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Next Stop: Nina

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  40 reviews
There's something different about Nina; she never felt comfortable in this world. As she struggles to cope with the pain of her present and past, the young girl's life is changed through the beauty of art. When Nina grows up and winds up in over her head in a dark place, she finds herself somehow transported to another time when nothing is quite what it seems. She must fig ...more
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Published July 18th 2015 by Batham Press
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Depression, a dark and lonely place to be. Debut author Robin Raven’s Next Stop: Nina enters this world with a unique take that promises to be a sign of a great future for this author! (Yep, no pressure!) Written in a bold style, often jagged and choppy feeling, a severely depressed woman revisits her life, filled with her take on each “revisitation” a kind of what if a butterfly flapped its wing kind of thing. Has Nina really gone back to see her painful past? Is this the first step in her quest to ...more
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received Next Stop: Nina from the author for an honest review.

I am still trying to process what I just read. Even though I really liked it, there was some confusion also.

Poor Nina is forced to relive her terrible childhood over and over again. I loved that with each time she has to start over she became stronger and learned to cope with her loss easier each time. She also found love through it all.

The only question that I have is: was it time travel or just an illusion?

It was a
Tori (InToriLex)
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
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When we're introduced to Nina, she  is lost, like most of have been or may be in the future.  Time travel allows her to confront her past, until she comes to terms with who she is. On a journey of self discovery, art and love inspire her and force her to selfishly figure out how to move on from the demons of her past. As Nina echo's through time in the novel, she experiences emotional turmoil, and is able to use the experiences to be present and carry out herInToriLex
April Wood
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What’s It About?

“Oh the joys we’d miss if we gave into the darkness that sometimes calls to very sensitive spirits.”

Nina, a troubled, suicidal woman with a dark past, finds herself reliving sections of her life that she would rather not revisit. Still, she finds art and unconditional love a solace to her pain, and she learns the secret to happiness is to not compromise who you are.

My Thoughts

My first initial impressions of Next Stop: Nina, was that
Lynn Worton
Sep 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is an intriguing time travel story. I enjoyed it, with some reservations.

Nina is an intriguing character. Unfortunately, although I empathized with her, I just couldn't find it in me to like her. She is a young woman in her thirties, who has suffered a traumatic childhood. Suffering with depression (un-diagnosed), she finds herself thrust back in time to her eight year old sel
Nov 03, 2015 rated it liked it
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I received this book to give an honest review.
I am not too big on time travel books but I wanted to give this book a try just in case I might enjoy it. For me this was just okay I was a bit confused at times as to why was Nina the only one back in time. What was up with the little girl Nina saw and was very secretive it seemed like she might have some clue as to what was going on.
Nina has gone back into time when she is relieving her childhood over and over again her childho
S.K. Gregory
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nina has had a difficult life. She faced abuse as a child and again as an adult. She feels worthless and hates herself. In her late thirties she can't take any more and decides to end her life. When she sees a painting she loved from childhood, it makes her put off killing herself. She awakens the next day to find herself in past as a ten year old again. Armed with knowledge of what will happen, Nina tries to change her life.
This was a great read. It was easy to get into and you can sympathise
Joe DeRouen
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an excellent debut novel! I really enjoyed Next Stop: Nina, both for the time travel and the character development. Nina starts out as a lost soul, but eventually finds herself (and love) in this quick, exciting read filled with mystery and wonder. I can't wait to read more from Robin Raven!
Eric Herboso
This is a tale of suffering, loss, and hopelessness, followed by a chance at redemption. Without spoiling anything past the first few pages, Next Stop: Nina is about a woman with a troubled past of child abuse who has reached the point of suicide, only to find herself thrust back in time in the body of herself as a young child. She’s given the chance to live her life again, and she makes the most of the experience.

I really liked this book. It’s a light read in the sense that the stor
Kyle Wendy Skultety (
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Many thanks to the author for providing me with this review copy!

NEXT STOP: NINA is a book that will touch your emotions and send you into high and low places. I cringed when I read about Nina’s childhood and how innocent she was, always trying to forgive her abusive father. She feels she is never good enough, pretty enough, or strong enough to continue living, and considers suicide.

As she prepares to leave this world
Maria Isabel Samonte
3.5 stars

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Disclaimer: I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an HONEST review.

Next Stop: Nina is a book that tackles serious issues like suicide and depression but at the same it has a science fiction element to it with the time travel, which is very interesting and different from the usual books I typically read. I love the concept and plot but I did not like the way it was delivered by the Ms. Robin R
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time travel or delusions I’m not sure what to think.

Nina Newman is a disturbed woman filled with suicidal

Her childhood filled with abuse and emotional terror
delivered by her schizo father.

“I wonder whether I should kill myself or make toast.
That’s a typical thought that races through my mind.”

After a failed attempt she awakens as a child
with the hopes of changing the path of her life.

Next Stop: Nina 2 photo next Stop nina 2.jpg

At first, Ifather.
Emily Maynard
3.5 stars, review coming soon

Many thanks go to the author, who provided a free copy of Next Stop Nina in exchange for an honest review.

The main character of this novel simply cannot catch a break - after a tragic childhood and a poisonous marriage, Nina is at her wit’s end and contemplating suicide. She’s ordered what little affairs she has, and rented a hotel room to do the deed, but just as she is gathering her courage, her eyes happen upon a painting in the hotel room,
Kris Riley
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have never read a time traveler novel until Robin approached me with Next Stop: Nina. I honestly did not know what to expect and had nothing to compare this book to. At times that is a good thing lol. This book hooked me almost from the get go. This is Robin Raven's debut! Lately I have been getting blown away by all the amazing debut books I've been reading and this one is another one of those WOW moments.

Nina has lived a life full of pain and loss. She has endured
Dayna Leigh
Review of ‘Next Stop: Nina’ by Robin Raven

When she was a child, art in general, and one painting in particular, became a focal point in Nina’s life. The beauty of art helped her forget her troubles for a while.

While she loved her family, life with them was hard. An abusive father, an enabler mother, and an older brother who dealt with his life with booze meant Nina was often on her own. After escaping the house the night when her family died in a murder-suicide, she lived
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Next Stop: Nina
by Robin Raven
Literary Fiction/Paranormal Romance.
Rating: 5
I received a copy of this book for reviewing from the author.

“I wonder whether I should kill myself or make toast. That’s a typical thought that races through my mind. I want to beat my own-self up, so I make excuses for why my ex-husband actually did. I let him though, and chose to save myself.
I just keep asking myself: Why?” (Next Stop: Nina)
For some o
This was a unique, but weird story of life on repeat. Nina is a depressed 37 year old battling suicidal thoughts when she wakes up to discover she is 9 years old again. She is determined to fix the tragedy of the past that destroyed her self-esteem and sent her hurtling into despair and bad relationships. A painting she has always loved gives her hope to endure, and as an adult in this new second life (echo), she vows to meet the artist that has inspired her.

This struck me as a coming-of-age bo
Kristin Ravelle
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading Next Stop: Nina is something of a departure for me but I was interested in the time travel aspect. It is difficult to know whether this is true time travel or some kind of internal psychological mechanism that Nina has for re-making a life that was extremely difficult for her to consciously deal with.

This book is beautifully written around the very difficult issues of abuse, depression, and thoughts of suicide. The 37 year old Nina is somehow transported from a moment when she wishes to
Synopsis: "Nina never was one who felt comfortable in this world. As she struggles to cope with the pain of her present and past, the young girl's life is changed through the beauty of art. When Nina grows up and winds up in over her head in a dark place, she finds herself somehow transported to another time when nothing is quite what it seems. She must fight the horrors of her past all over again. Along the way, she faces greater challenges than she imagined. This is a character-driven novel with a hero ...more
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this novel. I think it is a very unique take on time travel and romance, though admittedly I don't read that many romances (The other realistic* sci-fi/romance I have strong memories of Goodbye For Now, which I would also highly recommend).

I especially enjoyed reading things in Nina's voice. I felt an almost instant kinship to the narrator, despite having a very different personality. Nina has had a very dark past, and she's often confused both by what's happening to
Louis Cecile
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story and style that beautifully fit each other for a compelling read. There is a weaving metaphor of the continuing relentless replay of negative thoughts in a depressive mind and revisiting your past life.

The tortured mind of the lead character Nina and her self-doubts spiral to what seems an inevitable conclusion. However the story transports Nina back through time on what appears to be an endless loop.

The author utilises this technique well to explore the backstory of the character and t
Feb 23, 2016 added it

My Review: (review copy provided)

3.5 stars

First I want to point out how cool this cover is.

I enjoyed this book and the concept of it. I related to Nina and some of her insecurities. The book was a quick read, fast paced and kept me intrigued throughout. What's going to happen? Is she going to get the ending she deserves? And will she find the answers she's looking for?

I guess what I found to be somewhat lacking was the back story. I wanted more of why Nina w
Saradia Chatterjee
Nina is depressed and almost at the point of contemplating suicide, when suddenly, she time travels to her past. The painful experience of reliving her nightmares is grueling. But along the way, she also discovers the sweetness of love. She has a chance to rebuild her broken self and become stronger.

Firstly, I must admit that I have read very few time travel novels. The ones that I read before Next Stop: Nina were more concerned with technical aspects or fantastical elements. Nina uses the time travel
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book really grabbed me in the beginning. The premise early on was really interesting; I came from a pretty messed up family life too, so I understood a lot about what she was saying. And, honestly, it remained a pretty good book up until her love interest was introduced.

At one point, Nina comments on unhealthy relationships and "obsessing" to her friend, and that's exactly what it turns into. Nina's love for Lens is borderline obsessive and really unhealthy, at one point she even says she
Nerd Girl Vixen
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

A dirty hotel room. That’s where it was all going to end for Nina. There was nothing left for her to live for. All her life she struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts and the time has come for Nina to just end it. Deciding to lie down, Nina falls asleep and wakes up in a different time. How is that possible? Did she somehow go back in time? Nina struggles with the possibility of time travel and the whole situat
Morgan Terry
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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***book received in exchange for an honest review***

***Reviewed by Morgan at Twisted Soulmates Book Reviews***

This book was author Robin Raven's debut book, and it was wonderful! I didn't want to put this amazing books down and when you read it you will see why! Though I must warn any reader, this book does touch on some serious real life issues.

When we meet Nina, she seems happy. But then we delve into her past and find that life was not sunshine and rainbows. In fact i
Tam Tam
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some may call this a time travel romance book and they would be right but they would also be missing the main beautiful point of this story. This book delves into the mind of someone who is suicidal and suffers from crippling depression at times. Nina has had a very difficult and abusive past. But when she is about to end her life at the age of 37, she is suddenly thrown back in time to her 10 year old self. Why has this happened? How has this happened? Is she here to right wrongs of the past? I ...more
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The author, Robin Raven, gave me a copy of this novel in exchange for my review.

“Next Stop Nina” is a cerebral read. Nina is an adult that suffered a horrendous childhood when she’s thrown back into her 10-year-old body. She goes from the pit of despair that has left her feeling that her only option is to end it all and suddenly she’s back in a waking nightmare. She has the memories and experiences of an adult and, she believes, the strategies to change her past. No matter what
Sam H
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Next Stop Nina is a real page turner that keeps you engaged throughout. I have to say personally I struggled through the first couple of chapters but once I progressed past approximately 20 pages I couldn't put it down. This predominantly is a character led book and as the story progresses you get to know the characters better. The characters are well written and clearly show their flaws as well as there skills.

The author has a clear understanding of depression. This is clear in the way the mai
Next Stop Nina is a beautiful story about a woman who travels back in time. She is doomed to relive a childhood horror many times, and she spends several lives trying to make peace with the tragedy over and over again. While I'm not much of a romance reader, I enjoyed the romance aspect of this book. Nina finds love, even with the odds stacked against her, and she fights for her love through each lifetime she lives. The story is beautiful and I think anyone who likes to feel nostalgia and hope w ...more
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