Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Review: Telesa by Lani Wendt Young

Book: Telesa: The Covenant Keeper
By: Lani Wendt Young
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: August 18, 2012

Description: When Leila moves to Samoa, all she wants is a family, a place to belong. Instead she discovers the local ancient myths of the telesa spirit women are more than just scary stories. The more she finds out about her heritage, the more sinister her new home turns out to be. Embraced by a Covenant Sisterhood of earth's elemental guardians - what will Leila choose? Her fiery birthright as a telesa? Or will she choose the boy who offers her his heart? Daniel - stamped with the distinctive tattoo markings of a noble Pacific warrior and willing to risk everything for the chance to be with her. Can their love stand against the Covenant Keeper? 

A thriller-romance with a difference. If you enjoyed Twilight, then you will be enthralled by Telesa as it blends the richness of Pacific mythology into a contemporary young adult love story that will stay with you long after you have turned the final page.
My Thoughts: Wow! Thats really all I have to say about this book. I loved it with every fiber of my being and the author is an absolute genius.

Not since twilight have I felt this way after reading a book. Just as I have this feeling that I MUST visit Forks, Washington, I now MUST go to Samoa. That's not to say this book can be compared to twilight. No! It's just that, I must say, I have finally found a book to join the ranks of Twilight, Hunger Games, andThe Mortal Instruments. One I will want to read over and over and never tire of. So much culture and legend and myth. I love it all. This book made me feel great for being brown! I felt that I fit with this book in so many ways. That's not to say I'm Samoan, no I dont think I am, honestly I'm never completely sure what I am so I just claim African American because it's the easiest and the most dominant race in my mish mash gene pool. I just love Samoa (from what I read) and I must see it for myself.

Okay, well enough with that, I must say that this book was great!!! I loved it. I loved Leila because she reminded me of myself in her inner thoughts, and because she was everything I wish I could be on the outside. Oh and Daniel? Talk about gorgeous. I am in love!!! Jason? Oh Jason...I know Leila didn't really want you but I'm always here. *sigh*

This book had my heart racing and my feelings on edge. I read so much in one sitting that my eyes began to hurt and when I finally looked away from the words, black lines from the words danced in my vision. (please tell me I'm not the only one who feels like this) I found myself counting down the time until I could get back to this book. Hating my dog for having to go outside to do his business. Didn't he know I had reading to do! The story line was amazing. I was tempted to go to Lani's blog site to ask her why on earth she hadn't told me this was such an amazing book. I would have read it sooner! I needed this book in my life. When on when will the next book come out??? I need it now!!!!

So here again I leave you with a blog post that probably makes no sense because I have no idea how to put into words what I'm actually feeling inside. There's only one thing I can say. If you've been pondering giving this book a try, just give in.......and if you havent been thinking about it at all, do yourself a favor and still buy it. I'll have you know...I just paid money for the print version of this book. I wanted to hold it in my hands because I just love it that much!!! You wont regret it. 5 SUPER LARGE stars!


Lan said...

Yay! I'm so glad you liked Telesa. It's a fantastic book and should get a lot more recognition. I can't wait to read the next one and find out what happens to Jason even though I know Daniel is probably the one. I wonder if I can get Lani to write him a nice Asian girlfriend? LOL

Beauty -N- Bolts said...

Never heard of this one before! Def going to look it up! Thanks for the awesome review!
Happy Reading!

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

It's always such a rare treat to find those books that just take you into their setting as if you're actually there. I hadn't heard of this book before, but if you think it joins such highly esteemed ranks, then me thinks it's worth looking out for. Thanks for introducing me to a new to me series, Sherre.

Dani @ Refracted Light said...

Hmm... thanks for the heads up on this book. It's one I hadn't heard of before, and Pacific lore is something I know very little about. I'm always up for something unique and different! Great review! :)

Kim@Time2Read said...

I hadn't heard of this one, but I can tell you loved it! I already pinned your review so I can go look for it. Thanks for pointing me in this direction. And thanks for stopping by!

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