke as she s forced into the merciless Goblin world after her village is destroyed When the Goblin King dies, a new and deadly hunt for power begins Things I Liked I really enjoyed the worldbuilding in the story I loved the goblin lore and the cold, desolite setting of the Permafrost It added this threatening element to the story that really worked and elevated the threats I loved Janneke and Soren together They have such a rich and complex history, and I enjoyed seeing them grow.I thought Janneke s evolution was fantastic To see her unwillingness and fear change into determination and power was wonderful She fought being of 2 worlds for so long, but in the end she realized that that was an important part of her that made her special And I really enjoyed the flashbacks to Janneke s time in her village it really showed how she s changed The epilogue was beautifully written It felt kinda like a prophecy, but it was an excellent set up for the next book and definitely has me intrigued Things I Didn t Like The beginning of the story had such a cold open I was lost and had to restart the book after 10 pages and really focus And after that it was much easier to get into but you have to really pay attention in the beginning if you want to know what s going on It s not really a bad thing, but it did give me some trouble.The middle of the story was super slow to me and my motivation to read dropped considerably It sorta felt like there was one too many repetitive in feeling, not execution action scenes on the hunt that started to blend together Even though the middle of the story was weaker for me, I really liked so much of the story and the world The goblins were fantastic and I loved their nature and abilities The Permafrost setting was vicious and visceral and the dangers were all very real Janneke s story was one of growth, struggle, and defiance It was so good to see her come into her own and embrace all of who she is White Stag is an enjoyable fantasy story filled with brutality and vengeance that is easy to get lost in.Trigger Warning formentions rape and abuse I received a copy of the book from Wednesday Books in exchange for an honest review. flag 7 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Autistic Authors White Stag Discussion 1 3 Jan 22, 2019 08 32AM YA Buddy Readers White Stag Permafrost 1 by Kara Barbieri Starting November 10th 2018 16 22 Dec 13, 2018 10 41AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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