Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Review...Next Stop Nina by: Robin Raven
Nina never was one who felt comfortable in this world. As she struggles to cope with the pain of her present and past, the young girl's life is changed through the beauty of art. When Nina grows up and winds up in over her head in a dark place, she finds herself somehow transported to another time when nothing is quite what it seems. She must fight the horrors of her past all over again. Along the way, she faces greater challenges than she imagined. This is a character-driven novel with a heroine who faces life, love, and overcoming suicidal depression on her own terms.
My Review: (review copy provided)
First I want to point out how cool this cover is.
I enjoyed this book and the concept of it. I related to Nina and some of her insecurities. The book was a quick read, fast paced and kept me intrigued throughout. What's going to happen? Is she going to get the ending she deserves? And will she find the answers she's looking for?
I guess what I found to be somewhat lacking was the back story. I wanted more of why Nina was the person she was.
"How terrible and unlovable I am if the two men I loved most in the world tried to kill me?"
I wanted more of her family history, and I wanted more of a buildup to her romance with Lens. I guess I just wanted to feel the connection to the two characters. The whole romantic element of the story felt rushed.
I do love how everything was explained at the end. This was a really original story and I loved the time travel. Without saying anything to spoil it and this is just my opinion, but I wished Nina could've went back in time and stopped the horrific events that occurred in her family. That would've been my ultimate HEA. :)
All in all this is a really unique story that kept my attention. I recommend checking it out.
Thank you to the author for providing me a copy.
About the author:
Robin Raven is the human who once belonged to the greatest dog that ever lived. "Next Stop: Nina" is Robin's debut novel. She has several other works of fiction that she hopes to share in the near future.
Born in Mobile, Alabama, Robin grew up in a nearby town called Saraland, and her hometown is a lovely place that still inspires her. As an adult, Ms. Raven has mostly lived in Los Angeles and New York City, so she also considers those cities to be home.
Robin blogs at RobinRaven.com and often has her nose in a book. If she's not reading or writing, you can probably find Robin daydreaming about adopting a rescue donkey. Delicious vegan food rocks her world. So does effective altruism. In addition to being an author, Robin has worked as a professional actress. She loves to connect with fellow writers and readers, so feel free to say hi to her on social media.