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Sky-Daughter (NaNoWriMo) – Support a Fellow Young Writer

Hey, guys, and thanks for reading Tween Fiction Girl! Today’s post is going to be a unique one, because I’ve never done a book review/human interest combo post. It’s going to be a book review, sort of, but you’ll also need a bit of backstory.

Remember last year, when I did NaNoWriMo? I wrote a book called The Juniper Tree that will never be published because I didn’t like it, but I also came across my fellow young writer Lily Sowell. I read the excerpt of her story on her NaNoWriMo account page, and we got to talking.
It turns out that her book went a lot further than mine. While mine remained an unfinished idea, she went on to publish hers on CreateSpace. I own a copy of it, and I have to say, for a twelve-year-old author, this was a stellar read.

And now for the review bit of the book review.

The book’s title, as you may have surmised from both the headline and URL of this page, is Sky-Daughter. (It sounds a bit ambiguous out of context, but it makes more sense once you read the story.) To give a simple summary, it’s a fantasy story, centered around three young women by the names of Ayanna, Gwynn, and Oriel, set in a place called Ajeda in a time during a long, hard war. (Actually, the e in Ajeda has an accent mark over it, but I can’t figure out how to make it on my computer.)

It’s not an adult book, but that’s understandable. It was written by a 12-year-old for a 12-year-old reading level. I’d recommend the story itself for an age group of about 8 to 14; it’s not too complex and not at all inappropriate, but it’s compelling enough to attract the attention of an older reader, too. I mean, even my mom enjoyed it, and, when it comes to books, she’s hard to interest.

The author’s writing style is brisk and dialogue-oriented, which leaves a lot about the details of the setting to the imagination. I like descriptions, frankly, but even more, I dislike lengthy and tedious descriptions, so I didn’t find this much of a setback. The writing flows, with understandable characters (which is definitely a plus, especially in stories written by younger individuals) and easy, casual dialogue. I made note of the fact that a good portion of the main characters are female. As it was written by a girl, it’s written for girls, even if that particular facet was unintentional; as I myself am an almost-teen girl, this didn’t bother me, but, despite the fact that this book is set in a war, I don’t recommend it for boys looking for a nitty-gritty action story.

A heads-up for anyone looking to purchase the book: it’s NOT flawless. No book is. It has as many flukes as anything I’ve ever written, I’ll admit, such as an accidental g tacked onto the word tightly in the last chapter in the book, or an extra “that night” in a sentence on the first page. As a whole, though, I’d recommend this to young readers who’d like to try out something a little different from the rest of the young adult fiction stories.

For a fun and fast-paced plot, memorable characters, and an interesting origin (how many 12-year-olds do you ever see publishing books?), but taking points off for a couple of grammatical errors and other small flukes, I give Sky-Daughter four stars out of five.

I don’t usually do this with my reviews, but since this book can currently only be bought in two places in the known world, here are the links to Sowell’s outlets.
Sky-Daughter at Amazon.com
Sky-Daughter at CreateSpace.com (by Amazon)

UPDATE:  Sowell released another edition of the book; she fixed the aforementioned typos.  (The webpage still says 1st Edition, but the interior of the book says 2nd).

Anyway, thanks for reading! I hope this was helpful to you.

~ Summer

NaNoWriMo has begun!!

Hey, guys!! As you probably know, since November is here, the start of National Novel Writing Month is here as well!! I was going to post this yesterday, but I was just too busy writing. 😛

If you’re doing this, how many words did you do on your first day? I started at midnight and ended up with 4,277 on the first day. I’ve now written 4317 today. I’m pretty proud of myself, to be honest. My novel started out as a slightly augmented version of the AJ Story that was kind of a fail, but as the plot developed it’s not even a distant cousin anymore. The only thing that’s really similar about it is the personalities of my main four characters, Ayanna, Gwynn, Oriel, and Bell, who were originally going to be my new versions of Flora, Juniper, Lucky, and Crashing. Oh, and did I mention they’re all humans?

Post your thoughts on your NaNovel below; I’d love to hear them!!!

~ Summer 😀

National Novel Writing Month!

Hey, guys! Today I’m going to be talking about one of [in my opinion] the coolest writing gimmicks out there: NaNoWriMo. This stands for National Novel Writing Month, which is this November. In this event, young people are challenged to set a word count goal for themselves and try to reach it in a month. I’ve never done it before, but I’m doing it this year, and it’s very interesting so far. You can find the official site here. There’s actually a different one for adults, but since I’m not an adult, I’m not doing the adult one.

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As for my novel, I’m still not entirely sure what I’m going to be doing. I was thinking about resurrecting and revamping a couple of old stories, but then again, I also want something fresh. I’ll make sure to keep you guys updated!!

~ Summer 🙂