Follow-up to the multiple award-winning Wind Catcher
They walk among us as if they are gods.
Only the Chosen know what they are.
Only the Chosen know to fear them.
And only the Chosen can defeat them.
Juliet Wildfire Stone and her best friend, Troy Buckhorn, barely escaped their sleepy Arizona town alive. Now they’re speeding to New York City to find the three other Chosen. The Chosen must band together to face an ancient foe that threatens all humanity.
Yet Juliet doesn’t know whom to trust, and strange things are happening in the City.
The Chosen will be tested, their resolve questioned, and their flaws exposed. Each must decide whether he or she will fulfill their destiny—or run. To defeat the enemy, they must stop battling among themselves and overcome their own struggles.
Only one can lead them. Will Juliet embrace her powers in time?
AWARDS FOR WIND CATCHER:
WINNER: Readers’ Favorite Awards — Gold Medal 2015: Young Adult Coming-of-Age
WINNER: Mom’s Choice Awards — Silver Medal: Young Adult Books
WINNER: Beverly Hills Books Awards – 2015: Best Young Adult Fiction
WINNER: Awesome Indies — Seal of Approval: “A treat to read.”
First of all, I really love the covers of this series, the cover of Brink of Dawn, in particular. Perhaps it is because of the colors of this particular cover.
I found the concept to be intriguing, and the series sounded like it would be full of adventure. The Native American mythology that was included in the plot made me curious to read the books.
From the beginning of Book 1 the series was full of action. The very first chapter intrigued you and had you wanting to turn the page to discover why a certain thing had happened, or to find the answer to the mysteries of the story.
There is more than one mystery in the series, and I found that they came up rather frequently, causing me to be even more curious and desirous of the answers to them.
I thought that the novels were well written, and the style was enjoyable to read.
These are YA, so there is some language and a few rude words, and once a gesture. I wasn’t fond of this element, and thought that I would mention it, since some people would like to have a heads-up about this before they read the series. Of course, you may not have a problem with these things, and in that case this would just be a thrilling series for you!
“You don’t have to do this, Jules.” Troy cocks his head to the side a little, the way he does when he’s worried about me.
The warm expression in his eyes melts my heart. What would I do without him?
He’s always looking out for me. I used to get into fights, but even when they were my fault, he’d always stand up for me. Now I need him more then ever. The fate of the world is at stake, and he’s still here beside me, standing up for me. He’ll die to protect me if he has to, but I don’t need him to protect me anymore. I need him close, to wrap his friendship around me like a blanket, to connect, to feel human.
Lately I’ve had a hard time feeling human without him.
“When was the last time I did something I didn’t want?” I smirk, but my words ring hollow, untrue—at least for me. I’m always stuck doing chores for other people, and now there’s an entire destiny to fulfill that’s been thrust upon me. I’d rather be normal and have nothing to do with this future, but we don’t get a chance to pick our destiny. At least I didn’t.
“What’s your mom going to say when she finds out?”
“Since when are you worried about my mom? You’ve been getting me in trouble since we were in kindergarten. Your name has been etched at the top of her Undesirable List since we were six. I’ve seen it. She keeps it posted on the refrigerator.”
Troy arches his eyebrows. “Hey, your mom loves me! I’m the other child she’s never had.”
“Are you serious?” I shoot him a half smile so he knows I’m joking.
Everybody loves Troy. Still, he’s not on the college track, and Mom wants me to go to one of the best colleges so I can make tons of money and become a big shot lawyer, like her or some other Master of the Universe that has no fun and works way too hard.
“Mom’s back home and we’re here. She doesn’t get a vote.”
He frowns. “It’s just that… once you do this, you can’t undo it. It’s forever.”
“Really. That’s the point.” I shove him lightly in the chest. I’m old enough to make up my own mind, but he’s just trying to protect me, so I can’t get too angry with him.
“What are your classmates at that fancy private school going to think when they find out?”
I pause for a second and look at him. I mean, really look at him, and peer past the handsome exterior: the almond-colored eyes, the chiseled chin, and the long raven hair that falls past his broad shoulders in a tight braid.
Beyond his confident shell, deep in his soul, he harbors doubts that trouble him—doubts he’ll never share with me. He’s making believe life will go back to normal once I fulfill this destiny—if I fulfill this destiny—but that’s not possible. Normal has become a bad joke, but I won’t shatter the illusion for him. He needs to sort events into a pattern he understands and imagine a time when life returns to what it was for us. It’s how he’s coping with the situation. I need to be strong for him. I can’t weaken his defenses, even if fears riddle my mind at every turn.
I straighten my back. “You know I don’t care about what they think at Bartens. I want to do this. I need to do it.” The wind kicks up, and the cool night air sweeps against my skin, leaving an army of goose bumps in its wake.
The almost full moon lights the cloudless sky. We inch toward the store and hesitate at the door. A red neon sign reads Lost Souls Tattoos in the front window. I take a deep breath and shove the door open, and a bell jingles above us.
About Jeff Altabef
Jeff Altabef lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the writing center in the local community college. After years of being accused of “telling stories,” he thought he would make it official. He writes in both the thriller and young adult genres. Fourteenth Colony, a political thriller, is his debut novel. Jeff has a blog designed to encourage writing by those that like telling stories. You can find his blog, The Accidental Writers Workshop, on The Patch. Jeff also rights a column for The Examiner under the byline – The Accidental Writer.
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