About the BookTitle: Wind Catcher (Chosen, Book 1) | Authors: Jeff Altabef & Erynn Altabef | Publication Date: March 21, 2015 | Publisher: Evolved Publishing | Pages: 324 | Recommended Ages: 10+
Winner: Mom's Choice Award -- Silver Medal
Winner: 2015 Beverly Hills Book Award - Best YA Fiction
Winner: Awesome Indies -- Seal of Approval
Recipient: Readers' Favorite -- 5 Star Review
Evolved Publishing presents the first thrilling installment in "Chosen" by award-winning author Jeff Altabef, and his daughter Erynn Altabef. This fantasy adventure series is steeped in American Indian culture and so much more.
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.
(My 14 year-old Daughter)
“I am Juliet Wildfire Stone, Jake Clearwater Stone’s granddaughter, the Chosen.” Juliet, our hero of this story, winds up in a situation which, at first, is undesirable to her. Ever since she moved to a new school, she could not fit in and only wished to be normal. She found that she was not accepted in her new surroundings and that she had grown further apart from her friends. Unfortunately, for our poor Juliet, she is chosen by the Wind Spirit and must embark on a very dangerous journey. Throughout the many happenings, her character develops and Juliet discovers who she truly is... the Chosen.
I was thankful to find a book that piqued my interest. An enjoyable read; this book has an adventurous and action packed feel to it. There were many exciting and tense-filled moments. The hint of romance satisfied my need for a bit of ‘ooh-la-la’. With complete ease of mind, I can happily say that I rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
My admiration and good luck to the authors.
The Buzz About the Book
"Overall I thought the book was really entertaining and cool. I would give it 4 1/2 stars. I think boys and girls 13 and older would like this book." ~ Mother Daughter Book Reviews, Daughter's Review
"This is an enjoyable read for all ages that goes by as fast as the authors can unspool it. " ~ Kirkus Reviews
"This very unique and refreshingly original contemporary fantasy has elements of high epic fantasy woven throughout it, and it will surprise and delight even the most jaded fantasy readers." ~ Jack Magnus, Readers' Favorite Book Reviews
"Wind Catcher stands out from the crowd. It's... a powerful young adult adventure steeped in Native American legend and tradition." ~ Donovan, eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
"A treat to read." ~ Awesome Indies
About the Authors:
Jeff Altabef & Erynn Altabef
Wind Catcher is a joint project between the father/daughter team of Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef. Jeff is an award-winning author with two published thrillers. He has a column on The Examiner focused on writing, and volunteers at the local community college. Erynn is an avid reader, dancer, and community activist who has just earned her Girl Scout Gold Award. When she's not in high school, she loves reading, performing in school musicals, baking, and watching movies with her friends.