Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The Stolen Songbird (review)
The Stolen Songbird (Goodreads | Amazon) is a book that I have very mixed feeling towards. This book has one of the strongest beginnings of anything I've read lately. The way the book introduced the main character and then jumped into action enthralled me. I was like "YES!"
The story begins with Cécile, a strong-willed girls with big dreams of performing on stage, being kidnapped by a village boy and sold to the kingdom of trolls who live under the mountain. She fights the whole way - from the moment she's kidnapped, till when she's married against her will to a troll prince and keeps standing up for herself.
So what happened? The first half of this book is great. Lots of actions, an interesting world beneath the mountain and lots of political maneuvering. But at some point the story just peters out. As the romance grows, Cécile's fight and personality seem to decrease. That probably won't bother some people as much as it bothered me. It's fairly well explained. But a book that started out with such a strong character, fiercely independent full of political intrigue seemed to devolve into something less. There was also a forced-attempt at a love triangle that never really had any build up or romance to back it up.
How much you like this book probably depends on what you're looking for when reading it.
I received an advance reading e-book in exchange for an honest review.