The night Kelsa buries her fat ...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
📗 Although this is classed as a Sci-Fi novel I felt it was closer to Fantasy, as I recognised many Fantasy elements in the story and it reads like a Fantasy novel, despite being set in the future.
📕 I really enjoyed this story, especially the suspenseful moments but I was disappointed with the ending. I felt it was rather rushed and not the ending I was hoping for, I loved Kelsa and Raven, so I was hoping to see a relationship blossom. ...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
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
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
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.
The novel takes place about a hundred years afte ...more
Then we get to meet ...more
1) Kelsa, the protagonist, isn't a compelling character. She's a grief-stricken, angsty teenage girl who is willing to put herself into increasing absurd and dangerous situations, mainly because she's mad at her mother over her father's death. She isn't engaging for the reader. We're rooting for her simply because she's the P ...more
Fortunately, there are people who know how to stop it.
Unfortunately, most of them aren't on humanity's side.
The night 15-year-old Kelsa Philli ...more
So many exclamations! Kelsa's a 15 yr old girl, and an exclamation point is a great way of exaggerating a sentence. Thankfully, there is only one and not more at the end. It can be annoying.
This is a good book for teens/kids that are too advanced for the kids department but too young for YA/Teen. Has some danger bit not overly so, mostly complaining about Raven and his views on humans.
It also has good talking points about grief and how it can affect your relationships and life. ...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