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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-t 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? Axel Howerton says "Red Tash delivers again with this tale of rockin', rollin' and full metal fantasy! I love this damn book." Mercedes Yardley: "This book has it all. Prophecies. Destinies. Royalty, trust, revenge. Sex, drugs, and rock and roll are doused in humor and lit ablaze with quirky snark. I blew through this book incredibly fast because I couldn’t put it down. If you want a solid, fun read, then pick up Red Tash’s Troll or Derby." Braine of TalkingSupe.com Book Reviews says: "Roller Deb is the perfect amalgam of Heather Graham (Boogey Nights) and Ellen Page (Whip It), she's a sexy ass-kicking heroine and I can't help but adore the chick! All that unleashed power is both scary and fascinating, it feels like staring into the sun. And Harlow, with his swoon-worthy name, is the kind of troll you want to fall in love with (I was actually imaging them to be Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta in Rock of Ages with Tom Cruise as the villain McJagger). Overall the story is crazy exciting and so fast paced you'll just keep on flipping the pages."


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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-t 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? Axel Howerton says "Red Tash delivers again with this tale of rockin', rollin' and full metal fantasy! I love this damn book." Mercedes Yardley: "This book has it all. Prophecies. Destinies. Royalty, trust, revenge. Sex, drugs, and rock and roll are doused in humor and lit ablaze with quirky snark. I blew through this book incredibly fast because I couldn’t put it down. If you want a solid, fun read, then pick up Red Tash’s Troll or Derby." Braine of TalkingSupe.com Book Reviews says: "Roller Deb is the perfect amalgam of Heather Graham (Boogey Nights) and Ellen Page (Whip It), she's a sexy ass-kicking heroine and I can't help but adore the chick! All that unleashed power is both scary and fascinating, it feels like staring into the sun. And Harlow, with his swoon-worthy name, is the kind of troll you want to fall in love with (I was actually imaging them to be Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta in Rock of Ages with Tom Cruise as the villain McJagger). Overall the story is crazy exciting and so fast paced you'll just keep on flipping the pages."

30 review for Troll Or Derby

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elicia

    You can also find this review at http://girlinthewoodsreviews.blogspot... Detailed Review: I love everything about this book. The cover, the story, the characters, the setting you name it. If I was given the chance to say more about it, I would just say that it was an extraordinary read for me, something that was not mundane and doesn't occur daily. I drank everything in, from start to end and I realise something. Even though with something like roller You can also find this review at http://girlinthewoodsreviews.blogspot... Detailed Review: I love everything about this book. The cover, the story, the characters, the setting you name it. If I was given the chance to say more about it, I would just say that it was an extraordinary read for me, something that was not mundane and doesn't occur daily. I drank everything in, from start to end and I realise something. Even though with something like roller derby mixed in together with fantasy such as trolls and fairies, everything is still amazing.  Red, you are one awesome writer.  So, in Troll or Derby, it is basically about how Roller Deb loves to skate and is pulled into a world where roller derby is important and a gruesome source of entertainment. It doesn't help Deb deal with Jag McJagger, king of the trolls, who badly wants her on his team. And the fact that she is her sister Gennifer's Protector and she has to go and rescue her from Jag. So with no other choice, she joins roller derby and Jag's daughter April. or Alma Steevil (Almost Evil). Soon she finds that she starts to forget everything else but her present life. But with the help of her husband Harlow (yes she's married, to a troll against her will) she immediately shakes herself into reality and slays the evil king Jag.  The End. But if you want more, you really have got to read it yourself. I guarantee, this is a five-star read. Brief Review: OMG. Someone shoot me. I possibly have no idea what other things to say besides the fact that it's amazing. My reviewing career is ending here. Final Rating: 5/5 "Totally Amazing!"

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    Sex and Drugs and Rock'n'Roller Derby "Interrogating a pixie isn't as fun as it sounds. I tried to keep it nice, but the little guys are vicious biters, and I may have squished one." Roller Deb is 15, she lives in a trailer with her mom who despises her, her home-coming queen sister, and she's the target of town bullies. When her sister is kidnapped by the local mafia she finds help from an unlikely source. Harlow is a troll who doesn't remember his past. All he knows is he has to protect Roller D Sex and Drugs and Rock'n'Roller Derby "Interrogating a pixie isn't as fun as it sounds. I tried to keep it nice, but the little guys are vicious biters, and I may have squished one." Roller Deb is 15, she lives in a trailer with her mom who despises her, her home-coming queen sister, and she's the target of town bullies. When her sister is kidnapped by the local mafia she finds help from an unlikely source. Harlow is a troll who doesn't remember his past. All he knows is he has to protect Roller Deb and together they embark on a mission to rescue Deb's sister and overthrow the local mob boss. Troll or Derby has it all...it's got trolls and fairies, gangsters, roller derby, sex, drugs and rock'n'roll. It's a dystopian fairy tale that's great fun and completely addictive. Many thanks to Red Tash in conjunction with The Indie Bookshelf for providing me with a review copy of this book. ...I just wanna say, that is one of the best covers I've seen this year!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Karin Cox

    Ever heard about those indie authors who have huge success doing something very different? Like writing fairy erotica, or dragon soap opera? Well, what about dark Urban Fantasy featuring gritty troll-and-fairy roller derby with a gay lead? Sound weird? It is. But don’t be put off. Red Tash‘s new novel Troll or Derby manages to combine all of that in a way that is edgy, fresh, and original. It is a page-turning quick read that pulls no punches, and despite its sometimes dark themes, it will appea Ever heard about those indie authors who have huge success doing something very different? Like writing fairy erotica, or dragon soap opera? Well, what about dark Urban Fantasy featuring gritty troll-and-fairy roller derby with a gay lead? Sound weird? It is. But don’t be put off. Red Tash‘s new novel Troll or Derby manages to combine all of that in a way that is edgy, fresh, and original. It is a page-turning quick read that pulls no punches, and despite its sometimes dark themes, it will appeal to teens as well as adults. Roller Deb is stuck in Bedrock, Indiana, with a loveless, alcoholic mother and a popular sister. Her only solace is roller skating, and Deb’s ambition is to skate in the Derby. But when her beauty queen sister—who has hooked up with a drug-dealer who deals faeth (fairy meth)—goes missing, Deb must set off to find her. What our main female protagonist doesn’t know is that she is actually a fairy who is about to fledge, and that she has been assigned a protector—Harlow, a troll and the nephew of Troll rockstar Jarrod McJagger. Her mentor, the coach at the skating rink is also a troll, who gives her a pair of magic skates … and so unravels a prophecy that takes Deb and Harlow on a fast-moving, sometimes grim adventure that teaches both more about who they really are. For trolls and fairies, Tash’s paranormal protagonists are part of a new mythology and live in a very real, very troubled world. Tough yet tender, Deb and Harlow are multidimensional characters who are respectively worlds away from the delicate fairies or leery, sneering trolls Disney might offer—which, for me, only enhances Troll or Derby’s appeal. I’d recommend this to anyone who enjoys compelling, rare and unusual reads that make them wonder (in a good way), “How on earth did she come up with this?”

  4. 5 out of 5

    ᴥ Irena ᴥ

    2.5 If I had stopped somewhere around half of this story, I would have rated it five stars. However it is like two different books written by two different authors. The first is great: the setting, a prophecy, the build-up, the mystery and the wonderful way of introducing the protagonists (a fairy and a troll bonded when they were children) and their adversaries. There are too many things to list. The other half is full of inconsistencies, the things that needed an explanation and there is absolu 2.5 If I had stopped somewhere around half of this story, I would have rated it five stars. However it is like two different books written by two different authors. The first is great: the setting, a prophecy, the build-up, the mystery and the wonderful way of introducing the protagonists (a fairy and a troll bonded when they were children) and their adversaries. There are too many things to list. The other half is full of inconsistencies, the things that needed an explanation and there is absolutely nothing that could save that ending. The book has interesting characters and witty comments all around. Even if I am not a fan of teenage protagonists, I had to like Roller Deb. That is the-first-half-of-the-book Roller Deb. Right up to the point when she starts acting nothing like you'd expect from a girl you were introduced. To illustrate: from a tough loner she turns out into someone who has repeatedly been told not to eat or drink anything offered by fae (hell, once even the villain himself told her something like 'take this so I can control you') and she still freaking does it. That is just one example of why Deb from the second part of the book is definitely not a favourite. Fortunately, the witty comments don't stop even after Deb starts acting as a dumbass. Harlow too helped the other half of this story. Bear in mind that I am not a fan of YA, so it is quite possible that a lot of people would like this book more. It is well written, and the story is told through alternating chapters - one told by Deb, the other by Harlow. The chapters are short and most of the time show only one scene, so it is easy to read. I love fae stories and I really wanted to like this one, but it just isn't for me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lauren (Northern Plunder)

    My review was first posted on Northern Plunder, you can read more of my reviews there too. I was super duper lucky enough to receive a copy of Troll or Derby for review from the author herself and couldn’t wait to jump into a new world of Red’s. Late last year I won a copy of This Brilliant Darkness which I enjoyed, and upon starting Troll or Derby I was engulfed by her writing again. She is definitely one of those authors who has a style to her work – I’m not sure I can pin it down to a certain th My review was first posted on Northern Plunder, you can read more of my reviews there too. I was super duper lucky enough to receive a copy of Troll or Derby for review from the author herself and couldn’t wait to jump into a new world of Red’s. Late last year I won a copy of This Brilliant Darkness which I enjoyed, and upon starting Troll or Derby I was engulfed by her writing again. She is definitely one of those authors who has a style to her work – I’m not sure I can pin it down to a certain thing or two, its just there. Anyhow the this story follows 15 year old Deb as she aims to save her more popular sister from a terrible “meth” lab fire. Yes, whilst her sister may be more popular, she’s also gone and gotten herself mixed in with the wrong crowd – drug dealers. Oh but that is not the worst of it, they’re trolls too! Could it be any worse? Well actually it can, she ends up being kidnapped by the trolls from hospital whilst Deb tries to warn her mother where her precious Gennifer is which doesn’t go down smoothly at all. Needless to say the journey Deb takes only gets stranger and more magical the further she skates to the rescue of her sister. But what I liked the most was how there was never a dull moment on any page, the speed was constantly rising right up until the last word and I was so excited to know how it ended I stayed up late reading, passed out before finishing and woke up the next morning to find out I had three pages left, bad luck or what? The book also has alternating narratives as one chapters is by Deb, the next by Harlow – the loveliest Troll you’ll ever meet – and so on and so forth, which was a great way to present the story as we got to see it from Deb’s point of view who knew nothing about the magical realm and also from Harlow who was a lot more educated even if he didn’t have the best of memory, he really helped to fill in the blanks. Such a brilliant quick read that leaves on a lovely cliffhanger ready for the sequel which I have high hopes for and look forward to see certain characters develop – specifically Othello and Harlow some more.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mercedes Yardley

    It’s easy to weary of the traditional fae in literature. They’re gorgeous, ephemeral little things with delicate wings. While such ethereality can be charming in small doses, I would prefer fae with more bite. A little more teeth. And a lot more rock and roll. Then Red Tash’s Troll or Derby came blowing through the doors and my prayers were answered. Enter Roller Deb, a normal (?) girl with a fierce love for skating. We’re introduced to 15-year-old Deb when she’s trying to rush into a flaming tr It’s easy to weary of the traditional fae in literature. They’re gorgeous, ephemeral little things with delicate wings. While such ethereality can be charming in small doses, I would prefer fae with more bite. A little more teeth. And a lot more rock and roll. Then Red Tash’s Troll or Derby came blowing through the doors and my prayers were answered. Enter Roller Deb, a normal (?) girl with a fierce love for skating. We’re introduced to 15-year-old Deb when she’s trying to rush into a flaming trailer to save her drugged-out beauty pageant sister. If this scenario doesn’t give you a taste of the delightful quirk that you’ll find in Troll or Derby, I don’t know what does. Deb is picked on by her white trash mother and her redneck jock schoolmates. The only place she truly belongs is on the rink. We meet skating coaches with tusks, a troll who smells of sunshine, and fae doing roller derby. That’s right. Fairies on skates. They’re not doing cute little figure eights in dreamy skirts, either. They’re tearing up the track in a roller derby bout that makes the blood run cold. Oh, and blood? Lots of it. Wings rip off, limbs go flying, and heads literally roll. Tash does a fantastic job of turning every otherworldly stereotype on their head. Deb lives in a world of Skater Boi Leprechauns and fairy glamour. Tash’s writing is also smart and funny. I nearly choked on my Coke when I reached the line describing an Amish buggy colliding with a bunch of school kids on a hayride. She said, “Blood and flannel and black hats were everywhere.” I nearly felt guilty laughing. This book has it all. Prophecies. Destinies. Royalty, trust, revenge. Sex, drugs, and rock and roll are doused in humor and lit ablaze with quirky snark. I blew through this book incredibly fast because I couldn’t put it down. If you want a solid, fun read, then pick up Red Tash’s Troll or Derby.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Red Tash

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  8. 4 out of 5

    Bodie Parkhurst

    Not Just A Pretty Face... So Red Tash has a new Kindle book available on Amazon, Troll Or Derby, and I managed to score a pre-release review copy, and wasn’t that a lucky day for me? I’m familiar with her quirky, fun characters from her Amazon Shorts—check out “The Wizard Takes a Holiday” for a fast, fun example—so I was somewhat prepared for the folks I met when I opened Troll Or Derby. There’s Roller Deb herself, of course: a teenage girl from a bad neighborhood just about everybody in town ass Not Just A Pretty Face... So Red Tash has a new Kindle book available on Amazon, Troll Or Derby, and I managed to score a pre-release review copy, and wasn’t that a lucky day for me? I’m familiar with her quirky, fun characters from her Amazon Shorts—check out “The Wizard Takes a Holiday” for a fast, fun example—so I was somewhat prepared for the folks I met when I opened Troll Or Derby. There’s Roller Deb herself, of course: a teenage girl from a bad neighborhood just about everybody in town assumes is gay, and who is also a fairy in imminent danger of fledging. Roller Deb’s life’s ambition is to skate in the roller derby. Her mom’s a drunk and hates her, and her sister’s a pain in the neck beauty queen with a meth lord boyfriend, so her life’s far from ideal, but it doesn’t really fall apart until her beauty queen sister goes missing. Roller Deb’s mom tells her to get gone and not come back until she finds her sister, which seems harsh, but Roller Deb goes along with it, and sets off on adventure that will change her life—and her world. Roller Deb learns that there’s considerably more to the people around her than meets the eye. There’s Jarrod McJagger, mobster, drug lord, roller derby team owner—and troll; Harlow, dump scavenger, rock star, and mostly estranged nephew to Jarrod McJagger, and therefore also a troll. There’s the guy who runs the skating rink—also a troll, who gives Roller Deb a pair of magic skates. For a book that deals with fairies, Troll Or Derby is surprisingly gritty. Tash’s fairies owe more to the “Good Neighbors” of folklore—beings it paid to treat with wariness and respect—than they do to Disney. There’s nothing cute and sweet about Roller Deb—she’s tough, and she’s scrappy, and she’s strong, and not above throwing the occasional elbow. For all the mythic overtones, the dangers she faces are surprisingly believable—she fights off the sorts of dangers that any teenage runaway might face, and she does it not by evoking some magical power—for most of the book she’s not aware that she has any—but by using her courage, wits, intuition, and strength. This is a story that kept me reading, and I'm not exactly in the teenager target demographic. It moves fast, and Tash’s prose is as addictive as McJagger’s fairy meth. Roller Deb finds herself in a world that’s a scary, ugly place in many ways, and Tash portrays that world and its denizens in realistic terms—something that makes the weight and impact of the decisions Roller Deb must make all the more compelling. This story is more than just a “pretty face”—it’s a story about a girl who, in dealing with a far from ideal world, learns that there is much more to her than she ever dreamed. I say “buy it.”

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jessica McHugh

    Original and Entertaining I would like to start this review by stating that I'm also an author. I do this not for promotion, but to illustrate how much I love "Troll or Derby." When JK Rowling came out with the "Harry Potter" series, I was angry at myself. Why didn't *I* think of that?! This is the exact feeling I had while reading Red Tash's "Troll or Derby." I wish I'd had this idea. I also wish I was the main character, Roller Deb. Red Tash created a world unlike any other. It seems as real as Original and Entertaining I would like to start this review by stating that I'm also an author. I do this not for promotion, but to illustrate how much I love "Troll or Derby." When JK Rowling came out with the "Harry Potter" series, I was angry at myself. Why didn't *I* think of that?! This is the exact feeling I had while reading Red Tash's "Troll or Derby." I wish I'd had this idea. I also wish I was the main character, Roller Deb. Red Tash created a world unlike any other. It seems as real as the world in which I live every day, even though it is a strong urban fantasy. Obviously, there are no trolls or fairies in my world, but if (in some True Blood-esque revelation) that world suddenly came to light, with all of the details in Tash's descriptions and dialogue, I'd buy it. And then I'd be jealous that I was just a lame old "English." The story is rockemsockem. Having read "This Brilliant Darkness" by Red Tash, I was already familiar with her writing style, but she has really improved in this second novel. It was a lot easier to get into her rhythm this time around, and it was never stagnant. I was constantly rocked by rad events or details. Keeping a chick's teeth in a sack around your neck is truly the best way to make her your wife. I have already recommended this book to people, and I will continue to do so. It is obvious that Red Tash has a long and awesome career ahead of her. I will look forward to every new work.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kristy Carey

    Wow... Its been a while since books have yanked me in so far, that I almost have to pull myself back into the real world. Between Lady of the Veils and Troll or Derby, I've been reminded of why the very idea of Urban Fantasy, by my definition, appeals to me. The reader is in for a unique, one of a kind trip out of the world we know and into a world filled with variations of the fairy world we all know and love. The trip Red Tash takes the reader on is fast paced and filled with action. Each switc Wow... Its been a while since books have yanked me in so far, that I almost have to pull myself back into the real world. Between Lady of the Veils and Troll or Derby, I've been reminded of why the very idea of Urban Fantasy, by my definition, appeals to me. The reader is in for a unique, one of a kind trip out of the world we know and into a world filled with variations of the fairy world we all know and love. The trip Red Tash takes the reader on is fast paced and filled with action. Each switch between Deb and Harlow leaves you wanting to know more of what you'd left, before trapping you in where you're going. While different, I enjoyed the approach of switching back and forth, as the first person view gives you insight into both of these interesting characters that wouldn't be possible in any other writing style. I picked up the book last night and started it this morning in bed. Each time I put it down was only because I had to be pulled to other things, literally forcing me to put the book down. Being out and about didn't stop me however from finishing it up when I could. To say I enjoyed the book is putting it lightly. I truly loved this story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Red Dwyer

    Red Tash smashes stereotypical fantasy character types with the seedy underbelly of a rural town near you. In a gripping allegory of the "white trash" trailer park, along with its fancy trips to the big box store, Tash spins a web of fast-paced events with seamless intersections between roller derby fairies with drug slinging trolls and the harsh reality of life on the street for teenage runaways caught in the switches of the identity malaise which grips humans of that age. The characters are ear Red Tash smashes stereotypical fantasy character types with the seedy underbelly of a rural town near you. In a gripping allegory of the "white trash" trailer park, along with its fancy trips to the big box store, Tash spins a web of fast-paced events with seamless intersections between roller derby fairies with drug slinging trolls and the harsh reality of life on the street for teenage runaways caught in the switches of the identity malaise which grips humans of that age. The characters are earthy and believable. Deb's inner turmoil over her mother's drunken ambivalence and disconnectedness to her bully classmates are brought bare when she sets out on a life-threatening quest to rescue her homecoming queen sister. With her pluck and a magic pair of skates, Deb skates her way through bloody bouts which reveal her inner strength long before she discovers her powers and opens her heart for the first time. Troll or Derby reaches far beyond the demographic of the YA, fantasy, roller derby readers to hit hard at the heart of courage, inner strength and coming of age. With Tash's extraordinary balance of thrills, romance, discovery, danger, fantasy, music and gory entertainment, Troll or Derby is a book which will never need a bookmark: You will not put it down.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Radisich

    Not Tinker Bell Full of fairies, ghouls, and a few humans (or at least those that think they are humans). I love fantasy novels because the authors have such amazingly vivid imaginations; that being said, Red's writing talent and her ability to draw the reader in has placed her books at the number one spot in this genre as far as I am concerned. The book was fun & exciting with a little terror thrown in; the fae are not cute and sweet, but are mean with pointy teeth! Her characters were magnetic ( Not Tinker Bell Full of fairies, ghouls, and a few humans (or at least those that think they are humans). I love fantasy novels because the authors have such amazingly vivid imaginations; that being said, Red's writing talent and her ability to draw the reader in has placed her books at the number one spot in this genre as far as I am concerned. The book was fun & exciting with a little terror thrown in; the fae are not cute and sweet, but are mean with pointy teeth! Her characters were magnetic (both the good guys and the bad guys), and very believable. I could see the scenes in her writing as the story unfolded I felt that I was a participant rather than a spectator. Now I will wonder every time I drive down a lonely road if the house or building along side is really what I am seeing or if there is something else going on. This is a page turner and will keep you involved from start to finish; if you don't think a fantasy novel would be interesting, think again - you will definitely enjoy this ride!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alisa

    This is fairy and troll fantasy that flips over the handlebars of your normal ride through a fairy fantasy, and skids you into bloody gravel instead - while making funny and sarcastic remarks in the process. Not the usual gorgeous world depicted in fairy stories where everyone is beautiful, ethereal and kind, and unicorns are virtuous -- in Troll or Derby, even the unicorns are badass and willing to use that horn to settle a score. Set in rural Indiana, fantasy and reality blur against the backd This is fairy and troll fantasy that flips over the handlebars of your normal ride through a fairy fantasy, and skids you into bloody gravel instead - while making funny and sarcastic remarks in the process. Not the usual gorgeous world depicted in fairy stories where everyone is beautiful, ethereal and kind, and unicorns are virtuous -- in Troll or Derby, even the unicorns are badass and willing to use that horn to settle a score. Set in rural Indiana, fantasy and reality blur against the backdrop: the ultra-rural culture of trailer parks and meth labs, monster truck shows and the rougher, not-ready-for-prime-time roller derby warehouses...where adults let their kids down, and kids grow up way too fast. Almost allegorical in that regard, Troll or Derby follows our Troll: Harlow, and our Fairy: Roller Deb, as they battle against their upbringing and the people who would do them harm. They have the truly magical power of true friendship on their side, however extricating themselves from that world comes with a lot of grit, bloodshed and body parts. A truly wild ride and I loved it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Edel

    Not everything is as it seems in peaceful Bedrock Indiana.We are quickly thrown into the action by Roller Derby loving heroine Debra as she is rescuing her sister Gennifer from a Fae Meth Lab fire. Deb gets Gen to hospital then not long afterwards finds out she was kidnapped( sisters are hard work sometimes!!!) . Deb alerts their no good mother and then begins on the hunt for her sister with the help of Harlow .. the charming Troll who lives in the dump.... SO begins the search .. it takes them t Not everything is as it seems in peaceful Bedrock Indiana.We are quickly thrown into the action by Roller Derby loving heroine Debra as she is rescuing her sister Gennifer from a Fae Meth Lab fire. Deb gets Gen to hospital then not long afterwards finds out she was kidnapped( sisters are hard work sometimes!!!) . Deb alerts their no good mother and then begins on the hunt for her sister with the help of Harlow .. the charming Troll who lives in the dump.... SO begins the search .. it takes them to weird and wonderful places where she meets a host of quirky fairies, trolls etc.. The book does not let you hang up your skates for long as it sweeps you from one action scene to another.. Really great fun with plenty of humour and sarcasm included.. Great read !!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kitty Honeycutt

    Book Title: "Troll Or Derby” Author: Red Tash Published By: Self-Published Age Recommended: 14+ Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard Raven Rating: 5 Review: I have NEVER read a book like this before. Red Tash definitely has the ability to come up with some interesting and never before heard of plots. When Roller Deb's sister is kidnapped not only does she have to figure out how to save her, but she ends up gaining help from creatures one would never have thought to exist. The book being centered around the Roll Book Title: "Troll Or Derby” Author: Red Tash Published By: Self-Published Age Recommended: 14+ Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard Raven Rating: 5 Review: I have NEVER read a book like this before. Red Tash definitely has the ability to come up with some interesting and never before heard of plots. When Roller Deb's sister is kidnapped not only does she have to figure out how to save her, but she ends up gaining help from creatures one would never have thought to exist. The book being centered around the Roller Derby is also brilliant, it gives an underlying plot to an even larger one. Red Tash is such an awesome writer and her plots are always fresh and new. I'll be sure and pick up more of her titles both past and present! Be sure and pick up your copy of "Troll Or Derby" today!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I downloaded this book to my kindle about 2 hours before hurricane Sandy knocked my electricity out for a week, and was very glad I did. A good book has the uncanny ability to make a shitty situation way more bearable, and when that book contains faeries, roller derby, lesbians, and an assload of music references, all the more so. The storyline was funny and the characters cool, and I'm not gonna lie, I developed a little crush on Harlow. I thought it kinda took a while to get going though, and t I downloaded this book to my kindle about 2 hours before hurricane Sandy knocked my electricity out for a week, and was very glad I did. A good book has the uncanny ability to make a shitty situation way more bearable, and when that book contains faeries, roller derby, lesbians, and an assload of music references, all the more so. The storyline was funny and the characters cool, and I'm not gonna lie, I developed a little crush on Harlow. I thought it kinda took a while to get going though, and the the physical descriptions of the characters could've used some work. For example, the main character's hair color isn't mentioned until the book is almost finished. All in all however, I enjoyed it and will definitely be getting the sequel.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    So, I finished Troll or Derby today, and then I slammed two double rum and cokes to stop my shaking. I also got out my tobacco and chain-smoked two ciggies in a row. It's times like this when I wish I was sane, and that books didn't have so much power over me. But I completely lost it over my feelings of betrayal for how badly this book turned out in the end. I started off loving this story, praising it with every chapter update I did on Twitter. And then right around the 50% mark, it all went ho So, I finished Troll or Derby today, and then I slammed two double rum and cokes to stop my shaking. I also got out my tobacco and chain-smoked two ciggies in a row. It's times like this when I wish I was sane, and that books didn't have so much power over me. But I completely lost it over my feelings of betrayal for how badly this book turned out in the end. I started off loving this story, praising it with every chapter update I did on Twitter. And then right around the 50% mark, it all went horribly, terribly pear-shaped. I kept reading, hoping that it was just a minor stumble, and the book would get back on track. But with each page, I got more and more upset. I started sighing with EVERY paragraph, and by the time I got done, I was grinding my dentures so hard, I gave myself blisters on my gums. Troll or Derby starts off great, following two characters in first person POV, Deb and Harlow. Deb is a young fairy who thinks she's human. After saving her drug addict sister from a fire in a drug dealer's trailer, she quickly finds out her mother is a foster parent, and that she's a protector who's supposed to be assigned to watch her foster sister. Since her sister, Gennifer, gets kidnapped right at the start of the book, Deb is kicked out of the house and told she must save her sister, OR ELSE. The other half of the book is told by Harlow, a troll who is bound to Deb. Harlow's cousin Dave is the person who kidnapped Gennifer for his father Jagger, and Dave is also a drug dealer, a rapist, a murderer, and a child molester. He's about as charming as he sounds, believe me. Dave is trying to capture Deb, and Harlow is trying to protect Deb, though he's not really sure why at first. The first 20 chapters, I was so hooked into this plot. The world building was great. The characters had my sympathy, and the dialogue was fantastic. Every little detail about the mystical world set in the Midwest felt fresh and exciting. But around the midway point, the whole thing falls apart. It starts with Harlow being completely incapable of answering simple questions, and his chapters start to feel like padding rather than advancing the story. Even when he says "I'll answer your questions," he fails to answer the two most important ones Deb kept asking. And there was never a valid reason given for his inability to play her straight. But then Deb becomes hands down one of the stupidest characters I've ever read. At the midway point, she's been told no less than five times that she isn't human. She's fought trolls, slid through teleportation spells, journeyed to a troll market, fought pixies, and knocked out a troll. (resulting in her getting iron poisoning, more signs of her inhuman nature. Oh, and she shrinks and grows during this same fight.) AND YET, despite all this evidence that she's not human, she's still going "Wait, what? Is this real? Am I really not human? Am I on drugs?" Despite being hunted by a villain she's been told is pure evil, Deb abandons Harlow and goes directly to the villain alone. This is the point when I started shaking my head and asking, "But why? Even small children have more common sense than this." Deb is repeatedly told, "Don't drink or eat anything offered by the fae." She even gets told by the villain, "Drink this so I can control your mind." And despite thinking, "I probably shouldn't," SHE STILL DOES ANYWAY. Thing get worse. While Harlow's padded chapters seem to take place in one day, Deb's chapters speak of weeks of training for roller derby. Why roller derby? Because the author is a former roller girl, and she's writing what she knows. It makes ZERO sense in the context of the story. This whole story could have been better served without the roller derby angle. It would be like me writing a book where a fairy must use their skills as a computer technician to save the world, just because I used to be a compute technician. This may actually be a case for forgetting what you know and just stick with making stuff up. And, while I'm complaining, Deb abandons Harlow, her only ally, not because of any valid reasons, but because she "needs a skating fix." Now folks, I'm addicted to writing. But if my sister were in danger and I was being hunted by half my town, I don't believe I'd step out on my only ally so I could jot down notes for a new book. And I certainly wouldn't go to the evil dude who owns half the town to ask him "Can you help me work on a new outline?" From here on out, because of her vapid decision making, I actively hated Deb. The second half of the book has the time displacement issue I mentioned, but the dialogue falls apart as quickly as the world logic and the character consistency. The violent nature of the fae in this would have seemed more fitting for a big city full of fae gangs, where death and disappearances are taken for granted. But this is a small town, and I just didn't buy it. At one point, Harlow mentions that Jagger runs the church, and that the people who go in never leave. But no one ever notices all these disappearances. Being that I have lived in small towns my whole life, where nothing is a secret for very long, the idea that these fae had been acting this violently for years without trouble...it just didn't ring true. I also didn't buy how much of the town was trolls, fae, or some hybrid of the two. If there's so much supernatural stuff living in town, why bother hiding at all? The story went from feeling realistic for the setting to being so over the top that I couldn't help but sigh with every new character introduced who (shock of shocks) wasn't human. And then there's a minor gripe about removed teeth. Harlow takes two of Deb's wisdom teeth to make a marriage pact. That's not the problem. The problem is, despite having two holes in her gums, Deb eats normal food right after. Deb has two gaping holes in her gums, but goes all out rollerskating. Deb spits a lot. "But why is this a big deal?" you say. Because after having wisdom teeth removed, you can't eat solid food for a week or two. You can't do heavy physical activity without risking rupturing the growing blood vessels in the sockets, and you're advised by the dentist not to spit because doing so draws out the newly forming gum flesh and results in dry sockets. Now okay, maybe I'm only aware of this because I not only had my wisdom teeth pried out, but also had 23 extractions done in the same surgery. But the fact is, this is all online in dental surgery after-care pages. It's basic research, information that would be easy to look up. And it's just one more part of the story that irked me because the whole thing becomes so lazy in the second half. When the book heads for a final confrontation, it's a visually confusing mess made even worse by the villain, Jagger, talking "evil" but mostly coming off as a moron. I want to give bonus points for a Muppets reference late in the game, but only a few sentences later, I was screaming "WHAT? ARE YOU SERIOUS?" Not even the arrival of a badass black unicorn can save this ending. I know people probably think I'm exaggerating, but after finishing this, I was so upset by how badly it turned out that I slammed two mixed drink drinks and cried while I shook and hugged myself. I'm pretty sure sane people don't react to bad endings like this, and I'm relatively sure they wouldn't have as many problems as I do with the inconsistencies in this story. I had to spend almost an hour telling myself "It's only a book." Out loud. Over and over. Pretty sure your mileage will vary. The last time I felt this betrayed by a book was Shiver, and for much the same reason. It had a great introduction, great characters, and dialogue that cracks and made me laugh out loud. And for me, it's a much bigger sin to have a book start out great only to end dismally than it is for a book to be consistently weak from start to finish. But I didn't even get this upset over Shiver as I did at this, because it failed on all counts when it had all been going so great. Despite loving the first half, I'm forced to give Troll or Derby 2 stars. I wish I could say something more positive, but I really haven't felt this betrayed by a story in a long time.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jonquil

    'Troll or Derby' is a visit to the darker side of Fae & Troll-folk, with drug dealing, roller derby, and a (maybe) human girl in the middle of it all. Quote #1: "I mean, you've seen movies, you've read Rowling & Tolkein. I'm telling you that the real-live working-class trolls of the Midwest are nothing like you've been told." (page 9, paragraph 5) Not to give anything away, but Tash has blended Trolls & Amish so seamlessly that it gives pause to consider that, perhaps, there might be a word or t 'Troll or Derby' is a visit to the darker side of Fae & Troll-folk, with drug dealing, roller derby, and a (maybe) human girl in the middle of it all. Quote #1: "I mean, you've seen movies, you've read Rowling & Tolkein. I'm telling you that the real-live working-class trolls of the Midwest are nothing like you've been told." (page 9, paragraph 5) Not to give anything away, but Tash has blended Trolls & Amish so seamlessly that it gives pause to consider that, perhaps, there might be a word or two of truth here. Quote #2: "Humans are suckers for drama. Trolls aren't. That's more of a fairy thing--they're quite good at it." (page 42, paragraph 1) This tale is a sweet blend of fiction set in our reality. The logic of Tashs' world of Trolls & Fairies hangs together neatly enough to give the unwary reader a twinge of maybe-there's-a-bit-of-nonfiction within the story of Deb & Harlow. (Couldn't resist this one) Quote #3: "She saw so many truths flash in front of her eyes that she sometimes forgot what she had told to whom, & free will has a way of cancelling them out." (page 43, paragraph 7) Said of one of my favorite characters. It isn't, you know, that Zelda lies...... 1 visual: "Most pixies are as considerate as a horde of fleas, as lighthearted as an angry hornet, & unless you've got them under a spell or well-bribed, they don't give a moments' pause for anyone elses' well-being but their own." (page 163, paragraph 3) Oh, yea! A portrayal of pixies which doesn't include girly giggles, cute grins, & sparkly fairy dust. Red Tash harkens her descriptions of fairy & their ilk back to how the ancient of fae were once described. The fae were not creatures to be trifled with, & neither are Reds' fairies. Red Tash is a favorite author of mine. I adore fairy tales, & Red has written a brand-new one!This book has a permanent place beside my Grimms' tales, & I look forward to the sequel.

  19. 5 out of 5

    John Hundley

    Troll or Derby is Paranormal Americana at its best. It starts out at a dead run as teenaged Roller Deb rescues her older sister from a meth lab fire and the pace only increases from there. Ms. Tash is a former journalist, and it shows. There is not a wasted word in the whole story. There’s no time for background explanations or character development. You need to keep your head up and your eyes and ears open and get ready to duck ‘cause the next thing’s coming at you already. Yet somehow, amidst Troll or Derby is Paranormal Americana at its best. It starts out at a dead run as teenaged Roller Deb rescues her older sister from a meth lab fire and the pace only increases from there. Ms. Tash is a former journalist, and it shows. There is not a wasted word in the whole story. There’s no time for background explanations or character development. You need to keep your head up and your eyes and ears open and get ready to duck ‘cause the next thing’s coming at you already. Yet somehow, amidst all the chaos, I came to know the characters and their world pretty well by the end of the book and am eagerly awaiting the sequel. This is an action book and to describe any more of it would risk spoiling something for the reader. But aside from the pace there were two particular things I liked about the book that bear mentioning. The first is the author’s talent for saying a lot in few words. Here’s an example, where Deb sums up her relationship with the evil April, “My heart both longed for her and ached for its own stupidity, at the same time.” Man, it would have taken me half a chapter to say that! The other thing I liked about the book was the very natural, off-hand treatment of Deb’s sexual orientation. It’s an important element of the story, but at no point does it become the central theme. This is the way it should be, and in my opinion does more for gay rights than any amount of preaching from the soap box, which I’ve done more of in the last sentence than Tash does in the whole book. I was a little disappointed there wasn’t more roller derby action, something I was expecting from the title, but that was not enough to keep me from giving Troll or Derby five stars. And the author has promised us more derby action in the upcoming sequel, Troll or Park. Dollar-for-word, this is the best thing I’ve read all year.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Eliason

    Meth-addicted trailer park trolls? I loved it. Troll or derby is set in a re-imagined rural Indiana filled with trailer parks, drug dealers, rednecks, the Amish and of course roller derby; all existing alongside an alternate world of trolls and fairies. These unusual combinations blend smoothly thanks to Red Tash's superb story telling. Deb has grown up an adopted child to an abusive and drunk mother, forced to watch over her step-sister Gennifer, who is dangerously irresponsible most of the tim Meth-addicted trailer park trolls? I loved it. Troll or derby is set in a re-imagined rural Indiana filled with trailer parks, drug dealers, rednecks, the Amish and of course roller derby; all existing alongside an alternate world of trolls and fairies. These unusual combinations blend smoothly thanks to Red Tash's superb story telling. Deb has grown up an adopted child to an abusive and drunk mother, forced to watch over her step-sister Gennifer, who is dangerously irresponsible most of the time. When Gennifer gets herself mixed up with a drug dealer named Dave, Deb thinks she is in over her head, and she doesn't know that Dave is really a troll or that she is Fey herself. Luckily she has a troll watching over her. The narrative is split, with alternate chapters being narrated by Deb and Harlow, the troll. This gives the reader a great deal of inside information from the trolls point of view and still have the first impression of the fairy world from Deb. It's a literary device that works great in this book. Trolls and fairy creatures are often fickle and vicious, and that's when they aren't hopped up on drugs. The fey of this novel are definitely in the theater of the grotesque, as it were. The gore and bloodshed did not put me off but it might put off the more squeamish reader. The hypothetical body count, especially in the troll king's underground lair, did give me pause a couple of times. I wondered how many fey there were, how quickly they reproduced, etc. If his parties were as bloody as implied wouldn't they run out of fairies after awhile? It was a tiny break in the narrative and about the only complaint I had with the book. Troll or derby is a fun fast read. I enjoyed it immensely. I would definitely recommend this book anyone interested in urban fantasy.

  21. 4 out of 5

    M.L. John

    Troll or Derby by Red Tash is an urban fantasy about a girl named Deb. Deb lives in rural Pennsylvania with her mother, an alcoholic, and her sister Gennifer, a beautiful girl with a big problem: she’s become involved with a dangerous meth dealer named Dave. Deb has always felt protective of her sister, so when Dave kidnaps Gennifer, Deb knows she has to rescue her from whatever twisted plan he has in store. Everything gets weird(er) when Deb’s mother finds out Gennifer’s been kidnapped. She goe Troll or Derby by Red Tash is an urban fantasy about a girl named Deb. Deb lives in rural Pennsylvania with her mother, an alcoholic, and her sister Gennifer, a beautiful girl with a big problem: she’s become involved with a dangerous meth dealer named Dave. Deb has always felt protective of her sister, so when Dave kidnaps Gennifer, Deb knows she has to rescue her from whatever twisted plan he has in store. Everything gets weird(er) when Deb’s mother finds out Gennifer’s been kidnapped. She goes crazy and kicks Deb out of the house, saying she only took Deb in because she was promised Deb would always protect Gennifer. She sends Deb off on her own with an ultimatum. Until Deb saves Gennifer, she’s not allowed to come home. It’s not long before Deb finds herself caught up in a world below the one she has always known, avoiding dangers she’s never been trained to handle. Can Deb rescue her sister, and can she uncover her deeper purpose in the process? And wait just a minute: did somebody say fairies? This book was a blast. A truly original fairy tale, it was gory, gritty, and hilarious. Troll or Derby was full of round, interesting characters and a setting that felt crazily real. Go on, ask me if there was a unicorn! Ask me, ask me! All right, you twisted my arm. There was a unicorn. But if you think anything about it was sweet, you’re going to have to reassess. If the Unseelie Court was left to run rampant in modern day America, this is surely what they’d get up to. If you like urban fantasy with some horror mixed in, this is the book for you. Go on, pick it up. It’s loads of fun.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Bronder

    Deb lives in the small town of Bedrock Indiana. It is a little farming town and she stands out like a sore thumb. Unlike her beautiful sister that is always winning beauty titles and is spoiled by their drunken mother, Deb is into roller derby and wears dark, unpopular cloths. Because of that, she is constantly the victim of bullies and harassment. Deb tries not to let that affect her while she spends her time looking after her big sister Gennifer. Gennifer has been hanging around this drug deal Deb lives in the small town of Bedrock Indiana. It is a little farming town and she stands out like a sore thumb. Unlike her beautiful sister that is always winning beauty titles and is spoiled by their drunken mother, Deb is into roller derby and wears dark, unpopular cloths. Because of that, she is constantly the victim of bullies and harassment. Deb tries not to let that affect her while she spends her time looking after her big sister Gennifer. Gennifer has been hanging around this drug dealer Dave and we start the story with Deb rescuing her from a meth lab fire. But things are not what they seem. Dave is actually a troll providing faeth, a version of meth that has fairy dust mixed into it that really messes up humans. Dave is also part of a mafia like family that is running the area. Then there is Harlow. He is a troll that is compelled to help Deb out that has trouble remembering his past. Harlow is linked to Deb and is willing to fight Dave and the rest of the family to keep Deb safe. I really liked this story. I love how it is told from both Deb and Harlow’s point of view. I enjoyed the story and really liked the different situations that they get into. I couldn’t figure out how the roller derby was going to come into play but it flowed smoothly. I can’t think of anything that I didn’t like about this book. I really hope that there is going to be a sequel. I will definitely be watching out for other books by Red Tash. If you like young adult fairy tales, this is one book that you will not want to miss. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    I just finished Troll or Derby and all I have to say is, it’s been a long time since I felt such a rush from reading a book (it wasn’t from the faeth, I swear)! The title itself says it all...you’re in for a rockin’ good ride. The world of trolls and fairies Tash has created is beyond what you’ve come to expect from other troll/fairy books. In fact, this might be one of the best troll/fairy stories I’ve had the pleasure of reading. The characters in her world are nitty, gritty, raw, and real...ve I just finished Troll or Derby and all I have to say is, it’s been a long time since I felt such a rush from reading a book (it wasn’t from the faeth, I swear)! The title itself says it all...you’re in for a rockin’ good ride. The world of trolls and fairies Tash has created is beyond what you’ve come to expect from other troll/fairy books. In fact, this might be one of the best troll/fairy stories I’ve had the pleasure of reading. The characters in her world are nitty, gritty, raw, and real...very much like Tash’s writing and storytelling (and by raw, I mean edgy). The fae are neither regal nor beautiful, but rather harsh and sinister. This is what I would imagine the fae world to be like. Troll or Derby is one of those books that you think to yourself, “how did she come up with this stuff?” A troll overlord, rednecks, a rock band, and the roller derby...this book has it all. You can’t beat a fabulous story, creative imagery, and overall brilliance. While the protagonist, Roller Deb, is only fifteen years old, this is definitely a book that isn’t limited to young readers. I hesitate to categorize it for either young or adult readers (although personally, I think adults would get more out of the old school pop-culture references). This tale is for the inner child in all of us, for those of us who once had The Sight as children, but can no longer see the magical world of the fae as adults. I hereby declare Red Tash as the new Queen of Trolldome.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Astrid Yrigollen

    I had to read this book once I saw this great cover and the author's picture. The cover because it is beautifully done and promises so much. I also collect BJds(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v46...) which this cover reminded me of, hence instant grabby hands for me. The authors picture. How can you not love that face??Cute ,sweet and yet that mischievous /impish personality comes through. Plus, she happens to look a lot like my sister. Okay so maybe I was a little bias. Anyone who is tired of I had to read this book once I saw this great cover and the author's picture. The cover because it is beautifully done and promises so much. I also collect BJds(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v46...) which this cover reminded me of, hence instant grabby hands for me. The authors picture. How can you not love that face??Cute ,sweet and yet that mischievous /impish personality comes through. Plus, she happens to look a lot like my sister. Okay so maybe I was a little bias. Anyone who is tired of traditional elves dressed up like super models and looking glamorous,saving little bunny Foo-Foo in the wilderness ( I say this with the utmost respect to Bunny Foo-Foo , for I love fairy tales etc. but every once in awhile this vegetarian likes to take a bite out of something solid!) then read Red Tash's Troll or Derby. I found myself looking forward to each title of the chapter ( yes I know how weird that sounds) along with reading about Roller Deb and her special skates.However, the scene with gross Dave and the car raised the hair on my head.A little too gritty for my virgin eyes, which translates to well written and sucked me in completely.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    I wanted to love this book so bad but I just didn't get on with it. I found the story too far-fetched and the characters didn't grab me. The idea is fun, a teenage girl doesn't realise she's actually a fairy until her sister is kidnapped by a troll but are too many holes in the story and too much that doesn't make sense. The plot jumps around so fast that the scenes are never filled out and allowed to come to life. Why was Deb's sister kidnapped? And why was she left as her protector anyway? That I wanted to love this book so bad but I just didn't get on with it. I found the story too far-fetched and the characters didn't grab me. The idea is fun, a teenage girl doesn't realise she's actually a fairy until her sister is kidnapped by a troll but are too many holes in the story and too much that doesn't make sense. The plot jumps around so fast that the scenes are never filled out and allowed to come to life. Why was Deb's sister kidnapped? And why was she left as her protector anyway? That never made sense to me. And as much as I love roller derby it felt very out of place in the story. It was put in there just because. Deb herself I didn't find likeable. She didn't have personality over than she roller skates. And I didn't get her humour, her jokes I just found irritating. The saving grace of the whole book is that Harlow is an absolute sweetheart. By far the best character in the book. So generally just a bit of a mess with too much going on. Though I would read another book about Harlow in a second.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Talk Supe

    Full review at Talk Supe Aside from the comical but adventure-filled story, the tale was told in alternating POV's from Deb and Harlow which I find cool because it's always nice to know what the guy was thinking when caught in critical moments like marriage and being in love. More importantly I LOVE the villain, Jarod McJagger, the name alone is wicked indeed and he is relentless in ensuring that he gets what he wants. Too bad Roller Deb and Harlow is a tag team worthy of their championship belt, Full review at Talk Supe Aside from the comical but adventure-filled story, the tale was told in alternating POV's from Deb and Harlow which I find cool because it's always nice to know what the guy was thinking when caught in critical moments like marriage and being in love. More importantly I LOVE the villain, Jarod McJagger, the name alone is wicked indeed and he is relentless in ensuring that he gets what he wants. Too bad Roller Deb and Harlow is a tag team worthy of their championship belt, your moves are no match for these two, McJagger! Anyway this was a fun summer read and roller derby brought back a lot of fond memories for me. I used to have an unhealthy attachment to my first pair of skates too and this stemmed from watching actual roller derby matches at noon when I was a kid long before cable TV so I can more than relate to Deb and her adventure.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lourie

    Wow – what a ride. I think that Troll Or Derby is one of my new favorites. Red Tash has done an amazing job with this YA Saga. The flip flop story telling from the two main characters keeps the action moving pulling you to the next chapter and then the next. Just try putting this book down, I dare you. Enormous Trolls, Fledgling Fairies – Roller Derby (who doesn’t love the roller derby?) and lest not us for get the witty 80’s lyrics. OMG did I forgot to mention the pixies. There is nothing typica Wow – what a ride. I think that Troll Or Derby is one of my new favorites. Red Tash has done an amazing job with this YA Saga. The flip flop story telling from the two main characters keeps the action moving pulling you to the next chapter and then the next. Just try putting this book down, I dare you. Enormous Trolls, Fledgling Fairies – Roller Derby (who doesn’t love the roller derby?) and lest not us for get the witty 80’s lyrics. OMG did I forgot to mention the pixies. There is nothing typical about this book. While most YA authors throw you smack dap in the middle of romance and teen drama, Tash has taken the exact opposite stance. Ow and what about Trolls and Fairies as protectors? What? The cover art is so appealing and appropriate for this book. It’s like a small teaser. “Whip it” meets “True Blood” with a side of “Tinker Bell”, or maybe I just drank the water.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mona

    This book was fantastic. The read was very smooth and entertaining the whole way. Every chapter is a back and forth dance between Harlow and Roller Deb. I loved that Harlow was not your typical overyly gorgeous male character and yet by the end I was oddly attracted to him and his tusks. Also Deb was neither a bad A or a push over. She seemed rough around the edges due to her living conditions and yet was bery vunerable at the same time. The whole book felt like a you were on a roller derby rink This book was fantastic. The read was very smooth and entertaining the whole way. Every chapter is a back and forth dance between Harlow and Roller Deb. I loved that Harlow was not your typical overyly gorgeous male character and yet by the end I was oddly attracted to him and his tusks. Also Deb was neither a bad A or a push over. She seemed rough around the edges due to her living conditions and yet was bery vunerable at the same time. The whole book felt like a you were on a roller derby rink. The crowd flashing by in a haze of adrenaline and many bumps and bruises along the way. This is a fun must read for everyone out there that loves fantasy and paranormal books.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Heather Adkins

    Troll or Derby is a fast-paced, snarky ride from beginning to end. It incorporates sharp-toothed fairies, obnoxious pixies, faeth-dealing trolls, and an unwitting couple--fairy Deb and Harlow the troll--who manage to bumble along, all the while slashing through enemies, carrying around teeth and skates, and doing a little growing up in the process. Red Tash is an eloquent writer, and Troll or Derby is a fresh take on the YA genre; many people write about fairies, but not quite like this. Recomme Troll or Derby is a fast-paced, snarky ride from beginning to end. It incorporates sharp-toothed fairies, obnoxious pixies, faeth-dealing trolls, and an unwitting couple--fairy Deb and Harlow the troll--who manage to bumble along, all the while slashing through enemies, carrying around teeth and skates, and doing a little growing up in the process. Red Tash is an eloquent writer, and Troll or Derby is a fresh take on the YA genre; many people write about fairies, but not quite like this. Recommended for all ages and sexual orientations ;) LOVED!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ash Krafton

    I find myself endlessly captivated by Red Tash's work. Her stories take me a lot further down roads I otherwise wouldn't brave on my own. Troll or Derby provides a refreshing look at the world of fae--all the pretty sparkly filters come off to reveal a tenacious stranglehold on the world of folklore. Cheers, Tash--you made fairies my kind of fun again. I find myself endlessly captivated by Red Tash's work. Her stories take me a lot further down roads I otherwise wouldn't brave on my own. Troll or Derby provides a refreshing look at the world of fae--all the pretty sparkly filters come off to reveal a tenacious stranglehold on the world of folklore. Cheers, Tash--you made fairies my kind of fun again.

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