I loved Stolen Songbird. It was my 3rd most favorite read of the year in 2014, so this book was definitely on my most anticipated reads from the get-go. What I didn't expect was to feel nearly indifferent about this book. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen
Publisher: Angry Robot
Release Date: June 2nd, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible.
Beneath the mountain, the king's reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king's power. Or his manipulation.Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day, she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted... (Goodreads).
My Bookish Thoughts:
After falling completely in love with Stolen Songbird, my expectations were in the clouds. I did not expect to fall with melting wax wings to my death with this one, but it was a crash and burn for me. I was so thoroughly disappointed with this book. I was angry and mad and frustrated at the beginning, and by halfway through, I became utterly indifferent... as I rolled my eyes. I felt like Cécile lost her agency in this book, and along with that annoying tidbit, her mother nearly killed me. Cécile was completely passive in this installment, which I felt was a MAJOR problem seeing as she had way more agency and spunk in the first book.
Her loyalty to her mother confused me, and all the whining and moping really killed this book for me. Overall, I think this book suffered severely from the Second Book Syndrome, and even though I loved the first one, I probably will not pick up the third one in this series. I was that disappointed.
I gave this book 1.5 stars