Wind Catcher by Jeff and Erynn Altabef

I received a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wind Catcher is the story of Juliet Wildfire Stone, a 16 year old girl who is struggling to balance her Native American heritage and her life at an upper class private school. If life wasn’t hard enough being a teenager, try being a teenager at a school where you don’t fit in with anyone. Even worse try dealing with the fact that you are hearing “voices” and seeing visions. That is what Juliet must face. Juliet grew up hearing the stories of the Great Wind Spirit and Coyote, from her Native American grandfather. What Juliet didn’t know was, they weren’t just stories. This book grabbed a hold of me and would not let go. The chapters were not overly long so it felt like I was really accomplishing a lot in a short amount of time. I felt for the heroine as she struggled to find a balance between her old life with her reservation friends, and her new life with the private school crowd. I really felt that the authors handled the mythology of the Wind Spirit and Coyote very well. There was an undercurrent of a love story that I feel can be really developed in the upcoming books between Juliet and her best friend Troy, and it was handled beautifully. There was no pinning away like you see in other YA models when they try to introduce teen romance. This was a relationship that is based on true friendship and loyalty. This book pulled on my heart strings, kept me in suspense, and left me wanting more… which is great since it’s the start of a series. I highly recommend this book, in fact I’ve even gone so far as to suggest it to my local YA librarian. And I eagerly await the next installment.

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