Stolen SongBird (The Malediction Trilogy #1)
For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.
Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.
But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.
As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.
This is definitely one of the books that I’ve crave for, but I’m not pretty sure if I listed this on my Waiting on Wednesday. I’m really glad I have it now and certainly looking forward to an awesome review. A lot of my friends are so excited to hear from me too so I’m truly trying to squeeze some time within my busy schedule to read as quickly as I can. I bet this reading experience would be a lot of fun.
Here are some of the wonderful reviews I read:
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.
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!
Consider me more than satisfied. Stolen Songbird has many wonderful qualities, and for a first novel, it’s an encouraging start. Danielle L. Jensen clearly has both imagination and talent, and (after that very, very mean ending) I look forward to getting my hands on the sequel.
So let’s hear it from the haters. Ha! Ha! Just kidding. 😀
Stolen Songbird has poor world building, plot development, and character development. This comes down to an execution of details. Many important pieces of information are either omitted or introduced late. As a result, it takes time to the pieces together into a cohesive story. Furthermore, the story dives into the action close to the beginning without taking the time to set up the world or the main characters, so it takes a while before adequate information is introduced for us to understand what is going on.
The novel was a terrible bore. I admit I was initially drawn to the premise, hoping to see a new approach toward trolls and interesting concepts to do with the symbolism of the underground, the mythic tradition of trolls, and the triumph of a heroine who survives against all odds. Yeah…I couldn’t be more wrong.
This one just isn’t for me. I don’t read young adult books that much but sometimes a blurb and a high rating will get me to give a book a chance. I loved the blurb about a girl being kidnapped by trolls and then falling for one. Trolls!! Ugly creatures. I thought this would be a book about seeing beyond the face and seeing the person behind and falling in love. But nope. Now if Cecile had fallen in love with Mark then I probably would have liked this book much more. Alas, the author went in a direction I did not like.
To be honest, I’m liking it so far so let’s see what happens. I usually consider the negative reviews too and really watching out for things that made the readers felt that way towards a book so as to have an honest review. Book review to follow, but for now..
Happy reading to me! 😀