I was happy to participate on the Nika blog tour and receive a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
Nika begins with a breathy bang as our narrator is kidnapped. Taken to a strange, luxurious home she must bide her time and wait for answers. When they finally come, she comes to understand that she is the key to ending a dispute between two powerful races.
What I loved about this:
The story here is incredibly unique and exciting. As someone who reads a lot of paranormal YA, often plots can feel recycled. This is not the case here. Nika's tale is extremely fresh and imaginative. D.H. Gibbs has taken some familiar YA characters and given them a new world that is full of intrigue and possibility. I am looking forward to see what else this world has to offer.
What I didn't love:
The author seemed a little too excited to get to her very cool plot points. The writing at the beginning is exceptionally rushed, which sacrifices some very important and necessary character building. For example, though we see the story through Nika's eyes, the reader has absolutely no hint that she is more than a hundred years old until someone else tells her of her history. Of course it makes perfect sense to her, but as the reader who had no idea she had this background, I was confused both by the premise and her reaction to it. All in all, the book suffers from being almost exclusively "tell" with very little "show," which was frustrating because the story was so strong.
Nika: A Seychatka Novella
by D.H. Gibbs
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: March 1st 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
Taken off the streets Nika is thrown into an unknown world where she's held captive. As an orphan, she has been on the run and must find her way out before they discover her secret. But these people held the knowledge of her family and who she is. Will she be able to find out before her secret is revealed? After hundreds of years, Demyan has finally found the rightful ruler of his race. Unfortunately, she doesn't know who she is and is doing everything in her power to escape him. Time is running out and Demyan has to convince Nika to take her rightful place otherwise the battle will be lost and his race extinguished.
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About the Author
With an active imagination and a love of art D.H. Gibbs has chosen to combine her talents by writing and illustrating books. She writes for both the children and young adult genre, where both of her debut books has been published and is available on amazon. Her new children’s book will be coming out in 2016.
D.H. Gibbs hails from the Caribbean where in her free time she reads, paint and travel when she can.
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