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Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen

The Malediction Trilogy, #2
published on June 2nd 2015 by Angry Robot Books
young adult | fantasy | romance

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Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible.

Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.

Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.

To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted…

*I received a digital review copy for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
Thank you to Angry Robot books for providing me with an advanced copy for review.

Review

This review is spoiler-free for both books in the trilogy!

Remember that time I cried for ages when Stolen Songbird ended? Good times, good times. Now I’m here to proudly inform you that Danielle L. Jensen has managed to make me curl up into a ball and bawl like a baby. Again. Repeatedly.

That being said, I didn’t love this one as much as the first. Don’t get me wrong–it was still entertaining and engaging, but I didn’t really feel like I was incredibly invested in the story this time around. Let me explain…

Hidden Huntress only less-than-half takes part in Trollus. Most of the book took place in Trianon, and honestly the human world isn’t as gorgeous as the world of the Trolls. I read fantasy to get out of the human world, and sadly Cécile was only in Trollus for maybe 2% of the book. Most of Tristan’s story was set in Trollus, but there was more plotting (Tristan trying to fix problems) then exploring.

Another thing I wasn’t too fond of was Cécile and Tristan themselves (individually–romantic assessment later), which is a shame because I adored them both in the first book. They both were just really hot and cold in this book and you couldn’t really tell what they really wanted half of the time.

I still LOVE the romance, though. Cécile and Tristan have such a strong bond, and when they’re together I just want to chain them to each other so that they’d never separate again. Their scenes together made me swoon, cry, and want to find my own man (preferably Logan Lerman) to smooch. Unfortunately I’m too young to do that.

I know Danielle left a few clues for us to guess things early on, but for some strange reason I wasn’t able to pick up on any of those and was actually quite shocked when the big reveal came on. Forgive me for my ignorance. Other people might find the twist easier to guess, though. Also, bonus points for giving the villain in this book a fabulous backstory. I love it when we get to know the bad guys, too.

What really made this still an enjoyable read for me was Danielle’s writing. It was so easy to read and everything flowed really nicely. POVs were easily distinguishable. The writing also had that fantasy vibe that I love so much.

OH, and the ending! Jesus, that was a glorious ending. It was full of action and much intrigue… There’s so much space for what could go on in book three (which I totally need RIGHT NOW PLEASE).

Overall, if you enjoyed Stolen Songbird, I highly recommend reading ASAP this book because lots of your questions will be answered. If you’re not too keen on it, maybe wait around for book three, but still read this eventually.

Skulls 3.5

PURCHASE STOLEN SONGBIRD
PURCHASE HIDDEN HUNTRESS

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About Aimee
Aimee loves being a little bookworm (okay–she doesn’t like being little). She also loves chocolates and sweets but is freaked out by the thought of possibly getting diabetes.

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29 thoughts on “Review: Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen

  1. Great review, Aimee! I’m sorry you didn’t like this one as much as Stolen Songbird, but at least the romance was still swoon worthy. I’m desperate to get my hands on this book, and I hope I enjoy it too, the none fantasy aspects aside

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  2. I loved learning about Trianon – but I can see what you mean about it not being as engaging as Trollus! And the twist and the ending of this book were fabulous – definitely made me even more excited (how is that possible??) for the third book!

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  3. I didn’t enjoy this as much as the first one, mainly due to the slow pacing and some of Cecile’s less than fantastic ideas. It picked up once the two were united though – yay! Am interested to see how everything will get resolved in the last book!

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    1. Their relationship wasn’t really hot and cold, but they were so confusing individually. .-. Let me know if you end up loving the first as much as I did! <3

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  4. Ooh, a villain with a good backstory? I am intrigued. Not often does that realllllly happen. Okay, so don’t hate me, but I didn’t love the first one. I mean — I liked it. But urgh, I don’t know. I always feel thrown when YA authors use trolls. When I think of a troll I think of… you know, a gigantic ugly beast or something. So when they’re described as beautiful and whatnot, it weirds me out. Still, I DO plan on reading this one, and hopefully soon, because I’m eager to see where the story will go from the ending of the last book.

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    1. YES. It’s the kind of backstory that makes you love/hate them at the same time! :O
      I much prefer the ugly trolls (like Marc) too, so no judging on my part!
      Hurrah! This one’s sort of a cliffie too though.

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  5. I’m a little nervous about this one Aimee from the standpoint that I don’t love when characters I’m madly in love with are separated. I get all antsy and anxious until their reunited and I’m not sure how long that takes in this book. I’m glad the romance made you happy even if the two of them on their own aren’t quite as strong as they were in the first book!

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  6. “OH, and the ending! Jesus, that was a glorious ending.” <– This makes me happy!

    I really do need to read this one soon! Glad to see you still enjoyed this one, even though you didn't love this one as much. Also happy to see you still love the romance! Thanks for the review, Aimee!

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  7. Awesome review! You really nailed this one:D I totally agree, those two didnt seem to know what they wanted from each other. They’re pretty much opposites though so that’s probably why they’re all over the place. I’m anxiously waiting for the next one, can’t wait to see how they defeat blanky blank blank!

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    1. Thanks lovely! :) I liked them enough, but it seemed like they couldn’t really set their priorities straight. I can’t wait for the next book too!

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  8. I really want to read this book! But I am also kinda ashamed to admit that I’ve forgotten most of Stolen Songbird. I read it as an ARC ages ago, and don’t remember much, so I have to read the book all over again to give this one a shot:)
    Lovely review Aimee!

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    1. I’ve forgotten a LOT of SS too (I have the WORST memory) and it’ll be hard to read this if you can’t remember much of SS, honestly. >_< Definitely reread it before getting to this!

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  9. Great review, Aimee! I felt very similarly, though the book did really drag for me. I thought she could have made the plot much tighter and more compelling that way. That said, the romance is still adorable! I was frustrated with Cecilie and Tristan at various times, but I also admire their tenacity to do what needs to be done. I’m so excited for the last book!

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  10. I didn’t even know this was the sequel for the book, I thought it was part of another series LOL I’m so smart.. I loved Stolen Songbird too, I cried and cried in that one. I keep hearing mixed reviews about this one, but I do hope it’s still as good as the first one though! If it’s not, its okay as long as it’s somewhat close. I love the dual perspectives here though, awesome review Aimee :)

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    1. Yes, book one made me sob like a baby too! xD This one wasn’t as amazing, but I still enjoyed it a lot. I’m sure the last one will be AMAZING.

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