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Wind Catcher

(Chosen #1)

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Lies.
Betrayal.
Destiny.
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 s
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Paperback, 325 pages
Published March 21st 2015 by Evolved Publishing, LLC (first published March 1st 2015)
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Olivia-Savannah  Roach
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 story
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N.N. Light
Wind Catcher is one of those books that grabs ahold of you and doesn't let go until you've read the last page. I was taken in by the cover and blurb but it's the story itself that makes this a must-read. The mystery of murdered medicine men and her being Chosen is the basis of this book but it's so much more than that. It's about family, faith and doing what must be done, even if you don't quite understand what's going on. A beautiful, touching story and I couldn't stop reading. Highly recommend ...more
Dianne
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Juliet Wildfire Stone just wanted to be a normal teenager, but she hears voices, she has visions, are they part of the long held beliefs of her Native American Heritage? With a mysterious medicine man for a grandfather, she is used to his cryptic talk, but could he be hiding more than the wisdom of his years?

People are dying around her, people connected with a history her grandfather has never shared, but everything points to Juliette. When she learns she is more than human, that she is “Chosen,
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❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
Gah. I wanted to like this book. I think the biggest barrier for me was the MC. She was too wishy-washy. I do understand that teenagers are by and large indecisive, she makes it an art form.

One minute she's angry and ambivalent, but later when confronted with "proof" she stays wavering on her viewpoints. At times she starts to seem strong and then she changes back to someone I didn't like again.

She makes decisions over and over that I wouldn't make.

The book started out good, but then it just
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Nicola
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
3.5

Wind Catcher tells the story of Juliet Wildfire Stone as she comes to terms with her Native American heritage whilst struggling through an all-white private school. Her grandfather, Sicheii, is eager for her to be knowledgeable about her heritage and so she has been brought up with lots of stories and rituals. She isn't all that interested though and thinks that the here and now is much more important than learning about so called "spirits".

When she starts to hear voices in her head and see v
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Candy
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Juliet Wildfire Stone is young Native American teenage wanting more than anything to be ‘normal’ but she is anything but normal. She has spent her life around her maternal grandfather telling her stories about the Great Wind Spirit and Coyote, the good & evil from their native believes. On her sixteenth birthday, her grandfather tells her the story of her birthday & what happened the fateful day. Juliet learns that she is more than she ever imagine when she is finally is told that she is ...more
Sherry Fundin
I got Wind Catcher by Jeff & Erynn Altabef, as an Amazon freebie back in October of 2016, but it got lost in the shuffle. Then…I won a signed paperback copy of book two, Brink of Death, so I pulled it out, dusted it off, and wondered why in the hell I waited so long to read it.

Juliet Stone is special, but she doesn’t know it. I love her feistiness and loyalty. She sticks up for her friends, even if it comes to blows. You definitely need to watch out for the badass ladies in Wind Catcher.

“Yo
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Clare O'Beara
Juliet Stone is partly Native and living in a better off area, but can't escape that her classmates think she is different - I thought kids were supposed to be tolerant of difference and welcoming these days. Maybe that is just California? Her pal is a lad from the nearby reservation and while dodging school together they are set upon by a fierce doglike creature that might have wings. They evade it but shortly after, an old medicine man is found horribly dead.

By now I had figured out that this
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Diane
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The theme sounds simple: sixteen-year-old half-Indian Juliet just wants to be a normal teenage - but she can't, because she is the Chosen, with all the powers and responsibilities that come with the position. Her abilities to hear voices and see visions have always troubled her and her grandfather Sicheii's words have been puzzling and unhelpful.

All this is about to change in Wind Catcher, the first book of the 'Chosen' series that takes Juliet's troubled world and ramps it up to a whole new lev
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Cathy (cathepsut)
A free, advance reading copy, provided by the publisher through NetGalley, thank you very much! Publishing date 23.03.2015.

Young adult. A coming-of-age story. Not really my genre, but the blurb raised my interest.

Standard set-up (I assume), teenage girl with a lot of insecurities and the usual trust issues of a 16-year old. She has changed to a school, where she doesn't seem to be welcome. All she wants to do it to fit in, instead the most popular girl in school and her fanclub are mean bitches
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Anna Tan
Jan 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books, review-copy
Wind Catcher is the story of Juliet Wildfire Stone and how she has to choose between ignoring her Native American heritage in order to live the new elite, rich life her mother has built for her and submitting to the strange, old-fashioned ways of Sicheii, her grandfather, and the voices and visions in her head. It's a classic coming-of-age story with a side dose of fantasy, dipping generously into Native American legends.

Overall, Wind Catcher is a fine novel told in the voice of a very uncertai
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Alex Mueck
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this book. This is not my normal genre, but I got an advanced reading copy, and gave it a shot and I am glad I did.

I am not going to summarize story or give spoilers, but what I will say is what I really liked about it.

First the characters are good esepcially, Juliet and her grandfather Sicheii. The interactions between them are realistic and often funny, you can really believe everything Juliet says and thinks in regards to her grandfather and his Indian ways.

I found the pace
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Jessica
Aug 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Won in the First Reads giveaway.

I liked it, though the prose was awkward at times. It was still very readable. It lost me a bit when (view spoiler) were introduced. I have nothing against them, but I wasn't feeling it with this book.
Beverly Laude
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Truth is a tricky thing. Some people believe in absolute truths that are always correct. That's foolish. Truth depends upon your perspective."

Juliet is a pretty typical 16 year old girl, caught between the two worlds of her heritage. Her heart and her grandfather are in the Native world, while her mother insists on sending her to Bartens, an exclusive private school, so she can get ahead in the world. Unfortunately, Juliet doesn't really fit in at Bartens.

When a local Medicine Man is murdered a
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Gaele
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I’m not a huge ‘thriller’ reader, but the buzz and the synopsis of this book were simply too clever to pass up. The writing partnership of Jeff and Erynn Altabef is a father/daughter duo, and I love the idea of two brains coming together to create cohesion.

In this story, the protagonist is 16 year old Juliet, and she is also our insight into the story, as the narration is in her voice. The use of first person is honest and enhances the flow of the story: we feel that a teen girl is relating the
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Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)
Actual Rating 4.5 Stars

The review was first up on For The Love of Fictional Worlds as a part of Wind Catcher's Blog Tour :)

"Everything about me is a lie."

This is the first book I have read with a American Indian theme and frankly one of the reasons why I actually expressed my interest in participating in this blog tour for this book and I haven't been disappointed.

Juliet is a girl stuck in between two different worlds. On one hand is her heritage and on the other hand is the world she has co
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Ren nerdychampagne
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

THIS REVIEW IS ALSO POSTED ON NERDYCHAMPAGNE
To give it 3.5 is me being generous.

I really liked Wind Catcher from the start but in the middle, it started going downhill. I hate Jules's obsession with normality. She's way too self-absorbed. So caught in her own thoughts and she's trying too hard. Also she's really dwelling on the fact that the people close to her have been lying to her in omission for the past six months to just entir
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Bri
Mar 24, 2015 rated it liked it
What I liked: I wasn't expecting this book to amaze me when I read it, and while it didn't exactly amaze me it did surprise me. I thought the plot would be much simpler than it ended up being. For the most part it moved fast, but not too fast with characters who were entertaining with what they were doing and how they tried to solve what was going on. One of the overarching pieces of the story that I realized after reading was that the main character, Juliet, has a lot of insecurities and has to ...more
Amanda
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this E-book from NetGalley for an Honest review.

The Wind Catcher is a coming of age story with hints of the supernatural, and the thrill of a murder mystery. Juliet Wildfire Stone just wants to be normal. She doesn't want to be the only Native American at Barten’s (an all-white prep school) and she definitely doesn't want to be the ‘Chosen’. Her two best friends couldn't be more different. Katie, who attends Bartens and is the other resident outcast, and Troy, her childhood friend and
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Connie
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Source: I received a digital copy of book from the authors, thanks to Jeff and Erynn Altabef!
Cost: Free

Title: Wind Catcher
Series: Chosen #1
Author: Jeff and Eyrnn Altabef
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Overall Rating: 4 stars

Although in some places, I found my brain a bit frazzled, this book was actually pretty brilliant! The concept of it was so good as I've always been kind of interested in Native American history.

Juliet hears voices but as she's trying to be a a normal teenager, she ignores th
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Wendy F
Mar 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
What caught my attention about this book was the setting. Paranormal meets Native Americans... it's not such a stretch, but at the same time it doesn't seem done very often.

I wasn't disappointed, mostly. I thought the basic idea behind the story was intriguing, but I also thought it had a few flaws. I wasn't a big fan of the relationship between Juliet and Troy, her best friend and possible love interest. I think this was caused by two reasons, first Juliet wasn't very nice. Sure she was nicest
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Ken Halajian
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading the latest from author Jeff Altabef, co-authoring this time with his daughter Erynn, in the first of what promises to be a series devoted to a new Young Adult heroine named Juliet Wildfire Stone. Showing the same ability to instantly create a believable set of clearly defined characters that he honed in his earlier thrillers, The Fourteenth Colony and Shatterpoint, the elder Altabef has neatly merged his story telling skills with those of his daughter to bring us an adventu ...more
Julie Baswell
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Juliet’s grandfather Sicheii, being a medicine man, has always told her that she was special, she just didn’t believe it. Being as ordinary as could be, she saw nothing remarkable about herself. Once she turned 16, though, things changed. She started having weird, vivid dreams. The voices in her head became louder. Now, the people in Sicheii’s secret society are being murdered and he becomes a prime suspect. When Juliet and her friends begin to investigate, she uncovers shocking secrets that her ...more
Montzalee Wittmann
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wind Catcher (Chosen #1) by Jeff Altabef is a great teen/young adult book but I enjoyed it too and I am certainly not young! It is a fantasy about certain Chosen kids that have certain abilities and they don't know about it. This is about one girl. It is fast, fun, and suspense-filled. There is plenty of fantasy to go around also! It is a fun and exciting read full of intrigue as to who-done-it and why, and who it after the girl of the story and why. Lots of action and friendship, magic, and go ...more
Susan Price
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wind Catcher
By Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef
Wind Catcher is one of the best thrillers for YA that I have read in some time. The main protagonist, Juliet, finds herself in the middle of a struggle to cope with her dual identity, white girl and Native American while trying to fit in with her white peers. When her grandfather begins to teach Juliet the values of her Native American inheritance, strange and frightening things began to take place; things that lure her into another realm. If I had
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D Wu
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I throughly enjoyed this book. I don't read a lot of first person novels so it was a very refreshing read. I was totally engrossed in Juliet, the heroin, from the first chapters. The authors immediately connected the reader to her with some mystery, humour and action! The pace of the book is fast and furious which made it a perfect read for a cross country trip. We become attached to Juliet and want to follow her on her path to be the Chosen. And what a cool trip it is with lots of twists and tu ...more
Jeff Altabef
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Wind Catcher is the first young adult contemporary fantasy and paranormal novel in the Chosen series. I co-authored this book and the entire series with my teenage daughter.

If you are looking for fiction books like Percy Jackson, only with Native American myths and legends, or fantasy books with mystery and suspense like I Am Number Four, you will enjoy reading this series. All of the Chosen novels will feature unexpected twists and vivid characters.

This fantasy and paranormal book series is r
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Matt Hageman
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review coming March 24th on http://inexorablenerd.com
 Mummy Cat Claire
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I went in blindly, as I didn't even bother to read the summary. I found that I really enjoyed the adventure and mystery of the book.

The book follows, Juliet, and her struggles to discover herself and to solve the mystery behind the murders on the reservation. Juliet is a Native American, as well as most of the characters in the book. Juliet's mother and maternal grandfather are Native American. Dad is out of the picture. Juliet's, Sicheii, helps raise
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Amy_Read to My Heart's Content
I received this book through a blog tour for my honest opinion of it.

What an amazingly unique story!! I can honestly say I have never read anything like it! I loved the strong Native American themes running through it as well as the deep plunge into the rich culture then and now.

This story seemed to quench my thirst for knowledge of the more supernatural aspect to the Native American history and storytelling and I loved the creativity of the authors.

Even though this is, in essence, a young adu
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