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May 27, 2013

Blog Tour: The Trickster's Totem by H.B.Bolton

Hey everyone! Welcome to our blog tour for The Trickster's Totem, which is the sequel to The Serpent's Ring! You can check Danna's review HERE. We are excited to be hosting another blog tour with CBB book promotions, and we hope you enjoy the review!

Title: The Trickster's Totem (Relics of Mysticus, #2)
Author: H.B.Bolton 
Publisher: Createspace 
Publication date: April 15th, 2013
Genre(s): Middle Grade (Sci-Fi)
Source: Blog Tour
Format: ARC
Pages: 211
Life has returned to normal for fourteen-year-old Evan and his older sister, Claire. That is until Dunkle, a clever but stinky little imp, pays an unexpected visit to their school. He has come to take the siblings back to Sagaas, the mythical realm of the gods. Once again, a Relic from the ancient Mysticus Orb has fallen into the wrong hands. Only Evan and Claire, with their unique mystical abilities, can help find it.

Through the power of the Trickster’s Totem, a coyote trickster has escaped. His laughter echoes throughout the realm, as he spreads mischief and mayhem. He burns an entire crop of popcorn, carves his grinning image into sacred artifacts, and things really get interesting when he shape-shifts into Evan’s friends.
Claire and Evan must capture the Trickster, retrieve the Totem, and be careful not to become sidetracked by robotic Steampunk animals, “sweet” pixie-like Pains, and a problematic mermaid … all while dodging Mothman-like aces. Most surprising, Evan discovers the true reason dragons exist in the Native American Spirit World.
Claire and Evan have returned the Serpents ring to its rightful owner and are now back to their normal lives. But in the middle of school, Dunkle, a small imp, appears in Evan's school, and has bad news. The Trickster's Totem has fallen into the wrong hands, releasing another monster. Mica, the Coyote Trickster, a mischievous creature from the Native American Spirt World. The Trickster sets fire to a field of corn, making popcorn. He carves his face into totems and other artifacts. Evan and Claire now must travel to Sagaas, find the Trickster's Totem and capture Mica,  all while encountering annoying Pains (or fairies), Bigfoot-like C'iatqos, a trouble-causing mermaid, and creepy moth-men called Aces, and most surprisingly, dragons!
The Trickster's Totem is a sequel to The Serpents Ring, so I recommend you read that first. I didn't feel connected to Evan, due to the fact that he feels like he can leave the group at any time, and I wasn't to connected to Claire, because she is slightly boy crazy, and I couldn't flirt even if my life depended on it. You could tell this book is fantasy by looking at the gorgeous cover, and I love fantasy books.
Nothing in this book was annoying, though I'm glad Evan didn't always stay with the group, because it did add some interesting details to the book. The flow was good. Not to fast or too slow. I would love to read other books by H.B Bolton, and this book is telling me their is a third book, so I'm excited to read. The Trickster's Totem is a book I would recommend to kids ages 9-13, and would be a great book to read aloud. 

A magical part of H.B. Bolton’s childhood was being swept into worlds of enchanting characters, fantastical creatures and extraordinary powers—simply by picking up a book. As a mother and a teacher, she was compelled to create imaginary worlds of her own in order to share them, not just with her children, but with all children. H.B. Bolton lives in Florida with her supportive husband and two highly spirited children. Shh, can you keep a secret? Not only does she write books for the young-at-heart, adventurous sort who yearn to dive into a good young-adult fantasy story, she also writes spellbinding, heart pounding women's fiction. These particular books are written under the name Barbara Brooke, but that's another story, altogether.


  1. Jeez, I wish I could get my son to read more, he would love this. It sounds so good too, and it's science fiction, so up his alley. Thanks for sharing it. Great review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  2. I always like to read other people's interpretation of my characters. I'm glad you enjoyed The Serpent's Ring enough to want to read more of Evan's adventures. Thanks for being a part of my tour :)

  3. I'm so glad you enjoyed this Danna! Evan kind of did let that hero thing go to his head, didn't he? I'm so glad he learned his lesson though!
    Thanks so much for being part of the tour!

  4. This sounds great! I don't read too much middle grade, but I think I'll have to give this a try. Awesome review :)

  5. DRAGONS! I'm all ears! :) I haven't read any book about dragons recently and I should. I'm not such a big fan of MG books but I think I could give this one a try. Great review :)

  6. Even though you couldn't connect very well with Evan or Clare, I'm glad you enjoyed this one overall. Lovely review! :)