This week we have a blog tour for Moa and Statue of Ku by Tricia Stewart Shiu. Moa and Statue of Ku are the first two books of the Moa series and for this blog tour I received review copies of both books. As with all Novel Publicity blog tours, there are some fabulous goodies to be won (Ahem, $600 in Amazon Gift Cards plus a Kindle Fire!), so be sure to check out the giveaway details in this post!
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. Get it on Amazon.
About Statue of Ku
The second book in the Moa Book Series 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. Once on the ground, however, they find that their search is less about retrieving a treasured family possession and more about tracing a healing path in their genetic lineage to its true beginning. Their journey involves magic, sacrifice and discovering their unique healing gifts, which live within all of us. Their story intertwines with that of the real boy, Ku — his questions, his travails and, eventually, his triumph. In their continuing search for the Statue, Hillary and Moa find that the answer to every question they seek is where they least expect it and that healing gifts are not lost but merely forgotten. Get it on Amazon.
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!
Disclosure: I received a review copy for this tour in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to give a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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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.