Monday, May 25, 2015

Markaza by Jo Michaels (5 stars)

About Markaza
(Mystic, Book 6)

Markaza Turner isn't your average seventeen-year-old. She can see the future, the past, and has an eerie propensity for getting people to do things.

But what she sees is the obliteration of mankind. Worse, her visions tell her it's gonna happen on her eighteenth birthday, December 21, 2012.

All six of the ladies forming the elite group, known as WSTW, are finally together under one roof. Bronya, Lily, Shelia, Melody, Coralie, and Markaza must now figure out how to use their strange powers before an evil being rises from the ground in Central Park and destroys the world.

But Markaza's own past is dark and riddled with secrets she'll need to unearth and come to terms with before she can go to war.

In this exciting finale of the Mystic series, the women come face-to-face with a truth that will change their lives forever.

Our fate is in their hands.

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Markaza is a young woman with a heavy burden: her visions are predicting the end of the world. She's assembled a team of five women with special powers (Women Save the World -- WSTW). Still, there are no guarantees. Can they defeat evil? And, if they do, what losses will they suffer?

In addition to fighting extreme evil, Markaza has to face and overcome the demons of her past. So do the other women. It's an emotional and heart-breaking journey. Rarely does an author handle action as well as emotion, but Jo Michaels is an expert at it.

For most of the novel, either my hands were clenched in reaction to the intensity of action or my heart was tightening in reaction to the emotions. Then, in addition, there characters are so witty and engaging. I laughed out loud several times.

At the heart of this book, there is an amazing group of women who work together to overcome their past and work toward a future. They all carry scars, but they don't let them define who they will be. It's empowering, exciting, and entertaining. 

And don't worry. You can read this as a stand-alone. But, odds are, you'll want to go back and read about the other ladies because you'll fall in love with them.

Add this to your must-read list. 

Rating: 5 stars

About the Author
(from Jo's Amazon Author Page)

Jo Michaels is a writer who's really had a taste of life. She's lived in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Georgia; but visited states from coast to coast. Michaels, a high-school dropout, put herself through college while her husband was deployed to Iraq and still managed to come out on the other side with all five of her children still breathing. On top of that wondrous feat, she managed to graduate Summa Cum Laude. After her fourteen year marriage ended cataclysmically, she took to the keys to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. Using the degree she obtained in school, Jo set out with tools in her belt not many writers possess: a strong design eye, the skills necessary to format her books, and the ability to use her artistic talents to create stunning covers.

Now, Michaels writes full-time in her garage while imbibing copious amounts of coffee to keep her motor running from son up to son down (and daughter, too). Her inspiration for her books comes from relationships, life, friends, passion, and her own incredible imagination. A fight for achieving her dream (along with her super duper boyfriend) is what drags her out of bed every morning to do what she does best: spin tales laced with high-octane emotion for readers worldwide.

You can find out more about Jo on Twitterher websiteher blog, andFacebook. Also, find out more about her indie author services at Indie Books Gone Wild.

Note: I was privileged to edit this book. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.


Jo Michaels said...

Thank you, again, for the amazing review, Tia. I'm so glad my ladies touched your heart :)