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REVIEW : Stolen Songbird by Danielle L Jensen

Afficher l'image d'origineStolen Songbird - Danielle L Jensen

Publisher : Strange Chemistry (April 1st 2014)

Genres : YA, Fantasy

Pages : 469

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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.

This book started off pretty well... And crashed itself to the ground.

The main character, Céline, gets kidnapped and sold to trolls. According to a prophecy, bonding her to the prince should break the curse... But things don't work out as it should.

Céline is a strong and badass heroine. Don't get me wrong, she's no Celeana Sardothien. She can't fight but her intelligence makes up for it. She is very clever. She gets mixed, despite herself, into the trolls' politics and the least I can say is, the girl can think. She has a good instinct and knows how and when to make the right moves. Also, she can pick locks, how badass is that ? It's refreshing to read about a different kind of heroine.

She's bonded against her will to a troll prince (not a spoiler it's in the description !). The only problem is... Even though he's handsome and perfect and oh my god his eyes are so silver... He's a troll. I mean seriously, I don't even understand how a girl can fall in love with a vampire but a troll ?!

When I think of a troll, this is what I have in mind :

Sexy, hein ? The guy could look like Kit Harrington, I'd still think of that. Sorry for all of the trolls reading this. I know what you're going to say "At least it's original !" and my friend you are absolutely right. The only problem is, the author didn't make me forget this image. She didn't immerse me in the romance. I didn't feel invested in the story and I didn't particularly care for the characters.

Another issue I had was the so called "romance" in this story. And no it's about him being a troll this time. The thing is, they barely speak. They spend like two minutes in the same room everyday and Céline fell in love with him... Overnight. I actually checked to see if I had missed some pages. Tristan too is, out of the blue, crazy about her. And by crazy I mean insane at some point. There was a completely useless scene where he becomes super jealous and overreacts and for what ? The girl is trapped, she can't go anywhere ! But yes, he cares for his people and at the same time he's between two stools but he's just not charismatic nor interesting. His perspective was supposed to enhance the mystery but it was useless. By reading a prince's point of view, I at least want some political thing going on. Plans, traps, betrayals or... whatever. 

Then, there is this bond thing. Basically, it's a very powerful thing that makes you feel what the other feels. This bond feels more like a curse to me. You can have it once in a lifetime and if the other dies... Death or eternal sorrow. I wished it was more explored. It didn't feel useful since you can't put the emotions into context, you just feel them and speculate about what might have happened.

I know I say that a lot but this book had a lot of potential. It could have been so great if the romance was more balanced with the mysterious and political stuff going on. I wanted to feel a roller-coaster of emotions (the bond is about that, right ?) but instead, I felt boredom and I wanted to get it over with as quickly as possible.

      

 

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