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Telesa: The Covenant Keeper

(Telesa #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,543 ratings  ·  244 reviews
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 fi ...more
Paperback, 423 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published August 18th 2011)
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Liz Reinhardt
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first picked up Lani Wendt Young's YA novel, I was expecting the story of a young girl dealing with changes in her family life and maybe a little romance. What I got was a sweeping epic of Samoan lore and star-crossed romance that grabbed on and wouldn't let go!

Telesa made me feel like I was in the tropics of Samoa, right alongside was almost like Samoa was another amazing, gorgeous character (and I have a serious urge to go to Samoa now!). She begins the book as a strong youn
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-ebooks, favorites
Forewarning, my review is given in an absolutely bias manner and I don’t apologies for it 
I am ecstatic that there is finally a Polynesian author that has written a book that takes place in my homeland. I’m moved to so many different types of boastfulness and my pride soars because of this book.
Yes, there are a few grammatical errors but that does not decrease the value or take away from the story, just an unfortunate mistake that we as readers have come across in many, many books. I’m taken ba
They're a hot couple, don't you think?


Too bad in real life he has a wife. Oh, well.

My dream come true :')
He's hot.
A prefect.
Good behaviour.
NOT a jerk.
The guys want to be him.
Oh, and all the girls want him.

Awkward girl.
Doesn't fit in.
Half cast.
Mother died. (view spoiler)
Bushy haired.
Bushy eye-browed.
No guys paid much attention to her, aside from Daniel, though he was intrigued by her.

Enter transformation.

Maleko, Daniel's best fr
If you would like to read Twilight in a tropical setting this is it. Book is set in Samoa. Lelia is heading there as her Dad died and she is Samoan. But because for some god unknown reason to us Southern hemisphere peoples, even though she is 18 she is unable to execute her adult decisions here. She has money and some how can't use it, so is at mercy of a controlling aunty and uncle she's never met. Who make her go to school. Because even though she is not needed to legally (compulsory schooling ...more
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is very inspiring. It has a lot to appeal to young readers like me. I'm 13yrs old and an avid reader. I like that the main character Leila is a strong person. There's too many books written for young adults with girls who are kind of wimpy. I like that the character Daniel is smart and caring as well as super hot.And he isnt all over Leila or only out for one thing. There's too many books out now about vampires, werewolves and stuff like that. This book has a supernatural element but a ...more
Sherre Copeland
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Thats really all I have to say about this book. I loved it with every fiber of my being and the author is an absolute genius.

Not since twilight have I felt this way after reading a book. Just as I have this feeling that I MUST visit Forks, Washington, I now MUST go to Samoa. That's not to say this book can be compared to twilight. No! It's just that, I must say, I have finally found a book to join the ranks of Twilight, Hunger Games, andThe Mortal Instruments. One I will want to read over a
Aug 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how much my opinion matters, but here goes. I read this book (and the second one) when I saw the cover on a friend's facebook page. She really liked it, so I looked it up and thought the storyline sounded interesting and it was. I was really intrigued by the concept and the mythology. I would really like to know more about Pacific Islander mythology. I even tried doing a Google search on Telesa and all I came up with was references to this book and some hints of there being some act ...more
Jillian Dodd
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How many times do you come across a book that gives you everything you want in a book? Telesa has it all. There's Leila, the girl that we can all relate to. She's smart and confident, but doesn't always know what to do. She goes to Samoa searching for a place to belong. She didn't expect to meet a boy. A certain boy, who she hates at first, who is also SMOKING hot. Daniel. Did I mention I'm in love with Daniel? With his rugby playing abs, amazing muscles, interesting tattoos, and killer smile. H ...more
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
"Give me another chance. To show you a better side of Samoa. Of me?" -Daniel.

When Lani Young contacted me personally to review her book, I was flattered and totally intrigued after reading the blurb for the book.

This book is set in Samoa, which is just so refreshing from your bog standard YA novels set in the US. It was a nice change of pace, and Lani Young did extremely well with describing the Samoan landscape, it's smells, and the language used in that part of the world. It didn't feel like
Sieni A.M.
Oct 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-paranormal
I loved everything about this novel. From the characters, the dialog, stunning setting, humor, suspense, and romance--I was latched on for days and could not put it down! Felt instantly connected to Leila as an afakasi (half caste) who travels to her mother's country of Samoa in search of a place to belong. What she finds is an exotic, vibrant culture steeped in nature, customs, language, generous hospitality, and ancient mythology of Telesa--a fierce sisterhood who haunt people for decades with ...more
Shannon Mayer
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up becuase my grandparents spent two years in Samoa as missionaries and so the country has always, in a sense, been a part of our family history though we ourselves are not Samoan. Reading Telesa though has allowed me to feel as if I have been to Samoa and have experienced it myself.

The main character, Leila, was great, prickly and very likable despite her owly behaviour as her driving force is to find a place where she fits, where she can call home. The love story between Le
LaVerne Clark
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I adored this story.

Not normally a reader of YA stories, the author's voice captured me from the beginning. I've never been to Samoa, but the descriptions transported me there.

The relationships between the characters were complex and real with more than a couple reminding me of my own extended family. I felt like I had a sneak peek into what Island life was like for two very special boys in my life who have recently moved to NZ and feel I can sympathise with them more about all the challenges an
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! The author takes a Samoan legend/myth and turns it into a modern-day reality. I knew I loved this book when after I was done I couldn't stop thinking about it. When is the next one coming??

Keren Hughes
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh My Goodness. What to say about this book?... *taps finger in chin in contemplation*
I just don't know what to say to do it justice. I always reflect on a book at the end and this time, I've come to my review without knowing what I am going to say. I'm just typing and hoping it makes sense.

So I'll start at the beginning. I was asked to review TELESA as part of the RABT tours and I signed up right away. From the synopsis, I knew it was something different and intriguing. I haven't come across an
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Did not finish this book. Totally lost interest after she found her birth mother and was introduced to her aunts, it just felt as if it just dragged on from there and couldn't keep my attention. I had hoped that this would be an interesting book too so I am a bit disappointed ...more
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I'm samoan, born and raised in California, but lucky for me, my parents brought SAMOA into our home in the states. I'm greatful for the heritage and culture I know and cherish for life.

So the book was a great read! I loved how I was so familiar with everything that Mrs. Young was describing and I couldn't help but feel at home with this book being that everything was set in Samoa, how good is that! I love, love, love me some DANIEL..He's one of those samoan boys that
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I almost think the main character in the book was the setting—Samoa itself. The author writes about it so vividly and deftly, without getting bogged down in endless description. It’s clear that she knows what she’s writing about, and she did an outstanding job at writing about Samoa in a way that helps people not from there understand the culture and the unique things about it. And she did it in a way that felt neither condescending or like too much time was spent explaining. It’s clear the auth ...more
Avid Reader Amy's Reviews
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
When I received this book I expected it to be like most YA books, kinda mediocre. This book is anything but mediocre. It is full of depth and lots of twists and turns. Ms. Young takes you on a ride you won't forget. She writes a story with great detail but it never overpowers the point of the story. It is a great romantic thrill ride that has your heart pounding and pulse racing till the end.

Leila is my new book BFF. If I want a bad ass chick fighting beside me it will be her. She can control fi
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Sarah Alatimu
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I decided to read this book because I'va never really read a book quite like it. This book was written by a Samoan, and since I myself am samoan, I felt it would be interesting to read what someone from my nationality would write like.

The category on the bingo board that this book completes is "a book written in 2011/2012". The reason this category was interesting with this book was because the book is actually about a myth that originated in the islands a very very long time ago, when the earth
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyable book, great characters and plot, and unique setting, and loved it!

*Full review from Words I Write Crazy on June 6th*

This was a highly enjoyable romance/mystery/thriller, set in Samoa, a unique setting, with a unique plot, and just a wonderful book! With heartbreak, challenges, and wonder beyond wonder, Telesa is a wonderful book!

Leila was a strong character, the traditions of Samoa, and respecting elders and how her aunt and uncle received her, and acted around her, and her atte
Tricia Kristufek
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
"I've never seen anything so beautiful - and so terrible in my life."

Leila is searching for a place to belong after her father's death. Against his final wish, she travels to Samoa to try to find out about her mother, who her father had told her was dead.

After she arrives on the island, she settles into her routine, but a fire builds inside of her that she can't explain. Even as she adjusts to her knew school - and the God-like boy, Daniel - she gets throwing for a loop again - her mother is al
M.A Grace
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love the authors ability to describe Samoa. I myself have never been but through this book I can picture the magical beauty it holds there. The story really pulls you in but I had some issues in the middle as it seemed to drag on a bit. But eventually the story picked back up. As the story unfold you become engulfed with the characters and their relationship as it builds and develops. The end leaves you with a good amount of questions and kinda just bluntly ENDS but I guess that pulls you towa ...more
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Phew, hot, steamy, sexy...all that in a no sex YA bundle!
I picked this book for the 666 for 2015 - An Around the World Reading Challenge and also because I spent 4 weeks in Samoa earlier this year. This book totally swept me back to Apia and it's surrounds and was an absolute joy to read.
I would not pick myself as a "fan" of supernatural YA fiction, but this book really absorbed me in it, and I thoroughly enjoyed the journey it took me on.
Daniel, hot hot!
Renee Leifi
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
- It was one of the best books I've read. I'm glad that the world will know about this island called Samoa with many myths, legends and how unique their culture is. ...more
Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Leila is a young girl who moves to Samoa to meet her relatives and the culture that she comes from. This turns into her discovering her roots on the island as well as the magic within herself. I loved how this novel was taking the perspective of a pacific islander teen who is mixed and trying to find her place. I think that there is a great need for more authors to write for this audience since it is rare that this perspective is shown for many of the readers that fit that description. One thing ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was gripped from the opening pages and plunged into this epic story where mythology blends with the modern world of Samoa. I could not agree more that Telesa is the Twilight of the Pacific! It's addictive, exciting and romantic. I love that Leila struggles with the power bubbling inside her. It has that whole superhero-origins-story vibe. I was particularly captivated by the Pacific setting, the high school friendships, and the exploration of culture, myth and legend. This book kept me up late ...more
Leslie Ann
Mar 06, 2019 marked it as abandoned
Shelves: fiction
I read 100 pages of this book for my AtW challenge (Samoa), but the juvenile prose and flat characterization annoy me. I guess the nickname "Twilight of the Pacific" should have given me a clue: I hated Twilight. I will, however, try another of her series; at least the books are shorter.

Attempted: 5-6 Mar 2019
Autumn Barraclough
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I love everything that this book stands for - a samoan woman writing a story about a samoan girl that includes mythology. It breaks the mold of greek mythology and christianity and allowed me to learn more about another culture. Sadly, an opportunity that might've passed me by if it wasn't for this book. The reason for the low rating (though I hate to give it) is because of the pacing, the characters and the events. I kid you not, I was about two hundred pages in before Leila discovered her powe ...more
Dani Castro
Apr 12, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a fantasy novel based in Samoa!! How awesome is that? I really like the insights this gives on Polynesian culture. Something I like about the book is that it is setting things up for more to happen. While it is a slow start, it is something you can anticipate, and with romantics/identity crisis novels like this one, you tend to know what you're getting into. A girl discovering who she is and paranormal powers sounds like a cool read. If you like Twilight, you'll enjoy this. The issue I h ...more
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