Apr 29, 2013

Book Review & Giveaway: Nissa by Bethany Lopez

Blog Tour: Nissa by Bethany Lopez
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Today as part of the blog tour for Nissa by Bethany Lopez, you have an opportunity to read my thoughts about this cute contemporary fairy tale about fairies and enter a giveaway for your chance to win fairy necklace + signed paperback + swag.

Book Cover: Nissa by Bethany Lopez

Nissa by Bethany Lopez

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fairy Tales

Format: Ebook, 216 pages
Published On: April 23, 2013
Source: Received as part of blog tour.

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First Sentence: "I'm only 900 years old, which is relatively young for a fairy godmother, equivalent to an eighteen year old human."

Summary for Nissa:

At 900 years old, Nissa is finally ready to follow her mother's path and become the best Fairy Godmother she can. She's not thrilled when her first assignment turns out to be a teenage human girl with self-esteem issues, but she knows she has to start somewhere. Her assignment has dealt with bullies since her freshman year and they haven't let up. If Nissa can’t help her regain her self-confidence her future is bleak.

To complicate matters Nissa experiences all the signs that she's met the being fated for her. This impossibility distracts her from her purpose. After all, fairies and humans aren't meant for each other. How can her heart believe otherwise? Can Nissa successfully complete her first assignment as a Fairy Godmother? Will the fates allow Nissa and Levi to be together? And even if they do, will Levi believe Nissa once she reveals the truth?

Author Photo: Bethany Lopez

A Little Bit More About Bethany Lopez:

Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult series. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her novels through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

Other books by Bethany Lopez: Friends & Lovers (Make it Last, I Choose You & Trust in Me), Stories About Melissa (Ta Ta for Now!, xoxoxo & Ciao), ...


My Thoughts:

I don't know about you but when I watched cartoons I didn't yearn to be the princess - I wanted to be the fairy godmother. After all, she has a magical wand that can do anything even create clothes out of thin air, what more could a girl want, right? I was always sorry there were not more fairy tales that centered around fairies, and Bethany Lopez fulfilled my wish by writing Nissa.

Nissa is a 900-year-old fairy that just finished her course for fairy godmother and is on her first assignment in human contemporary world. Can I say that I was a little bit disappointed that there was no sparkly magic wand and no amazing outfits were created during this book? ;) Nissa did have cute wings, but they are visible only in her fairy form. Most of the book Nissa is masquerading as human while trying to help her charge to get more self-esteem and stand up for herself.

As usual, while on a mission, Nissa meets the cute guy who turns out to be The One. I would not say that it was insta-love but definitely insta-attraction, like in all fairy tales. This is one of those books that you can give to a teen girl to read with a clear conscience. No sexual content or steamy scenes - a true novel for young adults.

Sadly, Nissa came out a little bit too late, because I found that although I liked the idea, the style of narration similar to classic fairy tales was a little bit too simplistic for me. Things were just too... well fairy-tale-ish from basic plot elements to stupid little things like: why the hell does not anyone think that it is weird she is sleeping in a pile of branches and leaves instead of a tent on a camping trip?

If you like Jessica Day George's books or Beauty by Robin McKinley and don't mind switching the fairy tale setting to contemporary, then you are probably going to enjoy Nissa.

My Rating: 3 out of 5


Nissa Fairy Necklace

As part of Nissa blog tour, Bethany Lopez and AToMR Tours are hosting a giveaway:

  • ONE fairy necklace (pictured above) + signed paperback + swag
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