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Lies. Betrayal. Destiny. A choice that changes everything.My name is Juliet Wildfire Stone, and I am special. I see visions and hear voices, and I have no idea what they mean.When someone murders medicine men in my sleepy Arizona town, I can’t help but worry my crazy grandfather is involved. He’s a medicine man and more than a just a little eccentric. He likes to tell me sLies. Betrayal. Destiny. A choice that changes everything.My name is Juliet Wildfire Stone, and I am special. I see visions and hear voices, and I have no idea what they mean.When someone murders medicine men in my sleepy Arizona town, I can’t help but worry my crazy grandfather is involved. He’s a medicine man and more than a just a little eccentric. He likes to tell me stories about the Great Wind Spirit and Coyote, but none of it makes any sense. I thought I knew the truth, but in order to clear his name I dive into his alien world and uncover an ancient secret society formed over two hundred years ago to keep me safe—me! And I can’t help but to start to wonder whether there’s some truth to those old stories my grandfather has been telling me.I just want to be an average sixteen-year-old girl, but apparently I’ve never been average. Could never be average. I didn’t know it before, but I’m a Chosen, and those voices I’ve been hearing... well, they’re not just “voices.” I’ve started to develop abilities, but they might not be enough. A powerful entity called a Seeker is hunting me and he’s close—really close.I thought I knew the answers but truth is, I don’t. Betrayed by those I love, I must choose to run or risk everything in order to fulfill my destiny. I hope I make the right choice. Don’t you?...

Title : Wind Catcher
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ISBN : 9781622533145
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Number of Pages : 325 Pages
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Wind Catcher Reviews

  • Olivia-Savannah Roach
    2019-04-14 16:05

    I had high hopes for this book. After reading Shatter Point and absolutely loving that by Jeff Altabef, when I heard he was co-writing a book with his sixteen year old daughter, I pounced on it. And although I did like it, it wasn’t as amazing as I hoped it would be.There was the Native American mythology theme running through this book, and seeing as I haven’t read many about this I found that to be pretty intriguing in itself. I learned a bit about it, and it did make for a pretty killer storyline. So when it came to the general plot, I was happy. There was also a theme of identity running through this because Juliet is a girl of two worlds – the Native American kind, and the typical American society she also wants to fit in with. Throughout the novel she goes on to discover who she is, and what that means to her.Speaking of Juliet though, she did bother me as a main character at some points, which was why I couldn’t quite love this book completely. She seemed to be a very impulsive and angry person, which is fine, because she had been betrayed and hurt a lot in this book. But I found she was someone who did contradicting things too often. One moment she would hate her grandfather, and the next she wouldn’t, but then she would again. The bouncing back and forth bothered me. She seemed to disbelieve certain aspects about the Native American belief, but then she believed in others? That was a little bit confusing. And I found her to be a bit spiteful to other people simply because of her emotions, and it really wasn’t the other persons fault. That bothered me a bit.I really liked Tony’s character though. He was Juliet’s best friend, and an utterly loyal person. He was kind, gentle and basically, anything anyone could want in a guy. Yep, Troy is in my good books.This book is a bit slow and steady. After reading half of the novel we still had more questions than answers and solely hints at the main plot. It was kind of agonizing to read about all these suspicions without the main thing actually coming into play, and it made me slow down when reading this. I also thought the writing style was a bit younger than his other book. Needless to say, it was because it was a young adult and possibly because of the co-author, but it would’ve nicer if it wasn’t so young. Young adults can keep up with adult fiction writing style as well!I would like to continue reading this series though. Looking forward to book two being published in November!

  • ❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
    2019-04-22 10:16

    Gah. I wanted to like this book. I think the biggest barrier for me was the MC. She was too wishy-washy. I do understand that teenagers are by and large indecisive, she makes it an art form. One minute she's angry and ambivalent, but later when confronted with "proof" she stays wavering on her viewpoints. At times she starts to seem strong and then she changes back to someone I didn't like again. She makes decisions over and over that I wouldn't make. The book started out good, but then it just continued to unravel for me and I almost DNFd it.The book also makes a giant leap from Native American beliefs to something completely sci-fi. The authors are a 16 year old and her father, so I guess I should take that into consideration.Overall, just not my thing.Thank you Netgalley and Evolved Publishing for a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Nicola
    2019-04-26 13:56

    3.5Wind Catcher tells the story of Juliet Wildfire Stone as she comes to terms with her Native American heritage whilst struggling through an all-white private school. Her grandfather, Sicheii, is eager for her to be knowledgeable about her heritage and so she has been brought up with lots of stories and rituals. She isn't all that interested though and thinks that the here and now is much more important than learning about so called "spirits".When she starts to hear voices in her head and see visions, she begins to realise that something isn't quite right. When murders start happening in the town and her grandfather appears as the main suspect, she and her friends investigate the murders themselves and uncover a secret society.Juliet has always believed herself to be normal and average and tries her best to blend in as much as she can. But when she finds out that she is the "chosen" and has been selected to protect the world by destroying the seeker, she must decide if she is up to the challenge.I found the writing to be very fast-paced and there's a lot of action. The inclusion of the Native American culture was a nice touch and I haven't read anything like that before. It's very much a coming-of-age story as Juliet has to grow up fast and accept her destiny but with the supernatural elements and the mystery, it's a really gripping story too. I enjoyed the other characters and the potential for a romance with Troy bubbles along nicely and is something I suspect will be explored in the second book. (He reminds me of Jacob from Twilight but with the absence of a love triangle).Overall I enjoyed reading this and I'll be looking for the second book.I received a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley.

  • Candy
    2019-04-19 08:56

    Juliet Wildfire Stone is young Native American teenage wanting more than anything to be ‘normal’ but she is anything but normal. She has spent her life around her maternal grandfather telling her stories about the Great Wind Spirit and Coyote, the good & evil from their native believes. On her sixteenth birthday, her grandfather tells her the story of her birthday & what happened the fateful day. Juliet learns that she is more than she ever imagine when she is finally is told that she is the Chosen. Her grandfather has been part of a secret society holding onto the secrets that were passed down for 200 years so when the Chosen would be revealed their people would know what to do. He does his best to guide Juliet but she is a stubborn & anger young woman & doesn’t want to have anything to do with the ancient ways. It will be necessary for her to embrace her destiny in order for her people to survive but will she be willing to accept the responsibility that goes along with that decision.Wind Catcher is the first in a series about the struggle between good & evil & at the heart of this struggle is a young girl who must face her destiny as the one Chosen to fight for good. The author, Jeff Altabef, & his at the time sixteen year old daughter, Erynn, wrote this book together (they wrote the whole series together). It is a coming of age story where Juliet struggles with who she thinks everyone wants her to be & who she was born to be. She has to decide what the right thing is to do & it isn’t always the easiest thing for a teenage to do. I look forward to reading the rest of this series to find out how the war goes & believe that good will win the battle in the end.I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book.

  • Clare O'Beara
    2019-04-05 13:52

    Juliet Stone is partly Native and living in a better off area, but can't escape that her classmates think she is different - I thought kids were supposed to be tolerant of difference and welcoming these days. Maybe that is just California? Her pal is a lad from the nearby reservation and while dodging school together they are set upon by a fierce doglike creature that might have wings. They evade it but shortly after, an old medicine man is found horribly dead. 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.

  • Diane
    2019-04-10 13:15

    The theme sounds simple: sixteen-year-old half-Indian Juliet just wants to be a normal teenage - but she can't, because she is the Chosen, with all the powers and responsibilities that come with the position. Her abilities to hear voices and see visions have always troubled her and her grandfather Sicheii's words have been puzzling and unhelpful.All this is about to change in Wind Catcher, the first book of the 'Chosen' series that takes Juliet's troubled world and ramps it up to a whole new level when she discovers a series of lies has shrouded her true purpose in the world.On the face of it, the plot sounds familiar: teen angst, epic quest, self-discovery, supernatural forces, even Native American influences. But as with any story, it's all about how it's handled and, especially in the case of teen stories, it's all about building characterization and creating a compelling adventure: both keys to attracting and retaining young adult readers.And Juliet's dilemma holds these facets in droves.First of all, her family is loving yet not united in its perception of the non-Indian world and its powers. Neither is it united in its interactions: her mother and grandfather have a prickly relationship and Juliet is often caught in the middle, captivated by his stories and reality which are often negated by her mother's responses.As she becomes involved in her school's story of her kidnapping, designed to alter unusual facts about her experience, and comes to believe Sicheii has involved her in something dangerous and deadly, she's ever on a quest to find the truth at the heart of these deceptions and half-stories - and that's the pulse of Wind Catcher, which revolves around this journey and its constantly-changing paths.Many young adult books revolve around young adult decision-making processes, but the joy and excitement fueling Wind Catcher is that Juliet's search for truth doesn't end with its emergence, but with the bigger picture of what she'll choose to do with it. That's the heartbeat of a powerful saga that fully immerses readers in all the possible scenarios that can stem from one's choices in life - and the reason why Wind Catcher stands out from the crowd.It's the heartbeat of a powerful young adult adventure steeped in Native American legend and tradition, fueled by a feisty female protagonist who refuses to take the easy way out whether it comes to belief, truth, or love, and who faces down kidnapping, betrayal, and an ultimate choice. Add in a growing circle of supportive friendships and you have a story that is vivid, engrossing - and (so you'll be forewarned) ends in a cliffhanger, ready for Book Two.

  • Cathy (cathepsut)
    2019-04-16 14:21

    A free, advance reading copy, provided by the publisher through NetGalley, thank you very much! Publishing date 23.03.2015.Young adult. A coming-of-age story. Not really my genre, but the blurb raised my interest.Standard set-up (I assume), teenage girl with a lot of insecurities and the usual trust issues of a 16-year old. She has changed to a school, where she doesn't seem to be welcome. All she wants to do it to fit in, instead the most popular girl in school and her fanclub are mean bitches to her and her few real friends.Thrown into the mix are a murder mystery, a mysterious secret society, some native American Indians, our heroine having confusing visions and hearing indecipherable voices.I found the beginning of the book slow and confusing. Once the story got going, it flowed along nicely though. I especially enjoyed it when the Famous Five Four went on their sleuthing spree.If you are looking for UF YA, this is not it. There is a supernatural element, but until about 60% into the book it is not a central point of the story. And once it is, it's not really explained. The heroine explores without knowing why or what the purpose is and eventually gains some skills with the flip of a switch and is just badass. I found that a little unsatisfying. I poke you and - bam! - you're a ninja and unbeatable. The suspense in the second half also took a downturn for me. I am not sure why, but somehow it seemed to slow down and the author almost lost me around 80% in. She did not manage to maintain the speed, that she built up with the friends investigating together. The final battle also felt short and not very climactic. My thoughts were along of "That was it?" All that angst, and then it was over rather quickly. The epilogue quickly wrapped up the dangling bits and gave one sentence as a tie-over to the next book of The Chosen.Hm, writing all that, the book was not bad. If you like coming-of-age stories, a little mystery solving, some teenage angst and a little supernatural going-ons, give it a try. It is not a roller coaster and there is no romance - but that could come in the next book, Jacob Troy has potential. But the story flows well enough and there are some pretty good bits. Will I get the next book? Probably not, although I wouldn't say no, if a free copy came along. Like I said, YA is not really my genre and the fantasy parts of the story or the plot in general did not grab me enough to make up for that.

  • Anna Tan
    2019-03-27 10:54

    Wind Catcher is the story of Juliet Wildfire Stone and how she has to choose between ignoring her Native American heritage in order to live the new elite, rich life her mother has built for her and submitting to the strange, old-fashioned ways of Sicheii, her grandfather, and the voices and visions in her head. It's a classic coming-of-age story with a side dose of fantasy, dipping generously into Native American legends. Overall, Wind Catcher is a fine novel told in the voice of a very uncertain sixteen-year-old Juliet, who wants nothing more than to go back to her old life before Bartens, and, when things get decidedly weird in a Native American way, to go back to Bartens and fit in with the rich, popular kids (or maybe just Katie) without worrying about strange symbols, secret societies and whether Sicheii is really a murderer. Trust seems to be a major theme of the story, as it is in a teenager's life. Can Juliet trust Sicheii, who is acting extremely cagey? Can she trust her best friend Troy, who doesn't seem as supportive as he used to be? What about her mother who's often lost in her own world? When things turn strange, and long-held secrets are revealed, who can Juliet really trust or believe? The Altabefs do a fine job with this theme, allowing Juliet to stumble through misplaced trust and unwarranted fears.The one thing that put me off about this debut novel by Jeff & Erynn Altabef (hence the lower rating) is the pacing. It felt like it took forever to get anywhere, with Juliet dithering about the same thing over and over again (realistic, I know, but trying in a novel), and when it felt sufficiently built up and raring to go, it was almost over. Still, if you love coming-of-age stories told in first person, this would be the book for you. I received a copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review via Novel Publicity.

  • Alex Mueck
    2019-04-01 07:56

    I truly enjoyed this book. This is not my normal genre, but I got an advanced reading copy, and gave it a shot and I am glad I did. I am not going to summarize story or give spoilers, but what I will say is what I really liked about it.First the characters are good esepcially, Juliet and her grandfather Sicheii. The interactions between them are realistic and often funny, you can really believe everything Juliet says and thinks in regards to her grandfather and his Indian ways. I found the pace to be excellent, the story builds and builds and keeps your interest growing and wondering what is exactly going on in this Arizona town. What I also liked was the story does not trespass on the many things I usually do not like about young adult books, love triangles, vampires, zombies, stuff that is so supersaturated that I just cannot read them anymore. This story seemed fresh and original.Finally the writing is superb, great flow, great anaolgies, great dialouge.If you like books like Harry Potter, Inkheard, Divergent, Twilight, and such, you will love this book!!!!!!!!!

  • Jessica
    2019-04-17 14:57

    Won in the First Reads giveaway.I liked it, though the prose was awkward at times. It was still very readable. It lost me a bit when (view spoiler)[aliens (hide spoiler)] were introduced. I have nothing against them, but I wasn't feeling it with this book.

  • Gaele
    2019-03-26 07:56

    I’m not a huge ‘thriller’ reader, but the buzz and the synopsis of this book were simply too clever to pass up. The writing partnership of Jeff and Erynn Altabef is a father/daughter duo, and I love the idea of two brains coming together to create cohesion. In this story, the protagonist is 16 year old Juliet, and she is also our insight into the story, as the narration is in her voice. The use of first person is honest and enhances the flow of the story: we feel that a teen girl is relating the story and events, and we are privy to her thoughts and memories. I like fist person for that very reason, especially when done well: the tension and angst from the character is transmitted to the reader often before the “EEK” moment. Juliet is the daughter of a Navajo man and a Caucasian woman: a bit of her own personal struggles with identity being so decidedly different from those around her only add to that sense of ‘who am I’ that everyone goes through in their teens. What is different here is the decided connection to both sides of her cultural identity: her best friends who couldn’t be more different, and the glimpses into the influences and legends of the Navajo. Language and emotion in this story feels very honest: decisions that Juliet must make are not always based solely in logic, but often are a mix of what she knows and what she feels – giving each reader a stake in her decisions, since we all have different thoughts and experiences coming in. While some of the more outrageous appearances of her powers seem to be rather offhandedly accepted, it also seems to tie deeply back to the relationship with her Sicheii (grandfather) and his tales and teachings she has heard since she can remember. I enjoyed the interplay between Juliet and her classmates, friends and best friends: those all felt real and possible, a glimpse into her day and life. And then, the mystery and action start to take over, and things move on a breakneck speed with mystery to solve and Juliet’s every experience comes into play as she makes decisions. She doesn’t want to be the “Chosen”, and she is conflicted about everything: change and growth are scary and unsettling, and the perfect time for doubts to creep in. The authors used that simple fact of human nature to enhance Juliet: she’s just 16, she shouldn’t have all the answers or always be certain that the decisions she makes are always right, and the moments of insecurity that she shows in second-guessing what she reveals, what path she is on, all help to make her more relatable. I loved that she was determined to see things through, even as she felt compelled to make the best choices possible, not just the quickest ones. While there are some elements and interior monologue that is repetitive, and some of her decisions appear to come more quickly without real solid reasoning, I enjoyed those moments as it made her more human, more 16. Integration of some Native American elements, the spats at school and with friends, and the reluctant heroine stepping up to do what is necessary to fulfill her purpose made this a story that I believe will appeal to teens and YA readers alike. I know that my daughter would have stayed up too late on a school night reading this story – needing to know what comes next. I received an eBook copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

  • Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)
    2019-04-07 15:13

    Actual Rating 4.5 StarsThe review was first up on For The Love of Fictional Worlds as a part of Wind Catcher's Blog Tour :)"Everything about me is a lie."This is the first book I have read with a American Indian theme and frankly one of the reasons why I actually expressed my interest in participating in this blog tour for this book and I haven't been disappointed.Juliet is a girl stuck in between two different worlds. On one hand is her heritage and on the other hand is the world she has come to live in. As a teenager, she is studying in an All White School, wherein she is the only Native American student, making her pariah."I am not special. I am not the smartest nor the strongest or the fastest or the richest person. I'm an average girl born between two worlds - one rich and the other Native American. I'm the victim of a cosmic mistake."Juliet is a heroine I have come to identify and admire through the course of the story. She started off as a whiner, and I really hate whiners. But while it was an uphill climb to understand her, I did understand her dilemma of being stuck in the middle of two vastly different worlds. It's easy in foresight to believe that choices should be easy, that things aren't as hard as they seem to be.Juliet had her whole life turned upside down and yet stood strong when it mattered. It was her strength that the whole plot rested on. She grew exponentially throughout the story and that honestly was the best feature of this book."Truth is a tricky thing. Some people think there are absolute truths that are always correct. That's foolish. Truth depends on your perspective."Though I know the basics of the American Indian culture and traditions, I have no exposure to the particular thoughts and beliefs of the culture itself. So I went to reading this book, with no previously held opinions, I was a clean slate. And I have to say, I fell in love with the way the cultures and beliefs are described in the book. Beautiful and simplistic in its beliefs, it is a culture defined by the relationship of man with nature. This book has made me want to immerse myself into the understanding this culture and it's belief system."I understand what true strength is now - strength to do what you think is right, to stand up for those who you love. Sicheii might have been misguided but he taught me what sacrifice really is."The tests and the enemy that Juliet faces, the betrayals she encounters (no matter how well meaning) should have destroyed, hell it would have destroyed any one weaker, but it just made the choices she made all the more admirable.The writing is wonderfully expressive and the story fast paced with enough twists and turns to keep your interest focused. Yet, the typical climax - the fight of good vs evil was cliche and that's where this book tripped. While I understand that this was what the book was working towards and sadly the fight fell flat for me at least.But I am still interested in the sequel, because the fight for a better world, will never end :)

  • Ren nerdychampagne
    2019-04-08 14:01

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewTHIS REVIEW IS ALSO POSTED ON NERDYCHAMPAGNETo give it 3.5 is me being generous. 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. Marlon reminds me of Baymax and 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. Wind Catcher is written in Juliet's POV in first person. Turthfully, 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. *winks*

  • Bri
    2019-04-05 13:17

    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 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.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-29 13:22

    I received this E-book from NetGalley for an Honest review.The Wind Catcher is a coming of age story with hints of the supernatural, and the thrill of a murder mystery. Juliet Wildfire Stone just wants to be normal. She doesn't want to be the only Native American at Barten’s (an all-white prep school) and she definitely doesn't want to be the ‘Chosen’. Her two best friends couldn't be more different. Katie, who attends Bartens and is the other resident outcast, and Troy, her childhood friend and her crush. Unfortunately, she is going to need all her friends and her grandfather’s teachings to solve the murders. Thankfully she has superpowers.There is many things that I liked about this book, and a few things that I just didn't care for. I thought it was well written. It was compelling and empowering. The characters were relatable in their normal day-to-day teenage lives. The absolute best things that stood out to me and made me love it; the author brought up the prejudice against Native Americans and addressed it.This Story showed off its Native American roots and brother the character back to them when she strayed. I didn't quite like or understand the ‘Chosen’ scenes until the end. But Juliet didn't understand her sudden gain of Superpowers or being chosen until then either. So that made it enjoyable and eased the influx of superpowers every few chapters in the mind.Overall, I think this is a good beginning to the series. Teens and those who read young adult will like it and love the culture that is throughout it. It has a bit of romance, angst, mystery and Murder! Also, No love triangle! I rate this 3 dead bodies out of 5. You can get this on Amazon, or your local bookstore.

  • Connie
    2019-04-03 13:17

    Source: I received a digital copy of book from the authors, thanks to Jeff and Erynn Altabef! Cost: Free Title:Wind Catcher Series:Chosen #1 Author:Jeff and Eyrnn Altabef Genre:YA, Fantasy Overall Rating:4 stars Although in some places, I found my brain a bit frazzled, this book was actually pretty brilliant! The concept of it was so good as I've always been kind of interested in Native American history. Juliet hears voices but as she's trying to be a a normal teenager, she ignores them. She wants to ignore everything that would make her abnormal, including her Native American grandfather Sicheii. But when her family and herself become tied into a series of murders, Juliet has to decide whether or not to accept that she isn't as normal as she pretends to be. I really liked the whole idea of this book and it holds a lot of promise. There were some spots where I found myself lost and having to reread some places but that didn't bother me too much as I was enjoying the story too much to care, I wanted the full impact of this story. Juliet seemed a bit too reckless to be my favourite main female lead so my heart kind of latched to Todd, who said things like be safe and followed Juliet like a lap puppy. I'm excited to be continuing with this series.

  • Wendy F
    2019-04-24 15:09

    What caught my attention about this book was the setting. Paranormal meets Native Americans... it's not such a stretch, but at the same time it doesn't seem done very often.I wasn't disappointed, mostly. I thought the basic idea behind the story was intriguing, but I also thought it had a few flaws. I wasn't a big fan of the relationship between Juliet and Troy, her best friend and possible love interest. I think this was caused by two reasons, first Juliet wasn't very nice. Sure she was nicest to Troy, but not what I would call 'nice'. I also think that the lack of chemistry between them was also due to Troy's character itself. I just don't think he was very flushed out. His voice wasn't strong. What I did like was Juliets grandfather. He was my favorite part of the story, and that includes his relationship with Juliet. Lastly, there was a twist in the end that I didn't see coming and I'm not quite sure how I feel about it. What it did do was keep me invested and curious about where in the heck the second book will go. Group Review feature at

  • Ken Halajian
    2019-04-03 15:20

    Just finished reading the latest from author Jeff Altabef, co-authoring this time with his daughter Erynn, in the first of what promises to be a series devoted to a new Young Adult heroine named Juliet Wildfire Stone. Showing the same ability to instantly create a believable set of clearly defined characters that he honed in his earlier thrillers, The Fourteenth Colony and Shatterpoint, the elder Altabef has neatly merged his story telling skills with those of his daughter to bring us an adventure from the perspective of a young Native American girl just trying to fit into what she desires most, a normal life. But the fates have other plans for this teenager as it is revealed to her and to us that she has been Chosen for something special. The fast moving narrative takes Juliet, her friends and her family through a rapidly developing story line setting us up for escalating thrills that do not end with the final words of this book. Let's hope the publishers can convince these two authors to get to work on the next book in the Chosen series. I, for one, am anxious for the story to continue.

  • Julie Baswell
    2019-04-03 10:57

    Juliet’s grandfather Sicheii, being a medicine man, has always told her that she was special, she just didn’t believe it. Being as ordinary as could be, she saw nothing remarkable about herself. Once she turned 16, though, things changed. She started having weird, vivid dreams. The voices in her head became louder. Now, the people in Sicheii’s secret society are being murdered and he becomes a prime suspect. When Juliet and her friends begin to investigate, she uncovers shocking secrets that her entire family have kept from her. She finally comes to the realization that she must embrace this new special self if she wants to survive her future.This story had me looking for conspiracy theories everywhere. I tried to outguess the secrets, but then a twist would come and rule out my conclusions. So I was guessing to the end. I liked the Native American aspect of this story. It had a good plot with well-rounded and likeable characters. And the last sentence will throw you for a loop.

  • Susan Price
    2019-04-05 11:01

    Wind CatcherBy Jeff Altabef and Erynn AltabefWind Catcher is one of the best thrillers for YA that I have read in some time. The main protagonist, Juliet, finds herself in the middle of a struggle to cope with her dual identity, white girl and Native American while trying to fit in with her white peers. When her grandfather begins to teach Juliet the values of her Native American inheritance, strange and frightening things began to take place; things that lure her into another realm. If I hadn’t had to eat and sleep, I would have read it right through without stopping. It is just that good!Jeff and Erynn are a father and daughter writing team. Wind Catcher is A Chosen Novel that has the stamp of the Awesome Indies Approved.

  • D Wu
    2019-03-30 12:58

    I throughly enjoyed this book. I don't read a lot of first person novels so it was a very refreshing read. I was totally engrossed in Juliet, the heroin, from the first chapters. The authors immediately connected the reader to her with some mystery, humour and action! The pace of the book is fast and furious which made it a perfect read for a cross country trip. We become attached to Juliet and want to follow her on her path to be the Chosen. And what a cool trip it is with lots of twists and turns! Along the way we get to know Juliet's interesting grandfather (a man with a lot of history in the community) and her high school crush. Kudos to the father/daughter team! Your first conglomeration is great!

  • Jeff Altabef
    2019-04-14 14:07

    Wind Catcher is the first young adult contemporary fantasy and paranormal novel in the Chosen series. I co-authored this book and the entire series with my teenage daughter. If you are looking for fiction books like Percy Jackson, only with Native American myths and legends, or fantasy books with mystery and suspense like I Am Number Four, you will enjoy reading this series. All of the Chosen novels will feature unexpected twists and vivid characters. This fantasy and paranormal book series is recommended for teens, young adults and up.

  • Matt Hageman
    2019-04-23 12:10

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  •  Mummy Cat Claire
    2019-04-14 10:56

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I went in blindly, as I didn't even bother to read the summary. I found that I really enjoyed the adventure and mystery of the book.The book follows, Juliet, and her struggles to discover herself and to solve the mystery behind the murders on the reservation. Juliet is a Native American, as well as most of the characters in the book. Juliet's mother and maternal grandfather are Native American. Dad is out of the picture. Juliet's, Sicheii, helps raise her and one of the many medicine men of the tribe. Juliet's best friend, Troy, lives and attends school on the reservation. However, Juliet attends an uppity charter school that she dislikes. Her favorite teacher is Ms. Arnold, who Juliet tells the reader, "studied Native American culture at Arizona State, which explains why she stayed behind in our little town."Juliet's Sicheii has done well in teaching her the ways of her tribe but she struggles with putting things all together with her school. When one day, Juliet gets into a fight with the mean girls and is suspended from school. Through Juliet's struggles, her Sicheii is there to guide her into the ways of the tribe."You want to be just like Tiffany and Morgan, don't you? No, that's not it! I shout, but part of me is jealous of them, wants to be accepted by them, wants to belong in their world. I despise myself for feeling that way. i hate them, but they have everything I'm supposed to want."After her suspension, Juliet's friends from the reservation come for a visit and they notice that an important medicine man has been murdered. They all set out to solve the murder and, in the process, they discover a secret society in the tribe and how Sicheii and Juliet fit in with the mysteries surrounding them. I found Juliet's voice to be mature and thoughtful. She had her share of bad decisions but I cared about her. She is fast to anger and becomes very bold when pushed. Juliet is likable and entertaining. Her voice is soothing and descriptive. She was also observant. "I walk to the sink and stare down at the paper swam in the porcelain dish. Coiled around the bird is the pendant and necklace Sicheii gave me when I turned seven. The pendant is made from turquoise and shaped as a slanted rectangle on its side, with a smaller silver rectangle etched inside the larger one. The slanted rectangle is my tribe's symbol for the Wind Spirit. Sicheii called the pendant a Wind Catcher. When I wore it, the Wind Spirit would help me, protect me, guide me."I love the way the author adds in the little details in his writing. There are also little clues to the mystery of the book. This quote really explained the title and purpose of the story. I like how Juliet is a strong and smart girl. She doesn't depend on others to save her or to help her. She recognizes the help and says so. I felt like her and Troy were really trying hard to hide their feelings for each other, but as the book progresses their feelings become a bit more obvious. Perhaps in the next book, the author will allow the two characters to explore a relationship. For this book, the characters are starting to recognize the other as more than a friend. It was entertaining to see how things developed with them. Later on in the book, Juliet's dad comes into the picture. Altabef does a great job in explaining his whereabouts and all the reasons surrounding his being gone. I enjoyed the dad. I thought he was a good example of what rehabilitation is supposed to be like. He was mature, accepted responsibility, slow to anger, cautious and understanding. He was almost too good to be true but the author added in a few faults just to make him more human. Juliet has a temper. Everyone around her has seen it and the author makes sure to show the reader her anger. She seems to think later and react in the moment. I found the scene where she throws her coffee in Sicheii's face to be disrespectful and perhaps not the most "Juliet" thing to do. Juliet is also quite trusting. She hasn't yet learned to be more careful with people. For me, this shows her age.I liked how the author referenced Dyslexia. It seemed the author either did some research or has experience with this learning disorder because I felt like he was quite knowledgeable and presented the disorder well. It was nice to see someone understand and write about it in an educational way. The author doesn't specify a tribe but the book speaks of Arizona and other land markings that are familiar to me. I think I guessed right on the tribe but I don't want to speculate, as it really wasn't imperative to the story.The writing flows easily and comes off pretty. Juliet doesn't' tell the reader much of her feelings. She shows her anger and the reader learns from other characters. There is a lot of mystery to this book because Juliet is in the dark on a lot of issues. Overall, I enjoyed this book. It is quite lengthy so you will want to take your time with this one. I was impressed with the writing. Altabef, is very good at adding in clues for the reader. After a while, I was able to find some and mark them. This was entertaining for me to see if I was right. I would recommend this book to those that enjoy Native American characters and story lines, but also to those that aren't so familiar with the culture. I was able to learn a few things and I enjoyed reading through the symbolism and meanings of signs/symbols of the tribe. I enjoyed the characters and found the ending to be exciting but also a bit underwhelmed. There isn't a cliff hanger but the ending leaves things wide open for another book. Content: mild language, violence with people and with animals I received a copy of this book from the author and have written an honest review.

  • Amy_Read to My Heart's Content
    2019-03-29 13:03

    I received this book through a blog tour for my honest opinion of it.What an amazingly unique story!! I can honestly say I have never read anything like it! I loved the strong Native American themes running through it as well as the deep plunge into the rich culture then and now. This story seemed to quench my thirst for knowledge of the more supernatural aspect to the Native American history and storytelling and I loved the creativity of the authors. Even though this is, in essence, a young adult book, I was literally kept at the edge of my seat while reading. The plot has some very intense situations as well as mature threads running throughout the story. I love that our authors see our “young adult” crowd as more than older kids; they see them as very intelligent and can handle the more mature themes including murder and secret societies. And come on, who doesn’t love secret societies? I was also totally in love with the fact that Wind Catcher can’t be limited to just one genre. It has mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, and I personally think it has this “coming of age” sense to it too. Trust me, there is something for everyone in this awesome novel! Besides being super interesting, the book is very well written. Both authors, Jeff and Erynn, pay such close attention to details, big and small, and the words flowed easily from the pages to the mental pictures in my mind. The characters are complex and you can see definite changes as the story progresses for the main character. Juliet Stone starts out as being torn from fitting in at her private school and still trying to hold on to a place in her culture too. I enjoyed watching her as she learned more about her past, which helped her deal with her problems with the present. I also enjoyed immensely how at the beginning neither Juliet or Troy was very trusting of those out of the Native American society, but as the story goes on and delves deeper into the mysteries of the secret society, we see more trust being developed. We see characters of different heritages putting their lives on the line for Juliet and others. I love to see this coming together of different peoples. Awesome! Overall, I was insanely happy with the way Wind Catcher turned out! I was hooked from the very first pages and found myself reading this story in less than two days. I already know I am going to have a really hard time making it till November for the book two, but I will probably find myself re-reading book one to make the wait a little easy. I would definitely recommend Wind Catcher to anyone who is fascinated by the Native American history and the rich mythology too, especially when it is combined with a modern twist!

  • Danielle
    2019-04-06 15:18

    I got this book through a company that e-mailed me to do reviews for them. I was very excited when I was approached to read things for them. When I got the e-mail to read this one I jumped on it and requested it right away. The story seemed very interesting to me when I read the synopsis. I was not disappointed. This book is well written and thought out. I loved the idea of it and how they fleshed out the main points. I was surprised to see that this books was written by an author and his daughter. They did a great job with it and I enjoyed it.The characters are well thought out and you can relate to something from each of them. From the teenagers all the way to the adults. I personally could relate to the issues that Juliet faced when she talked about how she was treated in school because she was different. I could even understand the sense of loyalty that her grandfather felt to their heritage and old ways. We all have the things in our lives that we will not let go of that come from our families. They all move and work well together to weave a beautiful story.That being said, I do have a few things that bugged me. When I started the book I struggled to get into it. It was a very slow starting book. I am the kind of reader that wants something to grab me and keep from the beginning. It's harder when you start a book slowly, with little forward movement. Once I got into it, the book moved better, but I had to make myself trudge forward. Another issue I had was how fast the main character, Juliet, accepted her role in things. She went from "No, I will not believe this" to "Yes, I am this person and I will do these things". I feel like there was no real internal struggle with it and this story moved very fast. I know that there are things in the book that would make her jump into things, but I still think the whole development of the "big secret" was too much. They built it up and built it up, but when it was revealed it was accepted to easily.The ending kind of left me wanting. I think that the last part of this book would have been better suited to be in the next book. A cliff hanger is great, but I think that this one left me feeling off.Pros: The characters were well developed on their own. The story was well thought out. The lore in the book appeared to well researched and fitting.Cons: You get from point A to point B too quickly in some places. The ending was better suited for the next book. The main character, Juliet, left me feeling a little off at some points. Over all rating: Excellent book and I would recommend it to others.

  • Kina
    2019-04-13 15:12

    I was given a copy of this book by paranormal romance and authors that rock in return for an honest reviewI give this book 5 fangs ( I really loved it and want to read the next one )I didn't just love this book, I couldn't put it down I was reading while I cooked and cleaned every moment I read until it was over and now I can't wait for book 2. The book starts at almost the end of the story and then tells the tale leading up to that point. So right from the start we know that Jules the smart snarky heroine of the story is unique and that something life altering has happened and it involves blood on her hands. Meet Jules she's almost 16 and like most teenagers just wants to fit in, but Jules isn't like the other kids at her ritzy private school she's Native American and along with that she has a grandfather that is a medicine man and is constantly trying to make her believe in the old ways. He tells her stories of the great wind spirit and Coyote the trickster. He believes all the spirits guide you along. Jules is trapped between her heritage and her new school with gadgets and computers it leaves no room for spirits. Yet when another local medicine man is murdered and Jules starts hearing voices she gathers up her friends and starts investigating. It's not long before he evidence is stacking up against her grandfather but that's not all their are more murders and people trying to kidnap her. She doesn't know who to trust and around every corner it seems like the people that were supposed to be watching out for her have been lying. Her best friend Troy grew up with her and has always looked out for her. He believes in the old ways and in preserving their Native American heritage he's sick of the way the white folks have taken over the town they live in. He's constantly telling her to believe in the spirits, he follows the guidance of her grandfather, but she just doesn't know what to believe. When evidence is pulling her further down a rabbit hole and Troy seems to be keeping secrets. Nothing is as it seems and all people have many faces, it's who you truly are that matters, what you do when those you love are threatened. Really I found the writing fantastic and the characters relatable and realistic. I often find YA books difficult because I feel as if the writing is not authentic to the age group, in how they would react or how they speak. This book nailed it. With twists and turns I can't wait to read book 2 to find out what will happen next.

  • Jemima Pett
    2019-03-30 16:00

    This is a really interesting setting, with a teen girl really going through some very odd experiences as she tries to reconcile her Native American roots and single-mom-plus-weird-grandfather upbringing with a snooty school full of rich kids and an often-absent Mom who’s got a power legal career. I usually enjoyed the Native American links, although they were a bit disjointed at times (possibly in line with Juliet’s disjointed connection to them), and as you might expect I really disliked the snooty girl bullying at the rich school. Hey, some people lap that stuff up, but I find it horrific that this sort of behaviour seems to be considered the norm in the US – or maybe it’s only teen stories. (and yes, I know there’s more of it in the UK than there used to be, or has it always been the prerogative of the rich?)It’s a compelling story, with the murder and torture of one of Juliet’s grandfather’s friends leading to discoveries of secret societies in the past, and a suspicion that her grandfather is fully involved in the crimes. Juliet manages to link up with her real friends to delve deeper into the past and uncover guardians of a secret, followed by revelations about the secret itself, as she discovers her destiny.Just writing ‘discovers her destiny’ makes me shiver, since it’s such a cliche, and this book is full of them. It’s also full of either magical descriptions or really clunky (or klutzy) similes. One even made me stop reading to consider what my editor would say, in the middle of a really good action sequence. I was disappointed that the Native American legends seem to be morphing into an alien scifi story for the rest of the series.It’s won or been mentioned in a shelf-load of awards, which just goes to show I don't know what these awards are for. It’s got a father-daughter writing partnership, and I couldn’t tell who wrote which, but there are definitely differences in writing styles throughout the book that make it very uneven. I’m sure loads of teenage girls will love it, but I would put a PG-13 on it at the very least. Although, of course, there’s nothing more than hand-holding in it on the relationships front!Oh, and it has a baddie labelled as a Brit but he doesn’t speak English. I think he was meant to be speaking English by putting swearwords in very strange places and adding “mate” randomly. Is he a token Brit or will it become important during the series?

  • Kathryn Svendsen
    2019-04-10 16:16

    Juliet Stone is a Native American who attends a private school with mainly Caucasian youth. She doesn't feel as though she fits in at Barten's, hasn't made more than one friend and hates it there.She's started hearing voices and it seems strange things are going on including murders of people belonging to a secret society that her grandfather Sicheii is part of. Each member has a tattoo with a pair of twisted arrows with different arrowheads and the arrows are surrounded with a circle.The Prologue is attention-grabbing. Chapter 1 is gripping. After that, you can't put it down. These authors know how to write a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Their story moves along with fluidity through its twists and turns and amazing surprises until the end which is totally unexpected.The characters are well-developed so that we care about them and what happens to them. It surprised me what some of these characters that I liked could do that I don't approve of. I guess it surprised Juliet too and that is why she said her life was a lie. But then she didn't find out who she was until she was almost 16.Wind Catcher was certainly not quite what I had expected. This is the second book I have read with Jeff Altabef as the author and I am beginning to think that when you pick up a book where he is the author, you'd better expect the unexpected. That's a good thing because it's a pleasant surprise how he can twist things in his stories to go in directions you wouldn't think he would take the story. That’s what keeps it so fresh and exciting. And now that he's teamed up with his daughter Erynn, I'm sure the creativity and unexpected will be even greater.I totally enjoyed Wind Catcher. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys suspense or thriller novels. I gave it 5 stars out of 5. I’m looking forward to book 2 of this series.Thank you to the authors for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.This book was reviewed on my blog Shelf Full of Books http://kathrynsshelffullofbooks.blogs...

  • Dorine White
    2019-04-21 14:22

    The Story- Juliet Wildfire Stone hears voices. They have gotten more insistent in the last couple months and play a continual static in the back of her mind. Her grandfather Sicheii, a Native American medicine man, tells her that it is her destiny and she needs to listen to the voices. When another medicine man is murdered, Juliet doesn’t think it is a coincidence that he was friends with her grandfather.Juliet and her best friend Troy start searching for clues about the murder, clues that lead her straight to her grandfather and a secret society to which he belongs. The Order of the Twisted Arrow has been passed down for generations, and evidently Juliet is the “Chosen One” of their stories.Soon Juliet is fighting for her life as more and more people are murdered and she is forced to run from the law. Her only hope lies in accepting her powers and trusting her grandfather.My Thoughts-First off, great story that completely took me by surprise at the end and went somewhere I totally didn’t expect. That alone gets bonus points from me. I was so sure that this was going to be a Native American supernatural thriller that when the author threw in a curve ball I was shocked. Yep, you’ll have to read it to understand my point JThe characters are wonderful and I really didn’t know whether Juliet’s grandfather was legit or not. The author does a great job with cross information. I was totally into the budding romance that seems to be lurking between Juliet and Troy, I just wish there had been more. That part was underdeveloped for a YA book, and I can only hope the second book delivers.I did have one issue and that was with the author’s own anger issues soaking through into the book. The entire beginning of the book everything is so slanted towards prejudice against Native Americans that I could feel the author’s feelings more poignantly than Juliet’s. She is a tough, amazing girl and I really wanted to just ask, where is the balance? Not everyone at a private school is a prick and Juliet’s isolation seemed a little too stereotypical.Thank goodness the author continues on into the story and the plot really flows. 4 stars!