WICKED NIX by Lena Coakley / Book Review #WickedNix


By: Lena Coakley
Illustrated by: Jaime Zollars
Published by: Amulet Books 
Released on: October 9th, 2018
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An arc of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review

Mischievous woodland fairy Nix is up to no good. His beloved fairy queen has gone away, leaving him with a very important job: He must protect the forest from a most dangerous enemy—humans.

When a determined invader trespasses on his territory, Nix’s skills are put to the test as he invents several wicked tricks to chase the sorry fellow away. But when his efforts don’t go quite according to plan, it becomes clear that this intruder—and this sprite—may not be at all what they seem.

An intriguing, heartwarming story that intertwines the fae and human world perfectly. Nix is a mischievous woodland fairy, who will stop at nothing to protect his beloved forest. When a stranger trespasses into the forest he’s tasked to protect, it throws everything he knows off balance. 

Told by an unreliable narrator, this story makes you question everything the narrator is telling you. It’s done in such a way that is fitting to both Nix’s character, and what the reader discovers through out Nix’s story. That fuels the need to know answers, and sets up the shocking discovers, and surprising twists perfectly. 

Lena does a wonderful job at luring the lines between fantasy and realistic. She infuses this story with feelings of loss, longing, wanting to belong, and love. It’s those feelings that pull her readers in, and connect them to this story. I loved the author note in the arc (not sure if it will be in the published book), about what inspired this story. What she wrote in that, is beautiful captured in this story.

What a great story. I loved the forest setting, and the blur of fae world with that of the human world. The stories within the story itself are interesting, and definitely add a lot to this story. The illustrations are perfectly fitting for this book. This is one fae book with a heartwarming twist! 

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