Book Discussion: Trickster’s Girl

Trickster’s Girl by Hilari BellTrickstesr


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.


heartRomance Score: Not A Bit

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.

RosieFeminist Score: You’re Trying 

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.

diversity people circle iconDiversity Score: Between Not a Bit and You’re Trying 

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.

wow iconAwesome Factor: You’re Trying 

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.

Favorite Character

Kelsa’s father. You don’t get to see a lot of him, but I liked his influence in her life.

Favorite Line

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). 

Read these next:

The 5th Wave by Richard Yancey or The Host by Stephanie Meyers.  I’m pretty sure that I recommend the 5th Wave series on 80% of my posts, but it’s one of my favorite post-apocalyptic love stories.

Post Author: Anisha

AnishaAnisha adores YA romance – and thinks that all love stories should start on the beach and end with the first kiss. Jess is helping her expand her horizons with more diverse, interesting books from newer authors.  

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