Book Review: Trickery by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington
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I love to read. Growing up, I was that girl who walked through the school hallways with a book in front of her face. Thankfully, I developed a sixth sense for obstacles that was handy since I often went so deep into a story I wasn’t aware of my surroundings.
With two kids, reading time is precious. I read before going to bed regardless of how late it is, I read in the doctor’s office, my lunch breaks, and while making dinner. The advent of electronic reading has been my salvation as I can keep my books on all my devices to sneak in some reading wherever I am.
I will also read anything. I go through romances, mysteries, political thrillers, biographies, travel guides, cookbooks, classics, and young adult novels the way some people go through chocolate. (Yum chocolate!) Some weeks I spend more on books than I do on groceries.
All this to say, when I decided to start a blog I knew it would include book reviews. Reading is too much a part of me to not feature books on a site dedicated to everything that interests me. But choosing that first book to review was HARD. Do I choose the biography on Alexander Hamilton thus establishing myself as a “serious” reader? Do I chose the latest Nora Roberts romance novel because she is one of my favorite authors and establish myself in the romance reader community? In the end, I chose Trickery by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington. Why? Because I enjoyed it. It was fun, romantic, and made me laugh.
Trickery, the first book in the five-book Curse of the Gods series, is a young adult, reverse harem, fantasy novel. (Reverse harem, for those of you who don’t read romance novels obsessively, is one girl pursued by several guys.) In terms of heat, there is a lot of flirting, kissing, and innuendo but it stops there, making it suitable for an older teenager.
Jane Washington and Jaymin Eve created a rich and detailed world named Minatsol. There are three levels of society in Minatsol: Gods, Sols who have the potential to someday be Gods, and Dwellers who are servant/slaves.
The main character is Willa Knight, a clumsy but plucky dweller who lives in a remote village where sols and gods are distant beings. All this changes when Willa is mistakenly awarded a position at the prestigious Sol academy, Blesswood. Upon her arrival at Blesswood, Willa is assigned to serve the five most feared Sols at Blesswood, the Abcurse brothers. The Abcurse brothers are arrogant, powerful, and completely fascinated with the recalcitrant Willa. Willa knows they keep secrets but discovering the truth of the Abcurses could be either her downfall or her salvation.
A good book must have a combination of decent writing and an engaging story. Nothing is more distracting to me than blatant grammatical mistakes or poorly structured sentences. Thankfully, Jane Washington and Jaymin Eve are wonderful writers so I was able to sink into the story without off-putting errors.
The story itself is excellent! Jane and Jaymin have created a vivid, believable world. Willa is hilariously outspoken. Her internal monologue had me laughing. Her endearing fumbling and clumsiness put her in dangerous and interesting situations. She is optimistic, brave, and resourceful. All great attributes for the main character especially a female one. The Abcurse brothers as a whole are equally interesting. They develop through the book from jerks willing to humiliate others for their own amusement to heroes who have moments of vulnerability and the ability to care for at least one dweller-Willa. I look forward to more individual character development as the series goes on, to get to know their individual quirks and thoughts rather than merely their differences in powers. I think the authors can delve a little deeper into their individual personalities in future novels.
There are some minor inconsistencies in the book that do not detract from the story. For example, time is measured in clicks, rotations, and sun-cycles instead of seconds, minutes, and hours. The glossary indicates that a click is a second, but several times in the book, clicks are used to indicate a minute. (Note: In the second book, Persuasion, one click is one minute.) It makes keeping track of the timeline a little difficult for me.
Overall, I really love this book. It’s a perfect light, fun, romantic summer read. I highly recommend Trickery and Persuasion. I can’t wait for the third book, Seduction!
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