Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Rating : 4.0/5
Number of Pages : 238
Series : Rock 'N' Roll Fairy Tales
Format : Teenage Fiction Fairy Tale Novel
Reason for Reading : 999 Challenge

Twelve girls have been chosen to be the butter princesses which involves having their faces made of butter and put on the Trollholm bridge, a tradition in Vanderby. They also have to do a variety of different publicity and whilst at a photo shoot Moira (a harpist protege) and the other butter princesses plus photographer are swept away by a sudden wave from the river and carried off by a giant troll. The troll needs the girls to be brides for his three sons after the compact between him and the humans has been broken (the new major thinks that leaving butter sculptures on a bridge is bad for the river so has stopped the tradition).

Back in the human realm the three Griffson brothers are part of a really popular teenage band. They take a road trip and end up on the Trollholm bridge and are also swept away by the troll. They are to be food for the troll and his three families and are seperated into the different larders and tied up. Things don't look good for either party until a strange fox turns up (Fossegrim) wh is able to speak in the minds of musciains. He has a grudge against the trolls who have trapped him in his fox form and he can no longer take on a human form. As the story progresses though is he really on their side or is he only using them to further his own agenda.

A great mix of The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Twelve Dancing Princesses. The musical aspects of the story worked really well and I really liked that things were not all that they seemed with the trolls and Foss. Definitely recommended to all who love fairy tales as well as a good story.


mariel said...

That sounds fantastic!

Kailana said...

I want to read this. I wish the library had it!

Susan said...

This sounds really good! we just got Jane Yolen's Owl Moon out of the library for the kids. I really want this one too now. Thanks for the review, Rhinoa!

Alice said...

Definitely sounds like something that I'd love to read!

Jill said...

I have Pay the Piper, and I've been meaning to get to it soon. Are these books standalones, do you know, or part of a series? I must read the first one first or I get so annoyed! :-)

Ana S. said...

I'm glad to hear this one was enjoyable too. Must get my hands on it.