In Troll or Derby, fifteen-year-old Roller Deb is singled out by town bullies for both her skates, and for being different. 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 this magical new realm, forever?
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Captivating and Entertaining
I would listen to it again. I found it very enjoyable.
I enjoyed the point of view the author took with this. It made following the main characters more fun. I could see the story through their eyes and understand their feelings better.
She nailed it in my book. Her voice was what I think I would have imagined it to sound like.
Great Story, Great Voice
I really enjoyed the author's creativity in this audio book. Tash has a vivid imagination, and she builds her stories with wit, guile and grit; Not to mention the wonderful narration by Stephanie Bentley. Just great!
I just loved the Fairies. Awesome characters! Tash's imagination is limitless. She incorporates a multiplicity of magical beings into her writing. And her comedic breaks and suggestive prose are really well written, smart girl!
My fav scenes were with the fairy drug. That's some powerful stuff. Reminded me of vamp blood from True Blood. Tash borrows from other sources of literature and myth (as she ought to do!) but what separates her from a lot of the young adult fiction authors out there is that instead of just regurgitating, she builds and expands on the canon of myth and the mythological. I'm sure there are other authors out there getting great ideas from Red Tash.
Overall, it was great to have such a talented narrator. It really makes or breaks the book. Some audio books have the most monotonous narrators- where do they find these people! Not here though, Ms. Bentley infuses the story with human (or otherwise!) essence. She gets into the characters, does great voices, and her inflections are right on point. Fantastic pacing as well. Made for a very enjoyable listen! Great audio book!