Nadia’s Heart, Part One by W. Altshuler

Nadia’s Heart

Nadia’s Heart, Part One by W. Altshuler
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Middle Grade, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Horror, Action/Adventure, Historical
Length: Short Story (77 pages)
Age Recommendation: 10+
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

When an amnesiac girl who thinks she has been born without a heart utters a prayer, she is met by a mysterious angelic stranger from her forgotten past. Together they embark on a journey to recover her removed heart, but enter into battle with an Evil Voice on a rampage to remove the hearts of an entire generation of children.

It’s hard to be happy when you have a nagging feeling that something is missing in your life.

This story had a dreamlike quality to it that I ended up really enjoying. At first I was confused about why the characters accepted certain plot twists without seeming to question them at all. Nadia in particular experienced some incredibly strange things, many of which were not explained thoroughly to the audience. These sections made sense once I realized that I should be approaching these scenes from a more playful point of view. In the end, I was happy with how they all flowed together.

There was a good deal of telling instead the audience what was happening instead of showing them. The events the narrator was sharing should have made my heart race. They were described in such a matter-of-fact way that I was never able to immerse myself in the plot. It felt like I was hearing a third-hand account of what happened instead of walking alongside Nadia as she explored all of the otherworldly places on her quest. Had I felt more emotionally connected to the characters and storyline, I would have easily given this tale a much higher rating.

The villain in this book was really creepy. My biggest reason for choosing the age recommendation I did was due to how this character behaved. The scenes that showed what he was doing to earn his position as the antagonist were what prompted me to choose an age recommendation that was slightly higher than the one I originally had selected. His menacing presence does work well for older kids, though, and it was a good fit for the plot.

Nadia’s Heart, Part One should be read by anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre.

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