Thursday, April 25, 2013

Nissa Blog Tour: Review of Nissa by Bethany Lopez + GIVEAWAY

I'm excited to be participating in the Nissa blog tour, hosted by Giselle @ Xpresso Reads! Check out the rest of the tour HERE.

Goodreads rating: 3.55
ebook, 216 pages
Published April 23rd 2013
Genre: YA contemporary fantasy

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?

This book was full of fluff, made of fluff, and engulfed in fluff. There were no big issues that couldn't easily be solved in this book, and no life-or-death situations. And there was instalove. I mean, I know in this book that once a Fairy meets the one they're fated for that they do fall instantly in love, but I don't like instalove on general principle. With all this, I still found myself wanting to know what happened in this book. And that cover is gorgeous green! Nissa is 900 years old, and it was interesting because at times she acted really mature, and other times she was like a hormonal teenager. Again, I know that was the point since that's the human form she had to take on in order to help her assignment, but I felt like she should have had more of an inner battle of her life in Fairyland (or whatever it's called) and the human she had become. Vicky was such a sad but typical teenager, and her problem with bullies happens a lot. Her tormentors are two guys that call her fat and ugly when she's none of those things. My heart really went out to her, but obviously is helped that Nissa was around because her first assignment after becoming a Fairy Godmother was basically to boost this  human girl's self esteem. But she soon becomes really good friends with Vicky, and then Vicky's brother, Levi, comes to town.

The romance, like I said, was total instalove. I get it, but it still makes me grind my teeth and roll my eyes. It makes me feel like the characters have no choice in the matter, and they never really get to know each other. They just fall in love without any pretext or learning anything about that other person before making that kind of commitment. But Levi was hotter because he was an older boy. I mean, not older than 900, but older than the body that Nissa is inhabiting. The problem is that he's human, and no one has ever heard of a Fairy being fated to a human. She's exhibiting all the symptoms a Fairy will get though when they meet the one they're fated to. I liked Levi. I felt like we didn't get enough character development with him (or really with any of the characters), and that's why I couldn't fall in love with him like Nissa had. I could see why she loved him because of the kind of person he was (AKA environmental), but I had a hard time falling in love with him myself, which needs to happen if I'm going to enjoy a book that becomes nearly all about the romance.

Finnegan, Nissa's brother, was by far my favorite character, and we barely get to see any of him. Nissa's family was interesting. She has brothers and sisters but we barely get to see them, but I was glad that we got to see her parents and Finnegan. I would really loved to have known more about the Fairy world and maybe some of the mythology behind it. I know some fairies are just that, but there just wasn't enough depth to this story for me to truly love it. I've read another of Bethany's books, and it was rushed just as this one was. I'm honestly not sure how that gets through editing, and I'm not trying to be mean. I just don't understand how she's never been asked to give her stories more depth. They could be so much better if they held more depth; the concept itself is cool, but the execution lacks depth and so therefore I don't hold much interest in it. Still, I would recommend it if you're into fluffy Fairy books.

About the author:

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.

One signed copy of Nissa + Swag (open internationally)

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