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Trickster's Girl (Raven Duet #1)

3.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  634 Ratings  ·  172 Reviews
In the year 2098 America isn't so different from the USA of today. But, in a post-9/11 security-obssessed world, "secured" doesn't just refer to borders between countries, it also refer to borders between states. Teenagers still think they know everything, but there is no cure for cancer, as Kelsa knows first-hand from watching her father die.

The nightKelsa buries her fath
Kindle Edition, 293 pages
Published January 3rd 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (first published December 22nd 2010)
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Trickster's Girl sounded like a promising story and I was excited to read this one, but for some reason I had a really hard time getting in to it.
While the wiring is good, the pacing is off and the characters felt flat and uninteresting. I did like some of the banter and liked the magic and shape-shifting bits, but it wasn't enough to fully enjoy this nor even finish it.
Sadly, this one isn't for me.
Dec 08, 2010 Isamlq rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-galley
Is this supposed to be YA dystopian?

It starts out with Kelsa doing the brave thing with her burying her father the way he would have wanted it and not according to what he called "the great irrational." But, it goes downhill from there because she starts getting really reactive with all those "I'm telling the teachers and/or police!" and all because she thought boy/raven was stalking her, (OK, so may be she was justified in her behavior… still she could have been more proactive.)

Well that’s how
Jun 27, 2015 TinaB rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Uh-oh....could it be yet another book about global warming? Another book about evil Americans? Why yes kids, another you're a POS American book!! Whew-hew!!

Kelsa's journey begins shortly after the burial of her father, who with Kelsa shared a love of the outdoors and wilderness. As a scientist he was always teaching Kelsa about the earth and the healing of the trees due to everything being crusty and dead after a terrorist attack on the rain forests.

While the country tries to heal itself a norm
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This is really 3.5 stars!

Kelsa was dealing with her father’s demise and the wall between her and her mother. She was a little angry, a little annoyed and a whole lot bothered with a gorgeous stalker who witnessed her bury her father’s ashes. She was a smart girl so I was startled when she handled and approached her ‘stalker’ on her own. But I also get her point, after her father’s death, her mother has been going through a lot. She did not want to add to that. At age 15, she
Joy (joyous reads)
This book was hard to get into. I've attempted to read this a while back and stalled. I decided to give it another go because I got an ARC of the second book.

The combination of excessive narrative did me in. I was interested in the concept - environmental crisis told through a story of magic in a futuristic setting but I am more convinced that it's the primary problem of this novel. It seem like it couldn't make up its mind. It just didn't work. The legends, magic, mixed in with PIDs and compod
Jessica B

Sadly, I felt kind of indifferent about Trickster's Girl.

It started out pretty strongly, and I liked the environmental message a lot. Sadly, though, I became bored a little more than halfway through and from there I just didn't really care that much anymore

But I didn't really not like it, either. As I said, I felt almost indifferent towards it. The characters were decent. That's it. Decent. I was intrigued by Raven, Kelsa's magical mentor, and I would've liked to
Jul 10, 2010 Jamie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was really looking forward to this book. Based on the synopsis it sounded right up my alley. Based on reviews on other sites, it sounded great. I was WRONG. This book was such a disappointment I actually considered not reviewing it at all. The beginning was terribly slow and dull, but I stuck with it - hoping it would get better. Once action finally occurred, it made little sense and seemed to go against the basic rules of the author's world building. Then it got boring again. That was when I ...more
I like this book, I want to give it four stars, but eventually decided 3.5 stars would be more suitable.

I'm glad to see authors trying something new instead of writing about vampires, witches, werewolves and freaking evil LOVE TRIANGLES over, and over, and over, and over.

This time Hilari Bell really did come up with refreshing ideas. Her uses of mythology and mythical figures are respectful. And for goodness' sake the main girl didn't fall hand over heel in love with the boy because he's so fr
Mar 30, 2011 Shari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trickster's Girl isn't just a story, it sends a message as well. Granted it's a message we've been receiving from all over lately: we are killing our Earth. In this story human's have once again created something that is killing the Earth. A mysterious boy named Raven comes to Kelsa and claims he wants to help her save the trees. Raven does want to help her but he definitely has his own agenda as well. While this book has some action scenes that were a bit tense and exciting I'm afraid that the ...more
Mar 11, 2011 andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book more than I did. The story itself was good - a combination of environmental collapse and magic, in an entertaining and tough-girl way. However. It took a while to get into the book and actually care what was happening, and at the end I was rewarded for however much caring I did eventually build up for the main character by a pat ending and the promise of a sequel but not involving this character at all. Or at least that's how I read the last few pages.

It takes a while,
Deborah Andreasen
Aug 23, 2011 Deborah Andreasen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nearly a century after 9/11, the world has become security obsessed. A chemical weapon was released in South America and destroyed the Amazon. Now it’s creeping north. The earth is dying, and Kelsa can feel it.

But earth is not the only thing slipping away. Kelsa watches cancer slowly and painfully kill her father, and she’s helpless to do anything to stop it. The night she secretly buries her father’s ashes, a boy appears and starts talking about magic.

Sure that he’s crazy, Kelsa eludes him fo
Jun 28, 2010 Kelli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trickster's Girl was unlike anything I've ever read before. The story is set in the United States, in the future. The futuristic setting with the accompanying electronics reminded me of Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series. I enjoy reading stories set in the future. The story is heavy on dialogue, which I'm not a fan of. There is; however, a lot of descriptive narration about nature: Kelsa and Raven are traveling across the northern US to heal the ley lines and reverse the damage a tree plague has c ...more
Mar 17, 2011 Tara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting more of a dystopian when I read this novel, It seemed to have been marketed more in that genre than in paranormal. This book dealt in a different type of paranormal...Native American Mythologoy. I have never read a book dealing with that subject matter before, so hearing something completely new, .not the same old...ghosts.... or seeing the dead... or something along those lines was very refreshing. The author showed a lot of creativity with her original plot and characters.

I rea
Nov 14, 2010 Parajunkee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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Trying to jump "Out The Box" in YA might not have worked well in Trickster's Girl's favor. While I did read, Trickster's Girl to the end, I seriously contemplated just hitting delete on numerous occasions. I think reading this on vacation gave me more patience than I normally have - especially for books. The book did stimulate a sense of suspense and climatic "chase" situations but overall it fell flat and irksome.


Jul 12, 2014 Christine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Things I didn't like about the book:
-complicated explanations of plausibility (if you are writing about characters with magic, you don't have to give me a blow-by-blow of how they charged the solar battery to put it in the motorcycle to make it another 30 miles, or how the 1 blurs to look like a 7--I'm totally fine with
-character inconsistencies (mother-daughter relationship never really explained, convenient aunt, what is with the angsty father and faith and how does that interact with the Ra
Aurora Dimitre
I don't know why I keep going into books by authors I know I love and having low expectations. I don't know why I didn't expect to love this one, because wow did I very much enjoy this one a lot.

One thing I've noticed about Hilari Bell's characters that I don't know if I've ever really talked about before, is the fact that all of her characters are smart. They make logical decisions and they work things out in a way that makes sense and it's weird that I'm pointing that out as an exception, bu
The thing to keep in mind before going into this book, is that it's for the largest part; a roadtrip story. And even if it gets a little dull at points, it's the characters that keep it entertaining to read through. It's slow paced, for sure. It takes a certain type of reader to enjoy this kind of book, really.

And I personally enjoyed it, a lot. Raven is, while very strange and creepy at first, a really good character. A bit immoral, but that's to be expected when you're not human. Kelsa hersel
May 06, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This book was pretty interesting. I really liked how the lead female character didn't just fall madly in love with the other-worldly Raven, and how there was in fact, no romance whatsoever in this book. Best of all you didn't even really notice the lack of romance because the story was pretty awesome. The premise is kind of odd, but the way the story plays out makes up for it. And yay for a strong female character who stays focused on her goals, and doesn't fall for any guy helping her at the dr ...more
Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
The beginning of this book was a bit slow. After reading 30 or so pages, I would find myself skimming ahead. But I kept reading and the action did eventually pick up. The plot got really interesting and thrilling. I really liked how Raven and Kelsa traveled through the futuristic America and Canada to get to their destination, Alaska. I got to really "see" the world the author created.

The book was told in limited third-person through Kelsa so I got to know her better than the hero, Raven. I like
Paula Ratcliffe

It is not often that I come across a book that manages to keep my attention for more than five to ten minutes these days, but this book certainly did that. It is the story of Kelsa Philips and her quest to heal damage done by a virus that is wiping out trees, and the choices she has to make, good or bad, to accomplish that goal.

The story starts out as many others, with a familiar reference, in this case a funeral of a loved one, Kelsa’s father. She is a typical teenager and reacts as anyone woul
Christin (Portrait of a Book)
Trickster's Girl is one of those books that doesn't fit neatly into any box. Instead, it combines many different ideas - dystopian, science fiction, and Native American mythology - into something new.

Kelsa knows she can't leave her father's ashes to rest in an ordinary cemetery. What she doesn't know is that in attempting to bury them herself, the course of her life will change. While in the forest, she meets Raven - the embodiment of a Native American spirit - who tells her that she is the one
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I'm not really sure what to say about this book.
It wasn't what I expected - not by a long shot. When I read the blurb and saw magic and shapeshifting was involved, I was instantly intrigued. But as you go on to read, you find that magic is barely used and is just an excuse to get the characters out of plot holes.
Speaking of the plot, there really wasn't one. I guess it would have been more interesting had I shared an interest in saving nature and trees. Set in a future world, a virus has been le
Shannon (aka The Tale Temptress)
I love dystopians, so it wasn’t hard for me to sink into the world of 2098, even though it didn’t seem much different than today’s work, with a few exceptions. I have mixed feelings about this one, even though I did like it.

What I liked: I really liked the heroine, Kelsa. I thought she was a strong character, capable, and smart, especially smart for someone only 15. I loved how resourceful she was throughout the story. So much so that I found myself not really worrying about her at all, as I kne
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Emma (BelleBooks)
May 04, 2011 Emma (BelleBooks) rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, arc
I received an arc of this book from Netgalley, and it took me a while to finish it. Not because I didn't like it, I just kept putting it down and starting something else.

So now I have finally finished it, I wasn't too sure about the book at the beginning but after a while I really started to like the story.
It is a kind of mix between a fantasy, magic, and dystopian novel, with a bit of strong feeling about being green and saving the planet thrown in!

The story follows Kelsa, a 15 year old girl wh
Oct 22, 2010 Brob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across Trickster’s Girl on NetGalley while browsing the latest releases. Here is the description given on NetGalley:

“In the year 2098 America isn't so different from the USA of today. But, in a post-9/11 security-obssessed world, "secured" doesn't just refer to borders between countries, it also refer to borders between states. Teenagers still think they know everything, but there is no cure for cancer, as Kelsa knows first-hand from watching her father die.
The night Kelsa buries her fath
This is a paranormal/science fiction story with a twist, as if blending the two genre's isn't enough. The protagonist, fifteen year old Kelsa, is trying to deal with her father's recent death from cancer in the not too distant future. And while science has given us many new labor-saving and entertainment devices, including flying cars that do need a road, we also have more sickness, more government controls and more terrorism. Including a botched attempt at eco-terrorism that is destrying trees ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Trickster's Girl is not like the average young adult fantasy. For one thing, there's no romance. The whole book is very focused on the quest and on saving the environment. Although Raven is hot, he is demonstrably not human.

Similarly, Kelsa does not constantly rely on him to save her. She is no Bella Swan, constantly tripping and needing to be carried. He saves her sometimes, but there are even more times where she saves herself or she saves him. I really loved that aspect of Trickster's Girl. K
Alyssa Archambo
I am loving all these mythological-based books now coming out and this one is no different. I love how Bell ties together all the different mythologies to incorporate it into the story she's made. It really works. The novel did have a few problems for me that I will go into later, but first let's talk about the good stuff.

Awesome thing #1: Subtlety. This is a futuristic world, but Bell doesn't make it so futuristic that I can't recognize it. Everything is similar but slightly off, which is exact
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