The Wind Whisperer - Krista Holle

3 Stars

At fifteen, Anaii is the most important member of her tribe—and the most mysterious. Ever since Anaii can remember, the spirits of the wind have whispered of fertile hunting grounds and imminent enemy attacks. But when her people are ambushed by a brother clan without any apparent cause, the spirits remain eerily silent.

As the village prepares to retaliate, Anaii is pressured by her best friend, Elan, to marry him. It’s an old plea—Elan has spent a lifetime loving her, but Anaii only sees a childhood playmate out of an imposing warrior. Stifled by Elan’s insistence, Anaii escapes into the forest where she meets Jayttin, the beautiful son of the enemy chief.

Enamored by Jayttin’s carefree spirit and hope for peace, she repeatedly sneaks away to be with him, but when her deception is discovered, Elan is devastated. Pledging his lifelong affection, Elan gives her a passionate kiss, and Anaii begins to see her friend in a new light.
While Anaii is tormented over which man she must choose, the wind whispers of a new threat that could destroy both tribes. Only a union will afford a chance at survival, but the reality of that union is based on one thing—which man Anaii chooses to die. 

Krista Holle is an award winning author who stepped up her writing after reading Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series.  It occurred to Krista that there is an insatiable audience of women and girls who want to read books filled with stories about true love—not just vampires.  When Krista is not writing, she loves to collect seashells, watch movies, and eat obscene amounts of pizza.  Krista currently resides in Montpelier, Virginia with her husband, four daughters and an eccentric cat with a weird attachment to the family’s socks.   
Visit her website - HERE

While I found this story an enjoyable read - it was just OK for me. I think part of my problem was that I was expecting more. If I had gone into it just expecting a cute little YA romance I probably would have liked it better. Like I said it was enjoyable enough to keep reading and I don't want to discourage you from reading it. It did get a few great reviews from Amazon - so maybe I am just being way too picky.

The storyline was good, it was kind of suspensful in places. The character development was pretty good, except I didn't really care for that many of the characters. I didn't really like Anaii, she was too wishy washy for me and didn't seem like a strong character at all. She was your typical teen, and in the story she is a teen so... job well done I guess.
The one character I did like was Alan. I liked him right from the beginning. He was the one who had always had her in his heart and was willing to do anything to keep her.
But I did not care for Jayttin (the other boy), he seemed like the "swoop down and get the girl" type. And I don't like that type LOL.

I also did like the magical parts of the story, the way she could communicate with the wind, and later manipulate the wind to do what she wanted. I think if this wasn't in the story I probably would not have liked it as much as I did.

These were the parts that bothered me (but probably would not bother a teen and the book is YA).
There was way too much bickering back and forth and I got very quickly tired of it and wanted to tell them all to just shut up and stop fighting. - the girl is mine, no she's mine. She should come with me, I'm better, no I'm better. It just got old very quickly.
Also I did not like the language - let me explain - this was suppose to be a Native American book but the language did not at all sound Native American to me - it sounded typical American teen to me. And this bothered me because I have read several Native American books that were done very well.
for example -
"You need someone with balls to care for you."
"What if I am speared from a great distance by a baddie hiding in the canopy?"
It was lines like these that just ruined it for me. 

All-in-all - I think someone who just wants a fun, suspenseful, love story with touches of magic (and teens) would probably like this much more than I did. I didn't hate it! It was an OK read. It just wasn't what I expected. And I did like the way it ended!

Thanks to the author Krista Holle for sending me this e-book to read and review.

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE

1 comment:

  1. Sounds pretty good. Thanks for the tip on what to expect or not expect.