In Troll or Derby, fifteen-year-old Roller Deb is singled out by town bullies for both her skates, and for being different. When her popular homecoming queen of a sister is kidnapped by a scuzzy drug dealer, Deb must flee the trailer park in which she's grown up, and rescue her. Along the way, Deb becomes enmeshed in the magical realm of trolls and fairies, and the blood-thirsty version of roller derby at which these beings excel. But spending too much time among the fairies comes with a price. Will Deb choose to save her sister, with the aid of a mysterious troll? Or will she be lost to the lures of roller derby, and this magical new realm, forever?
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I really enjoyed the author's creativity in this audio book. Tash has a vivid imagination, and she builds her stories with wit, guile and grit; Not to mention the wonderful narration by Stephanie Bentley. Just great!
I just loved the Fairies. Awesome characters! Tash's imagination is limitless. She incorporates a multiplicity of magical beings into her writing. And her comedic breaks and suggestive prose are really well written, smart girl!
My fav scenes were with the fairy drug. That's some powerful stuff. Reminded me of vamp blood from True Blood. Tash borrows from other sources of literature and myth (as she ought to do!) but what separates her from a lot of the young adult fiction authors out there is that instead of just regurgitating, she builds and expands on the canon of myth and the mythological. I'm sure there are other authors out there getting great ideas from Red Tash.
Overall, it was great to have such a talented narrator. It really makes or breaks the book. Some audio books have the most monotonous narrators- where do they find these people! Not here though, Ms. Bentley infuses the story with human (or otherwise!) essence. She gets into the characters, does great voices, and her inflections are right on point. Fantastic pacing as well. Made for a very enjoyable listen! Great audio book!
It's books like Red Tash's Troll or Derby that restore my faith in the "modern fairy tale". This is no retelling of a tired old story. Troll or Derby is a fresh, original novel about trolls and fairies living among humans in southern Indiana. Fifteen year old Roller Deb is the heroine, and she is not your stock fairytale princess... she comes equipped with magic roller skates, fierce bravery, and a geas laid upon her to protect her sister from harm. As she becomes aware of the other world alongside our own, she finds more and more that she fits there, and not only survives, but thrives and kicks butt.
Red Tash leads us through Roller Deb's world at a breathtaking pace, she sweeps us along and knocks us about like only a derby girl could manage. Troll or Derby is exciting, gritty, and at times even upsetting. I'm already looking forward to rereading this highly entertaining book. I'm also hoping for sequels.
Best of all, the narrator does distinctive voices and intonation, which reminded me a bit of a radio play. Having read the book, I was delighted to find this wonderful treatment of the story.
Roller Deb is my favorite. She's got a lot of adjusting to do, and she doesn't always make the right choice, but she comes into her own and fights back.
Two words: Black Unicorn. OMG.
I was repulsed by the hazing Deb underwent by a certain irresistible but horrifying roller derby fairy. It was revealed in an especially artful way that made the horror creep over me as realization came at the same time it did for Deb. It's excellent writing and masterful storytelling like that which makes this book so amazing.
This is the book that made me a Red Tash fan. I'm one of the Radishes, her fan club, on Facebook. I'm following her comments about the progress of the sequel, Troll or Park, with great interest!
I loved the Trolls in this book. Learning about them and how they fit into the world of faeries is fantastic. I also loved watching Deb discover who she is among the creatures of this new world, and being able to see the world from the eyes of both the inside and the outside.
Stephanie Bentley is great for the main character. As I listened to the narration, I really could imagine that her voice was Roller Deb's. It really made the audio version of this book worth it.
I did want to listen to this book in one setting. If only my children would let me listen for that amount of time!
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