Trickster's Girl (Raven Duet #1)
The nightKelsa buries her fath ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
It takes a while, ...more
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 ...more
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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 netgally.com books. The book did stimulate a sense of suspense and climatic "chase" situations but overall it fell flat and irksome.
-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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The book was told in limited third-person through Kelsa so I got to know her better than the hero, Raven. I like ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more