Book Review: Nissa by Bethany Lopez—and a Giveaway

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Nissa by Bethany Lopez
Publication: April 23rd 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy

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A Contemporary Fairy Tale
Bethany Lopez
Bethany Lopez, April 2013
ISBN 978-1478283102
Trade Paperback

From the author—

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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Everybody needs a little fluff in their lives sometimes and Nissa filled the bill for me just fine. There’s no heavy-duty story here, just a refreshing little tale of romance made more interesting (to me who doesn’t really like to read romance) with the addition of fairies. Nissa is a charmer and, if there’s anything I would have preferred in the story, it would have been a higher sense of tension. Brandon is very unlikeable but, otherwise, there really is no one to bring conflict even though bullying is the issue. If anything, the rest of the characters, especially Vicky and Levi, are just a bit too wholesome and sort of perfect.

Nissa is labeled as young adult fiction but really may be better suited to the middle grade audience. Except for one rather white-washed scene, there really is no reason for the younger teens not to read this and I think they might enjoy it more than the older set.

Ms. Lopez has a fine eye for details. For example, Nissa and other fairies have a high concentration of zinc in their skin, thus preventing sunburn. Also, a fairy’s right hand tingles when she (or he) meets “the one”. It’s this creative quality that really appealed to me the most, followed closely by a very nice aura of pure fun.

There are some construction flaws, such as incomplete sentences that are not part of dialogue and contractions where they don’t belong such as the constant use of “I’ve” when “I have” would be appropriate. Also, at one point, Levi asks if he might someday meet Nissa in Ireland, implying that’s where she lives, but there had been no earlier mention of Ireland being her home nor any indication of her having an Irish accent. In fact, we’re told she’s from the Redwood Forest in California and that she “will remain in California” for her first mission so why is there any reference to Ireland?

When all is said and done, despite any shortcomings, Nissa gave me an afternoon well-spent enjoying a few hours of entertainment and that’s a good feeling, isn’t it?

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, April 2013.

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About the Author

Bethany LopezBethany 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.

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