Note: I reviewed Nikki Magee by Peter Wendt some months ago when it was only available as an ebook. It's also now out in paperback.
You know that feeling you have when you hear someone with a British accent, or someone speaking English with a French accent? The feeling that you could listen to them all day because they sound so riveting? That’s how I felt about the narration in this book. At first I thought the writing was going to be too simple, but then I was swept away by the voice. The author’s technique is both sparse and powerful. It’s an unusual coming of age story about an orphaned musical prodigy and the quirky set of supporting characters that take her in. Nikki Magee is a loveable main character, whose tale of survival is touching and inspiring. It’s great to watch Nikki as she comes out of her shell, and like me I’m sure you’ll be rooting for her all the way. I wish the book ended better…not storywise by technically. The ending just sort of...arrived, as if out of the blue. Perhaps this was done on purpose to leave the story open for a sequel. I don’t know if this book was written for adults or if it’s YA fiction, but I know it would be enjoyed by both audiences. If anyone is on the fence about buying this book…go for it! You won’t be disappointed. ****Four stars