Title: Troll or Derby.
Author: Red Tash.
Published Date: 6/14/2012.
Barnes and Noble.
"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 the blonde temptress April, forever?"
First & Last Line:
"Meth fires are blue, the hottest kind of flame."
"I also knew I could never stop her."
When judging covers, I always feel that it isn't fair for me to judge something I haven't actually seen in person. But from the pictures I've seen the cover looks pretty, and reflects the story perfectly, especially with those roller skates!
Troll or Derby is the story of a (not so normal) girl, named Deb, whose life isn't what it seems. Before she knows it, her mother isn't her mother, her sister is kidnapped, and her entire life changes! But thanks to a cutie (and troll) named Harlow, who Deb becomes close with, she isn't alone on her journey to find her sister. Harlow teaches and shows Deb who and what Trolls are. He gives her tons of insight on the world of fairies!
Throughout reading Troll and Derby I did get confused a few times with which character was which (especially with the chapters always changing perspectives), but overall I enjoyed the majority of them! Deb was a great main character! I loved her passion of derby (ing?) and skating. And I did get a good giggle out of her sassy and sarcastic come backs! Many times throughout the story I could connect and see myself doing exactly what Deb did during different situations.
On the other hand Harlow was a very sweet, cute and interesting troll! Not only did her teach a lot about faeries and trolls to Deb, but me, the reader as well.
If I could change anything about Troll or Derby, it would be a few of the characters. Many characters were introduced but only a few had any density to them, a real personality. With so many characters I was expecting a lot more going on throughout the story, and that would be the second thing I would change.
Troll of Derby was something very different, and gave the fairy world a whole new perspective! I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something a little different, a strong leading female character, and who doesn't mind Deb's sassy comments!