Troll by Ashley C. Harris
Trolls, hidden desires, and the beginning of a wild adventure, oh my! A great start to a new young adult series.
Publisher’s Description: 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.
Possible spoilers beyond this point!
Luna Lovebooks says…
I want to get my little dislikes out of the way before we get to the good stuff. First of all there were some parts that left me a little bewildered; there is a chapter where Abby is magically transported from an art show back to her hometown school by a magical dimension-traveling lion. I am hoping this lion will be made clear in the following books because at this point he seems like a random character. The only other thing I really didn’t like (but some readers may) was the major cliff hanger ending! Normally these types of endings don’t bother me, but I felt with Troll that I was left with far more questions than answers. This being Book One in a series I am sure these will be answered by the end of the series.
That being said Harris does a wonderful job of making her characters come to life. There is the barest hint of setting but it works for this story because you are so wrapped up in the adventures of Abby, the Trolls and the Knights. Abby and Wilhelm play off each other and awaken each other’s potential to become heroes while at the same time trying to avoid each other. This is another high point because Wilhelm can’t quite figure out why he feels this growing attraction to Abby, especially after he just lost his mate. We get the hint that the villains known as the Knights were once a good entity but have since become corrupted, killing even innocent children that fall for the Trolls bargains. While this is normally a bad thing it sets the stage for Abby to discover who she really is and possibly bring the Knights back to their good standing with the help of Wilhelm, who is both Troll and Knight. If you like fantasy elements, female leads, and potential love plots then this book is a good read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and give it a four.
If you like this book…
…you should also check out Ashley Harris’s other series Shock Me. You should also check out the Troll Trilogy by Katherine Langrish. If you like stand alone books try Troll: A Love Story by Johanna Sinisalo.