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Nia Paperback – March 3, 2011
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I thought this book would be completely predictable and was surprised when it was not. Reading the summary I thought I knew from the start where this book was going. It wasn’t until I had about 20 pages left that I realized it wasn’t going to wrap up how I wanted it to. I didn’t realize this was the first book in a series. At least it better be a series because the ending was not what I wanted it to be and this story is not done being told.
I was expecting much more romance than what was in this book. There were several times I wanted to give Nia a nice slap and say are you blind, wake up and see what is in front of you, but I still found her to be a likable character.
There are a lot of twists and turns in this story which kept it interesting. My only complaint is a few editing errors and time passing too quickly – weeks, months and even a year passed with no mention of what occurred and I felt like I’d missed something.
I’ll definitely read the sequel because I believe ultimately the story will end up how I want it to by the end of the series. Garreth is by far my favorite character in the story and I look forward to reading more about him and Nia.
Source: From author for review as part of a blog tour
Rating: 3.5 – Good Book
The tale is creative and promising. There were some surprises within the story. However, the characters seemed to lack any real dimension and the relationships were unbelievable. There is nothing within the story to back the intense love that Nia supposedly has for her fiance Andras.
The book would have benefitted from careful editing, deeper character development and a tighter plot. This is the author's first novel and I'm sure she will continue to hone and improve her skill as a writer.
In a historical setting, we share Princess Nia's journey as she discovers her worth to others, her self-worth, love, loyalty, and what it means to be a Princess in a time which male heirs are more valuable and accepted by their kingdoms.
Princess Nia is an extremely likable character. Even when others around her do her wrong she is willing to over look their lack of loyalty or compassion and still give hers in return. Despite the fact Princess Nia wants nothing to do with the throne and those around her want her nowhere near it, Princess Nia's smarts and level head becomes apparent and eventually lead to the domino effect of bad events that follow her, her love and fiance, Andras, and her sworn soldier Garreth.
Andras and Garreth both seems to have a similar goal at hand during Nia, to protect Princess Nia from any danger. Too bad, despite both being likable characters and both seeming to break the molds in some ways for men of their time, one of them fails at their duties and leads to the downfall of Nia and the one who would stand faithfully by her side at the throne, in poverty, in any kingdom she may take shelter in.
Nia was a book of mystery, kingdom politics with an underlying tone of romance. Each character did grow, whether it was a personal growth or one in which we were shown the true nature of their inner person. All characters, main or secondary, built the story into what it was, even those I could not stand.
Nia was simply written though pretty complete.Read more ›
Nia was an amazingly complicated and real character. She suffers tremendous self doubt about her worth, in part because she has always been treated as not good enough. Her thoughts clearly reveal the depth of her doubts and make for an instantly sympathic heroine. I found myself rooting again and again for her to see how great she really was.
Garreth was also an amazing character. I'd love to have a companion like that. His personality is that of an eternal good guy. He is strong and stubborn and very honorable. This is another character that is easy to root for.
The one person that didn't ring true was Andras, Nia's finance. I fould him to be a bit two-dimensional and flat, but that may due to Nia's hero worship of him.
While there is plenty of action, this is a character driven story about Nia and Garreth. There isn't really a romantic element, although I kept hoping there would be.
The ending came at the right time. There were plenty of details left unresolved, and I can only hope that there is a sequel coming. According to the author's website there will be a sequel, and I can't wait for it to be available.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
NIA is a Cinderella-like story where Princess Nia, heir to the crown of Brychan, is bombarded with a series of unfortunate life mishaps that keep her from assuming her role as... Read morePublished on June 28, 2011 by J. A. Davis
Nia is the princess of Brychan and it appears she will never be Queen. Her father, the King, has lost his 3 sons to war. Read morePublished on June 12, 2011 by Kristi Bernard
NIA by Mella Reese
I wouldn't normally use OMG to describe a book but "NIA" is such a beautiful and passionate love story it just seems fitting. Read more
This was a great book! It was an easy read because you were drawn into Nia's life and her feelings. The only problem is that I have to wait for the next book to come out.Published on April 2, 2011 by Karena Bealer
Nia is a refreshing journey into a world where fairy tales come to life. This unique story-line takes you back in time to a place where loyalty and promises mean something real. Read morePublished on March 29, 2011 by Amazon Customer
I am a huge Mella Reese fan! This stirring story will leave you wanting for more. She has a way of writing that makes me forget everything else but finishing her book. Read morePublished on March 28, 2011 by Tracyc
I really enjoyed Nia!!! I could have finished it in a day but life would get in my way...It is very well written. I really can not wait for the next one!!!Published on March 26, 2011 by Dawn Waite