Sunday, February 12, 2017

Wind Catcher by Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef - Book Review

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?

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My Review

Wind Catcher is a unique story that sort of draws you in out of curiosity, then grabs hold of you and takes you on an exciting journey through pages filled with magic and mystery. There's a lot of fascinating Native American folklore, and it's really cool to delve into it and read about spirits and that culture.

It definitely had a Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibe, but instead of vampires and demons, there's, well, a demon. And a strange race of beings, almost alien, that believe they are superior to humans and want to take over the Earth. I quite liked this aspect. It was something different that I had never read before in any story, and the tie-in with the Native American mythology and folklore made it all the more appealing. Plus, Buffy is one of my all-time favorite shows, so being able to kind of compare the two made me enjoy the book even more.

Juliet, the main character, had her moments where she frustrated me and made me want to yell at her to stop being so wishy-washy and just accept things. Her grandfather, Jake, was an interesting character. He was a bit oddball, but also loving and loyal, and he only wanted what was best for his granddaughter. I also really liked Juliet's friend Troy. He's a bit broody at times, but ultimately is a really good person. There are a plethora of other characters who you will either like or loathe. I had a back-and-forth sort of feeling when it came to Juliet's mom.

Overall, I found Wind Catcher to be a really well-written book. There were a few grammatical mistakes here and there, but they were few and far between, so that didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story. The plot moves at a steady pace, although there were a couple of spots that dragged for me. If you're looking for something unique and exciting, give Wind Catcher a chance. I'd rate it 4.5 stars out of 5. 

Author Bio
Jeff Altabef lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the writing center in the local community college. After years of being accused of "telling stories," he thought he would make it official. He writes in both the thriller and young adult genres. Fourteenth Colony, a political thriller, is his debut novel. Jeff has a blog designed to encourage writing by those that like telling stories. You can find his blog, The Accidental Writers Workshop, on The Patch. Jeff also rights a column for The Examiner under the byline - The Accidental Writer. 

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