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Book Review: World of the Innocent by Nadine C. Keels

Summary: A Christian YA novella full of friendship, first love, faith, loss, and a deep passion for music all narrated by an artistic, relatable young woman named Jhoi (pronounced Joy).

Page Length: 106

Published: 2017

Source: Amazon


  • Jhoi is both relatable and admirable in how she carries herself. Sometimes people think that Christian girls can’t have fun and don’t ‘let loose’ but Jhoi totally goes against that stereotype (in a good way).
  • Love the cover art! Lovely to look at.
  • Talks about God in a way that’s inspiring rather than preachy (which is a hit or miss with Christian novels in my opinion)
  • The protagonist is black but is not one dimensional nor embodies the annoying stereotypes. That is so refreshing.


  • The ending felt a little rushed even though it is meant to be a novella
  • Sometimes there was just a bit too much description and I had to go back and reread a sentence or two to make sure I read all the details
  • I liked the story but I felt like I didn’t really have enough time to really fall in love with it

Cierra Approved? If you’re looking for a quick read that’s both sweet, encouraging, and a little heartbreaking, check this one out.

Source: Giphy

Final Rating: 3/5

Featured image via Prismatic Projects

You can keep up with and follow Nadine on her lovely blog, Prismatic Projects.

*Thanks to the author for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review*



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