Friday 29 June 2012

Review: Statue of Ku (Moa Series, #2) by Tricia Stewart Shiu (Novel Publicity Whirlwind tour stop)

from goodreads

The second book in the Moa Book Series follows Hillary and Moa as they jet to Egypt on the Prince’s private plane to reclaim Moa’s family heirloom, the inimitable statue of Ku. Once on the ground, however, they find that their search is less about retrieving a treasured family possession and more about tracing a healing path in their genetic lineage to its true beginning. Their journey involves magic, sacrifice and discovering their unique healing gifts, which live within all of us. Their story intertwines with that of the real boy, Ku — his questions, his travails and, eventually, his triumph. In their continuing search for the Statue, Hillary and Moa find that the answer to every question they seek is where they least expect it and that healing gifts are not lost but merely forgotten.


Statue of Ku was an amazing sequel to Moa. I love that the series is filled with colourful illustrations and the parts I found hard to adapt to in Moa, like the dual perspectives and spiritual overtones, I loved in Statue of Ku. I guess these things took me by surprise in Moa but in Statue of Ku, I expected it and it added a great deal to the story.

Statue of Ku takes place in Egypt and the story centers around Ku, whose statue Hillary, Heidi, Moa and Molly are in search of. It is important that they ensure the soul of Ku returns to his statue to prevent his descendants, which includes Moa herself, from ceasing to exist. The story of Ku is also told and that was my favourite part of the book!

Hillary, Heidi, Moa and Molly, you made a fun team! It was amazing to see Molly, who had started out as a skeptic, truly accept everything that was going on around them. After the events of the previous book, Moa had been reduced to human form and watching her adapt to the life she had once left was interesting. I expected her to enjoy being human again and I was surprised by what she had wanted all along.

Ku, your story blew me away! I loved how you overcame the odds and the people around you played a large role in both pulling you back and allowing you to move forward. The need to overcome fear and self-doubt to achieve your true purpose played a large role in this book and this quote, really, is the reason this book had such a profound impact on me:

"You can either let fear control you or let it go. The choice is up to you."

This series has been an unexpected source of calm and comfort to me! I expected it to be about witchcraft in the traditional sense but got something else entirely which wasn't a bad thing at all. If you liked Moa and the metaphysical world holds your interest, you will love this series!

Publication date: 10th May, 2012
Publisher: Human Being Publishing
Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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About Moa:
Eighteen-year-old, Hillary, anticipates adventure as she embarks for trip to Honolulu, but gets more than she bargained for when Moa, an ancient Hawaiian spirit, pays her an unexpected visit. Get it on Amazon.

About Statue of Ku

The second book in the Moa Book Series, "The Statue of Ku" follows Hillary and Moa as they jet to Egypt on the Prince’s private plane to reclaim Moa’s family heirloom, the inimitable statue of Ku. Get it on Amazon.

About the author:

Tricia Stewart Shiu combines her addiction to the written word with her avid interest in the healing arts and all things metaphysical in her novels Moa and Statue of Ku and looks forward to finding new ways to unite her two loves. Visit Tricia on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.


  1. It's fun that these books take place in a different part of the world. I've never been to Egypt so I have a feeling I'll like reading the book!
    It's great that the sequel is better than the predecessor !
    Great review, Pooja !:)

  2. This is the kind of book that I usually pass, so thank you for introducing this book to me, Ajoop! <3 I'm glad that you enjoyed it more than the first book. The blurb sounds intriguing - going to Egypt on prince's private plane? Sounds like my kind of guy. Er, I mean, my kind of book. :P

    Such a wonderful review, Ajoop! <3

  3. Just looking at that cover makes me wish it could be tomorrow so I can be swimming at the beach :') And this was such an awesome review, Ajoop! It's so cool how this has illustrations in it -- I love those <3 -- and I love how this series is like a comfort to you. Those are always the ones I love to read and re-read when the right mood strikes! ;)

    Amazing review, Ajoop! :) <3

  4. Aw, I love what this series means to you! Like Mimi, I think it's really cool about the illustrations and this sounds like a calming series. Fantastic review! :)

  5. Ooh this sounds very interesting! I'm glad to hear this series has surprised you in a good way. I will have to check out the first book after this review. :)

  6. Great review, Ajoop. I don't think there's a higher compliment you could pay Tricia than to say the books calmed you! I read Moa and haven't had the chance to read Ku yet--needless to say, I'm really looking forward to it. Thanks for joining this tour. When you have a moment, could you please cross-post your review to Amazon and GoodReads? :-D

  7. So nice that the sequel ended up better than the first. You never know with 2nd books. So glad you enjoyed this and wonderful review, Ajoop. :)

  8. I'm glad you enjoyed this one and the things that threw you off in the first were a welcome addition in this. Love that quote you shared. It's very powerful.


  9. I'm glad you liked this book, Ajoop! <3 I love when sequels are just as good as the first book. This series sounds really great and I'm glad you've found comfort in them! Fabulous review, Ajoop. :)

  10. I think books with colourful illustrations has more impact on the readers. (One of the reasons I pack my blog posts with pictures) :-)


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