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MOA by Tricia Stewart Shiu

Monday, December 30, 2013

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.

Goodreads Summary

In a journey thought to be a simple vacation for her graduation to Hawaii, Hillary finds much more than just relaxing in a Polynesian paradise. This story caters to the supernatural/spiritual genre in a much different way than most typical stories do these days. You don't get the typical ghosts and ghouls jumping out, however you still do get a great adventure and that was very refreshing. It is not very often that you run into a book that is heavily detailed in everything that makes the Hawaiian islands unique from the rest of the world.  

One thing that made "MOA" unique was the rituals presented at the beginning of each chapter. Before the story continues after each chapter break, there is a ritual, and oil, an incense, and an incantation that is referenced to help set a calming mood for what is to come. I am not into burning incense or using oils but I imagine that this would be a story enhancer for those that enjoy these calming activities.

It was also nice to find a book that is full of Hawaiian culture and lore. Being a huge food fanatic myself, I found the food scene descriptions to be mouth watering. I loved reading about the different dishes that are traditionally served on the islands every time the characters would be dining. Those of you that are familiar with Hawaii or want to learn more will feel right at home ready to book the next flight on Travelocity.

3.5 Stars

*Reviewed by Chris*

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  1. This book seems really interesting! It's different and unlike anything else I've heard of.

  1. Amy Mays said...:

    I haven't heard of this book before but you had me at witch and hawaii.