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4.75  ·  Rating details ·  113 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Rent in New Metta is through the cavern ceiling. When Granu barely survives her first gig teaching students who attempt to fillet her for lunch, the baby-eating troll ends up unemployed and facing eviction. Granu's only prospect for income is grueling work in the tar pits. That is, until her playboy best friend devises a perfect, if suicidal, scheme—a heist!

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Kindle Edition, 329 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by The Parliament House (first published August 2nd 2019)
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Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Thank you for your interest in my debut novel!

I wasn't going to review it at all, but I bobbled my phone, and Goodreads recorded that I rated it 4 stars. 4 stars! Then I tried to clear it and about blew it up, so here we are, correcting the record.

I wrote this zany book purely for my own entertainment, and there's no way I'd rate it less than 5 stars. I've always said I was hilarious. Just ask my husband.
Sean Gibson
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sover’s clever tale of a gang of misfit trolls trying to pull a heist on a corrupt corporation that oversees the collection of bridge tolls from those stupid humans (all while fending off shenanigans from a blight of bullying billy goats) is by turns funny, suspenseful, and gross (in the best possible way; YOU try describing adolescent trolls coming into their adulthood and ripping their peers to shreds in the process in a delicate way).

Worth a go for comedic fantasy fans and for those who wish
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading this book before publication. I thought it was hilarious! Great characters, and a whole lot of fun!
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you ever wanted a story filled with monsters, mayhem, and less-than-master criminals, then DOUBLE CROSSING THE BRIDGE is the novel for you!

Sarah J. Sover's debut is a skillful blend of traditional heist, absurdist fantasy, and satirical takes on modern society. What's fantastic is that it works on so many levels: the fantasy is solid, the humor darts from clever word-play to gross-out moments, and the whole book is laced with surprises and delights in every twist of the plot.

It's an extremel
Nathan Makaryk
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If it feels like the fantasy genre is too full of lofty kingdom-shattering high epics, let DOUBLE-CROSSING THE BRIDGE be your guilty pleasure. Here’s a delightful book full of disgruntled white-collar corporate trolls who just want to drink together, bang each other, and occasionally eat each other alive (because trolls), who get it in their heads they can rob the biggest bank in town. It’s utterly ridiculous in the best way, and it *knows* it’s ridiculous. Every chapter practically dares you to ...more
Tyler Hayes
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Note: The author gave me an ARC of this book at my request.

A witty, weird, often absurdist fantasy heist story with a couple powerful comments on the state of the world at its core. Sover has crafted a fascinating, cartoonish fantasy world quite literally located under our own noses, one where trolls and other fantastical creatures live in a familiar echo of our late-capitalist society while doing their best to avoid their twin enemies: sunlight, and the ever-present, Bugs-Bunny-like danger of b
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full review at Whispers & Wonder

Later, they wrote stories for their offspring about trolls, goats, flying pigs, and wishes, convinced they had created entire worlds from nothing but their own minds. The human ego was nearly a match for human stupidity.

What’s a troll to do when they’ve lost their job, are being hounded by their landlord for back rent, have far too much time on their hands, and moths are practically flittering out of their pockets? They mastermind a plan to rob The Covered Bridge
Reese Hogan
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a very clever concept—a reimagining of trolls living under the bridge, except the bridge is a monopolistic corporation and a team of trolls is planning a heist on it! The main character, Granu, is easy to like. All the elements that make a good heist are here: hidden cameras, stealing IDs, the compromising of a team member, betrayal, and a hell of a distraction. I especially liked the unique risk of being turned to stone if the heist failed. Worth checking out for anyone who l ...more
Sara T.
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
TLDR; DOUBLE CROSSING THE BRIDGE is a hilarious fantasy heist that is Ocean’s Eleven meets How I Met Your Mother meets Deadpool starring Jim Henson style trolls.

(See my website for a cocktail pairing. )

I have a hard time starting a review of DOUBLE CROSSING THE BRIDGE, seeing as I’ve read this book more times than I can recall. The author Sarah J. Sover is one of my favorite people in the world, and this is her debut novel. Obviously I will struggle with
Tracy Auerbach
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Sover creates a fun world of disgustingly unique creatures, providing a fresh perspective that one usually wouldn’t get to see from typical fairy-tale fare. That, plus the very complex, adult tone to the story, and the themes of revenge, complacency, and friendship, made for a surprising and exotic read.
My one gripe was not being able to sympathize with or connect with Granu throughout the book. She just irritated me a bit. I actually enjoyed fun-loving and deceptively deep Kradduk the mos
K. J. Harrowick
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Why I picked up this book:

Sarah is one of the loveliest people I know, and she’s got a wicked dark sense of humor, which is probably why we get along so well. I was lucky enough to read an early iteration of Double-Crossing the Bridge years ago, and again recently when her ARCs came out. This story is so left of center from my usual books, but I absolutely fell in love with Granu and her crew, and of course who can resist those damn meddling billy goats!

This review may contain spoilers.

5 stars f
Kayleigh Doores
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
There’s something magical, that Sarah J. Sover has tapped into, with her debut novel, Double Crossing the Bridge. She’s taken a story we all know so well, The Three Billygoats Gruff, and put a modern, very adult, spin on it. In the city of New Metta, the corporation TCB, owns and manages the bridge which allows humans access to the world below. The bridge generates untold wealth and prosperity for the elite underlings of society, while lesser beings are left to fend for scraps.
Sarah has managed
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
I love a good heist film. I am always dying to see if the caper is successful. Double-Crossing the Bridge is Ocean's 11 set in fantasy. I loved this book. It was funny; I caught myself laughing out loud several times. Granu, the heroine, had some Shrek vibes. Her best friends, Kradduck and Fillig, rounded out the trio. Their food was a little disgusting, but since they are trolls, I kind of had to overlook that! The story had a surprise plot twist at the end. I highly recommend this book and I c ...more
It was cute. I like the heist idea but the story takes some time to get around to that. There’s a long opening set in a bar with lots of flirting among the characters. This gave the story time to paint a picture for us – a world filled with fairy tale creatures who have crappy jobs and like their bar drinks served cold. In this world, the trolls are the main workers and usually at the top of the caste system. Unicorns are tasty treats, as are humans. I really wanted to try the fried pixie wings ...more
Emma Katherine
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Opinions: Not to say Double-Crossing the Bridge was a folk-tale retelling... but I adored the billy-goats-gruff incorporation! This book was packed with plots, references, and characters with their own thrilling adventures to go on! I was nearly overwhelmed with the amount of content but was constantly engaged with no excuse to be bored. My emotions were thrown all over the place, switching from anticipation to gut-wrenching fear
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you ever wanted a story about the Underworld, filled with trolls and other monsters, Double-Crossing the Bridge is for you. Sarah J. Sover's debut successfully blends an Ocean’s Eleven-type heist with sheer fantasy with high Monty-Python quality wildly-hysterical humor. The book works on so many levels. The humor ranges from gross-out moments a teenage-boy would find funny (such as Anal Gland Cologne) to droll word-play to Wiley-Coyote-esque stunts. The world-building is sublime (despite the ...more
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Review

This was truly one of a kind read in the fantasy genre. Blending humor with fantasy-driven narratives, the author does a great job of bringing a sense of normalcy to the world of trolls and other fantasy creatures.

The author does a fantastic job of mirroring the life of protagonist Granu with that of humanity and their everyday lives, from the nature of the food chain to dating life and the desperation one feels after losing a job. Yet the action takes center stage once desperation fo
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thoughts: this was so much fun!!!! A different perspective on the Three Billy Goats Gruff and what would happen in that kind of troll and underworld society. We follow the paths of three best friends, Granu being the brains of the group, as they try to steal from TBC. Touching on themes that are INSANELY relevant in today's day and age about corporate greed, continued subtle "specieism", and how even with a university degree it's a bitch to find a job. The story started fairly slow and I couldn' ...more
Jun 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I received this as an audiobook to read for free in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to The Parliament House for giving me access.

This one was different! For me, I think I would have enjoyed it better as an in hand book or ebook. The audiobook just made me want more and I couldn't connect with the story. I am still not sure what happened.

That being said, Sover did create a fascinating world where animals/creatures lived like humans. Ate humans. Had human pets - I think, don't quote me..
R.J. Garcia
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A unique and satirical read about a troll out of work with mouths to feed who plans a heist. While the plot is simple and easy to follow, it is easy to pick up undertones of real-life injustices. This is perfect for fans of the classic book, Animal Farm by Goerge Orwell.
Liz Griffin
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a complementary copy of the ARC through NetGalley.
Comedic, easy read that satirizes the plight of many post-college graduates to face the music of adult life, but with Shrek vibes. The heavy crass content and sexist/specisist analogies weren’t my cup of tea, but others may enjoy.
Kelley Rosa
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read a modern day heist!
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