Stolen Songbird

Stolen Songbird : Book One of the Malediction Trilogy

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For five centuries, a witch's curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cecile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realises that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse.

Cecile 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 time she spends with the trolls, the more she understands their plight. There is a rebellion brewing. And she just might be the one the trolls were looking for...

File Under: Fantasy
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 45mm | 455g
  • Strange Chemistry
  • Botley, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 9781908844958
  • 190,779

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"Amazing world building. Incredible writing. Awesome characters. No dull moments. Fierce and not-whinny-and-annoying heroine. And a swoon worthy Troll prince. Stones and sky! I was completely engulfed in the world of Trollus. It felt like I have been living inside its world throughout the entire time I'm reading this incredible book." - The Nocturnal Fey; "Stolen Songbird is a fantastic debut. The book had an amazing cast of developed characters, an intriguing plot, an swoon- worthy romance and an ending that'll have you itching for the next book. I'd definitely recommend it." - YA Midnight Reads; "Stolen Songbird is an absolutely wonderful addition to the fantasy genre. The book is full of magic, adventure, outlandish creatures, and at its heart is one of the most touching love stories I have ever read... This novel takes a very old fairytale cliche, and turns it into a stunningly original and beautiful story... So obviously I really like this book and I am going to go ahead and give it a 9/10. This is the highest rating so far!" - Avid Reviews; "It's rather rare for me to sit down just after finishing the book and start the review. But here I am, only few minutes after reading the last word of this book writing this. I cannot tell you how much this book makes me happy." - Ja citam, a ti?; "Every once in a while you run across a new series that sucks you in and you know you will be anxiously following every installment...Stolen Songbird book 1 of The Malediction Trilogy is just such a book." - Tome Tender; "The underground kingdom was an astounding setting, it was just... I don't even have words, it felt real!" - Paperback Wonderland; "This book is such a beautiful story. A world filled with fantasy, romance and politics. An introduction to a hidden, magical place, full of a race that we thought only existed in fairytales. So well described, you have no problems imagining it. You get to experience Cecile's emotions as she is torn away from her dream life, forced by a magical bind in marriage to a prince of a cruel race. Grow with Cecile as things begin to change, making new friends, experiencing feelings she didn't think would be possible and discovering powers that she never realised she had. So what are you waiting for, get this book added to your Goodreads shelf, spread the word to your fellow readers and get ready to purchase this book on the 1st April 2014. This is going to be another amazing series!" - Opinionated Cupcakes; "I seriously lack the superlatives to express how much I adored this book. An intelligently-written romantic fantasy with an engaging moral conflict at the heart of the story, original and creative worldbuilding, political intrigue, an enigmatic and appealing hero, and, best of all, a quick-witted and strong-willed heroine who grabs your affection and doesn't let go? You had me at hello. When I was reading it, all I could think of were the fantasies that I grew up reading in the 90s, but with a few exceptions from authors like Sherwood Smith and McKinley and Stevermer and Wrede I can't think of any books that pull off all those elements so successfully, which made me realise that Stolen Songbird is really the kind of book I wished I had to read when I was growing up. I really think today's YA audience is incredibly lucky to have such an abundance of diverse fantasy novels from authors like Cashore and Bardugo and Marchetta... and Jensen has definitely earned herself a place alongside those names with this debut. I will be watching her work avidly from now on." - Emma's Miscellaneous Maunderings; "I laughed, I ranted, I cried twice. It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster for me but I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading the next book in the trilogy." - Leanne Crabtree; "This book has it all, a unique and well-developed cast of characters, romantic tension, political intrique, and high-stakes fantasy elements. And a centuries old witches curse as well! Gotta love it. And oh I so did." - Don't Shush Me; "Stolen Songbird is blessed with a setting so vivid that the characters have no choice but to flourish and become real in the reader's mind. I loved the author's surprising new depiction of trolls!" - Cowering King; "I would recommend this book in a heartbeat. It's a wonderful fantasy book filled with tons of magic that will leave you wanting more. I am very much looking forward to the next installment." - The Nightly Book Owl; "Stolen Songbird was everything I wanted, but at the same time nothing I expected." - The Innocent Smiley; "If you're looking for a YA fantasy full of magic and mystery and intrigue and romance and wonderful, heartfelt characters that you could easily accept to be trapped under a mountain with, then don't just read Stolen Songbird - inhale it. Deliciously written in two POVs that are deep and personal and completely intertwined with one another, this book is at once like hot chocolate on a rainy day with a cat on your lap, and a shot of something wicked when you're feeling wired. There's nothing I even remotely disliked, and a list as long as most Welsh train station names of things I loved. Stolen Songbird was a dream to read, a dream to adventure through, and a nightmare to leave. I didn't want to wake up - and neither will you." - Jet Black Ink; "Stolen Songbird is a must-read. It doesn't come out until April 1, but you had better pre-order a copy right now if you find this book even remotely interesting. Just like me you'll also want the rest of The Malediction Trilogy to come out this instant as well. I can't wait for book two! I give this book 5/5 stars." - The Mad Reviewer; "If you love fantasies, romance, and political intrigue, then you really need to add this book to your wishlist and tell all your friends you want it for your birthday, because Oh my gosh, it is my new favorite book of this year." - Book Marks the Spot; "There are too many good things about Stolen Songbird for me to list them all. Suffice it to say that I didn't want this book to end, I didn't want to have to leave the cast and Trollus behind. Tristan and Cecile will certainly be a pair that I look forward to returning to, and book two of the Malediction Trilogy is already on my list of anticipated reads for next year whilst Stolen Songbird has already set a very high bar for any book to top it as my favourite book of the year." - The Serpent's Quill; "I love this book. This is something I would read everytime before I sleep. And for my own record, this could be my next inspiration for writing." - Shining Jewels; "Overall, this lengthy fantasy novel offers a lot of adventure, romance and political intrigue. It would suit any voracious young reader looking for an entertaining read with thoughtful substance behind it. Highly Recommended." - Laura Dunford, Canadian Review of Materials, Feb 14th 2014 issue; "Without any doubt, I can already say that Stolen Songbirdwill end up on my and many other lists of best novels for young adults published in 2014. Stolen Songbird is an example is how it looks when a team of professionals works on a book: great writing, editing & design. What did I like? The list is mile long." - YA Books Central; "Stolen Songbird is an enticing beginning to a magical new trilogy. The passion between Cecile and Tristan simmers tantalizingly beneath the surface, anticipating the slightest of sparks that will fully ignite it. Jensen has created a vivid and complex world that readers will be eager to explore further in the next two installments." - Teen Reads; "Stolen Songbird is a pretty mesmerising story, complete with beautiful, calculating creatures, an underground cavernous city, and a gutsy human heroine. There is fantasy, witty dialogue, magical oaths and rebellions, love and loyalty, and everything in between." - Realm of Fiction; "I thought this book was excellent. Unputdownable, even. And the end leaves us in a perfect position: a nice balance between wrapped up and need-to-know-what-happens-next. It leaves room for a sequel that I not only want to read, but believe has the potential to be a very different kind of story to this first installment. I'm pretty damn excited!" - Emily May (Goodreads); "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." - Not Yet Read; "The writing-style was superb. I was transported to the world of Trollus and I walked side-by-side with Cecile. The setting was magical and I was sucked into the story, which has a very interesting and complex plot without being overwhelming." - The Daily Prophecy; "Stolen Songbird was my top anticipated young adult novel coming out from Strange Chemistry this year, and I have to say all the lusting and the pining has been worth it. Author Danielle L. Jensen opens up a whole new world for readers who love magic, romance, and enchanted lands." - The Bibliosanctum; "This book is so different to the usual YA book that is appearing at the moment, fresh to read, I become captivated by the characters and the world that they inhabit." - Homeport Blog; "If you ever watched Labyrinth on a loop, or if you enjoy the strange characters and dangerous politics ofAlice in Wonderland, this recommendation is for you." - Handheld Dream; "I devoured this novel. Loved the action/adventure, the political intrigue, the interpersonal dynamics, and I could hardly wait to share it with you." - Popcorn Reads; "This book was beautifully intoxicating. From the feeling of being in past generations from their dialect, to characters that enchanted my heart, to the intricate storyline that kept me glued to the pages, it was impossible not to become lost in their twisted world. I was completely blown away by how much I loved this book and how Cecile and Tristan's happiness, sorrow and horror became mine." - Star-Crossed Book Blog; "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 coupled with Jensen's lovely writing, I believe it will be a real hit for many fantasy lovers." - The Book Geek; "The romance is slow burn, the magic is plentiful-and the story is good. Readers will be taken on a fun journey with otherworldly characters, and odd happenings-Fantasy fans will enjoy this romance based YA." - This Girl Reads a Lot; "I really enjoyed the story , I look forward to the next book in the series, and I think it's precisely the sort of story that teen and tween girls will really enjoy, and some of the teen boys might as well, if they'd give it a shot. Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen is an engaging read for teen readers." - Looking for a Good Book; "For a debut book this was a really great read. I could not stop reading it. Even when I had other things to do, I just kept telling myself 5 more minutes." - New, Borrowed, Used; "An enjoyable fantasy romance that gets deeper and more complex with every chapter." - Borrowed Worlds; "Stolen Songbird was the start of an epic series, with a breathtaking setting and refreshing characters." - Boricuan Bookworms; "I ended up doing an 8 mile green way walk while listening to this novel and didn't realize it until I was already two hours in because I was so engrossed in the story." - A Midsummer Night's Read; "An unconventional story with fantastic characters, gorgeous settings, bountiful twists, and trilling action. A definite recommend for anyone interested in reading a fantastic fantasy-romance." - Amy Braun Author; "This book is so amazing. I love the cover, love the world-building, the characters, the romance, everything! I eagerly await the next one so I can find out what happens because I am absolutely desperate to know and I think I'm going to be waiting a very long time. If you haven't already, read it." - Chased by My Imagination; "The book is good. Trust me. If you like funny, witty, flawed, and strong willed characters, slow burning romances, and some very weird fantasy, then this is for you." - The Book Cover Girls
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About Danielle L. Jensen

Danielle was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. At the insistence of the left side of her brain, she graduated in 2003 from the University of Calgary with a bachelor's degree in finance.But the right side of her brain has ever been mutinous; and in 2010, it sent her back to school to complete an entirely impractical English literature degree at Mount Royal University and to pursue publication. Much to her satisfaction, the right side shows no sign of relinquishing its domination.
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Rating details

26,350 ratings
3.91 out of 5 stars
5 31% (8,109)
4 39% (10,345)
3 22% (5,794)
2 6% (1,563)
1 2% (539)

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When I first saw Stolen Songbird, I didn't give it too much attention. Then I saw a review by my friend Tanja at Ja �???�???itam, a ti? and I thought since she liked it so much, maybe I should request an arc copy on NetGalley since we almost always like the same books and I felt like reading something fantasy. And I did request it. But holy freaking cow! Stolen Songbird is AMAZING! If I knew it sooner, I'd have read it right away! I don't know about everyone else, but I've never read a book that features trolls, or heard about any for that matter. At least not in the way Stolen Songbird does (we all know about the hideous creatures from Harry Potter). Cecil�???�??�?�© is kidnapped and sold to the King of a magical city Trollus where she finds out she is to be bonded (married) to Tristan, the Prince and the future King of Trollus. With her life among the trolls, she has to forget about her past life, but that doesn't stop her from trying to escape. With a new husband and a new lifestyle her life is to be changed unlike she ever imagined possible, but the question is will she like it and welcome it? I love high fantasy, but I rarely read it. I don't know why is that so, but after reading Stolen Songbird, I realized why do I love it so much. Danielle created a world truly magnificent. Right from the start, I knew I would like it, and as the book progressed, I could only confirm it. Not only was the world building amazing, but I was truly surprised by the depth of this book, political scheming and it's main characters as well as the secondary characters. Cecil�???�??�?�© should be a definition of a YA fantasy heroine. She is not some kick-ass-always-knows-what-to-do, but she posses all the important virtues. She is compassionate, kind to people she doesn't even know, or should I say trolls, and above all, trusting. Tristan on the other hand, at first may come off as incredibly cold, but under all the act, you can see that he is caring, witty and really funny at times. The romance between them takes time to develop, but feels right all the time. There's no insta-romance, and thank god for that, as I was afraid there might be. I think it is safe to say that Stolen Songbird will make it on my Best of 2014, even though it's only April and I have 8 more months of reading in front of me. So what are you waiting for? Get yourself a copy of this awesome book RIGHT NOW! As for me, what more can I ask for? Except for a sequel maybe? To come out, like, now!?!show more
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