Thursday, March 13, 2014

Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy #1) by Danielle L. Jensen - Ashley's Pre-Reading

*I received this book as an ARC from Strange Chemistry in exchange for an honest review*

Also, be sure to check out the author interview we did with Danielle as part of the Stolen Songbird blog tour!

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Title: Stolen Songbird (Malediction Trilogy #1)
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Publication Date: April 1, 2014

For those who have loved Seraphina and Graceling comes another truly fabulous fantasy...

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.

Why?:YA fantasy books are some of my favorite, and I'm so excited about this one because it has music and trolls! It makes me think of A Troll in Central Park (which totally freaked me out as a kid but that I love now), which is most excellent. I'm really excited about this book, and I can't wait to find out more about
Cécile and Trollus and the trolls.

Expectations: My expectations for this book are pretty high now that I've equated it to the YA fantasy version of A Troll in Central Park (even if it's nothing at all like the movie). I'm looking forward to a lot of world building, a musical aspect, troll magic, adventure, excitement, and danger.

Judging a book by its cover: I mean, let's be real. This cover is GORGEOUS. The colors are perfect, the dress is stunning, and there's even an air of mystery about everything. There's nothing I don't like about it, and I would definitely snatch it off the shelf. 


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