Sunday, March 29, 2015

Book Review: Wind Catcher + Giveaway

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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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I looked forward to reading this book but when I started it read a little slower than I personally would like, but it builds up more as you read it. Don't expect a lot of action until you're at least half way through the book. 

Juliet's voice is captured well. Although, not too witty or overly dramatic, I think the authors captures the realistic teen voice in the writing. I liked Juliet, I liked that she got into fights and learned from her mistakes. She is a bit more passive than I expected but it could be because of the writing because it made the protagonist seem more passive than she really was in the story. If the prose had been written more actively, I think it would have made her character a lot more interesting and easier to read. 

I feel that the writing could have used a little more editing. It would have made reading the story much more entertaining and clearer if that had been done. I think it held me back from completely immersing myself  in the story because occasionally I felt there was a lot 'telling' instead of  'showing'. 

The story has an interesting concept and I loved the diversity. I don't read many Native American culture or stories and I like the spin that the authors take with the story. It's something I'd like to see more of in books. I also like how an absent parent/guardian isn't always the case in this story nor do they disappear. Her mother calls to check up on her, as does her grandfather. I'm glad that this story did not fall in to one of those tropes because it has been one of my pet peeves. 

Overall, it's the beginning of an interesting and creative story. Although the build up is slow, it may be worth it to push through to the end if you enjoy surprises and are looking for a realistic story with paranormal undertones. Don't expect too much fantasy aspects in this installment. If you're looking for a story where trust and a connection with nature are the themes then you won't go wrong with this read.

3 out of 5 rating for me!

(A copy was provided for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)

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