Trickster's Girl by Hilari Bell

Jan 3, 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Pub. Date:  January 3rd 2011
ISBN:  0547196202
Pages: 288 pages
Source: Author
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.
When I first read the synopsis of this book it intrigued me. I feel like I read the synopsis wrong though.

Hilari Bell's writing was great, I loved that part of the book. However, I wasn't able to really get into the whole idea of magic, Raven, and Native American mythology. It just did not interest me. I wish that a few of the 'futuristic gadgets' had been explained more too. I was confused as to what exactly some of the things were, such as a tab.

As for the characters, I did not feel very close to Raven and I was disappointed because he was a big part of the story. I kind of wish there was a prologue about his myth or something to give me more insight on him. Kelsa was okay, I didn't find her extremely interesting, but she was not a bad character either.

Overall the plot line did not interest me and I was not able to finish the book. I will say that I will look into any books that Hilari produces in the future because I really did like her writing; I just hope they have a different topic.

Rating: Unfinished

Part of a Teen Book Scene tour.


  1. I have NEVER posted reviews for books I didn't finish. I'll probably just have a line-up of titles I never got around to completing...

    But anyway, interesting review. Seems to be a bit wishy-washy. MIGHT take a pass on this one.

  2. I agree on many levels with your review. I felt like I wasn't very close with the characters as I should have been. Like, I was disconnected with the story, you know? Very nice review. I'll be posting mine around next part of the tour, too.

    I'm glad you were honest with your opinions.

  3. I really was looking forward to this book - I am hoping to get to it next week. I hope I like it more than you lol, though I have a feeling my views will probably be similar.


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