Have you ever heard the phrase "Good idea, terrible execution" ? This is basically this book.
When I read the word "trolls" I was expecting somethingHave you ever heard the phrase "Good idea, terrible execution" ? This is basically this book.
When I read the word "trolls" I was expecting something else... something different than "Pretty Vampires wannabes" (complete with superpowers) but when it comes to this book what you see it's what you get.
Wendy starts as an interesting character, sure, she's a brat but she has the chance of growing up during the course of the story; except she doesn't, because as soon as we are in the second part of the book the plot and the worldbuilding take the backstage and we're stuck with a boring, trite love story between Wendy and bland, stereotypical Finn who is also incapable of doing his job properly: he's too busy lusting after a 17 year old (but not too busy treating her like a literal child and doing the "brooding, controlling alpha male" act we all know and hate) that he forgets to even tell her what she needs to know about this new world and her new status as a princess; althought to be fair, he's not the only one guilty of expecting this young girl to magically know everything.
It's as predictable as you can imagine, complete with the childish idea that falling in love it's possible in a couple of days and that true love exists, which I guess makes sense for the character of Wendy, because she's only a teenager, but the author frames this as being true (so far, I'm hoping this changes in other books).
As for the other characters: it's hard to be feel sorry or even care for the trolls, considering how manipulative and selfish they are. I honestly had more sympathy for Kim and her family (view spoiler)[and for poor Rhys, who I actually considered a better potential protagonist than Wendy (hide spoiler)], Matt and Maggie than for Elora and the other trolls. I did feel sorry for Wendy as the start of the book, but she seemed to forget about her human family too fast for that sympathy to last. She's too busy lusting after boring Finn to care about anyone else (and it's only after (view spoiler)[ Finn leaves (hide spoiler)] that she start to show some back bone and compassion).
The good things about this book are the easy-to-read phrose and the almost simplistic plot. It's a fluffly, fast-paced read, perfect when you feel to have some brain candy with nothing of substance, the worldbuilding being shallow at best. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Meyer, you aren't a talentless hack; no, you're a talentless, misogynist, misanthropist, sexist, racist hack. In a way, it's nice to see you haven't cMeyer, you aren't a talentless hack; no, you're a talentless, misogynist, misanthropist, sexist, racist hack. In a way, it's nice to see you haven't changed at all.
This "novella" manages to be even more sexist than the other Twilight books. Bree is a useless lump that's only capable of rational though when a MAN is near. Forget feminism (ACTUAL feminism, not the feel-good variety liberals like to sell), forget empowerment, if a man isn't at your side your life is worth nothing!
Meyer tries to tell us that her female characters are "smart" because they read. *Snorts* I'm sorry, but reading for a hobby has no direct correlation with someone cognitive functions. Plus, It's hard to believe that they are smart when they're incapable of any critical thinking.
Ugh. I have some many (unkind) feelings towards this book. I'm just going to leave this link: