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This is a previously-published edition - ISBN13: 9781517494957

There is a rule amongst his kind: A jester doesn’t lie.

In the Kingdom of Spring, Poet is renowned. He’s young and pretty, a lover of men and women. He performs for the court, kisses like a scoundrel, and mocks with a silver tongue.

Yet allow him this: It’s only the most cunning, most manipulative soul who can pla
Paperback, 1st Edition, 310 pages
Published November 4th 2015 by CreateSpace
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picked this up on a whim and i didnt enjoy it for the reasons i thought i would, so it ended being up a surprising reading experience, but in a positive way.

i was initially drawn to the atmosphere the synopsis promised. i couldnt wait to read a story about a princess and sly, court jester. it sounded devious and exciting. but where i thought poet would be alluring, i found him annoying. goodness, i couldnt stand the way he speaks. yes, its great characterisation, but i just wasnt in the mood fo
Laura Thalassa
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read it. Adored it. Think it's a damn shame more people don't know about Natalia Jaster. She's an insanely good writer!

When Scarlett Dawn recommends a book to you, you listen. (She happens to be my twin when it comes to reading tastes.) This one's been moved to the top of my TBR list!
Mara YA Mood Reader
6/24/2020 I finally found a New Adult Fantasy author that creates what I’ve been looking for everywhere!!! 🙌🏼👏🏼🤩

Trick has been on my kindle for ages and I finally got around to it in my frustration of trying to find a healthy balance between YA and NA! It’s been an exhausting endeavour but I am so happy to have come across this indie author.

This book was incredible! The Jester, Poet was so witty, so bratty, so naughty and entertaining. I loved this different insight at court life.

As well,No Wa
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Love love loved everything about this book! So heartfelt and good. Beautiful representation, especially of disabilities. Review to come!
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Update 3/28/19: The audiobooks are out for Trick & Dare!!! So excited, the narrators' performances are AMAZING. Poet's voice is 🖤🖤🖤

I love my jester and princess so much!
Tilly Booth
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Not only is Natalia a goddess when it comes to writing but she manages to create a breathtaking world with realistic and relatable characters in such a lyrical way. She keeps the reader on the edge of their seat with the twists that take place in Trick. Her words draw you in from the first page and once you start reading about the wonderful Poet and the feisty Bra
"The greatest courage a person can have is to love another, for there are only two outcomes.
Either the love lasts, and our lives are compromised, or it doesn't, and our lives are emptied.
Either way, we suffer more than we celebrate. I've enjoyed suffering with you. We are a tale for campfires.
That is all.
That is everything."

I love it when I blindly go into a book expecting nothing and reach the end with a new favorite story and new amazing favorite characters.
I'll come back to this revie
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
“Steadfast sure girl, sweet noble thorn,
how lovely-cruel you are.
My body’s taut, my soul is worn,
from the lovely-cruel you are.
The highborn chose the lowest born,
’tis the lovely-cruel you are.
This trick unseen, this fated scorn,
of the lovely-cruel you are.
So when you leave, I shall us mourn,
the lovely-cruel we are.”

What is there to say, really, when you fall head over heels for a book that you didn’t even realize existed??? I picked this up after my friend told me she was sure I’d l
Truth: this is one of the best novels I've read in 2015.

I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an advanced copy of this book. I went in prepared to comb it over with the discerning eye of a critic, not just as a fan of Natalia's work. And though I know her writing talent is unparalleled, I was still unprepared for how quickly I fell into this world that she had created.

It's a universe completely of her own making-- a touch fantastical, very whimsical, but with the hard bite of realism when i
 Simply Sam ツ
This turned out to be a pretty heartwarming story. Princess Briar, with her apparent thorny aloofness, and Poet, with his ability to charm anyone and everyone without ever revealing himself, were each others perfect foils. The author even managed to incorporate elements I've not often seen in YA fantasy, though I won't spoil what those are. And the best part? It can be read as a standalone, though it is part of a series. That's a huge win for me as I suck at series. Overall, I definitely recomme ...more
♦♣ Queen of Faerie ♠♥
Don't exactly know why I didn't enjoy this book, I can see other people reading this and loving it but for me I never really connected with the characters, or enjoyed the plot. It felt quite disconnected for me and the story didn't make me excited.

I think the romance was that reminiscent of a fairytale, with a court jester falling in love with a princess. That much was fine, and it was an okay read, however for some reason I just found myself drifting off and closing my eyes around this book, wh
Polly Florence
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I don't really know where to start, I completely loved this story. I am just floored by the creative genius that is Natalia Jaster. With just under three hundred pages she tells a story that's both whimsical and lyrical but also powerful and keeps you thinking long after you put the book down. There's also SO MUCH representation in this book which means so much to me as a reader.

Natalia's writing is just so beautiful
Tracey (Life and Literature)
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
I’ve never made a secret of the fact that I can be swayed to read a book purely on it’s cover alone. I can’t help being drawn to all the pretty. And when I first saw Trick it was that gorgeous cover that had me adding it to my TBR. But after finally getting around to reading it, it’s not the cover, but the beauty that’s inside that has me adding it to my favourite reads of 2017. This book… This book was quite simply WOW!

I love forbidden romance. The jester and the princess. Complete opposites.
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't know what to expect from this but i was pleasantly surprised!

I liked that the focus was on the discrimination against people with mental disabilities. I rarely see this in books. I also liked that the relationship in this wasn't only focused on romance. It also focused on the love between family members and friends! and a huge plus that it's a standalone!

My issue though was that i didn't like how explicit the book was and also, a character speaks in a whimsical/fairy-tale way which made i
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a shame people don’t know about this book or the author. Grazy good!

The writing was magical, as where the characters. Loved loved loved this book!

Already ordered her other book called Dare, can’t wait the get it in the mail :)

Xxx Manouk
Dakota★Magic in Every Book
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

I don’t often take books for review from indie authors. Which sounds a bit pompous, but it has more to do with the fact that I’m very picky and critical at times, and I don’t want to crush someone’s dream by giving them a negative review, even if I do it tactfully. Despite having read Jaster’s first novel, Touch, and loving it, I was still a bit nervous to read Trick, just in case I didn’t love it. Which turned out to be a
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
DNF @ 49%.

I read the reviews on Amazon and it seems everyone loves it, it's cleverness and the way it deals with social injustices. I was intrigued unfortunately for me I found it boring.

My first issue was the writing. I hated it. The MMC was a jester so half the things he said was a rhyme which annoyed me. The writing was also dull. I thought I was being forced to read a treatise.

At 49% nothing of note had happened and I had a feeling it will stay that way.
Candace Robinson
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Spectacular. Spectacular! Loved this one. Poet and Briar were perfect and definitely had some swoon worthy moments! The writing itself was truly beautiful and kept me captivated until the last page.
Pippa DaCosta
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trick is a spellbinding and magical fantasy romance. We meet the uptight and restrained Autumn Princess, Briar, as she attends the Spring Court. Cue Poet, the alluring, charming, roguish jester. During the festivities, he singles Briar out as the butt of a joke and thus begins their back and forth battle of wits. But it's not what you think. This isn't some silly bad-boy-meets-stuffy-girl routine. Briar can hold her own. She's a strong character in her own right. And Poet... *sigh* Poet tied a r ...more
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jaster blew me away yet again! She created such an interesting world where there are four kingdoms who are connected to one of the four seasons. This concept was very unique to me! The world building was great and there wasn’t any information overload. She sneaked a lot of the world building into dialogue which I really liked.

The writing was amazing! Jaster writes in a way that draws you in right away. The way she describes the people, the lands, the kingdoms, the carnivals, is just breathtakin
So let me tell you a tale of how i lost a battle of wills.
not to my king.
not to my queen.
nay. i lost to a girl.

Poet you darn beautiful bastard! This charming jester will definitely steal your heart while you sit there and watch him tie colorful ribbons around it

So I tried quite a lot of fantasy books this year.Some of them were plain disappointment but some of them made me question why didn't I pick them up any sooner? Trick was definitely one of the latter. "Spellbinding and lyrica
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Actual review to come later, but know that I adored this novel and everything it is. If I could hug a book forever, it would be this one.

Edit: Review - -

This is the tale told by Poet, Whimtany’s Court Jester. It’s about the things he loves and hates. What does he love? Count them: One secret. His craft. One girl. What does he hate? The prejudices of the people.

Set in the beautiful kingdom of Whimtany, Trick follows a young-and-pretty, quick-witted, lyrical and talented jester named Poet.
Ehhhh. 3.5
I did like it—definitely something new for me. I found the voices of Poet (whose real name I STILL DO NOT KNOW) and Briar to be very different. Often times when authors try dual POV, the characters sound the same. Briar and Poet both had their quirks, Poet especially, with the way he talks.
In any case, the beginning was a bit iffy for me, but it got better in the middle. Then... It just kinda went down hill from 75-80%. Everything felt too rushed, they became flat, and it was just kin
Fatima Nauman
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing and beautifully written...
Natalia Jaster has a very unique talent with words......
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a book.

A book with luscious worldbuilding. The realm seems like it's JUST on the verge of full fantasy and magic? And the jester Poet has this strange connection with his really intelligent ferret... anyways. The world consists of these elemental/seasonally-themed kingdoms, similae to fae realms but NOT composed of Fae. This pleases me immensely as i love elemental-ey stuff but generally dislike fae. In the book, Summer, Winter, and Autumn (to which our lady protagonist is Princess and
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
so...the entire plot rests on ableism...great

Rep: bi mc, gay side character, sapphic side characters, side characters with unspecified developmental disorder

CWs: ableism
Ann (annreads)
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The greatest courage a person can have is to love another, for there are only two outcomes. Either the love lasts, and our lives are compromised, or it doesn’t, and our lives are emptied. Either way, we suffer more than we celebrate. I’ve enjoyed suffering with you. We are a tale for campfires. That is all. That is everything.”

I absolutely loved this one! Such a sweet little book😍

May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was such a great read! I'm so happy that I found this book through KU because it was truly unlike anything I've ever read before. The author's writing is so pretty and lyrical, she weaved a really amazing fantasy story. Overall I really enjoyed this book however there were some things that I didn't like that stopped me from giving this a 5 star. They're all spoilers except the fact that Poet (the hero) wasn't my favorite and I had a really hard time falling for him.

I'm excited to move onto
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Natalia Jaster is a fantasy romance author who routinely swoons for the villain.

She lives in an enchanted forest, where she writes steamy New Adult tales about rakish jesters, immortal deities, and vicious fae. Wicked heroes are her weakness, and rebellious heroines are her best friends. She's also a total fool for first-kiss scenes and fanfiction.

Her series include Foolish Kingdoms, Selfish Myths

Other books in the series

Foolish Kingdoms (4 books)
  • Dare (Foolish Kingdoms, #2)
  • Lie (Foolish Kingdoms, #3)
  • Dream (Foolish Kingdoms, #4)

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