The protagonist is shown early on to be kind of kick-butt and fearless, which is good, because she faces some pretty bad monsters: a witch, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, spiders, and a giant python. There's a haunted house, a creepy swamp, and a cemetery that transports her between worlds. Her mission is to fulfill her family's curse to rule the underworld, either by uniting the creatures or by going to war with them -- all before a rival queen takes the throne for herself. Oh -- and that rival queen? She used to be the protag's best friend!
What I loved about editing this novel was the process of working with the author. This is her first time doing NaNoWriMo and when she gave me her first draft she was SO nervous! What if I didn't like it? What if the story was dumb? What if she embarrassed herself with spelling and grammar mistakes? Sound familiar? Most of us have experienced the same sort of self-doubt -- me included!
But this story is AWESOME. I loved it. It wasn't dumb. Yes, there were spelling mistakes and lots of things to revise. But that's what the editing process is for! I'm so very, very proud of this author for finishing her story, and then spending time rethinking, re-visioning, and rewriting. She proved herself to be pretty kick-butt and fearless herself!