Trickster’s Girl by Hilari Bell
Fifteen year old Kelsa is still reeling from her father’s death when she meets a mysterious boy. The Raven claims that he has the cure to the cancer that has killed millions of people, including her father. But he needs her help: a human touch is needed to enact the cure.
To be honest, I’m not even sure that there is supposed to be too much romance in this book. Kelsa and Raven both have trust issues, which seems to be a barrier in their romance. However, there are some hints for romance in the future books.
Kelsa is supposed to be an independent, strong teenage girl. However, these characteristics don’t hold true in the story. Raven leaves her in the dark about everything, and despite not knowing him, she follows his explanations and directions without much question. This was a huge turn-off to me.
There are only two characters in the story: Raven and Kelsa. Raven is definitely different – he’s more of a mythical creature than a diverse character, though. I can’t give this book many diversity points.
This book had a lot of potential. The premise and setting were very interesting, but it just did not live up to it. The characters were not particularly interesting and the plot was okay at best.
Kelsa’s father. You don’t get to see a lot of him, but I liked his influence in her life.
She took a deep breath. If she was crazy she was crazy. She might as well go with it. “I’m ready to listen”.
I love the moment, any moment, when a character chooses to believe in the fantasy in front of them. It’s the “You’re a wizard, Harry” moment of a book, and it’s always pure magic.
Fun Author Fact
In addition to writing fiction, Hilari Bell has authored a series of writing and publishing eBooks!
Is this worth a book hangover?
Unfortunately, no. Though I really feel bad saying that, since I really wanted to like this book. But I would skip Trickster’s Girl and check out some other favorites (see below).
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