Review: Warrior Witch

This is a spoiler free review (even for those who haven’t read the previous book).

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Warrior Witch (Malediction #3) by Danielle L. Jensen
Publication: 03.05.2016 by Angry Robot

Genre: Fantasy, YA
Rating: 5/5 stars

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I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

I won’t provide a synopsis for this book, as it will spoil you for the previous novels.

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Last year, I received an e-arc of Hidden Huntress, the second book in the trilogy -and absolutely loved it. I’d been looking forward to the last book, Warrior Witch, ever since. You can imagine my excitement when I got approved for this one on Netgalley. 4 days after being approved, I’m writing my review. I have to say, I was a tad afraid when starting this book, because I didn’t want to be disappointed. As I loved the first 2 books so much, I had quite high expectations for this one. I had no reason to be though. Warrior Witch turned out to be my favorite book in the trilogy. 

PLOT

Can I just say that shit went down in this book? Because it did. A LOT happens in this novel, let me tell you. It’s action scene after action scene, plan and scheme after plan and scheme. Yet it never felt like too much to me. It still flowed beautifully, which made for a captivating read. I read this in two sittings, and I only put it down because I had to get off a train and go home (which you can’t do while reading, trust me). 

This book felt like a roller coaster to me, in the best way possible. So many emotions were felt on my part. I loved how Jensen managed to throw me off still by revealing aspects about certain characters. How she managed to change my mind on characters I felt very strongly about. 

In my opinion, this is a great example of a final book done right. I wasn’t left with any questions -just with a 10 liter bucket of emotions

CHARACTERS

Like I said, the author managed to change my mind on many of the characters. Once I hated prior to this book, I now felt sympathy or pity for. Once I felt “meh” about, I now loved. Such as Sabine. Man, I love her.

I have so much love for many of the characters in this series. I feel like I can’t say much without spoiling, but the character development in this trilogy is incredible. Not just for the main characters either. I really felt for many of the side characters too, because Jensen portrayed them incredibly well. It’s really important to me that side characters are fleshed out too, because it makes the story and the main characters’ journey seem that much more realistic? For example, Sabine, Victoria and Vincent, Marc, Thibault, Roland and so on. All of these side characters are detrimental to the story. 

I’ll give you some of my main findings. Roland creeps the hell out of me. Stay away, you psychotic child. Tristan needs a hug. Everyone needs a hug. Aside from Roland because then you have to get close.

Lastly, can I just say: THAT ENDING. When I reached about 96% in the Kindle copy, I was like: WHAT. EXCUSE ME. WHAT? I do think it’s a fitting ending though. Like I said, a great wrap up of the story overall. 

Danielle L. Jensen, I am looking forward to reading your next works.

Review: Hidden Huntress (Malediction Trilogy #2) by Danielle L. Jensen

hidden huntressTitle: Hidden Huntress (Malediction #2)
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Release date: June 2nd, 2015 by Angry Robot
Genres: Young adult, fantasy
Rating: 5/5 stars

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I won’t provide a synopsis for this novel because it’s the second in the series and doing so would spoil you. All of my reviews are spoiler-free, even if you haven’t read the first book!

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I can’t tell you how excited I was to receive this book for review! Stolen Songbird, the first book in the series, was the first book I read in 2015. What a way to start off the new year, right? I really loved the first book -you can find my review here– so I couldn’t wait to pick up the second book. At the same time, I was a bit hesitant because sequels can be quite disappointing! This one however, was far from disappointing to me!

PLOT

As I said, this review is spoiler-free, so I won’t be talking about what actually happens. But I can talk about the pacing, action, etc. I’m always surprised by the books in this series, because they’re a bit longer than the usual YA books. But it never feels too long to me! I’m reading it and suddenly there will be a huge plot twist, which makes me think the book will end soon -on a cliffhanger. But then I notice that I’m not even halfway through! Which always makes me wonder what Danielle L. Jensen still has in store for me.

I found this book to be extremely captivating. The main character, Cécile, gets stuck in all of these insane situations -talk about a rock and a hard place… – and she always tries to make it turn out right. But does it ever? This series is quite action-packed! There’s always a new discovery, a new development, some more political intrigue and magic! There was much more magic in this book than the previous, and I loved it.

The parts I love most about these books are the fact that they include both magic and political intrigue and scheming. The society of the trolls is so deceiving -even though they can’t outright lie, that doesn’t mean they can’t deceive you. I never know who is on the good side or what the others are plotting. The plots and schemes in this book are really intricate.

CHARACTERS

The most prominent characters in this book are Cécile, Tristan, Chris and Sabine. I feel like there are so many other characters I want to talk about, but that would totally spoil you so I can’t even talk about them. Just know that there are many other characters that are complex and intriguing! I won’t tell you much about the main characters either, because who they have become largely corresponds to what they have been through. I do think that they are all strong characters, in their own way. Cécile is doing everything she can to help those she loves, the same goes for Tristan. Chris is trying to help his friends and the world at the same time. Sabine wants to be the best friend she can be, even if she makes wrong decisions based on what she thinks is right.

What I find most important is that the characters are quite complex. I thought I knew for sure how I felt about certain characters in the first book: some I hated, some I adored. The second book totally changed my mind on some of them though. I don’t know who is trying to do good anymore. I can’t honestly tell the difference between what would be good or evil sometimes. It has turned in this giant grey area and I applaud the author for being able to write a story that incites such conflicting feelings.

CONCLUSION

I would highly recommend this book to everyone! If you haven’t read the first one, please go do so now! Hidden Huntress won’t be released until June 2nd, so you still have time to catch up. It’s action-packed, full of magic and has great characters.  My only regret is that I’ll have to wait such a long time for the third book. I mean, that ending!

★★★★★

Review: Stolen Songbird (Malediction Trilogy #1) by Danielle L. Jensen

stolen songbirdTitle: Stolen Songbird
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Series: The Malediction Trilogy #1
Published: April 1st, 2014 by Strange Chemistry
Pages: 469
Genres:  Young adult, fantasy, paranormal
Rating: ★★★★½ – 4.5/5 stars

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Synopsis: For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city 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. Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity. But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader. As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.

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I’d seen some reviews -good ones- around before I started reading this, but not a lot of buzz about it. To be honest, that kind of makes me sad because I really enjoyed this book! I had a bit of a misconception about it which I’m guessing was because of the title and the first chapter but even though I was expecting something different, I still enjoyed it.

First of all, the plot. I was a bit surprised to learn how long this book was. I didn’t expect for it to be almost 500 pages! Especially because the plot really takes off right from the beginning. First, we meet Cécile while she’s singing in front of her -farm- town. She says goodbye to her best friend and rides to her home, where she’ll have a goodbye party as she is leaving the farm to live with her mother in the city. Yet she never arrives there. I promise that this is not a spoiler, it’s in the synopsis. And then the truly epic story starts. You get introduced to a city underneath/inside the mountains: Trollus. The “people” that live there are trolls -and they are all deformed in a certain way. So much happens in this story, it doesn’t just cover a few days. It’s truly captivating.

The plot is absolutely wonderful. It just takes you on this journey through the city of Trollus and you get to meet so many interesting characters! And though they are deformed, they aren’t what I always imagined when I think about a troll -you know, like the one in Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone. They each have a certain deformity, like an extra arm, etc. The first troll we meet is nobility. TROLL NOBILITY. How awesome is that? That’s just one aspect to show you how well developed this world is.

Then there’s the characters. I CAN’T EVEN. I really loved Cécile! She is not just giving up on her faith, she wants to go back home and knows that she’ll only have one chance to escape. But she’ll bide her time and wait for the right moment. Then they want her to MARRY the prince. They abduct her, and make her marry a TROLL. WHAT? She’s defiant and true to herself and while she is stubborn, it’s not in a I-am-going-to-do-this-even-though-I-know-beforehand-it’s-a-giant-mistake kind of way. And yes, I did just make that entire sentence into one word. I really loved Tristan, the prince-troll as well. In the beginning, he is so sassy and rude. I loved it. And I also kind of wanted to punch him in the face. But it turns into such a unique relationship. Well, huh, relationship I guess. The only thing I had a bit of an issue with was that Tristan was the only troll who was handsome. Just, really? I mean, every troll is deformed except for the one she has to marry. Sigh. I see a missed opportunity there! And the side characters were also epic and so interesting! The twins who try to best each other in absolutely everything which leads to ridiculous contests. Her two maids who are not afraid to speak up even though she is now royalty. The king, who utterly creeped me out. Cécile gets to know all of these different characters and it is just wonderful.

What stood out to me most was the world the author has built. How utterly intricate it is! There’s royalty, nobility, slaves -well, kind of- and an entire hierarchy. There’s an underground rebellion going on: but who is part of it? AND most of all: trolls can’t lie! So they have perfected ways to deceive yet not tell an outright lie. It’s epic. And why are they under the mountain? Why can’t they go anywhere else? It’s all stuff you get to discover while reading this. The trolls’ city is surrounded by these giant slug-like -I think- creatures that sting you and kill you, so escaping won’t be easy. Yet they are so rich and have magic.

I don’t know what else to say! This book was just unique and incredible. I’d definitely recommend it if you like YA fantasy. I will definitely read the sequel.