Hello, everyone! Today, Anika is releasing her first book! I’m going to review Penny’s New Beginning and interview Anika, so, let’s get started!
About the Book:
Can they save Utopia?
Nine-year-old Penny Hearting has just moved to Nassau with her family, and is completely convinced that a mermaid rescued her from drowning, but no one believes her. So, she takes matters into her own hands and goes on a search for the mermaid that rescued her.
Ten-year-old Emmy is the princess of Utopia, an underwater city populated by mermaids. But, when her evil aunt, Cassandra, takes the city from her father, the King, her only option is to seek help from the girl who she rescued from drowning.
When these two lives collide, can they and another friend save their homes from disaster?
Review: Penny’s New Beginning was an adorable book, the type of thing I loved to read when I was younger. This book transported me back to the years of Barbie princesses and The Tail of Emily Windsnap. The story is, basically, a mermaid saves Penny’s life, so Penny sets out to find her along with her new friend Felicity. When they do, they find out that her name is Emmy–and she needs their help.
The beginning is gripping and starts quickly, however it is a bit confusing. The character descriptions were amazing and adorable, and I found them relatable. The mermaid world was so fun to be a part of, and the ending was so nice. There were some continuity problems, like first she was at school and then she was going to summer camp, and a bit of telling, but overall it was a fun, one-day read.
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
Content: No language or violence, however since it is fantasy there is magic, but nothing dark.
Recommend To: Ages 8-12
About the Author: Anika Joy is a daughter, sister, and child of the one true King. She loves to write books, sing in choir, and bake treats for her family. At the age of 4 she taught herself to read and wrote her first short story when she was 8. That story was later published in a kid’s magazine when she was 11, which sparked her dream of becoming a published author. She is now very happy to see that dream come true.
Anika currently lives with her two sisters, two brothers, and parents in North Dakota, and feels very blessed to be awaiting the arrival of another little sister.
What gave you the idea for Penny’s New Beginning?
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Congratulations, Anika! The book comes out TODAY, so you can buy Penny’s New Beginning right now!
If you had a mermaid tail, what color would it be? Mine would be purple. And, other than a mermaid, what’s your favorite fantasy creature?