Published by CreateSpace on October 6, 2015
Series: Troll #1
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
At the age of sixteen, Abby is undergoing major household changes. Her mom is getting ready to remarry and her new step-brother is driving her insane. She is just trying to keep herself busy with school and her part-time job when a most deliciously handsome stranger moves to her little seaside town and won't leave her alone.
New arrival Wilhelm is unlike any other student at Abby’s school. His emerald eyes and tattooed body don’t truly reveal what he really is: a creature emerged from thousands of miles underground, seeking revenge, treasure, and a key that once belonged to an old enemy – a key Abby wears suspended from a chain around her neck. Why she has it is a mystery that Wilhelm will need to solve, and fast, in order to defeat a powerful mortal adversary.
As an attraction between Abby and Wilhelm develops, more creatures like Wilhelm are drawn from beneath the ground to Abby’s town; wreaking havoc as they offer Abby’s classmates the fulfillment of their deepest desires. Will Abby and her new family survive as a game of magical warfare is unleashed? Her ability to reverse Wilhelm’s bargain depends on it.
Troll is a totally new take on paranormal. It is the first in a new young adult series, by the same name, from author Ashley C. Harris. I don’t know about you, but I have never read a young adult paranormal book that features trolls. And I am a little ashamed to admit that my understanding of them is practically nonexistent.(the closest I have to a depiction in my mind are from frozen haha) Troll takes the reader on a fast paced exhilarating journey underground to the world of the trolls. Plus there are the knights, who are the enemies of the Trolls. Plus, there is a romance and mystery surrounding Wilhelm and Abby. Yep, lots going on to keep your attention.
I really liked the mystery surrounding Abby, and Abby herself. She was my favorite part of the story. I was really interested in Abby’s friendship with Leo, but he was mainly in the beginning of the story, and I found the that part to be really confusing. Even after reading the whole book, I am still a little confused. (I get the main gist, but it was really jumbled.)
Another highlight of Troll for me was watching the warring nature of the Trolls. Wilhelm in particular. I loved that Ashley C. Harris didn’t make apologies for their slightly mean nature. They take children, they kill knights- and people, and they even have fun doing it. That is who they are, and that is who Wilhelm is. The change in him while he was around Abby was subtle, which I also appreciated. He didn’t wake up one morning, suddenly in love. He is who he is, but that doesn’t mean he is a villian. Far from it. Watching him with Abby was a lovely slow burn romance, and I thought it was perfect for the mood of the story.
The trolls v. knight aspect of the story was where I had my biggest hold up. It is where almost all of my confusion stemmed from and it kind of felt incomplete. I really hope that there will be a prequel added in to give us some back story on the knights and on the trolls. I would love to know why they are the way they are today. When did they start fighting? Why? It wasn’t really addressed. I know there was some more information at the end, and it looks like we are going to get some answers in the second book, but I still think a prequel would be well served to story the readers some of the history of the trolls, and of the knights.
Bottom Line: If you like paranormal books and love reading about new creatures and new takes on them, check out Troll. It was a really interesting read.
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