1 Northern Plunder: I aim to misbehave.: Review: Troll or Derby

Monday, 20 August 2012

Review: Troll or Derby

Troll Or DerbyTroll or Derby by Red Tash
Page Count: 262
Format Read: eBook
First in a series.
Synopsis: In Troll Or Derby, fifteen-year-old Roller Deb is singled out by town bullies for both her skates, and her sexual orientation. 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 the blonde temptress April, forever?
Review: I was super duper lucky enough to receive a copy of Troll or Derby for review from the author herself and couldn't wait to jump into a new world of Red's, late last year I won a copy of This Brilliant Darkness which I enjoyed, and upon starting Troll or Derby I was engulfed by her writing again, she is definitely one of those authors who has a style to her work I'm not sure I can pin it down to a certain thing or two, its just there. Anyhow the this story follows 15 year old Deb as she aims to save her more popular sister from a terrible "meth" lab fire, yes whilst her sister may be more popular, she's also gone and gotten herself mixed in with the wrong crowd - drug dealers. Oh but that is not the worst of it, they're trolls too! Could it be any worse? Well actually it can, she ends up being kidnapped by the trolls from hospital whilst Deb tries to warn her mother that her precious Gennifer is in hospital which doesn't go down smoothly at all. Needless to say the journey Deb takes only gets stranger and more magical the further she skates to the rescue of her sister, but what I liked the most was how there was never a dull moment on any page, the speed was constantly rising right up until the last word and I was so excited to know how it ended I stayed up late reading, passed out before finishing and woke up the next morning to find out I had three pages left, bad luck or what? The book also has alternating narratives as one chapters is by Deb, the next by Harlow - the loveliest Troll you'll ever meet - and so on and so forth, which was a great way to present the story as we got to see it from Deb's point of view who knew nothing about the magical realm and also from Harlow who was a lot more educated even if he didn't have the best of memory, he really helped to fill in the blanks. Such a brilliant quick short read that leaves on a lovely cliffhanger ready for the sequel which I have high hopes for and look forward to see certain characters develop - specifically Othello and Harlow some more.
Recommend? Indeed!
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  1. I said something similar about Barlow too! He's one troll I wouldn't mind getting married to.

    1. *HARLOW! Track this auto-correct!

      Hey you should read Geekomancy too, I have a feeling you'll love that book.

    2. I added it to my wishlist, it looks wonderful, in fact I might just buy it now...

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