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Sojourner (Sojourner #1)

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,488 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
Seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Moon has been dreaming of her murder her entire life, and in those dreams, a dark presence is there, watching. When she returns home to Hauser’s Landing, the very place her father disappeared, she comes in contact with a gorgeous boy named Lev Walker, and it’s not long before she’s falling in love. But there’s something wrong with Lev. When she ...more
Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Published July 14th 2009
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This is the first time in a long time I've wanted to give a one star rating to a book I actually managed to finish.

Everybody say it with me once because it's going to get repetitive: "Twilight."

Elizabeth (Lizzie) is starting her first day of school in a new town. Despite not having a lot of personality, she is insta-popular, even drawing the attention of two--count 'em--TWO standoffish, high-school-girls-are-beneath-me types. One is Griffin (or at least I really hope his name is Griffin), after
Mar 31, 2013 Sam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book has such potential, and I was most disappointed that the author never seized the opportunities she created. What results is a rather dull, cliched paranormal romance that struggled to hold my interest.

To the author's credit, she did develop a good voice for the main character and her style is easy to read, but that's not enough to excuse the gaping plot holes, weak characters and rushed storyline.


1. Lizzie is a bland, stereotypical passive heroine. Her mixed race background i
Imogen Rose
Jul 21, 2010 Imogen Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Moon is forced to move back to her childhood town, she realizes that she’s not just an ordinary teen. She’s a teen with a guardian angel, one that is in love with her and has been by her side for seven life times. Each of those life times has been tragically cut short, when she has died before reaching the age of eighteen. Her angel has taken it upon himself to make sure that this time, she survives to live a longer life. However, her move back to her hometown i ...more
Emmy Styles
This isn't an awful book, but I disliked it on so many levels that I couldn't bring myself to give it even 2 stars... The only part I liked was the first page or so, when Elizabeth is describing her death dream. After that, the book went down hill.
First of all, the main character, Elizabeth, is so unlikeable! She's weak, whiny and reacts in completely stupid and unrealistic ways. You have a dream that someone watches you die, so what do you do? Leap out of the car and start demanding to know why
Lisa Miller Chandler
I got this book free iBook, and really enjoyed it. It was hard to read and if it hadn't held my interest I would have given up because it was a real pain that the formatting was off. One paragraph is one sized font & a few below is a much smaller, & then back to the original. This continues through the ENTIRE book. The writer should also get someone to proof-read to catch the typos.

Aside from that format, typo problem I did like the story. Lizzy and her guardian Jimmy move back to the t
Jenna Anderson
May 07, 2010 Jenna Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful story. Yes It resembles Twilight - but millions of people liked Twilight. :-) I will be buying the next two in the series.
Mar 13, 2013 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Whoaaa! You can't just leave me hanging there like that! You just can't! I need to read more! And the teaser at the end of this forst book was more of a shock and left me open-mouthed.
I liked this book a lot. I loved Lev and Lizzie. And it was so sweet when he embraced her with his wings in her sleep. I was like "Awwwwww! So cute!"
At first I didn't like Griffin, but then when it was clear he wasn't a bad guy I kind of changed my mind a little.
I liked Celia and Jimmie too.
I can't say much abo
Sharon Tyler
Sojourner by Maria Rachel Hooley is a young adult novel. Seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Moon has been dreaming about dying in different times her entire life. In each dream there is always a haunting face watching her death. When she returns home to Hauser’s Landing with her guardian, the very place her father disappeared, she meets Lev Walker, who looks an awful lot like the guy in her dreams. Then there is the most eligible bachelor in school, who will not leave her alone, graffiti, mysterious ...more
Sepideh Sahebsara
Kristin Howell
Jul 17, 2014 Kristin Howell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
I like a good fantasy type novel as much as anyone else, but I've always been a bit wary towards angels. The cliche-feeling beautiful supernatural creatures left me feeling slightly unsatisfied at first, but I was able to look past it. It was different, and throughout the story, I expected a stereotypical happy ending. Suffice to say, I wasn't really expecting what happened (although I felt like I should have been, for some reason).

The story gave me a Twilight vibe (small town, supernatural her
Jan 25, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Also posted to Jen in Bookland

Sojourner was an interesting read. It was alright, but not amazing. It was like a lot of books I have read recently so...maybe if I had read it first I would have liked it more.

The book starts off with Elizabeth and her uncle moving back to his home town, where her mom and dad grew up. I am not sure why exactly they moved back. The uncle hates hates hates it there, and is super worried something will happen to Elizabeth since she is half Native American. Yes they ne
Rivalie (Forever Obsession)
Elizabeth Moon is a halfie, half white and half Native American. Her parents died when she was really young and she's being raised by their best friend, Jimmy. Due to unknown circumstances, they have now moved back to her parents hometown and she meets a boy. Now a lot of people have made the connection of this book to Twilight and I can see why they think that, but in my point of view, this is a lot better. Yes, it does have a new girl and mysterious guy that meet and fall in love almost instan ...more
Jan 19, 2014 Kirsty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
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Dec 30, 2013 Echo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book free from Amazon and I enjoyed it. However, I did start seeing similarities to another bit of YA fiction almost immediately.

If you liked Twilight, you'll probably like this. It has the addition of a bit of extreme racial antagonism to give the main character a reason to require saving but otherwise the story is much of a muchness.

Also, one odd moment; for a character so aware of how awful small-minded people can be when it comes to equality between people with different coloured
Apr 30, 2012 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Omg this book is freaking awesome:]
Tarra (Twilight Book Junkie)
Dec 10, 2011 Tarra (Twilight Book Junkie) rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, kindle, for-review
I was kindly given a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review. So first off i want to say thanks for that.


I really liked this book, it kept me glued to it from the day i started reading, i really liked the romance between Elizabeth and Lev, even though i do wish it was hightened a bit more. The story was really good. It's about a girl named Elizabeth who has lost both her parent's, and is being taken care of by her guard
Nov 26, 2011 Nada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the beginning, I don't know why, but it kind of reminded me of twilight.

Elizabeth is a good character but sometimes I think that she over reacts a bit, and doesn't really think of the obvious answer. The story line is good, and how Lev came into the book was great. She dreams about him then see's him in school.
I personally think that the love between Lizzie and Lev went by too fast.
Griffin is a funny fellow, I always knew he was good guy. I suspected the Janitor to be the
Mar 25, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
****spoiler alert****

I gave it 3 stars bc the author can portray a sad dramatic moment beautifully but that was ONLY why this book didn't get just 2 stars.

The writing has serious potential but a decent editor would have made the story flow appropriately and smoother. GO TO A LOCAL UNIVERSITY SPEAK TO THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT STUDENTS THEY WILL EDIT FOR FREE BECAUSE THEY NEED THE EXPERIENCE!

I think if the author read through and realized there wasn't a depth to the characters while the romance angl
Jan 04, 2012 Martina rated it really liked it
Also anfangs war ich nicht wirklich begeistert und hatte angst, ich würde ewig an dem Buch lesen.
Zum Schluss war ich bis halb 2 Uhr nächtens wach um die Geschichte fertig zu lesen.

Und, ja, es ist Twilight ziemlich ähnlich.
Aber trotzdem unterschiedlich genug um seine Daseinsberechtigung zu verdienen.

Drei Dinge, die mir besonders gut gefallen haben:
Endlich mal eine Heldin die einen ethnischen Hintergrund hat, ohne das das Buch Zielgruppengerecht in dieser Schublade verschwindet und nur von ebendie
Marie DeLaRosa
Sep 24, 2012 Marie DeLaRosa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Elizabeth Moon has grown up living a life that can be difficult at times, being a "half breed" she cant seem to fit in either world, but luckily she has her guardian Jimmie, who has been like a father to her since her mother died and her father went missing. Though content to have Jimmie, she been losing sleep, seeing the same young, handsome man in her dreams when she sees him at her school she cant believe it and tries everything possible to get close to him. But she doesn’t expect to find out ...more
Kimberly Kasper
Jul 27, 2014 Kimberly Kasper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great! I really fell in love with the characters and the plots. There were many twists and turns that I did not quite expect, but over all, I enjoyed it tremendously and cannot wait to read more from this author.

--Edit-- This entire series was really enjoyable for me. The characters were intriguing, the plot was consistent through out, and I have moved on to reading other works by Hooley. If this wasn't the book/series for you, be sure to check out her other work. She writes in a
This was a good concept, the execution was just a little rough. There were several grammar mistakes that, while not extremely distracting from the plot, really bothered me. It switched between past and present tense a couple times, and I couldn't help but find myself mentally editing it. Overall, though, I liked this book. The ending really upset me, though, because it wasn't a well-executed cliffhanger. At least, I didn't think it was. I'm definitely going to read the next book, though, just to ...more
Christine Butler
I'm only on Chapter 3, and I had to stop.

The writing style is first person present tense and very choppy. There's no real flow. The characters are already flat or over emotional for no apparent reason. There seems like there might be a good story in there somewhere, but I'm not real sure it's worth the continued read.

An example from the book on writing style...

From the end of Chapter 2: "My feet hit a patch of ice. I try to regain my balance. Then I fall toward the side as open as the sky. I r
Aug 03, 2010 Steven rated it it was ok
Sojourner (Book 1) was really not worth the read unless you are a 13 or 14 year old girl. It is very derivative of Twilight. And Lizzie is just as whiney as Bella. A good, solid, tough teenage girl (see The Hunger Games) is far preferable.

So what is good about this book? There is an unconvincing romance (are any of them convincing), there is the joy of discovery of the hidden powers of one of the characters. But that is the nature of so many books or movies in a series. It was free which is good
Cristina Contilli
Un urban fantasy davvero inquietante...

L'inizio di questo libro non è particolarmente originale perché c'è la solita diciassettenne (in media i protagonisti degli urbvan fantasy sono adolescenti tra i 14 e i 18 anni probabilmente per giusticare le loro insicurezze e il loro percorso di crescita nel corso del libro, ma anche per rispecchiare l'età dei lettori di questo genere di romanzi)... dopo un inizio un po' lento e prevedebile scopriamo però che il misterioso ragazzo di cui si innamora Rache
Melissa Brandt
Apr 23, 2012 Melissa Brandt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sojourner was the first book I've read in a long time that I was unable to put down. I chose this book while exploring books in the Goodreads app. What made the book even better was that is was a free download in iBooks.As I read the book I spent a majority of the time realizing that it bears a STRONG similarity to the Twilight series. Unfortunately this book did not seem as strongly written. Regardless, I still found myself rooting for the match between Elizabeth and Lev, hoping there would be ...more
Sep 17, 2013 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really tried to read this book. I couldn't get past the constant references to the main heroines ancestry. I get that the author was trying to show racial prejudice, but it didn't really fly. Firstly, the girl was half Native American/half Caucasian. She is described as beautiful of face. Not sure why teenagers would then write half-breed on a mirror inside a locked locker (like a teenager would know what a half breed is) and slash her tires. Seems too outdated a premise. The other issue i had ...more
Sep 13, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely story about a young girl, frightened by all that is going on around her. A beautiful love story that cannot end well, for however it ends it is not possible for Elizabeth and Lev to be together. The book tackles the questions that young adults raise in wanting to know the truth and even, tells the reader why it is so important, even if meant well as a means of protection, the truth should be told. Although the story is set as a paranormal romance it does tackle everyday issues i ...more
Kassandra De Troy
Aug 26, 2012 Kassandra De Troy rated it it was ok
Initially I didn't know if I was going to like this story or not,
but by the time I finished reading it (literally just now) I found I actually did like it even with the "Touched by an angel" feel at places.
I was actually glued to finish reading it and am even tempted to maybe look up the next books at some point down the road.
I did however find it read at times too much like a rough first draft in need a bit of polishing, it came across a bit… not sure of the word I want to use here-choppy(?)
The whole mystery what is the actual plot was interesting for a little while but the writing was a tad juvenile and kind of ruined it for me. there were references to things that never happened (i.e. "like i said..." but the thing was never actually discussed). Pretty much everything was underdeveloped except for the mystery which felt like it dragged on forever. To top it all off the whole thing was super pre teen angsty. "i know ive only known you for 2 weeks but i love you! and i cant live wi ...more
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