Wind Catcher (The Chosen #1)
Jeff Altabef; Erynn Altabef
Published: 21st March, 2015
Evolved Publishing, LLC
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Age: Young Adult
From: Novel Publicity
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.
Winner: Mom’s Choice Award — Silver Metal
Winner: Awesome Indies — Seal of Approval
Recipient: Readers’ Favorite — 5 Star Review
“Wind Catcher is a suspenseful, wonderfully written story that will capture your attention and hold it prisoner. A book that you won’t want to escape from. Brava!” ~ Stephen Fisher, Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews
What I liked: I wasn’t expecting this book to amaze me when I read it, and while it didn’t exactly amaze me it did surprise me. I thought the plot would be much simpler than it ended up being. For the most part it moved fast, but not too fast with characters who were entertaining with what they were doing and how they tried to solve what was going on. One of the overarching pieces of the story that I realized after reading was that the main character, Juliet, has a lot of insecurities and has to realize that she can trust certain people. The mystery portion was interesting and piecing it together wasn’t all that easy for me but I did guess many of the things that did happen before they did.
What I didn’t like: I thought the books big battle was a little anti-climatic, because it just seemed to end too quickly and didn’t overall make me feel satisfied with it. I also expected the supernatural element (because that’s what it felt more like than fantasy) to be more present and have more depth for me but it didn’t feel executed well to me. Maybe it’s just because I’m more familiar with fantasy than the paranormal aspect that seemed to be going on. You also have the stereotypical mean girl and her clique which, frankly, bored me to see because that’s overused in stories.
Overall Review: While not something that I usually read, or would probably read again for the most part this was a good and entertaining read that I enjoyed. It had some interesting pieces that showed what its like in a way to be a teenage girl, not to mention the fact Juliet is also half-Native American and that causes a few problems for her as well. While some pieces could have been better, as a debut novel this isn’t that bad overall.
Recommend?: It was a good read, but don’t expect to be blown away but it fully. It has a few drawbacks but for the most part makes a good read.
My Rating: 3.4/5
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