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

Lani Wendt Young
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 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: #144,508 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 great book
Great book to read. great story plot and the character were amazing. I wanted to read more about it, but
Published 5 days ago by Ula
4.0 out of 5 stars My thoughts
I really enjoyed the book its a great read. Really loved the characters, I never wanted to put the book down. Overall its a lovely story.
Published 8 days ago by Maylynn
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read novel!
Loved this book! The story line was great. It followed a half Samoan girl in search for a place of belonging but eventually discovers her identity and powers. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Ann Jillian Quiocho
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, misunderstood culture
For just $0.99 this book is a great read. Telesā gives a lot of insight into life in Sāmoa, a place that is hardly ever in literature. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Kelsie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Hands Down!!
Such an amazing read! I'm not usually one to get so attached to books to the point where I can imagine myself feeling what the characters are feeling, but I couldn't help it. Read more
Published 17 days ago by rae
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read!
This novel clearly describes the typical life of a young Samoan girl living in Samoa. As someone who is not from the pacific, Samoa specifically, this novel really provided clear... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Aaliyah paxson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Telesa is a great novel. I enjoyed reading this book and I highly recommend others to purchase and read it as well. For those who say it is better than Twilight, I agree! Read more
Published 18 days ago by Kristal Tabernero
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantasy with love and personal growth
Absolutely enjoyed this novel. Telesa is a great novel about a young teenage girl that goes to Samoa in search for answers about her mother and family after her father passes away. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Corena Nunez
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great.
There were very little problems that I had with this book. The story line was typical and you just knew that the main characters would end up together. Read more
Published 21 days ago by N
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun to Read & Insightful Pacific Genre Fiction
Telesa is a young adult fantasy novel that is part of the Pacific literature. Pacific literature provides a glimpse into the history of the Pacific; what is the Pacific and who... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Sunshine
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More About the Author

Samoan Author, Blogger and Writer of Pacific Stories.

I am the author of five books and the blogger of "Sleepless in Samoa'.

I write stories about strong,vibrant Pacific women ( and the tattooed men brave enough to love them)- contemporary stories inspired by our Polynesian mythology and a touch of X-Men comics. I'm also a teacher, demented Domestic Goddess, book addict and maker of culinary delights and disasters - when I'm not stressing over being the mother/slave to Five Fabulous children that I somehow helped to create. (It's a wonder I ever get any writing done with this rabble-rousing lot around...)

In my ideal world, I wouldn't need to sleep.Ever. I would just stick my finger in a light socket and get a boost of energy whenever I got tired. But nobody else but me would have such superpowers. No. My favourite time of day is when everybody is fed, bathed and ASLEEP! Then it's just me. In a silent house that breathes of peace and reflection.Leaving me free to read. Write. Roam the internet. Eat Doritos. Read.And just generally enjoy being alone. Sleep is highly overrated. Truly.

My books:
*Pacific Tsunami - Galu Afi. (With a Foreword by his Highness the Head of State of Samoa, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta'isi Tupuola Tufuga Efi.)
*Telesa - The Covenant Keeper (Book One in the Telesa Series)
*When Water Burns (Book Two in the Telesa Series)
*I am Daniel Tahi (A Companion Book Novella in the Telesa Series)
*Afakasi Woman - A Collection of 24 Pieces of Short Fiction. (Winner of the 2011 USP Fiction Award.)

My blog: Established in 2009. A place where a Demented Domestic Goddess goes to rant, rage, whinge and muse. Is now the world's leading Samoan 'Mommy-Blogger-Site.'

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