Welcome to my stop on this amazing blog tour for Wind Catcher by Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef. A huge thanks goes to the Novel Publicity for putting this all together and allowing me to be a part of it!
This fantasy adventure series is steeped in American Indian culture and so much more.
Winner: Mom's Choice Award -- Silver Metal
Winner: Awesome Indies -- Seal of Approval
Recipient: Readers' Favorite -- 5 Star Review
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-couldnever be average.
Betrayed by those she loves, she must decide whether to run or risk everything by fulfilling her destiny as the Chosen.
"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
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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!