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"You are food. Those muscles you flex to walk, lift, and talk? They're patties of meat topped with chewy tendon. That skin you've paid so much attention to in mirrors? It's delicious to the right tongues, a casserole of succulent tissue. And those bones that give you the strength to make your way in the world? They rattle between teeth as the marrow is sucked down slobberi ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Disney-Hyperion (first published June 30th 2015)
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Sam
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After watching the Netflix series and becoming somewhat obsessed, I grabbed this book at the earliest opportunity. It didn't disappoint.

WARNING: Do NOT read this book if all you want is the Trollhunters Netflix series in book form. Because the differences are enormous, albeit well-reasoned on del Toro's part. They are two different beasts that share a common blood.

Reading Trollhunters is like taking a decadent, sobering trip into the 9th circle of Dante's Inferno. It's dark. It's gritty. The tro
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Sean Smart
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written for a YA audience by the incredibly talented Guillermo del Toro this was an interesting fantasy adventure which I felt took a while to get going but was original and interesting.
Bonnie
“It’s a terrible thing, isn’t it? To be dragged under?”

In San Bernadino in the late 1960s, almost 200 hundred children went missing in what became known as The Milk Carton Epidemic. Children weren’t allowed on the streets past sunset, but on the day of Jack Sturges birthday, he and his little brother Jim were having too much fun on their bicycles to notice the sun was slowly making its exit. When Jack raced ahead towards the Holland Transit Bridge, Jim quickly lost sight of him. From the sha
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Chester Dean
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-2016, owned, 5-stars


Jim Sturges Jr. nos cuenta la historia del día en que su tío Jack Sturges —al igual que muchos otros niños— desapareció de forma misteriosa una tarde después de caer el sol mientras jugaba con su hermanito (el papá de Jim). Éste suceso convirtió a Jim Sturges Sr en un obseso de la precaución y la seguridad, así que convirtió su hogar en un búnker seguro para crecer a su hijo Jim. Jim quería a su papá, pero su obsesión por la seguridad era sofocante, al punto que hasta su madre los a
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Tony DiTerlizzi
Guillermo’s grimy world is perfectly paired with Kraus’ gruesome text making for a fantastic adventure in an underground kingdom that’s just as dangerous as the trials and tribulations of middle school. I’m never looking underneath my bed again.
Jeff Raymond
Closer to a 2.5.

I enjoy Guillermo Del Toro. I thought the first bits of The Strain were solid, I've enjoyed many of his movies, and so a foray into children's books really seemed like it should have been down my alley. Why, then, didn't this work for me?

The idea behind the story is a kid who is dragged into a multigenerational conflict regarding underground trolls and prophecies and such. The kid is quickly trained to be part of the war and start working to end the conflict.

this book is tough be
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Daniel
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moram da priznam da kada čitam horor knjige namenjene mlađoj populaciji uvek budem iznenađen nivoom ...brutalnosti... određenih scena. Nema ih puno ovde ali to samo povećava njihovu efektivnost kada se dese. Mada ne bi trebalo da me iznenadi kada se samo setimo kakve su neke bajke koje čitamo našoj deci (Ivica i Marica, Tri praseta, itd.).

Glavni problem koji sam imao ovde je da su sami likovi suviše jednodimenzionalni, klišeirizani, dosadni. Jasno mi je da nije tolko bitno pošto je ovo knjiga za
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Mariana
3.5 estrellas! Me gustó pero se tarda mucho en levantar. El final fue lo mejor definitivamente *se limpia la lágrima* Pronto habrá reseña.
Martin Rondina
El libro está bien. Es un poco lento pero entretenido. Me faltó un gancho que me lleve mas arriba, se mantiene en una historia bien llevada pero sin altos ni bajos, siempre en una misma línea. No es de terror, tiene algunos elementos sangrientos muy buenos, pero se basa en el género fantástico y además con un plus de humor que entretiene. Algunos detalles argumentales me parecieron un poco forzados y tomados de los pelos. Los personajes son carismáticos y entrañables, aunque el protagonista prin ...more
Melinda Borie
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Despite a promising beginning and a premise that seemed fun, this book failed to deliver. It might just not be for me, but I found it dull and frustrating. The strong narrative voice of this novel feels like it belongs on a reddit thread, and the character development is similarly oddly-shaped. Plot beats that might work in a film just fail to charm on the page. I've got to agree with other reviewers: this one is a bust. ...more
Aneth Manía
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El prólogo sin duda alguna es muy oscuro incitando al lector a querer leer más y dejándolo con mucha incertidumbre. Sin embargo, el ritmo del libro disminuye mucho en el resto de los capítulos, (capítulos que por cierto son muy cortos), es casi a la mitad del libro cuando los sucesos comienzan a ser más interesantes.

Algo que destaca mucho es que se nota la esencia de Guillermo del Toro cuando de seres sobrenaturales se trata, en este caso los trolls. Y el toque de fantasía en la pluma de Daniel
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Lizette Martínez
Si tienes la intención de leer este libro porque amaste la serie en Netflix (como yo) déjame decirte que aquí vas a encontrar una historia COMPLETAMENTE DIFERENTE. En serio no se parecen en casi nada. El libro es su propia historia, así que es como tener otra versión de los hechos.
Se lee rápido y es muy simple y aunque tiene elementos y escenas más oscuras y crudas, el libro se siente mucho más infantil que la serie. (No quisiera compararlos pero pues ni modo, es lo que hay xd) pero es entreteni
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Wendy F
Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Trollhunters is being classified as a YA read, but I think I would recommend this book more toward the Middle Grade age children, 10-15, whichTrollhuntersIll01 makes sense as that’s the age range of the characters in the story. The co-author’s did a spectacular job of not talking down to their target audience, while also not writing a story that spoke over young teen heads. The pacing was action packed, and humorous. In fact, if I were going to critique the flow at all, I could say that the writ ...more
Mangrii
Es un 3,5 en realidad, pero con Goodreads ya se sabe ;)

La novela nos narra como un adolescente de San Bernardino llamado Jim Sturges, el típico niño pringadillo del colegio que vive con su padre, el cual es muy sobreprotector debido a un suceso de hace 45 años, su hermano Jack desapareció misteriosamente. Jim se verá envuelto en una misión en la que debe salvar al mundo de un mal que asola la ciudad, los trolls Gum-Gums capitaneados por el malísimo Gunnar El Negro. Junto a un equipo formado por
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Andre Fernandes
2,5 ......

Quem me conhece, sabe que Guillermo Del Toro é um dos meus realizadores preferidos. Já vi quase todos os seus filmes e, inclusive, já li o primeiro volume da trilogia Estirpe (tenho de ler os restantes). Assim sendo, quando saiu este livro quis logo lê-lo.

O livro começa com um prólogo promissor. Passado em 1969, durante uma onda de desaparecimentos de crianças, Jack Sturges desaparece sem deixar rasto e a última pessoa que o viu foi o seu irmão Jim Sturges. Passados quarenta e cinco a
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Dulce Espinosa
2.5 estrellas

Lisa Tobleman
Trollhunters
Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus
Disney Book Group Pub Date: Jul 14 2015

I received this as an eGalley through Netgalley free in exchange for an honest review.

What a perfect, creepy, gory, wonderful book for middle-schoolers. Especially middle-school boys. I was a little leery when I saw Guillermo del Toro' name as one of the authors since his movies are by no means kid friendly. However, He and Mr, Kraus did a fantastic job of blending in just enough horror to make Goosebumps proud,
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Hafsa Sabira
What can I say... as much as I loved the beginning and the ending, I couldn't really enjoy the middle part much. I don't know how but I found all the description a bit too gore for me. I like the characters but not the monsters (that's probably intentional on the writers' part) because of their really weird physique and habits. Also, they eat human children. Not cool!

To be honest, I am already feeling like I am writing one of my worst reviews so far but that's probably the reflection of what I
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Pamela
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of story I enjoyed reading as a kid. Though there is some slightly gory things (trolls being what they are), I think a middle school kid can handle it. It may not be Halloween or October, but this is a summer dark fantasy read not only teenagers and middle schools kids will enjoy, but adults too. Just be sure to check beneath your bed or couch before you do.

Read the rest of the review at http://www.ismellsheep.com/2015/07/bo...
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Zombieslayer/Alienhunter {comatose with common sense}
Tub was right. Under beds, that's where the monsters live.

Jim Sturges is a short, scrawny fifteen-year-old who's never been any good in school, any good at sports or any good at.... Well, anything.
To top off the fact he's kind of a loser, Jim's dad, Jim Sr., is uber-protective, mostly due to the disappearance of his older brother when he was a little boy. Because of this deep-rooted paranoia, Jim's father puts ten locks on their front door, metal shutters on their windows, and calls the loca
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Sandra Guerfi
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teens
What if all the folklore from around the world detailing the various sorts of trolls were a litany of species and their characteristics, one handed down to remind us of times when what bumped in the night found us to be tasty treats. Once upon a time is no longer for stories, it is the beginning of a tale of a beast who is intent on revenge against the humans and trolls who defeated him in battle. He has been waiting, gathering his strength, chewing his tongue while waiting for the day that ever ...more
Brandon Forsyth
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this so much more than I did. There's a couple of great horror beats in here, with some particularly visceral gross-out moments, but it's a pale imitation of Percy Jackson that reads like the first draft of the (hopefully) better film. I love you, Guillermo, but not this much. ...more
Gene Barrera
Estuvo bueno pero esperaba mas, creo que tenia las expectativas muy altas y ese fue el problema. 3.5 estrellas
Osvaldo
Pronto reseña...
Colona Public Library
This book is really witty, reads well, has some great illustrations, and is really imaginative. My partner and I read this one out loud (pretty challenging on Blinky's lines, his vocabulary is immense) It was really enjoyable, the level of detail and the smooth writing made it an enjoyable read.

The 1st chapter got me hooked, I think the very beginning of this book would be excellent to read around the camp fire...then be pleasantly surprised on the adventure to come! Great read, I would totally
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Catarí
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mi-club
Decepcionante. La serie es mil veces mejor
Fatima Chunara
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this because I finished watching the Netflix series by the same name and I was missing the characters so badly.
The book is far darker than the series but makes for a wonderful read and the characters are still as wholesome and loveable.
Ida
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Gooey and yucky and at the same time cute, scary sweet and funny. Definitely readable but there's something lacking which makes it 4 stars and not 5.

I think it's a book that will get lots of 12-15 years old boys into reading. My 10 years old son told me that it's a series on Netflix as well and he seemed really curious about the book. And that coming from a child who still prefers children's picture books is huge.
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Susi
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Quando mi hanno proposto questa lettura era un po' titubante perché per quanto amo il Fantasy le letture Middle Grade che si affacciano sullo YA non sono quelle che preferisco ma la presenza del nome Guillermo del Toro è stato un fattore decisivo perché tra i pochi registi che preferisco il nome del messicano è senza ombra di dubbio uno dei più bravi del cinema e non solo dei nostri giorni.

Trollhunters, libro scr
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Linda
The storytelling alternated between intense horror, adrenaline rushes, humor and YA growing pains.

“It’s a terrible thing, isn’t it? To be dragged under?”

TROLLHUNTERS co-authored by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus is a YA horror novel with a targeted audience of middle-grades and up. I wanted to love this; I did like it. Oh my! If I were a young adult still, I would have inhaled this quick-paced, campy read while safely ensconced under my covers. Honestly, I used to have terrible nightma
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DANIEL KRAUS is a New York Times bestselling author. With Guillermo del Toro, he co-authored THE SHAPE OF WATER, based on the same idea the two created for the Oscar-winning film. Also with del Toro, Kraus co-authored TROLLHUNTERS, which was adapted into the Emmy-winning Netflix series. Kraus’s THE DEATH & LIFE OF ZEBULON FINCH was named one of Entertainment Weekly‘s Top 10 Books of the Year, and ...more

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“Trolls have existed on this planet for as long as humans. This is what I was told and what I translated to Tub. The first mention of them in recorded history is from ninth-century Norway, when the nefarious creatures began showing up in song, verse, and bedtime stories to keep misbehaving children in line. According to Norse folklore, trolls are one of the Dark Beings, the purest embodiments of evil, and they scurried from between the toes of Ymir, the mythic six-headed Frost Giant whose murdered body became the universe in which we live; his bones became the mountains, his teeth boulders, and so forth.” 3 likes
“Is it...can we...is it safe?"
Tub checked the lot but he seemed unconcerned.
"Coach Lawrence nabbed him for practice. We live to fight another day, soldier."
"No...I mean, the thing...is it...?"
Tub frowned.
"The thing. Hmmm. Can you be more specific?
I clutched at the bumper and raised myself to unsteady feet. I patted the truck bed, taking solace in the cake of dust. It was real; I was not caught in a nightmare. I smeared the dust with my fingers and smelled it.
"If you lick that, we're no longer friends," Tub said.”
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