Sixteen-year-old Emme Belrose has it all: four best friends, a horse of her own, a hidden tepee hangout, and a blossoming romance with tall and handsome Charlie. These friends also have a secret. They can move their spirits into animal bodies: an osprey, a mustang, a grizzly, a mountain lion and a coyote.
But when Charlie, who has a gift for seeing the future, has a vision of Emme drowning in the icy Yellowstone River, the Spirit Warriors must train their animal bodies to kill an enemy they know is coming… but know nothing about. Suspenseful, romantic, and awash in Native American magic, Spirit Warriors captures the tragic enchantment of the American West—and confirms the power of friendship.
About the Author:
Newly published author! Nature lover and bird lover. Listener of alternative bands and music. Ivan & Aloysha, Mumford & Sons, The Civil Wars, The Fossil Collective, and Ryan Star (his music seems to fit my book for some strange reason). Science fiction fan, Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, and the incredible Harry Potter! MAJOR coffee addict (don’t even get me started)!
I did love the idea of this book. It has a real YA feel to it too, but unfortunately it didn’t translate very well to me, an adult reader.
I felt that the characters acted more like kids than teenagers, and mostly in YA, readers want to read above their age group. The way they spoke was kind of random and although they had some teeny talk in there, sometimes they didn’t use it all. For me, I’d have preferred more consistent adult-like speech.
From a writer’s perspective, the start of the book was a little hard for me, it had a long laundry list of characters and descriptions, and if I’m being honest, I wouldn’t have gotten past the first chapter if this wasn’t a book tour – which would have been a shame, as when it got going it was very interesting. The paranormal aspect of the book was very well thought out and original – which in YA fiction is quite rare and hard to find.
The front cover is utterly beautiful and really captures the essence of the book – so definitely 5 stars to the cover designer.
Overall I’d give this book 2 ratings (to make it fair) for an adult reader, 3 out of 5, but for a YA reader 5 out 5 stars.