Saturday, August 25, 2012

Book Review: Troll or Derby by Red Tash

Troll or Derby by Red Tash, ebook edition book cover

Troll or Derby
by Red Tash

Genre: YA, fantasy
Editions available: ebook, paperback, Kindle
Source: Author (thanks so much, Red! P.S Love your name!)

Summary (Goodreads):

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?


My Thoughts:

Let's face it: given the title, we'll be instantly aware that this book's about trolls. And faes. The characters of this book are not exactly humans. Who would've thought one day, trolls will be the star of a book? And this is not just another fae book. You'll see.

I really enjoyed this book. Not just because of some facts I gave above, but the simplicity yet adorable composition of it. Wait. It's not really simple. Let me put it this way..

What I liked: The idea of the book and characters. Come on! I've never heard of faes roller skating before. I never read a book with a troll as the knight and shining armor. Admit it. It's really cool! I also liked (and hated) the antagonist. I appreciate the male antagonist. I've been reading paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi books with female antagonist and it's kinda refreshing to hate men (note: ON BOOK!) again for a while. He's pretty annoying and ugly and very effective. And with these amazing characters and flow of story, Tash delivers a more than simple and average story of a hot troll and cool fae and their journey. Did I mention I've grown a crush to Harlow, the troll? He's like, the new hero. Goodbye princes and knights and other superheroes!

What I *somewhat* didn't liked: The ending. The ending. THE ending. What? That's it? No update on what happened to Deb and Harlow? I've been waiting for THE kiss!

I received a PDF copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.
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Love reading about faes? Like a paranormal read? Who wants to try trolls as a leading man, for a change? I know you want it. ;)

Book cover comment/s:

With the black background and pink and purple hues, it just illustrates the dangerously adorable vibe of the book. Although I might be not seeing Deb as that doll(?) model.


  1. Thanks for the review, Michelle! Two more books on the way! Troll Or Park is next...we'll see, there may or may not be some kissing eventually. :)

  2. Haha
    Ohmygosh. I didn't know this is a series!
    That's something to look forward. :)


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