Libertalia: Lost Fortunes
Best friends, Karabo and Isla are drawn into age-old family feuds and ancient legends when the mysterious William joins the school at half term. Karabo finds herself drawn into a plot that involves not only William, but also Isla's long-time crush Mzi Khumalo – Dayeton College's dream head boy.
As ancient battles reveal themselves in a smoke-filled sangoma hut, Karabo and Isla are on a mission to interpret the messages of the ancestors, and uncover why William and Mzi's families are pitted against each other, as they navigating their way through rugby derbies, holidays, the end of year school dance and exams.
Libertalia is a melting pot of pirate dreams, African legend and mystery that takes four very different young people on a journey of friendship and adventure.
Libertalia: Quest for Land
The intrigue continues - The usually upbeat Karabo is miserable, she has a broken arm and heart. Luckily the ancestors have chosen her to interpret another mystery. This time it will lead her to her William's mother - Jessabelle. Who in turn will lead Karabo on a trail to Madagascar.
The second book in the series, Libertalia - Quest for Land - will answer all these questions and more.
Synopsis of Melina's first book:
After you died...
For the lifelong friends jogging their regular morning route along the sleepy suburban streets of Fish Hoek, nothing could have warned them of what was to come. Trying to take a short cut and win favour with his taxi boss, a young driver Tshepo Dlamini slams into one of the runners. As Claire’s lifeless body lies crumpled on the ground, Tshepo finds himself trapped in a metal carcass, close to death himself.
Watching the accident happen, Maureen stands on her balcony and is the only witness. Yet she harbours another dark secret.
For James, Claire’s adoring boyfriend, his life begins to unravel as he wakes to the news that Claire is dead, leaving him to question life as it was and will be. No longer the awesome foursome, childhood friends Tanya, Liz and Kate reframe their friendship without Claire.
After you died… draws on the seven stages of grief, each chapter a journey from shock to acceptance. Set against the complex backdrop of small town South Africa, each person steps into a new reality and learns to forgive themselves and others.