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Publisher's 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.

This is a full novel, 90,000 words. Book one of five in the Curse of the Gods Series

©2017 Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington (P)2017 Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington

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Is it even possible to be funnier?!

I mean, talk about laugh out loud. I had to back up the play every bit just to hear what followed my belt of laughter. The writing, the narrating, both are so complimentary to each other it is hard to imagine that any duo could be more perfectly paired. Bravo! So eager to hear where Willa’s clumsiness takes her and what it gets her into. It’s awesome! So much fun!

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Couldn't Finish

Couldn't even get through the book. Really enjoyed the premise of the story but it was just so boring I couldn't do it. The main character has all these clumsy accidents that truly just seem as though whenever given the chance, the author threw one in. I also had a very hard time listening to the narrator.

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  • Val
  • 2022-04-15

Shockingly hilarious and entertaining

The other reviewers aren’t pulling a prank, this book was very very entertaining and full of laugh out loud moments. The style of writing is kind of satirical and reminds me of parody writing, so if you like that kind of humour I recommend it. It’s not parodying anything specific, just kind of laughing at the fantasy genre, and in particular the fantasy-romance genre. I don’t really read romance novels, I’m not really into sappy stuff, but I absolutely loved this book because it’s so funny, the world building is unique and interesting, the characters are interesting and bizarre, and again the main character is a riot! To top it off, the narrator for this book is fantastic, she’s got brilliant range in voices and breathed more life and comedy into this story. Narrators make or break audiobooks and she elevated this story in my opinion. Everything about this book from the cover, to the title made me think no way, but it was on sale and the reviews were shocking because they kept going on about how funny this book is and it really is. I hope the rest in the series are just as funny, I scooped them all up while they were on sale. I also have to say this is a perfect bed time book because the story isn’t overly emotional and the narrator is so charming and optimistic so you’ll fall asleep happy and laughing. I’ll definitely be listening to this over and over again! One of the best audible purchases I have made!

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On the edge of my seat: mysterious, exciting, fun and hilarious story! 🤩

I loved this book, the characters and the edge of my seat feeling waiting for the mysteries to be revealed! I love Willa and the Abcurse brothers, they are so fun, hilarious, sexy and intense. 🔥 Their chemistry is HOT! Definitely worth a credit. Great narration for the females, so so narration for male characters but still worth a listen. I am now starting book 2 of the series! 🤩

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So funny

Just like some of the other reviews have mentioned, this book was hilarious! There was more than one time when I laughed out loud. The main character is just the right mixture of clumsy, dumb yet smart, and brave. The crap that happens to her is hilarious. Though I don't know if she is brave because she is dumb. I don't normally like dumb main characters but I found this character very charming. I kept wanting to come back just to hear what she would say next.
I would definitely recommend this book! I am excited for the next one! Which I'm going to just into right after I click submit.

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could have been better

Basic characters, Willa is clumsy, Emmy is a rule following know it all, and I don't think I know anything about the brothers beyond what they look like and what their gift is. Plot line is simplistic, it's from the point of view of an 18 year old and it could have been written by one. Most of the story is mindless blathering inside Willa's head. So much more could have been done with the story, it's disappointing. Not sure that I will continue the series.

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Really enjoyed this.

It has a great smattery of humor! Great narration and performance. Could see it all in my mind.

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lowbrow entertainment

If you want sophisticated literature this is NOT the book for you.
If you want highbrow wordsmithing this is NOT the book for you.
It is cringy on a level that rival's My Immortal, HOWEVER it is light, funny and entertaining and a great little read.

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Cute story with lots of twists

It's a fun story about a poor (dweller) who is clumsy and feisty who finds herself cavorting with God's. I enjoyed her antics.

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Great series

Listen to the entire series!! This was a great listen, and so much fun to listen to. And the narrator was a great fit

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-17

Alert! Alert! This is a "reverse harem" series!

This is a light, humorous fantasy novel that in tone, style, and subject matter reads like a YA. The Audible description gives you no idea that as the series goes on it turns into a "reverse harem" sexual fantasy where all of the impossibly buff and handsome brothers are inexplicably obsessed with the main character and have to agree to "share" her bedroom favors. And the author seems to be a lot more invested in the harem and the sex scenes than the world-building and plot.

If that's your idea of a good time, have at it. But if you're more interested in the plot than the sex fantasy, or if you don't think jealousy among men is the sexiest possible thing, give it a pass.

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  • Diji Peach
  • 2017-08-12

the perspective was weird.

One minute she is believably 18. Then the next, I'm wondering if she's so naive that she's a child. I wouldn't recommend this story to anyone. The performance was good considering how bad the content was.

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  • Brooke Pearson
  • 2018-08-26

There should be a blaring alert on all YA

I love fantasy. I despise YA. I don’t know why all YA heroines are all narcissistic sociopaths. This book is a prime example of a heroine who is a self-obsessed truly awful individual whom we are supposed to believe everyone falls instantly in love with. Throughout the book she cause near constant harm to others and shows no remorse or ownership for her her actions. Instead shrugging her shoulder and blanking her “curse”.

It is glaringly obviously where this storyline is going and how her “curse” will turn out to be a “gift”. But I am still left wondering about all the poor dwellers who have had to clean up her messes and suffered injuries because of her.

I feel like this type of YA tells girls it is ok to be totally self-obsessed and cruel because boys and everyone will think it is cute. It’s not. It’s really not.

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  • Doctor Who
  • 2017-10-26

Least favorite of the 50 books this year

It took 3.5 hours of listening for anything interesting to happen. I don't care for the main character as she is supposed to be 18-years-old but comes across as an 11-year-old in mentality and actions. It ended abruptly with a "to be continued..." I spent more time judging this story than actually listening to it. Every time a character is described, the descriptions contradict each other immediately. For instance, something like (not a direct quote but you get the idea) "his eyes were light green, but you know, not like that neon green but a green that is more grey, but with more gold in it like a sunset, but still dark.." So frustrating! I am buying the next book just because I need some type of resolution and at least it will be something to listen to when I clean my house.

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  • Loretta @ The Laughing Listener
  • 2018-05-31

Strange, confusing, hilarious fun.

I don't...... understand..... what just happened????? I'm just... SO CONFUSED. This book was recommended to me by several different platforms. Goodreads, Bookbub, Amazon, Audible... And I finally threw in the towel just so I could stop seeing it everywhere. Plus, I was pretty intrigued by the Greek gods thing because I just haven't seen that a lot outside of the Percy Jackson books. I knew nothing about it and I definitely didn't know this was about a reverse harem, which is probably good because then I never would have picked it up if I had.

.... Okay I'm sorry, but this book is terrible. THERE. I SAID IT. Right about now you're looking at my star rating and thinking, four stars is terrible???? REALLY?? Look, I KNOW. Didn't I say that I was confused?? The story isn't that spectacular. There are tropes galore. Willa can be kind of dumb. Someone is always falling or yelling or bleeding. There's a love HEXAGON. But this book IS. SO. FUNNY. I laughed so much during this entire thing that it's blinding me. It seems like Trickery knows exactly how ridiculous it is and plays into it SUPER well. The banter and inner-monologues that happen are top-notch. And that scene between Willa and the servant Jeffrey had me in STITCHES y'all.

Plus, Vanessa Moyen does such a great job! Her voice for Willa is perfect and she has great comedic timing that really played well with this story.

FINAL WORD
This book is just plain fun. If you want a little bit of romance and a laugh, DEFINITELY try this. I'm both ashamed and proud to admit I'll totally be continuing on to the next book.

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  • Marcus W. Lee
  • 2017-07-04

Good storytelling with a kinky side!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The storyline and voices were excellent. The main character seems to have been ripped off a comedy stage! She is very humorous with the associated insecurities you would expect from a young comedian. The relationships between the characters develop nicely with a very kinky undertone. One warning though -- if bad language makes you squeamish, you should probably skip this one (your loss though!)

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  • shobbs
  • 2017-06-27

WHAT WAS THAT!!!!

Ok first off I NEVER give things 5 stars. If I like it it gets 3. If I REALLY like it it gets 4. To get 5 stars I have to have loved it so much that the moment it's over I want to go replay it. THIS book is one of those rare finds. Honestly I just finished reading 2 series that were both 6 books long and fairly dark and I wanted something based in a different world that would put me in a good mood. I nearly skipped this book until I saw how nearly all the reviewers noted how funny it was. So I caved.

All that said, I loved the book. I had me laughing so hard at times that my sides hurt. :). The authors find a nice balance between humour and realistic consequences. The one down side to this book is that it IS the first in the series which means that most of the book is focused on world building and character development. Also, there are a LOT of characters to meet and get to know and at times you have to be careful or they begin to blur together. But there is a story told fully here and it sets a great foundation for the future books. I can't wait to see where the authors take the story from here but in the mean time, I'll probably be replaying this one a LOT.

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  • Janet Green
  • 2017-06-01

Simply WOW!

Okay I'm in love with the brothers. Jaymin and Jane are a powerful combination. The dynamic and chemistry between and and Willa is breathtaking, seriously I held my breath throughput the story. Oh my gods! I cannot wait for the rest of the series. The narrator was on point. Her style was very hypnotic; it definitely kept me inside the story. Made it really hard to put down the headphones 🎧. I hope the rest of the series gets released into audiobooks because I will be waiting...🤞💋

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  • joanne
  • 2017-07-01

Addicting, funny, and original

Loved the brothers and the main character. Loved her running dialogue with herself. Honestly hilarious. Listened to this book at the end of a road trip and my family didn't get me back until I finished the book since the Drive ended before the book 😂

Only downside is that I am discovering this book 1 with no more available and I'm pouting about it. Wish audible had a way to earmark a series anticipating more books 📚

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  • Potato Potato
  • 2017-07-16

Entertaining

First, this is the kind of story where the plot devices are paper thin--you can see right through all of the "mysteries" and I'm pretty sure I know what is going to happen in the next couple of books.

Normally this bothers me, but I really enjoyed the main character's voice, both from the author and the narrator. I think it has to do with the undying good humor through which she viewed everything--there was no whining or self-conceit to Willa's character. She kind of perked me up! And the narrator did a good job of conveying this attitude.

I would consider this a romance novel without the sex. There's talk of nakedness and kissing, and some swearing. Probably a PG-13 kind of book.

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