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When Water Burns (Telesa) Paperback – June 11, 2012
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Thank you Lani for letting Simone play a bigger role in this book. He freakin' cracked me up the whole time, lol! The way you described his designs for fashion week sounded sooo cool and I almost wished pictures of it were provided in the book. As soon as you introduced Teuila, right off the bat she reminded me of an angry Leila who just arrived to Samoa. She's had to endure a lot at her young age and I applaud her strength & courage in this book. I look forward to her character evolving in the next book.
When Daniel & Leila took a break, at first I was kinda like what the heck! But at the same time I knew Leila definitely needed it because even though "she thought" should could take on everything and anything by herself. The break was a humbling experience for her and it made Operation Reignite Daniel all the more Awesomely Romantical and I just love how she breaks it down to Daniel her love for him and the reason behind her taulima. The breathtaking scene that Lani provides at SamCo sounds like a dream and one I would like to see come to life.
It was great to see Daniel's character blossom in his own right with his gift of Vasa Loloa. I always felt that even though he was the main male character, he was was kinda in Leila's shadow because she was a fire goddess as she so loved to remind us in the book. But now that he himself is gifted, I would have paid good money to see that FINE man glow & burn blue at their midnight pool! Because of his new gift, thank you for providing background info on not only Salamasina, but Daniel's birth mother Moanasina and her own tragedy to save the life of her son Daniel and his father.
As I was getting close to the end I was nervous about Leila not waking up. But it was really sweet to hear Daniel's confession to her and talk of their future plans. But damn Lani, you got me good in the end there when Leila really woke up woke up!! Then BAM that was the end!! The excerpt you provided for the next book - Bone Bearer, now I can't freakin' wait and I don't know what I'm going to do now that I'm done reading book 2! FANTASTIC job on When Water Burns!! THANK YOU LANI!! Overall- 2 THUMBS WAAAAAAY UP!!!
This 2nd installment of the Telesa Trilogy takes place after the end of the first book. Leila a teen with supernatural ties to the earth and fire (fire godess) returns to Samoa after attending her sick grandma in America and finds herself the sole heir to her late mothers estate, part of this being a womens refuge. In attending the refuge it helps her develop more in her maturity/sense of others not just herself, as well as bringing her into contact with a new form of telesa.
Another new character in the form of a male telesa fanua afi makes things interesting as well as her current bf Daniel's emerging telesa vasa loloa (water god?) powers. I am SO glad that Daniel is no longer the hottie-in-distress anymore, and he's an equal to the fire goddess.
There's the bad guys - Sarona and her minions, action, fashion and drama by way of Simone and Mele, and some tender heartwrenching moments!
Lani's writing is characteristic of other great authors, where her storytelling is so vivid, and the conversations are really natural, to the point where I have to think consciously about separating fiction from my real life (cue hubby's eye rolling and shaped L on his forehead). But this is great reading which although targeted towards the young adult market manages to bridge generations as I have shared the 1st book and now the 2nd one with my 56y-young mum. This is great reading peeps! Get amongst it! Waaaaay better than twilight...although Leila does share some self esteem issues with twilight's Bella....let's hope she gets over it in the 3rd book! Which should be AWESOME seeing as how the ending in this book just put me on the edge of my seat again!
Leila has gone through much loss. She has learned a great many things and is putting it all to use in her everyday life. She has matured a lot and now has a great deal of responsibility. She's handling it all with amazing greatness that makes me as a reader very proud.
Daniel is healed up from the fight with Sarona and the covenant sisters. But not without some side effects. He finds out many new things that tell him more about who he is and many answers as to why. He has also matured a great deal and is prepared to take the world head on. Bring it :)
Leila and Daniel will go through a great many scary situations. Some will not turn out the way you expect. But Daniel and Leila complete one another and lend each other strength that's needed to triumph these obstacles. I hope their relationship continues to grow stronger in the next book and they kick evil in the rear.. Permanently!
Hope the next in the series comes out fast. That ending left me balancing on edge and I'm hoping for the best. (I know Lani will not disappoint!)