Stolen Songbird (Malediction Trilogy Series #1)

Stolen Songbird (Malediction Trilogy Series #1)

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Stolen Songbird 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
TheNerdyJournalist More than 1 year ago
“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!
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
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)
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really really enjoyed this. The characters were fantastic and I became attached to every one of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!
disturbinglynic More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book i have read in forever! My new fav! This is a must read! Can't wait for the next! Please hurry!
Anonymous 3 months ago
This book was well worth the money, and the time to read it.
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Wonderful book... can't wait to continue the trilogy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down! From the first, I thought it would be another boring "Mama told me to do this..." but I was so wrong! The author bring the realm of the Trolls to life and makes the reader sympathetic to their plight. Her characters are well developed with depth and feeling. Small bits of for shadowing make you want to know more and understand what is really going on behind the characters' motives. Every moment, every scene, and every dialogue leads the reader deeper into the quest that is Tristan and Cecille!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story was very exciting. I couldn't but the book down.. very enjoyable and can't wait to read the next..
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susan2845 More than 1 year ago
This is listed as teen fiction, but I picked it up when it was on sale. I am very glad I did. This was a very well written story that I had a very hard time putting down. The minute I finished this one, I bought the next in the series and read it quickly as well. I highly recommend this book.
mfu11 More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK! STOLEN SONGBIRD is a truly magnificent story of magic, politics, love, and deception. Cécile is taken from the life she knows and thrown into an entirely new one when she is sold as a bride to Tristan, the troll prince of Trollus. Stuck in a strange and dangerous world beneath the Forsaken Mountain, Cécile has one duty—to fulfil the prophecy that’ll free the trolls from the curse that stops them from leaving the mountain and entering the human world. Trollus is a cruel place, ruled by a harsh human-hating king. Anyone not a full-blooded troll is treated as a lesser being, and the divide creates a lot of tension. Despite its gloom, I found Trollus a glorious setting—especially the glass gardens. The world building is exceptional, and Cécile and Tristan are such wonderfully crafted characters. Same goes for all the characters, actually, but those two are my favourites. Cécile is so feisty and I liked her right away. Tristan is incredibly sweet . . . in his own way! I loved him! The development of their relationship was touching and I became very attached to them both. I loved STOLEN SONGBIRD so much it hurt! It’s easily one of the best books I’ve ever read. And I don’t say that lightly. I read it in January because I simply couldn’t wait to start. The story has stayed with me since, and I think it will do for a long time. Everything about the book is so special and enchanting. Absolutely perfect!
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I really liked this book. After a round of reading some not so good books, I was really happy to find this one! I couldn't put it down. While Cecile is quite young and naive in the beginning she grows by the end of the book. I love the chemistry between the main characters. I can't wait to read the second book!!
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*Walks into the office casually and looks around.*
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