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Troll Or Derby, A Fairy Wicked Tale (Trollogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Red Tash
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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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-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?

"Red Tash delivers again with this tale of rockin', rollin' and full metal fantasy! I love this damn book." ~Axel Howerton, author of Living Dead at Zigfreidt & Roy

"You’ll quickly become engrossed by Deb and Harlow’s story. Once you start, it’s hard to put Troll Or Derby down. At 262 pages in the paperback edition, it’s the perfect length for an afternoon of summer reading. If you’re down for roller derby, fantasy, action, and a cast of completely insane characters (in a good way), you should definitely read Troll Or Derby. " ~Captain Painway,

"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." ~Mercedes Yardley

"Roller Deb is the perfect amalgam of Heather Graham (Boogey Nights) and Ellen Page (Whip It), she's an 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. Overall the story is crazy exciting and so fast paced you'll just keep on flipping the pages." ~ Braine of Book Reviews

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"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!" ~Margaret S, Amazon reviewer

From the Inside Flap

Debra Wheeler seems like any other high school reject: at fifteen, she's more into roller skating than boys, and Mom plays favorites with big sister Gennifer, the homecoming princess. With little to love in ultra-rural Bedrock, Indiana, Deb's counting down the daysuntil she can skate away to join the roller derby.

When Gennifer is kidnapped, Mom's breakdown forces Deb to take charge. With no clue where to start and thugs on her tail, she turns to the only adult who has ever helped her out in a jam: Coach, the owner of the skating rink. So what if he has tusks and might be a troll? Coach gives her a pair of magical skates and sends her off into a world that reveals a magical, if somewhat sinister, nature. Deb soon discovers that beneath the "glamours" of everyday life flit a million fantastical stories--and her own might be the juiciest gossip in town.

The Midwestern lifestyle every teenager loves to hate is turned inside out as Deb careens through Rumspringa, biker gangs, flea markets and tractor pulls--all teeming with fae. The valiant troll Harlow tries to intervene before Deb strays from her mission into romance and roller derby, but will they join forces to save Gennifer, or be lost to this strange new realm, forever?

Readers will find Deb a smart and witty narrator who--like them--says the wrong thing, wishes she could be someone else, and falls for the wrong person. They'll be drawn in by a girl who is independent and street smart, and they'll fall for her destined BFF, the whimsical troll loner who guides them through this quirky dark fantasy romp.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book Worth Rereading September 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
For a few weeks prior to my purchase I had heard praises sung for this book. A Labor Day sale slashed the price down to 99 cents and I asked myself what do I have to lose? However, it was more accurately what do I have to gain? A tale woven perfectly between two main characters; Roller Deb and Harlow. Before I get ahead of myself I was a little hesitant reading a book centered around Roller Derby even if there were trolls abound. Girls in cool clothes skating around a rink to cool music can only carry a plot for so long, right? Wrong.

Deb saves her sister in what is assumedly a meth fire. Wrong again. There are fairies too...and faeth(their drug of choice) is a bit more potent. When she is stolen from the hospital by Dave it sets everything into motion. Troll or Derby is very fast-paced, witty, comical, and even heartfelt in places. Be ready to encounter glamours, mansas, enchanted skates, rock n roll, unicorns, fairies, pixies, trolls, and one hell of a read. It seems to be leading to a sequel, and I hope that is the case. I've already recommended this book to a few people because it a fresh, unique, and enjoyable read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and Entertaining! August 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical fantasy novel July 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Red Tash has taken some fairly standard character types (trolls, fairies, etc...) and done some pretty new crazy stuff with them. When a young woman's shallow sister goes missing she begins to find things out about herself she never would have guessed. Her (adopted) mother is screaming at her about how it is her job to protect her sister since that was the deal. Deb, the young woman, begins a hunt for her sister that will unmask some strange realities in her world including the truth about her past.

The chapters in this book switch viewpoints from Deb to Harlow, her troll protector. There were a few times where the time change that accompanied a view change took some time to reorient, but other than that it was a very useful tool enabling the reader to get a much broader view of the story. The story's strength is in it's originality, the characters are great, the scenes well done, and the pacing is nearly perfect but having trolls and fairies living among us, participating in roller derby really set this book apart for me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW, Good reads are abounding... June 16, 2012
By KCarey
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun! June 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Very disjointed in the beginning
I really wasn't sure what to expect coming into this book. The story turned out to be nothing like I expected. There are so many twists and turns, it fells very jumpy at times. Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. April Holgate
3.0 out of 5 stars Not to my reading taste . . .
Personally, three stars is generous. Yes, I read the book. No, I won't read another from this author. It's not poor writing by any means. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Emmalini
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average YA Dark Paranormal Rock'n'Roll Romance Roller-Derby...
Trolls and fairies are staples of the Fantasy genre but I think it's fair to say that they've never quite been treated in this way - and I'm certain they've not done roller-derby... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Greg James
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Audio Book: 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... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Marlene
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty cool
This book was pretty cool. It was fun and quirky, and had a lot of interesting things going on. I thought the title and cover were cute. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Melanie at Fang Freakin Tastic Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars BRILL
fantastic story, funny with squished pixies and rolling heads. great characters with the hero being so different from the gorgeous etheral hunks of Twilight, Switched and Mortal... Read more
Published 16 months ago by NO
5.0 out of 5 stars For the Love of Roll'r Derby!
I didn't know what to expect but something drew me in as I spotted the title of this book. Just reading the inside cover page, I was hooked! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Gina P
5.0 out of 5 stars Or may I suggest Rock and Troll All Night
The title promises trolls and roller derby, and you will find much of both in this whimsical novel. You will also find many references to classic rock and roll, from the chapter... Read more
Published 16 months ago by R. J. Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and hard to put down
I was surprised by how enjoyable and enthralling I found Troll or Derby, considering my relative skepticism for the genre of fantasy for young adults. Read more
Published 18 months ago by M. Ahuja
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
Red Tags takes the mundane grunge of meth, rips it wide open to reveal a fantasy world both darker and more fabulous. Her fairies are truly wicked.
Published 19 months ago by Rachelle Reese
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Red Tash is a journalist-turned-novelist of dark fantasy for readers of all ages. Monsters, SciFi, wizards, trolls, fairies, and roller derby lightly sautéed in a Southern/Midwestern sauce await you in her pantry of readerly delights. Y'all come, anytime.

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