Before my Mommy days, I had a two book a week habit. If not more. Now, as I sit writing this review, I cannot remember the last book that I read cover-to-cover, so to speak. I'll pick something up and find that it's either: A. too boring; B. too raunchy; C. totally not my style, or D. just too expensive. Sadly, forking over $12 for a paperback isn't high on my to-do list and my local library stinks.
I clicked on a link to see what Napier's book was about, honestly not expecting much. I mean, everyone thinks they can write, right? I've got 30 pages of a book myself sitting on a hard drive somewhere. Then I saw the price. $1.99? I can't even buy a candy bar for that anymore. But hey - there's a free preview of 15% of the book. If I hate it, I don't have to have spent my candy bar money.
Best $1.99 ever.
Not only did I read every word of it, I had to speed read. I only do that when I love a story so much that I NEED TO KNOW what is going to happen next.
Not only did I speed read, but I've spent all my "Me Time" over the past two days speed reading.
Nameless is a nice, easy read. It would make a lovely little beach book, and I mean that in the best possible way. The back-story is minimal and serves to enhance without distracting from the plot.
Napier's characters are likable - even the bad guys. They aren't terribly fleshed out, but it's a fantasy book and character development takes a backseat to plot.
Her main character shows both the loving side along with the "holy crap what've I gotten myself into" side of motherhood.
But what really hooked me is that one of the main characters is a Christian. Like the kind I strive to be. All loving, all forgiving, and humble. Napier managed to write this character without him coming off as sanctimonious or ridiculous which is, honestly, a breath of fresh air.
There are fairies, which is awesome, but best of all there's Jesus in this book. An imaginative version of Him, to be sure, but He's still in there. And how fantastic is that?
I'm looking forward to the next book Napier puts up.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)