Ajha's Web

Tortured Souls (Volume 1)

Fiction - General
264 Pages
Reviewed on 12/27/2013
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Author Biography

Essence Bonitaz is the author of the Ajha's Web family saga. Set in her home state of Minnesota, the debut novel, Ajha's Web: Tortured Souls initiates the Martinez family's involvement with the blogger whose advice influences critical decisions leading to events that will alter their family bond forever. Essence describes herself as a bit reclusive and extremely shy but put a pen in her hand, and her most fascinating qualities spill onto the paper. Her love of nonfiction--particularly topics relating to self-improvement, psychology, sociology, and anthropology--inspire her writing. Her signature style sets relatable characters from various cultures free to interact in dynamic urban environments under precarious circumstances while her readers witness the outcome. In her own words, Essence lightheartedly admits, "Convention is boring. The idea of succeeding despite not following a set standard thrills me. Paving my own way is far more gratifying than following a path worn by the masses. I revel in the hypothetical. A lifetime of observing human behavior and circumstances with my mouth shut and my mind open has left me constantly imagining, 'What if...' When the scenarios in my mind become entertaining stories, I write them down and share them. Paradoxically, my real life is very conventional, rule-oriented, and quiet. I have a regular 9:00-to-5:00 not worthy of mention and an unspeakable imagination.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

“What’s on your mind?” Blogger Esencia welcomes all her blog readers to share their dilemma with her. Esencia’s advice makes the most impact on the Martinez family and the people they are connected with. Written by Essence Bonitaz, Ajha’s Web: Tortured Souls is the first installment that introduces readers to the Martinez family saga.

This dramatic novel hits the ground running. It grabs my attention from the get go with Tarah’s entry in her diary. From there, author Essence Bonitaz deftly weaves the story with sub-plots that aptly justify the title of this novel. It lies perfectly between comedic and serious. Hector Martinez is certain that he has found love again after an erotic night with Tarah, who is the best friend of his sister, Ajha. When Alejandra, his ex-fiancee and mother of his teenage daughter, Bo, comes into his life again, Hector is stuck in a quandary. On the other hand, Tarah actually yearns for someone else. Secrets abound, and so do angst and heartbreaking moments. My most favorite part of all is Ajha’s role in her family drama. She has an exciting secret which I would not spoil for other readers.

Bonitaz’s writing style is free from tangential details and flaws, making this an easy but stimulating read. Bonitaz also included spicy sexual scenes that give this book an erotic quality. All in all, this is an excellent debut for a series. Ajha’s Web: Tortured Souls will take you for a great emotional ride with the Martinez family and leave you wanting more.