A wonderfully refreshing story that breaks out of the mold of standard romance while still keeping one foot in the contemporary.
7/10 from Outlaw Reviews: (bit.ly/M6FEk5) I loved the vividly described Hawaiian setting and culture and the emotionally-charged and beautifully written love scenes. This highly original non-traditional romance should appeal to adventurous readers.
5/5 from Bitch Factor 10: (bit.ly/OA072d) Vane and Belleau's Hawaii is gritty, spiritual, off-putting and welcoming; it is difficult to know if Hawaii will serve as protag (bringing the lovers together) or antagonist (forever separating them). Hawaii is the first main character we meet in the story, newly surfaced from the ocean depths [... ] ubiquitous Hawaii contexualizes Ori and Kalani-- shaping their history, their culture, their beliefs, their love.
4/5 from The Novel Approach: (bit.ly/LPJFEQ) There's nothing I love more, in terms of fiction, than the surprise of a book turning out to be something so much more than I'd expected it would be when I started reading it. Sometimes it's the characters who are a revelation. Sometimes it's the story itself. With Hawaiian Gothic it was both, and it was terrific.
4.5/5 from Joyfully Jay: (bit.ly/Mrbdot) Before I started this book I was only familiar with one of the Hawaiian creation myths. By the end, I was seeking out more resources so fantastic, so addictive did the Hawaiian gods and stories become.