Wind Catcher by Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef
Publisher: Evolved Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: March 2015
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.
Note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
When I was presented with an opportunity to read Wind Catcher, I had no choice but to seize it. Who wouldn’t want to read a book that was written by a father/daughter duo?
Juliet Stone is an “average girl born between two worlds- one rich and the other Native American”. At least, that’s who she starts out as. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that she’s special, especially when her frequent migraines and spot on intuition keep showing up. Juliet wants nothing more than to fit in and be “normal”, so that her snobby schoolmates in the private school she attends will leave her alone, or maybe befriend her.
To make matters worse, she now hears seemingly meaningless ramblings in her head: ramblings that are never ending. She can’t tell anyone- not her mum, who just doesn’t get anything, and certainly not her grandfather, who doesn’t seem capable of giving a straight answer.
When Juliet and Troy, her best friend, stumble upon a murder scene, things start to change, and events lead to her discovering that she is the Chosen. It falls upon Juliet to save her people, lest they perish in the hands of the Seeker.
The authors really portray how it must feel for a teenage girl to find out that she’s never going to be “normal”, and the character development is very believable. I enjoyed the way Juliet realizes she has to suck it up and accept her responsibility, even though it’s not what she bargained for.
Wind Catcher is truly a page-turner. It’s one of those books that anyone can read: YA book lovers, Middle Grade Fiction lovers, Mystery/Suspense fiction lovers, and even adults! It had me sucked in right from the Prologue, and I was happy to know that there are still wonderfully written, all-age appropriate books out there.