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Trolls in the Hamptons (Willow Tate #1)

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  361 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
Willow Tate is a graphic novelist who earns enough money at her craft to keep her rent-controlled Manhattan apartment and still put food in the fridge. But when she decides to write about a ten-foot-tall troll who's a superhero, one suddenly appears, causing mayhem in Manhattan.

When no one else can see the stony red giant, Willy thinks she's gone crazy, until she meets A
Paperback, 313 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by DAW (first published October 25th 2010)
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Joshua Palmatier
Dec 05, 2010 Joshua Palmatier rated it liked it
I've just finished Celia Jerome's debut novel Trolls in the Hamptons. It's a mix of fantasy, humor, and romance, with a heavy emphasis on the romance elements, which is not an element that I personally prefer to read. The closest thing I've read that you could compare it to would be Gini Koch's Touched by an Alien, and I'd say if you enjoyed that book, you'll like Trolls in the Hamptons as well.

The general plot (without giving anything away) is that the main character, Willow Tate, is an illustr
Apr 05, 2012 Gina rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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May 28, 2011 Eric rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2010
A troll (singular) starts popping up in the Hamptons. No one can see the blocky creature except the comic book artist who created him. Crazy shenanigans ensue. Added bonus: one entire chapter filled with hot sex. Thankfully, not involving the troll...

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I like Willow Tate. She’s a moderately successful graphic artist and writer who’s proud of the New York rent controlled apartment that her books pay for,she’s dating a “nice” guy,and things are pretty good. Until,while sketching,she looks up to see a ten foot tall red troll rampaging down the street. Make that a troll that looks suspiciously like the one that she just drew for her new book. The only problem is,no one else
Apr 01, 2011 Radella rated it really liked it
Life was fairly unremarkable for Willow (Willy)Tate. She had a Brownstone in New York City, a somewhat boring boyfriend, and a career as a graphic novelist. Until mayhem breaks loose, and Willy is the only one who knows what’s really happening. Cue the sexy British secret agent, Grant, and a rather unexpected set of circumstances that force Willy home to the eccentric town of Paumanok Harbor, where special talents are a dime a dozen. Will Willy be able to save the world from an Evil Genius, and ...more
Jun 04, 2012 Crowinator marked it as didnt-finish
It's never good when you've gotten to page 77 and realized that you've been skimming for a while. The premise -- a (well-meaning but destructive) troll comes to life from the drawings of a comic book artist named Willy, after which she becomes involved with the Department of Unexplained Events -- is great fun, but the writing is flat and dull. I think the first-person narration is supposed to be breezy and chatty and a touch snarky, like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, but it's too labored -- ...more
Jun 20, 2012 Sarabeth rated it really liked it
The idea of Willow Tate going crazy because her comic book drawings begin coming to life was one I had to explore and I'm glad I did. This book was what I would call a fun read. No big mysteries, or life changing material here folks, but a quirky cute read all the same. I loved Willow's messed up life from her too nosy neighbor, to her Mom who seems to love dogs more than her daughter, and the weird town she grew up in where everyone seems to just magically know what everyone else is doing or ...more
May 31, 2011 Autumnjinx rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a light read
I liked the premise and the majority of the storyline. This is the first book in a new series, and I have the sinking suspicion that the heroine is going to play musical boyfriends but keep coming back to "the one". It feels contrived and detracted from the rest of the entertaining read. It won't stop me from holding out hope and reading the next novel, I'll just be a little bit more jaded from the onset.
Nov 04, 2016 Samantha rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, discarded
I, admittedly, didn't make it very far into this book before I had to stop. But it was bad. Bad. So, so bad.

The author mixes her tenses constantly in a way that I find particularly irritating. She also writes like a person who's no idea how to get to the point. You know those people who want to tell you that traffic was really crazy on the drive home from work--and that's all they want to tell you--but they start with, "This morning, when I woke up, I went to make tea but then I realized I was
Daniel Brandon
Feb 04, 2013 Daniel Brandon rated it liked it
This is a debut work, and it shows a bit. It's a moderately self-aware urban fantasy about a graphic novelist who rapidly discovers that there are More Things in Heaven etc than she had Dreamt Of. Specifically, whenever she thinks about or draws a particular character (the titular Troll (because vampires and werewolves are so overdone)), he appears and Wreaks Havok. Unfortunately, no one else can see the troll, only the aftermath. "It was a big red... trolley? Tyrolean? Troubador?" Mysterious ...more
Apr 17, 2014 Lexie rated it really liked it
TROLLS IN THE HAMPTONS was an oddball choice for me to read. Its contemporary fantasy (not quite urban as it deals with mainly 'high end' fantasy creatures like fairies, trolls and elves), but the blurb just didn't pull me in. It kind of peaked my interest, but not anywhere near the level of 'I should read this before anything else'. It was the cover that convinced me; a realistically drawn young woman with the backdrop montage of retro-comic art.

The story takes a little while to get going. Fafh
May 05, 2015 Morgan rated it it was ok
I liked Willow, and I liked the dogs. I didn't really like how her family treated her, for the most part, and how she put up with it. But really I only rated this 2 stars because I didn't feel as though this book was very well-written. I think it was the style more than the story. The story itself was interesting...I didn't fully understand every plot twist, but I don't know if that was because it wasn't well-explained, or whether I just wasn't interested enough to read more thoroughly. Also the ...more
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Jul 06, 2014 Rachel- Goodbye Borders rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
While some of the reviews I read before starting this book, thought this had too much romance, I thought it had a good balance of fantasy and romance. I can see how someone picking it up and thinking it is straight fantasy (maybe someone who doesn't read/like romance) might be disappointed. The spine is marked as fantasy and this was in Border's (before they went out of business) fantasy/sci-fi section. This book is both.

I liked Willow. I liked how she was her own person instead of going with th
Feb 15, 2016 Carien rated it liked it
Shelves: uf
I've been curious about this book for a long time, so I was very happy when I got it as a birthday present from Melliane.

And this is a fun and enjoyable read.

I will confess I had expected more action. Instead there's a lot of talking and small events. This could be because this is the first book in the series and the premise needs to be set up and explained to the reader. And granted: it's a very original premise, so it can't be explained just by saying 'it's magic'.

Apart from the lack of actio
Jun 21, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
Graphic novelist Willow Tate can’t believe her eyes when a red-skinned troll appears to leap from the pages of her sketch book and into the streets of Manhattan. Things get weirder when she meets handsome Agent Grant from the so-called Department of Unexplained Events. He says a rift has opened from a fantasy world and the troll has come through to help rescue a kidnapped boy with special gifts. Willow has to help him in this search or disaster will ensue. Thus Willow gets swept up into a ...more
Feb 07, 2011 Jacqueline rated it liked it
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Nov 27, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
Paperback/Suburban Fantasy: The cover of this book was the buying point for me. I like graphic novels and I really wanted to like this one more. However, I hope since I also have the third book in my library, that this book is like a TV pilot and the characters will get stronger and Willow will not settle.
There were problems with the book as far as my confusion with the villain's motive and the history behind it. The book did make up for it in the character of Willow. Our heroine is a spunky li
Annabelle Morehouse
Mar 26, 2015 Annabelle Morehouse rated it it was amazing
Shelves: would-read-again
I am in love. Seriously in love with this book. Original in a world where so often every story behind each unique cover is the same. Imaginative, sexy but its more than that. We are on a journey with Willow as she grows and her character will never be the same. I had no idea where this story was going or what will happen in the next book. I have every confidence the author will lead us on a wild chase and fulfill all our desires and wishes at the end of this series. Why did I wait so long to ...more
Jul 23, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it
Not much in the way of scifi/fantasy and Urban Fantasy is light reading, at least not much of what I read. Sometimes you need a break and these books are a fine break. Intelligent fluff that isn't just a rewrite of someone else's ideas, Ms Jerome has come up with a new (to me at least) situational magic. It was a good read without any serious breakdowns in logic (a deal breaker for me, even in fluff. I hate it when there is a huge leap from point A to point B without a reason why the brick wall ...more
This should be rated more like 3.5 Stars or a little higher. It was a light, fun read but I guess I got it in my head that it would have more humor in it than I found. The story was interesting but the romance was a little annoying and I could have done without so much of it and found this book good still. In some ways the romance felt a little forced (Willow can't stay mad at Grant at all pretty much because he is so sexy). I did like the rest of the story and I've been reading the next book ...more
Jul 10, 2013 SFReader rated it liked it
I've just finished Celia Jerome's debut novel Trolls in the Hamptons. It's a mix of fantasy, humor, and romance, with a heavy emphasis on the romance elements, which is not an element that I personally prefer to read. The closest thing I've read that you could compare it to would be Gini Koch's Touched by an Alien, and I'd say if you enjoyed that book, you'll like Trolls in the Hamptons as well.

Trolls in the Hamptons review at
Dec 30, 2010 Destiny rated it liked it
This story had such good potential, but was stilted by how neurotic and indecisive the main character can often be. I found myself exasperated with the way she treated her situation, and sighing over how she flip flopped between accepting and rejecting the magical situations that seem to have filled most of her life. There were enough good parts though, that I'm willing to read the next book when it comes out. Hopefully Willow will have accepted her fate enough to make the book flow more ...more
Angela James
Sadly, DNF. Cute concept, started off promising, but the heroine was just a bit too neurotic for me and as the book went on, the writing got more stilted. The dialogue didn't sound natural, and even the first person narrative started having some issues. Plus, about 1/4 of the way through, a large area of info dump slowed the pacing considerably. I think I could have gotten past that if it had been smoothly written, but I needed the author to use contractions in her dialogue and narrative, to at ...more
Jonathan Crawford
Feb 15, 2011 Jonathan Crawford rated it liked it
Promising debut from a new fantasy author. Not a spectacular read -- a bit too much romance novel for my taste -- but the pacing was excellent and she maintained a consistent voice to her protagonist. I enjoyed the premise very much; her latent psi talent allowed her to "bring over" the character from the children's book she was writing -- a troll. The plot builds in complexity nicely, but some of the twists and turns are a bit obvious. Nevertheless, an entertaining read, with enough promise ...more
Jan 07, 2011 Ellie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one "popcorn" book that I enjoyed reading, but will probably not keep in my collection. The main character is delightfully neurotic, but as the book wore on it became something of a liability. Without giving too much away, I'd say that for a debut novel, it's on point with others that I've read. It feels like the author is just starting to find herself as a novelist. For her sake, I hope that she makes that voice solid in her second book.
Jeremy Sovereign
Every once in a while I pick up a book based on a quick read of the back and the cover. I am usually disappointed. This was no exception. I just wanted to read a book about drawings that come to life, but then I am bombarded with lame, disconnected pop-culture references, love scenes ripped from romance novels that I doubt anyone would find appealing, and lame characters who don’t belive anything for over half the book, and then believe everything. Lame.
Oct 26, 2011 Cat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious. I really enjoyed reading this books. Writers style is calm and almost relaxed which is cool when the trolls enters a scene. I hope there is more in a series involving these characters, there sure is enough for one. I would love to get to know all the characters better. I liked the strength of the main character in this one too, nothing super powerish at all, but for example at the end. Read it and you will know what I am talking about.
Jan 14, 2016 Angela rated it really liked it
I adored this book! I found this book in a library used bookstore and picked it up on a whim. I am so glad I did! It is a paranormal tale that is different from most with the main character coming from a lineage of magic but not knowing it because she refused to follow in her family's chosen path. Alas, fate wins out and magic comes knocking at her door. Very cute, easy to read, and I am buying the rest of the series online ASAP!
Aug 24, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, fantasy
What a refreshing urban fantasy! I loved the subtle magic and creation of this world, and I completely related to the small town atmosphere. Willow was a great main character. She wasn't a "kick butt female" in the traditional sense, but she was strong and smart in her own way. I don't know about the romance, but I hope it will continue to grow throughout the series. Excellent impulse buy! Bring on the next one.
Cherry Sparkles
Life was fairly unremarkable for Willy Tate and so was this book. I was excited for the first few chapters as her comics come to life but this is nothing more than a romance novel disguised as something a little but different. If you are looking for a story about a strong heroine with a unique ability then don't pick up this one.
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Celia Jerome lives in Paumanok Harbor near the tip of Long Island, New York. She believes in magic, yard sales, and small dogs.

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