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Sojourner (Book 1) (Sojourner Series) [Kindle Edition]

Maria Rachel Hooley
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Book Description

Seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Moon has been dreaming of her murder her entire life, and in those dreams, a dark presence is there, watching. When she returns home to Hauser’s Landing, the very place her father disappeared, she comes in contact with a gorgeous boy named Lev Walker, and it’s not long before she’s falling in love. But there’s something wrong with Lev. When she realizes he’s the eerie watcher in her dreams, she’ll have to discover the truth. Is he a guardian angel or a sojourner, an angel of death who has come to collect her soul?

Book One of the Sojourner Series

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About the Author

Maria Rachel Hooley has been featured in numerous publications such as Green Hills Literary Lantern, Westview, and Kimera. She has written over twenty novels in numerous genres. Her first chapbook of poetry, A Different Song, was published by Rose Rock Press in 1999. She is a high school teacher and lives in Oklahoma with husband and three children.

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  • File Size: 578 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002HOQTW0
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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kept hoping for something more December 28, 2010
By Shari
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Well, I read Sojourner and I have to say it had so much potential, until I got to know Lizzie. Please note I did read the whole series on the chance that Lizzie improved in the books. So I will start with My opinions now. Starting from book 1 I did not like Lizzie...She was annoying, whining, and I got sick and tired of her always with the woes me and crying. Had I been able to crawl into my Kindle I would have slapped that girl silly! But, Because I thought the series seemed good and I liked the concept, I bought them all. Well Lizzie's Character never changed in all the books. She just cried more and whined more and got more and more on my nerves, in every one of the books she was like that..For the life of me I can't see why Lev was in love with her. I find I like characters with a backbone who are strong and independent. For the most part she was so much more annoying than Bella Swan. Its a shame really because I liked the other Characters such as Griffin, Evan, Celia, Jimmy, and Lev even. I was so excited about reading the second book since it was Lev's story but was so disappointed that it was mainly about him watching Lizzie cry and whine. If it was not for that fact I would have given this at least a 4 star rating...but due to the fact that every page had her crying or in angst about herself I could not do it. I do regret getting all the series, but alas, I held out hope it would get better. She is a great writer but this one character just ruined the whole thing for me. I would give other works of hers a shot though.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Twilight, With Angels December 22, 2009
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Overall, I enjoyed the book.

As you can see by the other reviews, many people find it reminiscent to the Twilight series. I tend to agree. Whether it was by accident or design, the book parallels the Twilight saga in many places. There were a few times in the book I thought: Oh come on, this is right out of Twilight... Only the vampires are angels... If that sort of thing bothers you, then this book is not for you.

Despite the obvious Twilight parallels, I think the idea for the story was fresh and original- even if the details weren't. The characters are likeable and I wanted to know more about them, so invariably I bought the second book (and then the third). I also liked the Twilight series, so perhaps that's why this book appealed to me. I was a bit disappointed though.. It felt like I already knew the story..

There were some typos in the manuscript, and it was a bit distracting. The author is in dire need of a good editor.

This book is a great deal for the price, and I think the author has plenty of potential.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great story that 15 year olds or younger would like September 2, 2011
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This story is written on a 15 year old level or below, so I am sure they will think this story is great. Mature readers will find in boring, drawn out and not particularly well written. Not since The Ylem (The Ylem Trilogy, #1) have I not liked a main character so much. Although I do not take off stars for editing, I always warn those who have a phobia of reading a badly edited book. This is a badly edited book.

Elizabeth is a beautiful half breed Indian that, for some reason, the town is prejudice against. Lev, who has never been interested in girls, becomes her boyfriend and protector on the first day of school. Her mother was killed in a car crash and her father is assumed dead, but the local law will not investigate his disappearance and it most likely has something to do with Mr. Hauser, the most powerful man around. Elizabeth is in the hospital twice within the first month of school and acts bi-polar towards Lev when he saves her. She is attracted to him, but then falls asleep in his car, has a nightmare, and runs from him upon waking. She is super dramatic: things drop from her hands; she faints, and insists jimmy let her see what is spray painted on their garage and then just takes off, without a word. It is very hard to find her likeable and the long, drawn out explanation of whom or what Lev is, is interminable.

Irritating problems I had with the story besides those listed above: 1) Lev's answer for everything is to tell Elizabeth to sleep, which she promptly does. She is asleep A LOT. What does Lev even see in her? What is it that he is attracted to exactly? 2) Later, their argument that separates them for awhile is just illogical.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fallen meets Twilight & Crashes December 7, 2011
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On my first attempt at reading this, I read the first page 10 times. I put it away and came back later thinking I was just tired or something. Then I got all the way to Chapter 3, before I wanted to throw the book (unfortunately it was an e-book, so that wasn't happening). Anyway, third time's a charm right? No... I only made it to Chapter 15 this time before I just called it DONE.

What I liked: Somewhere in all that mess was a possibly interesting story. If characters were developed better, they could have been good too. What I liked about this book could be summed up in one word - Potential. I liked it's potential. Oh, and the beautiful book cover.

What I didn't like:

The writing style was not to my liking at all. It was first person, present tense, and very choppy. It felt like something a grade school (maybe middle school) kid should be reading, even though it was clearly meant for an older (high school level) audience.

An example from the book on writing style...

From the end of Chapter 2: "My feet hit a patch of ice. I try to regain my balance. Then I fall toward the side as open as the sky. I reach for some part of the rail and grasp air."

WARNING there are some SPOILERS in the examples below about how this book is like the books, Twilight and Fallen.

When I went to write this review I checked to see what others thought of the book (since there were so many 4 and 5 star reviews I was intrigued). I read a few reviews harping about similarities to Twilight. While there were some (accident prone, loner, emo, teen girl moves to small town, new high school, and the boys adore her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome with one exception
This book was absolutely riveting and kept me enthralled.
However, when I got to page 214, all the pages until the last ten pages of the book were BLANK. Read more
Published 1 month ago by boogee
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good but with reservations
This review covers the full series. First, the stuff I thought was good. I liked the opening premise and the story line. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jackie H.
4.0 out of 5 stars sojourner
It kept my attention and wanting to go back for more. I will go to the second book after reading Sojourner.
Published 14 months ago by Cherie Lantz
3.0 out of 5 stars Sojourner
This was a good read with a good storyline. Plan to continue the series. Love the main characters in the story.
Published 14 months ago by Jessica
4.0 out of 5 stars Different
The book was a good read that kept your attention. It starts out with a partly native America heritage and skin. Read more
Published 15 months ago by z
4.0 out of 5 stars Love This Author
I really enjoyed reading this book, but then I have enjoyed all of her books that I have read so far. Read more
Published 15 months ago by tjslinks
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea, frustrating execution
Sojourner was an interesting read. It was alright, but not amazing. It was like a lot of books I have read recently so... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jen R
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Good story but not great. I love the characters, but things seem to happen a little fast without enough story to make it make sense. Read more
Published 16 months ago by ;)
4.0 out of 5 stars Twilight with angels
Book was pretty good but it did feel a lot like Twilight with angels instead of vampires. Characters were ok, but the whole love in an instant thing is a little annoying.
Published 16 months ago by JemrMaker
4.0 out of 5 stars Sojourner Series
I liked the story but don't know if a will keep up with the series which if one doesn't it leaves you hanging as you don't really know how this love story ends. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Angel
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Maria Rachel Hooley has been featured in numerous publications such as Green Hills Literary Lantern, Westview, and Kimera. She has written over thirty novels in numerous genres. Her first chapbook of poetry, A Different Song, was published by Rose Rock Press in 1999. She is a high school teacher and lives in Oklahoma with husband and three children, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. She is an advocate for education about autism.

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