A new take on Trolls and yes, they are yummy too.
Series: The Malediction Trilogy
Author: Danielle L. Jenson
Publisher: Strange Chemistry, UK
My ratings: 4 out of 5 stars
Released: 1st of April, 2014
It seems I may be in the minority amongst the sea of reviews which proclaim Stolen Songbird as Epic. This book may not have felt epic to me but it was a good book nevertheless. It starts by the kidnapping of a young woman called Cecile. She is on her way home when she is kidnapped and taken into the mountains and inside a cave to Trollus. the city where Trolls have been imprisoned for centuries. Her purpose? To be wedded off to the Prince of Trollus so that the Trolls can be freed from the curse which imprisons them within the underground city. This is where Cecile meets Tristan, makes friends, allies and some enemies in the process too.
What I admire and appreciate about Stolen Songbird is that is that it stays away from your typical YA clichés like a protagonist who feels different from others, or that she is shy and awkward not is there any love triangle or insta love. It was like breath of fresh air. Cecile was not special or felt that she was 'different'. She was as normal as they come but she had courage and sensibility. No matter which situation she was in, she did not lose her cool but thought everything through. She makes mistakes but learns from them and that is what is nice to know about the protagonist.
The world building was exquisite, with lots of details put in which enabled the reader to conjure the underground world of Trollus. I loved the fact that the author used such an ignored (?) mythological beast and turned them into swoon worthy, beautiful and cunning characters. Yes, we do have the odd gruesome, ugly and terrifying Trolls scattered through-out the story to keep the blood thirsty in me happy. But it was full of well thought out side characters which added depth and complexity into the plot line.
Without going into too much detail and giving most of the story line away, Stolen Songbird is a fantastical read which treads the fine line in the YA genre which delivers. It has everything to make it worthy of all the accolades it's being given. It has romance, character development, well thought out side characters, an interesting plotline and it delves into the different facets of human relationships. There is friendship, romance, love, loyalty and a desperate fight for freedom.
If you want to read something truly different in the YA genre after being jaded by cliché's being thoroughly used and misused, Stolen Songbird is for you.
Released 1st of April in the UK
ARC provided by Strange Chemistry, UK