Book #Review: Wind Catcher (The Chosen #1) by Jeff Altabef & Erynn Altabef

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About the Book

Title: 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.

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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

Jeffrey and Erynn AltabefWind 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.


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Wind Catcher (The Chosen #1)Wind Catcher by Jeff Altabef

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You know how sometimes you’re reading a book and realize you’re approaching the end, and you’re sad because you’re not ready for the story to be over yet? That’s how I felt about Wind Catcher. Happily, this is a fantasy adventure series (the Chosen series), so the story isn’t *really* over, just delayed until the next book comes out.

This book (series) is the story of Juliet Wildfire Stone, and Wind Catcher starts out with all the elements of a typical YA coming-of-age story. Juliet is half white and half Native American, and as such she feels caught between two worlds. On one side she has her rich Native American heritage, encouraged by her maternal grandfather, a medicine man. On the other side, she lives in a gated community and attends a rich preppy school where she’s taunted as being “Indian trash.” A member of both groups but feeling like she fits into neither, Juliet struggles to find her sense of self. That setup alone would make for an interesting read, but there are complications in Juliet’s life that make her teen angst even more challenging. Like the voices she hears, a series of murders, an ancient secret society, and the betrayals of all the people she loves and trusts most.

You see, it turns out Juliet is the Chosen. Without giving too much away, Juliet has some special abilities that set her apart even further (and she’s REALLY not happy about it). Will she accept her role as the Chosen and embrace her special powers, or will she shun her Native American heritage in an attempt to fit in with the “rich kids”? Is there anyone in her life whom she can truly trust? And how are the recent murders, the secret society, and the recurring symbol of the twisted arrows connected – and connected to Juliet? This is a page-turner that will have you simultaneously flipping the pages as fast as you can read while also wanting to delay the inevitable (but temporary!) end to Juliet’s adventures.

I’m not alone in being a big fan of this book; it’s won multiple awards and has a 4.6 star rating on Amazon. You can grab your copy (paperback or Kindle) on Amazon.

I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest review; all opinions are my own.

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