June 12, 2015


Stolen Songbird (Stolen Songbird #1)
by Danielle L Jensen
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.
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Ok gotta set the mood here. Turn off the lights, light some candles, put on some music..... oooh Tristan. OH sorry *clears throat* let me start again.

This book was amazing, it quickly made it way not only to my number one book of 2015 (I know it's only June, but I highly doubt there will be anything to top this) but my number one book of all time. I actually bought this book quite a while ago after being told about it, then I picked it up read chapter one and then put it down again. Now I am kicking myself for that because I could have lived in this world, know these characters a lot sooner than I did. 

I don't even know where to start with this review, I know that there is no way I will be able to give this book the 5 star review that it deserves but I'm going to try.

Danielle Jensen did an amazing job developing this unique magical world with some of the most unique and amazing characters that I have ever read about. Not only were we trapped in a city under a mountain but aside from the couple humans, we are dealing with trolls. When I read the summary for this book my first thought was of the Labyrinth, which is one of my all-time favourite movies. So here I was thinking that I was going to encounter ugly trolls, running around on shaggy sheepdogs trying to help a human girl. In Stolen Songbird we have our mix of disfigured trolls, and some of the most beautiful trolls that you didn't know existed. 

Following our main character Cecil, who is kidnapped and sold to the troll king to be married off to the prince of Trollus in order to break a spell that was placed on the town 500 years ago by a witch. This is where we meet Tristan. Oh my god, Tristan, I want a Tristan. Tristan was a great character, very complex and hard to read, very loyal, and he has some of the greatest sarcasm I have ever heard from a character. Now if we could get Tristan, Raffe and Penryn from Angelfall in the same room I think I would die laughing just listening to them banter with each other. One can wish, right? 

Being married to a troll would be absolutely terrifying especially if not only a day before you didn't even know they existed. But Cecil and Tristan aren't just married, they are bonded. Danielle Jensen created this amazing way that people get married in the town of Trollus, by the light of the moon, and with liquid as sweet as honey, you are bonded with your mate. From that day forward you can feel everything that your partner feels and vice versa. How amazing would that be to know how your partner feels.

When the bonding fails, and the spell isn't broken, it is chaos. Everyone thinks that the kingdom has failed, and they hate Cecil (because who likes humans anyway, right?) but, the entire town is asked to wait and see if maybe it just needs to take time. In that time, we learn about the resistance and just how much the half-bloods are depending on Cecil to be their saviour. Not only is Cecil feeling the weight of many half-bloods depending on her but she is mixed up with her growing feelings for a Troll.

I absolutely loved everything about this book from the descriptive world, to the amazing character development and surprising the romance/relationships that develop in this book. I usually don't like relationships and find that they get in the way of the story but this one was amazing, and every time they were just about to kiss my heart would flutter for them. 

I quickly ordered the second in the series and can not wait to sit down and read it (probably in one sitting) 

05/30 page 17 3.0%
05/31 page 50 10.0% "Eep."
05/31 page 56 11.0% "I'd like my weight in gold!"
05/31 page 100 21.0% "Omg haha. So funny!!"
05/31 page 150 31.0% "Ok I need to order the second book"
06/01 page 245 52.0%
06/02 page 280 59.0% "Ok so what happened with the release of Hidden Huntress?" 
06/02 page 310 66.0% "Angoulême = Hitler :/"
06/02 page 320 68.0% "Noo"
06/03 page 370 78.0% "I don't want this to end" 
06/04 page 440 93.0% "Heartbreaking"
06/04 marked as: read

Danielle was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. At the insistence of the left side of her brain, she graduated in 2003 from the University of Calgary with a bachelor’s degree in finance. But the right side of her brain has ever been mutinous; and in 2010, it sent her back to school to complete an entirely impractical English literature degree at Mount Royal University and to pursue publication. Much to her satisfaction, the right side shows no sign of relinquishing its domination.

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1 comment

  1. Hmm... Sounds like a very interesting book, I think I will add it to my to-read list. By the way, I recently found your blog and really like it, therefore I am nominating you for the Blogger Recognition Award! Here's the link to the post on my blog: http://mycrazyreadingobsession.blogspot.sg/2015/06/blogger-recognition-award.html
    You deserve it!