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Moa Paperback – January 16, 2012
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About the Author
Tricia Stewart Shiu is an award-winning screenwriter, author and playwright, but her passion lies in creating mystical stories. Her latest series, The Moa Books, which includes Moa, The Statue of Ku and The Iron Shinto, were, by far her favorite to write.
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I am torn about this book as I really liked certain things about it but at the same time I had a hard time reading as the writing style isn't my favourite. I loved the spiritualism and the real raw power of family and love that the book throws at you but it was a really hard read for me as the writing style is all over the place and it is really hard to follow at some points.
I loved the symbolism of the book though and I think if it was reworked differently so that people could connect with the characters more it would be a fantastic book. As a wiccan I think I got more of the book then the average person as the metaphysical, spiritual, CHAKRAS and all that stuff is all old hat to me but to the average person who doesn't study these things on a daily bases I think they would be lost. However all in all with the twist at the end and if the book was worked differently I would read the next one.
***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. ***
Shiu has stepped into territory that few contemporary writers of novels have journeyed - concepts of many permutations of the spirit world as experienced and acted out by contemporary characters. MOA is not only immensely entertaining as a story, but also illuminating as to the concepts of the levels of existence that bond the corporeal world with the spirit world. Each chapter opens with a ritual that the reader can actually follow and perform, moments of enlightenment that heighten the meaning of the novel but also serve to open the reader's mind to the seemingly endless possibilities of realms of existence - call it reincarnation or alternative levels of being or whatever connects the reader with a willingness to think along different lines. Though Shiu writes her books for a Teen or Young Adult audience, her commitment to expand the mind is so well centered that her audience could comfortably and satisfyingly include adult readers, especially those curious about universal levels of being.
But here we meet Hillary Hause for the first time, an eighteen year old who communicates with Moa, an ancient Hawaiian spirit, whose connection to Hillary alters her planned excursion to the Hawaiian Islands meant to be a graduation gift but ends up being a period of revelation for Hillary, her older sister Molly and her young niece Heidi girl - and a challenge to the way Hillary perceives the world and her place in it. This is an unexpectedly fine beginning of a trilogy (that may extend further....) and is highly recommended for all readers who embrace the possibilities of things unseen or not understood. Grady Harp, February 14
“Moa” is the author’s first book in this series, which also includes “The Statue of Ku” and the, “Iron Shinto.” In all of these healing and transcendent novels, Tricia Stewart Shiu, an award-winning screenwriter, author and playwright, (not to mention a spiritualist and incredible spirit in her own right) has dedicated her young life to the study of mediumship, pagan and Huna rituals. She has also studied a host of other healing methods and her three “Moa” books are filled with ideas on cleansing the readers mind and soul.
Shiu's novels have been inspired by a firsthand experience the author had with an ancient Hawaiian spirit who visited her as a young girl. This life-changing experience inspired Shiu to share with readers what she calls a path to spiritual healing. Thus, these novels are partly based on the authors own life experiences. But they go far beyond that and into her imagination and ultimately involve the battle between good and evil by her three young protagonists. They are transforming for the reader and fascinating and breathtaking in their scope and breadth and each chapter begins with simple spiritual cleansing exercises that are both easy and essential in order to fully get the full experience of reading.
In Tricia Stewart Shiu's first and, perhaps, most accessible book “Moa,” her protagonist named Hillary is graduating from high school. One of her graduation gifts is a trip to Hawaii, far away from her strict, conservative hometown. During the journey, Hillary meets, an ancient Hawaiian spirit, who recruits Hillary and later involves Hillary’s sister and cousin. Together they embark upon a meta-physical mission to save not only themselves, but so very much more. Along the way, she must confront evil in many forms. Hillary’s ability to triumph over her monsters is the novel’s ultimate reward.
It’s important to understand that these books challenge readers to expand their minds and imaginations, but the payoff for all who are willing to take that leap is tremendous. “Moa” is what many refer to as “new age” fiction; a genre with growing interest and appeal for both writers and readers alike. While it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I highly recommend all of Tricia Stewart Shiu's novels for readers looking beyond the bland and shopworn stories that have dominated in the bestsellers list in the past. I truly believe that as human consciousness continues to expand, so will the interest in stories so filled with the wonder and awe that this author provides.