5 Things About Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

December 4, 2015 Review 24 ★★★★

5 Things About Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
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Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Source: Purchased
Pages: 472
Release Date: 2014
Series: The Malediction Trilogy #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Girls & Women, Young Adult
For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realises that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse.

Cécile 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...

I buddy read this with the awesome Anissa from Anissa Reads :D

It is a fast-paced, fun read.

After struggling through more than a few slow reads, STOLEN SONGBIRD was a breath of fresh air. I was never bored because there was always something going on and the story itself was entertaining. I kept turning the pages wanting to know what would happen next, there was just enough information given to keep me intrigued.

The concept was unique and interesting.

If you had told me I would begin to like trolls I would have called you crazy. Because…trolls? When I hear troll I think Skyrim’s trolls. So I was a little hesitant about this one but I’ve never been one to turn down anything unique, and I’m glad I read this one. Before I was like trolls ewww but now it’s like trolls ooooh. Not that the love interest has anything to do with that hahaha

“To be bound is a burden, but it is the actions
we freely take that cause us the most pain.”

I never fully connected to the main characters.

While I liked the secondary characters and the interaction they had with the primary characters, I never really cared what would happen to the main duo. Cecile made some stupid decisions sometimes and she was just a bit bland, I hope we get to see some different sides of her in the future.

None of the relationships felt forced.

STOLEN SONGBIRD depicts romantic connections, friendships, and familial relationships realistically. While I do wish the main character’s family had a bigger role, there were plenty of side characters that were important to Cecile’s growth, and everything developed nicely.

The series will be one to follow.

There is so much potential and setup here for future books in the trilogy.  A lot was revealed in this book but I have a feeling there is much more to come and I think we will get to see a lot more character development.


STOLEN SONGBIRD was a refreshing and entertaining read. While I had some issues, I had a lot of fun with this one and would definitely recommend checking it out.

Rating Report
Overall: 3.7

24 Responses to “5 Things About Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen”

  1. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    I absolutely adored this, so I am so glad to hear you loved it as well! :) I completely agree with everything you’ve said – the romance, the world-building and the characterization definitely set this apart from all the other fantasy books in YA. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ♥
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  2. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    See, when I think of trolls, I think of the 90’s toys with the neon hair? Yeah. And I assume that is not the situation ;) It sounds like this book was pretty good overall, though it IS hard when you don’t connect too much to the character. But seeing that the relationships were good and the book felt fresh, I am definitely going to be trying to make time to read it- I think I may own it? (It is bad when you simply don’t remember ;) ) Great review!
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    • Alise

      BAHA, I totally forgot about those, I never had them because they always creeped me out but yeah, definitely not the situation xD It was enjoyable for sure! Thank you :)

  3. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Oh YAY! I’m glad to see that you finally got to a book that wasn’t slow and frustrating :D I have yet to dig into my copy of this one (because it’s an ebook and I always let does slip through the cracks…) but I WANT to read it. I just know that I’ll be enchanted and mesmerized by it! It’s a shame that you didn’t quite connect with the MC, but hopefully that gets settled in further books. Thanks for another awesome review and I hope you keep reading great books for awhile now ;)
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  4. Sara L.

    Nice review, Alise! I read Stolen Songbird over the summer, and also thought it was pretty good. Tristan was my favorite character, and some of the arguments he had with Cecile made me laugh – especially when said arguments were more or less for political show. :) The ending disappointed me, though. I felt like Cecile never really had a chance to prove herself. But I definitely want to read the next book, Hidden Huntress, before the final book comes out next year!
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    • Alise

      Thank you! Tristan is interesting for sure, I can’t wait to see where the series goes next and yeah, I have more hopes for Cecile too.

  5. Kelly

    Ooh, another troll series! Hooray! I read and loved Amanda Hocking’s series which was about Trolls too, not the kind that live under bridges either. It’s so refreshing to discover something completely different in YA,especially when it feels like every story arc has been flogged to death. I’ll definitely be grabbing a copy of this one, it sounds brilliant despite those few niggling issues. Fabulous review Alise <3
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