Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Teri J. Dluznieski.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Wayra is one of the last of the Andean Shaman, who stands between the Seen and the Unseen. She grew up learning all the secret mysteries of life and the universe. Mountains, rivers, and clouds speak to her. She journeys between the realms of the living, and the dead. She senses countless energies that affect our world.
In the ordinary world, she struggles to find her place- both as a young adult, and as a healer. A healer in a society that no longer understands the power and importance of cosmic forces.
At 19, Wayra is coming into her power as a healer and shaman. It is her role, keeping the Seen and the Unseen in balance. The two aspects intertwine and affect each other continuously.
Something from the Unseen begins stalking this world, starting with Wayra. From disrupted dreams to friends in trouble to her animal totems dying, the Unseen is slowly taking over her life. Wayra must figure out what the force drawing toward her is, because it might be more than her own personal world at stake.
Cafe' of the Hungry ghosts: behind the veil of ordinary, a cosmic wind is stirring by Teri J. Dluznieski
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a fairly unique sort of paranormal story, but it just didn’t work well for me.
Wayra was an okay character, although I found it quite difficult to relate to her. I felt like we got lots of information about her day-to-day life – work, school, studying, but not so much about her emotionally, and I just couldn’t really connect with her.
The storyline in this was okay, but there was so much other stuff in there that it just got lost. We had history lessons, lessons about plants and geography, and even tips on the best way to clean a coffee machine, and while these things were enlightening, they slowed the story down, and the actual storyline was a little muddied. It wasn’t until around the 60% mark that we even got some idea of exactly what Wayra’s paranormal talent was, which was a bit late for me. I was also less than impressed that when someone got slipped illegal drugs in their drink, their friend’s advice was to ‘relax and ride it out’ – I mean really?
The ending to this was also a bit disappointing as it seemed that we were just left hanging, and very few things were tied up.
6 out of 10