Thursday, November 25, 2010

Trickster's Girl by Hilari Bell

Title: Trickster's Girl

Author: Hilari Bell

Published: Houghton Mifflin, January 2011

Pages: 288

First Line: "Friends we are gathered here to commemorate not the death of Johnathan Peter Phillips, but his life."

Summary: 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 father, a boy appears. He claims magic is responsible for the health of Earth, but  human damage disrupts its flow. The planet is dying.

Kelsa has the power to reverse the damage, but first she must accept that magic exists and see beyond her own pain in order to heal the planet.
(Taken from Goodreads)

Review: The idea of Trickster’s Girl sounded really interesting.  It was incorporating science fiction and magic which I always find intriguing.  I give really high marks to the idea behind the story.  It’s just that I thought it was a bit poorly executed.
It took a really long time to get into Trickster’s Girl and then when it did get into it, there wasn’t much excitement.  There were no moments when I was sitting on the edge of my seat reading more because I just had to know what was going on.
I got to about halfway and considered stopping reading this book but instead I went to Goodreads and read a couple of reviews for it.  The reviews I read mentioned that yeah, it was a really slow book but they also mentioned the ending was a bit odd.  Curiosity and my own need to finish absolutely every book I start made me force myself to finish the book.
When I got to the ending, wow, I was quite astounded.  I think I understand what the author was trying to do with the ending but at the same time, I didn’t think it was a very good ending, at all.  It makes me wonder if there will be a sequel or if that was just the ending.
Don’t think that I hated every part of Trickster’s Girl though, because I didn’t.  I found the parts with the magic and the healing of leys and things to be really interesting.  I just didn’t think the rest of the book was very good.
While Trickster’s Girl wasn’t my kind of book, don’t be deterred.  I’m letting you know now that the ending is very unexpected so if you like unexpected endings then you might enjoy this.  Trickster’s Girl also deals with the idea of climate change and how it’s bought on and what is happening in the future.  If Trickster’s Girl sounds like your kind of book from that, then definitely read it.

Source: NetGalley

1 comment:

  1. It seems to be the trend that YA books are following right now. Great cover, great plot just poorly executed. It's too bad really. It makes me leery to want to buy a book now without reading a review. I recently read a book blurbed by an author I like and was sorely disappointed. The worst book I read that year.


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