BOOK TOUR Review: “Nika: A Seychatka Novella” by D.H. Gibbs

A review by Domoni.

Nika has been kidnapped, grabbed off the streets by a man. She wakes in a lavish room fit for a princess. Though she was brought and held against her will, she stays when she finds out they can explain all the things about her that she needs to know. Nika has lived her life in hiding, constantly moving around and never making friends. The only relationship she ever had ended when her husband noticed Nika was different. She healed insanely fast and never looked older than 21. He turned her in to be experimented on, so she never trusted again until she met Demyan, the leader of her people. He tells Nika about her family that she never knew. When war between the Immortals and the Totem clan of shifters broke out, the twins were separated from their family. Sent into hiding at the age of 5, Nika has no real memories of her parents or siblings, or even her twin.  But as she quickly learns, Nika is an immortal and she and her twin are the last living heirs to the rulers of their people. Born from parents who united the Immortal and Totem clans, Nika and her twin can choose which race to be. As their 121st birthday approaches, Nika is told of how her brother has been raised by the Totems to hate the Immortals and blames them for their families deaths. Now Nika must choose her path and take up arms against the only family she has.

This is a short read that is the beginning of a series. The writing is rather perfunctory in my opinion. Though the story takes place over many months, it lacks much development or activity.  Nika goes from being angry at being captured, to acceptance at light speed. She immediately accepts her new life and role and questions little. The only portion of the story where she seems to be upset in a lasting manner is when, after a passionate kiss with Demyan, she is ignored for 6 months. Her reaction to the man she is so strongly drawn to, ignoring her, then kissing her again, then explaining why it’s so wrong, was just basic. There was no inner dialogue to explain her feelings, no time paid into why Nika just floated along with everything. What should have been a strong character, had no depth.

The story ends quite abruptly with a cliffhanger of course, as this is just the start of a series. Though I am not as enthusiastic about this story, it did contain enough to interest me in where it could go so that I was disappointed in the sudden ending and would consider continuing on with the series.

My rating: 3/5 stars.

Nika by D.H. Gibbs
Nika: A Seychatka Novella by D.H. Gibbs
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 96
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.

D.H. GibbsAbout 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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