✭✭✭ (out of five stars)
I am so torn about this book.
One the one hand I love Kiana Davenport. Her storytelling is so rich, her writing is beautiful, her characters are so intriguing...and I love the Hawaiian history and culture she infuses with every line and passage. I liked the concept of the book, following a family through four generations, how their mistakes become our mistakes, how we all need a past, and something to fight for. However, the end just didn't justify the whole of the book (for me).
I found this book to be a little too much. Things happening just for the shock of them happening. New story lines and characters starting, that while interesting didn't really need to belong to the story as a whole...could have been their own story. A little too crude in parts for me, and heartbreaking.
Such mixed feelings...it left me feeling mad and sad and disappointed, yet amazed.
Recommended: Not really, maybe.