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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
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ebook, 324 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Angry Robot
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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?!

It do
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Emily May
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, 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,
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Regan
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5

Very very good!
Riley
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Cait • A Page with a View
3.5 stars. With all of the YA books about vampires, demons, fae, werewolves, etc, I guess it’s time to make trolls sexy too! Cecile is stolen and married to Tristan, the prince of the trolls, and a Beauty & the Beast scenario ensues.

This book is very YA and reminded me a lot of the stories from the Twilight era, so it's a fun throwback. I think you need to be in the right mood to embrace tropes from those stories and roll with them (but I still did have issues with some other elements). But
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Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
What the fuck is it with me and trolls?!?
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I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this book is a must-read. Cecile wasn't a MaryJane sissy boohoo but she also wasn't Xena the warrior princess. I liked her character and POV but tbh finishing the book nothing about her character really stuck out at me as being unique to only her.

The general writing went for short and shocking which worked really well with Cecile's POV of everything being new and dangerous

"The girl rose, and her eyes laches ont
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Simona Bartolotta
2.5

"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
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Brandi
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 though, I always
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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, but
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Rebekah
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally Read 6/17/14
REREAD: 6/5/15

Original Review found at: www.awesomebooknuts.blogspot.com

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
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Lola
Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

4 ''I just fell in love'' stars


The MC, Cécile de Troyes, is the daughter of a singer. The day before she was supposed to join her mother in the purpose of starting her staining to become a professional singer like her, she was unsuspectingly kidnapped and brought to Trollus, the buried kingdom of trolls.

Oh, I loved Cécile. I felt like I could connect with her somehow. She’s kind, strong, intelligent, honest and brave. She’s also a very gifted singer but was a
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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
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
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.
Rachel E. Carter
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
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Ashley
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-kindle-read
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 so...now 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
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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 are k
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Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
RE-READ!!

*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? An
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Sabrina
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
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
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Selene Matheson
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 was
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Gavin
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
“Dying was and 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,
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Rae
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 th
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Karleigh.Reads
Ok gotta set the mood here. Turn off the lights, light some candles, put on some music..... oooh Tristan. OH sorry *clears throat* let me start again.

This book was amazing, it quickly made it way not only to my number one book of 2015 (I know it's only June, but I highly doubt there will be anything to top this) but my number one book of all time. I actually bought this book quite a while ago after being told about it, then I picked it up read chapter one and then put it down again. Now I am kic
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Marga
WHAT THE HELL. I KNEW IT. I KNEW IT!!! UGGGGGGGGGH. WHY MUST YOU DO THIS TRISTAN???? WHY? :(

OH MY GODS. I AM JUST SO HAPPY TO HAVE THE SEQUEL RIGHT NOW.

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.
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)

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.
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Chantal  (Every Word A Doorway)
“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.”


Without a doubt, Stolen Songbird is one of the better YA fantasy books I’ve read in a while. The novel follows a well known YA storyline but manages to make it its own, to make it appear fresh. It’s a book full of magic, political intrigue, strange creatures and co
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Tabitha
Stolen Songbird was an absolute delight to read. With an elegant writing style and captivating world as well as storyline, my eyes were locked to the pages until the very last.

The Lost City of…
Trollus! You know you could even compare this city to Atlantis. I wonder if there was any inspiration there perhaps? A city buried not under the sea but under a mountain of rock. The concept was fantastic. This city governed by trolls has been buried for hundreds of years, locked away from humanity, but hu
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Jacqueline
5/5 stars
THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING...sorry for the caps just expresses how much I loved this book!
The characters were fantastic, the world was unique, and the troll aspect was done so well!
Definitely one of my favorite books that I have read this year!!
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Danielle L. Jensen is the USA Today bestselling author of The Malediction Novels: Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress, Warrior Witch, and The Broken Ones. Her latest novel, The Bridge Kingdom, will be released by Audible Originals in October of 2018. She lives with her family in Calgary, Canada.


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