Chasing the Trickster:
|A Bibliophile’s Thoughts on Books||Uniquely written, with characters you can’t help but love. Chasing the Trickster melds Native American and European mythologies to create a story that’s unforgettable.|
|Amazon Mecky||A great story has believable characters that are both attractive and flawed. Chasing the Trickster introduced me to several characters I’d like to meet. I cared about them, and that’s very important for me as a reader. I was also curious to see how they would or would not overcome their failings. I read this novel in two days – always a good sign.
On the second level, a story should allow me to learn about or experience something other than my life and what I already know. Here, the author has had a great idea. An old European Pagan minor god made christian serf finds himself in the New World and “flexes” his powers – in more ways than one! He is the catalyst for a “romp” that crosses the USA, melds past and present, dream and reality.
I highly recommend this novel for all those who like mysteries, sci-fi, adult romance, and New Age all entertainingly blended.
|Amazon RSP SciFi-er||Instead of recycling old tropes (vampires, werewolves, witches, et al), Chasing the Trickster is a very original interpretation of horror/fantasy using two largely unexplored mythologies: those of the Southwestern United States and Central Europe. So, the first part of the good news is that, as you read, there is absolutely none of that feeling of, “Wait… didn’t I read this before?” No, as your gobble this up (I found this book very difficult to put down), you won’t harken back to a previous read and say to your yourself, “Oh yeah, this is like that OTHER book!”The really good news is that the characters are extremely well drawn and executed. Throw in an unorthodox approach to treating time and plot, some really nice plot twists and genuine surprises, as well as an ending with epilogue that ties everything up into an excellent and satisfying conclusion and you have one of the best books I’ve read all year. No real bad news! Great job, Ms. Grey!
|Amazon Review By Gaele “We read to know, we are not alone ~ C.S. Lewis”||Chasing The Trickster is a refreshing read with a little mythology and folklore in it. I have to say that it was very comforting reading this book because it did not follow the regular story telling pattern that a folklore or mythology story tells. The Trickster God is up to no good he has his eye on a new victim to play a nasty trick on and when he does he is surprised by how the person acts.Nina is a photographer and when she looks at her recent photos she thinks she sees ghosts. After her best friend is shot she turns to the only person she trusts and that is her ex-boyfriend Pascal. Pascal is determined to get to the bottom of who is trying to hurt Nina but what he doesn’t realize is that the danger and the truth are darker then he or Nina could have imagined. As their love re-ignites and they come together as one Nina and Pascal will have to fight like hell to remain together. The trickster has so many tricks up his sleeve and he wants to have some fun.This is such an amazing story that it is a MUST READ! Go on out and get it and read it and see what tricks the trickster has in store for this couple!|
|Amazon Review By Nancy Allen (The Avid Reader)||The following review is my opinion and not a paid review. I received a copy of Chasing the Trickster from the author via Full Moon Bites Blog Tours.Nina, her best friend and next door neighbor Rich Flannery who she calls “the Geekboy” are out at “Mickey’s” on a Saturday night. A guy dressed in a black t-shirt, blue jeans and cowboy boots walks up to their table. Now Nina is ready to jump this guys bones right there in Mickey’s place. He ask Nina if she works at Quasi Gallery and tells her that he is interested in the photos of Nina Weaver and wants to buy one of her pictures in her Spiritus line. Nina knows if she tells him to go to the gallery to buy the photos that the gallery will get a commission. So she tells him that she is Nina. He wants to know if she has more photos?Nina and the cowboy who tells her his name is Joe Guzman are very attracted to each other. Nina and Joe start hanging out together. After Joe and Nina spend a lot of time together and Nina has started to care a lot for Joe he just ups and disappears right out of the blue. This upsets Nina a lot because she hasn’t cared about anyone in a long time.Chasing the Trickster has a lot of twist and turns that just when you think you have it all figured out bam something else hits you in the face. April Grey keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. She takes you on the ride of your life. She keeps everything hidden right up until the end. You think you know what is going on and then you turn the corner and your like what just happened?|
|Amazon Review By Novareylin||I have been really lucky and have read quite a few books lately with mythology interspersed throughout the stories. This one is also has some mythology in it, which again, I am so glad to read about! I haven’t read much Native American lore however and although I knew about the Trickster, this definitely has some twists that I didn’t see coming.The characters really pull you in. I love characters that you feel are REAL. They are not perfect but they are so well written that you think they are perfectly human.What I absolutely loved however is that all throughout the twists and turns you wonder where this plot will take you and the ending fits it perfectly. All the questions you have built up have been answered. I love reading a book with an ending! No cliffhangers to leave you waiting around for the second book for a year or two, it’s fabulous! The story was good, the ending was good, the characters were a ton of fun. All in all a really good read but I do love a good bad guy! 😉|
|Amazon Review By Tee “TeeKyleJacobson”||Chasing The Trickster is a refreshing read with a little mythology and folklore in it. I have to say that it was very comforting reading this book because it did not follow the regular story telling pattern that a folklore or mythology story tells. The Trickster God is up to no good he has his eye on a new victim to play a nasty trick on and when he does he is surprised by how the person acts.Nina is a photographer and when she looks at her recent photos she thinks she sees ghosts. After her best friend is shot she turns to the only person she trusts and that is her ex-boyfriend Pascal. Pascal is determined to get to the bottom of who is trying to hurt Nina but what he doesn’t realize is that the danger and the truth are darker then he or Nina could have imagined. As their love re-ignites and they come together as one Nina and Pascal will have to fight like hell to remain together. The trickster has so many tricks up his sleeve and he wants to have some fun.This is such an amazing story that it is a MUST READ! Go on out and get it and read it and see what tricks the trickster has in store for this couple|
|Fangs for the Fantasy||
This is a story with a twist that follows 3 people. There is Linda, wife, mother, photography graduate setting out to make her life work. She doesn’t have a perfect marriage and even her photographs have odd, phantom images, but she is making it work, alongside Pascal a university professor who asks her to work with him to write his book as they bother become enamoured with each other.
Then there’s Nina, photographer though plagued with phantom images in her work. She’s supported by good friends and neighbours, but her life falls into chaos when her ex-lover returns out of the blue with hurried instructions that they have to flee to New Mexico – after goons try to kidnap her and nearly kill her friend.
And Pascal, devout Catholic, still reeling from his divorce and fighting his deep affection and growing love for Linda and then Nina. And he’s carrying a passenger, the pagan god Cernunnos, god of lust and fertility who is constantly pushing him away from his rigid morality.
Then there’s the Trickster. A powerful god he has taken an interest in the characters – and definitely has his own agenda.
This book was a real rollercoaster for me. When it started, I loved it. I loved the concepts, I loved the switching to the three main characters/time periods and was eager to see how they fitted together. I wanted to see the conflict between the Trickster and Cernunnos and what it meant for Pascal that he was carrying such a supernatural passenger. And the characters themselves were complex and flawed with major issues in their lives that seemed like they were going to be addressed – like Linda and her deeply flawed relationship, Pascal and his wrongheaded policing of his wife’s sexuality. Nina being torn between her mysterious lover and her deep abiding loyalty to her friends.
And the story started well – we had a brief introduction and then Nina’s life was suddenly thrown into chaos. Goons were chasing her, her lover had a god in his mind, her best friend was in hospital with a bullet in his chest and she was hurrying to Santa Fe to try and find some answers to the chaos that had suddenly over taken her life.
An excellent start.
Then it kind of petered out. The supernatural took a huge step back, occasionally appearing as a voice in Pascal’s head but otherwise it became a story of the mundane. Pascal and Nina taking a road trip, with their growing sexual tension and conflict with Pascal’s rigid morality. And memories of Pascal and Linda working together on his book, spending time together, growing every closer and always with that underlying tension of his attraction and affection meeting his morality and
It was decent, but it was a mundane tale, the magic and the mystery seemed to have become lost, even the reason for the road trip seemed to fallen by the wayside. And I had no idea how Linda was supposed to fit into the narrative or why introducing Linda and Nina was supposed to solve any of the problems Nina was facing. There was a lot of foreshadowing laid out and a lot of character development. We were introduced to many of the characters that added so much texture and depth to Pascal’s life and Linda became a fully formed person. But I was still lost and kind of wondering what I was reading and why.
Then, at about 60% things began to fall into place again. A lot of major action picked up, some major themes were developed – including the ongoing powerful theme of environmental and the major consequences of that – especially in relation to healthy children being born. All of the little foreshadowing elements of Pascal and Cernunnos’s life came together to make the Trickster’s grievance very real and understandable. Things happened, there were grand revelations, all of the foreshadowing was suddenly wonderfully clear – and then we get the grand revelation of Linda and Nina. I cannot spoil it without completely ruining the book – but it brings a whole new level of themes and concepts to the book and turns what happened before completely on its head.
The last quarter of the book went extremely quickly, with the cards laid on the table it was back to being an excellent, fascinating read with very complex characters with a lot of major issues and concepts to explore and an exciting, intriguing story that pulled me back in and the whole book up to its previous heights. The full extent of the Trickster’s game was revealed and the major choices facing the characters now became ever clearer as well as the smaller game Cernunnos had been playing in his own circle.
I think there were a lot of issues that were touched on in this book and, in varying ways, challenged and resolved. Pascal’s sexism in demanding his wife not use birth control then being upset that she lied to him was fiercely challenged by Linda and Nina. Linda’s shaky relationship with her husband frequently had his bad behaviour and even bullying referred to as what it was. The issues of consent with using Pascal’s body for sex between Nina and Cernunnos was another one touched on – as was the concept of consent and Cernunnos’s powers of lust and attraction.
But I do think all of these issues were more touched upon than adequately addressed. They were addressed, but not quite the an extent that would have made me gleeful.
Inclusionwise, the women were extremely strong and determined to live their own lives as free from interference as they can manage. Nina keeps to her guns even as her world collapses and, even when faced with a choice to change everything, is stubbornly driven to live the life she has built no matter what else is offered to her.
Other than that there’s only one possible minority – one of Nina’s neighbours, an extremely tiny bit part, is either trans or a transvestite (the story isn’t clear) but it’s not the best portrayal – with them being nearly entirely sex focused in the brief period we see her.
This book is a hard book to describe without revealing the big twist on which the book rests – and it’s a twist that is epic, unexpected and really turns the whole book round. It is an excellent book with a premise and direction that is original, unexpected and an awesome read. I can’t say more without breaking the unexpected that makes it so strong – but the twist and last third of the book makes up for the middle that is a little doughy and lost.
|GoodReads Review Aimee Dahan||I found this novel to be absolutely captivating, thoroughly enjoyable, and completely enthralling. I started this wonderful read on the train home and became utterly absorbed in the riveting narrative and character developments; so much so, that I missed my stop in lower Manhattan and rode all the way to Brooklyn! I wasn’t even bothered because I got to resume reading this spellbinding pleasure on my return trip.The characters are appealing, true to life, and compelling. The plot is exciting, suspenseful and alluring. Chasing the Trickster, by April Grey, is a persuasive and undeniably gripping, well-researched novel that will both entertain and exhilarate anyone fortunate enough to read this brilliant work of art! I highly recommend this luminous novel and cannot wait to read the next sensations by this charismatic author.|
|The Book Maven||I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a good start to the series. The characters are very well-formed and the story has some really wonderful twists and turns. The love triangle between Joe, Pascal and Nina was just a really good addition to this book. Being that Joe is basically residing inside Pascal makes it interesting when one takes over the other. I also love the Pascal/Linda aspect of the story. I think that added a depth to Pascal that you don’t initially have. This was a real page turner that won’t allow you to put it down until you are finished and panting for the next one. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Paranormal and fantasy. April Grey is an excellent writer that keeps you guessing and moves the story along at good pace. You won’t regret picking up this book!I’d like to thank FMB blog tours for giving me this opportunity to review this awesome book. Also, if you would like more information about April Grey be sure to click on the links below. For more information about Chasing the Trickster you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.***This book was FREE in exchange for an open and honest review.|
|Writing to Be Read||In April Grey’s Chasing the Trickster, nothing is as it seems. This book brings old world Celtic archetypes into a modern day world with surprising and sometimes confusing results. Two women are one, and one man is actually two, or at least one man and a fertility god. The more that is explained the less that makes sense as the story switches back and forth from past to present until the two finally intertwine to knit together all the pieces of two stories into the one that they were all along. But, that doesn’t end it, because the end is a new beginning and we have to go back to the beginning to understand the end.
Although alternating perspective from first to third person is a bit disconcerting, Grey’s main characters are larger than life and her supporting characters are interesting and colorful. Nina, a gifted photographer whose spirit visions show up in her photographs; Pascal, who shares his physical body with an ancient fertility god; Linda, who has lost everything that is dear to her – they are all chasing the Trickster without knowing it, and the chase won’t end until he catches them. Through Grey’s clearly drawn settings the chase takes readers on a journey from the city streets of New York, New York to the arid deserts of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Trickster is mischievous and doesn’t care who gets hurt carrying out his will. Is it possible for each of them to find a happy ending at the end of the chase? Only when past and present meet will the answers be discovered.