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Some say, "Don't judge a book by its cover." I say, "Don't judge a book by its reviews."
-LRA

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I liked the first episode. 

There were some issues with timing and chemistry, but I’m sure if given time the actors will get better with that.

Started tearing up when they played Every Teardrop is a Waterfall at the end. lol smh I’m such a wuss.

Rating: ★★★★¼/★★★
Time: 9/17/14 - 8:00pm (est)

"For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city Trollus, beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth.

But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.”

I have no idea what possessed me to buy this book a few weeks ago, but I’m definitely glad I did. It wasn’t the best book in the world, but it was definitely entertaining. It took me a long time to really get into it but I think that was more a product of my personal situation than the book itself.

Stolen Songbird was a really charming read. But its weird. My feelings for the characters didn’t really solidify until I was about halfway through the book and usually that poses a problem for me, as I need to feel a connection to the characters I’m reading about in order to enjoy a book. But with this novel that didn’t happen. 

The main male protagonist in this book is a very powerful, young and beautiful troll named Tristan and from the moment I met him I really couldn’t tell if I liked him or not. He was cocky and kind of an asshole but he was intriguing as well. His actions and the words that came out of his mouth never matched up so I didn’t know if I could trust him. I definitely wanted to but I didn’t know what his intentions were or where the story was going to go with him. — I mean besides the fact that he passively played a part in Cecile getting kidnapped and married her against her will, he was a cool character to read about.

The same goes for Cecile. While I figured out halfway through the book that I DID actually like Tristan, I didn’t get around to having a definitive feeling towards Cecile until about seven chapters from the end of the book.

I think the reason this didn’t bother me or make me not like the book was because while I didn’t know if I LIKED them or not…they weren’t annoying and I didn’t DISLIKE either character.

Besides the characters and their chemistry, their story and weird “bonding" marriage, the world building and the other characters in the novel really made this an enjoyable read for me.

My favorite characters would definitely have to be Victor and Victoria, Baron and Baroness of The City of Trollus. When they were first introduced as these big hulking beasts who always liked to have competitions to see who was the strongest twin, I thought they were going to be mean brutes. But they turned out to be the sweetest things and I ended up loving whenever Cecile was around them.

The depictions of Trollus and how it was constructed and story behind the curse was really well done as well. I loved how the City being buried under a mountain and the lack of light, set the tone for the story and how it was always a factor to be considered whenever something was going on. There was always mentions of Trolls walking around the city with their magical lights floating around them to show their path. It just really set the tone for the story. Reminding me every step of the way that even though Cecile was falling for Triston, she was still very much a prisoner and she didn’t belong.

There were of course several things I didn’t like about this book. The main thing being that, while so many things happened and so many things were discovered, there was really no progress made with the story arc. At the end of the book all of the characters are essentially in the same situation they were in when the book began and that annoyed me. 

Yes there were secrets revealed, powers discovered and feelings had but, as far as the story moving forward and resolutions being had…there were none.

I still really enjoyed this story though. The pacing was good. For a good chunk of the book the story was moving along at kind of a steady pace. nothing action packed was really happening but that didn’t bother me. It was done in such a way that, I was enjoying the ride rather than wanting to just get to the destination. Danielle L. Jensen did a really good job of building this story and making it a pleasure to read.

I’ll definitely be reading the next one. Gotta see what happens to my dysfunctional couple!

Finished my first book of treesofreverie's read-a-thon! Crazy because I've finished a book in four days, but this is only my second book finished in the entire month. I don't know what's going on with me but its a BATTLE to read these books for these past couple months

Pages Read: 211
Total Pages Read: 451 pages
Books Finished: One

About to write the review for this book up right now and just post it. Don’t feel like waiting for tomorrow.

So I’ve knocked one book off of my tbr, but I have to add another one right back on. What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz. Have to read that for my Dean Koontz Challenge this month and I want to give myself enough time to get through it so I need to start it LATEST, by Friday.

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Special Edition/Classics Edition Giveaway! (ENTER HERE)

Wow…Can’t believe its been a year since I started this blog. What better way to commemorate this momentous occasion (to me at least) and thank everyone for sticking with me for this long, than doing a giveaway!?!!

Please read through to the end to ensure you’re properly entered in the drawing. 

Prize

The winner gets to pick one of the following Special/Classic Edition Books.

I will be using Rafflecopter for this giveaway.

Rules & General Information

  1. Must Be Following Me
  2. There will be ONE WINNER
  3. This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL
  4. I will need the name and mailing address of the winner
  5. The first two entries on Rafflecopter are mandatory.
  6. The Reblog Entry and Song Entry can be used daily.
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  8. The Winner will have 48 hours to respond before I pick another.
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Fifteen days of my favourite things challenge

Day 1: Favourite book/book series → The Wolves of Mercy Falls

waanderer:

Books and Cupcakes’ September Book Photo Challenge ~ Day 3 ~ Latest Purchase 

Ruin and Rising - Leigh Bardugo  //  Aristotle and Dante discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Loved both of them ♥

rainydayscoffeeandbooks:

Saw this tote bag at the Moravian Book Shop today

beckisbookshelf:

Favorite Book by Inside_man on Flickr.

readmyselfaway:

September Book Photo Challenge - 05 Bookstack
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