Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Book Review: Becoming Nikki



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Age Appropriate For: All Ages
Best for Ages: 13 - 18

Description: What would you do if you were given the opportunity to rebuild a broken relationship?
Alec and Nikki Scott are the perfect ice dancing duo, executing flawless technique and brilliant performance abilities each time they compete. No one doubts their camaraderie, not even their closest friends. But looks can be deceiving. Off the ice, their relationship is in shambles. Ice dancing is the only thing they have in common anymore... and Alec wants to quit. Just as Nikki feels like their relationship can't get any worse, an unexpected tragedy crashes into her life. She's left struggling with a difficult choice as her opinion of her brother slowly starts to change. Whatever she decides, she knows her life will never be the same.

I really wasn’t expecting much when I got this book. It sounded cutesy and a bit juvenile from the back cover. I was prepared for so-so writing and a plot that was predictable. What I ended up with was a unique story that was well written and left me cheering for both the story and the author.
While many young authors have published books, few have the talent that Elliott displayed in this story. Her writing is strong, personal, and engaging. I have rarely read a d├ębut author that is so young, yet has mastered so many valuable skills as an author. I look forward to seeing many more great books in Elliott’s future.

The story was so delightful. It is not often in the romance saturated market that you find a book that is purely about a brother-sister relationship. Alec and Nikki both have struggles, and they have drifted apart, despite the fact they are an ice dancing team. The struggles that they both face felt very real, as did how they dealt with them.

This book is a contemporary book complete with people texting and using slang, and that made the book feel realistic. However, while it did feel like it was about real kids in today’s culture, it never got crude, and faith and good morals played heavily into the story. There was a little talk of boyfriend/girlfriend relationships, but it was mainly about why it isn’t a good idea when you are too young to date.

There are few books that I have enjoyed reading more this year. It was a pure delight and joy to read, and I highly recommend this for those who like books about sibling relationships, clean fiction, and contemporary stories.

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I received this book from author in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for reviewing my book! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :)

    -Ashley-

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  2. Adding this to my Amazon wishlist...

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    1. Let me know what you think! : )

      -Ashley-

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