Book Review: Brink of Dawn by Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef


26824582.jpgThis is the second installment in The Chosen series. It picks up the story of Juliet and Troy as they leave Arizona and make their way to the New York City in hopes of finding out more information about Juliet’s Chosen Status. We are also introduced to  Connor, Blake and Akari, The remaining chosen from around the world.  They recieve training and more information about their mission, but all is not what they seem, and they need to be careful about they trust.

I, sadly, missed out on the first book of this series. An oversight, I hope to soon correct. While it was obvious that I dropped into the middle of a moving story, it wasn’t hard to keep up. Flashbacks and exposition kept me up to date on the previous part of the story, while adding insight and texture to current story.

The group of chosen are a diverse bunch and each adds something great to the mix. It was an enjoyable adventure. The authors have created a brilliant world, with a unique take on what could be considered a tired genre. Kids ages 10 and up should very much enjoy reading this, though the relationships between the characters will appeal more to Jr. high kids and up.

This Bookworm awards “Brink of Dawn” 5 Tomes

5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review in conjunction with Mother Daughter Book Reviews.


About the Book

Title: Brink of Dawn (Chosen, Book 2) | Authors: Jeff Altabef & Erynn Altabef | Publication Date: November 28, 2015 | Publisher: Evolved Publishing, LLC | Pages: 324 | Recommended Ages: 10+


Book Description:

Brink of Dawn, the second book in the Chosen series, picks up where the multiple-award-winning Wind Catcher left off. If you haven’t read Wind Catcher, have no worries. Brink of Dawn was written so it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone.

Awards for Wind Catcher:

2015 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Gold Medal for YA – Coming-of-Age,

2015 Beverly Hill Book Award – Best YA Fiction

Mom’s Choice Award

Awesome Indies Seal Of Approval

About “Brink of Dawn”:

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. They 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 owns struggles.

Only one can lead them. Will Juliet embrace her powers in time?


The Buzz About “Wind Catcher”

“Overall I thought the book was really entertaining and cool.” ~ Danielle, 12, Mother Daughter Book Reviews

“This is an enjoyable read for all ages that goes by as fast as the authors can unspool it. ” ~ Kirkus Reviews

“This very unique and refreshingly original contemporary fantasy has elements of high epic fantasy woven throughout it, and it will surprise and delight even the most jaded fantasy readers.” ~ Jack Magnus, Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews

“Wind Catcher stands out from the crowd. It’s… a powerful young adult adventure steeped in Native American legend and tradition.” ~ Donovan, eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“A treat to read.” ~ Awesome Indies


About the Authors: Jeff Altabef & Erynn Altabef

Jeffrey and Erynn AltabefBrink of Dawn is a joint project between the father/daughter team of Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef. Jeff is an award-winning author with two published thrillers in addition to Wind Catcher and Brink of Dawn. He has a column on the Examiner focused on writing and volunteers at the local community college. Erynn is an avid reader, dancer, and community activist who has recently earned her Girl Scout Gold Award. When she’s not in high school, she loves reading performing in school musicals, baking, and watching movies with her friends.

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