Wind Catcher (Chosen 1)

234e6606e1ef4ed0f3e7b5c846d02439Title: Wind Catcher (Chosen, Book 1) | Authors: Jeff Altabef & Erynn Altabef | Publication Date: March 21, 2015 | Publisher: Evolved Publishing | Pages: 324 | Recommended Ages: 10+

Book Description: 

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.

My review

Native American beliefs conflict a young girl in her feelings toward school, friends and life. When killings start to happen Juliet and her friends decide to investigate what is happening in their community. When she and her friend Troy are attacked and she is kidnapped, Juliet has to draw from her inner strength to save herself. Juliet’s grandfather tells her she is the Chosen One to save the people, she isn’t sure what to believe. . Lies and secrets are being exposed left and right and if you can’t trust your own family, who do you trust?
A teenager growing up in two different worlds, Juliet feels lost. When strange things start happening to her and in her community, she isn’t sure what to think. So many secrets are starting to be revealed and she finds that she has been lied to by many people, friends and family alike. This is a very good foundation for a story but I am not convinced that a 10 or 11 year old would enjoy reading it. I think some of the content would be too hard for them to follow. I also think that the story took too long to get going. The first 2/3 of it go slow, the last 1/3 is the best part but then it is over. As an adult, I appreciate all the build up and am looking forward to the next in this series.

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Posted on May 30, 2015, in Fantasy, Native American, teen. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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