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Stolen Songbird

(The Malediction Trilogy #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  24,187 ratings  ·  2,759 reviews
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 ti
Paperback, 469 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Strange Chemistry
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Actual rating: 3.5
“Hmmm,” the King said, making a face. “I’m not sure this is what we bargained for, boy. We expected the girl to be attractive.”

If I hadn’t been so terrified, I would have been insulted.

“This is the one.”

“Are you certain?” the King asked from his perch on the throne. “She rather smells.”
Mother of God. A YA fantasy without insta-love. Without a love triangle. Without a Mary Sue who constantly complains about different she looks and how different she is from everyone else?!

Emily May
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, arc, 2014
"They were toying with me, like a pair of cats with a mouse... But I was no mouse."

I'm not sure how it happened. One minute I was reading this in bed and thinking "okay, just one more chapter and then I'll sleep", and the next minute there was sunlight coming in through my window! Oops.

So me and this 436-page book just spent a long night together and I feel a little frazzled and emotional - is this what they call book withdrawal symptoms? No, you're right, it's probably called sleep deprivation,
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Very very good!
Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
What the fuck is it with me and trolls?!?

I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this book is a must-read! The world building, the unique plot, the antihero love interest just all hooked me right away

Cecile was an interesting perspective- not a Mary-Sue sissy but also not exactly Xena the warrior princess.

I liked her POV as the weak human trying to trick the powerful trolls...but tbh finishing the book, nothing about her character really stuck out at me as being unique to only her

she wasn
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fantasy
WOW. wow.
I loved this book! Everything about it was captivating. The characters, the world, the magic system. The plot was such a rollercoaster. I am definitely going to read the next book ASAP!
Helena of Eretz ✰

“I cringed, though; for as much as I did not want to marry a troll, I was just as certain the troll didn’t want to marry me.”

Now, THIS was an unputdownable book! Whoo! If I hadn’t begun this the night before my first day of the autumn term, I would’ve, without a doubt, finished this in one sitting. Having said that, I did read this during every spare moment in between my classes. Thus, I was already a quarter of the way through Hidden Huntress (aka Book #2) before I even got home! :D

Simona B

"Why can’t you believe me? Why don’t you trust me?"
"Because you’re human, Cécile. You can lie, even to yourself."

The first two hundred pages swept me off my feet. I was entranced, completely bewitched. The story does not stand out for its originality, maybe -basically, we're talking about a retelling of The Beauty and the Beast, plus trolls- but with such a flowing writing style and compelling plot, it's extremely easy for the reader to let go of any higher expectations he might have had an
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Ugh.

This book started out really good- the heroine was exactly what I like: capable, fierce, intelligent, and autonomous. I loved every single bit… till she was bonded to Tristan. Also, just a side note, but I would not compare this to Seraphina. I haven’t read that one again in some time, but it was much better imo, and Graceling was a complete DNF for me. So I suppose I shouldn’t have hoped that this one was going to fare better on my personal enjoyment meter. I’m such a sucker th
Irena BookDustMagic
I just found a new favorite book series of mine. Everything that I like in a book, this book has it. And it is killing me that I will have to wait until March for it's sequel but it will be so worth it!

When I say everything, I mean everything: I was laughing, I was swooning, I was nervous, stressed, holding my breath while reading it, releasing it out loud... I liked, I loved, I hated, I was even yelling in my mind at some of the characters...

I have to accentuate that this book left me wondering
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
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Read in February 2014 | 4.5 stars

"They aren't ugly. More like beautiful things that have had the misfortune of being broken."

Stolen Songbird just might be my favorite novel of the year so far (but it's only February--too early to tell), with its magical setting, beautiful writing, truthful characters and engaging story. This one definitely had some irritating moments,
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Originally Read 6/17/14
REREAD: 6/5/15

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Wow..what a story! what superb writing! what an amazing...EVERYTHING! I LOVED IT! A MUST OWN!

The world building was incredible, I felt like I had actually transported to the world of Trollus and walked side-by-side with these characters. The setting was magical and I was sucked in by page 5. The plot was interesting, complex yet it flowed and had good pace. There was mystery, adventure, romance, action
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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I think this was my first book with trolls and i was not disappointed !!

I went into this book without knowing anything (I probably read the synopsis in the past but I forgot everything I read lol) so it was an interesting ride.

What I liked
- I liked the premise in general. About a human who somehow finds herself in troll land with no escape and is bound to one of them. She learns that she is the key to breaking a curse that has plagued the land for centuries. She then realizes that
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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I'm obsessed with Labyrinth, so when I see a romance cross my path that promises to woo me with similar tales of faeries, goblins, elves, or trolls, I obviously get more excited than a kid on his or her birthday. When the Malediction trilogy went on sale for Kindle a few years ago, I bought every single book, because there was NO WAY, my eternal optimist said, NO WAY this wouldn't be good. My eternal optimist can be an eternal idiot and
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
After trudging through a glut of mediocre Young Adult fantasies (probably including too many self-published ones), this one hit me, at the time I first read it, like a ton of bricks. I was all, YES! layered personalities! Complex motivations! Non-TSTL (Too Stupid to Live) heroine! 5 stars!!

Looking at this novel again, with the benefit of some hindsight, I'm thinking that maybe I had just read too many self-published and freebie paranormal/fantasy romances on my Kindle and it skewed my views. Thi
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
I put this book off for quite a long time based off the description. Seriously- a book about trolls? Ehhh. I was hesitant.

I'm glad I listened to friends and read this anyway. It was everything I could want from a fantasy. Such a pleasant surprise!

So first off, not all the trolls are ugly. In fact.. several are beautiful. From their descriptions, they sound a bit more like fae (which its possible they are as Tristan mentions Cecile doesn't truly know what they are.) Who knows. The important thin
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
WOW. I honestly didn't expect this to capture my heart like it did! There were a couple of little things that made me roll my eyes but overall I LOVED this. ...more
Rachel E. Carter
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: br, have-paperback
I would definitely reread in a heartbeat.

Oh, and let me just say Tristan fulfills my sarcastic, hot bad boy quota:

“You look ridiculous walking around the city carrying an empty wineglass. I don't care to be associated with a drunk. Particularly one who damages glassware.”

I loved the general plot line: trolls, girl kidnapped against her will and forced to marry hot bad boy prince, political intrigue, and magic. I think my favorite thing besides Tristan was the setting –I loved that it was so diff
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

What I loved in Stolen Songbird can be summed up by the sentence above. Indeed, what's better than a book which shows the ability to surprise you?

"I think it is our nature to believe evil always has an ugly face,” he said, ignoring my question. “Beauty is supposed to be good and kind, and to discover it otherwise is like a betrayal of trust. A violation of the nature of things."

What you expect : Regular Trolls
What you get : WIN! Absolutely not the ugly and stupid creatures Trolls
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-e-reader
JUNE 2015 Yep, rereading another 2015 read....I just bought the sequel and that gives me a totally legit reason to reread this so soon :)
The first time I read it, I rated it 4 stars....reading this a second time, I've realized I was wrong to do its 5. My first review still stands, I can't add much to it, really.

This book really is something else. I loved the idea of it all, and I loved the main characters, and even some of the secondary characters...although, of course, some of those
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

*Still 5 Wonderful Stars*

I was terrified. It was not like the terror of running from a wolf, always knowing you can turn and fight. It was not like the sense of drowning, where there is a chance to flee to the surface. From this darkness and this place, there was no escape. I could neither run nor hide, and no one can fight the dark. All there was left for me to do was die.

Okaaaaayyyy so.....a book about trolls? Really? I mean, come on. In what way could this possibly be appealing?
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-reads
“i cannot stop the world from moving. all i can do is be prepared for when it does.”

this book has made me sooo angry, i can’t believe. this review includes a (tagged) spoiler for the plot twist or whatever it was supposed to be, so be aware if you plan on reading this but i really don’t recommend doing so.

let’s begin with one of the very few positive aspects. the idea was honestly great and the story had so much potential, but i was just so fucking frustrated with how underdeveloped everything
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU book!
You pushed all the right buttons.

Let me make you a list of all the buttons hereby pushed.

A heroine who's not whiny. Or overly concerned with her looks or all the silly fripperies with which most YA heroines are sadly affected.

A swoon-worthy male lead.

Side characters who are actually worth reading about, and who contribute to the plot development. They are not just there to provide a counterpoint to the MCs' awesomeness.

A peculiar alternate world, well describ
Cindy ✩☽♔
“Dying was an easy thing to accomplish, effortless in its agony. It was living that was hard, requiring endless toil and labor, and for all one's efforts, it could be stolen in an instant.”

Like I had mentioned, I stayed up until 3 am just to finish reading this book in one sitting. So, safe to say, I love it.

This book truly is a unique gem among YA Fantasy. No insta-love or love triangle, no Mary Sue or Marty Stu protagonists. The story is well-paced, with plenty of action, moments of love, f
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So this is what a book hangover feels like... Danielle L. Jensen I just want to thank you for putting this into the world!

I stumbled upon this book because of Regan from Peruse Project. I added this book to read eight months ago and I've been kicking myself for the last three days for not picking it up sooner.

I had to force myself to put this book down a few times in order to savour every piece of it. I could have easily blown through this novel in a day but I just knew the shattered mess I wa
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
I felt like this was a decent YA fantasy romance. It definitely had a few flaws but, for the most part, the characters were likeable and the world was a fun one. It actually reminded me a lot of A Court of Thorns and Roses but with more likeable characters and a slightly more simplistic storytelling style!

Cécile de Troyes is due to leave her quiet village and join her famous singer mother in the big city when she is abducted by a local village wastrel and sold to a bunch of Trolls who live unde
Georgia ♥
Almost 4 Magic, Lies and the Price of Freedom Stars

Sometimes one must do the unthinkable.

Trapped for centuries under a mountain.
Creatures of immense power and cruelty. Terribly beautiful. Trolls. Their name strikes fear in the hearts of men. Prisoners to a witch's curse, they trade in favors and they never lie. They manipulate the truth in millions ways possible. Humans are slaves to them. Amusement. Means to an end. Even half bloods, their own blood, they consider servants. They are awaiting fo
Nov 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars.

I once had high expectation for this book, yet despite all the glowing reviews on GR-- Stolen Songbird reads just like every other cookie cutter YA fantasy novel with plenty of done-to-death cliches:

(1) A cookie cutter heroine, who is supposed to be 'strong willed' and 'brave' but instead acting like a child by angering powerful foes and walking right into dangerous places despite clear warnings from everyone else. Even her talent at singing or her relationship with her family (include
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ANYONE!!!!

I don't even know where to begin to express my feelings on STOLEN SONGBIRD! It was so high tensed, and had my emotions in an uproar. I was screaming at times, yelling NO, you can't do that you idiot! Then I was chanting, YEAH, go for it, do it!!! This book pulled emotions out of me that I didn't even know I had! And I say that in a totally good way!!!

I absolutely, positively, undoubtedly, LOVED STOLEN SONGBIRD in every way possible!

This book is a perfect example of the reasons why I love books.
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
"Sometimes, one must do the unthinkable"

Welcome to Trollus!!
When I think of Trolls, I think of small green creatures with pointy ears, yellow eyes, and warts. Well that's not the case in Trollus. Here we have beautiful women trolls who could give our beauty queens a run for their crowns. We have half bloods who look like your average Joe humans. We have tall, dark and handsome princes. But there are also evil kings set out to break curses, and trolls who have their eyes set on the crown for


I LOVED THIS BOOK IF THAT'S NOT YET CLEAR. Thank you book. I think I had a reading slump for like 2 days. (Was that even considered a reading slump?)

A more coherent review to follow.
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Danielle L. Jensen is the USA Today bestselling author of The Malediction Trilogy (Angry Robot), the Dark Shores series (Tor Teen), and The Bridge Kingdom series (Audible Originals). She lives in Calgary, Alberta with her family.

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The Malediction Trilogy (3 books)
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