Reviews, Wyrd & Wonder

Trick by Natalia Jaster (Foolish Kingdoms #1)

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 and manipulative soul who can play the fool.
For beyond the castle walls, Poet guards a secret.
One the Crown would shackle him for. One that he’ll risk everything to protect.
Alas, it will take more than clever words to deceive Princess Briar.
Convinced that he’s juggling lies as well as verse, this righteous nuisance of a girl is determined to expose him.
But not all falsehoods are fiendish. Poet’s secret is delicate, binding the jester and princess in an unlikely alliance—and kindling a breathless attraction, as alluring as it is forbidden.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

This had a lot of potential, but unfortunately it didn’t quite work for me. I liked the story, but the writing was lacking and I cringed plenty of times while reading. With better editing it could have been a very good book.

The romance between Poet and Briar was something I expected to enjoy – I like the opposites attract trope and characters like Poet – witty, flirty and theatrical – are always interesting to me. But their romance simply wasn’t convincing. If the characters don’t have chemistry, that’s it, I can’t enjoy the book. There’s also a bit of a love triangle with Eliot. Eliot and Briar are supposed to be close friends, but there was no chemistry there either, no matter how many times they said they’re important to each other, I just couldn’t feel it.

The relationship between Poet and his son, and the plot that deals with the rights of disabled people, was a lot more interesting than the romance plot. It would have worked better if it wasn’t fighting for space between romantic drama and cringy sex scenes.

One Book, One Idea challenge: I’m going to be inspired by the Poet and try my hand at juggling 😀

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