Review: Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Stolen Songbird - Danielle JensenPublisher: Strange Chemistry (April 1st 2014)
Paperback: 436 pages
Series: The Malediction Trilogy #1
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Rating: 3.5/4 of 5 Stars

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.

Review:

So Stolen Songbird ended up being a pretty interesting fantasy and political intrigue kind of read, topped off with a romance that while was expected, wasn’t insta-love (and to that I say muchly appreciated).

So there’s a girl, Cécile, who has a voice of an angel, and she’s going to to the city to wow the world on every famous stage.

Frozen - Anna - nothing in my way

Except than she gets kidnapped and taken to the cursed trolls of the city Trollus beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain.

Frozen - Trolls

Kinda of like those, except the trolls of Trollus are meaner, less rock looking & more disfigured…except for the charming Prince Tristan of course, who’s handsome as hell.) And she’s expected to be “bonded” with Tristan in order to  fulfill a prophecy  and break the curse that allows the trolls to leave the mountain.

So of course there’s is a little bit of this:

Frozen - Anna & Kristoff - troll wedding Frozen - Anna & Kristoff - wedding

Except, not as cute because Cécile is not a happy camper. She doesn’t want to be Troll Princess and she doesn’t like Tristan. To make matters worse, Tristan doesn’t seem to care too much for her either AND their “bond” didn’t even break the curse. Yeah… so everyone’s still trapped. To top it all off, Tristan is hiding a pretty big secret.

The plot revolves around a secret revolution against the royal family by the half-blooded trolls (half human, half troll who are considered inferior because of their human blood and their weaker (or non-existent) magic. It’s this cause that we really get to see what type of persons Cécile and Tristan are.

Cécile is pretty awesome. She’s got spunk and she’s a little awkward, and nothing really goes smoothly for her, ever. But she’ll be damn if she doesn’t at least try.

The Duchesse was wrong about my having only two options. I wouldn’t lie down and die, but neither would I give up on obtaining my liberty. I would live each day and fight for what mattered most: my freedom.

Tristan, on the other hand, is not what he seems. He may act the uncaring, carefree prince, but he’s hiding a lot and he plays a bigger role in the revolution that any one would ever suspect. Oh you will fall in love with him by the end of the book.

The romance between Cécile & Tristan is the “bicker your way to love” kinda love. There’s a nice build up and throw in the fact that Tristan is purposely hateful to Cécile, but only to protect her, sets off all kinds of feels for Cécile. That being said, when they do actually have their moments, it’s so cute and heart-wrenching and totally worth the wait to see their love actually mean something.

The side characters in the book are amazing. Just amazing and they break my heart a bit. Especially Marc, who is so fantastic that I sorta wished he was the hero (though Tristan ended up being pretty awesome). I actually loved that Marc wasn’t the perfectly handsome troll.

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.

Overall, Stolen Songbird was a wonderful read. I felt the book was just a bit long, but for the most part, the pacing was good, with lots of interesting moments and big action.  I loved the political intrigued and the action around the revolution. The romance was satisfying and thee fantasy and world building was well done. I’m excited for more. Fair warning, though the ending isn’t a cliff hanger of all mother cliff hangers, it’s still definitely that kind that makes you want the next book now. Darn books in series.

Just an after though: I just wonder why the book is called Stolen Songbird (which I assume is suppose to the kidnapped Cécile with the beautiful singing voice), when her singing ability doesn’t really come into play at all for the book, despite mentioned on several occasion that she has an amazing voice. Maybe later on?

{Thanks to Strange Chemistry for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Author: Cyn

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  1. You had me at troll prince, lol. Adding this to my tbr list!

    1. Yay! Tristan (and Marc) are both very swoon worthy trolls 😉 Hope you enjoy it!!

  2. I do need to read this. Love the Frozen gifs. Lovely review Cyn and have a fantastic weekend!

    1. It’s a pretty fun read, hope you get to read it soon! Thanks (:

  3. I really appreciated how normal Cécile was. It made her even more awesome when she showed spunk and bravery + it was easy to connect with her 🙂 Tristan and her bantering was the best, haha. I’m SO happy that the author stayed away from the insta-love.

    1. I totally agree! I love their banter, they’re so hilarious but also so adorably sweet! Yay to no insta-love!

  4. I adored this book so much. I think that you are right about her voice/singing and being kidnapped is part of the reason for the title Stolen Songbird, but real songbirds (according to Wiki) sing/communicate is to signal sexual intentions 😉 Not sure if Danielle intended that lol 🙂

    1. Glad you enjoyed it so much, too! Haha, I think I knew that about songbird, though she did end up with a husband, sort of because of her voice (and how she looked)…so it sort ended up that way 😉

  5. Great review ladies, I’ve read so much about this book and the concept of trolls and a songtress is just mind-blowing (boggling!) The romance sounds interesting. I think I’ll definitely have to read this!

    1. The romance is definitely worth checking out! The trolls are a nice change to vampires and werewolves and the such hahaa. Hope you enjoy it when you do get a chance to read it!

  6. Yay for another great review of this one! I’m so excited to read it I could burst! (I have ONE book between me and it. ONE BOOK.) I seriously love that you used the Frozen gifs, especially because those trolls are exactly what I think of whenever I hear the word “troll” now. With your description of the romance, I am just flailing here. Great review Cyn! 🙂

    1. Yay! I hope you enjoy it!! Haha, that’s how I envisioned the trolls at first, too. The romance was pretty awesome 😉 Can’t wait to see your thoughts on it!

  7. I wasn’t interested in this book at first, but my mind has changed recently. I’m glad you liked it!

    1. It ended up being much better than I thought 😉 I’m glad it’s become more interesting for you, hopefully you’ll enjoy heaps!

  8. First off, I gotta say that I love this cover! And I love your review! I love the little pics you posted to go with it. It was a cool addition. I will have to check this book out sometime! Thanks for your review!

  9. when I first red the blurb for Stolen songbird the trolls from frozen popped into my mind.
    It such a great book, i’m glad you loved it 🙂

  10. Wonderful review! I like your thoughts at the end. Her singing voice may save her or someone else later on.

  11. Well it does sound like it’s a promising start. I haven’t read many reviews for this one, so I’m still reserving judgement. I’m rather eager to read it!

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