Review: Troll-y Yours

troll-y yoursReviewed by Shelly

Absolutely do not judge this book by its cover. Even the blurb didn’t give me a hint of how good a writer Fredricks is. Talk about taking a category and doing something different with it! Wow. If you’re at all familiar with Kate Hill’s Horsemen series then this is right up your alley. As I sit here writing this review, I’m still shocked how good this story is. The world building alone is worth reading this for, but I can guarantee that the characters will make you want to stay and read a bit more and a bit more and a bit more…

Ella, the Troll, has had it up to here with her shitty mother, her go along to get along father, and her can’t do anything wrong brother. It’s time to get the heck out of dodge and into a place of her own but to do that, Ella’s going to need money – lots of it and right now. And that’s where she got the brilliant idea – speed dating. Don’t judge folks, necessity is the mother of invention.

Kempor Aleksander, the Centaur, is the Head of the Palace Guards. He’s also Boronda’s most eligible bachelor and let’s just say that Alek knows what the ladies like. Alek is completely and totally bored with the ladies and although he’s not looking for a permanent relationship he wouldn’t mind a change in the routine. When Ella and Alek meet for the first time at Ella’s first Troll-y Yours event, sparks fly for them both but Ella’s had too much heartache to see Alek as anything but a playboy and Alek is intrigued because Ella’s could care less who he is.

This is a fun read. It moves fast and the dialogue is foot-stomping funny. It’s not pie and candy though. There are some tough scenes especially in Ella’s home life. Ella’s mother has been giving her mental beat downs for the last hundred years and that will come to the surface eventually to be dealt with (but not right now); in spite of that and as much as she’s been discarded by her family, Ella remains a good person. Yes, she can and does get snippy when she feels uncomfortable and unsure of herself but her transformation from that person to the person who believes that she deserves not just happiness but happiness with Alek is a beautiful thing to watch.

Alek is an absolute riot. Unlike Ella, he doesn’t have family and I’m not sure what happened to them, but not knowing didn’t take away from the story for me at all, because his character was very well developed. And even though he’s not perfect by any means – not even close– that, in part, makes him a very likable guy. He makes his mistakes with Ella but he wants to fix it and be a better person for Ella. How he gets to that realization is interesting to see unfold.

One of the best things about this story for me was that Fredricks didn’t try and dress up what either being a Troll or being a Centaur is (in fiction anyway). Neither of these characters had any desire to change the person they were falling in love with. Ella will always be a Troll and Alek will always be a Centaur and they refer to each other that way too. Some of the more interesting endearments from Ella to Alek are based on his Centaur parts. Now keep in mind that the prejudice that was built into their society is addressed, both Ella and Alek know that they will face challenges.

I can’t express how much I liked this story (a lot if you’ve not noticed by now), there are some unresolved things that I would have liked to see panned out but they didn’t leave me unsatisfied with the ending, not one bit. I will say this – if you’re looking for something that’s a little bit different, tons of sarcasm, true love, and mythic creatures then this is your next read.

Happy Reading Folks!

Rating: B+

*ARC provided by publisher for review

Click to purchase: Amazon

Troll-y Yours
by Sheri Fredricks
Release Date: May 17, 2013

 

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