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For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realises that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse.Cécile has only one thing on her mind: escape. But the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time…But the more tiFor five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realises that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse.Cécile has only one thing on her mind: escape. But the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time…But the more time she spends with the trolls, the more she understands their plight. There is a rebellion brewing. And she just might be the one the trolls were looking for......

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  • Khanh (the meanie)
    2018-11-08 02:49

    Actual rating: 3.5“Hmmm,” the King said, making a face. “I’m not sure this is what we bargained for, boy. We expected the girl to be attractive.”If I hadn’t been so terrified, I would have been insulted.“This is the one.”“Are you certain?” the King asked from his perch on the throne. “She rather smells.”Mother of God. A YA fantasy without insta-love. Without a love triangle. Without a Mary Sue who constantly complains about different she looks and how different she is from everyone else?!It does exist.The premise is pretty terrible, because it screams SPECIAL DESTINED GIRL. It's not. Trust me, have patience with this book. Ignore the ugly cover. Ignore the Mary Sue blurb.Summary: Cécile de Troyes is a poor girl from a small village in the Hollows who has aspirations of being a singer. She's very, very good, but she's not exceptional. Cécile is returning to her village from a performance when she gets kidnapped and dragged underground. Literally. There was a bounty put on her head for a girl fitting her description."She foretold that when a prince of night bonded a daughter of the sun, the curse would be broken.”Her bounty is her weight in gold.Trolls do exist. They have a kingdom under the mountain, in a cave. For some reason they want Cécile. Why? Why the fuck do they want her in particular? What purpose do they have for her?“She meets the criteria given to us by the foretelling. You do sing, don’t you?” the troll woman asked.“Yes,” I croaked, not knowing why it mattered. “What do you intend to do with me?”“Why, to bond you to our dear Tristan,” the troll said, smiling at me. “You are to be a princess of Trollus and mother of his children; and in doing so, you will set us all free.”Fuck that shit. Cécile has her own life. She loves her family. She wants nothing but to escape. Fuck being a princess in an underground city. THESE ARE TROLLS. They want to fucking MARRY her to a troll?!Not all of them were deformed, but they were monsters still, every one of them. And I was to wed one. To be bedded by one. To bear its children. This wasn’t how it was supposed to go. I was supposed to be on my way to Trianon to get everything I had ever wanted. Now, not only had I lost everything – my family, my friends, my dreams – I had just been informed that what life I had left would be spent in an endless nightmare.The Prince Charming isn't exactly charming. He is rude, he is completely uninterested in her, and he thinks Cécile is an idiot.“Ha ha,” Tristan snorted. “How dreadfully clever. And speaking of clever, is this to be your bid for escape?” He contemplated my clothing. “In a dressing gown and bare feet? Now tell me, if I go put on nightclothes and slippers, might I join you, or is this a solo adventure?”My eyes stung. “You think this is all exceedingly funny, don’t you? I’m nothing but a joke to you.”His brow creased in a frown. “If you’re a joke, it isn’t an especially humorous one.”He doesn't want her any more than she wants him. Tristan and Cécile are literally forced together for the sake of fulfilling a prophecy that is supposed to save the people of Trollus.“You are the last person in the world I’d choose to marry,” I hissed.“I don’t entirely relish the idea myself,” Tristan said, “but sometimes we must do the unthinkable. Because you have no choice, just as I have no choice."Cécile is supposed to be the chosen one. The prophesied one whose marriage to Tristan will be the salvation of the people of Trollus.She fails.We waited for what seemed like an eternity, then, abruptly, a collective groan of disappointment passed through the throng of trolls.“Did it work?” I asked, heartily wishing someone would explain what it was.“No,” Tristan said. “It didn’t.”Cécile is now a prisoner. A princess of the Trollus, but a prisoner just the same. She is a human, hated and reviled as an inferior creature among the trolls.Her story doesn't end there, because there are so many undercurrents lying beneath the mountain. An uprising is taking place. The prophecy might not be what it seems. There are traitors in the royal court, waiting for the chance to strike.Tristan himself is not the offhanded, ruthless prince he seems. He has secrets of his own. For their mutual survival, and for the cause, Cécile and Tristan must join forces, become reluctant allies, in order to free the people of Trollus.“I will ignore you. Be cruel to you. And you must play along. Act sad and unhappy. Never give anyone a reason to think I’ve shown you a moment’s kindness or that I’ve confided in you in any way. And above all, never let anyone suspect that I care one way or another whether you live or die, beyond how it might impact me.”The fate of many rests upon their mission.The Setting: An cave underneath a mountain, and it is GLORIOUS. Carved masonry. Fantastic, magical underground gardens. Phantom, fairy lights. It is tremendously opulent, a stunningly beautiful jail to Cécile.Fountains and statues graced every corner. In place of greenery stood gardens of glassworks sculpted into trees, bushes, and flowers. The delicate displays would not have lasted more than a month exposed to the elements above ground. Then again, hailstorms likely did not trouble Trollus.The history of the trolls were well explained, as was the myths surrounding the prophecy.Oh, and those legends about trolls? They're just not true.Almost too late did I see the beam of sunlight crossing his path.“No!” I gasped, throwing my weight into Tristan, knocking him down sideways into a narrow alleyway.I eyed the beam of sunlight that was still too close for comfort. “The sun.”“Everyone knows that trolls turn to stone in the sunlight,” I said.His astonishment faded and to my horror, he started to laugh. Reaching out one arm, he waggled his fingers in the sun. “Oh, the stories you humans come up with,” he gasped out, and my cheeks burned.Cécile: The main character, one of the two narrators. Cécile is the kind of heroine that I like. She is NOT special. She never proclaims herself to be different. She is strong-willed, but never bitchy. She neither fall into insta-love or insta-lust nor does she allow her heart to overpower her sense of rationality.Cécile makes mistakes. She learns from them. She is not perfect. She admits her wrongs. Cécile is almost completely alone in a foreign land where she is reviled for the fact that she is an inferior human among trolls, and her persistance and attitude is just what I hope to see. She is strong, compassionate. She admits her faults, she recognizes when she fucks up.“I’m sorry,” I whispered. But what good were my regrets? I’d ruined everything and still he’d come for me when I’d needed him the most. I’d told myself to make the most of my life in Trollus, but instead I’d made the least of it. The worst of it! Because of me, the only other person fighting for my freedom was dying.Cécile is properly angry at being kidnapped, but she does not waste her time moping. She puts her time to good use, she devotes her time to a better purpose, and she overcomes her own prejudices of the trolls, as she comes to know them.“Trolls,” I finally said, “are supposed to be ugly.”My thoughts turned to Marc, who was always kind to me when no one else was. “They aren’t ugly.” I bit my lip, trying to find the right words. “More like beautiful things that have had the misfortune of being broken.”Other Characters: Very well done. I love the depiction of other females in the books. There is no slut shaming, there is no debasement of other women. There is bravery and sacrifice in other women's duties. *cheers*And let's just say there is a troll in the book named Marc, who won over my heart.He was perhaps my brother’s age, and particularly handsome. The light of the orb reflected in his silvery grey eye as though the glow came from within. I’d never met anyone in my life with eyes like his.The two sides of his face, so flawless on their own, were like halves of a fractured sculpture put back together askew.The lack of symmetry was more than unsettling – it was shocking, gruesome even. One eye higher than the other. One ear lower than the other. A mouth marred by a permanently sardonic twist.Be not fooled by his appearance. Marc has a heart of gold.The Romance: AWESOME. AWESOME. No insta-love?! FUCK YEAH! YEAAAAAAH!Sorry, I get a little overexcited.Cécile and Tristan's relationship is so well-built. Mistrust into alliance into friendship into love.Tristan is such a complicated character, his mission and purpose unwavering. He is prepared to make sacrifices of his life, his heart, for his people. He is a man on a mission, and I love it.Almost every action I took or decision I made was designed to affect circumstances months, years, even decades down the road. I’d always thought it was the prudent way to live, but now I feared I would wake up one day an old man, with my past wasted and no future left to live.I absolutely adored how Tristan and Cécile come to trust and rely on one another. Their romance is one of sacrifice, because they are devoted to a cause higher than their own. If you love someone, you have to let them go.“Under the sun, with your family. That’s where you belong.”It was beautiful seeing them love one another while knowing they come from two different worlds.Trolls cannot lie by nature. They are bound to their words. Humans are not so.“Why?” I slammed my fists down on the table. “Why can’t you believe me? Why don’t you trust me?”“Because you’re human, Cécile. You can lie, even to yourself.”They have a lot of miscommunication, a lot of mistrust. There is a lot of difficulty in their relationship, because there are people who will use their love for each other against them. Danger and sacrifice fills their romance.“Tell me you’ll grow strong again. That you’ll gallop on horseback through summer meadows. Dance in spring rains and let snowflakes melt on your tongue in winter. That you’ll travel wherever the wind takes you. Promise me."This book's major fault is that it is far too long. Much like my review ^_^Quotes taken from an uncorrected galley subject to change in the final edition.

  • Emily May
    2018-10-24 03:55

    "They were toying with me, like a pair of cats with a mouse... But I was no mouse."I'm not sure how it happened. One minute I was reading this in bed and thinking "okay, just one more chapter and then I'll sleep", and the next minute there was sunlight coming in through my window! Oops.So me and this 436-page book just spent a long night together and I feel a little frazzled and emotional - is this what they call book withdrawal symptoms? No, you're right, it's probably called sleep deprivation, but regardless! I somehow got sucked into this subterranean troll fantasy world and I wasn't coming out for no one. This is one of those books that I'd been putting off because of the length, but it seemed to fly by in a flurry of magic, romance and troll villains. I blinked and it was over. So sad. Where's that bloody sequel?So... trolls. Perhaps not what you were expecting.Myth #1: Trolls are ugly. Nuh-uh. Not all of them anyway. That's the thing about trolls that makes them so deadly... it's real easy to be seduced by their beautiful faces and twinkly grey eyes. They catch you off guard. No one expects those kind of exteriors to hide something twisted, callous and sadistic on the inside. How will Cecile ever know who can be trusted when the monsters wear such pretty disguises?Myth #2: Trolls are stupid. Not these trolls. These trolls are cunning, calculating and ruthless. They have eyes everywhere. They know what you're going to do next before you do - okay, not literally. With every one of these clever, beautiful creatures out to get Cecile, she will have to be smarter, more cunning, than she's ever had to be before.The upshot of this story is that a young woman called Cecile is kidnapped and sold to trolls. Not only that, but she is forced to marry their prince in the hopes that she can break a centuries-old curse that seals the trolls within their subterranean mountain world. The prophecy says that a human woman with red hair and the voice of an angel will be the one to break the curse. Cecile must learn to adapt to this world as best she can, but the longer she lives without the curse being broken, the more she becomes expendable - for what use is she to the trolls if she cannot do the one thing she was brought there for? But something else is happening too. Beneath the exterior of this structured troll society, a revolution is brewing. And Cecile is about to get caught in the middle of it.The setting is a dark, underground world full of danger and magic. It was so easy to be pulled into this book and get lost down in the darkness under the mountain. The lack of escape and claustrophobia felt so real to me that I couldn't look away - I was almost as desperate for Cecile to escape as she was. But, as I'm sure you won't be surprised, there's more to this book than dark grittiness and unfulfilled prophecies... there's friendship and romance too. There are a lot of complex characters in Stolen Songbird. Trolls are not all 100% evil because that wouldn't be half as fun. Cecile comes to learn that trolls have the same capacity for good and evil that humans do. She discovers that many are prisoners held captive by the monarchy, just as she is. And she discovers that her new husband might not be all he first seems. I especially liked how the characterization of Tristan and Anais was handled. The former starts off as a seemingly bratty, selfish individual but is gradually developed into something more well-rounded and likable. The romance between him and Cecile didn't feel forced like so many YA fantasy romances do, nor did it drain all the juice from the main plot. Anais was another pleasant surprise. When she was first introduced, I found myself rolling my eyes and thinking "oh, here we go again". But I was completely wrong. While she at first appears to be the beautiful but over-sexualized "other woman" and an enemy of Cecile, she is developed into something much more. She becomes multilayered and friendship begins to take shape between her and Cecile. I liked this part of the story a lot.There is one thing that didn't really make sense to me. A lot of YA novels - fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian, whatever - portray societies in which women are second class citizens. Whether they are slaves to men or expected to fulfill a particular role, this is quite a common feature. And I suppose it poses more challenges in the story when the vast majority of protagonists are female. This is fine, I don't mind. But there appear to be some contradictions over this in Stolen Songbird. We are told the trolls are valued based on power, not gender - it doesn't matter whether you're male or female, but it instead matters how much magic you have. And yet, a lot of trolls appear pretty misogynistic:“But she’s his wife,” Tristan said indignantly. “She is duty-bound to go wherever he wants her to go.”Since when? That wasn't what we were told a couple of chapters back. But these are nitpicky things that didn't ruin the book for me. Just thought I should note them. In the end, I thought this book was excellent. Unputdownable, even. And the end leaves us in a perfect position: a nice balance between wrapped up and need-to-know-what-happens-next. It leaves room for a sequel that I not only want to read, but believe has the potential to be a very different kind of story to this first installment. I'm pretty damn excited!

  • Regan
    2018-11-09 09:02

    4.5 Very very good!

  • Riley
    2018-11-14 02:41

    WOW. wow.I loved this book! Everything about it was captivating. The characters, the world, the magic system. The plot was such a rollercoaster. I am definitely going to read the next book ASAP!

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2018-11-01 03:56

    3.5 stars. With all of the YA books about vampires, demons, fae, werewolves, etc, I guess it’s time to make trolls sexy too! Cecile is stolen and married to Tristan, the prince of the trolls, and a Beauty & the Beast scenario ensues.This book is very YA and reminded me a lot of the stories from the Twilight era, so it's a fun throwback. I think you need to be in the right mood to embrace tropes from those stories and roll with them (but I still did have issues with some other elements). But of course there's tons of angst, the prince is a troll yet the main clue he’s not human is he’s so incredibly attractive (and of course smells like soap and steel like any good YA guy), and they’re super in love but can’t be together because of reasons. The story is told as a split POV between the two main characters. I wasn't that huge on Tristan or his personality, but he also just seemed like a younger teen maybe. The romance felt kind of like the one in Poison Study where there’s a good buildup that makes sense (they go from dislike to distrust to an alliance) but then… they were suddenly in love? The troll world underneath the mountain was my favorite part — it’s all stone and lit by floating lights. The trolls have some magic and can light places around them up even more and it all just sounds so pretty. There’s a lot of decent worldbuilding with their history of how they’re trapped underground, the politics, and the divide & brewing rebellion between the trolls and those who are deemed inferior because they have some human blood. The writing was good and everything flowed so well that I had to keep reading. I think overall I would have been super into this story several years ago, but right now am looking for characters that are a bit more mature and less prone to violent or irrational behavior. BUT that's just me and I think this story has an incredibly creative premise, unique world, and definitely holds its own place in the genre!

  • Simona Bartolotta
    2018-11-09 06:06

    2.5"Why can’t you believe me? Why don’t you trust me?""Because you’re human, Cécile. You can lie, even to yourself." •The first two hundred pages swept me off my feet. I was entranced, completely bewitched. The story does not stand out for its originality, maybe -basically, we're talking about a retelling of The Beauty and the Beast, plus trolls- but with such a flowing writing style and compelling plot, it's extremely easy for the reader to let go of any higher expectations he might have had and just enjoy what he gets. Which is pretty good, more than good, if, once again, not particularly unique. •My main reason for loving Cécile, the main character, is that she's got red hair. I dyed mine red some time ago and I absolutely adore them, so yes, I'm biased. Also, she is strong, independent, strong-willed, and I deeply appreciated her lack of whining for having been torn away from her family (and if she had cried and wept her eyes out a little bit because of that, I wouldn't have minded at all because come on, she would have been completely justified). Her characterization is a bit like the book in general, that is good, but not special or unique; she doesn't really stand out for anything. I think that maybe, just maybe, she grows soft on Tristan slightly too fast, and her first reason for it is that he's a sight to behold. Don't get me wrong, their relationship is well-developed and their romance a delicious slow burn, but the very beginning made me worry indeed. •As for Tristan, not only is he fabulously handsome, he's also devilishly clever and scheming. I'd rather the whole book were centred on his involvement in troll politics, or at least that the politics was further developed, but well, we can't have everything, and his character is charmingly charismatic nonetheless.•But then, then.... then the drama came, meaning the protagonists started acting like freaking deranged retarded lovesick lovebirds, and I'm not exaggerating. Never have I seen such a quick deterioration in a main character, let alone two. One moment they are normal, rational, with their feet firm on the ground and their heads on their shoulders, and the next they... I don't even know how to explain it. For instance, there is this gigantic disaster that totally happens because our larva of a heroine decided it was just the right moment to come out of her cocoon as a full-grown moron and (view spoiler)[ran away because the Evil Duke told her Tristan was having an affair with another girl. So she flees and goes in the most dangerous place ever, getting herself almost killed, getting Tristan almost killed, getting herself almost executed on top of that(hide spoiler)] and being generally insufferable because as I see it, being upset is not an excuse for being impulsive to the point of willingly throwing yourself in your death's way and almost killing another person in the process. No. Just no. I can't.This makes me so mad. •As if that were not enough, the previously delicious scheming Tristan is also abandoned by his wits as soon as love blooms. So he just start a riot in his city, because it suddenly sounds like a good idea. P-l-e-a-s-e. ➽ All in all, Stolen Songbird is an average yet pleasantly entertaining read. I wanted to pull my hair out throughout the second half, but it was bearable after all. And even if I admit it's not one of my priority at the moment, I think I'm going to continue the series because the universe just cannot be that cruel. (Or can it?)

  • Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
    2018-11-12 05:48

    What the fuck is it with me and trolls?!?I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this book is a must-read. Cecile wasn't a MaryJane sissy boohoo but she also wasn't Xena the warrior princess. I liked her character and POV but tbh finishing the book nothing about her character really stuck out at me as being unique to only her. The general writing went for short and shocking which worked really well with Cecile's POV of everything being new and dangerous"The girl rose, and her eyes laches onto me. She was beautiful, for an instant, and then her expression twisted with rage." Like damnnnn girl you got kidnapped and the other bitch is mad, what a world. Mac was the cool best friend that lost his lady love, which meant no love triangle but i low key liked him better than Tristan because he is an asshole. Tristan the cliche smug stupid face prince that acts cold and heartless because thats just how you survive in court but really deep inside he's... just a sacrastic prick that does exactly the fuck he wants to...except when it comes to Cecile because love. “His brow creased in a frown. “If you’re a joke, it isn’t an especially humorous one.”I threw up my hands in frustration. “You are the most intolerable individual I’ve ever met.”He bowed. “Why, thank you, Cécile. Always a pleasure to have one’s accomplishments recognized.”Both characters trapped in their circumstances and refusing to trust each other. i do love characters forced to work together, the banter is freaking hilarious. “Why is my closet full of dresses?”“Are they mine?” I asked with interest.Silver eyes fixed on me. “Well, they certainly are not mine. Unless you imagine that I dress up in ladies’ clothing and prance about the palace when the mood strikes me?”Honestly the world-building wasn't overly spectacular but the idea of trolls kept it unique. Plus the idea of being stuck underground for years and years. Fuck that would suck.“He stopped, the weight of his sorrow greater than any mountain. “And if I had the choice, I never would. I love you, Cécile. I will love you until the day I take my last breath and that is the truth.” He kissed me hard. “Forgive me.”Oh god now hes a maytr that just wants to protect her AND IM NOT CRYING, YOURE CRYING“I heard Jérôme’s voice. He was trying to soothe me, but the words meant nothing. I had to go back. Tristan was trapped. He was in danger. I had to go back.”Why is this POV so freaking well done?!? She feels a range of emotions, isn't totally selfish or selfless. You can actually feel her fear and failure and helplessness OH FUCK A DUCK, NO NO NO NON(view spoiler)[“I prefer certainty to hope.” She made a face. “What makes you think you are even capable of subduing one of us? And not just any Fa…” She broke off. “Not just any troll. The most powerful troll in this world.”Oh you little fucker, they aren't actually trolls. They are just iron poisoned faires. There goes the one unique thing about this book AND ITS BACK TO THE CLICHE. Dang trolls was all new and interesting compared to more fey shit (hide spoiler)]And OFFFF COURSEEE the book ends on a cliffhanger that leaves you screaming and wanting to know what the fuck happened to Tristan like is he okay or what, can I help him, what exactly is Cecile doing to help this situation, and maybe he should just leave her for me....just saying... Overall an extremely entertaining read but hoping for some more character development/uniqueness to further distant it from other cliche books.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Aimee (Aimee, Always)
    2018-11-11 05:54

    Want to read this fabulous book? Enter the giveaway on my blog for a SIGNED copy of Stolen Songbird! Open internationally!Read in February 2014 | 4.5 stars"They aren't ugly. More like beautiful things that have had the misfortune of being broken."Stolen Songbird just might be my favorite novel of the year so far (but it's only February--too early to tell), with its magical setting, beautiful writing, truthful characters and engaging story. This one definitely had some irritating moments, but I guess my overall excitement and enjoyment lessened whatever bad things I felt toward the novel.We begin the story with our heroine Cécile--fierce, accepting and compassionate. She showed a great sense of bravery (physically, emotionally and mentally) by accepting her fate. At the same time, she still fought for freedom, but not at the cost of hurting anyone (whether it be people she loves or doesn't even know). She also cared for the citizens of Trollus who were abused/not given what they deserved, despite them being trolls and not humans.At the mention of Trollus and its inhabitants, I immediately think about how much I loved the setting and how authentic it was.  We are introduced to Trollus, the home of supposedly monstrous and dangerous trolls--but let me assure you, they are quite kind and accepting. That aside, I am a huge fan of high fantasy novels since they bring us to new, beautiful worlds that we didn't think could exist. Stolen Songbird was no exception. I loved everything from the markets, to the mining shafts, to the palace and everything in between.The side characters were very interesting as well! We have Marc, the kind one who's always helpful, Anaïs, who was initially a bitch but turned out to be helpful and a bit broken, and many, many others. It was nice that each character had a personality and all contributed to the overall story.“Watch your tongue, Tristan,” the Duchesse snapped. “Ridiculous expression, that,” Tristan said. “I can't very well observe my own tongue unless I am to sit in front of a mirror, and I can't tolerate such vanity.”And then, of course, we have our (swoon-worthy) hero, Tristan. At first, he may come off as rude and indifferent, but once we are really introduced to his character, it'll be hard not to fall for him. Being next in line for the throne, you'd think that Tristan would want to follow his father's footsteps and sort of abuse his power. But no! Tristan is gentle (and hilarious) and he really cares about his people, whether or not they are poor or even if they're human.“I haven't given you a reason to believe I have a single romantic bone in my body.”But oh, you have, Tristan dearest. The romance (*cough* and angst *cough*) in the novel was exquisite. There was development between both characters and it was really lovely. From victim and captor, to friends, to lovers. I couldn't help but melt a little every time Tristan showed concern or did sweet things--it's making me feel bad that I'm spending Valentine's all alone, lol! Truly, I would recommend this one to anyone looking for a good high fantasy that'll give you all. The. Feels.

  • Brandi
    2018-11-22 06:42

    This book started out really good- the heroine was exactly what I like: capable, fierce, intelligent, and autonomous. I loved every single bit… till she was bonded to Tristan. Also, just a side note, but I would not compare this to Seraphina. I haven’t read that one again in some time, but it was much better imo, and Graceling was a complete DNF for me. So I suppose I shouldn’t have hoped that this one was going to fare better on my personal enjoyment meter. I’m such a sucker though, I always want to believe, lol.So here we have our girl who is painfully and brutally abducted away to a place that heretofore was nothing more than a myth. Trollus. Turns out that trolls are real, not all of them are the hideous under-the-bridge types, and some are startlingly beautiful. Such was the case in Prince Tristan and I saw that his pretty face seemed to have more effect on Cecile than I liked. Sure, she drank the magic potion that bonded the two of them so that each others emotions were always in the others head, and that most certainly would have fostered some softening of feelings, but it was too much for me. Tristan is embroiled in the political entanglements that rule Trollus and there is a divide between the trolls who want free of their curse and those who want to keep all troll lines pure bloods. Tristan, being the most powerful of all, and being bonded to a human, wants to make sure nobody can use her against him but fails miserably- and it was the stupidest thing ever. Cecile goes about her life slowly but surely being less and less amazing as she started out, but still tolerable, and then suddenly she realizes that she loves her husband. Out of the blue. They didn’t sleep together (I mean sleep not sex), they never spent time together, the only time they did spend with each other was spent in fostering an image of a troll-hating-human affiliation. Cecile was able to know that Tristan wasn’t as horrible as he was acting thanks to being aware of his emotions in the back of her mind. But then one day their arch nemesis plays the jealousy card on her and she falls for it so hard that nearly everything was ruined and she almost died. This jealousy aspect didn’t abate for so long that I was about to pull my hair out and I still hate it- it’s not the girl I met in the beginning, and it was so stupid since she had nothing to base her love on. And the whole thing was just UGH. And furthermore- the troll that was used in this instrument of jealousy wasn’t even a bad guy (view spoiler)[she was hopelessly in love with Tristan, yes, but she was also one of his closest friends and she was NOT horrible. She even told Cecile how she looked pretty in yellow, she made sure to help her at every single turn like Tristan asked, never once saying she wouldn’t help because she knew it was important to Tristan. The whole creation of this “triangle” was really annoying for me. (hide spoiler)].To further my annoyance of the needless love shape was the fact that Cecile is suddenly in a shape with a boy from her village that comes to Trollus with his dad to trade. This was completely and totally pointless in my mind, all it served was to – and I don’t exaggerate, have Tristan and him fight over Cecile. It was so out of left field and pointless and on the heels of that jealousy fiasco that I just couldn’t. By that point I was no longer in love with the story or the characters and instead just wanted to get it over with. The whole time that all this is going on the main theme of the story- the curse, was never even close to being resolved. That disappointed me because I knew I was running out of book to get a real solution, but I figured there’d be at least some movement… but no, not really. What did make me question the myth of the trolls was that (view spoiler)[when Cecile wakes up from her injuries at her Grandma’s the grandma knew “troll gold” just by looking at it, but yet trolls were supposed to be mythical creatures I thought. That made no sense to me. (hide spoiler)]. There were a few inconsistencies like that that I highlighted but I don’t want to put tons of quotes in the review. One major detail in this story that nearly made me rage quit was when Cecile decided to single handedly take on a crazed and powerful troll… alone. I can’t even with that. She was beaten when she was abducted and never complained, but then later in the book she fell and scrapped her knee- getting a few stitches, and then continued to complain about it, but yet was totally fine standing her ground against the crazy and crazy powerful troll. The one that nearly NOBODY else would even mess with because he was so strong. This whole- just ugh. I can’t. We’re also left with a nice little cliffie and it worked because I want to know what the hell happens about this damned curse. I don’t want to keep going about how much I was let down because taking all my notes and quotes and putting it in here would take too long.Basically I would say that this book got worse for me as time went on, but I don’t think that it’ll be that way for any other books in the series. The writing itself was good; it was nicely paced and there was some great elements in there that make me think this could definitely get better with time. I think this book will be the one that has people wanting to be forgiving enough to let go of certain things, or ones like me who can’t move past them, and just a handful in the middle. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Rebekah
    2018-11-07 05:02

    Originally Read 6/17/14REREAD: 6/5/15Original Review found at: www.awesomebooknuts.blogspot.comWow..what a story! what superb writing! what an amazing...EVERYTHING! I LOVED IT! A MUST OWN!The world building was incredible, I felt like I had actually transported to the world of Trollus and walked side-by-side with these characters. The setting was magical and I was sucked in by page 5. The plot was interesting, complex yet it flowed and had good pace. There was mystery, adventure, romance, action, everything that makes an amazing story. A heroine who's not whiny but who is capable, fierce, believable, and intelligent! Yet she has her faulty moments like we all do which makes her human and relate-able. Cecile is the key to this whole story. A girl literally stolen/kidnapped from her life and taken to the caves of the trolls and is forced to marry the troll prince in order to break the spell/curse brought upon the troll kingdom by a witch, which forces the trolls to NEVER leave their cave kingdom. Tristan-a swoon-worthy male lead who is everything I love in a male character. Smart, aggressive, passionate, sarcastic and kind. He is the good leader this kingdom needs in order to survive and not repeat the past that made the witch curse them and their kingdom. Yet he has to play his role to his father as the prince and future heir to the kingdom.The overall story and idea of trolls as new and different and I loved every minute of my time reading this story. Some trolls are hideous and others are not, the workings of the troll kingdom was unique. The side characters were even worth reading about, and who contribute to the plot development. They were not just there to provide a counterpoint to the story and that is what makes this whole story so great. The romance didn't overwhelm the story but had a nice pace to it and the fact that Tristan and Cecile hate each other for a good portion of the story was GREAT it added conflict to the characters story themselves which I love. Overall I loved this story it was everything I enjoy in story so I will own this in hard copy!Sexual Content: mild (some kissing)Language: moderate (PG)Violence: moderateDrugs/Alcohol: mild/none

  • LolaReviewer
    2018-11-01 03:08

    Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen4 ''I just fell in love'' starsThe MC, Cécile de Troyes, is the daughter of a singer. The day before she was supposed to join her mother in the purpose of starting her staining to become a professional singer like her, she was unsuspectingly kidnapped and brought to Trollus, the buried kingdom of trolls.Oh, I loved Cécile. I felt like I could connect with her somehow. She’s kind, strong, intelligent, honest and brave. She’s also a very gifted singer but was always acting modest about it, which relieved me. I don’t really like when an author tries too much to make us love a character by bringing out all their talents and achievements. Also, when it came to the seventeen years old troll prince, Tristan, she was never afraid to tell him what she really thinks and contradicted him quite often. She was one of the rare persons to do so. I was like you go girl! There was an insta-love between Tristan and me. Yes, he was often acting like a spoiled rich and handsome boy but he was also charismatic, making me laugh, smile...Trolls weren’t really my cup of tea before this happened, so I was a little bit reluctant before picking this up. Because of East (which I enjoyed and recommend by the way), I made myself quite an opinion on those creatures. Basically, I started to hate them. But…the characters of Stolen Songbird succeeded to change my perspective on trolls and what I knew of them. The writing is fabulous, very well done! The world Danielle L. Jensen created is admirable, interesting and well built. The descriptions are never too long or boring, shaped perfectly to the situations, actions. They actually bring to life many characters (even the smallest ones) and majestic places. The plot is captivating and the book in itself is quite amazing. I easily classed this new series in my most-promising-new-series-of-2014 shelf.Enjoy!P.-S.: I would like to have the book two please, like now…^ ^Pretty please?

  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    2018-10-31 07:01

    I put this book off for quite a long time based off the description. Seriously- a book about trolls? Ehhh. I was hesitant. I'm glad I listened to friends and read this anyway. It was everything I could want from a fantasy. Such a pleasant surprise!So first off, not all the trolls are ugly. In fact.. several are beautiful. From their descriptions, they sound a bit more like fae (which its possible they are as Tristan mentions Cecile doesn't truly know what they are.) Who knows. The important thing to take away from this paragraph is that there is a troll prince and he is badass, snarky, brooding, and most certainly not ugly. The story, in short, starts off fairly fast paced as Cecile is abducted and taken to Trollus, a spelled city under the mountain where trolls live (and can't leave via a magical curse.) She's said to be the one to break said curse by marriage to the troll prince (Tristan.) Of course, nothing is that easy- and things under the mountain grow complex as Cecile realizes Tristan isn't what he seems and there is much more to Trollus than meets the eye. Overall, this was a lot of fun. The pacing was perfect and the story kept me quite entranced. I definitely had some feels. My only complaint is that Cecile seemed to resign to her fate fairly easily. She wasn't bad for a heroine and she had some great moments.. The world building was pretty cool although some of the magic (especially the bond) seemed to flip flop on the actual rules. It could be that I just misunderstood it but there were quite a few times where the rules that were set "conveniently" didn't apply to the circumstances.I recommend this as a general fantasy. The whole arranged marriage in books has really let me down lately- but this one was refreshing and unique. It is worth the read.My Blog ~ Instagram

  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    2018-10-27 07:02

    WOW. I honestly didn't expect this to capture my heart like it did! There were a couple of little things that made me roll my eyes but overall I LOVED this.

  • Rachel E. Carter
    2018-10-26 00:50

    I would definitely reread in a heartbeat.Oh, and let me just say Tristan fulfills my sarcastic, hot bad boy quota:“You look ridiculous walking around the city carrying an empty wineglass. I don't care to be associated with a drunk. Particularly one who damages glassware.”I loved the general plot line: trolls, girl kidnapped against her will and forced to marry hot bad boy prince, political intrigue, and magic. I think my favorite thing besides Tristan was the setting –I loved that it was so different, it reminded me of the caves in The Host.I will say I didn’t know where this plot was going. I thought I did but it took a different direction and while that is wonderful for lots of people, I was disappointed. I felt the ending action was a bit lackluster –things happened, but they all just felt really small & I don’t know, I was expecting something really epic because of the awesome premise. Still, I will definitely be reading the sequel because there were lots of plot lines unanswered and a big cliffhanger, plus the world of Trollus is so fascinating in itself & I love all of Tristan & Cecile’s dialogue <3

  • Ashley Marie
    2018-11-17 02:55

    JUNE 2015 Yep, rereading another 2015 read....I just bought the sequel and that gives me a totally legit reason to reread this so soon :) The first time I read it, I rated it 4 stars....reading this a second time, I've realized I was wrong to do so...now its 5. My first review still stands, I can't add much to it, really. This book really is something else. I loved the idea of it all, and I loved the main characters, and even some of the secondary characters...although, of course, some of those royally pissed me off at times. I love Tristan and Cecile and I definitely don't regret it. There is a lot a books, that have the whole 'love/hate' thing going on, but somehow, this one is set apart. I love it! I really love how this was written. I think this may be added to the "Favorites of 2015" list.On to the next one! I know a lot of my friends decided it was far beneath this one, but of course, I won't pass judgement until i've read it for myself.------------MARCH 2015I am just going to sit here.......and cry my damn eyes out over that ending...............omg. this book.........I wasnt sure what to think of it at first....the first chapter or 2 were like...."what is this nonsense....?" but then I was like "I need this to never freaking end".I loved the characters. Tristan was....idk, I didnt like him the first time we met him, I thought he was an immature little boy....but he grew on me, and during his chapters you really get to understand what is going on, and his reasoning for doing and saying the stuff he does. Yep. it wasn't love at first 'line' but it definitely didn't stay that way for long.I dont have much to say, except that this was an excellent book, and I'd been wanting to read it for quite some time before I actually bought it. I am glad I did! I only regret reading it so soon because I have months to wait for the sequel that I really really really need, right this second.

  • Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
    2018-11-16 01:47

    RE-READ!!*Still 5 Wonderful Stars*I was terrified. It was not like the terror of running from a wolf, always knowing you can turn and fight. It was not like the sense of drowning, where there is a chance to flee to the surface. From this darkness and this place, there was no escape. I could neither run nor hide, and no one can fight the dark. All there was left for me to do was die.Okaaaaayyyy so.....a book about trolls? Really? I mean, come on. In what way could this possibly be appealing? And, even if it did appeal to my senses, how could a troll possibly be hotter than the sun our dear Cecile so desperately misses? I can't answer these questions with coherent and well thought out answers, but I can assure you of one thing: Tristan. Was. Hot. This story? It was beyond addicting. Every single one of these characters had a way of getting under my skin that mirrored only my favorite stories, and that is very rarely an occurrence for me. "They aren't ugly." I bit my lip, trying to find the right words. "More like beautiful things that have had the misfortune of being broken." Tristan turned his face back to me. I saw the sorrow in his eyes and felt it in my heart. "Why are you always so unhappy?" I asked."I think it is our nature to believe evil always has an ugly face," he said, ignoring my question. "Beauty is supposed to be good and kind, and to discover it otherwise is like a betrayal of trust. A violation of the nature of things.""Do you think trolls are evil?" I asked."Do you?" His eyes searched mine as though he might find the answer there."No," I said. "I don't."He exhaled softly, reaching up and stroking my cheek with one hand. "From your lips I can almost believe it's true."It's quite simple, really...Cecile is stolen from everything she has ever known, dragged 'leagues' downward to the passed over and only rarely mentioned city of Trollus where all the Trolls are trapped because of a curse some witch cast on them a long time ago. And how might they break this curse, you ask? Well, it is foretold that if a daughter of sun (who sings) and a son of night (prince) are brought together in marriage, that the curse will be lifted. Or so they think..."I wish I was not what I am." His voice was twisted with anguish. "I wish I was not who I am. I wish I had met you in different circumstances, in a place far away from here, where there is no magic, politics, and deception. Somewhere where things could be different between us. I wish I was someone else."Cecile doesn't want to be a troll's wife and she doesn't want to sleep in the same bed as her newly (forced) betrothed. So she does what any good wife would do: She plots. She plots and researches and waits for her moment to escape. She waits to capitalize on the mistakes of the city around her and, most importantly, her husband. But this is probably the largest problem with her whole plan: He can feel her. Every emotion. Every flinch of pain. He can feel if she's becoming deceptive or if she's hiding something...but can he ever really know?"That was only part of it." I barely heard him speak his voice was so quiet. "I was afraid...I am afraid of loving you, knowing that someday you will go and leave me here."Trolls can't lie, but humans can. Oh sure, they can deceive. They can mislead. They can lead someone off the edge of a cliff or push them off themselves, but they can't directly lie. Thus making for one of the biggest problems for our romantic duo throughout the whole story. Even hate at first sight can lead to something when you see them for what they truly are. Forced together when neither of them wanted each other, they form a bond they never anticipated. They forged an understanding. They had a common thread that linked them and, ultimately, bonded them. "Ha ha," Tristan snorted. "How dreadfully clever. And speaking of clever, is this to be your bid for escape?" He contemplated my clothing. "In a dressing gown and bare feet? Now tell me, if I go put on nightclothes and slippers, might I join you, or is this a solo adventure?"On the outside they loathe one another. They walk through the city's streets and ignore one another until absolutely necessary and even then share minimal exchanges unless venom is spitting through their teeth. But they can't hide what's on the inside: The pain. The turmoil. The misery. The longing. The secret 'you aren't so bad' thoughts. No, it's all fun and games until you realize you are starting to befriend and care for the other person. And when you have enemies hidden in plain sight within the city, you can't afford to show that you're falling for her, not when your carefully planned ruse could so easily crumble-Or when she could so easily be used to bring you to your knees....we wouldn't want that...would we? Tristan was by far my favorite character, that much was certain. But it's not often I can say I loved the female lead almost as much-Cecile was strong-willed, stubborn and she made mistakes. Costly mistakes. But because of these mistakes, we got to know both her and Tristan on a deeper level. We got to see my favorite thing about any story-I've only said about one hundred times that I love seeing a desperate male lead saving the damsel in distress in the fashion that he could lose his life in exchange-and I haven't gotten to see that in action for a long long time....not in such a dramatic fashion, anyway. In short-I loved how every perilous situation was handled in this book. The author didn't shy from the nasty things or the bloody things and, no, there wasn't necessarily an abundance of those either, but all in all I loved seeing it play out and the desperation and love that was brought forth in these situations. Seeing Tristan and Cecile fall for one another both warmed and broke my heart....because they can only be used as pawns against one another...did I mention I loved that?Dying was an easy thing to accomplish, effortless in its agony. It was living that was hard, requiring endless toil and labor, and for all one's efforts, it could be stolen in an instant.Normally I would touch on what my complaints were for the story, but I really didn't have any. Like...at all. I really enjoyed this and found it was very difficult to put down at any cost. This was everything I love in a story and then some. Very rarely do action and peril meet my standards alongside the romance within the same story. I never would have guessed that a book such as this would become an instant favorite of mine, but it has and I can't seem to find the words to explain just how great this book was. It was addicting, heartbreaking, hopeful, fun, action-packed, and sweet. I fell in love with the world and what they were trying to do-the lies, the deception-all for the greater good. I am obsessed with these characters and can't wait to see how their story continues. My only hope is that it isn't too long of a wait before I can see what becomes of these wonderful characters with so much to lose."This all seems like a dream now, but like every dream, eventually you must wake."**********Buddy read with my wonderful friend, Kat (back in October 2014 lol)* *Sorry-my review was more factual than fun, and I hate that-but I'm so tired...and it shows.*For more of my reviews, please visit:

  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    2018-11-11 02:47

    What I loved in Stolen Songbird can be summed up by the sentence above. Indeed, what's better than a book which shows the ability to surprise you? "I think it is our nature to believe evil always has an ugly face,” he said, ignoring my question. “Beauty is supposed to be good and kind, and to discover it otherwise is like a betrayal of trust. A violation of the nature of things."✘What you expect : Regular Trolls✔ What you get : WIN! Absolutely not the ugly and stupid creatures Trolls are known to be.Now, I know a big amount of readers were annoyed by the fact that the Trolls aren't like we could expect but come on. COME ON. Regular Trolls? They're so fucking lame and stupid. I mean, how in the world could I have been interested in the story if the Trolls were what we're told they are in other fantasy books? How? During what I love to call my "fantasy days", when the only books I read except for the classics I studied in Uni were fantasy books, I met a lot of Trolls, and let me tell you, I never ever felt a spark of interest toward them. Never. The guys are morons big ugly creatures used as villains more often than not, and damn, I grew tired of this shit. The "Special Guy" (yes, guy, because have you noticed that Special Girls aren't that frequent in Fantasy?) must fulfill the World Saving mission he's been asked to? He met fucking Trolls in the journey. And let's the battle begin. Sigh. ▶ Excuse me if I prefer BY FAR the way Trolls are portrayed here : clever, designed to rule the world, filled with magic, not sexist (yes, that's important), and, yes, "handsome", because it seems to be the major problem for a lot of persons. Not for me. Oh, wait. Am I the only one who think that a lack of symmetry can be completely freaky? Okay, Tristan is handsome. And I'm not complaining because let's face it : I don't ship overly beautiful male-leads but come on : a troll like I used to read about in fantasy would have been an awkward love interest, I must admit, because they are STUPID MORONS, remember. Is it bad if I hope that Tristan had more scars, though? Yeah? Well, sue me. ✘What you expect : A conceited Troll Prince who's going to fall in love at first sight.✔What you get : WIN! The incarnation of what I love in male-leads, no less. Let me tell you, Tristan is THE guy, as he is *take a huge breath* sarcastic, strong-minded, protective but not creepy, sexy, adorable and selfless. He is Ash's material, and I'm weighing my words here. One could say that he's far too perfect, but in my opinion he's not, because he does have flaws. The thing is, his flaws are the kinds that I love. He hides the truth and doesn't give his trust easily? Thanks god he doesn't! He's a master of deception? I ship that. In life and in books, I often find myself hating when people tell stories about themselves, about the way they are, so special, little things, while their acts say otherwise. In my opinion, Tristan shows bravery, the real courage that is to accept to show a sick image of himself to protect those for whom he cares, as Jérôme says. Oh, and he made me laugh. And swoon. And ache. "The one, the only, as they like to say," Tristan said affably, brushing off his coat where I'd bumped into him. "Which 'they' would that be?" I asked."Oh, you know. Them." He waved a hand in the air, dismissing the question."Annnnd I'm leaving it at this otherwise my review would only be more and more declarations of love for Tristan, and you don't want to read this, do you?✘What you expect : A TSTL heroine with no other purpose that falling in love✔What you get : WIN! A brave and funny female-lead we can relate to. ▶ Cécile is full of awesomeness. Oh, look at this : Cécile. I still don't understand why all the names are French in this book but that cracked me up at the beginning, because what is supposed to look exotic feels just ... random to me. But then, I agreed with a friend the other day because as a fantasy reader I'm sometimes appalled by the names which are chosen, Terkana, Urkira, Putrok (I'm totally creating these), so the way they used French names here is somehow refreshing. French's exotic, guys. Or not, buuuut that's another story."Oh? And what feelings, pray tell, does this represent?"I lifted my chin and looked him straight in the eye. "My feelings for you, dear husband."So, Cécile. Let's make a little list of what I loved in her, shall we?• Be careful, because that might astonish you, but the girl has a life she doesn't want to leave behind, and her opinion doesn't change when she meets the magnificent Tristan. I know, I know, how fierce of her, right? • She's never TSTL in my opinion. I mean, yeah, she does make mistakes and knows some instant-jerk reactions, but even if I was worried and mad at some point, never, at any moment, wasn't I able to understand why she reacted in such way. Actually, she reminds me of Megan from The Iron Fey series, and although I realize that a lot of readers didn't like her, I always thought that her mistakes were understandable and above that, fucking realistic. Have you never react without thinking of the consequences because you were upset? Nope? Ha, if that's the case, you're far better than me in a lot of ways.• She's not straight-on bitchy to other women, and she manages to develop girls friends. Fuck YEAH! • She knows how to defend herself from sarcastic comments *rubs hands*✘What you expect : Instalove & Instalust, if you're lucky like that.✔What you get : WIN! A realistic, cute and adorable romance. ▶ Indeed I absolutely loved how their feelings gradually increase, without the sudden trust that never fails to annoy me in several YA books, nope. They're bonded together? Correct. Do they trust each other first time they meet? Oh, Fuck no, because you know what? Trust must be earn, as in real life : how amazing is that? Moreover, the "I'm going to let everybody think that I hate you" trope? I'm such a sucker for that shit! ✘What you expect : A story focused on the main characters ✔What you get : WIN! Interesting and well-portrayed secondary characters✘What you expect : A slow-paced, about 500 pages read✔What you get : WIN! Such a page-turner that you wonder how in the world it could really be 500 pages.To say that the story was captivating would be an understatement : the plot is well-wrapped and the ending brings just the right amount of closure and angst, making you want to read the sequel immediately. ✘What you expect : Miscommunication driven angst ✘What you get : FAIL! Miscommunication driven angst▶ Lack of communication driven angst never fails to piss me off, and Sigh. There was a moment where I was both worried and mad, because while I could understand Cécile's instant-jerk reactions, I was appalled at the same time because never before she let her temper drive her actions. What? I wasn't expecting that, dammit, she didn't make me accustomed to such behavior! Annnnd that's where I'm feeling unfair because let's face it, if she had made me used to this kind of stupid (sorry, but it WAS stupid) behavior I wouldn't have loved her but she didn't so I did like her and then I felt stabbed in the back. Oh, well. I'm just going to accept that sometimes I'm worse than a spoiled child. There. Moreover, as much as I appreciate the fact that the secondary characters were multi-layered (Anaïs included), I failed to understand some of their reactions at some point (view spoiler)[Marc, I'm staring at you right now (hide spoiler)], reactions that I found out of character. ✘What you expect : Unoriginal plot and world-building✘What you get : I can't say that the plot isn't original, it wouldn't be true. However I can't deny either that the world contains many similarities with The Iron fey series. As it is, I can't really complain because hell, I loved this series, but I would feel dishonest if I didn't bring this issue.• A human MC in a world ruled by magic• These people can't lie, and their promises are unbreakable, because you're bonded by them• A hero who isn't who he seems at first, and acts as he hates the heroine to protect her• The Trolls can be wounded by iron. • There is a Summer and a Winter Court. There. The similarities ARE here. Now, did they prevent me from enjoying the story? Of course not. Writers always take inspiration in other works, and that's for the best, if they don't end copying another book's plot and calling it their own. Here it's far from plagiary, therefore I'm completely okay with that.PS : A friend just told me that some readers thought that the Trolls here might be Fae in disguise. That's a smart theory, which would explain a lot of things. I guess we'll see :)"Correct again. Remind me to choose you for my team if we ever play charades. I like a stacked team."For more of my reviews, please visit: ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Sabrina
    2018-11-07 08:43

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU book!You pushed all the right buttons.Let me make you a list of all the buttons hereby pushed.A heroine who's not whiny. Or overly concerned with her looks or all the silly fripperies with which most YA heroines are sadly affected.A swoon-worthy male lead.Side characters who are actually worth reading about, and who contribute to the plot development. They are not just there to provide a counterpoint to the MCs' awesomeness.A peculiar alternate world, well described but without as much as a scrap of infodump. The world building is a bit imperfect, but who cares.A relationship that builds at the right pace, with the parties actually speaking, interacting and getting to know each other before making gooey eyes. They don't even do the gooey-eye thing.Oh, and have I already said a swoon-worthy male lead?I have to make a little room for him in my (too crowded) collection of fictional boyfriends.

  • Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
    2018-11-20 05:58

    Almost 4 Magic, Lies and the Price of Freedom StarsSometimes one must do the unthinkable.Trapped for centuries under a mountain.Creatures of immense power and cruelty. Terribly beautiful. Trolls. Their name strikes fear in the hearts of men. Prisoners to a witch's curse, they trade in favors and they never lie. They manipulate the truth in millions ways possible. Humans are slaves to them. Amusement. Means to an end. Even half bloods, their own blood, they consider servants. They are awaiting for their chance to break free and reign the world once again in terror...Beauty is supposed to be good and kind, and to discover it otherwise, is like a betrayal of trust. A violation of the nature of things.Tristan, the future King of Trollus, leader of a secret opposition bonds with a young girl, kidnapped from the outside world, because the prophesy says that she will set them free. This girl is Cécile, with dreams and desires, innocent, thrust into the ruthless world of Trolls, where magic and power rules and nothing is at it seems.Well-constructed, fast and intriguing this story has so much potential that blew my mind! Rich mythology and engaging characters, emotions and action. This only the beginning that's why I am giving it only 4 stars. I NEED MORE! Romance, certainly and passion, less politics, more magic and action. I liked the world-building, with touches of Fae mythology and how the story progressed made sense. I need the next one, YESTERDAY!!

  • Selene Matheson
    2018-11-17 09:06

    So this is what a book hangover feels like... Danielle L Jensen I just want to thank you for putting this into the world! I stumbled upon this book because of Regan from Peruse Project. I added this book to read eight months ago and I've been kicking myself for the last three days for not picking it up sooner. I had to force myself to put this book down a few times in order to savour every piece of it. I could have easily blown through this novel in a day but I just knew the shattered mess I was going to be when it was over. I need all the books immediately! I don't think I've been this invested in a books plot, characters, or world building since Harry Potter!

  • Rae
    2018-11-08 00:54

    "Sometimes, one must do the unthinkable"Welcome to Trollus!!When I think of Trolls, I think of small green creatures with pointy ears, yellow eyes, and warts. Well that's not the case in Trollus. Here we have beautiful women trolls who could give our beauty queens a run for their crowns. We have half bloods who look like your average Joe humans. We have tall, dark and handsome princes. But there are also evil kings set out to break curses, and trolls who have their eyes set on the crown for their own evil plots. There is a corrupt prince with a taste for killing halfbloods and humans alike. And this is just the beginning.Cecile is kidnapped and thrown into this world with no knowledge that it even existed before she arrives and is to be wed to the crowned prince. She is the key to break the curse, or so they think. But when the curse still stands even after being bonded to Prince Tristan, things begin to take a new turn. She can't leave and return home with a thanks for trying award. No, she is kept in Trollus. Not quite guest, but not quite a prisoner either. With the protection of the King and Tristan eventually, she is safe for the time being. Until other trolls and their dastardly plots come to play, then Cecile must be clever if she is going to survive and one day escape. But does she want to escape? What will happen to all the mistreated halfbloods? What will happen to Tristan??The writing in this book was amazing. The characters so alive, the scenes so vivid, the world so real. I felt like I was a part of Trollus, a little halfblood working in the mines or a servant helping Cecile. I enjoyed Tristan's chapters as much as Cecile's. They were a great insight into the mindset of the Trolls and all the conflicts that were going on behind the scenes. The love between Tristan and Cecile was surprisingly not forced. You'd think her being kidnapped and sentenced to a life underground until a curse is broken would really make you hate the Trolls, but Cecile took it all in stride and ended up being for the better. She was a strong female character that I really grew to like over the entirety of the book. Once I began reading I found this one a hard book to set aside. I was reading a couple of other books at the same time and this one quickly took all of my attention and demanded to be finished. I fell in love with this world and characters and now MUST see where this goes. This is a great fantasy story, with a sweet love story in the midst of a lot of chaos and conflict. You wont be disappointed with the world of Trollus, heck you might just fit right in!! I know where I'll be for the next week, in the pages of books two and three :)Happy Reading :)

  • Gavin
    2018-11-17 08:40

    I felt like this was a decent YA fantasy romance. It definitely had a few flaws but, for the most part, the characters were likeable and the world was a fun one. It actually reminded me a lot of A Court of Thorns and Roses but with more likeable characters and a slightly more simplistic storytelling style! Cécile de Troyes is due to leave her quiet village and join her famous singer mother in the big city when she is abducted by a local village wastrel and sold to a bunch of Trolls who live under a mountain in the area! The Trolls think they can break the curse binding them to their underground city by marrying Cécile to their prince. The story itself was fun enough. The troll prince, Tristan, was no more happy with the idea of marrying Cécile than she was with marrying him! His evil Troll father was the one behind the abduction plot so it made both Tristan and Cécile easy to root for. I did quite like them as a couple so that aspect of the story definitely worked for me. The Trolls were really just regular Fey in all but name. A few of the Troll aristocracy had deformities of one form or another but a lot of them, like Tristan, were just regular supermodel hot! They had some cool magic and the tense political situation and tension in their city created by the way the full-blood Trolls treated the humans (who they loathed but needed in order to trade for stuff like food) and the half-blood Trolls (who they enslaved and used as workhorses and servants) added an extra dimension to the story. The big flaw of this story for me was that it was all comfortably familiar stuff if one has already read a ton of Beauty and the Beast retellings and Fey romance stories. Which I definitely have! That said, this was still quite enjoyable despite its lack of originality. I did feel like the ending was a little weak but up until then the whole story had been fun and engaging. The only other thing I can really moan about was the way Jensen managed to ruin, Marc, who initially had been a fantastic and likeable character but as soon as the going got tough he did something I found pretty repulsive and afterwards Jensen tried to sweep the whole thing under the rug and forget about it which did not work for me. It was a pity as it ruined his character for me and until then he had been the strongest of the secondary characters. All in all this was a fun YA fantasy romance and I'll definitely be reading the sequel.Rating: 3.5 stars I'm rounding up to 4 stars as this was quite engaging. The weak ending and the Marc stuff cst the book half a star in my official rating! Audio Note: Most of the book was narrated by Erin Moon who read the Cécile POV's and I thought she did an good job. The other bits were read by Eric Michael Summerer, who did the few bits of the book from Tristan's POV and I feel like he was also a good narrator.

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    2018-11-16 05:59

    “Dying was and easy thing to accomplish, effortless in its agony. It was living that was hard, requiring endless toil and labor, and for all one's efforts, it could be stolen in an instant.” Like I had mentioned, I stayed up until 3 am just to finish reading this book in one sitting. So, safe to say, I love it. This book truly is a unique gem among YA Fantasy. No insta-love or love triangle, no Mary Sue or Marty Stu protagonists. The story is well-paced, with plenty of action, moments of love, friendship and misunderstandings, all underscored by a revolution set to change the course of their world.The RelationshipsTristian & Cecile"You are wrinkling my dresses," I said. "Zoe and Elise will waste their entire day pressing them.""And then they can hang them somewhere else," he snapped."You're creating an enormous amount of unnecessary work.""It is the role of the aristocracy to create work," he said, kicking the pile of gowns. "Necessary or otherwise. Without us, who knows what would happen to productivity."I rolled my eyes and climbed out of bed. Catching the corner of a sheet, I set to making the bed."What are you doing?" Tristian shouted. "What does it look like I'm doing?""Ladies do not make their own beds! It shows initiative, which is broadly considered unladylike!"My temper rising, I whirled about. "Dear me," I shouted. "I must have forgotten that my new purpose in life is to create work." Jerking all the blankets off the bed, I threw them on the floor. The pillows followed next, and I proceeded to run around the room taking all the cushions off the chairs and tossing them about the room. The last I deliberately aim at Tristian's head. It froze midair. "You are making quite the mess of my room.""Our room!" I shouted back.Not sure why not I honestly found this scene so hilarious. It was honestly one of my favorites. Especially the when Cecile shouted that it was their room. For me, it was the first step toward them realizing they'd be in this together. --- "Most people would have given up a long time ago - just curled up in a corner and waited to die, but you've lived every day. I don't think I've ever met anyone so tenaciously optimistic." Carefully, as if he feared I might still swat his hand away, he reached out and brushed a slimy lock of hair away from my face. "I want you to stay Cecile, but I'm afraid staying will only bring you misery." --- “Being around you was the sweetest torture. I wanted to touch you, hold you, kiss you. I wanted all of you.” His shoulders slumped. “But I was afraid of what would happen if I gave in my desire. If I let myself love you.” --- “I was afraid... I am afraid of loving you, knowing that someday you will go and leave me here.” The tricky thing about these two, throughout the story, is though they undoubtedly love each other for a large part of the story there is this a wall. Or line neither is willing to cross for fear of being hurt by the other. Only after they lay all their cards on the table do they fully embrace their love for each other, and it was beautiful to see that finally happen. I love these two. They were a slow burn, but oh so worth it. The ending had me so torn up. But I know these two will pervail! *More detailed review to come*

  • Karleigh.Reads
    2018-10-26 04:10

    Ok gotta set the mood here. Turn off the lights, light some candles, put on some music..... oooh Tristan. OH sorry *clears throat* let me start again.This book was amazing, it quickly made it way not only to my number one book of 2015 (I know it's only June, but I highly doubt there will be anything to top this) but my number one book of all time. I actually bought this book quite a while ago after being told about it, then I picked it up read chapter one and then put it down again. Now I am kicking myself for that because I could have lived in this world, know these characters a lot sooner than I did. I don't even know where to start with this review, I know that there is no way I will be able to give this book the 5 star review that it deserves but I'm going to try.Danielle Jensen did an amazing job developing this unique magical world with some of the most unique and amazing characters that I have ever read about. Not only were we trapped in a city under a mountain but aside from the couple humans, we are dealing with trolls. When I read the summary for this book my first thought was of the Labyrinth, which is one of my all-time favourite movies. So here I was thinking that I was going to encounter ugly trolls, running around on shaggy sheepdogs trying to help a human girl. In Stolen Songbird we have our mix of disfigured trolls, and some of the most beautiful trolls that you didn't know existed. Following our main character Cecil, who is kidnapped and sold to the troll king to be married off to the prince of Trollus in order to break a spell that was placed on the town 500 years ago by a witch. This is where we meet Tristan. Oh my god, Tristan, I want a Tristan. Tristan was a great character, very complex and hard to read, very loyal, and he has some of the greatest sarcasm I have ever heard from a character. Now if we could get Tristan, Raffe and Penryn from Angelfall in the same room I think I would die laughing just listening to them banter with each other. One can wish, right? Being married to a troll would be absolutely terrifying especially if not only a day before you didn't even know they existed. But Cecil and Tristan aren't just married, they are bonded. (view spoiler)[Danielle Jensen created this amazing way that people get married in the town of Trollus, by the light of the moon, and with liquid as sweet as honey, you are bonded with your mate. From that day forward you can feel everything that your partner feels and vice versa. How amazing would that be to know how your partner feels. (hide spoiler)]When the bonding fails, and the spell isn't broken, it is chaos. Everyone thinks that the kingdom has failed, and they hate Cecil (because who likes humans anyway, right?) but, the entire town is asked to wait and see if maybe it just needs to take time. In that time, we learn about the resistance and just how much the half-bloods are depending on Cecil to be their saviour. Not only is Cecil feeling the weight of many half-bloods depending on her but she is mixed up with her growing feelings for a Troll.I absolutely loved everything about this book from the descriptive world, to the amazing character development and surprising the romance/relationships that develop in this book. I usually don't like relationships and find that they get in the way of the story but this one was amazing, and every time they were just about to kiss my heart would flutter for them. I quickly ordered the second in the series and can not wait to sit down and read it (probably in one sitting)

  • Marga
    2018-11-13 05:00

    WHAT THE HELL. I KNEW IT. I KNEW IT!!! UGGGGGGGGGH. WHY MUST YOU DO THIS TRISTAN???? WHY? :(OH MY GODS. I AM JUST SO HAPPY TO HAVE THE SEQUEL RIGHT NOW.I LOVED THIS BOOK IF THAT'S NOT YET CLEAR. Thank you book. I think I had a reading slump for like 2 days. (Was that even considered a reading slump?)A more coherent review to follow.

  • Wendy Higgins
    2018-11-14 04:57

    Wonderful!!!

  • Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)
    2018-10-24 03:49

    I don't even know where to begin to express my feelings on STOLEN SONGBIRD! It was so high tensed, and had my emotions in an uproar. I was screaming at times, yelling NO, you can't do that you idiot! Then I was chanting, YEAH, go for it, do it!!! This book pulled emotions out of me that I didn't even know I had! And I say that in a totally good way!!!I absolutely, positively, undoubtedly, LOVED STOLEN SONGBIRD in every way possible! This book is a perfect example of the reasons why I love books. I said in my goodreads progress while I was reading this book, that "STOLEN SONGBIRD makes me remember why I love fantasy so much." And it does! I got 3 Likes from 3 different people that read STOLEN SONGBIRD that agreed with that above statement wholeheartedly. It was just sooo sooooo amazinggg!!!STOLEN SONGBIRD was everything I thought it wouldn't be. YEP, you read that right! I really did not NOT expect to really like this book. And I definitely did NOT expect to love it as much as I did! It felt like STOLEN SONGBIRD had magic within it's pages. Like the events that were unfolding where coming with full force, with a high power then words. I felt connected to the book and the characters. I become aware of how much I felt for these characters after tears starting running down my face and still didn't stop at the end when I closed the book. The tears only got worse! So yeah, I think it's safe to say that STOLEN SONGBIRD has left it's mark within me. It has gotten through my defenses and landed it's way into my heart! And I am SO happy it did!(Okay, I know I might sound like a nutball, but come on, we've all have that one (or Many) special books that just hits us full force with all its power. And that is what STOLEN SONGBIRD has done to me! ;)THE PLOT...For five long, torturous, centuries, magical Trolls have been bound to the ruins underneath Forsaken mountain. Cursed by a vendetta of a witch, for as long as she drawls breath, the Trolls will be bound by their magical restraints that she casted on that fateful day when she uttered the spell that changed the world for both humans and Trolls.Trolls have looked long and far for the witch that cursed them. Sending humans out in exchange for the unlimited amounts of gold they own in search for the witch, and to find a way to break the curse the witch has doomed them all with. But every time the humans come back unsuccessful, and the Trolls have to continue to endure the punishment that their ancestor were given until their dying day!Until... A prophecy is seen."Bring forth and bound the Prince of Night and Daughter of Day and the curse will be broken." And their is hope in Trollus again.... But at what cost? Cécile becomes the Trolls only salvation. Their only hope they have to break the curse. They believe her to be the one to free them all from their magic restraints. One way or another... she will help!Cécile is kidnapped and brought to Trollus and sold to the king in exchange for their gold. Cécile is strong, she's a fighter, and she's not going down without a fight. She will not roll over and do nothing. That is until the Troll prince Tristan comes into her life and changes everything she once thought about Trollus and their people. Then she meets other Trolls like the prince, and she starts to second guess who is really the good guys and who our the bad guys in Trollus. But not everyone in Trollus is capable of goodness and is willing to help others. Their is a rebellion within Trollus, some of the half-bloods (Half Troll & Half-Human) want to be treated equal. They are tired of being used and abused by the full-bloods. War is on the horizon, and Cécile will have to decide where her loyalties lie, and just how far she is willing to go to help these Trolls, and if she even should!With Cécile's heart and mind at battle, the Troll kings cruelty and abuse to the half-bloods, her ongoing love for the Prince, being kidnapped and held by force, her new friends in Trollus counting on her to set them, and a rebellion that she just might find herself in the middle of. She has much to consider...If she makes it out, ALIVE!I just loved this book! And I was so MAD when I was done reading, because WOW, it ended on a serious cliff-hanger. It was TORTURE, still is. I NEED to know what's too come. And with this book just being released (at the time of this review) I will have to wait probably another whole year. A year of TORTURE!!!STOLEN SONGBIRD is for any Fantasy, dystopian, paranormal, romance, action/adventure fan out there. With all these genres intertwined in one book, you would think wow, that's too many genres for one book. But nope, it's PERFECT! It had just enough of everything and was plotted just right! Danielle L. Jensen is a mastermind, and I will read anything this woman writes! Now Danielle, GIVE ME BOOK 2!!! ;)

  • Chantal(Every Word A Doorway)
    2018-11-17 08:44

    “I think it is our nature to believe evil always has an ugly face,” he said, ignoring my question. “Beauty is supposed to be good and kind, and to discover it otherwise is like a betrayal of trust. A violation of the nature of things.”Without a doubt, Stolen Songbird is one of the better YA fantasy books I’ve read in a while. The novel follows a well known YA storyline but manages to make it its own, to make it appear fresh. It’s a book full of magic, political intrigue, strange creatures and coupled with Jensen’s lovely writing, I believe it will be a real hit for many fantasy lovers. The story follows Cécile, a young girl who has grown up on a farm and plans to leave her small village for the city to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a successful opera singer. But her plans are ruined when she is kidnapped on her way home and is brought to Trollus, the mythical troll city lying below a mountain. She learns that the trolls have purchased her to marry off to Tristan, a prince of Trollus and heir to the throne, in order to fulfill an ancient prophesy. The novel was well-paced and had me at the edge of my seat pretty much throughout. The strong air of imprisonment really added to the story and enforced the sense of danger and suspense. I loved the setting. Trollus is situated in a cave below a collapsed mountain and the descriptions are glorious. They are never too long and always compliment the story, without ever overpowering it. The author manages to make the city seem both incredibly opulent and desolate at the same time. Characters: The characters in this book were pure awesomeness. Cécile was the best, I loved her. She is fierce, intelligent, level-headed and brave, while still having a kind and compassionate heart. Best of all, was how she accepted her fate. She is truly and deeply angry for being kidnapped and expresses it too (I didn’t get any sense of Stockholm syndrome), but doesn’t waste her time lying around doing nothing and being helpless. Instead, she decides to seek as much knowledge as she possibly can and overcomes her prejudices in the process. Even though she is such a great person, she also has her flaws. She really messes things up a few times but I could easily forgive her because she admits that she was wrong and learns from her mistakes.Tristan, oh Tristan. What a swoon-worthy male character he is. When he was first introduced I was ready to roll my eyes. Another brooding, conceited and spoiled prince, I thought. Fortunately, I was wrong to judge so soon. He may seem quite ruthless and selfish at the start but it soon turns out that appearances can deceive. He is in fact very strong-minded and caring and has good reasons why he acts the way he does. He has trust issues and is very hesitant to form a bond with Cécile but soon realizes that in order for them to survive and help others, he must learn to overcome his inner demons. Oh, and he is also very sarcastic and made me laugh many times.The secondary characters were very enjoyable as well. Marc, the twins, Cécil’s maids, and even Anaïs were all well-developed and endearing. Romance:The moment I realized what bonding meant, I was worried because the risk of insta-love just seemed significantly higher. But rest assured, there is no insta-love, instead you will find a beautiful slow-burning romance (my favorite kind!) that will melt your heart. I appreciated how realistic the relationship between Cécile and Tristan was, full of trust issues and miscommunication that made complete sense in the context. Seeing their feelings gradually grow was wonderful. Also, the romance didn’t overwhelm the rest of the plot; it isn’t romance novel.A few other things that stood out to me:- The lack of a love triangle (yes guys, it’s possible, hurray!)- One of my most hated fantasy book tropes is the phenomenon of “the chosen one”. Cécile is supposed to be the savior of Trollus, the one who will finally free the trolls after decades of imprisonment. Except, she fails, which is a bad for the trolls and awesome for me. - I liked the French twist. It didn’t really add to the story to be honest, but it was nice to hear some French all the same.Things I wasn’t sold on (aka why I didn’t give this book 5 stars):- The beauty issue: So, I’m feeling very conflicted about this point. On the one hand, making Tristan and the majority of the other trolls beautiful, human-looking creatures with sparkling grey eyes makes sense, because it plays with people’s preconceived notions of trolls and can thus be considered original. How will Cécile know who to trust if they all have such pretty faces, right? BUT, I still didn’t like it very much, because what exactly makes them so different from humans besides magic?- The fact that singing really wasn’t relevant to the story. It’s not like this is a problem per se, but I just felt like it was a missed opportunity. Was I the only one hoping for a really cool magic system that used song and voice in some way? Or that the curse had something to do with her ability to sing? (Granted, maybe singing will be more of plot point in the second book but if this is the case, there really wasn’t much foreshadowing here.)- Towards the end, I thought there were certain inconsistencies in the characters and I didn’t completely agree with the choices they made.- The trolls’ misogynistic world-view didn’t make sense. If a person’s value (or troll’s, I guess) hinges on the amount of magic in their blood and not family or gender, then why are women still seen as inferior?Overall though, I thought this was an excellent book and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a strong YA fantasy novel!

  • Tabitha (Pabkins)
    2018-11-07 02:08

    Stolen Songbird was an absolute delight to read. With an elegant writing style and captivating world as well as storyline, my eyes were locked to the pages until the very last.The Lost City of…Trollus! You know you could even compare this city to Atlantis. I wonder if there was any inspiration there perhaps? A city buried not under the sea but under a mountain of rock. The concept was fantastic. This city governed by trolls has been buried for hundreds of years, locked away from humanity, but humanity can still come within its bounds. The race of trolls possess a type of magic so strong and yet cannot release them from their prison. When reading the descriptions of the city I could feel the weight of the rock pressing down on me and see the beautiful palace yet all things were locked in an eternal night. Sounds like my kind of place considering I rarely like to leave my own cave.They Own YouTrolls are a proud race and if you believe history as well as the current state of things in Trollus, they are also a very cruel one. Now combine that with nobility and that is one hell of a nasty pit of vipers for our heroine Cecile. Lucky for her not everyone is as bad as they seem. Many unspeakable horrors have taken place in all the time they have been trapped under the mountain. With all of that I found it very refreshing that instead one of the main focuses in Stolen Songbird is the issue of slavery and discrimination. Let’s start a revolution, I’m all for freedom fighting.The Two Faces of my LoverAs to be expected with anything involving royalty, there are schemes within schemes within schemes. If you fancy court intrigue and all of the trickery and deceit that goes along with it then this is a smogasboard for you. Cecile and Tristan have some serious trust issues – but how could they not? Considering Cecile was abducted and brought to Trollus against her will – I’m amazed she trusted anyone as much as she did. And Tristan!? He grew up in one twisted family let me assure you I mean that both literally and figuratively. Still these two somehow manage to fall into a painful yet exquisite love. I ached for these two, I really did.Sing Sweet NightingaleThere was a lovely focus in the early portion of Stolen Songbird on Cecile’s singing talent. Hence the title. Cecile’s singing was going to be the the skill that would take her away from her small village and give her a life in the big city. It appears this talent also plays a role in why she was chosen for the prince’s bride, but I’m not quite sure on that point, and of course it also aids in drawing the prince to her. I really did love the musical focus and hope we get to see it more in the forthcoming books. I have an inkling that we will be meeting Cecile’s famous mother.How could you leave me like that!?Oh, Stolen Songbird, oh how I loved you but you torment me just a wee smidge with your ending. Because obviously it wasn’t an ending. This was but the opening and closing of the first part of the trilogy. As we often see in young adult trilogies there is no way you can only read the first book because you are just left with too many questions and such anticipation for what will transpire next. *wails* How in the world will these lovers overcome such insurmountable obstacles? Curse you witches! Where is the next book already!?

  • Jacqueline
    2018-11-22 01:05

    5/5 starsTHIS BOOK WAS AMAZING...sorry for the caps just expresses how much I loved this book!The characters were fantastic, the world was unique, and the troll aspect was done so well!Definitely one of my favorite books that I have read this year!!