- Copertina flessibile: 472 pagine
- Editore: Strange Chemistry (aprile 2014)
- Collana: Strange Chemistry
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1908844965
- ISBN-13: 978-1908844965
- Peso di spedizione: 272 g
- Media recensioni: 3.5 su 5 stelle Visualizza tutte le recensioni (2 recensioni clienti)
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 73.000 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
Stolen Songbird (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – apr 2014
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“Amazing world building. Incredible writing. Awesome characters. No dull moments. Fierce and not-whinny-and-annoying heroine. And a swoon worthy Troll prince. Stones and sky! I was completely engulfed in the world of Trollus. It felt like I have been living inside its world throughout the entire time I’m reading this incredible book.”
– The Nocturnal Fey
“Stolen Songbird is a fantastic debut. The book had an amazing cast of developed characters, an intriguing plot, an swoon- worthy romance and an ending that’ll have you itching for the next book. I’d definitely recommend it.”
– YA Midnight Reads
“Stolen Songbird is an absolutely wonderful addition to the fantasy genre. The book is full of magic, adventure, outlandish creatures, and at its heart is one of the most touching love stories I have ever read… This novel takes a very old fairytale cliché, and turns it into a stunningly original and beautiful story… So obviously I really like this book and I am going to go ahead and give it a 9/10. This is the highest rating so far!”
– Avid Reviews
“It’s rather rare for me to sit down just after finishing the book and start the review. But here I am, only few minutes after reading the last word of this book writing this. I cannot tell you how much this book makes me happy.”
– Ja čitam, a ti?
“Every once in a while you run across a new series that sucks you in and you know you will be anxiously following every installment…Stolen Songbird book 1 of The Malediction Trilogy is just such a book.”
– Tome Tender
“The underground kingdom was an astounding setting, it was just… I don’t even have words, it felt real!”
– Paperback Wonderland
“This book is such a beautiful story. A world filled with fantasy, romance and politics. An introduction to a hidden, magical place, full of a race that we thought only existed in fairytales. So well described, you have no problems imagining it. You get to experience Cécile’s emotions as she is torn away from her dream life, forced by a magical bind in marriage to a prince of a cruel race. Grow with Cécile as things begin to change, making new friends, experiencing feelings she didn’t think would be possible and discovering powers that she never realised she had. So what are you waiting for, get this book added to your Goodreads shelf, spread the word to your fellow readers and get ready to purchase this book on the 1st April 2014. This is going to be another amazing series!”
– Opinionated Cupcakes
“I seriously lack the superlatives to express how much I adored this book. An intelligently-written romantic fantasy with an engaging moral conflict at the heart of the story, original and creative worldbuilding, political intrigue, an enigmatic and appealing hero, and, best of all, a quick-witted and strong-willed heroine who grabs your affection and doesn’t let go? You had me at hello. When I was reading it, all I could think of were the fantasies that I grew up reading in the 90s, but with a few exceptions from authors like Sherwood Smith and McKinley and Stevermer and Wrede I can’t think of any books that pull off all those elements so successfully, which made me realise that Stolen Songbird is really the kind of book I wished I had to read when I was growing up. I really think today’s YA audience is incredibly lucky to have such an abundance of diverse fantasy novels from authors like Cashore and Bardugo and Marchetta… and Jensen has definitely earned herself a place alongside those names with this debut. I will be watching her work avidly from now on.”
– Emma’s Miscellaneous Maunderings
“I laughed, I ranted, I cried twice. It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster for me but I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading the next book in the trilogy.”
– Leanne Crabtree
“This book has it all, a unique and well-developed cast of characters, romantic tension, political intrique, and high-stakes fantasy elements. And a centuries old witches curse as well! Gotta love it. And oh I so did.”
– Don’t Shush Me
“Stolen Songbird is blessed with a setting so vivid that the characters have no choice but to flourish and become real in the reader’s mind. I loved the author’s surprising new depiction of trolls!”
– Cowering King
“I would recommend this book in a heartbeat. It’s a wonderful fantasy book filled with tons of magic that will leave you wanting more. I am very much looking forward to the next installment.”
– The Nightly Book Owl
“Stolen Songbird was everything I wanted, but at the same time nothing I expected.”
– The Innocent Smiley
“If you’re looking for a YA fantasy full of magic and mystery and intrigue and romance and wonderful, heartfelt characters that you could easily accept to be trapped under a mountain with, then don’t just read Stolen Songbird – inhale it. Deliciously written in two POVs that are deep and personal and completely intertwined with one another, this book is at once like hot chocolate on a rainy day with a cat on your lap, and a shot of something wicked when you’re feeling wired. There’s nothing I even remotely disliked, and a list as long as most Welsh train station names of things I loved. Stolen Songbird was a dream to read, a dream to adventure through, and a nightmare to leave. I didn’t want to wake up – and neither will you.”
– Jet Black Ink
“Stolen Songbird is a must-read. It doesn’t come out until April 1, but you had better pre-order a copy right now if you find this book even remotely interesting. Just like me you’ll also want the rest of The Malediction Trilogy to come out this instant as well. I can’t wait for book two! I give this book 5/5 stars.”
– The Mad Reviewer
“If you love fantasies, romance, and political intrigue, then you really need to add this book to your wishlist and tell all your friends you want it for your birthday, because Oh my gosh, it is my new favorite book of this year.”
– Book Marks the Spot
“There are too many good things about Stolen Songbird for me to list them all. Suffice it to say that I didn’t want this book to end, I didn’t want to have to leave the cast and Trollus behind. Tristan and Cécile will certainly be a pair that I look forward to returning to, and book two of the Malediction Trilogy is already on my list of anticipated reads for next year whilst Stolen Songbird has already set a very high bar for any book to top it as my favourite book of the year.”
– The Serpent’s Quill
“I love this book. This is something I would read everytime before I sleep. And for my own record, this could be my next inspiration for writing.”
– Shining Jewels
“Overall, this lengthy fantasy novel offers a lot of adventure, romance and political intrigue. It would suit any voracious young reader looking for an entertaining read with thoughtful substance behind it. Highly Recommended.”
– Laura Dunford, Canadian Review of Materials, Feb 14th 2014 issue
“Without any doubt, I can already say that Stolen Songbirdwill end up on my and many other lists of best novels for young adults published in 2014. Stolen Songbird is an example is how it looks when a team of professionals works on a book: great writing, editing & design. What did I like? The list is mile long.”
– YA Books Central
“Stolen Songbird is an enticing beginning to a magical new trilogy. The passion between Cécile and Tristan simmers tantalizingly beneath the surface, anticipating the slightest of sparks that will fully ignite it. Jensen has created a vivid and complex world that readers will be eager to explore further in the next two installments.”
– Teen Reads
“Stolen Songbird is a pretty mesmerising story, complete with beautiful, calculating creatures, an underground cavernous city, and a gutsy human heroine. There is fantasy, witty dialogue, magical oaths and rebellions, love and loyalty, and everything in between.”
– Realm of Fiction
“I thought this book was excellent. Unputdownable, even. And the end leaves us in a perfect position: a nice balance between wrapped up and need-to-know-what-happens-next. It leaves room for a sequel that I not only want to read, but believe has the potential to be a very different kind of story to this first installment. I’m pretty damn excited!”
– Emily May (Goodreads)
“Stolen Songbird was an absolute delight to read. With an elegant writing style and captivating world as well as storyline, my eyes were locked to the pages until the very last.”
– Not Yet Read
“The writing-style was superb. I was transported to the world of Trollus and I walked side-by-side with Cécile. The setting was magical and I was sucked into the story, which has a very interesting and complex plot without being overwhelming.”
– The Daily Prophecy
“Stolen Songbird was my top anticipated young adult novel coming out from Strange Chemistry this year, and I have to say all the lusting and the pining has been worth it. Author Danielle L. Jensen opens up a whole new world for readers who love magic, romance, and enchanted lands.”
– The Bibliosanctum
“This book is so different to the usual YA book that is appearing at the moment, fresh to read, I become captivated by the characters and the world that they inhabit.”
– Homeport Blog
“If you ever watched Labyrinth on a loop, or if you enjoy the strange characters and dangerous politics ofAlice in Wonderland, this recommendation is for you.”
– Handheld Dream
“I devoured this novel. Loved the action/adventure, the political intrigue, the interpersonal dynamics, and I could hardly wait to share it with you.”
– Popcorn Reads
“This book was beautifully intoxicating. From the feeling of being in past generations from their dialect, to characters that enchanted my heart, to the intricate storyline that kept me glued to the pages, it was impossible not to become lost in their twisted world. I was completely blown away by how much I loved this book and how Cecile and Tristan’s happiness, sorrow and horror became mine.”
– Star-Crossed Book Blog
“Without a doubt, Stolen Songbird is one of the better YA fantasy books I’ve read in a while. The novel follows a well known YA storyline but manages to make it its own, to make it appear fresh. It’s a book full of magic, political intrigue, strange creatures and coupled with Jensen’s lovely writing, I believe it will be a real hit for many fantasy lovers.”
– The Book Geek
“The romance is slow burn, the magic is plentiful–and the story is good. Readers will be taken on a fun journey with otherworldly characters, and odd happenings–Fantasy fans will enjoy this romance based YA.”
– This Girl Reads a Lot
“I really enjoyed the story , I look forward to the next book in the series, and I think it’s precisely the sort of story that teen and tween girls will really enjoy, and some of the teen boys might as well, if they’d give it a shot. Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen is an engaging read for teen readers.”
– Looking for a Good Book
“For a debut book this was a really great read. I could not stop reading it. Even when I had other things to do, I just kept telling myself 5 more minutes.”
– New, Borrowed, Used
“An enjoyable fantasy romance that gets deeper and more complex with every chapter.”
– Borrowed Worlds
“Stolen Songbird was the start of an epic series, with a breathtaking setting and refreshing characters.”
– Boricuan Bookworms
"I ended up doing an 8 mile green way walk while listening to this novel and didn’t realize it until I was already two hours in because I was so engrossed in the story."
– A Midsummer Night's Read
"An unconventional story with fantastic characters, gorgeous settings, bountiful twists, and trilling action. A definite recommend for anyone interested in reading a fantastic fantasy-romance."
– Amy Braun Author
“This book is so amazing. I love the cover, love the world-building, the characters, the romance, everything! I eagerly await the next one so I can find out what happens because I am absolutely desperate to know and I think I’m going to be waiting a very long time. If you haven’t already, read it.”
– Chased by My Imagination
“The book is good. Trust me. If you like funny, witty, flawed, and strong willed characters, slow burning romances, and some very weird fantasy, then this is for you.”
– The Book Cover Girls
Danielle Jensen began with writing several romance novels in 2006 before turning to her favorite genre, fantasy. Her debut, Stolen Songbird, is a USA Today Bestseller.
For almost three years, she juggled going to school full-time during the day and working full-time at night, writing during her very limited bits of free time.
In June of 2012, she graduated from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor of Arts English (Honors).
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Trolls are not very featured in fantasy books, and here they are re-invented in a convincing way. They are not ugly or stupid; they are flawed but sympathetic figures. From the gentle and brokenhearted Marc to the amusing twins Vincent and Victoria, I found the trolls to be all quite charming. I also liked Anais, a strong, badass female character.
The setting is equally original. Trollus, the city under the mountain, is fascinating. It has a claustrophobic feeling to it, and yet there are many peculiar and magical things in it. The labyrinth with the terrible slaugs adds an even more menacing touch to the setting.
I liked the main characters, Céline and Tristan, even if they are not perfect and sometimes annoyed me. Céline is pretty great in the first half of the book: she is brave, intelligent and optimistic. She finds herself in a terrifying situation but struggles to make the best of it. After a while, she also wants to learn more about the trolls and their culture, and starts to genuinely care for them. Unfortunately, after she starts to realize her feelings for Tristan, she becomes reckless and even foolish.
I felt the same way about Tristan. He is great in the beginning: he is terribly arrogant and rude, but also irresistibly witty and sarcastic. I liked him as soon as he started talking, because even if he was so unlikeable you could also see his inner goodness. However, he too starts to act foolishly as the book goes on. I also did not like his perpetual mistrust of Céline.Ulteriori informazioni ›
La trama in realtà spiega già un po' tutto quello che il lettore ha bisogno di sapere per decidere se è interessato o meno al romanzo della "Malediction Trilogy" e pertanto raccontare di più vuol dire rischiare di fare spoiler. Comunque, brevemente, Stolen Songbird è la storia di una maledizione...appunto :). Il romanzo è un fantasy ambientato in un mondo dove, accanto agli umani, in tempi passati esistevano e commerciavano i troll. In realtà i troll hanno sempre visto gli umani più come animali da sfruttare per i loro scopi che non come esseri eguali, ciononostante i rapporti tra le due razze si sono protratti per secoli senza eccessivi problemi dati i mutui interessi (forza lavoro per i troll, oro e ricchezze per gli umani). A seguito però della maledizione lanciata da una strega, da cinquecento anni i troll sono imprigionati nella montagna sotto cui sorge la loro città, impossibilitati ad uscire alla luce del sole e, fortunatamente per gli umani, anche a compiere qualsiasi manovra di conquista del regno umano. Cécile, la nostra eroina, è una ragazza di diciassette anni che vive nel paesello rurale a fianco della suddetta montagna. Tutta la sua vita è trascorsa nella consapevolezza che la madre, cantante d'opera, ha lasciato la famiglia per seguire la sua carriera nella città Reale.Ulteriori informazioni ›
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Cécile de Troyes’ life changes forever when she’s kidnapped and taken underground, to the lost city of Trollus, a magical place where trolls and magic are cursed from ever leaving the city.
From the beginning I was completely enamored by the book’s premise. Anything that has magical places and curses is an instant win with me. Danielle L. Jensen described Trollus in such an amazing way. The place, even though it was a prison to Cécile, was absolutely magnificent. The descriptions were so vivid to me; I felt like I could actually see Trollus before my eyes.
Fountains and statues graced every corner. In place of greenery stood gardens of glassworks sculpted into trees, bushes, and flowers. The delicate displays would not have lasted more than a month exposed to the elements above ground. Then again, hailstorms likely did not trouble Trollus.
The romance is built so adorably! Cécile is headstrong and impulsive, and while that sometimes didn’t work out in her favor, it was notable that she was so active in the storyline. Tristan is our love interest, and he’s incredible. I think he’s one of my favorite characters. He’s snarky and funny, but also cunning and noble. Tristan and Cécile’s personalities are pretty different from each other’s, but there is something that unites them: their feelings for each other. They both know that they need to do the best for the other, and with that comes a relationship that’s passionate and loyal, while also filled with strife.
The secondary characters themselves are all so vital to the story. Everyone is fully fleshed out, and you can’t help but love every single one of them. I especially loved Marc, Victor, and Victoria; these characters were so supportive yet really stole the spotlight whenever they appeared.
The villain in the story is seen early on: The King of Trollus himself. There’s an underlying uprising brewing, and the King can’t know about it, resulting in lots of sneaking around. The whole storyline is full of mystery and deceit, our characters having always to be careful of whom to trust.
The way the book progresses was great to me, although I know others may not like the slow burn pace. I loved that the author took her time describing everything, slowly introducing us to both allies and enemies, and letting us piece together the clues. If there was one thing that annoyed me, it was that Cécile didn’t push harder for answers. If she asked something, she was given a vague answer or said “don’t worry about it” and she’d just purse her lips and move on. She had to push harder! She had to get those answers! However we get the answers eventually, so I guess there was no harm done.
Overall, Stolen Songbird was the start of an epic series, with a breathtaking setting and refreshing characters. The ending is a cliffhanger that’ll leave you wide-eyed and ready for the next book, so be sure to have it ready!
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher. This in no way affected my review.
In Stolen Songbird, Cecile gets kidnapped and sold to the trolls that reside beneath the mountain. The trolls believe she will be their salvation, while she believes they will lead her to her death.
This novel contains a beautiful romance, a haunting tale, and relatable and believable heroine. There are many reasons to fall in love with this story especially since it jumps straight into the action of the tale, allowing the reader to understand and sympathize with the characters at its helm. These characters which you will root and pray for to get their happy ending. However, since this is the first installment in a trilogy there are two more books before we can see this come true.
Any reader looking for a unique tale/setting and a beautiful slow burn romance will enjoy this novel and get drawn into this series. I highly recommend adding it to your TBR pile.
Aside from that gorgeous cover, I was drawn to this book from the really interesting synopsis. Trolls? Magic? Witches? Count me in!
We start out in Cécile's place of living, which is a small town where most of the residents cannot read. It is basically a farming town. Cécile is getting ready to go live with her mother who is a famous singer when she is kidnapped by a "friend." He takes her to the underground land of Trollus in exchange for literally her weight in gold.
Trollus is a beautiful place. There are glass gardens, carved masonry, light orbs that followed the troll they belonged to, etc. But to Cécile, Trollus is a prison. The purpose of her kidnapping is to bond her to a troll Prince in hopes that their union will break the curse that has kept them underground for so many years. This is from a prophecy that was foretold. When it fails to work, Cécile is trapped. They will not allow her to leave in case the prophecy does work. Her new husband, the troll Prince Tristan, hates their union as much as she does. In fact, he argued against her kidnapping. But his father, the ridiculously cruel and evil King would hear none of it. So, Cécile and Tristan must live with their marriage. Cécile must play her part so that she can make her escape.
All of the characters in this book were well developed. Cécile is not a "Mary Sue" who is overly special or attractive. Nor is she a damsel in distress. She is not the type of girl to sit around and wallow in self pity because of imprisonment. No, she manages to take control of her captivity by forming bonds and making plans to escape. She does do some really stupid things that almost get a few people killed but she makes up for it by the end of the book. Tristan is not your average good looking Prince either. He is extremely complex. I didn't like him at the beginning of the book because he was rude and uncaring towards Cécile. Soon we learn that his attitude is all an act because he is the leader of a rebellion in which he seeks to take his father off of the throne and to help the half-breed trolls rise up. He must hide his true feelings towards Cécile so his father will suspect nothing. Marc was another favorite of mine. He was so kind to Cécile at the beginning, while other trolls hated her simply because she is a human. There were plenty of other secondary characters that really made the book and the plot move.
The romance was so well done! Usually with books like these there is the ever annoying insta-love factor. There was none of that in Stolen Songbird. In fact, Tristan and Cécile hated each other from the very beginning. Slowly that hatred developed into an alliance, then a friendship, and finally they were able to admit their feelings for each other. Their whole relationship is based on mistrust, because trolls cannot lie but humans can. For this reason Tristan was wary to ever believe anything that Cécile says. Eventually they start to trust each other, but by that time the story explodes and Cécile is faced with a terrible and heartbreaking reality.
The ending was magnificent and heartbreaking at the same time. It did setup the sequel perfectly, and I look forward to reading about how Cécile will overcome the hurdles that stand in the way of her happily ever after with her troll Prince.
Stolen Songbird was perfection. It was everything I wanted in a Young Adult/Fantasy book. I was transported to a magical land and by the time the book ended, I didn't want to leave, just like Cécile.
The sequel, Hidden Huntress, is set to hit shelves on June 2nd, 2015.
Stolen Songbird runs through an emotional gambit and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. Cécile and Tristan have to learn that each other are not really foes and are in it together, this is never easy for two people forced together; but when they do come together they both show strength of character that makes them formable allies.
I found the world building to be quite vivid without bogging you down and our main characters likable. The one downside is that you’ll want to read this book in one setting and forgo sleep… I have recommended this book to my teen to read.