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.
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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.
* Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate my review. This post reflects my honest, personal opinion and experience with the product which may differ from yours. Product information courtesy of the sponsor. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.