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Posted August 8, 2013
Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
You thought Cinderella's fairy godmother was cool? Just wait until you meet Nissa, fairy godmother extraordinaire. Well...sort of. Nissa is a recent graduate of fairy godmother school and has just been sent on her first assignment. She's ready to go and can't wait to bring happiness and light to the world. But does Nissa get to be the fairy godmother of a poor downtrodden orphan, or a conflicted criminal? No. Nissa gets sent to California to help a teenage girl with her...self esteem. Afraid she won't be challenged by her first challenge, Nissa is upset, until the challenge gets much harder. It turns out that Nissa's true love is her new charge's brother. Now she has to choose, will she give up the job she loves for the boy that just might be her everything?
Bethany Lopez does a wonderful job making fantasy seem like a reality. Nissa is a book that contains teen hijinks, bullying, and fairy shenanigans. While the plot is relatively simple, it by no means takes away the enjoyment of the piece. Sometimes all you want is a beautiful love story, with cute and likable characters, who find their happily ever after. If that is the kind of book you are looking for, you have come to the right place. I loved the mixture of the fairy godmother world with the normal fairy world, and I liked how well the book transitioned from fantasy to reality. A definite must-read for teen readers and even some of us who aren't that young.
Posted May 26, 2013
I am already a HUGE Bethany Lopez fan! So I was so excited to read Nissa. And let me tell you, Bethany, as always, didn’t disappoint!
Nissa is a fairy, a cross between a Fairy Godmother and a woodland sprite, she chooses to follow and become a woodland sprite. She is excited to be on her own for her first assignment. Things seem to be going tokay, and then she meets Levi, who all the signs point to being the one she is fated to be with.
Like all of Bethany’s characters, I adored Nissa, she was sweet and kind hearted, a bit on the naive side true, but she truly wanted to help. I loved everything about the story. Sure, it was a bit quick and insta-love, but at the same time, it was fun and enjoyable.
This book was a quick and easy read and so good! Really, a great and fun read that I really enjoyed!
Posted May 8, 2013
A sweet read that left me smiling
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It was a sweet read that left me smiling.
Nissa is indeed a contemporary fairy tale. It is sweet, romantic, and has the reader hoping for a happily ever after at the end.
Nissa was a nice girl for a 900 year old fairy. She wanted to be a fairy godmother to take after her mother. She trained hard and was looking forward to her first solo assignment. As with any newbie, Nissa wanted a challenging, difficult first assignment and found herself rather disappointed in *only* having to help a high school senior who was being picked on relentlessly. However, the Fates seem to know better as to why she received this particular assignment.
Along with Nissa, the rest of the characters were so likeable. Vicky was a great girl who just needed someone to give her that push to stand up for herself. She wasn't treated well at school but her strength to let it go and to eventually do something about it was admirable. Levi, Vicky's older brother, is a chivalrous young man who cares deeply about his little sister and the environment. I even liked Jackson, Vicky's old friend from grade school.
Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book to any YA, fairytale fan. This book would also be suitable for younger YA readers as well.
Will I read it again: I will not.
(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Posted May 7, 2013
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As a self-proclaimed fairy tale nerd, I admit that I love the offbeat tales, the ones that focus on secondary covers. Within the last few years, I've read some interesting books from the fairy godmother's POV. THE FAIRY GODMOTHER by Mercedes Lackey is my favorite example, though DON'T EXPECT MAGIC by Kathy McCullough, GODMOTHER by Carolyn Turgeon, and MY FAIRY FAIR GODMOTHER also come to mind. When I heard that NISSA revolved around a fairy godmother in training, I knew I wanted to read another story revolving around the topic.
Nissa is excited for her first "real" assignment. She's 900 years old (which is "18" in human years) and has been training for the past 3 years. Fairy Godparents are able to help humans through difficult times and allow them to step into their potential. Nissa's a little bummed that her first real assignment is to boost the self-esteem of a teenage girl rather than something more complex, but she makes the best of the situation. She finds a way to become close to Vicky, who is tormented by a couple of popular guys at school and wary of people. But nothing surprises Nissa more about her new assignment than being introduced to Vicky's brother Levi. Fairies experience a unique way of discovering their soulmates, and Nissa is set into a whirlwind when she experiences symptoms around Levi. There's no way a fairy and a human can be soulmates, and her life becomes even more complex as she's forced to deal with warring emotions while still attempting to complete her assignment. Will Nissa sacrifice the world she's come from to explore the impossible, or is it all just a giant misunderstanding on her part?
The world of Fairy Godparents is vast and unique. I loved Bethany Lopez's world-building, such as the way the Headquarters Branch is, quite literally, a branch. Several branches on a beautiful oak serve as the floors of Headquarters. Very imaginative! I also liked little elements, like the way Nissa makes her teacher a dew drop sweet cake or the way coffee is substituted for hot nectar. It's all very innovative, and made the atmosphere more realistic. I also like the way Lopez sets up liaisons and guardians in the human world to make a Godparent's assignment easier. These were my favorite elements of NISSA. There was a case of insta-love, but due to the way fairies mate and know, it made sense in context, so I was able to accept the romance more readily than I might have otherwise. There were some grammatical issues, mostly in contractions, and particularly with the lack of one resulting in sometimes overly formal dialogue or the awkward use of "I've" at times when used in speech. It wasn't a huge detractor, however, because the world of the Fairy Godparents intrigued me so much. While NISSA wasn't the deepest book I've read, it was a fun, fast read, and perfect for anyone who loves reading about "secondary" fairy tale characters.
Posted April 30, 2013
This was a very sweet and quick read for me. Nissa is a heroine worthy of rooting for with the selfless intention of helping humans as their Fairy Godmother, following in her mother's footsteps. How cool would that be? I couldn't decide which I wanted more - to be a Fairy Godmother myself or to have help from one like Nissa. She always thinks of others before herself and with her friendly nature, she seems like she could make friends anywhere. She'd be a great fairy to have on your side!
Though Nissa isn't excited with her first assignment as a Fairy Godmother, I was happy she was assigned to a girl who was being bullied and has no self-esteem. Nissa had hoped for something more challenging, but she soon realizes how hurtful it is to be bullied as well as how extremely difficult it is to stop it once it's started. She struggles to understand why it even began in the first place, and I understood her frustration. I felt there really is no answer to that question both in the story and in real life. It sometimes just seems to come out of nowhere as it did for Nissa's assignment. I cheered Nissa on in completing this mission - I really wanted to see her assignment happy and confident.
My only issue with the story is that I wanted to be shown what was going on rather than being told. Other than that, I really enjoyed it. I liked the friendship that developed between Nissa and her assignment, the romance she found when she least expected it, the strong familial ties she had to her parents and siblings, and the way she made choices bravely and thoughtfully. The conflict Nissa has between what she wants and what she thinks she should do had me engrossed to the end in finding out how it was going to be resolved. I couldn't put the book down until I found out. Nissa was completely endearing from page one, and after reading this book, I decided I really want to read more books with fairies. I think I've been missing out. :)
I received a copy of this book to review for the blog tour.
Posted April 29, 2013
Nissa is one of the most unique paranormal romances I've read in a long time. The story opens with us learning about the title character, Nissa, a centuries-old fairy godmother. We learn that she's about to undertake her first mission as a full-fledged godmother...and that she's far from thrilled that her first assignment is a teenage girl with self-esteem issues.
What I love about this plot point is that many of us understand how serious low self-esteem can be in teenage girls. We realize that Nissa's assignment is important and valuable, even if she (as a fairy) doesn't. Her "assignment," Vicky, has been bullied for years. Nissa has to help her combat the effects of the bullying, which is no easy task.
Along the way, we meet Vicky's brother, the swoon-worthy Levi. The relationship between Nissa and Levi begins right away with an unusual twist centering around fairy mating, and it felt real and compelling throughout the story. I was rooting for them!
Because Nissa is a novella, it evolves at a quick pace, which I quite enjoyed. It has the perfect blend of character development and romance. If you're looking for a quick, satisfying read, don't miss this story!
Posted April 28, 2013
Nissa is a very unique story that has revisited a different paranormal/fantasy creature that has had little exposure. Nissa is a very strong character that is determined to show the fairy community, not to mention her mother that she can be the best Fairy Godmother ever! At 900 years old she is ready to strike out on her own and spread her wings. When Nissa receives her first assignment, to say that she is not thrilled might be an understatement. Teenagers and high school!? Really!? Nissa has her work cut out for her. Poor Vicky has been the victim of bullies and emotional abuse for years. She has lost all self-confidence. The reader can not help feeling empathy for this fragile young girl. Nissa decides to help Vicky overcome and rise above the abuse that has been directed at her. Then Nissa’s life gets a little more complicated, she meets Levi, her soul-mate. What have the fates done? Levi is human, their love would be forbidden. Will Nissa risk it?
Bethany Lopez is a promising writer that keeps the reader interested with her twists in plot and her fun, quirky characters. With sweet romance, blossoming friendship, and enchanting magic. This is a heartwarming story that will inspire sweet dreams and the forever kind of love.
Posted April 28, 2013
First I want to say that I had the opportunity to read Nissa early on. It took me by surprise because I had just finished Bethany's Friends series and I was blown away with that series. So when I found out Nissa was about Fairies I said wow what a change from her usual writing but I will give it a go and I am so so glad I did. Bethany has this way of writing things that will cling to your heart and stay with you long after you have read it. She has these incredible messages hidden in every story that jumps out at you when you least expect it. With Nissa this is a story about finding ones self, bullying, and love. Bullying is such a controversial subject when someone writes about it but Bethany did a great job of giving a character that learns to stand up for herself in the end against these bullies.
Nissa for over 900 years has wanted to be a good Fairy Godmother. She will finally get her first assignment and when she does she is not sure she can do it because she will have to go live as a teenage human. HOLY COW who wants that right? Well if Nissa wants to be the best fairy she will have to help out Vicky who is being bullied and has been for a long time. As if things could not get any worse for Nissa while she is trying to help out Vicky she feels her soul mate is close and when she sees Levi she is struck because he is her soul mate with one problem. He is human.
As Nissa navigates through helping Vicky with bullying and teaching her to stand up for herself she is struggling with her love for Levi. Once a fairy finds their soul mate they are instantly attracted to one another and need to be near each other. But Nissa needs to concentrate on her assignment. Will she be able to help Vicky out? Will Vicky stand up to these bullies? What will Nissa and Levi do? Will Levi want to be with her once he finds out what she is? This is such a heart warming book and a must read for everyone! I loved the ending because it was very different from what I thought would happen in a very good way.
Posted April 27, 2013
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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?
Posted April 22, 2013
Nissa is a fun and light-hearted young adult contemporary fantasy novel that centers on our main character - a 900 year old fairy named Nissa. She has decided to follow in her mother's footsteps and becoming a Fairy Godparent. After years of schooling and training, Nissa is finally ready to complete her first assignment - a teenage girl named Vicky who has problems with bullies at school and self esteem issues. Nissa feels sure she can handle her first project until she meets Vicky's older brother, Levi. Immediately, Nissa feels a connection with Levi that's more than just a crush. She feels the tell-tale signs that a fairy experiences when they have met their eternal mate. But there's just one problem - Levi's a human, and no fairy has ever been Fated to be with a human before. Knowing in her heart the Levi is the one she's meant to be with, Nissa travels home to implore The Fates if they may be allowed to be together. Will The Fates condone their love? And if they do, will Levi even believe Nissa's true identity?
This book was a really light and easy read - I actually read it in a couple of hours. The writing was well done and the book flowed easily, so I had no problem falling right into the story alongside the characters. Nissa was a fun lead - she was a fairy, which is always awesome, but she was kind and sympathetic, with some definite quirks. Levi is the perfect guy, of course, and they experience the kind of instalove that some readers don't care for. I did find it a bit cheesy and hard to believe that they would fall so in love with each other after only a couple of weeks, but in the end, I'm a sucker for romance - so I ate it all up with a smile. It did feel like parts of the book went super fast and it could've been drawn out a bit more, but overall the pacing worked well throughout the story. I really liked reading about the fairies and their lives. I thought it made the story really unique and added a great depth to the plot that wouldn't have been there otherwise. Overall, this was a quick and fun book that fans of YA romance will absolutely devour.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.