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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,612 ratings  ·  334 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 shackl
Published September 23rd 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)  ·  review of another edition
Update 9/6/18: New Foolish Kingdoms Covers!!! I'm spellbound! Also I've just signed with Tantor, so Trick & Dare audiobooks are coming. So excited!

It's the 500th rating, and it's my birthday, so I'm celebrating by saying that 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 Bra
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 lov
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
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 gorgeous 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
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.
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 ri
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 breathtakin
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.
 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
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😍

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 t
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,
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
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 di
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 t
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.
Cat  (cat-thecatlady)
well, this just wasn't the book for me. too much sex and romance for lil' old Cat.
but if you're looking into a different kind of book, I'll definitely recommend it.

#ReadIndie review here:
Carol Oliveira
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jonas De
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a free e-copy in exchange for a review.

I was very doubtful about this book for the first few pages, mainly because you get a lot of information and the quick change of perspective didn't really help me. But things got explained along the way and my confusion faded.

The characters were very well writen. Briar was a princess afraid to be loved and love because of what happened in her past. Poet is a jester who amuses people with his tongue (in more than one way), while bearing a secret
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After hearing so many positive things about Natalia Jaster’s Foolish Kingdoms series, I decided it was finally time for me to dive in and see what all the fuss was about. Thus, I jumped into Trick with rather high expectations.

I’ll be completely honest and say I was unsure at first. It was an interesting story, it was something different, but I just wasn’t sucked in the way other reviews had me believing I would be. Nevertheless, I was curious, so I persisted.

It was around the twenty-five, maybe
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 bo
a clever, sweet tale. my heart is very, very warm. i loved the story, and i loved the representation (the male mc is bisexual! and the entire story addresses ableism very well, which is something i rarely see in YA -- much less fantasy -- and there various other lgbtq+ characters.) not to mention, found family is my favorite trope and it can be found in this story, which is just another reason to read it. love, love, loved it.

Our argument thrived in this setting, with the crickets strumming and the pan flute swirling through the gardens. I’d promised myself that I would never lay my hands on a Royal, but in this nook of dahlias and pride, I changed my fucking mind.

“Oh, Sweet Thorn. That’s because you’re not standing close enough,” I said, stroking my thumb down her arm.

She sucked in a breath—and then leaned in, brushing her sleeve against mine. Every whiff of Autumn, sturdy things and fallen things, chipped
Aimee Da cunha
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
Will post review soon
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 wonderful stars! Full review in the works. But know that I highly recommend this amazing book!
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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 nig

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.” 24 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.” 10 likes
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