SPOILERS ARE INEVITABLE
Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
Publisher: Strange Chemist
Publishing date: April 1, 2014
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 realizes 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…
We have been wrong about trolls —VERY WRONG about them.
Not this troll.
Nope, that’s a boxtrolls.
Wait are these even trolls? Stone trolls?
Clearly there is not enough representation of trolls to accurately describe the trolls from Daniel Jensen’s prospective. To sum it up (hopefully, it’s accurate), trolls from Stolen Songbird are descendants of the feys that now live under the mountain because of a curse. Some of them bore deformities which make then undesirable to humans, however those who escape such circumstance bore the great resemblance of fey – in short they are effing good-looking.
WHY I WANNA SHOVE THIS TO YOUR THROAT:
1.) World-building and plot
As some of you know, I am a sucker for really great world-building. Sucker- would be an understatement since I LIVE and BREATHE for awesome great-building and this book has it!
The world was a combination of history, lies darkness and all-in-all beautiful. (I am trying not to turn my capslocks on)
This is one of those books which you read and be effing surprised on how you ended up loving it. The premise clearly didn’t do the whole plot justice and so does the cover, but you need to ignore those because once you have entered Trollus.
The political game in this book is effing complex and is just a webful of political plays from different sectors and people in the city and sometime you don’t know who the real villian in the story is.(that’s what keeping me on my toes) It was either the gluttonous king, or if it was the Duchy or was everything a lie.
Every single chapter had you at the edge of wherever you are sitting.
I tweeted (a lot) about this. I have raved about it in my Goodreads. I bombarded my group chat with book friends with the constant “I LOVE IT” gifs to the point where they actually considered in temporarily kicking me out from the chat, and here I’ll still be gashing about it.
The writing ( I will repeat myself again) is just pure gold. There is really something about the writing that will make you finish the book unconsciously in one night without every putting it down.
3.) IT DEFIES TROPES
Are you now sick of reading book with love triangles? How about the ones with the most abuse trope of all – “The Chosen One” or “The Special One” or whatever they are called this days? Or totally over with read books with a Mary Sue-mentality? BECAUSE THIS BOOK HAS NONE OF THOSE.
This is what made this book so special, because it doesn’t surf with the usual tropes Young Adult books are drowning. You got your ass-kicking bad-ass and arrow shooting heroines and you have your damsel-in-distress heroines that needs a man and you have those heroines like Cecile. The ones where you know are independent and head-strong and yet they don’t weild any metal to defend themselves and they surely knows how to play a political game.
Then you have Tristan, who by the way was from from a Prince Charming that’ll will sweep you off your feet and drop your panties when you first met him and he was kind of a douche back then but he DO HAVE A LEGIT reason to. He was not your brooding-for no-reason bad-boy prince.
It was clear that every word, every emotion and every character did play a very important role as the story progress to being more complex and dark.
You really need to read this. ASAP. (This is not a request)