Monday, April 29, 2013

Blog Tour, Book Review and Giveaway: Nissa by Bethany Lopez

Title: Nissa
Author: Bethany Lopez
Published: April 23, 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy

Book Description:

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?

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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.

My Thoughts and Review:

This is the first book by Ms. Lopez that I have read although I have purchased quite a few of her others but just haven't had the time to read them.

I will also admit, that what originally drew me to this story and to join the blog tour was the gorgeous cover. Yes, apparently, I am that shallow.

I have never been big on books about pixies or fairies, I like them well enough but they are not normally something I seek out to read and buy. I have no idea why this is, it just is.

The premises for this one had my interest piqued and I was all prepared for a good read with a somewhat serious nature attached to it, a light romance and hopefully some fun along the way as well.

I did get all of those things but I couldn't help feeling a little disappointed as it seemed more like this story really was about Nissa and her love interest rather than about her assignment. And while I wasn't looking for a really serious heartfelt read I was expecting something a little more.

I unfortunately never felt a connection to Nissa and had a somewhat hard time getting into the story until about half way through. I wasn't disappointed in the story per se just a little confused by the small amount of time spent on the the girl Nissa was trying to help and the bullying that Nissa was suppose to help her get through. It was almost more of an afterthought to the story by the time it was over and that made me a little sad mostly because I went into this expecting something a little different. 

Having said that though, I did enjoy the romance in the story and I think if I would have went into this expecting that to be the more prominent part of the story then I would have been more okay with it and not felt like I was missing a part of the story so much.

Overall I think this could be a really cute story. I really loved Nissa's brother and wouldn't mind seeing him be the main character in a sequel. 


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  1. I agree, that cover is gorgeous! And I'm that shallow too, so you're not alone. It's a shame you couldn't quite connect with Nissa though, I really need that connection when I'm reading or a story just doesn't work for me. I'm glad you enjoyed the romance aspect at least, even if you weren't expecting it to be so prominent:)

  2. Don't you know by now, we're all that shallow! Gravitating toward the pretty covers.... Anyway, yes, I think expectations have a lot to do with how we enjoy the story. Now that I know its more focused on the romance I may enjoy it more than I would have otherwise. I'm not sure I will ever pick it up, but I'm glad you still managed to enjoy the book okay.

  3. Glad I am not the only one that gets stung by the gorgeous cover I should sign up for the tour. Sounds like this is another case of a gorgeous cover on an average book. Oh well.... better luck next time. I guess that is what we get for being shallow!

  4. Great review, and I agree the cover is beautifully and i immediately thought of Tink when i saw it. I hate when the romance swallows the plot. Thanks for sharing this one

  5. You are right, it is a beautiful cover. I am a totally shallow cover whore...I confess. I was too swamped to participate in this tour. I have read quite a few of her books and I really enjoy her NA books best. Thanks for the review!

  6. You're all a bunch of shallow cover whores! lol. I'm not into the fairy thing, but this does sound cute. I probably won't read it, but man, this totally sounds like something my neighbor would love.

  7. Don't feel bad, we ALL do the same when we see a beautiful cover. It can't be helped. Even though you enjoyed the romance, I'm sorry that was the main focus, that would probably disappoint me too just a teeny tiny bit.
    Great review!

  8. Oh I'm definitely shallow when it comes to jumping at pretty covers. :-) And this one is gorgeous, so you can't be faulted for that. Glad you seemed to enjoy it overall. Thanks for sharing, and for the giveaway!

  9. hehe thats okay I am pretty shallow when it comes to covers as well >.> but hey... sometimes the books are always good! At least you somewhat enjoyed this one.