Saturday, May 18, 2013

Review Manataka by Ella J. Phoenix

Author: Ella J. Phoenix
Source: Author request 
Genre: Paranormal romance
Length: Novel
Reviewed by Laurie 

Since she was a child, Chloe has endured horrible nightmares about a Native American prince living in a time long forgotten. She never understood why, until she finds a stone that matches the one in her dreams. It has unimaginable powers, powers Chloe doesn’t understand. Fueled by memories of someone else’s past, she sets off on a wild quest for the stone’s birth place, hoping to also find answers to her foreboding dreams.
On the outside, Mason Green looks like a hardworking, self-made millionaire, with too busy a life for romance. Very few people know the real reason for his self-imposed seclusion. It’s safer that way. But when a sexy historian shows him a supernatural stone from a forgotten tribe, Mason is intrigued - maybe the relic is the salvation he’s been waiting for. Ignoring the irrational attraction that threatens to crack the cask around his heart, Mason agrees to help Chloe.

As their wild quest becomes a dangerous mission, they must find the relic’s birthplace before Mason’s past catches up to them.

The author of Manataka takes you back through Native American history and adds a really neat paranormal lore to the tribe. I received the re-edited version and noticed a couple of issues, but they are not bad enough to pick on. What I look for when reviewing is the story flow, world building etc. I did enjoy reading the characters and the Native American folklore. The biggest problems I had with this book is there is no romance built or spark between Chloe or Mason and I really wished the author would have explained why the tribe had these different paranormal powers. I basically felt like the Native American history took over and the paranormal elements were placed on the back burner. I wanted something different than just history. I wanted the magical touch of the powers that this tribe had, why they had the powers and how they used the powers to their benefit.

As for the romance well, you can create two characters, but there needs to be a spark between them at the beginning so the romance can build as the story develops. You don’t have to have sex in the story for it to be considered a romance, but you do have to have the characters connected in some way so you know they are meant to be together. I know the author wrote Chloe as Adsila reincarnated and I felt that spark between Adsila and Mason at the beginning of the story, but I never felt that spark carried over to Chloe and Mason. I needed it because despite the fact Chloe is Adsila reincarnated, Chloe is still her own person.

 If you see any reviews saying this is erotica please don’t listen. This is a tastefully written romance book with one sex scene.

The plot is really neat and I really did like the reincarnation between Chole and Adsila. I also felt the author did excellent work on the history of the Native Americas. So, if you’re a lover of Native American history and you like to read about reincarnations then you should give this story a try. 

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