Thursday, 3 April 2014

Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy #1) by Danielle L. Jensen

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to ANGRY ROBOT Ltd and Netgalley.
Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
For those who have loved Seraphina and Graceling comes another truly fabulous fantasy...

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.

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

My rating: 1.75 of 5 stars

Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to ANGRY ROBOT Ltd and Netgalley.)
Cecile is a budding opera singer, and is about to leave her village to join her mother (who is also a singer) in the city.
Unfortunately before she can even depart she is kidnapped and taken under a mountain to be a troll prince’s wife.

Can Cecile escape her fate? And does she really want to?

I’m afraid I just did not like this book, and it pretty much bored the pants off me.

I didn’t really like any of the characters in this book, from Cecile’s mother who only wanted her because she could sing and look after herself, to Cecile and Tristan themselves who irritated me with their arguing.

Pretty much this whole book bored me, and I don’t even remember most of the storyline. Every time I picked this up my mind just switched off. I’d say this is probably a personal thing, I felt the same way about vampire academy, so maybe if you liked that you’d like this.

When we found out that Cecile had been taken under a mountain to visit some trolls I felt like I was in an episode of ‘Sofia the First’, and I can honestly say that I’d rather have been watching Sofia; at least an episode of that isn’t the equivalent to over 400 pages, and Sofia’s trolls are a darn sight nicer too!

There was some romance, but it wasn’t enough to save this for me, and I didn’t really feel like I even enjoyed the romance. When the pair decided that they loved each other I couldn’t really care less.

The ending was good, but only because it meant I didn’t have to read any more of this. If I was rating on how pleased I was to be finished it would get 5 stars.

Overall; dull, and boring,
3.5 out of 10.


  1. It sounds like this one really wasn't for you! Hope your next book is a better fit :)

  2. AWWW, that sucks. I really liked this book. But yeah, the length got to me too.