May 25, 2011

Book Review - NIA

By Mella Reese

Back Cover: Suddenly this kneeling, filthy man caused all of my attention to pivot upon him when he grabbed my hand. I was just opening my mouth to warn him that he would surely be one was allowed to touch me, Princess Nia, without permission. My protesting words were replaced with a swift intake of breath as the soldier produced a strange-looking dagger and drug it lightly over my finger. 

I stared in wonderment as he gently squeezed my fingertip to produce just one red ball of blood, my blood. Then the man kneeling before me swiped the blood from my finger with his own and plunged it into his mouth. 

"Your blood is now my blood. Your world is now my world. Your life is now my life," were the words he chanted..

My Review: Doesn't that last line give you the shivers? It did me. And to be honest, there were several places in the book that brought more than one emotion to the surface. I love when that happens.

When I first received this book from the author, my first impression was . . . UGH! I wasn't fond of the cover and thought maybe it was a self published work. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I've read a couple of those lately and they were filled with all kinds of problems, the biggest obstacle being I didn't want to finish them.

But then I opened NIA and was swept away in a fantasy world filled with love, suspense, danger, friendship and loyalty. I couldn't put it down and didn't. I read it in one sitting and the only thing that kept me from crying at the end (because I really, REALLY wanted it to end differently) was checking out Mella Reese's website and finding out this is the first of a trilogy. I'M SO HAPPY ABOUT THAT!  I can't wait to find out what happens next in Nia's life, especially where Garreth is concerned.

I have to say that, even though I loved Nia and found her to be a strong female protagonist who can hold her own, my favorite character was Garreth. I sooo wanted more romance to happen between the two of them, but then, there is more to come, right?

This book has a little of everything for everyone. It's a good clean read and very enjoyable. I think Mella Reese is a talented writer and has done a good job creating a believable world with characters we can love and cheer for. I'll be watching for more works from Ms. Reese, especially the sequels to NIA.

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I received a free copy of Nia from the author. This in no way influenced my review.


  1. Hi Christine, my husband actually got me out of bed to read your review! Thank you for your thoughtful words. I am glad to hear you are looking forward to the next two books---I am to.

    Warm Regards,
    Mella Reese

  2. Doh! I mean I am looking foward to the next two books TOO! I was so excited by your review that I forgot how to spell!

  3. You're funny Mella. So glad my review got you all flustered. You've got a great talent there, keep writing and be sure to let me know when you get book two done. SOON, I hope.

  4. I really want to read this now. Dang you! It's not like I don't have tons of books on my TBR pile already. But great review.

  5. I'm glad I'm not the only one who wanted a romance between Garreth and Nia. I will be anxiously awaiting the next book!

  6. Great review, Christine, thanks!

  7. Beautiful review and thank you for giving me another book to look forward to reading!