Book Review: Telesa: The Covenant Keeper by Lani Wendt Young + GIVEAWAY

The Solitary Bookworm & Enchanted Book Tours presents Telesa: The Covenant Keeper by Lani Wendt Young

Title: Telesa: The Covenant Keeper
Author: Lani Wendt Young
Pages: 432
Publisher: Self-pub
ISBN: 1466253711
Source: Enchanted Book Tours
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When Leila moves to her new home, all she wants is a family, a place to belong. Instead she discovers the local ancient myths of the telesa spirit women are more than just scary stories. The more she finds out about her heritage, the more sinister her new home turns out to be. Embraced by a Covenant Sisterhood of earth’s elemental guardians – what will Leila choose? Her fiery birthright as a telesa? Or will she choose the boy who offers her his heart? Daniel – stamped with the distinctive tattoo markings of a noble Pacific warrior and willing to risk everything for the chance to be with her. Can their love stand against the Covenant Keeper?

A thriller-romance with a difference. If you enjoyed Twilight, then you will be enthralled by Telesa as it blends the richness of Pacific mythology into a contemporary young adult love story that will stay with you long after you have turned the final page.


I burn. Inside and out. I burned. There was indescribable pain and the knife edge of pleasure. It was ecstasy and hell all at once. Then, as swiftly as it had begun, it stopped. I was empty. A dried hus scorched beyond belief. Withered and dead. I fell. The steaming darkness claimed me.

Telesa is an engrossing tale about Daniel and Leila – a tragic love story that proved to go against all odds. Okay, first off all Telesa is not really solely about Daniel and Leila I just wanted to put that out as early as now to make a dramatic entrance of some sort. Telesa is actually more of about the journey of Leila in discovering her history and power. Everything went well for Leila that is until she was face to face with Nafanua- her mother.

Leila, our heroine, is a gifted teenager who lost her father and mother. She went to Samoa to rediscover her roots but was warned immediately by her aunt and uncle about things unknown to her. Leila was a strong lead. She can be very stubborn and irritating at some parts but you can definitely see her charm. Then she meets Daniel. Daniel is the swoon worthy kid persistent in keeping Leila at his side. He is all what you would want in a partner – handsome, respectful, courageous and smart in addition to being one of the head kid and the captain to the rugby team. Smart and sporty. Yum!

The two didn’t had a relationship immediately (thank God) and their relationship took time to develop. You can definitely feel the connection and the relationship was very believable. It was a cute partnership that I can really say works well in a series. The irritating part here though is Leila. She can’t make up her mind if she wants to be with Daniel or not. She loves him completely one minute then shuts him off the next. I was at wits with irritation. But as I said, it all worked out in the end.

So let’s talk about the whole Telesa gig and Nafanua. As discuss there are three gifts to a Telesa: Telesa matagi – air, Telesa casa loloa – water and Telesa faNua afi – fire. Air and water are very common and fire is considered a myth but it just so happened that Leila was fanua afi which makes her a very important and powerful Telesa. Nafanua has many secrets, juicy and oh so scandalous secrets that will be reveals in due time, and it seems like she’s not the mother Leila expected her to be.I don’t want to indulge you with too much information so enough about Nafanua, you need to get to know her to appreciate the story let’s move on to Sarona. Now, that is one crazy b*tch which makes her a more effective villain that I appreciate so very much. I was so mad and pissed at her althroughout. Talk about a well written and effective evil b*tch with sooo much power. You’ll definitely be in for a treat.

Telesa was an awesooome read not just because of the heart pumping action and heart breaking non-mushy lines (need to emphasize on the non-mushiness of the love story) but it is also a tale of family, courage, belief, discovery and self respect. Telesa has an interesting twist to a story used plenty of times in the past. Telesa had its own version and twist and I can definitely say the journey was nail biting from start to finish. Its a starter to a trilogy but it can be read stand alone. And with what I have read, looks like the second book will be as good as this one. Let’s see. For now, Telesa is a 5 star rating on my list.


And since Telesa is such an awesome read, I have to give you guys a chance to read it too right? So, Here’s another giveaway for you guys. There will be 1 eBook copy up for grab. Easy entries (wouldn’t even take 3 minutes to finish) and this is international. Open until Sept 11th. All you have to do is full out the form in TSBs Facebook page and that’s it! Good luck! 🙂


Lani self-published her second book ‘Telesa: The Covenant Keeper’ as an electronic book in October 2011 – a first for a Samoan author. Telesa is the first book in a Young Adult contemporary Fantasy series set in Samoa and within two months, it had reached number one on the Top Rated Fantasy Romance List on Amazon, the world’s largest e-book distributor. On June 10th 2012, the second book in the series, ‘When Water Burns’ was launched on Amazon, making it to Amazon’s ‘Hot New Releases’ listing within the first 48 hours. Both books 1 and 2 are also available in print books. The third book, ‘The Bone Bearer’ will be released in early 2013.

Lani uses a variety of social media to market, distribute and promote her writing, taking it to a global audience. The multi-visual marketing campaign for Telesa showcased a wide variety of Pacific talent as Lani collaborated with ‘up and coming’ innovators in the fields of photography, film, dance, art design, sports, modeling, bone carving, music, and fashion.

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Lani is a Samoan-NZ writer who blogs as a (slightly Demented) Domestic Goddess at Sleepless in Samoa. Her award-winning short fiction has been published in collections in NZ, Australia and the UK. In 2009, Lani was commissioned to research and write her first book, the narrative non-fiction account of the disaster which devastated the islands of Samoa, American Samoa and Northern Tonga. The printing of ‘Pacific Tsunami – Galu Afi’ was funded by the Australian government and all proceeds from the book go to survivors who shared their stories for the project.

Lani is married to Darren Young (who is probably the most patient man alive) and when she’s not writing blogging, Tweeting, Facebooking, getting depressed about a two star book rating on Goodreads, and ecstatic about a rave review on Amazon – she’s the full-time mother to her five fabulous children. (Who are also very patient people)

She won the following awards:

  • 2011 USP Press Fiction Award, ‘Sleepless in Samoa.’ Short story collection.
  • 2010 Commendation Award, Commonwealth Short Story Competition. ‘The Beast that Came from the Sea.’
  • Winner of the 2002 Telecom/National Univ of Samoa Short Story Competition. ‘A Sister’s Story.’

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