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—could never be average.
Betrayed by those she loves, she must decide whether to run or risk everything by fulfilling her destiny as the Chosen.
The book’s opening caught my attention right away, setting the mood for the rest of the story, which I immediately liked. Instantly there was an air of mystery and this kept me interested and determined to find out what the tale had to offer.
I’m glad to report I was not disappointed.
Now, I won’t spoil the book by stating what it’s about. You’re going to have to read the actual story to figure that out, but I will say I was pleasantly surprised by the unexpected twists and turns as I read along.
I love that Juliet is likable and so easy to sympathize with as she struggles through coming-of-age events on an everyday basis. But as with every great story there’s so much more about her life that she has yet to come to terms with. Juliet handles every issue in strides, but soon finds out more than she bargained for.
I enjoyed this read. Thought it was attention-grabbing, and worth turning every page to find out what other secrets there were to unveil.
About the author:
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.