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Trolls in the Hamptons

(Willow Tate #1)

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  410 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Willow Tate is a graphic novelist who earns enough money at her craft to keep her rent-controlled Manhattan apartment and still put food in the fridge. But when she decides to write about a ten-foot-tall troll who's a superhero, one suddenly appears, causing mayhem in Manhattan.

When no one else can see the stony red giant, Willy thinks she's gone crazy, until she meets A
Paperback, 313 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by DAW (first published October 25th 2010)
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Joshua Palmatier
Nov 11, 2010 rated it liked it
I've just finished Celia Jerome's debut novel Trolls in the Hamptons. It's a mix of fantasy, humor, and romance, with a heavy emphasis on the romance elements, which is not an element that I personally prefer to read. The closest thing I've read that you could compare it to would be Gini Koch's Touched by an Alien, and I'd say if you enjoyed that book, you'll like Trolls in the Hamptons as well.

The general plot (without giving anything away) is that the main character, Willow Tate, is an illustr
Jun 04, 2012 marked it as didnt-finish
It's never good when you've gotten to page 77 and realized that you've been skimming for a while. The premise -- a (well-meaning but destructive) troll comes to life from the drawings of a comic book artist named Willy, after which she becomes involved with the Department of Unexplained Events -- is great fun, but the writing is flat and dull. I think the first-person narration is supposed to be breezy and chatty and a touch snarky, like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, but it's too labored -- ...more
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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Nov 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, fantasy
A troll (singular) starts popping up in the Hamptons. No one can see the blocky creature except the comic book artist who created him. Crazy shenanigans ensue. Added bonus: one entire chapter filled with hot sex. Thankfully, not involving the troll...

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Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
It had potential but some of it was not well written .
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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I like Willow Tate. She’s a moderately successful graphic artist and writer who’s proud of the New York rent controlled apartment that her books pay for,she’s dating a “nice” guy,and things are pretty good. Until,while sketching,she looks up to see a ten foot tall red troll rampaging down the street. Make that a troll that looks suspiciously like the one that she just drew for her new book. The only problem is,no one else
Apr 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Life was fairly unremarkable for Willow (Willy)Tate. She had a Brownstone in New York City, a somewhat boring boyfriend, and a career as a graphic novelist. Until mayhem breaks loose, and Willy is the only one who knows what’s really happening. Cue the sexy British secret agent, Grant, and a rather unexpected set of circumstances that force Willy home to the eccentric town of Paumanok Harbor, where special talents are a dime a dozen. Will Willy be able to save the world from an Evil Genius, and ...more
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
The idea of Willow Tate going crazy because her comic book drawings begin coming to life was one I had to explore and I'm glad I did. This book was what I would call a fun read. No big mysteries, or life changing material here folks, but a quirky cute read all the same. I loved Willow's messed up life from her too nosy neighbor, to her Mom who seems to love dogs more than her daughter, and the weird town she grew up in where everyone seems to just magically know what everyone else is doing or ab ...more
May 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a light read
I liked the premise and the majority of the storyline. This is the first book in a new series, and I have the sinking suspicion that the heroine is going to play musical boyfriends but keep coming back to "the one". It feels contrived and detracted from the rest of the entertaining read. It won't stop me from holding out hope and reading the next novel, I'll just be a little bit more jaded from the onset.
This was cute, and probably funny - my sense of humor just doesn't work as well with the written word somehow. There is some 'romance' but this is more UF than PNR and the h's interactions with a crew of dogs has more screen time (and depth of emotion) than the romance - so if you are wild about furry friends they might tick this up a notch for you.
Clay Esq
Sep 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Would not recommend this book.

Seams like an interesting idea, Graphic artist is the only one to see her creation causing havoc, but then a trite love story, ("Oh you are so sexy, but I'm a strong independent woman. lets have sex.") A forced attempt at a love triangle with a sexy cop that only shows up for a few pages, a tow filled with I think they were supposed to be "quirky" people instead they were really creepy, then it's like in the last three chapters the author remembered that there was s
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: personal-library
It really wasn't what I thought it would be. In some ways I was really glad for the change in story line. When the plot twist happened I found myself wanting more from this other world. I felt like the invention of this new concept wasn't fully developed, therefore stealing away from the storyline. Decently written and a very quick read. I just wanted more meat from my literary sandwich.
Snarktastic Sonja
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was cute. It wasn't great, but it was cute. It had lots of enjoyable rescue dogs, which was definitely a redeeming feature. However, I found the personal relationships too rushed and too quirky. The world was interesting and different. Sort of. I am unlikely to continue in the series because there was just not enough there to keep me attached.
Rachel Willis
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, own
Pretty good. I felt like the ending was a little rushed and would have liked to see more of it fleshed out but overall, pretty good. Good enough that I'm already looking for the next one. Got this one on the sale shelves at some HPB or another, wonder if they have the next?
Mimi Bouchard
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fy-fantasy
This is very much like Gini Koch's books but on the paranormal side instead of Aliens. Very nice read after getting used to the writing.
Daniel Brandon
Feb 04, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a debut work, and it shows a bit. It's a moderately self-aware urban fantasy about a graphic novelist who rapidly discovers that there are More Things in Heaven etc than she had Dreamt Of. Specifically, whenever she thinks about or draws a particular character (the titular Troll (because vampires and werewolves are so overdone)), he appears and Wreaks Havok. Unfortunately, no one else can see the troll, only the aftermath. "It was a big red... trolley? Tyrolean? Troubador?" Mysterious Hi ...more
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
TROLLS IN THE HAMPTONS was an oddball choice for me to read. Its contemporary fantasy (not quite urban as it deals with mainly 'high end' fantasy creatures like fairies, trolls and elves), but the blurb just didn't pull me in. It kind of peaked my interest, but not anywhere near the level of 'I should read this before anything else'. It was the cover that convinced me; a realistically drawn young woman with the backdrop montage of retro-comic art.

The story takes a little while to get going. Fafh
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
I liked Willow, and I liked the dogs. I didn't really like how her family treated her, for the most part, and how she put up with it. But really I only rated this 2 stars because I didn't feel as though this book was very well-written. I think it was the style more than the story. The story itself was interesting...I didn't fully understand every plot twist, but I don't know if that was because it wasn't well-explained, or whether I just wasn't interested enough to read more thoroughly. Also the ...more
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Jun 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
While some of the reviews I read before starting this book, thought this had too much romance, I thought it had a good balance of fantasy and romance. I can see how someone picking it up and thinking it is straight fantasy (maybe someone who doesn't read/like romance) might be disappointed. The spine is marked as fantasy and this was in Border's (before they went out of business) fantasy/sci-fi section. This book is both.

I liked Willow. I liked how she was her own person instead of going with th
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: uf
I've been curious about this book for a long time, so I was very happy when I got it as a birthday present from Melliane.

And this is a fun and enjoyable read.

I will confess I had expected more action. Instead there's a lot of talking and small events. This could be because this is the first book in the series and the premise needs to be set up and explained to the reader. And granted: it's a very original premise, so it can't be explained just by saying 'it's magic'.

Apart from the lack of actio
Nov 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, discarded
I, admittedly, didn't make it very far into this book before I had to stop. But it was bad. Bad. So, so bad.

The author mixes her tenses constantly in a way that I find particularly irritating. She also writes like a person who's no idea how to get to the point. You know those people who want to tell you that traffic was really crazy on the drive home from work--and that's all they want to tell you--but they start with, "This morning, when I woke up, I went to make tea but then I realized I was
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
Graphic novelist Willow Tate can’t believe her eyes when a red-skinned troll appears to leap from the pages of her sketch book and into the streets of Manhattan. Things get weirder when she meets handsome Agent Grant from the so-called Department of Unexplained Events. He says a rift has opened from a fantasy world and the troll has come through to help rescue a kidnapped boy with special gifts. Willow has to help him in this search or disaster will ensue. Thus Willow gets swept up into a chaoti ...more
Dec 29, 2010 rated it liked it
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Nov 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Paperback/Suburban Fantasy: The cover of this book was the buying point for me. I like graphic novels and I really wanted to like this one more. However, I hope since I also have the third book in my library, that this book is like a TV pilot and the characters will get stronger and Willow will not settle.
There were problems with the book as far as my confusion with the villain's motive and the history behind it. The book did make up for it in the character of Willow. Our heroine is a spunky li
Annabelle Morehouse
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: would-read-again
I am in love. Seriously in love with this book. Original in a world where so often every story behind each unique cover is the same. Imaginative, sexy but its more than that. We are on a journey with Willow as she grows and her character will never be the same. I had no idea where this story was going or what will happen in the next book. I have every confidence the author will lead us on a wild chase and fulfill all our desires and wishes at the end of this series. Why did I wait so long to rea ...more
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Not much in the way of scifi/fantasy and Urban Fantasy is light reading, at least not much of what I read. Sometimes you need a break and these books are a fine break. Intelligent fluff that isn't just a rewrite of someone else's ideas, Ms Jerome has come up with a new (to me at least) situational magic. It was a good read without any serious breakdowns in logic (a deal breaker for me, even in fluff. I hate it when there is a huge leap from point A to point B without a reason why the brick wall ...more
This should be rated more like 3.5 Stars or a little higher. It was a light, fun read but I guess I got it in my head that it would have more humor in it than I found. The story was interesting but the romance was a little annoying and I could have done without so much of it and found this book good still. In some ways the romance felt a little forced (Willow can't stay mad at Grant at all pretty much because he is so sexy). I did like the rest of the story and I've been reading the next book du ...more
Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it
I've just finished Celia Jerome's debut novel Trolls in the Hamptons. It's a mix of fantasy, humor, and romance, with a heavy emphasis on the romance elements, which is not an element that I personally prefer to read. The closest thing I've read that you could compare it to would be Gini Koch's Touched by an Alien, and I'd say if you enjoyed that book, you'll like Trolls in the Hamptons as well.

Trolls in the Hamptons review at
Dec 30, 2010 rated it liked it
This story had such good potential, but was stilted by how neurotic and indecisive the main character can often be. I found myself exasperated with the way she treated her situation, and sighing over how she flip flopped between accepting and rejecting the magical situations that seem to have filled most of her life. There were enough good parts though, that I'm willing to read the next book when it comes out. Hopefully Willow will have accepted her fate enough to make the book flow more smoothl ...more
Angela James
Sadly, DNF. Cute concept, started off promising, but the heroine was just a bit too neurotic for me and as the book went on, the writing got more stilted. The dialogue didn't sound natural, and even the first person narrative started having some issues. Plus, about 1/4 of the way through, a large area of info dump slowed the pacing considerably. I think I could have gotten past that if it had been smoothly written, but I needed the author to use contractions in her dialogue and narrative, to at ...more
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Celia Jerome lives in Paumanok Harbor near the tip of Long Island, New York. She believes in magic, yard sales, and small dogs.


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