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"I couldn't get enough of Alana and Chase. It was a beautiful story told with such sweetness that you couldn't help but want to experience it with them." Book Reader Chronicles
"I adore this book... [Alana] is a strong heroine, a woman who's fulfillment is not intertwined and dependent on the hero in the novel." I Will Fork You
"Illumine Her is an excellently written and stunning tribute to Samoan culture...It is a sweet clean romance between two honorable characters that leaves you satisfied and smiling." The Indie Bookshelf
"Alana and Chase were such a beautiful couple... There were definitely twists and turns that I didn't see coming." YA Book Addict
"This story was so sweet and different and amazing. It was a love story in every sense of the word; love for one's family, love for one's purpose, love for one's partner, love for one's self, and love for one's country. I absolutely loved it... I definitely fell in love with this story, and with Chase Malek." Beckoned By Books
"A deep, reflective, well-paced love story, Illumine Her is a strong beginning for debut author Sieni A.M." Blogcritics.org
- ASIN : B00BSH3QG4
- Publisher : Sieni A.M. (March 10, 2013)
- Publication date : March 10, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 742 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 278 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1482784270
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,184,531 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I am also an avid fan of Lani Wendt Young's trilogy of "Telesa - The Covenant Keeper" (and recently divulged in Daniel Tahi's novella as well.. Lol). Which is why I've always been on the prowl for Pacific Islander writers as their stories are much easier (and deliciously rivetting) to digest as there is the familiarity of recollections described, where I can easily become "Alana Vilo" or "Leila" and recall the cultural/Spiritual experiences that we go through being P.I.
This book had me chortling and cackling like a little girl at times because of the humour and light banter, and at other times had me clutching onto my kleenex tube; holding on for dear life, and exhaling lungfuls of air that I didn't even notice I was holding. *smiles warmly* Miss Sieni, I highly commend you in your writing skills, and making me feel such a myriad of emotions (its not easy to make your reader feel like the main character) for the whole duration of your story. I eagerly anticipate reading more of you and will excitingly recommend your book to my fellow bookworms.
Just so you know, I've given you a standing ovation in the comforts of my own bedroom...
You're an AMAZING writer.
Write, Write On...
I fell in love with the story and with every single character especially of course Alana and Chase, absolutely beautiful. I was sad when it was sad, happy when it was happy, laughed when it was funny, scared when it was scary and fell in LOVE right from the first page! Felt every emotion in the story and was drawn to it right till the end.
Amazing work Sieni A.M, well done, looking forward to your next book. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Definitely will be telling every other book worms I know about this book.
I felt so overwhelmed by this novel! Illumine Her would have to be one of the best books I've read this year. I read it in one sitting - spent my entire afternoon reading it and just finished now - I literally could not put my iPod down. I loved the richness of the Samoan Islands and drinking in the post-uni life. It gave me an insight into the reality of what successfully graduating from University would be like - especially as a young teen in my last year of high school and a big dream of going into some serious tertiary study! This has been a real motivator! The feeling of being surrounded by proud family members felt so real and I could actually feel the weight of all those "candy leis". Samoa has been one of the places I've wanted to visit with my close Samoan friends especially because of the Telesa Trilogy which was in a high school setting and now this! A post-uni setting. I can see myself in Leila and Alana's shoes with my Daniel/Chase by my side. HAHAHA, dreams are free lol
I loved reading about Alana and the struggles she faced as an "obedient Saman girl" something that I could relate to, even though I am a full blooded Niuean I know and understand the pressures of having to perform academically and to be obedient. Although I think my Mum would beg to differ!
I loved reading about how the nurses were gossiping if Chase was Mormon because he knew so much about the Samoan custom at that 'ava. I couldn't help the smile that spread across my face, I myself being a proud Mormon.
I loved reading about how Alana ploughed through her loooooong shifts working in the hospital especially reading about how she helped deliver Telila's baby who was unfortunately born out of wedlock. The way Marama was treating her was shocking especially because she was already in enough pain already! She was in labour for crying out loud. I felt really proud of how Alana chased that woman out of the delivery room!
I was drawn in by Alana's memory of her late father and how she was dealing with the fact that her beloved father was now gone, a tragic accident that I think should not have happened. I really felt for Alana especially when her mind would wander towards thoughts of her father. I loved the memory of her father instructing her on how to change all four tires of his truck out of tough love!
The Alana-Manu-Chase love triangle was heart breaking! I felt for Manu, I really did. But then again, there was no denying the endearing and irrevocable love that Alana and Chase shared, even from a divine perspective. Manu was perfect for her, he was "Dr. Vai" - tall, dark and handsome. He was also Samoan! But Chase... was Chase! Giving up her wings and choosing to live as a mortal just because she was "worth" it. And their dawn wedding! I don't think I would think about gardenia flowers in the same way ever again.
Overall, I fell for this book. Truly. It's definety something I can relate to as a young Pacific Islander trying to break out of the stereotypical societal norm of working in a supermarket or factory. Not that there is anything wrong in working in those areas just that my dream is to aim higher! To become more of myslef, just like Alana. Hopefuly my Chase will come along. And he will fall for me. <3