Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy #1)
by Danielle L. Jensen
Strange Chemistry | April 1, 2014
Status: Complete
        For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realises that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse.
        Cécile has only one thing on her mind: escape. But the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time…
        But the more time she spends with the trolls, the more she understands their plight. There is a rebellion brewing. And she just might be the one the trolls were looking for...
I've been postponing this book for the longest time and I regret doing so. The ratings and reviews for this book are insane in the membrane. Everyone loves it. Emily May and Khanh raved about this book and I trust their opinion wholeheartedly.

In the beginning, I was bored and disappointed. I wasn't a fan of the damsel in distress scenario, the writing, the pacing, and how it was confusing. (It felt choppy and information was missing. I went back to read the page before to look for something that doesn't exist). But, this book is a whirlwind!

The beginning of the book was like a storm. It's a crazy, jumbling mess that's wreaking havoc. Everyone is running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Then, it starts to mellow out and improve in the middle. There's a couple problems here and there, but it's generally very peaceful. Finally, the harbingers and angels of death start swooping in, disrupting the peace. It's very in your face, exciting and action-packed.

I love this book. I love the history of the world, mythology, characters and development. Although it centers around romance a little bit too much, there's a political intrigue, magic and a lot of mystery. Cécile blossomed into such a badass character. Tristan is a darker and more annoying Jace whatever-last-name-of-your-choosing. I fell in love with the two characters. They had an interesting dynamic. I was thoroughly entertained by their banter. The magic is somewhat unoriginal because I have seen aspects of it in other books, but it was really smart to pair it with "trolls" to make it new.

It's Labyrinth, without the goblins and the Goblin King Jareth, meets The Mortal Instruments.
I think I summed up the book with these gifs.
*spends the next hour staring at Bowie and crying*

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