Spoiler-Free Review: Nicky and the Fairy Named Anika by Loren Bukovka
Title - Nicky and the Fairy Named Anika
Author - Loren Bukovka
Pages - 209 Pages
Synopsis - This is the story of Nicky Hanniky, a young poet who gets taken to fairy land and has so many fun adventures she forgets to be sad about her Grandma's death. Featuring gracious fairies, singing gnomes, and galloping unicorns, this fantasy is suitable for kids aged 10 to infinity, including grown-ups and teens who wish to revisit fairy land.
*I received this book from the author in trade for an honest review.* Thank you Loren for sending me a copy of this book and I really enjoyed it!
This book follows a young girl called Nicky, who is struggling to deal with the recent death of her Grandma. They had a very close relationship and dealing with the grief has changed Nicky's dreams and hopes for the future. She so badly wanted to be a poet for the longest time, but after her Grandma's death she no longer wishes to be so and she has lost her motivation for her dream.
For years, Nicky has wanted to go to Science Camp, where her Grandma went as a young girl. Her Grandma used to tell her lots of stories about the camp and ever since Nicky had been dying to go. This year, Nicky's parents have finally agreed to send her there. However, Nicky is not as happy there as she thought she'd be. She can't stop thinking about her Grandma and she misses her more than ever.
A fellow girl at Science Camp, Kira, is determined to make friends with Nicky and also to cheer her up. The pair decide to go to the lake and look for mermaids, though they both know that they don't exist (or do they?..).
Nicky dives in, but doesn't resurface and Kira begins to panic. She has no idea that Nicky has been captured by an evil monster that has been caged at the bottom of the lake. The next thing Nicky knows is that she's being saved by someone and then transported into a world that she never believed existed.
She's surrounded by fairies, gnomes, pixies and other mythical creatures. She's in the world that her Grandma used to tell her stories about and she's about to be thrown into a world of magic and adventures, as she fights to rediscover her dream.
I loved all of the characters, but especially Nicky. She was a curious young girl and one that I think a lot of children that age would be able to relate to. She has to face a lot of challenges, but she's strong just as she is curious and has it in her to defeat her problems, if only she tried hard enough.
Another favourite of mine was Umka, a gnome that Nicky meets and spends a lot of time with on her adventures. Umka was just so sweet and really cared for Nicky. She always knew how to make her smile.
I had a few more favourites, but those two were just the best,. Overall, I think that the characters were well-created and planned out and a lot of them had unique abilities, that just added to the story.
I adored the writing style! It was super easy to get into and understand. It was full of fun and there was never a dull moment.
The world building was also spot on and I had a clear vision of what the world would look like, which got clearer the further I got into the book.
Another thing that I loved was the rhymes and songs throughout the book, they really added to the story. There was also a lot of great descriptive parts, which used similes and a lot of them made me smile.
Here are some of my favourites:
"A forest covered the hills there, like a prickly blanket over a napping dragon."
"The sound of cottonwood leaves behind her was like the pages of countless books turning, with children's laughter woven and blended in."
Like I said previously, there was never a dull moment. Despite the fact that this is a Children's/Middle Grade book, there was still some surprises along the way that even I wasn't expecting.
I found the plot to be unique and I really loved the touch on the main character as she struggled coping with the death of her grandma. I personal have never read a Children's/Middle Grade book that deals with that topic and I found it really interesting to see how Loren talked about it. I feel that Loren did deal with the topic very well and that it added a lot to the story.
After thinking for a while, I decided to settle on a 4/5 rating. I will definitely be continuing on with any future books in this world and other books by Loren in general. After finishing this book, I was left with a few questions and also wanting more - I hope the next book in the series can answer them and help the longing I feel for more adventures with these characters.
I do definitely recommend this book for children of all ages, but also teens and even adults. I myself am a teen, but that didn't stop me getting enjoyment out of it. I loved this book and hope more people, who read it will enjoy it as well. I am so grateful to Loren for sending me a copy as it was so fun to read such an enjoyable book. Thank you Loren!
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