BOOK REVIEW: Moa by Tricia Stewart Shiu.

Moa by Tricia Stewart Shiu.

Ritual: Reading
Oil: Base of Almond Oil - Geranium, Lemon, Rosemary
Incense: Dried Sage
Incantation: “I am at ease.”
Find a place where you will not be interrupted. Light a fire and allow yourself to relax. Place yourself comfortably in a nice and squashy chair. This will ground you during the
journey that Moa will take you on.

(In case you think I've just tried to put a spell on you or gone nuts, this is the way that every chapter of Moa starts - hey, I'm trying to be creative)

Moa (Moa, #1)
Title: Moa

Author: Tricia Stewart Shiu
Genre: Paranormal
Goodreads Summary: Hillary Hause is not a witch. But, everyone in her conservative small town thinks so. When she is given a trip to Hawaii for graduation, this energetic eighteen-year-old anticipates adventure but gets more than she bargained for when Moa, an ancient Hawaiian spirit, pays her an unexpected visit.

With the help of her older sister, Molly and her seven-year-old niece, Heidi, Hillary embarks on a journey in which she not only saves herself, her family and Moa, but also the Hawaiian Islands. In the end, she learns to accept herself and her spiritual gifts warts and all.

{ Review }

I wasn't really sure what to make of Moa and it took me a while to get into it. This isn't like any other sort of fiction I've ever read before (though that's not necessarily a bad thing) and it took me a while to grasp the real concept of this novel and what it was really about. Despite this difficulty, I still found this book incredibly interesting because of the unique plot and I genuinely felt like I was learning something as I read this. 

For a while now I've been looking out for other paranormal novels that don't feature vampires and werewolves and Moa has introduced me to a whole new world of spirits and the world beyond. I got a strong sense of culture from this book, and although I've never been to Hawaii, I'm assuming this is what was trying to be captured. I've never read any book that was set in such an exotic and unfamiliar place to me so it was exciting to read something with a whole new setting. I liked that the novel was sometimes narrated by Moa herself, because it was fascinating to learn about things 'beyond' this world; however, at times I did find this to be a little confusing. 

If you're going to read Moa, you definitely have to be concentrating and willing to devote a good few hours to it so that you can be fully absorbed in it. This has to be one of the most mysterious books that I've ever read and I spent a lot of the first section wandering what on earth was going on and what the general setting was. I mean this in a positive way as it peaked my curiosity and left me wanting to find out more. Give this book a chance and it will be worth your while! The ending is the best bit of the book as it is completely unexpected and leaves room for many more novels to follow :)

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About Moa: Eighteen-year-old, Hillary, anticipates adventure as she embarks for trip to Honolulu, but gets more than she bargained for when Moa, an ancient Hawaiian spirit, pays her an unexpected visit. Get it on Amazon. About Statue of Ku: The second book in the Moa Book Series, "The Statue of Ku" follows Hillary and Moa as they jet to Egypt on the Prince’s private plane to reclaim Moa’s family heirloom, the inimitable statue of Ku. Get it on Amazon. About the author: Tricia Stewart Shiu combines her addiction to the written word with her avid interest in the healing arts and all things metaphysical in her novels Moa and Statue of Ku and looks forward to finding new ways to unite her two loves. Visit Tricia on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.

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