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A Young Adult Sci-Fi Fantasy Mystical Adventure Series (Book 1) For almost 200 years, Moa, an ancient Hawaiian spirit, has tried to solve the mystery surrounding her parent's senseless murder and she's running out of time. She and her entire lineage will perish if they do not find human aid. An energetic eighteen-year-old, Hillary Hause, has no idea that she holds the keyA Young Adult Sci-Fi Fantasy Mystical Adventure Series (Book 1) For almost 200 years, Moa, an ancient Hawaiian spirit, has tried to solve the mystery surrounding her parent's senseless murder and she's running out of time. She and her entire lineage will perish if they do not find human aid. An energetic eighteen-year-old, Hillary Hause, has no idea that she holds the key to this centuries-old secret. With the help of her older sister, Molly and Heidi her seven-year-old niece, Hillary embarks on a journey determined to save herself, her family, Moa and the Hawaiian Islands. Will they all learn to accept themselves and their newly discovered spiritual gifts or cease to exist, never knowing Moa's truth?...

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ISBN : 9780984002009
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Number of Pages : 157 Pages
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Moa Reviews

  • Jodie
    2019-03-05 02:29

    As with other reviews I have read, I agree that this book has potential. however, the 1st to 3rd person jumps and broken writing style just makes it to hard to follow. When a story lacks depth of character and touches lightly on the theme and seems a "light " read, it really needs to flow smoothly to keep the readers interest. It just didn't work for me. I would love to see what a good editor could do with this book.

  • Tanya
    2019-03-21 05:32

    The book had lots of potential to fly, but never quite made it off the ground. The characters were likeable, but had no depth. The plot was interesting but got lost in the choppy writing style. One sentence you’re in 3rd person and the next it’s 1st person. I reread far too many lines trying to figure out who the author was referring to. If the 1st/3rd person narrative switched at the chapter, there would have been a nice flow –but midsentence, just confusing. The storyline was very new agey and mother earth spiritual. Instead of being strengthened by this aspect, it ended up being a little hokey. I found myself skimming over and even skipping parts because it just never got deep enough to make it feel real.The ending did have a nice twist and made me want to read the next book, but the writing style and lack depth will keep me from doing so. With an editor and a little more depth this book would have been a hit.**I did recieve a free copy of this book through the Shut Up & Read group

  • Melissa Storm
    2019-03-24 03:21

    Moa is not a book you read lightly. It’s a deep journey into the metaphysical as the title character, Moa, who is the keeper of the ancient portal, guides sisters Hillary and Molly along with Molly’s young daughter, Heidi, in a journey to save Hawaii and, ultimately, the world. They face troubles along the way including a long lost relative with interests of his own, self doubt, and the lingering grief of a life taken too soon. With Moa as their guide, the women encounter a number of mystical elements including protective magic, guardian angels, rogue spirits, alternate selves, and chakra meditation. Despite the fictional premise, Moa felt very real, and it’s readily apparent that the author is gifted in these elements. This is a fantastical read for anyone looking to learn more about the metaphysical realm and who’d prefer to read a story rather than a nonfiction guide book.Oh, I forgot to mention, I can't assign a star-rating to Moa since I'm doing a bit of publicity for the author, and that's an ethical violation. Hopefully, my review will help to enlighten :-D

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2019-03-12 04:26

    A smooth-reading novel packing a lot of YA wisdom, “Moa” is a good read, and a fast-paced one. In concise strokes, author Tricia Stewart Shiu paints her characters and arranges her settings and plots. Suspension of disbelief is easy and quick, and the reader settles into expecting, and then receiving, out-of-the-ordinary events and encounters. Is Hillary a witch, or isn’t she? Does her nemesis, the high school bully, level evil curses, or not? Can shirts animate? Do ancient native spirits exist? More importantly, can one young lady save all?Read on and see, and you will find yourself reaching the end and wanting to start back at the beginning all over again. “Moa” is a recommended book for both YA and adult readers who enjoy good writing, plotting and characterization, a story that impels, and enough paranormal adventures and misadventures to keep the reader on the edge till it’s over.

  • Erica
    2019-02-22 08:28

    I just finished reading “MOA” by Tricia Stuart Shiu. It’s the first in a series of books following a young 7 year old girl named Moa and another 18 year old girl girl named Hillary. After just reading this first book, I can’t wait to read the rest. I got hooked in right away and couldn’t put the book down.Moa is what I viewed as some kind of spirit that helps souls cross over into a light, the book is written from her point of view. Hillary is a human that since she was young knew she has a power that others didn’t have. Many around her thought she was a witch but Hillary didn’t feel that way. She goes to Hawaii to visit her sister, Molly and Niece, Heidi for the summer. Molly recently lost her husband and is grieving but is grateful for the visit. What Hillary didn’t know about this trip was she would be saving the world from darkness. Moa comes and speaks to her in her dreams at first and soon involves the whole family. All I kept hoping was that Hillary could save the world and that everyone would be safe. So I will leave me re-cap at that and hope you will read the book to find out if they are able to do what Moa needs them to do.Each chapter in the book gives a ritual that Hillary uses or needs to use to give her safety, cleanse her and to open up her mind. The book also pulls at your heart as you see each character, including Moa find what the meaning of their life is at this moment and see them face past hurts. I caught myself crying at some points in this book, other times holding my breath and others smiling. “Moa” really tugs at your emotions.I would recommend this book to those ages 14 and older. It’s a quick read and full of adventure and wonder. The author’s descriptive writing allows you to really feel like you’re part of the story. She even helps through pronunciations, so you can read the book easier without trying to stumble through the words.Like I said at the beginning, I can’t wait to read the next book in this series, “STATUE OF KU”. I know I’ll be taken on another whirlwind adventure.

  • Alissa
    2019-03-14 04:48

    Hillary and Molly's great-great-great Grandfather was not a nice man. In life, he was a power-hungry, ruthless man who attempted to take over the Hawaiian Islands. When supporters of the rightful King came after him, he fled to a space between the worlds and became trapped there. Since, he has been trying to get back so he can have his revenge on the man responsible for his imprisonment. His hate has closed the portal between worlds, meaning souls needing to cross over won't be able to. If the portal is not reopened--and soon--global distruction is a certainty.Enter Moa, the spirit of a 7-year-old girl who, centuries ago, agreed to be guardian of this mystical portal. Moa recruits Hillary, a troubled teen who has come to Hawai'i to visit her sister and cousin, to help her reopen the portal and save the world. Bad news is, they only have 72 hours to do so. That's only IF Moa can convince Hillary to help her. And even so, Hillary must face and conquer her own inner demons if she's to be in a position to help anyone. There's a twist as to exactly why Moa sought out Hillary, and why Grandfather tried to harm Hillary's cousin Heidi, but no spiolers here.I did have to silence my inner editor at times, as I ran across several mistakes in reading (grammatical and otherwise). A common trait of self-publishing. Overall, though, I really loved this book! Stories about global destriction of some sort are a dime a dozen these days, and most are quite depressing. Eye-rollingly depressing. Although Moa was about saving the world from such destruction, and although the title heroine and Hillary battled some pretty evil forces, there is nothing even remotely dark about this book. Rather, it is a very positive, very uplifting story, and I'm really glad to have read it. And I look forward to the next installment.

  • ⚝Ŧáẅņá ⚝
    2019-02-23 02:44

    I am finally done with the book, it took me two days to read a short book. It didn't keep me interested and I wasn't attached to the characters.LikesThe concept of the storyThe intro to the chapters where it gave the ritual ingredients DislikesEverything else I believe.--The writing felt like it was switching around a lot. Felt like it was trying to be 1st person present to 3rd person present and because of this switching feel I had to reread parts over again because it hadn't actually switched.--Also, the Granddad part kept bugging me because she was using the word as a name whereas that gave it the feel of "granddad" being the narrator's granddad and he wasn't. --The long drawn out spiritual journeys with the chakras. It felt like we were getting long lessons on meditation and if I had wanted to learn how to meditate (which I already know how) I would have bought a beginners guide to meditation. --Learning about the chakras was cool, however they were not introduced in a fun way or an intriguing way so I ended up just skimming over it instead.ConclusionThis book has major potential!! I believe if it had been in 3rd person it would've been great. Personally I wont read the next books in the series, I did like the concept of the story, but couldn't connect.

  • Naomi Blackburn
    2019-02-24 02:23

    As I often do when I read Young Adult books, I put myself in the place of a young reader however, at the end, put my adult reviewer hat back on. I found this book to be delightful. It was CLEAN in language and scenery. It was a light, engaging story with enjoyable and heartwarming characters and it screamed adventure. In a period of time where we have headed into dark, almost gothic storylines are the norm or at least permeating this genre. Moa was truly a breath of fresh air. On that note, I found this book to be appropriate for the 'tweens and early Young Adult genre. I think that "older" young adults would find it a bit too light. Putting my adult reviewer hat back on, I did find that the author had almost "switched" narratives throughout the book. There were times where I felt it was appropriate, but there are times that it really didn't make sense to the storyline. In all honesty, I think with the age group who would be reviewing the book, they would miss it. It is just something to me as a reviewer that popped into my radar.

  • Alyssa Ivy
    2019-02-25 03:29

    Moa is a unique and enjoyable read. At its heart it is a story of self-discovery, told through an adventure filled with spiritual and mystical experiences. Strong female characters drive the novel and emphasize the importance of family and of coming to accept yourself despite your mistakes. Set against the backdrop of the Hawaiian islands, vivid details stand out in this well written book. I would recommend this book to readers interested in a fantasy with a spiritual/mystical slant. It is appropriate for all ages.

  • Viv Williamson
    2019-03-07 05:30

    WOW! Amazing and insightful book. I truly enjoyed reading it and look forward to the next in the series. Filled with "aha" moments that are deep on many levels. I just couldn't put the book down, wanting to know what Hillary was going to do next. Highly recommend this book to all ages, great discussion book.Moa

  • Leigh
    2019-02-23 09:25

    Hillary who has always been misunderstood not only by her classmates, but also her own family. This misunderstanding take Hillary on a journey of spiritual enlightenment. Through this journey she not only is reconciled with her sister but is able to reach a higher level of enlightenment.Although this type of book is not my cup of tea I recommend it to anyone who is interested in spirituality and mysticism.

  • Sunshine
    2019-03-13 08:48

    I received this book through Goodreads Giveaways. I thoroughly enjoyed it. :-)

  • Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
    2019-02-26 02:22

    This review was originally posted on my blog on June 25th, hereThe First Word.*In an attempt for full disclosure, and because all of my reviews are honest, I have to start this review by saying that while I was reading this I honestly struggled. I simply could not get my head around the concept of the book and just after the halfway point I had to stop reading and take a step back from it. In doing that I turned to the front of the book and read the words that the author had signed within my book, "if you see it, it is so… if you believe it, it is so…", and I instantly realised that I was reading the book wrong. I was looking at it too literally, expecting it all to make sense in my world when actually it is a spiritual book. It is a book that carries with it a strong message written between the lines and the story itself is just an interesting tale to help carry that message. As soon as I took a step back from it all, I found myself enjoying the book a lot more. I could finally appreciate it for what it actually was; a beautiful and touching read.Humanity.*The characters in this story are all so lovely and I loved to read them. I found that Hillary was a really interesting character who had a long journey to go through. It was great to see how history had made her become the person she was and how the present was shaping her to be a new person in the future. She may not have been the perfect person, but she was willing to change for the better and that was such an admiring thing to read. She wasn't totally accepting of it all at first and I felt that this really helped to make her character feel more rounded as it was how one would expect someone to react in that situation. I am definitely looking forward to reading more about her and seeing where else she will take us.I adored Heidi. She was so smart and curious and charming and she just made me smile when I saw her. She was brave and was more accepting of everything because she was younger. I loved that about her but I also loved that she helped to coax her mother along but knew when to take a stand. I found her to be an admirable character. I also really liked Moa. She had the body of a seven-year-old but it was clear that she had a lot more wisdom than that. She was helpful and protective and just a really great character to read. She just really made the book that much more enjoyable to read and I adored the journey she went on throughout the book and am honestly looking forward to seeing a lot more from her.The only character that I struggled with was Molly. I'm not exactly sure what it was about her but I just couldn't get myself to like her. She also went on quite a journey and it was interesting to get to know more about her but I don't think we saw enough of her past to understand where she was in the present. I think it would have been nice to have seen some of her relationship with her sister or her daughter a bit more to understand why they were the way they were in the book. There was just something about her that irked me the wrong way, unfortunately.The Other Side.*While it took me a while to come around to it, to fully get my head around it all, I really liked the concept of the spirits in this book. I liked how it outlined everything out and how different things came into play at different times. I found it all to be really intriguing and different. Even when I was confused and found it difficult to read, I still couldn't put the book down because I was just too curious about it all. I wanted to know more, I wanted it all to be fully explained to me. It was a great technique to get the readers' attention and it helped to make the book more enjoyable throughout. If I was a believer, it would be nice to believe that there were spirits as nice as Moa out there.I really liked the way that each chapter began, I found it really interesting and I liked how it gave you a slight insight into what the chapter will bring without giving too much away. I also liked the journey that the entire book took you on. It was a unique storyline that really caught my attention and I know that reading the next book in this series is something that I am looking forward to doing.The Power of Air.*While it did take me a while to understand what the book was trying to say, I have to admit that I immensely enjoyed what this novel was trying to say. I love the idea that we are in control of our own lives and the things we see. It isn't what we see but how we look at what we see that makes all the difference. Some people will look at the ocean and just see water while some people can look at the ocean and see all of their hopes and dreams, they can see a journey or an adventure but it is all in their perception. How we perceive the world is the only thing that keeps us original and unique. I also like that this story had a lot about inner peace, of letting go of the regrets from the past because it has come and gone and as much as we may hate it, it has shaped us into the people we are today. Caution.*Before I finish up this review, there is one thing that I must tell you all. This is a novel that changes between third person and first person. It was due to this changing of tenses that I was confused for a while at the beginning but I found that once I got it in my head as to what was happening, it was easier to understand. If you find it difficult to read books that continuously changes between "I" and "She" (for different characters), then this probably won't be the right book for you. However, if you're looking for something original and unique and are up to the challenge that this book could present then this book is definitely one that you should pick up and try.Rainbows End.*All in all this was a lovely short novel that I did enjoy. It took a while to get into but once I was there, I truly enjoyed this novel and would easily recommend it to others. I loved the messages in the text, I loved the spirituality of it all and I am most certainly eager to read the next book in the series to see where it will all end up. This is a tale that will capture your heart and make you rethink things around you and it may, if you're lucky, even make you feel happier about yourself and bring forth an inner peace that you may have forgotten about. It is definitely one that I would suggest you read, especially if spiritualistic books are your type of thing or if you're just looking for something that is a little bit different. In those instances, Moa is definitely the book for you!* all sub-titles are chapter titles in Moa and therefore credit for them goes to Tricia. *Faye

  • Anne Chaconas
    2019-03-19 03:41

    When it comes to young adult books, I've almost given up on finding anything current that doesn't involve a werewolf, a vampire, or some sort of zombie. When I read the description for MOA, I was a little skeptical--there was nary a mention of a vampire, zombie, or werewolf in sight. Could it really be true? There was mention of witchcraft, but also spiritual gifts. I was intrigued.Overall, MOA is a book with a very interesting take on the common YA concept of saving the world (or, in this case, Hawaii). In this tale, the superpowers aren't physical or destructive; rather, they are metaphysical and focus largely on healing, cleansing, and growing your spiritual well-being.The characters are interesting and, for the most part, three-dimensional. Hillary, our heroine, is presented as the quintessential unpopular teen, member of a group of high school nerdy misfits with a series of unfortunate run-ins with the popular girls and guys. She has a unique perspective on life, and that gets her into teenage hot water more than she'd like. She also, however, has a very mature take on situations, and approaches things from a calm, zen-like state, which is refreshing; there are no histrionics with Hillary. The other two members of Hillary's family that we get to know throughout the book--her sister, Molly, and Molly's daughter, Heidi--were nicely developed. Molly radiated her perspective as the exasperated--yet willing to learn--older sister quite well, and Heidi was adorable: A brave, collected little girl who was open to spiritual journeys and possessed that remarkable childhood ability to accept that which appears to them without question. She was easily my favorite character in the book. Moa, our titular character and primary narrator, was also interesting. I won't divulge too much about her lest I give away any important plot details (obviously, the book is about her, to a degree), but I will say that her character's ultimate transformation, while predictable, fit in well with the story.It was easy to see that the author places quite a bit of importance on spirituality, healing, chakras, and sources of inner light and peace. MOA is heavily imbued with these elements, and discussion of meditation, essential oils, rituals, cleansing, energy, incantations, and incense abound. It was an interesting take for a young adult story; however, more pragmatic readers will probably get a little tired of all the OMing and chakra talk after a while.I had a few problems with the story, which I feel detracted from the overall tale: narrative perspective, plot development and presentation, and editing.The book seems to hop around between first person omniscient (Moa), and third person omniscient/limited--which would be fine were the parameters of narration clearly defined and the reader able to tell which perspective from which we were being told the story. However, it often wasn't clearly defined, and this led to confusion. I ended up just always assuming that we were seeing things from Moa's omniscient perspective, but there was always a nagging little voice in my head that was asking, "But are you really? Are you really? What if you're missing something by assuming that?" It would have been better, in my opinion, had the author chosen to match up narration switches with new chapters. The linearity of the tale may have been preserved. As it ended up, I found myself having to go back and re-read passages to make sure I was getting the right impression out of them.One thing that MOA fails to do, much to my chagrin, is build suspense. This isn't because the premise of the book is faulty--on the other hand, it is tried-and-true and has a fresh new spin--but rather because the book seems to skim over build-ups and just hop right on over passages that I think would have built up tension and suspense. Much of time I found myself at the resolution of a problem without quite knowing how I got there. A lot of this, I believe, is due to the back-and-forth in narrative perspectives. It is clear to me that the author had a very definite plot line in mind--and a solid one at that--but it just wasn't presented very well or very clearly. The antagonist--without a concrete explanation--switches a number of times in the story, and it made it hard to determine whether the primary issue the characters were tackling had been resolved. I found myself almost at the end of the book, wondering, "Wait, did I miss something? Did things get resolved? It sounds like they did, but...well, I'm not sure." And that's never a good thing. Your readers should always know where the story stands. By the actual end of the book I was sure, but only because I was at the end, and it was made crystal clear.My final problem--and, in my mind, my biggest one--with MOA was the editing. There were simply too many errors in grammar and punctuation. It didn't allow me to read at the pace I wanted, and it stalled plot and character development. It was probably a large reason for why I felt the plot lacked suspense and build-up, and why it was confusing at times to determine exactly what was going on.MOA was a interesting story. I wanted to love it--I really did. I think that an expansion of the story with greater detail (after all, the whole book is only 144 pages--it could handle being expanded) to really draw the reader into the plot, and a very thorough professional edit would turn this into a very enjoyable, unique tale.

  • Kelly/yllektra
    2019-03-21 09:44

    I'd give this book 3 1/2 stars. :)Hillary is an 18-year-old-girl on her way to Hawaii to visit her recently widowed sister, Molly and her daughter, Heidi. Life has been nothing but easy for her, since she has been picked on and bullied at school, mostly by an obnoxious trio of girls, whose leader was initially her friend. Misunderstood and set aside due to the rumor that she is a witch and puts a hex on whoever she wants, Hillary has mostly kept to her self and resents the unwanted animosity from her peers. All she wanted to use wicca incantations for were protection, but through a mistake (not her own) she is somehow thought to actively seek revenge or harm others. Not even her parents fully believe her. When she arrives at Hawaii and meets her sister, it is only family that greets her but she is unknowingly followed by Moa, a 7-year-old native who has accepted her role as an Ancient Gatekeeper aiding the souls of the deceased to the Light. It seems that the troubled spirit of George Paulet a former aspiring usurper of the throne in Hawaii, who was prevented from achieving his goal, still thinks he can make it even from beyond the grade, somehow blocking the passage of souls to the Light, thus upsetting the balance that could result in earthquakes etc, even world destruction and Hillary is the only one who can help.Despite the danger of world destruction that permeates this book, I have to say that it is one of the most light-hearted and feel-good books I have read lately. Not only is it written in a simple, readily-absorbed way, but it also is fun and filled with wiccan spell instructions in every chapter relevant to the issue at hand. I thought it was a nice change and very interesting to read that in relation to the story. As I have no idea regarding Wicca, witchcraft or anything like that, it made for a very engrossing read and at times I felt like it was easy. like I could see myself doing that and really feeling in balance with the universe, at peace, optimistic and unburdened. If only it were that easy! lolBut it did make for a relaxing and lovely read. Hillary was a very likable heroine, especially having been through all that she has been through and never giving up or loosing her courage. It felt like life gave her lemons and she made lemonade. She made the best of whatever she had and it defined her in a positive light. She was strong, loyal, protective of her family and quite noble and moral. Molly was a typical older sister, but more importantly she was a mother and I liked how the author paid attention to detail and she had very mother-like reactions towards her daughter and her safety. Heidi was adorable and very funny as a little girl. She wasa cutie, whereas Moa came across as focused, noble, brave and very affectionate. I loved the parts that were written through her eyes and the little bits and pieces of how life was in her time.Generally, I found the description clear and imaginative and it really gave me a feel of life in Hawaai or rather the scenery there and maybe a little of the way of life (that and Hawaii 5-0 lol j/k)I liked the revelations towards the end, I didn't see the twist with Steve's heritage, or Paulet but it was refreshing and clever. I also thought the bits about the healing power of positive thought and how we can heal emotionally and psychologically by revisiting traumatic experiences in another light were quite ingenious and profound.If I had to say something negative for the book, I would have to say that it was mostly minor editing issues (which may have already been addressed in a more recent version), i.e. the use of present tense instead of past tense like :"The group walked home in silence until they reach the coolness of the front foyer". This happens for a few times throughout the book, but I didn't find it distracting. Another thing is that in the beginning Moa kept saying (2-3 times) that Hillary was in for the adventure of her lifetime and that she alone could save Hawaii and probably the world, but nothing of that happened for several chapters and it was a bit awkward...Then again Moa is supposed to be a 7-year-old child, but she has lived for hundreds of years..so maybe that was it. And finally, on only one occasion (which I wouldn't normally notice, but it was a short book so I remembered :P)after Heidi is taken to "another dimension", somehow Hillary isn't asleep, but Molly sleeps? After her child is taken? I mean even if Hillary told her she was going to be ok, it didn't feel like something she would do... I mean come on, her child had been taken. :PBut after that she is again heart-breakingly motherly so she redeems herself. :)Overall, this was a very entertaining and feel-good novel with likable heroines and a good, solid plot, mixed with a lot of the things you'd want to know about wicca, our balance with the universe and how we can better our lives and ourselves. Don't miss it if you want something cute to read.* Given by the author in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you :)

  • Nazish Ahmed (Nazish Reads)
    2019-03-01 09:50

    I just reviewed this on my blog.To view the full review and other reviews, click here Moa: Book 1 by Tricia Stewart Shiu (This is for The Moa Blog Tour, and tomorrow is the last day of the tour).Gore: NoMagic: kind of (going to other worlds and seeing ghosts, etc)Romance: No (this is the first book that I read in a while where there was no romance in, this part at least is kind of refreshing after reading so many paranormal romances).Action: 2 starsPacing: 3 starsPlot: 3.5 starsThe story starts with a girl named Hillary Hause, who is in a plane to Hawaii to visit her sister Molly and her niece Heidi for a vacation.Many pages later, she meets Moa, who is a gate keeper of an ancient portal. Moa guides the sisters and Heidi in a journey to save Hawaii and the world.Of course at first, Hillary and Molly are reluctant to believe Moa, but eventually they do and then they begin their "magical" journey to save the world. They face many problems along the way: a long lost relative who wants them to stop what they're doing, for his own selfish reasons; self doubt; certain humans with special powers called Aneunues; etc.The girls also encounter many magical elements along the way: those other worlds where Moa takes them (I forget what they're called), guardian angels, their other selves, chakra meditation; etc.I am finally done reading this book, it took me four days to read, that's how long it takes me to read a 300 page book. You're probably wondering why I wanted to read this book if I didn't enjoy it, I'll explain that later on in the review.The 1st to 3rd person jumps and the writing style just made it too hard to follow. I don't know how others on goodreads didn't end up getting confused, but then again, we are all different and have different likes and dislikes.It seemed like it wasn't edited properly. When I was reading this book and the point of view suddenly changes from Hillary's to Moa's without any warning or indication, it got very confusing. In some books the name of the person who's pov it is is written underneath the chapter number, and in many other books, the pov changes to another person's in the next chapter, like in the Charmed books.There were a few things that I liked about this book: the concept, when I read the synopsis after hearing about the tour, it sounded interesting and I wanted to read it, but after reading it, I have a totally different opinion;I explained above, one of the things that I disliked in this book, some others are: the long drawn out spiritual journeys and the meditating (it seemed like that's what most of the book focused on), it felt like we were getting lessons on meditating and stuff, and if I had wanted to learn how to meditate (I already know how, but I don't meditate, I'm not a very patient or calm person) I would have borrowed a non fiction book that teaches meditation, I just wanted to read a good and enjoyable story about magic, but unfortunately for me, that was not the case; etc.I know that it sounds like I hated this book, I didn't, but I didn't love it either, it's average for me, as I said, the concept was really good and it had potential to be a really great story, but lack of depth in the characters, the constant switching from 3rd person to 1st person without warning, and lack of real magic (as in the kind I'd rather see and read about, like in Charmed, and The Vampire Diaries). Especially because of the last two that I just said, it wasn't an enjoyable read or a favourite for me.After reading many fictional stories about witches, I didn't like how any of them are portrayed: weak, only have psychic powers, can't fight in a battle, hide because they're scared of getting caught and executed, etc. But in Charmed, the witches are awesome and they kick butt, I wish other magic/witch stories were like that or even close to that, that's one of the reasons why I'm writing my own novel.I wasn't expecting the ending, that surprised me a bit. Even though this book ends with a cliff hanger, I'm still not in much of hurry to read the next one (even though I have it), but I will try to read it soon so that I don't get confused and forget some of the things that happened in this book. This book just didn't work for me, although it might to others, those whoa re actually interested in this stuff and don't mind the constant pov switching.So far there are two books in this series, I don't know of there are going to be more or if thats it for this series:-Moa (published February 1, 2012)-The Statue of Ku (published May 10, 2012).I rated this book: 2.5 stars

  • Jenelle
    2019-03-18 03:48

    View the original review in my blog: The Midnight Book Thief The Bad and the GoodThe plot. I had mixed feelings on the plot. At the first part, I was drawn in. Everything was so mysterious and unlike anything I'd ever read before. Hilary was an enigma to me, and even a bigger enigma was the narrator of the novel. I liked the way the mystery shrouded the book for the first part, and the way hints are dropped along the way. But then again, I felt that in a way, there were portions of the book which slightly disappointed me and left me feeling confused. There were some scenes wherein I would go all "Huh? What just happened?" But luckily, at least I got the total gist of what was happening.The charater connection. I, to be honest, found this part both hard and easy. Even though Moa was the narrator, I found it hard to really connect with her as a character. Hilary though, I could sympathize with. What she's gone through and what she's going through- it's tough on the girl, and I could understand what she was going through. Molly was yet another mystery. I didn't really like her as a character, and I felt that she was a bit detached from the rest. Heidi, however, her little daughter, is the complete opposite. I adored Heidi, and she was possible my favorite character in the book!The UniqueThe setting. I for one was intrigued by the setting of the story. Most books take place in common US states- like California and New York, to name a few. I don't quite recall reading any other book that took place in Hawaii, and it didn't disappoint. This book was full of Hawaiin culture, and I even learned a few things from it!The AwesomeThe mythology. I've never quite read anything that was written like this. I like the new spin it took on the supernatural, and perfect for those who are tired of the same creatures used again and again. It had a mix of angels and souls, white witchcraft and death, and it was really quite fascinating to read about.The cliffhanger ending. And yet again, another book ends with a cliffhanger. I was actually not expecting it, since things were wrapped up nicely around 90% into the book. I was actually shocked when the... "event" happened. Now, I'm not gonna say what actually happens as to not spoil it for anyone, but the next book? It's not happening in Hawaii anymore. No, it actually takes place somewhere else. Somewhere far away... Like a whole new continent faw away.And last, but definitely not the least...The RandomThe food. Bear with me on this, but oh gosh, the food in this book! There were a lot of scenes where Hilary, Heidi and Molly eat food, and the food they ate- wow, did they make me drool! Read for yourself, and drool with me:Dinner is a feast of local fare. They found a variety of lau lau- chicken, beef, pork or, Hillary's favorite-salted butterfish wrapped in Taro or Ti leaves. Molly steamed white rice- one of the island staples, along with macaroni salad. Before Steve passed on, he showed Hillary a way to make the meal even more delicious by drizzling a little shoyu onto the rice and macaroni salad before eating. Just as it is with her essential oils, when mayonnaise and soy sauce mix, two very different flavors create a fabulous new one!---They pull together a wonderful dinner of rice and Nori, miso soup and Huli Huli chicken. Molly makes the chicken's sauce by simmering pineapple juice, ginger and a little shoyu until it thickens. The result is an intense tasty sweet-and-spicy mixture.---Molly greets the two in the kitchen with a lovely breakfast of huevos rancheros, eggs over easy on a bed of corn tortillas with shredded Monterey Jack cheese and pico de gallo on top.---Okay, I didn't mean to sound that wacky when I originally thought of mentioning this area of the book- but I couldn't resist! :) But come on- you know you're drooling with me! :DThe RatingOkay, this is getting quite long, so I'd like to wrap it up here. I am giving this book 3 stars. It was a pretty good debut. While it wasn't perfect, it wasn't bad either. The story was actually wrapped up quite nicely, with just a few answers left unanswered to continue the mystery. So if you're into unique mythology, the metaphysical, books filled with local culture, or just want a break from the usual books, then this book's for you!

  • Nai
    2019-03-07 09:45

    This review, like many others leaves me a little stumped as to how to start it. Did I enjoy it? The answer to that would be a resounding yes. The problem in starting is actually more about where to start, rather than what to write. I have a ton of things I'd love to say, but at the moment I lack the ability to write them out clearly.So instead, I think I'll light some incense and meditate. If you're another of the blog tour hosts, you'll find this amusing, because each chapter of the book has a recipe for an incantation and chant.I have had for quite some time now a large collection of incense. It includes many of the standard scents like lavender, patchouli, dragon's blood and sandalwood. I have used them in the past not only because they smell nice, but they do seem to have calming (as well as invigorating, amorous etc.) effects on either myself or those around me.So I started this book with an open mind. My own grand mother loved to read books about various subjects including the occult, chakras, and how to increase your inner strength. I think most people who enjoy any type of fiction, science or otherwise will generally have this outlook.The characters are quite simply endearing. I feel like the first book was a really good introduction to the characters, and had a section of action added to it which kept me interested right until the end.Moa was probably the most endearing, and I really enjoyed the ending of the book, and quite a unique way to keep Moa in the story. (Clearly I'm not going to tell you what that is though.)The three sisters functioned as a family unit right from the first few chapters. Molly, Heidi and Hillary acted just like siblings do. (At least in my experience?) They bickered, fought, took care of each other, and trusted one another. They also loved each other like only siblings can. I thought that the story of Moa told a really happy story in one sense. it was a tale of love, trial and tribulation, and facing fears.It was also a fantastical paranormal book. It delved into the occult in a way that made sense, and whether you believe that the incantations work at the beginning of each chapter or not, they are pretty sound solid advice.Ritual: Moa's Healing LightOil: Base of Apricot Oil - Fennel, Lavender, Neroli.Incense: Lavender,Incantation: "I create grace."I choose that one specifically because it uses Lavender (which I grow, and which I quite love the smell of) and also because of the incantation. "I create grace." I've always believed that believing in something whether it's creating grace, or another parallel world, is half the battle.There is a scene near the end of the book, which was beautifully written about transcending through the chakras via a white elevator. It got me thinking about what my own journey would look like.This is my own white elevator.Okay, so my white elevator is a star trek turbo lift, and kinda beige. Who knew? :PMy journey to enlightenment and all things good karma would clearly also involve a jaunt around the universe.Preferably in NC-1701E with Picard. (Data and LaForge and the rest of them are more than welcome too. Even Worf, we could go find Stovocor?I loved this book, not just for its weaving tale, but also for the simple messages it imparts which are so fundamental spreading good karma.Good karma never hurt anyone. So show her Moa some love and go buy her book :D. It's very worth

  • Anya
    2019-03-23 04:35

    Moa by Tricia Stewart Shiu is a YA paranormal about a high-schooler Hillary who goes to visit her sister for a peaceful summer vacation in Hawai’i and ends up meeting a spiritual entity, saving the world and finding out that she does indeed have something special and magical about her.When I spotted the recruitment for a blog tour I was excited since it seemed a good opportunity to meet more book bloggers, read a new book, help an author and maybe get some more traffic. Unfortunately I didn’t end up enjoying Moa as much as I thought I would from the description, and have had further confirmation that maybe YA is just not a genre for me :(.GoodreadsTitle: MoaAuthors: Tricia Stewart ShiuPages: 157Genre-ish: YA Paranormal with an indie feelRating: ★★☆☆☆ - Promising premise, dragged down by writingSetting: Moa is set in modern day Hawai’i but there is much more magic and spirits than what you thought. There are portals between heaven and earth and ancient guardians assist people to move through them.Premise: The portal between heaven and earth has been closed by the negativity in the world (and an evil spirit?) and the narrator spirit Moa knows that Hillary is the one destined to help reopen the portal, thus saving the world (because if the portal isn’t open the energies will get out of wack and volcanoes, death, destruction, etc).Strengths:A really interesting premise, I’ve always been a fan of the lore of Hawai’ian native culture and was excited to see a book using thatIt was a cool idea to have the story told from the perspective of the ancient spirit instead of the heroineThe cover makes me happy just looking at it :) I really liked the spells or prayer or whatever at the beginning of each chapter, though Hillary only seemed to use them a few times…. I honestly thought they were the best written.Weaknesses:The writing completely fall flat in this book; way more editing was needed (or just a spell checking program in general….) since one in ten sentences wasn’t actually a grammatical sentence…. Also “tootsies” shouldn’t be used instead of toes, ever, unless it’s a children’s book…. Also the semi-first person, semi-omniscient doesn’t work well at all.Half the book (literally every other paragraph at times) was a giant info dump that was sometimes a copy and paste repeat of a previous info dump. Show don’t tell is a rule that Shiu really needs to work on more.What the heck was up those illustrations? Maybe they would have look better in color since my Kindle isn’t in color, but they didn’t seem to relate to the story, they looked like they were done by a child, and they were completely distracting from the story….The characters didn’t seem all that concerned that the world was ENDING in THREE days unless they fixed it; they just went along for the ride and made rice for dinnerThe lore and magic didn’t seem to all fit that well together, getting a mix of native Hawai’ian myths combined with a heaven and angels concept, it just ended up feeling very forced and fluffy to me in the end.Summary:I’ve said before that YA isn’t my favorite genre, but I really don’t think that that was why I didn’t like this book. The writing really needed more polish (or any polish….) to bring out what was definitely a promising premise. If you are able to see past clumsy and annoying writing to the interesting idea underneath, you’ll probably like the book more than I did, but if you care about character depth, compelling writing, or grammar, I would skip this one unfortunately.

  • Leah (White Sky Project)
    2019-03-15 07:30

    I read and reviewed this book with the second book, Statue of Ku, so I'm going to talk about both of them here.Let me kick off this review by saying something about the book covers. I actually like them. They evoke a sense of calm and peace. Although at first glance they look like generic book covers, their significance becomes clearer once you've read the books.The books were pretty easy to read. Each book sort of had two perspectives--a third person perspective and a first person perspective. The first person narrations were from the perspectives of Moa (in book 1) and Ku (in book 2). I think some people got a little confused with this style, but I didn't have a problem with it once I realized it would only be Moa's or Ku's voice every time.Moa didn't really turn out as I expected. The witchy power that was implied in the blurb isn't exactly like the usual witchy powers you read about in most fantasy or paranormal books. The powers referred were more spiritual in nature. In the book, you read a lot about light, energy and chakras. At least this part was something different from the usual powers tackled in many books. I wasn't able to follow it all though. In Moa, the major "battles" all took place in the "other" or metaphysical or whatnot world. Characters went into deep meditation and there was a lot of talk about light, chakras and stuff like that and then talk about light pushing, stuff like that. I really did not get all that. I have nothing against those, but I just felt lost. Maybe I am just used to reading about powers that occur in the "real world." I liked part of the ending but I wanted more explanations. Hah.Statue of Ku was much better for me because of the physical "real world" action and the whole Egyptian culture component. Although it still had some of those light and chakra fighting and meditation and spiritual powers stuff. I thought some of the twists and resolutions were a little abrupt though. I can't say any more without giving spoilers. Meh.Things I liked about the books: I liked the spells and rituals at the start of each chapter. They were pretty fun and interesting and there were times when I wanted to do them myself. I'm not sure if they are actual rituals, but I think some of them can be used as mental exercises or meditation/relaxation techniques. You can skip the funky ingredients and just get down to part where you go, "Ommm." Kidding.Things I didn't like about the books: The whole fighting thing with inner light and chakras. The abrupt bits and twists. I feel like I need to research to get these things.I would recommend these books for those who want a more spiritual take on clairevoyance, clairesentience, and stuff like that. If you have an interest in healing, spirituality and related things, you might enjoy this series!

  • Mr. Pirkl
    2019-03-15 05:33

    I read Moa as part of a promotional tour. The book was given to me and I can win prizes for posting an excerpt from the book, an interview with the author, and my review (which you are reading right now). If you scroll to the bottom you will see more information about the tour and contest for bloggers. Hillary is eighteen and goes to Hawaii to visit her sister, Molly, and niece, Heidi. Molly and Heidi are dealing with the death of their husband/dad – a fact that seems like it will be more important than it is, it really serves to create a touching moment later in the book and solidify Molly’s believe in Moa. Hillary doesn’t think of herself as a witch (a sure sign that she is one), yet does create spells to redirect positive energy her way and to influence events. Hillary arrives just in time to play a major role in saving Hawaii by helping Moa, the spirit of a seven-year old. This book is billed as Young Adult (YA) but is more Y than A. I might recommend this book (if I couldn’t think of any alternatives) to a struggling reader in the 7th or 8th grades, however I’m not sure that the plot would be enough to keep their attention. I was not impressed by this book at all. The characters are flat, the plot seeks to be philosophical and deep, but rather comes off as a cheesy advertisement for a Christian afterlife under the cover of Hawaiian culture. Moa’s whole personality struck me as a caricature of the benevolent spirit, granted she is the spirit of a seven-year old, but she has been a spirit for much, much longer and that was not reflected well. The scenes that were meant to be suspenseful (Hillary racing through the town full of evil spirits that are in the guise of humans) seemed to me contrived. I was never hooked into the story. The interview with Shiu (read it here), reveals that the book comes from personal beliefs and draws on personal experiences, including visits to Hawaii and from spirits bearing messages. (As far as I know Shiu did not save Hawaii at anytime, but that is the sort of thing people never get credit for). The interview supports the idea that Shiu really wanted to write about her metaphysical beliefs but didn’t know/wasn’t sure how to do that in a non-fiction manner. I think if the book had taken shape as a non-fiction book, drawing on her personal experiences it would have resulted in a more interesting read. Needless to say (which is an interestingly untrue phrase isn’t it?) I will not be reading the sequel. Full post can be found here: http://talesofan8thgradenothing.wordp...

  • Hayley
    2019-03-02 09:25

    Quite a good read, though not the best book I've ever read. I really enjoyed the story itself, however, I think there were a few parts of it that could be better written.As the blub tells you, Hillary it not a witch, though everyone thinks she is. She does, however, practise a kinda of 'magic', using oils, incense, and rituals, to keep herself grounded, and to protect herself from the bullies at high school. Now it's summer, and she flies (despite her fears) to visit her older sister, Molly, and niece, Heidi.It's a nice story, with aspects of spirituality and self-healing, and family members coming together, however, the more I read, the more flawed I felt it was, for several reasons. Firstly, there were several typos, which whilst aren't a huge deal, it does really detract from the flow of the story when you have to stop and re-read a sentence three times to understand what she was trying to say. Secondly, the book it written in the first person present, from the view of the spirit Moa, however at point she is describing Hillary's actions in third person present. Switching between these two points of view at times in confusing, and sometimes you just don't know what's really going on .Thirdly, the story itself, whilst honestly confused me at some points. There's a 72 hours deadline to save the Hawaiian islands, and whilst there is urgency at the start, towards the middle it shifts from saving the island to finding Moa, who went missing for reasons that I couldn't follow. Then there were the spiritual journey's the went on, which were confusing as to where they were going and why. And I'm sorry, but it was all too easy. Moa would say something like think about your negative energies and just push them out of you and - poof! - it was done. Whilst I understand Hillary was very much in tune with all of these things, she seemed to transition to these higher stages way too easily. Oh, and seven year old Heidi, no matter how much her genetics were spiritually tuned, was WAY too smart for her age, using big words and complex ideas that no seven year old I've ever met could possibly come up with.As I've read in other reviews, this book certainly has potential. There are more in the series (the second on which has just been realised as time of writing) and whilst I think I will read them, I hope that she's gotten a good editor, as I think a LOT of issues (not just the grammatical ones, but also some plot ones) could be sorted out with some quality editing. Probably more of 2 1/2 stars. Disclaimer: I did receive this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. This is not a paid review.

  • Emily L. Moir-Genther
    2019-03-25 02:49

    I should say that I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review. As I writer,I keep my reviews honest. Here's the thing: IT COULD'VE BEEN REALLY GOOD. But it feels incomplete. The characters aren't given enough time to build their depth. I keep being told about how they're feeling and who they are, but I don't feel that I was given the chance to see this or discover anything about them.Ever chapter, or maybe every other chapter to be fair, the characters reach some sort of inner sight about themselves and achieve a deeper peace. But they really don't work for these experiences. They're just sort of handed to them as a reward for NOT resolving these life and death scenarios that keep popping out of nowhere. I wanted to know about these characters!!! There are great archetypes set up here that are never really expounded upon.There are too many easily solved mass crisis. As I stated before, the characters keep getting into these supposedly horrid situations, but it takes them nothing to solve them. They do a little chant or a prayer and wham! they're saved plus they get a reward. Is it too much to ask for the characters to actually experience pain and hardship? OK, so Molly cries every time she sees her dead husband. Other than that, you wouldn't know she gave a hoot that her hubs kicked the bucket. Honestly, her reaction to him and the situation is no different from that of her sister's who wasn't married to the guy. I'm not feeling it people.Something dynamic happens and then poof, it's solved. Where's the sacrifice? Where's the moment of horrible indecisiveness that makes me writhe for the pain the character? OH WAIT! There isn't one. As long as they focus their energy on one their chakras the life threatening/ world ending situation will go away. If I'm told the character has to save the world I want to see some blood and sweat go into it!!! There are GREAT situations set up here! They just don't go anywhere. I feel like I'm being preached at. Each chapter starts with a how to on a ritual that vaguely interacts with the events of said chapter. I started skipping the chapter introductions about 70% in. I wasn't aware I was reading White Witchery for Dummies. You can say that statement is ignorant,but then you're going to have to find something better to call it while still accurately portraying what I was reading. On top of the rituals introducing the chapters, the real focus of EVERY SINGLE CHAPTER was finding a deeper sense of self or self peace or aligning your chakras. If I wanted this preached at me, I'd take a meditation class (which I have done) not pick up a work of fiction.

  • Katie
    2019-03-11 05:24

    Hillary is an eighteen year old girl who is glad to have graduated, as she didn’t have the best time in high school. Due to constant bullying, she created a ritual to guard her from a girl named Krystal Sykes who continuously gave her a hard time at school. Hillary had a trip planned to Hawaii to visit her sister Molly, and though Molly’s husband Steve passed away between the time Hillary’s travel plans were set and the dates of actual travel, she was still invited and encouraged to make the trip.Hillary’s time in Hawaii is more than a simple summer vacation, as she soon learns. Moa is a seven year old girl who used to be human, but now has a very important role as an Ancestral Gatekeeper which is linked to the Ancient World. She is in dire need of Hillary’s help, as she has powers she needs to fully realize in order to save Hawaii from ceasing to exist. The plot is interesting, and I appreciate the inclusion of spirituality and the metaphysical. As the story moves along, it becomes more of a tale of self-discovery and growth, and has a theme where the characters strive to create stronger family relationships.The beginning of each chapter offers a ritual including the necessary oils and incense, an incantation, and instructions for how to perform the ritual. I enjoy these, as they give a better sense of the metaphysical world within the novel, and more of an understanding as to the types of rituals that Hillary is performing throughout the story. As someone who strongly believes in the metaphysical, Hillary believes heavily in signs and connections which cannot be explained. Due to her own beliefs, Hillary’s relationship with Moa is intriguing. Within the novel, there is art, Hawaiian history, and words translated into Hawaiian, and each of these aspects help to make the setting of this novel more solid.The writing itself seems to switch between first and third person, making some aspects of the novel unclear or confusing. At the beginning, I thought the story was being told from Hillary’s point of view, but I learned later on that it was not. I understand that this must be an intentional move by the author, but there may have been a less confusing way to write that into the story.This story, along with all of its metaphysical components, was intriguing and enjoyable to read.

  • Carrie
    2019-03-18 03:36

    Moa is an interesting story about the journey to discover who you are and to accept that outcome. The overall plot was enjoyable and the descriptions of Hawaii made this a fun and light read.Hillary is, like many teenagers, struggling to figure out where she fits in the grand scheme of life. Her interests aren’t like those of her peers, her parents don’t understand her, and her only possible role model (her sister Molly) is across an ocean living her married-with-a-child life in Hawaii. She keeps to herself and focuses on what she enjoys doing: learning about meditation and the use of oils and gemstones for ‘grounding’ and setting protective barriers around herself. Based on her odd interests her school friends either bully her constantly or stay away, calling her a witch.Hillary is given a graduation gift to visit her sister in Hawaii. Partly this trip is a vacation but it is also for Hillary to support her sister in grieving the sudden and tragic loss of her husband Steve. During the visit strange and magical events begin to unfold and Hillary becomes friends with Moa, a young child who became a spirit guide and protector of the Hawaiian Islands.As Hillary learns, with the help of Moa, how to save the Hawaiian Islands from certain destruction her own ancestral history is revealed.My biggest issue with this novel was the structure. There are shifts between POV from 1st to 3rd that aren’t placed very well. If it had been in alternating chapters it wouldn’t have been so jarring. When I began the book I assumed we would be in Hillary’s POV. It seemed at first glance to be her story so that made sense. But in reality it is in Moa’s POV. It starts with I assume Moa watching Hillary and determining if she is the right person to help and then jumps into an immediate 1st person POV I also assume to be Moa. I had to re-read passages to follow exactly what was going on and that distracted from the story.I think this could have been a great book if the author had rethought her POV structure. The story itself is a great adventure and by the end (once I’d gotten the hang of the POV shifts) I was more than happy to jump into the second book of the series to see how the story continued.I give Moa 3 out of 5 stars

  • Tammy K.
    2019-03-19 05:23

    First things first, I received a copy of this book free from the author via goodreads.com group Shut up and Read for a fair and honest review. However, I do not know the author personally.I give this book three stars. This is a Novella 157 pages, short and easy read.I found this Novella to be a combination of Nancy Drew meets The Ghost Whisperer meets Eckhart Tolle.Hillary goes to visit her sister and her niece in Hawaii for her high school graduation present from her parents. Hillary's sister, Molly, and niece Heidi are grieving the recent loss of Molly's husband (Heidi's father) Steve. While dealing with her own issues (the strain of being bullied in high school), Hillary meets Moa, an ancient spirit who manifests as a seven year old child. Moa has been watching and waiting for Hillary because it has been fated that Hillary would help Moa defend an ancient portal (gateway to the other side of death). During the adventure Moa teaches Hillary about many New Age (metaphysical) practices.It was hard for me to warm up to this book. The style of writing, stream of consciousness, third person narrative mode was not one that I am used too.As Moa narrates she jumps from Hillary's history to her own with little separation. I found myself having to re-read sections, to locate the separate histories within the narrative.As the book progressed and I trained myself to watch for the jumps, this was less of a problem.In my view, this book was a new age metaphysics fiction book first and a mystery second. I do not mind reading metaphysics books. However I found that the Wiccan Practices and explanation of the metaphysical belief structure took over as the theme of the book, weakening the mystery side of the book.I never felt pulled into the book. I tried to think of why and the only reasoning I came up with is there is too much narrative. I like to 'feel' a part of the book and to me the way that happens is to read what the characters are feeling, thinking, reasoning. Having Moa do all the explaining of Hillary's feelings seemed distant and failed to capture my attention. The end result, for me was that I was unable to relate to the main characters.Those who I think might find an interest in this book are readers who like metaphysics, and mystery.

  • Roxanne Kade
    2019-03-25 08:50

    "The word, Anuenue, means Rainbow, for no one but the rainbow truly knows the location to its end."It took me a very long time to get into this book. In fact, it took me a long time to get through it, yet it was so short ( 80 odd pages ). I can't really pin-point what it was about the story, but I often found myself becoming distracted and my mind would wonder to other things while reading. I even had to think back to parts of the book I had already read, as certain aspects of the story became confusing and it felt like I was trying to put together a puzzle, but the pieces didn't quite fit. The flow of the story felt a bit rushed. I wish it had slowed down a little at times to make room for more character development. With so much going on in the story I wasn't able to build much of a connection to any of the characters. I liked that the story was told from Moa's POV, it was a nice change from the norm to have the POV change from third person to first person and back again, but with the view always being from the same character. I've never seen any other book written in this way. The main focus of the book is about the battle for the Ancient Portal, but it is also a spiritual journey of accpetance and self-discovery. The characters are each holding onto something - anger, grief, even guilt - and as they fight their way to save Hawaii and ultimately the rest of the world, they are able to let go of these feelings. Even Moa, who for the most part is there to guide Hillary, Molly and Heidi, has her own inner journey to make. She is stuck in limbo, unable to move through the Portal, working as gatekeeper, but by the end of the book her life had changed and an entire new journey presented itself.The little details within the story were very interesting, as were the many superstitions and beliefs of the Hawaiian people. The idea felt fresh but for some reason it just didn't deliver. I expected so much more from the story, but in the end it fell flat. It just wasn't for me.Although there were so many things I couldn't quite get my head into while reading this book, I still believe it deserves some merit for the interesting facts, strange beings and overall uniqueness of the plot.

  • Laura Hartley
    2019-03-15 04:44

    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 :)

  • Pooja (On books!)
    2019-02-22 04:45

    Review originally posted HEREReading Moa felt like taking a giant leap into the metaphysical as I was confronted with a lot of elements I knew little about. Hillary meets Moa, an ancient Hawaiian spirit and with the help of her older sister and niece, they embark into a journey of rituals, healing and much more to get over her sister's husband's death and ultimately save the Hawaiian islands.In the beginning, it felt confusing to wade through third person only to find an alternating (or parallel?) first person perspective but I grew comfortable with it pretty soon. I loved how there was so much subtext underlying the battling of rogue spirits and unlocking of the Ancient Portal.I was at a pretty bad state while reading this book, since my final year in college is turning out to be pretty stressful and every word I read clung to me; whether it was Hillary getting over incidents at school that still affected her or the need to believe to make available the passage to the light. I felt myself wanting to clear the spottiness from my chakras and wanting everything the characters got by the end of their adventure.Moa was filled with incredibly diverse characters... it was interesting to meet all the rogue spirits though I wished the Grandad could've been fleshed out a bit more. It also took a while for me to get into the story... for the events to shift from being plain bizarre to meaningful. Nevertheless, set against the backdrop of the Hawaiian islands, I loved the lore, the journey and felt like picking up The Statue of Ku (Moa Series #2) right away!

  • Angieleigh
    2019-03-16 08:45

    Disclaimer: I received a review copy of Moa from Novel Publicity as part of the blog tour. All opinions about the book are mine. Moa is an interesting book that really captured my attention both from a reader's perspective as well as a spiritual perspective. Hillary's journey to spend time with her sister and niece would have made a great story on it's own in light of what happened to Hillary in school as well to Steve, her brother in law, but adding in Moa's story just really made this a unique story. While I know and appreciate that this book was about a fictional, spiritual journey to right the wrongs on the island of Hawaii to the Ancients, I do think that since the topic of Hillary being bullied in school - which was touched upon several times - and by the town should have been explored more as well. Moa is a fun, captivating spirit guide. I really enjoyed getting to know her and her background story. I also adored Heidi and even Hillary as well. Molly was the perfect opposite of all three of them - needing to see with her own eyes instead of believing in blind faith. The narration, which switches between first and third person a lot, was a bit difficult to understand at first, but once I got into the story it was easy to follow along.