Wind Catcher (Review)

Wind Catcher (Review)

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Title: Wind Catcher (A Chosen Novel #1)
Author:  Jeff & Erynn Altabef
Publisher:  Evolved Publishing
Published Date:  21st March 2015
Rating: 3 Stars

*Thank you to the author for the review copy*

Synopsis:  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.
   
                     
                     
                     
                     
 

Review: 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 n 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!

Olivia’s Question: What is your favourite kind of
mythology?

Olivia-Savannah x


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