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Young Adult Fiction 5296
A must read for fans of ya fantasy genre
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Without any doubt, I can already say that Stolen Songbird will end up on my and many other lists of best novels for young adults published in 2014. Stolen Songbird is an example is how it looks when a team of professionals works on a book: great writing, editing & design. What did I like? The list is mile long:
- Intriguing title that hints at one of the main plot elements.
- Beautiful cover with our heroine Cécile holding a glass rose and city of Trollus in the background.
- Writing style is easy to read.
- Good world building with right amount of details.
- Romance without love triangle, insta-love and all other boring cliches that are overused these days.
- A love story that slowly develops over time through thoughtful gestures.
- Strong heroine that you will find easy to cheer for and who will make all the right choices. Cécile is a great role model for young adults.
"I wouldn't lie down and die, but neither would I give up on obtaining my liberty, I would live each day and fight for what mattered most: my freedom."
- A hero that will slowly win your heart.
"He looked like Prince Charming from the fairytales, except for one thing: Prince Charming was human, and the boy standing in front of me was decidedly not. His pale skin was too flawless, his motions too smooth and controlled."

The biggest flaw of this book is the summary – it reveals too much. A lot of books published by Strange Chemistry suffer from this problem and Stolen Songbird has it too. I made a mistake and read the summary before reading the book, so I blame it as a reason why I just liked it very much. If some events and twists in plot were not already known to me, Stolen Songbird would have blown my mind.

IN THE END…
Stolen Songbird is one of those rare occurrences when the promo description from publisher does not lie. They recommend it “for those who have loved Seraphina and Graceling” and I can only agree that Stolen Songbird has all the best elements from these books: intricate character development and cute slow building romance from Seraphina mixing it up with action and political intrigue from Graceling. So fans of ya fantasy, be brave, don’t be scared by number of pages, it will be worth your time.

Disclaimer: I was given a free eBook by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
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