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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.

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Stolen Songbird an 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 edition 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...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

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

“One of the many amazing things about this book is the world-building, which is only enhanced by the beautiful writing style…Stolen Songbird is a must-read.”
- The Mad Reviewer

“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

“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

“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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781908844972
  • Publisher: Watkins Media
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: Malediction Trilogy
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 14,969
  • Age range: 14 years
  • File size: 974 KB

Meet the Author

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.

Danielle can be found on her website danielleljensen.com as well as on Twitter @dljensen_
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 8, 2014

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    ¿Stolen Songbird¿ truly sucked me in. There hasn¿t been a fantas

    “Stolen Songbird” truly sucked me in. There hasn’t been a fantasy novel that grabbed my attention like that in a while. I started reading the book on the way to/from a tennis tournament, and I was more concerned with the events in the book than whom I’d be playing in the tournament. If you’re a frequent reader of my blog, you know that tennis is a really big deal to me.

    The story has an old school fairy tale feel (we’ve all heard of the trolls beneath the bridges), but at the same time, it’s unlike any book I’ve read before.

    Vampires, werewolves, angels, demons, nephilim; I thought I’d seen it all until Jensen broke out the trolls. I admit that I originally blanched at the thought of falling in love with one of those creatures beneath the bridge, but that was before I meant Jensen’s version. As far as physical appearance goes, despite the abnormalities of some of the troll population (one character has a face that looks like two halves of completely different faces and the queen and her sister share one body), they are very human-like in appearance. What makes them really different is the wonderful magic that they possess and the equally magical underground city they live in.

    The characters, both troll and human, are diverse, complex, and full of secrets. I felt so bad for Marc. And I loved the twins; they remind me of my younger cousins, who are crazy, energetic and constantly trying to one-up each other, just like Victor and Victoria.

    I especially took a liking to the main characters: Cécile and Tristan. Cécile is the ideal heroine: strong-willed, brave, loyal and compassionate. She grows so much throughout the book; it’s an amazing thing, and she’s such an easy character to connect with. Tristan is the complete opposite of Cécile. While she wears her heart on her sleeve, he’s a locked vault. He’s always in control of his emotions, and those little breaks in his façade show that he’s not the cold prince he pretends to be. Of course, it always seems to be Cécile that forces him to show his true personality, even if it’s only a bit at a time.

    The development of Cécile and Tristan’s relationship is definitely not insta-love.


    You are the last person in the world I’d choose to marry,” I hissed.
    “I don’t entirely relish the idea myself,” Tristan said, “but sometimes we must do the unthinkable. Because you have no choice, just as I have no choice."


    That is not sexual tension. At that point in the novel, they genuinely couldn’t stand each other. That doesn’t last long; they learn more about each other bit by bit, and before we know it, they both find themselves in a case of serious denial. For much of the book, they continue to tread carefully around each other, but the chemistry is definitely there. And then the tension we all love comes in truckloads. 

    But we get the exact opposite of a happily ever after. Jensen ended “Stolen Songbird” at one heck of a cliffhanger. I kept on tapping my tablet, hoping there was more, and staring in horror as I realized that I'd have to wait at least a year to find out what happens next.


    Bottom Line
    It’s been a while since I’ve given a rating that’s more than three stars.

    “Stolen Songbird” is incredibly unique and Jensen’s imagery is so vivid. It’s hard not to be sucked in by the magic, the setting, the conflict, everything.

    I couldn’t ask for a more colorful cast of characters, and the main characters were wonderfully complex.

    The romance was a slow build up of tension, and the wait was painful and blissful all at once.

    And that cliffhanger…
    When is the sequel coming out?!?! I need it now!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2014

    Although fantasy is one of my favorite genres, I initially expec

    Although fantasy is one of my favorite genres, I initially expected this book to be a bit boring. A beautiful girl abducted by a troll prince for some greater purpose sounded so much like the clichéd Beauty and the Beast scenario. Only, said troll prince turns out not to be the legendary, ugly creature that resides under a bridge or in a cave and turns to stone in sunlight, but rather a handsome, charming, magic-using very human looking individual.

    All Cécile de Troyes ever wanted was to leave behind the little town she grew up in, and become an opera singer in the city. Mere days before she could realize this dream, she is kidnapped to the underground city of Trollus to become the wife of prince Tristan de Montigny. Soon she is involved in much more than an unwilling marriage. Intrigue, oppression of an inferiority group, the political dynamics of Trollus and, perhaps a certain prince, become the reason why Cécile is no longer fighting for her freedom.

    Stolen Songbird is a comfortably paced, highly imaginative and deeply touching story. Both main characters, Cécile and Tristan, are likable, yet realistic characters. Cécile's passion for a cause and loyalty to friends are often at odds with her feisty, rebellious nature. Tristan, moody and enigmatic at first, has several surprises for the reader. 

    Other well crafted characters like the humorous twins, Vincent and Victoria, as well as Tristan's cousin, Mark, bring life and levity to the story. Anaïs kind of grew on me as the tale progressed.

    As for the bad guys, mainly represented by the Angouléme family, they are an insidious lot of aristocrats who will stop at nothing to depose the Montigny family. 

    Although Stolen Songbird is mainly the romantic tale of Cécile and Tristan, it is also a story of difficult choices and ultimate sacrifice. As the end of this book is somewhat inconclusive, I sincerely hope we will soon see another book in this series. (Ellen Fritz)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2014

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    Well all I can say is wow!!! This book was AMAZING. When I read

    Well all I can say is wow!!! This book was AMAZING. When I read the blurb and saw trolls, my first thought was giant, ugly, warty things, but I wasn't even close. Granted some of them are misshapen but most look the same as humans albeit a gorgeous one! 

    When Cecile is kidnapped and brought to Trollus her first thought is escape but she has to bide her time because the trolls are extremely strong, smart and fast. She is forced to meet the king and when he tells her why she is here it just makes her more determined to leave. How do they expect her to marry one of them?? When she meets Tristan, the prince and the one she is meant to marry, he treats her like dirt. She hates him and cant believe what is happening. Is he really as bad as she thinks or is he worse? Why was she brought here? Can she escape?

    I loved Cecile. Her character is so strong, sure, kind and courageous but yet she isn't kick ass, which I liked. She does everything in her power to plan an escape but finds herself falling for this weird and cruel world she has descended into. Not all trolls seem to be as horrible as the King. She finds friends and even a love interest!! 

    Tristan mean while starts off as a snarky mean troll but is he really like that? He is a complex character that just got stronger the more you read. He stole my heart during the book. His father is a tyrant and Tristan has to portray an arrogant, human hating appearance or his father will find out. When Cecile first meets him she hates him but as the story progresses we see them becoming friends. 

    Every character brought something special to the book. Beside the main characters there was the twins Victor and Victoria, they were like a breath of fresh air!! Marc was a very dark and brooding character but when we find out his story my heart broke for him. The King was a dark and deadly person. He rules Trollus with an iron fist and hates anything human. The Queen and her sister were just odd There wasn't one single character I didn't like. 

    Stolen Songbird blew me away with the twists and turns, the political intrigue and the touching love story. It was everything you want in a book and more. The ending!!! I was like NOOOOO! Omg, it cant end there!! What, why, how!!. Its a book that when you are reading it it is impossible to put down. Its hard to believe that this is a debut author. Her writing style was outstanding, from her world building to the characters, everything was flawless. She drew me in and wound the story around me. The romance was touching and had me crying so many times. 

    With its magical setting, awesome characters, unique story line and captivating story, you will fall in love with Stolen Songbird. Did I say I LOVED this book!! Then what are you waiting for!! Go buy it now, you wont regret it!! A book Id highly recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2014

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    It's possible I requested this book from Netgalley because I had

    It's possible I requested this book from Netgalley because I had just finished writing a troll romance of my own, so obviously I HAD to read this one. And I am so glad I did. I admit, earlier on in the book I had considered giving it four stars for the simple fact that the main male troll, Tristan, was gorgeous. I can handle smart trolls, but I was highly disappointed by the fact that Tristan didn't have any physical flaws at all. I'm still disappointed by that. He didn't have to be hideous, but I would have loved to have seen some deformity. By the end of the book, however, the book was just too good to subtract a star for this.


    Let's talk about some of the minor characters first. Like Cecile's mother. She was a horrible person. I'm pleased that she wasn't a big part of this book, and I do hope that if she's in one of the others that she grows somehow because of her daughter's disappearance and becomes a better person. Or if not, I hope Cecile dismisses her mother from her life.


    Luc. Let's just say that I am thrilled that Luc got what was coming to him. Yes I am. I mean, he was a piece of work. He's a terrible person who absolutely got what he deserved.


    I'd love to learn more about Cecile's grandmother.


    Victor and Victoria were a delight. With all of the dark happenings surrounding Cecile, Victor and Victoria are wonderful to be around, and I'm glad Cecile found good friends in them. Everyone should have friends like Victor and Victoria.


    Marc was another wonderful friend for Cecile. I adored him. I love that he and Tristan were furious at Luc's treatment of Cecile.


    Elise and Zoe were fantastic as well.


    Okay. Let's face it. I loved all the characters in that I thought they were all well written. Even Luc, who was just a horrible person, was a well written character. Even Cecile's mother was there for a purpose.


    Oh Tristan. I loved Tristan from the beginning. Right off the bat I knew he was going to be one of those boys that I adore. And he was. He seems to be an a-hole at the beginning, and by the end of the book he still can be, but we find out that there's more to him than meets the eye. Of course there is. It's what makes him such a wonderful character. Layers.


    Cecile is a wonderfully written female lead. She's kidnapped by that wretched Luc and taken to Trollus. This obviously doesn't go over well with her. It sucks, but she eventually makes the best out of a bad situation, finding herself thrown into the middle of the coming revolution. Because as it turns out, not all trolls are evil. It seems that most trolls hate humans, including Tristan, but we learn that not all trolls do. Especially the trolls that are only part troll.


    Trollus was a dark setting, literally. It was underground. The trolls are trapped there. I'm not a person who loves the sun, but I can't imagine having to live like this.


    This books is full of magic, politics, romance, revolution, survival, and so on and so forth. I had to put it down for bed and it nearly killed me to do so. You start reading and you just can't seem to put it down. You get swept away in it.


    And then you get to the ending and get really angry because that was just EVIL. But it's also brilliant.


    Seriously though, such a wonderful book, despite the fact that Tristan is a gorgeous troll.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    Best book ever

    Best book i have read in forever! My new fav! This is a must read! Can't wait for the next! Please hurry!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2014

    So great

    Loved it. The beginning could have been more clear and better introduced, and more details overall, but it is well writen, a fresh story, and I adored it. For how much I liked the story and I was pleasantly surprised by how great it is I gave 5 stars. I am anxious for the next novel in the seriers. This story reminds me of Graceling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2014

    It's been almost a lifetime, well it feels that way, since I've

    It's been almost a lifetime, well it feels that way, since I've read this book, and it is still given the title of "My Favorite Book Ever". I love this book, and I have no doubt that I always will.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2014

    Anonymous

    This was a good book. I had a hard time putting it down. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

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  • Posted November 17, 2014

    ¿Stolen Songbird¿ is written by Danielle L. Jensen and is a youn

    “Stolen Songbird” is written by Danielle L. Jensen and is a young adult fantasy novel.  It is the also the first book in the Malediction Trilogy.  “Stolen Songbird” is Jensen’s first novel and follows the unlikely romance between a captive human and a troll prince.  

    Cécile de Troyes is a seventeen year old living in the small village of Goshawk’s Hollow.  She is getting ready to leave the village soon to begin training with her mother who is a world renowned vocalist.  Cécile, although having a strained relationship with her mother, is excited to start.  Before she can leave the village, however, she is kidnapped by an acquaintance and dragged to the buried city of Trollus.  Trollus was a tale told by parents to frighten children into obeying, yet Cécile learns the stories are true and more terrifying than she could have imagined…because she is the key to the curse that has kept the trolls underground for nearly five centuries.

    Cécile learns she has been kidnapped on the behalf of the aristocracy of Trollus.  King Thibault has ordered that a girl based on requirements from the prophecy that remarkably fit Cécile, be brought to Trollus and be wed to his son, the prince and future king, Tristan.  Cécile faces a hard road of marriage to a young troll who keeps her at arm’s length, a growing uprising that see Cécile as their savior, and a magic she had never known existed.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.  It had everything that I want in a book including romance, danger, mystery, political intrigue, and magic.  There is something in this book for nearly everyone.  The point of view changes between Cécile and Tristan, and not normally a fan of this in most books, I actually enjoyed it as it allowed the reader to get into the head of both characters and understand why they were doing the things they did.

    I, as a reader, fully connected with Cécile’s character.  We experienced everything together, learning about Trollus, the prophecy, being married to Tristan, facing an uprising of half-trolls, and learning something new and potentially dangerous about herself.  Through Cécile we came to understand the history behind Trollus and the barbaric nature of the trolls.  However, Tristan’s point of view gave us a different side of the monsters they were all portrayed to be.  Tristan is a troll who deeply cares for his people and genuinely wants their best interest.  He cares for the humans and half-trolls despite being raised to think of them as scum.  And even while trying to keep distance between himself and Cécile, he finds himself falling in love with her.

    At the end, this is a beautiful love story between two people who would go to the ends of the earth for each other (maybe quite literally).  They face grave situations together and yet they continue to put their love first, doing what needs to be done to keep the other safe.  This was an excellent first novel and I can’t wait for the second book “Hidden Huntress” coming out in Spring of 2015.  I would very much recommend this to readers of various genres, but most notably to those who enjoy YA and fantasy.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2014

    Love

    Found this on a random list, it was a GREAT read. Finished in 5 hrs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2014

    luv this bk

    Eres the next bk? Its a trilogy right?

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

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    Liked it very much so

    Well I certainly liked it enough to put it on my favorites shelf. Which is rare.
    Bottom line is, if you're thinking about reading it, read it. If you're debating if it'll be worth it or not and are reading the reviews to help, look no further, and get the book. Seriously. Unless you want to wait for the next one, so you can read them one after the other. (Because there better be a sequel.) Just but the book. It's worth the money and time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    Lots of action. Liked the characters

    I would say more of a strong 3 and 1/2

    I almost finished this book in one sitting, and it was only my need for sleep that prevented it. But one the second night I stayed up till 3am and finished it. This is a good testament to the action in the book. There were hardly any slow points, and the parts that were slow or build up to other scene went quickly because they provided good heft and background to the action scene. Everything was kept moving and the action nonstop, this helped make the book very readable, and keep you interested and turning the page.

    It also helped that I liked both Cecile and Tristan. Both were flawed, because I rolled my eyes and felt like slapping each of them at one point in the book, which to me is good, because it at least shows that I have connected with the characters. They were annoying, but I understood where they were coming from and understood the actions taken by them, no matter how stupid I thought they were. I don't have to like every character, but I do have to feel like I can relate to them and feel like they are "real" to me. This was nicely done. Because I felt the characters were well done and I was able to relate to them pretty well...it was easy for me to buy their growing connection and eventual feelings. It did not feel out of nowhere. Show don't tell, my English teachers always used to say, and they remain right. A good job was done showing me that these two characters had grown to like, respect and even love each other. So bought it when they reached the point where they were sacrificing themselves for each other. So in all the story was well managed, the characters were good, and the love story very nice. So it got a high score from me. Why not perfect?

    Mainly it was because towards the end as the plot was ratcheting up I felt like some things were just thrown in there to up the drama and danger the characters were in, and really it was not necessary. Basically, just too much going on at once, this caused some confusion, when it could have been trimmed down. It was a bit overwhelming at once. And second, when I read a book that is obviously going to be in a trilogy or series, I would like to feel like each individual book has a beginning, middle and end, and at least some questions were answered. I felt like there were too many questions not answered that have to wait for other books. I would have liked to be told a bit more. Little bits thrown in here and there without giving up too much would have helped. Since there was so much left out, which was obvious as the story, progressed, I just had a bit too much confusion. So I suppose both points have to do with pacing and when to reveal things. But really, they were minor in the long run and did not prevent me from enjoying the story or recommending it to others.

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  • Posted May 7, 2014

    I don't even know where to begin to express my feelings on STOLE

    I don't even know where to begin to express my feelings on STOLEN SONGBIRD! It was so high tensed, and had my emotions in an uproar. I was screaming at times, yelling NO, you can't do that you idiot! Then I was chanting, YEAH, go for it, do it!!! This book pulled emotions out of me that I didn't even know I had! And I say that in a totally good way!!!

    I absolutely, positively, undoubtedly, LOVED STOLEN SONGBIRD in every way possible! This book is a perfect example of the reasons why I love books. I said in my goodreads progress while I was reading this book, that "STOLEN SONGBIRD makes me remember why I love fantasy so much." And it does! I got 3 Likes from 3 different people that read STOLEN SONGBIRD that agreed with that above statement wholeheartedly. It was just sooo sooooo amazinggg!!!

    STOLEN SONGBIRD was everything I thought it wouldn't be. YEP, you read that right! I really did not NOT expect to really like this book. And I definitely did NOT expect to love it as much as I did! It felt like STOLEN SONGBIRD had magic within it's pages. Like the events that were unfolding where coming with full force, with a high power then words. I felt connected to the book and the characters. I become aware of how much I felt for these characters after tears starting running down my face and still didn't stop at the end when I closed the book. The tears only got worse! So yeah, I think it's safe to say that STOLEN SONGBIRD has left it's mark within me. It has gotten through my defenses and landed it's way into my heart! And I am SO happy it did!

    (Okay, I know I might sound like a nutball, but come on, we've all have that one (or Many) special books that just hits us full force with all its power. And that is what STOLEN SONGBIRD has done to me! ;)

    THE PLOT...

    For five long, torturous, centuries, magical Trolls have been bound to the ruins underneath Forsaken mountain. Cursed by a vendetta of a witch, for as long as she drawls breath, the Trolls will be bound by their magical restraints that she casted on that fateful day when she uttered the spell that changed the world for both humans and Trolls.

    Trolls have looked long and far for the witch that cursed them. Sending humans out in exchange for the unlimited amounts of gold they own in search for the witch, and to find a way to break the curse the witch has doomed them all with. But every time the humans come back unsuccessful, and the Trolls have to continue to endure the punishment that their ancestor were given until their dying day!

    Until... A prophecy is seen. "Bring forth and bound the Prince of Night and Daughter of Day and the curse will be broken."

    And their is hope in Troll again....
    But at what cost?

    Cécile becomes the Trolls only salvation. Their only hope they have to break the curse. They believe her to be the one to free them all from their magic restraints. One way or another... she will help!

    Cécile is kidnapped and brought to Trollus and sold to the king in exchange for their gold. Cécile is strong, she's a fighter, and she's not going down without a fight. She will not roll over and do nothing. That is until the Troll prince Tristan comes into her life and changes everything she once thought about Trollus and their people. Then she meets other Trolls like the prince, and she starts to second guess who is really the good guys and who our the bad guys in Trollus. But not everyone in Trollus is capable of goodness and is willing to help others. Their is a rebellion within Trollus, some of the half-bloods (Half Troll & Half-Human) want to be treated equal. They are tired of being used and abused by the full-bloods. War is on the horizon, and Cécile will have to decide where her loyalties lie, and just how far she is willing to go to help these Trolls, and if she even should!

    With Cécile's heart and mind at battle, the Troll kings cruelty and abuse to the half-bloods, her ongoing love for the Prince, being kidnapped and held by force, her new friends in Trollus counting on her to set them, and a rebellion that she just might find herself in the middle of. She has much to consider...If she makes it out, ALIVE!

    I just loved this book! And I was so MAD when I was done reading, because WOW, it ended on a serious cliff-hanger. It was TORTURE, still is. I NEED to know what's too come. And with this book just being released (at the time of this review) I will have to wait probably another whole year. A year of TORTURE!!!

    STOLEN SONGBIRD is for any Fantasy, dystopian, paranormal, romance, action/adventure fan out there. With all these genres intertwined in one book, you would think wow, that's too many genres for one book. But nope, it's PERFECT! It had just enough of everything and was plotted just right! Danielle L. Jensen is a mastermind, and I will read anything this woman writes! Now Danielle, GIVE ME BOOK 2!!! ;)

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  • Posted April 24, 2014

    Stolen Songbird is definitely a fun, entertaining read. I wante

    Stolen Songbird is definitely a fun, entertaining read. I wanted to know what was happening/was going to happen/what had happened throughout the entire book. However, when I first read the description, I really thought it would be a darker read than it was. And oddly enough, that’s what I was hoping for. Sadly, it was more of a lighter fairytale story than a dark, nitty-gritty adventure.

    Since I was hoping for something along the lines of a Daenerys Targaryen plotline, I had a little bit of a tough time getting into this. Cécile is a good character. She’s not afraid to act, and she’s definitely brave, but sometimes her emotions got a little wishy-washy. I wasn’t sure why she changed her mind so fast on some issues, and how she could feel so strongly on certain things during some parts of the story. The same was true of Tristan. While I really enjoyed his character, his emotions did tend to baffle me. Maybe it was the fact that their love connection was forced and they weren’t able to actually grow to like each other like a normal couple?

    The plot of the book is fun. There are so many twists and turns that are really hard to guess. In the first half of the book, I thought I knew what the ending was going to look like. I was wrong. And I’m really happy about that, because no one wants to know how a book is going to end, it ruins the magic.

    Speaking of magic, I did love that aspect of the troll world. In fact, the entire troll community was amazing to read about, I kind of wish there had been more of that world-building weaved into the story. Some of the secondary characters got their own backgrounds to expand on Trollus, but even that wasn’t enough for me to really ingratiate myself into the area as much as I would have liked.

    All in all, it was a good read. If I hadn’t gone into it thinking that I was going to read something else, I probably would have enjoyed it ten times more. So if you want an adventurous, fairtytale-esque story, then Stolen Songbird could be what you’re looking for.

    3/5 stars

    *Note: I received a copy of this book to review via Netgalley. This in no way altered my opinion/review.

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  • Posted April 21, 2014

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    Every once in a while you run across a new series that sucks you

    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.




    The fables say there are trolls under the mountain, what if the fables where true?




    Torn away and sold by someone she thought as a friend, Cecile de Troyes now faces a future in a world were her species is considered no more than cattle to be owned. A strange prophecy has given Cecile an opportunity to help her save these people...but are they worth saving?




    The plot is thick with intrigue and deceptions. Unexpected twists and turns will keep you riveted to the pages. Jensen adds hints that will drive you to ponder what ifs and maybes, keeping you invested for what is to come. This is a stupendous start to a marvelous new young adult fantasy.

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  • Posted April 16, 2014

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    Stolen Songbird is STUNNING you guys! It's so far my favorite re

    Stolen Songbird is STUNNING you guys! It's so far my favorite read this year and might have to say, one of the best books I've read in my entire life. I fell in love with everything- the hidden city of Trollus, the trolls, the magic, the love story.

    I don't know how to explain it, but it's like this pain I'm feeling for this book is for going through something so beautiful yet so brutal, something I believe I will never ever get to experience again no matter how many other books I read and love and hurt over. The different kinds of love, trust and courage found inside this book touched me deeply and has left a very deep mark.

    Like I've said, this book is terrific and has so many things I loved about it, but some stand up more than others. Like how Cécile is a wonderful character because she is so normal and not a damsel in distress or a heroine from the start. She grows a lot throughout the story without changing who she is. She's not vain or greedy, nor she is selfish. She is kind, courageous and someone that lives in the now to the fullest with what she gets. She's smart and intuitive. I loved how when she came upon this hidden city, instead of shying away from the physical appearance of most of the trolls, she took into account the beauty inside most of them, after of course, the initial shock.

    And then we get Tristan, who is such a complicated character thus very hard for me to describe. Physically it's easy, he is gorgeous and perfect, but the person-that's the tricky part. All his life he has acted like someone who he's not, and he has been at it for such a long time that he is actually believing it himself. Being in his mind (did I forget to mention we get dual point of views?) was a nice and necessary bridge if we ever wanted to understand his character. It's not that difficult, but he is confusing, and to figure him out and meet the real him, gosh that was the best part in my opinion.

    I loved the love story with all my heart and mind. Cécile and Tristan bonded in such a way that they left me breathless and desperate for them to be...happy. Until they get to be together and happy, I will have peace of mind. I can't wait for my heart to swell for them once more! Their relationship is one-of-a-kind and so RARE for how it developed over time. This one feels REAL.

    As for the hidden city of Trollus, I can say it's one of the most interesting settings I have read about and loved immediately. It's a very dark world without the sky, but I was hypnotized with the way trolls used magic to light up their lives, although sad knowing they wanted nothing more than to be free and above, away from the reigns that full-blooded trolls held them with.

    I hope everyone gets to read this book and check out how incredible it is. Danielle's debut is hands down the most fantastic, magical, complicated and intriguing book of the year! You're in for the most delicious treat, just you wait until you meet Cécile, Tristan, Mark and the rest of the trolls. You're going to love them, hug them, laugh with them and cry out when the right time comes. I'm terrified of waiting so long for the sequel, how in the name am I going to make it? Patience is definitely not my middle name. Seriously though, Stolen Songbird is a must read pronto, as in release day.

    *On a more personal note*

    I swear I ugly cried for more than half an hour after reading the last chapters of this book. I've encountered so many emotional scenes in countless of books I've read, but this one simply broke my heart into a million pieces and they drifted away wherever the wind would take them. I'm not even sure I will ever find them again.

    I cried so much that my sister kicked me out of our room (so mean) because I was a sobbing mess. Then she took pity of me and made me oatmeal (so sweet, love you), setting it down beside my rocking form in the corner because I was completely lost inside. I'm still suffering from this book, and I can't bring myself to pick another one, I cringe with just the thought of it. But I would do it again and suffer throughout it all if I had my way of reading this book for the first time once more. I'd do anything.

    *Review based from eARC.*

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