Trickery (Curse of the Gods #1) By Jaymin Eve & Jane Washington [Review]

Trickery (Curse of the Gods Book 1)RELEASE DATE:  February 28, 2017
AUTHORS: Jaymin Eve & Jane Washington
GENRE:  Young-Adult, Fantasy, Reverse-Harem, Romance.
SUMMARY: Willa Knight: Dweller. Slave. Non-magical being.

In Minatsol, being a dweller means that you are literally no better than dirt. In fact, dirt might actually be more useful than Willa. Her life will be one of servitude to the sols, the magic-blessed beings who could one day be chosen to become gods.

At least her outer village is far removed from the cities of the sols, and she won’t ever be forced to present herself to them… Until one small mistake changes everything, and Willa is awarded a position to serve at Blesswood, the top sol academy in the world—a position that she definitely did not earn.

Under the sudden, watchful eye of the gods, she will be tasked to serve the Abcurse brothers, five sols built of arrogance, perfection and power. They are almost gods themselves, and under their service she is either going to end up sentenced to death, or else they are going to ruin her so badly that she will wish for it.

Either way, she is in trouble.



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Firstly, I loved the beautiful cover of this book and violet is one of my favorite colors. secondly, it’s a reverse harem genre so I knew nothing’s going to keep me away from this book. I was so excited when I first read the premise of this book and If you don’t know I’m total sucker for reverse harem genre. It’s very rare to find a good book with reverse harem and while reading Trickery I really felt like I was reading a RH manga. This book is so much fun to read especially with a hilariously clumsy character as a  female protagonist. Although I loved this book, I have to be honest that the story lacked a bit. Nonetheless, it was entertaining through out and I liked the whole setting, interesting characters and the unique concept.

The story is set in a fictional place called Minatsol, a world of dwellers and sols. The dwellers are a non magical race that are treated as slaves. The Sols are the dominant race with magical powers where some of them are trained to become gods. Each year, two dwellers from each village are selected to serve the sols at the blesswood academy, the top sol academy in the world. Eighteen year old Willa is a cursed child and embarrassment of her village because of her clumsy curse that causes disaster wherever she goes. Because of her mistake, Willa and her best friend Emma is selected to serve the sols in blesswood academy. Willa gets pretty shocked when she hears her name because she never thought that she would get selected. When Willa and her friend finally arrives at the academy she gets the attention of the  Abcurse brothers, five arrogant sols who loves to tease Willa and treats her like their new personal plaything. After she was officially tasked with serving the abcurse brothers, she needs to survive them without getting herself killed.

Willa Knight is a funny female character that I’ve never read before. She’s hilarious, ultra clumsy, awkward and a little bit weird. Her clumsiness might seem ridiculous and annoying sometimes but her silly antics never failed to put a smile on my face and I slowly grew to like her. The only thing that bothered me though was how fast she’s changed from hating the brothers to liking them.  Coming to the abcurse brothers, I loved every one of them. All the brothers possess unique personalities individually that make them differ from each other. Aros aka Golden Aros is a sweet, handsome and flirty sol whose power is seduction. Rome also known as strength looks like a giant crusher and has a strong protective streak towards Willa. Siret is gifted with power of trickery and he always loves to tease Willa about her clumsiness and he calls her Rocks. Yael is persuasion gifted who has a huge competitive streak and he helped Willa a few times to get her out of trouble. Last but not the least, we have Coen, the pain gifted sol who can cause pain easily on anybody. He’s pretty interesting character among all the brothers and I would love to know more about him. All in all, the Abcurse brothers are kind of arrogant and rebellious sols who don’t give a f*ck about the Gods and their rules. I also enjoyed the friendship between Willa and Emma and I wish the author has focused more on their relationship too.

The plot is pretty good but honestly, I felt it was little bit lacking in some parts. However, I found myself enjoying this a lot and eventually I ended up loving it. There are some surprising twists in the second half that I didn’t see coming.  The pacing is good and I was hooked to the story right from the very start and devoured it in two sittings. The whole story was told from Willa’s POV and I loved the witty writing style of this book. I’m already familiar with Jamin Eve’s books but haven’t read any books from Jane Washington so I really need to check out her books. They’ve both done a great job in writing this story because despite the flaws, I can’t help but enjoy it. The world was simply amazing! I really liked the world of Minatsol and also the magical system that resembled greek mythology. There’s also a glimpse of Topia, the world of gods and I would love to explore more of this world.

Overall, it was a great read filled with lots of humor! Though the book finally concluded with no cliffhangers, I’m quite excited for the next book.

Recommend it?
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This a fun book with a clumsy heroine and five arrogantly sexy male love interests who are also brothers. I highly recommend this book to all the readers who loves reverse harem genre. 

MY RATING: 4-stars14-stars1 4-stars14-stars1[4/5 Stars]

So, What do you think of this book? Please Feel Free To Comment Below. ❤

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20 thoughts on “Trickery (Curse of the Gods #1) By Jaymin Eve & Jane Washington [Review]

  1. Marie March 10, 2017 / 1:29 am

    Lovely review, Raven, thank you so much! I’m always happy to discover new books I haven’t heard about before thanks to your blog 🙂 It seems like an interesting story, though I’m sad to hear you felt that the plot was lacking at some moments and the author didn’t focus enough on the friendship, I always love great friendships.

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    • ravenblake99 March 12, 2017 / 1:13 am

      Aww…Thank you, Marie! It’s really fun and entertaining read, if you’re interested give this a try. I also love great friendships in both fantasy and contemporaries. 🙂

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  2. outnaboutweb March 10, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    I really like this review! I’ll have a look around for this book, then!
    love, elena

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  3. Analee @ Book Snacks March 10, 2017 / 11:48 pm

    5 love interests! That’s quite a lot aha. But it sounds like a very interesting novel, sorry to hear that the plot was lacking in some parts though. Great review! ❤

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    • ravenblake99 March 12, 2017 / 1:17 am

      IKR? XD It was really an interesting read! This might seem odd for the readers who aren’t familiar with reverse harem but I really hope you give this a try.
      Thank You! 🙂


  4. Jen March 11, 2017 / 12:15 am

    That cover. Oh my gosh, it’s SO pretty! And I’m usually not a cover person, since I tend to read on my kinle and only buy paperback/hardbacks for books that I love (because I’m weird like that lol). So with the brothers, could it be considered a love pentagon?

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    • ravenblake99 March 12, 2017 / 1:25 am

      IKR? I totally fell in love with that dress! Oh, me too! I always prefer to read on ereader because I’m a night reader and I only buy physical books that has beautiful covers on it. As for the brothers, yeah for now you can consider it as a love pentagon but eventually it might turn into a triangle.

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      • Jen March 13, 2017 / 10:50 pm

        Aw, I love that I’m not the only one that does that! Gotcha, thanks for the heads up!


  5. Candid Cover March 11, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    I have never heard of a reverse harem before. Thank you for the explanation because it sounds like a perfect concept to me! This sounds like a really intriguing story and I am so glad that you ended up liking it! 🙂

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    • ravenblake99 March 12, 2017 / 1:32 am

      Thank you! It really is an intriguing story! There are many books with reverse harem genre. If you want to read books similar to this then I would also recommend Demons at Deadnight by A&E Kirk. It’s pretty hilarious and one of my favorite books. 🙂


  6. TeacherofYA March 13, 2017 / 5:35 am

    I’ve never heard of a book like this one. I’m not familiar with the “reverse harem” genre.
    Is this one a little too risqué?

    Liked by 1 person

    • ravenblake99 March 14, 2017 / 1:18 am

      This book is perfectly alright for young adults and there’s nothing indecent in this book. Just give it a try 🙂


  7. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate April 14, 2017 / 2:40 am

    Oohh this sounds so good! A bit cliché and cheesy but darn if I don’t want to read it hahaha
    I was always a sucker for reverse harems… Which when done well can be so enjoyable.
    Wonderful review, Raven 😊

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    • ravenblake99 April 15, 2017 / 2:20 am

      Thank you! It’s really good! If you like Reverse Harem then you must give this a try and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it. I’m currently looking forward to its sequel 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  8. BlossyGirl June 1, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    Love this!! Actually found this book on a reverse harem group on Facebook .. great review

    Liked by 1 person

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