Finally, a book with a heroine, who is not only believable, but whom also possesses flaws that make her all the more likeable. Wendy is not the bravest, or most stunning - it is refreshing to read from her point of view. Highly recommend!
The very end! Also, her confrontation with her host mother at the insane asyllum.
She definitely has a different voice, much deeper/huskier and it really gives the listener a better idea of the main character's personality and uniqueness as opposed to the traditional overtly feminine and helpless heroines. Her strength and resillence can be heard in Plummer's vocal storytelling.
I was hesistant at first to purchase this book, but I am very happy I did! After listening to it, I immediately bought the other two finishing them over the weekend! Amazing story! I recommend it to all that love fantasy!
I just finished this trilogy and enjoyed it enough, obviously, to listen to all three books.
There was a lot I enjoyed, but one major thing that would keep me from recommending it to my friends. The book contains some swearing and mild sexuality. I realize this does not bother some readers, but it is just not my preference in a book. I tend to lean towards teen and YA fiction for this reason. If that's you, be warned that the series pushes this fence.
Having said that, there is much I enjoyed about the series. I really liked the characters, the alternative universe created by the author, and the romance. While the story line is clearly fictional, the feelings of the characters feel real and believable - especially the struggle the main character has in coming to who she loves. Also, as the story unfolds, you begin to see events that have already occurred with a different perspective. I really enjoyed that.
In summary - mixed reaction to the book. I really enjoyed it - except the swearing and sexuality.
Author of Five (Maor Series)
Wendy Everly has never belonged. Her school mates seem repulsed by her, the teachers pick on her and even her own mother tried to kill her at the age of six. So when the new guy, Finn Holmes takes an interest in her, she’s flattered - and confused. She soon discovers that there is more to his attention than meets the eye. Finn has been sent to find Wendy and bring her home, into a whole new world she never knew she was a part of. It’s a world full of magic, intrigue, danger, forbidden love and politics; a world Wendy’s not so sure she really wants to be a part of.
I’ve had this novel on my Kindle for a while now and wish I’d read it sooner. This is my kind of story. It’s a magical fairytale in a modern setting, with just the right amount of danger, romance and suspense. It’s the kind of story you can really get lost in. The kind of story you dream about.
Finn’s character is intense, yet tempered by duty and diligence. Wendy’s character is less collected, as teenage girls often are, highly emotional, impulsive and yet with a certain level-headed maturity that gets her through confrontations that would have most teens falling apart.
Hocking’s writing is not overly poetic or filled with ambiguous figures of speech. It is simple and neat, showcasing a well-planned and executed story without unnecessarily pretty prose. The plot, while predictable at times, is engaging and leaves you with a rather pleasant aftertaste that begs for more. This is genre writing at it’s best - it’s exactly what you would expect from a young adult series, and yet unique and charming enough to make the author’s name a fixture on your reading list.
I can’t wait to find out more about what’s in store for Wendy and Finn!
The last time I complained as much through a book was when I read New Moon from the Twilight series. Having a similar vague style to Twilight, this author failed to make me sympathetic to the main character by creating a typical teenage girl who conveniently had very little personality and was often more confused than the audience. The writing style was littered with too many 'he said' 'she said' 'I exclaimed' as if dialogue was not obvious to the audience. It was crowded with unnecessary details, like what the chandelier was doing and then lacked other details like anything about Tryll history or important to plot info. Motivations are foggy, characters are bones and shadows, and I ended up annoyed at best with everyone.
Then the plot became a little fleshy. Started to show a little skin, as it were. It became tolerable, then a half hour later the main character realizes what I knew all along (a frustrating anticlimactic moment) and ends this book. Nope, Chuck Testa.
I see it is a series, but I won't make the same mistake as Twilight and instead will just end this adventure now.
The reader probably did what she could with the novel. She whispered the bits that were not dialogue and all the men characters sounded the same.
So, if you are looking for a novel that piggybacks Twilight but in the world of Trolls instead of Vampires, pick it up. If you want something less mind numbing, seek elsewhere.
A book about trolls?! This was a neat book, trolls were never something I've read about before. There weren't many plot twists in this story that you couldn't see coming but the writing and narration was so good it really didn't matter.I think that this trilogy is just going to keep getting better, I cant wait to read the next one.
Amanda Hocking ... Loved Trylle Book 1. Bought the book, and bought the audio so that I could listen when I wasn't able to read. Had to know what happened. My dream is to be a self publisher ... I love to write and you give me hope of all that's possible! Suffice to say, the book was amazeballs & y'all should read it, listen to it, buy it, spread the word etc!
Fantasy & Sci-Fi lover who mostly refuses to read books without their audiobook counterparts. How else can a girl get any housework done?
Absolutely! Actually, I already have recommended it to several friends and they loved it just as much as I. And my sister-in-law recommended it to me and I'm glad she did!
It felt very fresh for a paranormal fantasy. So many books in this genre are saturated with vampires, werewolves & other were-creatures, faeries, ghosts, zombies, shapeshifters, etc. This is the first book I have come across that features trolls and offers a new an interesting spin on these mythological creatures. I honestly wasn't sure if I would even like the book, since these days, I'm not really into the whole YA thing, but it had me hooked by the first few chapters.
Too many to name, but I especially enjoyed all the scenes with Wendy and her mother and Queen of the Trylle, Elora. You can tell her mother is a complicated woman, as Finn says.
Wendy's budding friendship with Tove.
I absolutely loved this book! The whole Trylle society is really intriguing and I loved all the characters...well, except for Finn. Not a fan of Finn. Therese Plummer did an amazing job narrating and I honestly haven't been able to find any flaws with the story and its narration. A solid 5 stars!
-P.S.- The second and third books are even better! Love this trilogy!
This is just OK for young teenage girls, but even then, there is way better out there.
Definitely not any book from this series.
This book just gets more and more annoying the more you listen. Not really the performers fault, the book is just bad!
I thought that if I listened long enough eventually it would turn around and get good but what a waste! Definitely anger and disappointment.
Time you will never get back!