WIND CATCHER (Chosen #1)
by Jeff Altabef & Erynn Altabef
Pages: eBook, 256 pages
Published: March 21, 2015
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Recommended Ages: 10+
Source: Copy provided in exchange for an honest review
Winner: Mom’s Choice Award — Silver Medal
Winner: 2015 Beverly Hills Book Award – Best YA Fiction
Winner: Awesome Indies — Seal of Approval
Recipient: Readers’ Favorite — 5 Star Review
Evolved Publishing presents the first thrilling installment in “Chosen” by award-winning author Jeff Altabef, and his daughter Erynn Altabef. This fantasy adventure series is steeped in American Indian culture and so much more.
Juliet Wildfire Stone hears voices and sees visions, but she can’t make out what they mean. Her eccentric grandfather tells her stories about the Great Wind Spirit and Coyote, but he might as well be speaking another language. None of it makes any sense.
When she stumbles upon a series of murders, she can’t help but worry her grandfather might be involved. To discover the truth, Juliet must choose between her new life at an elite private school and her Native American heritage. Once she uncovers an ancient secret society formed over two hundred years ago to keep her safe, she starts to wonder whether there’s some truth to those old stories her grandfather has been telling her.
All she wants is to be an average sixteen-year-old girl, but she has never been average-could never be average. Betrayed by those she loves, she must decide whether to run or risk everything by fulfilling her destiny as the Chosen.
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The Buzz About the Book:
“Overall I thought the book was really entertaining and cool. I would give it 4 1/2 stars. I think boys and girls 13 and older would like this book.” ~ Mother Daughter Book Reviews, Daughter’s Review
“This is an enjoyable read for all ages that goes by as fast as the authors can unspool it. ” ~ Kirkus Reviews
“This very unique and refreshingly original contemporary fantasy has elements of high epic fantasy woven throughout it, and it will surprise and delight even the most jaded fantasy readers.” ~ Jack Magnus, Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews
“Wind Catcher stands out from the crowd. It’s… a powerful young adult adventure steeped in Native American legend and tradition.” ~ Donovan, eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“A treat to read.” ~ Awesome Indies
About the Authors: Jeff Altabef & Erynn Altabef
Wind Catcher is a joint project between the father/daughter team of Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef. Jeff is an award-winning author with two published thrillers. He has a column on The Examiner focused on writing, and volunteers at the local community college. Erynn is an avid reader, dancer, and community activist who has just earned her Girl Scout Gold Award. When she’s not in high school, she loves reading performing in school musicals, baking, and watching movies with her friends.
I really liked Wind Catcher from the start but in the middle, it started going downhill.
I hate Jules’s obsession with “normality“. She’s way too self-absorbed. So caught in her own thoughts and she’s trying too hard. Also she’s really dwelling on the fact that the people close to her have been lying to her in omission for the past six months to just entire life.
News flash little girl, people lie to those people they love because they want the best for them or because it is the only good decision that could’ve made back then. Also, Apple isn’t everything.
Moving on from Juliet’s bitchiness, I love Troy. I love him. I also love Seichii. Again, Juliet is a bitch to everyone and I don’t like her but she’s on her good way to become real badass in the next books and I want to read those. The characters were all lovable but not in a really endearing way. It was like, I know you’re important and all that jazz but really, this could have happened with or without you. Ella reminds me of someone I can’t put a hand on. Also Katie, she reminds me of someone I can’t remember. Her parents are fine. Also, Marlon reminds me of Baymax.
Wind Catcher is written in Juliet’s POV in first person. Turthgully, I’d say that the writing is great. Quotable quotes. Mostly about life, destiny, and accepting who you are, loving what you’re made of because whether you like it or not, you’re you and you’re the only one who can be you. But actually, I just don’t like Juliet. Period. Sometimes, she didn’t sound like she was sixteen and sometimes she sounded like she’s a lot older than that. She went through a real transformation by the near end and that showed but she was still she. I still don’t like her that much.
Overall, this could easily pass as a MG book. Light, fast, magic, stubborn MC, likeable characters but no one really stands out, cliffhanger ending, somewhat romance sub-plot, and you know, those kinds of things. The writing is really good and you’d surely want the next book. I know I do. If you’re into fantasy/mythology, (whatever) you might like this. It’s likeable and unique enough. And if you can tolerate the MC’s continuous rant on how she’s Native American and all the discrimination she gets. That too. I get it bro chill out it’s starting to be annoying. So there, it’s basically YA, but can be read for MG readers. In the end, you can only be who you are. You can’t change you for the world so how about you swallow up everything and stop caring what they think. If you’re not enough for them, it’s their loss.