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Wind Catcher: A Gripping Fantasy Thriller (A Chosen Novel Book 1) Kindle Edition
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CO-AUTHOR: Erynn Altabef is an avid reader, dancer, and community activist. When she's not in High School, she loves Starbucks, performing in school musicals, baking, and watching movies with her friends.
EDITOR: Lane Diamond has over 160 published books to his editing credit, including many multiple award-winners, across many genres and styles. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00U555OLU
- Publisher : Evolved Publishing LLC; 3rd edition (21 March 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 5348 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 287 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 616,476 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The strength and solidity of the characters make them feel extremely real. Young adults finding their way intelligently through the hurdles of life between childhood and adulthood, only this group has rather more to deal with than usual.
The combination of an imaginative premise, fluid, descriptive writing and relatable, realistic and likable characters ensured this was never going to be anything but an extremely intriguing and enjoyable read. And indeed it was.
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I didn't know what to expect at first but it drew me in from the start. You really don't know how it's going to unfold and you really can't second guess at it.
Everything about the story is brilliant, the grandfather that has also been Juliet's father figure too since her father was put in prison before she was born, he had never contacted her so her grandfather (Sicheii) took that roll and kept her safe.
She is half red Indian and half white, but Sicheii never let her forget her roots and told her the ways of the tribe, her mother (his daughter) is a lawyer and they no longer lived with the rest of the reservation, he would tell her stories that had been passed down through the years.
She hated that her mum moved her schools to a better (private) school where she didn't fit in, non of the children liked her she was different and Indian trash, she hardly saw her real friends that she had gone to her old school with, the school where she "fit in". Her only friend was Katie and she had been ostracized from the popular crowd when she befriended Juliet, and Juliet would never forget that and protected her from anyone that upset her or made fun of her.
I liked the way the book starts with the end in a way and then tells you how it all happens, but it doesn't go into much detail just enough.
It goes back through the stories Juliet was told and what the tribe believe, how they keep the secret of the ancient stories.
Juliet always wants to fit in, she doesn't want to be different but she is and in more ways than she realises.
The book is brilliant the way it is written laying down the jigsaw piece by piece. If you like a mystery, fantasy and action books with lots of intrigue you'll love this book as much as me. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
By now I had figured out that this is more a horror story, or dark unpleasant fantasy, than I enjoy, so I admit I did not read thoroughly as it's a case of ticking off deaths, demons and mystical talents. I'm also not greatly into American schools, part of the setting, which do not seem to reward anyone who enjoys reading or computers.
The message could be to go to school, ignore unpleasant kids and ask for help with dyslexia if you want to prosper. Or that if your family insists you have an inherited talent, maybe you should believe them.
I liked some of the location description and I appreciated that a Native family's difficulties were under consideration. Anyone who does want to read horror will probably rate this book more highly, but the murders are quite strong for a YA book.
I recommend Hooked and Played by Liz Fichera for similar YA books without the fantasy theme.
This author made an ARC available for free. This is an unbiased review.
These authors weave a deep story of both sci-fi and Indian lore, sweeping the reader up into the excitement. I will definitely be reading more!
Juliet Stone is special, but she doesn’t know it. I love her feistiness and loyalty. She sticks up for her friends, even if it comes to blows. You definitely need to watch out for the strong ladies in Wind Catcher.
“You’re special Juliet. You’ve been chosen.”
What seemed to be a typical young adult story, you know, a ‘warrior’ girl fighting the big bad evil, has a twist with Native American mysticism that adds an extra bit of goodness for me and the battle with the Seeker tops it off.
I went straight to Brink of Death, Chosen #2, by Jeff and Erynn Altabef.
First, let me say I almost passed this one up just because it had the words 'a gripping fantasy thriller' in the title. I thought that was weird. And as I read the book, I thought it weirder because I don't think it's gripping or a thriller. I'd lean more toward 'young adult paranormal'. That said, I liked the story very much. It's based on native American lore, which I love. I love Juliet's struggle to live in two worlds and the glimpses into her heritage. I love the believable conflict between her friends and her grandfather and her mother. The characters came alive for me and were a pleasure to follow even when they did dumb things (remember, I said young adult, and I love to complain about immature teens). Since reading this book, I've started sharing a plate with my son regularly. Juliet's grandfather introduced me to the idea of eating from one dish, and I loved it. (Not only is it more intimate, but who wants to wash plates if she doesn't have to?). We have magic, villains, and a quest of sorts, as well as what might become romance. I'm not saying there isn't any suspense, only that it hardly defines the story.
I don't remember being irritated by typos and the like, but I've read a lot of books since this one. Sorry if I'm wrong about that, but it apparently wasn't enough to keep me from thoroughly enjoying the story.
Language: Very mild if anything.
Sexual Content: None.
Violence: There's a murder, not super graphic, and some attempted murder. Not much more than you might find in the mildest of PG13.
Overall Message/Plot: Weird things are happening. Why? What can we do about it? I don't think the writers relied on plotting as much as they did on characters, which I love, but at the same time it wasn't weak. I left the story feeling both satisfied and interested to know where the rest of the story goes. Some questions are answered, but there's a lot more to be revealed in future installments.