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Windchaser (Phantom Island #1)

4.26  ·  Rating Details  ·  121 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
High school senior Whitnee has spent six years rebuilding her identity after her father's mysterious disappearance left her with more questions than answers. With her two best friends, Morgan and Caleb, she returns as a mentor to the summer camp of her childhood. Nestled in the Texas hill country, Camp Fusion is everything Whitnee remembers—except for the haunting visions ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 13th 2011 by Tate Publishing (first published April 20th 2009)
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Mar 25, 2010 LeNore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My church book group picked this book because Krissi Dallas is a Burleson woman and we wanted to support the home town girl. It is YA Fantasy, which is my favorite genre. My one ciriticism is that it didn't follow the 300 printed words per page format. There were a lot more words and I think it puts people off from reading it. I thought it was occasionally didactic in places. It had a lot of romance,relationship stuff in it (nothing that a middle school student couldn't read, Krissi is the wife ...more
Courtney (Fuzzy.Coffee.Books)
What I Liked: 1) The characters. The main characters of Whitnee, Morgan, and Caleb are all well-rounded and unique characters with fully explored histories. The first thing that strikes me about Miz Dallas's writing is how real her characters become. They don't just come into being when you open the first page, they are living, breathing people with histories, quirks, personalities, and lives. It doesn't take long to start to view them as your friends, rather than characters in a book. 2) Camp F ...more
Amber Stokes
Jan 15, 2016 Amber Stokes rated it it was amazing
On the hunt for a highly imaginative, highly engaging book? Then Windchaser is an adventure you won't want to miss! The cover, the description, and a friend's praise of the book made me eager to give the book a try, and I'm so very glad I did!

The story begins at Camp Fusion, the quintessential summer camp that shines in all its youthful promise. Whitnee, Morgan, and Caleb, three inseparable friends who met at Camp Fusion years ago, return to the place of renewal in order to help middle-school ca
Feb 14, 2013 Ericka rated it it was amazing
I was honestly surprised by how much I liked this book. Krissi is an amazing writer and I really do hope this book gets more discovered, it definitely deserves it. The story was good, entertaining, and well written. I seriously felt like these characters were real. They weren't just imagined and thrown together, like many other books' characters. Definitely worth getting. :)
Victoria Scott
What a fantastic read! I was turning the pages lightning fast, and didn't want it to end (which is honestly rare for me). One of those books you can't stand to put down. Now...where is the second one? Oh, yes. Right here on my Nook!! :)
Oct 13, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it
A fabulous read -- incredibly creative and fun. I'm a Hydrodorian (Water tribe) all the way, baby!
May 07, 2009 Jaclyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody
Since I teach 7th grade, I love to read YAF. Sometimes this gets very stale, but Phantom Island: Wind was definitely a breath of fresh air. The writing was well-thought out, the plot was full of twist & turns and the main character was complicated without being annoying.

Whitnee Terradora has had a life full of complication since the mysterious disappearance of her father over 6 years ago. She returns to Camp Fusion, a camp for troubled kids, only this time as a counselor instead of a camper
Jan 30, 2016 JennRenee rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013

This book has been on my TBR for a very long time and I finally made a spot for it right before the author comes to town. I was pleasantly pleased by this book. I was creative, original, and very enjoyable. I loved it from the beginning to the end, never a dull moment, and full of surprises. This was a story of magic and mystery.

Long Story Short:

Whitnee lost her father 6 years ago, he just disappeared and she still doesn't know if he is dead or living up somewhere without her and her mot
Jennifer Wardrip
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I just finished reading probably one of the best books that I have read in the last few years.

Whitnee's father mysteriously disappeared six years ago. Whitnee and her mother have missed him and refuse to think he is dead.

The first summer after he went missing, Whitnee went to a summer camp, Camp Fusion, where there were counselors who dealt with emotional problems. There she met Morgan and Caleb, who become her two best friends. Now they are back at
Mar 18, 2013 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed reading this first book in a series. Had an opportunity to hear the author speak at Montgomery County Book Festival in Conroe, Texas. Ms Dallas is a wonderful voice in the YA Fantasy genre. She has three well developed characters in Whitnee, Morgan and Caleb who are mentors at a summer camp for troubled teens. Camp Fusion, a camp that helped them when they were younger and dealing with heartbreaking events in their young lives. Events lead Whitnee to be pulled into exploring a for ...more
Ashlea Daune
May 07, 2013 Ashlea Daune rated it really liked it
The story was one that was unusual but had a familiar feel of sci/fi fantasy with the alternate world aspect. I enjoyed the world building of the island that most of the story took place on. I think the author did a wonderful job of describing and making the island real. The magical powers that pertain to the Earth, Fire, Wind, and Water were fun to read about as well.
The writing style was fun but also kept well with the feel of the story. The book was very fast paced and I wasn’t able to put i
Amber Jean
May 06, 2014 Amber Jean rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
WOW! What a wonderful read!
I had never heard of this series, but by luck was at my local Barnes & Noble when Krissi was there doing a book promotion & signing! The books looked interesting so I figured "WHY NOT"! THANKFULLY......I bought all 4 books in the series available at this time! After reading this book, I can't wait to keep going! I just hope that by the time I finish the 4th book the next ones are ready! (Krissi said there are supposed to be 8 total in this series!)

I probably wo
Cory Oakes
Jan 29, 2012 Cory Oakes rated it it was amazing
Oh. My God. Sign me up to live on the island!! I can't wait to see what happens next in this series! This is a fantastic fantasy adventure, written by a talented author with a firm handle on all aspects of teen-dom. A marvelous debut and the first of a series that is sure to impress.
Jun 05, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing
This book will hook you from the first page. If you liked Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, or any books in those genres, you will LOVE the Phantom Island series. Krissi Dallas is a masterful author, pulling you into a world of magic, mystery, and action.
Maeghan Bush
Aug 16, 2011 Maeghan Bush rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book.
I can't wait to read the new, revised edition when Phantom Island makes it's commercial publishing debut later this year : )
So much excitement : )
Nov 27, 2010 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved it! Krissi Dallas came to our school to talk about the book. I am glad she did because I would have never read it. I so can not wait for Water!
Jun 28, 2012 Krissy rated it it was amazing
The best series I have ever read. Krissi has a way to get you totally involved in the story. The characters and the plot will leave you wanting to go to the island.
Jan 20, 2013 Amber rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books, teens
Loved it. Defiantly a books that needs to get its name out there. Once that happens, people will be swarming left and right to grasp a copy for themselves. :D
Aug 24, 2015 Rachel rated it it was ok
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F.J.R. Titchenell
Jan 09, 2013 F.J.R. Titchenell rated it liked it
I looked up Windchaser after reading Dallas’s great story, “Pink Snow,” from the Winter Wonders anthology. For the review sites where ratings are given in stars, I’d just like to say that if I could add an extra half star to the three, I would for this one. I was really on the fence rating-wise by the time I got to the end, but I felt three came closest to summing up the experience as a whole.

The basics: Whitnee, Morgan, and Caleb, three best friends and former campers from Camp Fusion, a summer
De'anna Woo
Jun 22, 2014 De'anna Woo rated it really liked it
It is a very interesting book. It leaves you with a lot of questions, though, the main wone is "Is her F
father alive?" It tooj me a while to get Fully captivated in the book. It leads you to believe it's going to be another love story during the summer but once you get past the first 6 chapters or so, it leads up to the mystery in a why you wouldn't expect.
Sep 10, 2014 Melodramaticfool rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
All in all, this book was alright... I liked the idea behind the camp for trouble teens. The concept of the Power of Elements is extremely cliched though, especially to read about the special connections they had with their elements and personality traits. Meh. It's ultimate downfall is the drama. Choking, blinding, disgusting, DRAMA.

My other complaint is that near the end of the book, it just cuts off. Randomly. I felt so confused and a little frustrated. Why didn't the author at least close up
May 03, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
Wow! Bought this a year ago and hadn't gotten around to reading it. So great! Grabbed me and kept a hold of me! Bought the next three books!
Jul 13, 2013 Megan rated it it was ok
i like it but for me it one of the book you would not read again.i mean i like the charters but not the story
Oct 10, 2009 Carrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
I am definitely hooked I can't wait until the next book Phantom Island Water comes out.
Sharon Bayliss
May 05, 2013 Sharon Bayliss rated it really liked it
Shelves: texas, yab-fest-2013
This was a fun, breezy read that teenagers would definitely enjoy.
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Krissi Dallas is a gray-eyed Aerodorian who lives in Texas with her husband, Sam, and their two wicked Yorkies, Elphaba and Luna. Krissi loves adventure, especially when teaching her seventh and eighth grade Advanced English and Language Arts students. Just to ensure that life doesn't get boring, she travels around the world whenever time and money permit and she stays involved in as many teenage ...more
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