Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Eiffel Tower's Daughter by Bethany Huang

Title: The Eiffel Tower's Daughter
Author:  Bethany Huang
Genre: Children/Teen
Publisher:  Authorhouse
Publication Date: 5th October 2010
ISBN: 9781452076249
Stand alone or series: Stand Alone
Pages: 120 pages
Book Received from: Author
First Lines: 
My Father named me Swanilde because swans are beautiful and graceful, and I was like one when I was young

The Eiffel Tower's Daughter is a story about love, compassion, family, and life. A girl who has to face it all with no one to help her. She runs away from home the day after her divorced Mother unknowingly marries a spy. Swanilde has to deal with rivalry and vengeance on her way to warn her father and ask for help. Swanilde thinks she's on a quest for truth, but her family reveals all of the secrets and lies they have been hiding from her for years. As Swanilde's world crumbles under her, she realizes how precious life is and how short it is. She tries to deal with all of the obstacles in her way to find who she really is-until disaster strikes and she's running again.

My Thoughts
I am really amazed that such a young writer has written this.  And admitedly, although I'm not one to pick up books that don't have any paranormal aspect, I decided to read this.

The story is about a young girl Swanilde who runs away from her mother and step-father.  She goes to her father for help, meeting her brother who she hadn't seen for a long time.  For Swanilde though, things aren't quite so easy.  Her step father has imprisoned her mother in a ploy to lure her and the rest of her family back.  Secrets long buried surface and Swanilde must deal with this new knowledge the best she can.

I liked how there were various POV's throughout the book.  It gave the story a very realistic feel and let's the reader know how each character perceives what is going on.  I also loved that the story takes place in France, Egypt and Greece giving the reader a feel for each culture.

The age group I think this would fit best would be between 9 - 14.  I really think that for her age she's done brilliantly pulling this novel together and, given time and some polishing of her writing skills I think Bethany will give the top Authors a fair run for their money.

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