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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,309 ratings  ·  460 reviews
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 play the fool. For Poet guards a secret. One the Crown would
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published August 25th 2018 (first published November 4th 2015)
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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!
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)
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  ·  review of another edition

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
"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 review
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
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
 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 ...more
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
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
Tracey (Life and Literature)
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.
Candace Robinson
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
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 ...more
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.
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 lyrical" are
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
4.5 stars.
Ann (annreads)
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
“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

Nouf *LostinFantasy*
Rating: 3.5/5 stars.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a heartwarming read - not without its share of angst and heartache, though.

The writing: Beautiful and captivating (some lines poetic - because the male character is called Poet, but it’s clever, fun, easy, and never overwhelming).

The romance/plot: I loved it. A forbidden romance between an uptight princess of Autumn and a very popular Court Jester of Spring... I adored the characters, Briar and Poet, so much (unique and complex, even
Anna Banana
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
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review! Thank you SO much, Natalia :D

First, this is a classic "it's not you, it's me" because for some reason, I just cannot get into fantasy. I don't know what it is. I've tried with several books and there is something about fantasy that I just can't get into. But this is the closest I've gotten. I actually finished this one!

So when you see the three stars and go "well did she actually enjoy it???" yes, yes I did. I mean,
Minni Mouse
3.5 stars. The cover does this book a disservice by making it seem corny and young adult, like a middle-grade romance. In reality, Trick toes that line between young adult and new adult quite often: young adult because eighteen-year-old princess and Season courts and blushing flirtations and cute ferrets...but new adult because sexxy times and deliberately purple dialogue prose and pretty serious themes about fictional disability abuse & persecution. That abuse alone kicks the maturity of ...more
ok, so if there was ever a time to not judge a book by its cover*, it would be now. because let me tell you, this book is fucking delicious.

*[ok, you might like the cover. i thought it was a little cheesy-looking, but to each their own. doesn't change the fact that this book is beautiful and imaginative.]

first, poet (one of the two protagonists of this book) may be rocking that try-hard emo aesthetic from the mid-2000s but with a medieval twist, but a) he owns it and b) i love him, this chaos
Nov 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
This book was just not for me.

But I foolishly thought it was right up my alley because of its summary without checking out the reviews... all of which seem to mention that this book is more romance than fantasy. And I'm not a fan of romance novels. At all. You can see where I'm going with this.

But while I hated the simpering romance and the idiots that the characters became once they fell in love, I did love the LGBT diversity and the discussion about the treatment of mentally ill persons. I
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since I first knew about this book, I felt some kind of connection to it.
I don't remember how I found about it, when I bought it I had no idea what it was going to be about... I just know that for months I wanted to buy it so bad....
Five stars because I loved the story, the characters and the writing. But mostly because it never happened to me to feel so attracted to a book (and a character) since the first page.
It feels very weird for me, because as I already said, it never happened before
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Natalia Jaster is the fantasy romance author of the Foolish Kingdoms & Selfish Myths series.

She loves to dream up settings that are realistic yet magical. She loves when raw angst collides with lyrical beauty, and when sweetness escalates to hotness. And she definitely loves treading the line between YA and NA.

She's also a total fool for first-kiss scenes, fanfiction, libraries, and starry

Other books in the series

Foolish Kingdoms (4 books)
  • Dare (Foolish Kingdoms, #2)
  • Lie (Foolish Kingdoms, #3)
  • Dream (Foolish Kingdoms, #4)
“Broken hearts made faults and fools of us all.” 26 likes
“A fool is a man who believes glory can be found at the tip of a sword instead of on the tip of his tongue. That is life’s cruel trick.” 12 likes
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