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Trolls and Princesses

Just today I finished the last book of the Trylle trilogy by Amanda Hocking. I had been waiting for the last one for a while, a few months, so I read it much faster than I probably should have. In retrospect, I should’ve made it last longer, but then again it was also such an easy and fast-paced read that I could barely put it down.
As any other trilogy it starts with the trouble of our protagonist, Wendy, and her less complicated life only to get much more complicated when she finds out she is actually a Troll. But not the ugly and gross kind that we think of troll, no, just a very grounded and earth-bound human with some superpowers of some kind in some cases. And just to top that, Wendy also discovers that her real mother is the Queen of these trolls and Wendy has to face the fact that she will one day be Queen too. The book are told from Wendy’s perspective and are great at conveying Wendy’s turmoil at adjusting to this new life with all the complications this brings about too. As we read on we follow her on her path to discover the real truth about herself and her unknown past, details of which are revealed very slowly over the course of the last two books. And of course, as any other fantasy trilogy there also has to be a love squander or love triangle, this has a combination of the two. However, the triangle doesn’t really start to take action until we get to the second book but before that there are plenty of other heated and romantic settings to entice the reader. This is another thing I like about this author, even though it is obviously a young adult trilogy, she is not afraid to go into detail in the romantic scenes, even when it comes to the bedroom scenes. I sometimes feel like young adult novels try to cover those things up too much, but when you think about it the kids get plenty of exposure to those kinds of things through television and Internet anyways, so why should literature be any different? If anything, I think literature might in some cases be a more accurate description of how things really are. Anyway, overall I really liked these books and there were easy and quick to get through and very suitable for a summer-by-the-pool read or something like that. So if you’re going somewhere sunny this summer, think about bringing this trilogy along with you to keep you company by the pool.

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Having a Hunger Craving?

Due to the lack of writing on my own part I decided to write a short recommendation, after I was recommended the books by a fellow blogger (you know who you are). I will try to write this as spoiler-free as possible, but I do apologize if I didn’t succeed, but now you have been warned.

I just recently finished the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins and I must say the reviews of the trilogy kept to their word. It truly kept my hanging by every page by every chapter.

The first book starts out by introducing a somewhat corrupt future where oppression is a much abused way of keeping people in check, and even more gruesomely done, it is upheld by enlisting children to slaughter each other for other people’s amusement. I think at first hand you think the idea brutal and horrific that was how I viewed it and every killing (because that is unavoidable) is even more brutal than the last one. You can’t help but empathize with the character Katniss Everdeen, who continuously seems to think of everyone other than herself. Yet she manages to survive for the course of three books.

It is funny how some books tend to be on your to-read-list for several weeks, months, sometimes even years before you get around the reading them. This trilogy for example had been on my list for at least 6 months before I pulled myself together and read them. A reason that held me somewhat back, was the review by Stephenie Meyer on the cover, and though I admit I have read the Twilight books, her recommendation didn’t say much for it on my part. Don’t get me wrong, the Twilight story was a great one but that is as far as it goes, story-wise. So a review from Stephenie Meyer didn’t vouch for much in my books. It wasn’t until  after a warm recommendation from our fellow blogger (you still know who you are), who said they had consumed three or four days of her life, that it lead me to believe there must be something good about them and I decided to give them a chance. Honestly, I believe my boyfriend found me slightly irritating at some times because I just had to read the next chapter, I simply had to find out what would happen next. This was also partly because Collins manages to write nearly every chapter as a tiny cliff-hanger, leaving you wanting more.

Another reason that pushed me to read the books now was the fact that just like every other piece of fantasy fiction going around this is meant to be adapted to the big screen in the spring of 2012. I figured if I started now I would have plenty of time to finish the books before the films came out, turns out I was right. But just like every other piece of fiction that has been adapted to the big screen it has a large amount to live up to, which I think goes without saying if you decide to read the books, which, if you choose to, you should do before the film. As I always wish to do before any film adaptation.

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