Thursday, June 28, 2012

Moa #Review & Novel Publicity #Giveaway

 A little bit  about this book: 
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. 

My thoughts: First of all, y'all should be really proud of me because I actually finished this book. Those who read my reviews regularly know how seldom that happens. 

** There's an integrity issue that's come to play here, and I'm not the type to shy away from honesty. My apologies to anyone who is offended, but I'm not going to lie about this book. It would bring to question my opinions regarding all of my reviews and I won't do that. 

** I've been told I should disclaim when I'm about to be mean. If you click the "read more" option, you will witness me tearing this book apart. It's a big girl/boy panties only zone beyond here. 
I have to say I'm disappointed in this book. I know I'm supposed to be pimping it and all, but honesty takes over at some point.

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. 
With that stated, I am going on to read the second book The Statue of Ku to see if there are improvements. There's so much potential for a good story here!

Anyhow, here's where I put the tour notes and real you in with promise of reward, though not reward I have to pay for :) 

As part of this special promotional extravaganza sponsored by Novel Publicity, the price of the Moa and Statue of Ku eBook editions have both been dropped to just 99 cents this week. What’s more, by purchasing either of these fantastic books at an incredibly low price, you can enter to win many awesome prizes. The prizes include $600 in Amazon gift cards, a Kindle Fire, and 5 autographed copies of each book. All the info you need to win one of these amazing prizes is RIGHT HERE. Remember, winning is as easy as clicking a button or leaving a blog comment--easy to enter; easy to win! To win the prizes:

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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 websiteTwitterFacebook, or GoodReads.
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