Telesa: The Covenant Keeper (Telesa #1) by Lani Wendt Young
When Leila moves to her new home, 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.
This book had several issues that I had to struggle to deal with in order to finish it. Fortunately, the uniqueness of the story, along with my curiosity, kept me reading until the end.
The main character, Leila, is annoying. Leila is very insecure on the inside and I get this, I do. But she takes it to a whole new level. She second-guesses everything: every gesture, every kind thing or word said to her. I just can’t get on board with her thought processes.
The writing is immature and it could definitely have been edited more thoroughly. There were grammar inconsistencies, and spelling and grammar errors throughout. This bothers me a lot, because it always jars me out of the story.
While I found a lot of faults with this book, the unique story kept my interest. It was refreshing to read a YA novel with a setting somewhere other than North America. The actual plot was laid out well and in an interesting fashion.
Best Aspect: Unique story
Worst Aspect: Writing quality/Editing mistakes