Title: Nissa [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Bethany Lopez
Release Date: April 23, 2013
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: It’s a cute and short little story, very light-hearted and fun.
About the Book: 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?
If I could use one word to describe Nissa it would be “cute”. It’s very fairytale-ish. A sweet, naive main character, out to do good in the world, who falls in love with a sweet guy and there’s a happily ever after. Everything about this book screams light-hearted, short and simple, and fun. I did enjoy this book, although, in all honesty, it was a bit cheesy for my taste. There wasn’t much substance to this, not that it was a bad thing, but there just isn’t anything deep about this book at all. Even though self-esteem issues and falling in love are important topics, I felt like Bethany tackled it in the most “Rated G” way, which is great, but for those of you expecting anything more, then you’ll be surprised at what you get.
Nissa is a decent character. She’s always wanted to be a fairy godmother. After you learn about her, her family, and she goes through godparent training, she is given her first assignment – to help a teenage girl gain confidence, come out of her shell, and live up to her potential. Seems kind of simple and cut & dry, right? Well, that’s exactly what it is. Nothing really exciting or riveting happens in this book, it’s just Nissa being a friend to Vicky, the teen girl, and helping her gain confidence. I feel like things happened too fast, like Nissa came at the moment right before things would’ve changed anyways, since they were about to graduate high school, and it was a bit too convenient. The romance was sweet and cute, but also a bit rushed. Although, I guess that’s how fairytales are? You meet your “soul mate”, fall in love just like that, and then live happily ever after. That’s pretty much it.
Overall, Nissa is a decent book, but I feel like it’s more a MG read, even if there is some romance in it. I guess it could be YA, but very young YA. It’s really just a modern-day fairytale, plain and simple, no frills or fuss attached. I breezed through it very fast. Everything was predictable, but it was okay, I still enjoyed reading it in the end.