Author Nicole (NIKE) Izmaylov

About the Author


Nike Izmaylov spends more time than probably necessary thinking about the people of this world. An aspiring scholar of medicine currently studying molecular and cellular biology at Harvard College, Nike pursues casual interests from across the spectrum of disciplines, from computer science to sociology, from political movements to theoretical physics. Nike hopes to one day soon change the world for the better, not merely by the word, but also by the hand. Nike has published previous children’s novels and picture books under the pseudonym “Nicole Izmaylov.”



Authors: Nike & Michelle Izmaylov

Hardback ISBN: 9781629898674

Paperback ISBN: 9781629898681

eBook ISBN: 9781629898698

Genre: Magical Realism

Release Date 02/05/2018

Two weeks before graduation, a high school class gathers to celebrate a far more momentous occasion: one of their very own, Grace Tod, has donated her soul. Most applaud her sacrifice; after all, a finite number of souls exist in their world, and without a soul donation no new children can be born. But Leah knows “soul donation” is just sugar-coating suicide, and Tally is terrified her best friend Hannah may decide to make a donation next. Concern also grows in pockets among the adult world. Dr. Lira, a physician who runs one of the soul recycling clinics, risks his life and career to try talking his patients out of soul donation—until he’s caught for nearly deterring a patient from making a donation. The recycling clinics have quotas to meet, after all. 

In this interwoven story told from many voices and perspectives, each person must confront the societal laws that decide humanity’s fate. Some choose to stand up to the authorities against their own family and friends. Others say this is just the way of the world. And still others hide themselves away in distractions or cloak their discomfort in caring for those around them. Yet all ultimately arrive at the same final door.

Dart and the Squirrels


Author: Nicole Izmaylov

Print ISBN: 9781937085063

E-Book ISBN: 9781937085209

Genre: Middle-Grade Animated Adventure

Release Date 5/22/2011

Name’s Dart—short for d’Artagnan. You may not think much of a grizzled old German Shepherd with a torn ear and a nasty bite, but, trust me, when you’ve spent your whole life dogging it out in the pound, you learn appearances can be deceiving. I mean, just look at that squirrel. Nutty, crazy, you name it. If that sly squirrel isn’t chewing up Banshee’s homework and blaming me, she’s stealing my food, following me around the house, stealing my food, biting my tail, and, did I mention the worst part, stealing my food! This is outrageous! A proud purebred—okay, semi-purebred—German Shepherd such as myself can’t stand for this! I’ll sit. Hey, since you’re here, why don’t you listen up to my complaints? All my doggy pals like them—and their reviews are a little “ruff.”

1st Place Winner of the Forward National Literature Award for 2012

Curse Breakers


Author: Nicole Izmaylov

Print ISBN:  9781939865922

E-Book ISBN:   9781939865939

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date 10/01/2013

Rell Blue—don’t call her Cinderella unless you’re interested in a punch to the face—has had a major problem all her life: She’s cursed to help other people break their curses, but she has no magic of her own, courtesy of her half-fairy godmother, half-human parentage. So when she’s given the chance to escape a lifetime of breaking curses, she jumps on the chance only to get saddled with a trio of idiots who need their curses broken as desperately as she does. Soon they’re off to a man with the magic to help them.


But getting there will mean surviving the road. And each other.


Add in a dashingly handsome Narrator trying to get a job, a ghost intent on enforcing every copyright law in the world, an incubus working for the Friendzone (it’s in the second circle of hell), evil clones, part-time dragons, murderous zombies, werecorals, fetch quests, and more cat puns than one could say in a lifetime, and Rell’ll be lucky not go insane. But if she can make it, then maybe, just maybe, she’ll join the prestigious line of Curse Breakers.


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