Windchaser (Phantom Island Book 1)

Windchaser (Phantom Island Book 1)

by Krissi Dallas

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Windchaser (Phantom Island Book 1) by Krissi Dallas

It is you...' he murmured, coming closer. I was taken aback at the intensity in his face. He rested his wrinkled, but still very strong, hands on my bare shoulders. His gray eyes sought mine as if he expected me to recognize him. 'You really are a Daughter of the Wind, are you not?' Cautiously, I looked over at Gabriel, wondering if it was okay to admit the truth. He nodded as if to give me permission.

My voice came out as a whisper. 'Yes.'

High school senior Whitnee has spent six years rebuilding her identity after her father's mysterious disappearance left her with more questions than answers. With her two best friends, Morgan and Caleb, she returns as a mentor to the summer camp of her childhood. Nestled in the Texas hill country, Camp Fusion is everything Whitnee remembersâ€"except for the haunting visions that only she can see. One fateful night, Whitnee and her friends embark on a magical voyage where unexpected adventure and heart-stopping romance collideâ€"a journey that might unlock the dark, complicated mysteries of Whitnee's family history. But will she find the answers she is looking for?

'The imagery is vivid and the world Dallas has built is absolutely lush. For people looking for high fantasy mixed with teen angst and a lot of secrets, check out this book. I highly recommend.'

Amber Vilate

Young Adult Literature Review

'Phantom Island was extremely well-written.... There are only a few other novels where I wanted to actually be in their world. I was captured from the very first page.'

Marta Morrison

TeensReadToo.com

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613464519
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.
Publication date: 12/13/2011
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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Windchaser 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Lauren_J More than 1 year ago
This is definitely one of the best books I have read before! This book always kept me entertained and interested to know what was going to happen next, so it was very difficult to put down! I read this book faster than I have read any other book before, completing it in about two days. The sequel, Windfall, is also a very good read, and I read it in only one day! I recommend this book to any "young adults" interested in fantasy, adventure, and/or romance! This book ties all three of those aspects together, appealing to a wider audience than some books. I understand that there is a third book in the series coming out soon that will be just as good, if not better, than the others!
FuzzyCoffeeBooks More than 1 year ago
What I Liked: 1) The characters. The main characters of Whitnee, Morgan, and Caleb are all well-rounded and unique characters with fully explored histories. The first thing that strikes me about Miz Dallas's writing is how real her characters become. They don't just come into being when you open the first page, they are living, breathing people with histories, quirks, personalities, and lives. It doesn't take long to start to view them as your friends, rather than characters in a book. 2) Camp Fusion. The story begins at Camp Fusion, a camp for adolescents who are struggling to deal with life-changing events with the help of their mentors. Whitnee, Morgan and Caleb met at the camp years before as campers and have now returned as mentors. The big sister in me is just raw when I read about the struggles the campers are dealing with, but at the same time I recognize the necessity of it all. A reminder that life isn't always roses, it certainly adds a level of reality to the story. 3) Humor. It's clear that Miz Dallas's sense of humor and mine are similar, because I lolled throughout the book. It's really a great mixture of the serious and the humorous. 4) The introduction of new characters. Towards the middle of the book, once you've gotten used to the relationships of Whitnee, Caleb, Morgan, Amelia, and Kevin, we're thrown another character who seems to throw everyone off balance for a while. More than a while, actually, everyone seems to be wary of him for the rest of the book. He has a mysterious quality about him that makes him very appealing to me. And Whitnee. Heh. Plus, he's a hot island boy. Who doesn't like that? 5) The Island. Referred to as Phantom Island, or the White Island. Bear with me, because I am going to have a hard time explaining what it is I like about this setting so much. My initial thought upon arriving there (a good, 150 pages into the book) is that it's like coming home. I don't live on an island, or any kind of tropical setting, but there is something about this place that Miz Dallas has created that is comforting and exciting all at the same time. There are different parts of the Island, and though we only get to explore one part of it (well, two, if you count the beach) in this book, I'm looking forward to more exploring in the rest of the series. In all honesty, if I could choose any setting from any book I've ever read, to live in, I'd want to live on the White Island. Or, I'd want to be from the White Island, and have their life source gifts. Which leads me into my next like...6) The tribes. On the Island, the people live in one of four tribes, the Aerodorians (Wind), the Geodorians (Earth), the Pyradorians (Fire) and the Hydrodorians (Water). There are many intricate details that go into these tribes, who they are, what they can do, etc. but I don't want to reveal anymore about them until you've read the book. I will tell you that I've taken Miz Dallas's test to see which tribe I belong to, and I'm a Pyra. The details really make the story great. 7) The balance between reality and fantasy. As an avid reader, I think I spend a great deal of my life balancing it somewhere between reality (work, bills, etc.) and fantasy (pretty much any book I read). Windchaser emulates that balance that I think a lot of people seek out in their lives. What I Didn't Like: Nothing. Well, okay, this isn't really a dislike, more of a disclaimer. This book demands your focus. As I said, there are a lot of details, and a lot o
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books I just couldn't put down. I haven't had that problem since I read the Harry Potter series when I was younger. After reading Windchaser, I couldn't wait to start Windfall. Now I'm anxiously awaiting the third book of the series. The imagery described by author Krissi Dallas will make you want to be a part of the fantasy involved. I'm an Aerodorian through and through!
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JennReneeRead More than 1 year ago
Awesome Read  Review: This book has been on my TBR for a very long time and I finally made a spot for it right before the author comes to town. I was pleasantly pleased by this book. I was creative, original, and very enjoyable. I loved it from the beginning to the end, never a dull moment, and full of surprises. This was a story of magic and mystery.  Long Story Short: Whitnee lost her father 6 years ago, he just disappeared and she still doesn't know if he is dead or living up somewhere without her and her mother. She was sent to a camp after her father disappeared to deal with her emotions and met her two best friends, Morgan and Caleb. They have been together ever since and now they are counselors at the famous camp that brought them together and changed their lives. The one rule that can't be broken at camp... do not cross the river. After seeing strange visions,Whitnee decides to cross the river and finds an entirely new world awaits. My Thoughts: This was a fantastic read. The world building was amazing, the story intriguing and mysterious, great pace and flow to the story, and wonderful characters. Everything I look for in a book.  The world building was just amazing. I love the island, the way the island works, the magical powers on the island, the beautiful scenery of the island, and of course the hottie of the island. It was an amazing journey discovering all the island held, the tribes and the mystical powers. The author did a wonderful job describing while telling the history of the island. I was lost inside the stories in the story.  The world building wasn't the only wonderful thing in this book. The setting was awesome but the story was even more awesome. I didn't want to put the book down. At times I could see where the story were headed. there are a few predictable moments but all in all its full of mystery and I still don't have it all figured out. The characters are pretty cool  too. Whitnee is pretty level headed, except when it come to Caleb. She has her stupid moments where he is concerned, but all in all she has her head on straight. Well except when it comes to crossing the river.OK so she is a little impulsive at times but at least she does things well and not just half way, like finding trouble. Morgan is pretty cool, but she is kind of in the background. She is the glue that keeps the trio together.Caleb is OK, a real toot sometimes. He doesn't know how to handle rejection and he seems a bit wishy washy, but I think he is just a normal teenage boy.  There really isn't any romance yet, there is some in the making. In this book there was just the friendships and a little bit of passion in the making. It does seem there could be a love triangle coming up but its a bit early to tell and if there is one, I am OK with it. It seems it will fit in well.  I am really anxious to see where this series leads me and can't wait to get the next installment.  In the End: A great contemporary fantasy read. I would recommend it to almost anyone who reads. 
SparklesTheUnicorn More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down! Krissi certainly drew me in and made me feel like I KNEW these characters and was experiencing this through their eyes.  It has certainly become one of my favorites!
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Believe it or not, shes my english teacher!! Aww yeahh!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those who love fantasy that doesnt involve unicorns and thees and thous, this is a wonderful read. It has that teenage love story mixed with some excellent pacing and character development. Plus, it is a safer alternative to some titles out there who may take the romance a bit too far. All in all, excellent choice for that "post-Twilight" void we all have.:)
CoryPutmanOakes More than 1 year ago
Oh. My God. Sign me up to live on the island!! I can't wait to see what happens next in this series! This is a fantastic fantasy adventure, written by a talented author with a firm handle on all aspects of teen-dom. A marvelous debut and the first of a series that is sure to impress.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept me staying up to midnight. Mrs. Dallas is a very talented author, I love her as a teacher and as a writer. The end of every chapter makes you want to read the next. It is adventures love story. Two of the greatest things combined.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Been waiting for something like this ever since the Everworld series finished. Cant wait for the next one...
Picturegirl5379 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful series! The author provides a wonderland of all the different aspects that are popular in young adult fiction!This book was so perfectly laid out, nothing ever got confusing but did create some wonder especially for the ever pending and looming question Caleb or Gabriel? It never got slow or boring always very interesting definetly a page turner! I highly recomend!!
Hermione44 More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 2 days because I couldn't bring myself to stop. It is a fantastic book that has everything you could ever want in it from mystery to romance. I love the fact that you can find out what tribe you belong to because it makes the book even more realistic and you feel more a part of it. I can't wait for the next book to come out. Love this series and the author.