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Telesa - The Covenant Keeper (The Telesa Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lani Wendt Young
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An island of secrets. A girl on fire. An epic battle of the elements. Can love truly conquer all? A thrilling love story inspired by Pacific mythology - featuring a sinister sisterhood of beautiful women with an environmental agenda and a fiery yet vulnerable young woman who must master her gifts - before they destroy her and all those she cares about.

"Readers of Twilight will find many familiar features in Telesa- a strong supernatural element, beautiful young people, school romance, students with cars – and potential for a lot of chaos. But with a difference: here the mythology and school are Samoan. Telesā are powerful women who manipulate elemental forces, sometimes for good, but often not. Males are expendable.

When Leila Folger’s American father dies, the 18-year old insists on going to Samoa to learn something of her mother who, she believes, died when she was an infant. She is puzzled by her aunt’s cool welcome. At school she is drawn to head prefect Daniel but sparks fly. And a fiery response to a hostile youth at an interschool rugby match brawl leaves him with burns and her in confusion.

Then a beautiful woman introduces Leila to the fractious and ruthless sisterhood of telesā. Life itself is at stake. But Leila is strong, has loyal friends and elemental support, and gives a good account of herself. These are great stories and 'The Bone Bearer', due in 2013, will complete the series." NZ National Library YA Fiction Review.

She is a girl torn between two worlds...Teenager Leila Folger escapes the stifling misery of life with her American grandmother and goes to Samoa searching to connect with her mother's family. All her efforts to learn more about the mother she never knew are met with hostility. What really happened eighteen years ago when her father fled the island with his infant daughter? Why is everyone afraid to even talk about the woman he once loved? What is a 'telesa' and why does even the mention of her name strike such fear in everyone Leila meets? And why is Leila having vivid nightmares about a mother she can't remember?

Leila's quest for truth takes a thrilling turn when she meets Daniel Tahi, irresistibly compelling with his island-warrior tattoos, breath-taking jade eyes and golden smile. What is it in Daniel's mysterious past that binds him and Leila so closely?

When Leila discovers she is heir to a fiery birthright, she must choose between the Sisterhood and the boy she loves. Can they overcome all that divides them - even the very elements?

"A household name with Pacific readers worldwide..." SUGA Magazine.

"A gripping story that whips the reader along. It's depiction of Leila’s struggles with identity, sexuality and society’s expectations will resonate with teens and ex-teens all over the world, while its warm portrayal of Samoan culture gives it a character all its own." Ann Morgan, 'A Year of Reading the World', Freelance Editor/Writer, Guardian, U.K

"Great world building and three-dimensional characters make TELESA stand out in this crowded genre..." Bookeracy Reviews, USA


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About the Author

Lani writes books in between the chaos of raising five children. As a child, she was entranced by the Narnia series and kept looking in wardrobes everywhere, hoping to find a doorway to another world of fantasy and adventure. She never found it so she became an author instead. Her TELESA series is a neverending source of embarassment for her teenagers because all their friends are reading it and loving the fiery romance. (Apparently it is uncool to have a mother who can invent feisty heroines and deliciously hot male leads.) She also writes about life as a (slightly demented) Domestic Goddess at her blog: Sleepless in Samoa.

Product Details

  • File Size: 904 KB
  • Print Length: 442 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pasifika Books (August 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005I3WD8Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,814 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Milestone of Epic Proportions September 9, 2011
By LANI
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This young adult fiction is the first of its kind being that it is written about Samoans with supernatural powers and by someone of Samoan descent. A milestone never reached thus far by any Samoan (and quite possibly any Polynesian for that matter). Wendt is an amazing descriptive writer and always places the reader in each scene. The love story between the two main characters Leila and Daniel) is sure to please the avid romance reader and leaves you wanting more. Here's an excerpt from her book: "Against my will his beauty took my breath away. He was tall enough that I was sure even my 5'11 height would have to crane up to look in his startling emerald green eyes. Red and gold in the morning sunlight with thick raven brows, one of them flecked with a slight scar, his tousled burnished red-brown hair...He was broad but lean, like a rippling basketball player." A page turner that will have you hooked from the beginning.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SWEPT ME AWAY September 10, 2011
By Lome
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This book totally swept me away. I was apprehensive as to what to expect and was totally blown away at how brilliantly Lani depicted the wonderful myth I was told when i was young. Bought it to life and I found myself talking sometimes screaming at the book "NOOOO!" "GET UP!" "Nawww" "YEAHHHH" lol. Such a wonderful book, Made me proud to be Samoan.

I think I fell in love with Leila and Daniels love as much as they fell in love with each other lol as corny and silly as that sounds ... Congratulations Lani you are truly a wonderful Samoan writer ... You make Samoa proud and make other Samoans proud to be Samoan just cause your writing its obvious the love you have with your culture and with your island and its people Mostly you just made Samoa sound so desireable and delicious I didnt think that was possible lol... GOod for you Lani and keep up the good work. Cant wait for March 2012 ... Hoping secretly someone with a creative and brilliant mind will put this to a movie cause I think "Watch out Twilight" !!! lol !!! WELL DONE LANI !!! Lome from Melbourne Australia !!! (newest adoring fan)
PS. I think I found the best Christmas present for all my girlfriends !!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Start to a new Series! November 1, 2011
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I picked this book up becuase my grandparents spent two years in Samoa as missionaries and so the country has always, in a sense, been a part of our family history though we ourselves are not Samoan. Reading Telesa though has allowed me to feel as if I have been to Samoa and have experienced it myself.

The main character, Leila, was great, prickly and very likable despite her owly behaviour as her driving force is to find a place where she fits, where she can call home. The love story between Leila and Daniel is sweet and very believable (though there are times that if I were Daniel I would have socked her one right in the nose!) and the relationship Leila has with her mother Nafanua is so well done.

I give this book a solid 4.5 stars, only docking a little because I found that the first portion of the book was a bit slow for my taste, though I do understand the need to build a foundation for a story, it still took a bit too long to grab me. But once it did! Wow, could not put it down!!

Very much looking forward to the sequel in march of 2012 and highly recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An easy 5 stars from me August 24, 2011
By kuaback
Format:Kindle Edition
It's 5:15am in Hawaii and just now finished the book. What a great read! I laughed, I cried, I felt sad and I even daydreamed along with Leila at the mere mention of Daniel. I downloaded the ebook on the kindle app on my Iphone and I couldn't put it down. I read while breastfeeding my baby in the middle of the night, read while he's asleep, read while on lunch break and I even found myself sneaking to the back room in my office so I can continue reading. It was an easy and fun read and I was NEVER bored. Simone's character had me cracking up. I can see this book turned into a movie. Job WELL DONE Lani!!!5stars from me. Awesome stuff. Now hurry up with the 2nd book will ya?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it set fire to the rain;). May 20, 2012
By bontovi
Format:Kindle Edition
I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! I love the twist that Lani puts on the Telesa. Writing them as beautiful, ageless-yet-mortal, intelligent, environmental advocates/protectors is genius!.

I love all of the characters! Daniel is respectful, smart, selfless, and super hot from head to toe; BUT not likely to exist in real life (Shocking!;). Simone is a fun, blunt, confident, sexy;), gender-neutral character who you are LIKELY to meet in Samoa. Jason is a gorgeous and nerdy surfer boy (is that even possible?), and Leila is a culturally-deprived-American-raised Samoan girl who bursts into flames (literally) when she's "hormonal" (can you tell I'm trying to keep this review G-rated?).

The story's cute and the author does a great job in keeping the reader engaged. I guarantee that you will find yourself unable to put it down!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and compelling April 15, 2012
By Cici
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I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this type of book with the paranormal powers, etc. But I got caught up in the story line, and was hooked. I did think things bogged down in the middle of the book, contrary to some other reviewers who felt it had a slow start. I was ok with the pace of the book in the beginning, as characters were created, background and setting were established, and the hints of what to come were dropped. But the frequent repetition of details and actions was becoming tedious, and I kept looking at the % read, hoping the end was in sight. Finally, the action and events picked up again, and the book again was demanding 'just one more page' before I set the Kindle down.

I realize the author intends to set up a draw to purchase the next book, but I was not happy with how the ending was handled. Yes, there were some major occurrences (I do not post spoilers) that took care of some things, but there were entirely too many loose ends, and unresolved issues at the end of the book. For as much time as I had invested in reading it, I did not expect the ending to be cut as if Leila had chopped it off with her machete.

Another comment is on the excerpt from "When Water Burns". The same careful editing was not applied on this sample, with many typos. Things like "Daniels truck" when it should be a possessive "Daniel's truck". But the one that stopped my reading like a speed bump over and over again was the lack of a space after a period.It can be very distracting. But I will venture this still needs the editor and proofreader's touch before it is published.

I didn't intend this to sound like a negative review, because I still rated it as a 4. If the ending hadn't been so abrupt, the rating would have been a 5. Many others have sung praises of the book, and they are mostly correct - a well written, captivating book that I would recommend.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
OMG! I need a real life DANIEL lol
Published 13 days ago by Leofua Rosa Tuitasi
5.0 out of 5 stars let me read the book first
I don't know I haven't read the book yet!!
I would recommend this to anyone who want to know more about the Samoan culture.
Published 1 month ago by cfaleaana29
5.0 out of 5 stars good reading
Awesome book. It's a good way to reconnect with back home. I can't wait to read the next book. A fan now.
Published 1 month ago by O. Lepou
4.0 out of 5 stars This is an awesome series. Highly recommend to family and friends to...
Once I start, I don't want to stop reading it. This is an awesome series. Highly recommend to family and friends to read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by teeganz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series I read it in two and a half days. I couldn't sl
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Love this book hopefully there is a movie brewing
Published 2 months ago by Fotu
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Lani Wendt's trilogy is such a page turner! I am so in love with this series, I thoroughly recommend it
Published 3 months ago by ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!
Was not expecting it to be a catching book, but as I read thru the first chapter I fell in love with it! On to book number 2 :)
Published 3 months ago by Ingrid Guerrero26
5.0 out of 5 stars Leila and Nafanua.
I love the beginning & end of the story and knew there was a continuation of it all. I like Leila's samoan mother Nafanua & the sisters how they played out, it was fascinating.
Published 3 months ago by faanoa
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the Book
YA is not my usual choice for reading, however the characters and story of the novel were captivating. Highly recommend.
Published 3 months ago by SamStudent
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More About the Author

Born and raised in Samoa, Lani went to university in the USA and New Zealand before returning home to work as a high school English teacher. She is now a full-time writer and blogger, as well as a mother of too many children. When she's not baking three different kinds of cookies and being the watergirl to her husband who is a Samoa Ironman athlete, she's planning 101 ways that she will finally start unleashing the warrior runner that's hiding somewhere deeeeep within. Award-winning author of six books, she is best known for her Young Adult contemporary fantasy series, TELESA.

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