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- ASIN : B088NPDLWS
- Publication date : May 14, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 862 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 123 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #182,689 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I want to say up front, before my review, that the young author, who is now twelve, wrote this book when she was eleven. This is a remarkable feat for an author this young. First of all, there is the commitment to the project, a genuine attempt to write a novel, start to finish. In fact, it is a 250 page book (the font, though, is a bit larger than standard) and that in and of itself is an accomplishment for one so young. She loves to write and you and see that in her writing and in her fulfillment of the task. There are some passages in which you forget that the author is still a child and that is amazing. You can already see her natural strengths which lie in plot concept, drama, a sense of dialogue and a grand finale with a surprise ending to try and offer satisfaction. She is very intrigued with the genre of murder mystery but it is too early to say if that is where she will stay. So I have to first compliment Ms. Naydonova on her accomplishments. She is a born writer and with practice and life experience she will be a fine writer. I know she will be out with another book soon, so she is indeed serious and has kept at it.
With the ability to self-publish, we can now see the early attempts of future seasoned authors. If ones’ parent/parents are supportive and there is enough means to do so, a young writer can see their work in print. It is a different world. I’m sure if we saw the first serious attempts of many great writers, we would not see mature works; we would see the potential. In fact, that is true with the Bronte sisters, for an example, as we have surviving work from their childhood to read. We love reading their youthful attempts because they are now famous and deservedly so. But those early works themselves are flawed, overly dramatic and the character development is shallow. But the talent is there and it is remarkable to study these early works and certainly fun to read.
So that is how I am viewing Kristina Naydonova’s first attempt at a novel. It is a precursor to the mature author that I believe she will become. The skills are developing, but uneven. At times it feels “on spot” and then slips into a more childlike viewpoint, contrivance or explanation. The character development is one-dimensional. How could it not be so? The Black Sisterhood, made up of special teens who solve murders, is never fully explained (how and why they have the power and skills that they have) but is a wonderful idea for a YA novel. It could be further developed in a sequel. The plot, a murder mystery about a serial killer, is clever. But despite some good points in the plot, there are many more points in which the plot becomes far-fetched. It does feels conceived of by a child. The pace is continuously dramatic, with not much breathing space to allow the drama to have its full impact. The emotions are written at a high pitch, (understandably at times when people die, parents lie and a father is killed) but then the heart felt emotions are quickly discarded, without much impact on the characters and the reader is on to a new dramatic situation. The tragic events don’t offer any deep psychological meaning to the main character, the girls of the sisterhood or others in the story. It is an action packed experience, but not really made believable. There is no way of getting around the truth that it is written by a very talented and precocious 11-year-old.
So, if you want to have some fun, support a budding talent, and do not expect to read a fully developed, psychologically astute murder mystery, please have some fun and get it. A child in your life might very much enjoy reading an action-packed book written by a peer and be less critical; inspiring them to read and maybe write themselves. I look forward to her next book and to following Ms. Naydonova writing career.
Lexie Torres is not happy that practically overnight her family is forced to move from her happy home in Pennsylvania to small town Parkersburg, West Virginia and she has to start a new high school.
Things get even weirder when she spies a dark cloaked person staring at her house during the night. At school she meets Sophia who invites her to join the black sisterhood that secretly helps the town fight crime. In order to join she must complete 5 tasks. As Lexie prepares for these tasks people are starting to get killed and her parents are acting strange, her sister has run away, and her new friends have more secrets than they are telling her.
This story is definitely not for the very young. I would say 12 years and up is best. There is a lot of death in its 126 pages. There are some logic issues like the girls in the sisterhood know scientists who help with tasks that are similar to some of the mind bending tests in the Divergent series. They are able to decode messages that stump the police. One young cop is shot and they bring him home and remove the bullet themselves rather than take him to the hospital.
There is still a good mystery here on who the killer is and his assistant. I figured out the killer but was a bit surprised by the assistant but the author did a great job explaining why they had to help the killer.
I can easily see this being a series just like Pretty Little Liars; especially with a good editor guiding the writer. If her imagination took her this far to publish her first book I cannot wait to see her accomplishments in the future.
I was asked to review this book by the author for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.
It begins with a teenager who hates her new town & school. Then the young lady meets the Black-Sisterhood club, a group of intelligent teenage girls who assist the police with crimes; they have taken an interest in Lexie. Their hazing was difficult and dangerous for her to gain admission into their club.
The age of the author may come as a surprise but what is age but a number? I think it is why the main character is so easily comparable to teenagers these days, having her own flaws and emotions that only add to the veracity of the book.
Once the novel began, the suspense in this book kept me reading until it was completed! The future will be bright for Kristina Naydonova!
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If I've got any critical feedback here, it's advice in the form of a couple of points (and I'm no expert): allow for a little subtlety sometimes - most of the reveals in this book were done so well, so brilliantly, but some could have come slower or been drip-fed; for me, there were three climactic end-of-act scenes here (Task Three, Task Five and the final few scenes), and I'd have loved to see each one explored a little more.
That said, to pick out a couple of flaws and love the rest of this book is something incredible. Kristina can write, and write well. This isn't the kind of horror I'd usually read, but I got through it in a day (and I'm an incredibly slow reader). It's middle-grade mystery horror with some genuine gory moments and a compelling plot. Locations are inventive and plot threads wrapped up so incredibly well, showing a degree of maturity that's just unexpected and wonderful in places. There's a powerful message in here as well. With more space I'd say more, but for now: this book is absolutely worth your time, grab a copy right now and see what you think. An outstanding book for such a young author and a genuinely impressive accomplishment. Four out of five to me, because I can only see this author getting better with future projects and I can't wait to see what she comes out with next. All the best for the future!
A story about a young girl In a new town who finds herself trying out to become a member of a clan called the black sisterhood. A sisterhood of girls who help fight crime alongside the local police.
While trying to figure out her own family troubles can she also help figure out the crime in town?
I was asked by @kristinanaydonova to read and review her book the black sisterhood files
I would firstly like to mention that Kristina was only 8years old when she wrote this book and is now 13years old.
A very impressive job in itself and one that deserves recognition primarily on her age but secondarily for the great story it was.
Now with that said I did take into account her age when I was reading the story and would recommend it more so for young adolescent and teens.
For me personally I couldn't get past that some of the emotions didn't quite match the dialogue and it jumped from one crisis to the next, over time and with the right editing i think she has laid a great foundation for the writer she is. Overall it was an enjoyable read and one that will be enjoyed by many young people I'm sure.
Thank you Kristina