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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Nineteen-year-old Wayra is one of the last of the Andean Shaman. She’s also a healer who’s coming into power, standing between the Seen and the Unseen, keeping these two worlds in balance. She grew up learning all the secret mysteries of life and the universe, journeys between the realms of the living and the dead. Yet, in the ordinary world as a Vermont college student, she somewhat struggles to find her place as a young adult with a spiritual gift.
Café of the Hungry Ghosts by Teri J. Dluznieski definitely has a unique premise. The details about the Peruvian culture, spiritual world and holistic healing are interesting to read. Wayra is a likable character. However, there’s a gap that doesn’t allow me to really relate to her emotionally, even though there’s a lot of detail regarding her everyday life, her family and background. These also slow down the pace of the story. Nevertheless, the pace picks up eventually and paranormal action occurs when something from the Unseen begins to cause trouble in Wayra’s life, and the young shaman must figure out how to stop it before things get worse.
Café of the Hungry Ghosts is not your typical supernatural story. The title itself is not as self-explanatory as one might think. The ending was a cliffhanger – I wished there were more supernatural actions. That said, Dluznieski gives readers some great insight about Inca-Peru spirituality and the ending promises us a sequel to answer all the questions that are left behind when the story ends.