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A coming-of-age tale reimagined as a searing Western epic.In the small town of Sand, populated by gunslingers and surrounded by endless desert, Imma washes dishes and grieves for a life she never had. She and her brother, Nikko, dreamed of escaping to become bullet catchers, a legendary band of outlaws who can deflect bullets with their hands. But they were wiped out yearsA coming-of-age tale reimagined as a searing Western epic.In the small town of Sand, populated by gunslingers and surrounded by endless desert, Imma washes dishes and grieves for a life she never had. She and her brother, Nikko, dreamed of escaping to become bullet catchers, a legendary band of outlaws who can deflect bullets with their hands. But they were wiped out years ago, Nikko with them. And leaving is impossible when walking into the desert means certain death.When she sees a stranger catch a man's bullet and turn it back on him, Imma knows it can only mean one thing: the bullet catchers live on, and this is her way out. Determined to follow him, Imma starts a journey that will take her to her physical extremes and force her to question just what family means and who she really is: bullet catcher or gunslinger; hero or monster....

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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Bullet Catcher Reviews

  • Aditi
    2019-05-27 18:46

    “Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.”----E.E. CummingsJoaquin Lowe, an American author, pens a thrilling and heroic western-themed tale in his debut YA book, Bullet Catcher that unfolds the journey of a young teenage girl who escapes her small town into the deadly desert on the footsteps of an unidentified bullet catcher, in memory of her childhood dreams as well as her dead elder brother's wish to become a bullet catcher. But this journey turns out to be challenging so will she make it?Synopsis:A coming-of-age tale re-imagined as a searing Western epic.In the small town of Sand, populated by gunslingers and surrounded by endless desert, Imma washes dishes and grieves for a life she never had. She and her brother, Nikko, dreamed of escaping to become bullet catchers, a legendary band of outlaws who can deflect bullets with their hands. But they were wiped out years ago, Nikko with them. And leaving is impossible when walking into the desert means certain death.When she sees a stranger catch a man's bullet and turn it back on him, Imma knows it can only mean one thing: the bullet catchers live on, and this is her way out. Determined to follow him, Imma starts a journey that will take her to her physical extremes and force her to question just what family means and who she really is: bullet catcher or gunslinger; hero or monster. Imma, an orphan, works as a cleaner in a bar in her small town with a population of 500 people called, Sand. She and her elder brother, "Nikko", who grew up in an orphanage, always had this dream to become a bullet catcher, a person who can catch bullet either with his hand or with his teeth and can bend it and reverse its direction to the person it is coming from. Hence Nikko escapes from their orphanage to follow his dreams and also promises his little sister to come back for her when he has earned a lot of money. Unfortunately, Nikko never returns and And Imma easily guesses that death has claimed her brother and hence she needs to escape her wretched life from Sand and into the killer desert. And one fine day, a bullet catcher walks into the bar where she works, whose bravery left her in awe and hence she immediately decides to follow him through the desert to be trained under him. But the journey is long where she needs to confront her own decisions and choices and that she need to carry a lot of scars in order to become a bullet catcher. This story is unlike any other YA stories, neither cheesy nor predictable or not even slightest bit of typical. This story is extraordinary and beats all other YA stories, as it has no teenage romance or a damsel in distress kind of heroine or a way too independent heroine who despite of her bravery is still supported and surrounded by two guys, and lastly, the setting is immaculately painted thus giving the readers a clear vision of what the protagonist is experiencing with her own eyes. The author's writing style is articulate and is laced with thrill and gripping adventure. The narrative is equally engaging as well as powerful to keep the readers stick to the core of the story till the very end. The story might be unrealistic as there is no such thing or there is logical explanation behind catching a bullet with bare hands, although the author has skillfully demonstrated the act step-by-step with as much as logic and details possible, thus making the readers comprehend with the explanation to some extent. The pacing is quite fast and as it moves with unexpected twists and turns.The background is one of the best aspect of this book. The desert and the sandy backdrop give a western flair to this story, which will keep the readers interested peaked at every turn of the page, since the desert that the author painted is not only vivid and easy to visualize, but it is uncertain with each step and quite challenging as no food or water or animal or livelihood can be found through the golden stretches of sand. And yes with the author's in depth description, it will make the readers stand right in the middle of that desert.The characters are well-developed, and it is also one of the best quality of the book that makes the story enchanting. The main protagonist, Imma, in short for Immaculada Amaya Moreno, is a fifteen years old teenager who has been adopted into a bar in order to provide for cheap labor cost. Yet Imma is determined to leave her hometown and take the risk to walk into the killer desert all on her own to become a bullet catcher and her long, hard, struggling journey though the sand into the unknown is highly relatable and striking. Imma is a brave girl who trust her family above all and with a back story, the readers can easily contemplate with her grief and determination. The supporting cast is also quite well-etched out.The author, here, explores the relationship between a teacher and a student, who is also strikingly and genuinely developed through trust issues and discipline. Although the training might sound bit unrealistic, but the relationship and the bond between these two characters will keep the readers rooting for them till the very end. The author also explores a brother-sister relationship and how inevitable it is, but I would rather not talk about it, as there lay so many twists and turns and probably, spoiler.In a nutshell, the story is captivating to read with a young, honest, strong and powerful heroine, and with a story that will keep the readers on their edges as there is so many raw violence and death that holds the power to frighten the minds of the readers.Verdict:A promising and powerful YA contemporary story with guns and battles. Courtesy:Thanks to the author, Joaquin Lowe, for giving me an opportunity to read and review this book.

  • Figgy
    2019-06-07 15:23

    Actual rating 3.5While the blurb of this book might hint at certain similarities to other young adult titles, this one differs from most in a few key areas:The main character isn’t a special snowflake.She isn’t predestined. She stubborn to a fault, which is how she manages to get herself involved in these events. She bruises easily, she gets seriously injured, she ends up covered in scars. She isn’t one of those people who sees herself as plain while everyone else talks about how stunning she is. Actually, with the exception of looking similar to her brother who tread the same tracks before her, her looks don’t come into the story at all.She’s not thrown into the situation.With the exception of the appearance of the bullet catcher in town, there isn’t a catalyst that makes Imma leave her horrible life. She might not realise until he shows up, but she’s been ready to leave suddenly for a while, she was just waiting for an opportunity. She makes the decision to take this chance.There is NO ROMANCE.That’s right. No romance, no love triangle, no “girl has important job to do but throws it all in because of the love of her life she’s just met”, no “this being a teenager thing is just so hard, and why can’t we be together?!”The rest of this review can be found HERE!

  • Kathleen Dixon
    2019-05-24 12:48

    A number of books came into the bookshop as reading copies for the staff, and both the owner and I thought that one of the other staff, a 20-something who loves reading YA, would take this book to read. She didn't. The boss made some comment to me, and so I thought I might as well. I do like YA (unless it's YA romance). But I've never read Westerns. So this felt like a major deviation.Well, who would've believed it?! I really enjoyed this book. Yes, it's got gunslingers, desert, lots of drinking and shooting and bad treatment of minors, but it's like an old-fashioned sci-fi - you know, those ones that were really disguised Westerns taking place in the asteroid belt or such - with a twist. Apart from the obvious gender differences in producing children, men and women appear to be equal. They can equally be gunslingers, or bullet catchers as the title suggests. And the setting is an alternative Wild West with a number of other differences from history.The girl on the cover is 15 at the start of the book, and is an orphan working as cleaner / dishwasher in a town called Sand. Her brother 'escaped' from the orphanage some years ago, following his dream to become a bullet catcher. He promised to return for her, but (of course) never did. Now Imma (short for Immaculada), in desperation, follows an old bullet catcher when he leaves town. The book is about the teacher / pupil relationship, it's about having to make hard decisions, it's about trust; and it's got some scenes of beauty, scenes that evoke one's senses, and quite a bit of action. I really enjoyed it!

  • Rabiah
    2019-05-20 19:34

    **3.5 stars**Originally posted at: haven't had much experience with Westerns in young adult fiction, with the exception of Vengeance Road, but I really enjoyed Bowman's novel, so I decided to give this one a go. I really liked this one! It's been a while since I've read about a mentor and mentee relationship, and one that's got a good adventure to go along with it. Bullet Catcher had grit, guns, and a whole lot of badassery.I loved Imma's character. Even though she's a bit younger than most young adult heroines, she's hell of a lot stronger than most of them. I'm glad there's the internal conflict that plays out when she tries to understand who she is and whose side she's on. Also? No love interest! While, yes, I do love a good romance and all, I enjoyed the fact that there's no boys distracting her from her goals with relationship drama.There's a pretty big twist halfway through the book, and this is pretty much where the internal conflict starts, as well as the gunslinger side of the story. I liked that there were two sides to this, and Imma gets to explore the both of them. While she's trying to figure out what exactly is going on, her emotional struggle felt real and personal. There's a lot of stakes that comes with her choice, and of course–a bunch of guns flying off at every corner.A wonderful adventure set in the wild, wild west that middle grade and young adult readers will enjoy, Bullet Catcher was a heck of a story. Historical fiction with a touch of magical realism, don't hesitate to pick up this one because you're in for a real treat.▪ ▪ ▪ Thank you so much to Sasha at Pansing for sending me a copy for review! ▪ ▪ ▪

  • Becca (
    2019-05-29 19:23

    From the "overall" section of my review:Overall, Bullet Catcher was a lively, immensely entertaining and highly addictive book for fans of YA Western, adventure and mystery. Joaquin did an amazing job of writing one of my favourite books of the year so far! I can't wait to read more about the YA Western genre and see more to come from Joaquin in the future. Five stars completely. Full review: http://prettylittlememoirs.blogspot.c...

  • Helen White
    2019-06-06 17:38

    Imma is an abandoned orphan who wants to catch bullets. Not as daft as you might think. Catching bullets needs a teacher so we have a Mr Miyagi style training session then some bad guys appear - because you need to fight someone. That's when the Western genre starts to get philosophical - is anyone really all that bad? or good for that matter. Ah well either way it's a fine tale. I'd like a sequel please.

  • Danielle
    2019-06-12 18:48

    Imma is an orphan living in a tuff world where she has to fend for herself. The bullet catcher becomes her idol and gives her aspirations. This book reminded me of an old western. It ran beautifully like a film in my head. It was fast paced and rather exciting. Fun fantasy. Something different. 4.5 stars out of 5. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Paloma
    2019-05-21 13:46

    This book is amazing! A sophisticated YA novel.

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2019-05-25 13:41

    I'm basically just sitting here, smiling nervously, drowning in ultimate confusion. I DO NOT GET IT. It could be me, could be the book. But I found it 100% unrealistic. Aaaand, I'm kind of an analytical kind of person, so non-realistic books melt my brain.But, well, LIST TIME! L I K E S:• It's like a western fantasy which I looooove and reminded me of Rebel of the Sands (which I loved!) and The Oathbreaker's Shadow (which I hated but whatever). • Lots of dust and guns and shooty shooting things. YAY.• Immaculada Amaya Moreno is an awesome name. fREAKING AWESOME.• (But please don't ask me to spell it without help; not ever.)• It featured a really sweet mentor to student relationship. And also a brother to sister relationship! YAY. I do not read enough of these kinds! I AM A FAN.• Also absolutely zero romance for the main character. Huzzzzzzah. D I S L I K E S:(Omg, I'm so sorry...but...there are many.)• It is completely 100% unrealistic. Like the book is literally about two kinds of people who shoot at each other, and one kind just kinda....CATCHES THE BULLETS AND IT DOESN'T HURT THEM. Oh, what is that you say? Magic? Nope. The book specifically says no magic. You just have to be, idek, swift as the coursing river, with all the force of a great typhoon, with all the strength of a raging fire, and a little bit mysterious as the dark side of the moon. THAT'LL DO IT. "Bullet catching is not magic. You can't wave a wand or speak an incantation and stop a bullet. Bullet catching is discipline."• EXCUSE ME BUT I DON'T UNDERSTAND. How the flying heck can you honestly just concentrate enough and catch a bullet?!??!! You can't. I have to hope that I just missed something here...Because I don't understand.• Also everyone gets shot. ALL THE TIME. But they just get back up and walk it off. I feel like this book is just in no way attached to reality.• And there's this weird thing amongst the gunslingers where you cut off your finger and get a mechanical finger instead. HUH???? That can't help you shoot better. There is just NO WAY that would make you shoot better. WHAT. IS. THIS. MADNESS.•It kind of has a "cowboy vs indians" vibe with the "Gunslingers vs Bullet Catchers". Except I don't know why they're fighting. THERE IS NO WORLD BUILDING. I have no idea why this world exists. I don't know what they're fighting to achieve. I doooooon't get it. They hate each other but why?• They have this alcoholic beverage called "snakebite". IS IT REALLY VENOM?????? Because #concerned.• Also this quote: "But how do I dodge bullets? You have to tell me first.""This is the way it has always been. This has always been the first test. IT is the test I took. It is the test your brother took. Everything that comes after this is perfection and amplification. That is what you wanted."NOOOOO. Dude. She wanted to learn how to catch bullets. And you're fully going "HEY I'LL TEACH YOU. STAND THERE WILL I SHOOT YOU." Wut. even. Worst mentor ever. I get that we're going for a Karate Kid to Mr. Miyagi relationship here...but NOT WITH BULLETS. • You know what? I'm still stuck on the fact that they're catching bullets. Just with bare hands. And then, also, they throw the bullets back at people and can kill them. I...I...what.• ??????????• Also I found the writing too unemotional and simplistic. This is a personal preference, of course! I just wasn't engaged at all. I wanted depth.....ANYWAY. Every other review I've seen adores this book, so it's possibly that A) I'm reading something completely different, ahem, or B) I'm a deluded pineapple and you should ignore me and read this book anyway, or C) that this book make no logical sense.It's dusty and bullety, but also wildly unrealistic. Particularly for a book that claims no magic. Basically, the law of the universe is that: you get shot multiple times, or in the gut, or in the head = YOU DIE. The end. You can't just walk it off, folks.

  • Whispering Words...
    2019-06-15 19:32

    Being a YA Western with a slight pinch of fantasy, the premise of the Bullet Catcher instantly caught my attention. And while I must admit, although the book didn't wow me quite the way I had hoped, there were still plenty of things to like. Imma is an orphan, barely surviving as a dishwasher in the middle of a small, barely-on-the-map desert town. But when she witnesses a stranger catch a gunslingers bullet—she discovers that the legendary bullet catches aren't as extinct as everyone believed. Now with nothing to lose but her life, Imma sets out on a journey through the desert, determined to become a bullet catcher herself. But convincing the bullet catcher she is worthy to be trained is another matter… and as secrets are uncovered, Imma will learn that her childhood heroes may just turn out to be monsters after all…This was such an intriguing book. The story is based around the bonds of friendship built between teacher and student, brother and sister, young minds and old… there is no romance whatsoever. This alone made the story a refreshing read. However this book also explored the darker themes of forgiveness vs revenge, and showed that every action has a consequence.For example Imma is a very unusual heroine. Everything that happens to her is generally because of a choice SHE made, and for the most part she learns from her mistakes and grows a little more with every decision. However as much as I liked her as a character, I often felt she failed to ask the right sort of questions, which therefore led her to trust the wrong people and make bad choices. That said, the plot was fast paced and kept me turning the pages. However when Imma’s brother, Nikko, enters the story, I kept waiting for Imma to be all, “Where have you been these last ten years? Why didn't you come back for me?” — but she never did. For me this was a HUGE underlying niggle throughout the rest of the story. From that point on I also found Imma to be too placid, and a little sheep like. Brotherly love is one thing, but I disliked how she blindly followed Nikko and accepted everything he said so easily.Of course the action picks up again at the end of the book, and I was happy when Imma seemed to get her old feistiness back. However I really think it was the western style backdrop, plus the life or death situation of the bullet catcher that really kept the story moving forward. Without these things the book actually had little world building or backstory, or much depth at all really.As a reader, I’m big on understanding the why behind everything. Why are the bullet catchers and gunslingers enemies? What started it all? Why doesn't Imma question her brother? Why does the bullet catcher withhold his name? Why can bullet catchers bend bullets? Is it really just a case of trying hard? With these questions left unanswered, I felt the book read well on the surface, but lacked a little in the foundations.All in all though, this was a nice afternoon read and certainly something I would recommend for those in search of something a bit different. 3.5 stars!

  • Jenni
    2019-06-06 17:42

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am a fan of westerns in general, I thought this was a really good take on the genre that will appeal well to teen readers. Imma, the main character, is interesting and relatable - I felt invested both in her story and her growth as a character. I loved that the story allowed us to learn about both the bullet catchers and the gunslingers - this insight made for a balanced story overall.

  • Thornton Rigg
    2019-06-17 18:24

    If there’s a debt to be paid, it’s to oneself.Imma’s parents are dead and her beloved brother, Nikko, has run from the orphanage; now she must find her own way. Imma becomes entangled in a world of obligations, betrayals, and no second chances. Through the harsh deserts and mean water parched towns, she learns how to catch and deflect bullets … and she learns much, much more: about life and honesty, about the desert and death.If all of this sounds a little heavy, Imma’s searing honesty and determination made me really want her to succeed and the plot twists and turns like a rattlesnake to a satisfying climax. There’s a well drawn cast of secondary characters including the mentor, the Bullet Catcher; an old Gunslinger, Hartright; the beloved Nikko and his friend, Cloak.The book is full of beautiful descriptions and deftly worded images which makes it a pleasure to read. I enjoyed being absorbed into the Bullet Catcher’s world where a girl learns what it is to decide between hard choices and where Imma finally realises: If there’s a debt to be paid, it’s only to oneself.

  • Michele
    2019-06-07 17:46

    Gun slinging & sharp shooting in a west like you’ve never imagined, Bullet Catcher is a wonderful meandering through rugged adventures and soul searching alliances. I thoroughly enjoyed all three of the unique novels I've micro-reviewed in this post, but Bullet Catcher was my favourite.Lovin' the cover too! Bullet Catcher is an all round winner. 5 stars.Read more at: ""

  • Tanya
    2019-05-26 11:39

    I just finished reading "The Bullet Catcher" by Joaquin Lowe. The Wild west with a twist, the Gunslingers Vs The Bullet Catchers, those that can turn a bullet around with their bare hands and fire it back at you, or simply deflect the oncoming fire. A riveting read with desolate landscapes belonging to another world.

  • Mitch
    2019-05-31 12:20

    While I loved watching the relationship between Imma and the Bullet Catcher develop, but my favorite character by far was Endd. Really hoping she comes back in the next book?

  • Zamora Lowe
    2019-06-20 11:46

    From the first sentence, couldn't put it down!Read it over a week end.

  • Elspeth LaMorte
    2019-05-21 18:27


  • NLTB
    2019-06-01 17:42

    1st reader: 5 Stars

  • Charnell (Reviews from a Bookworm)
    2019-06-06 16:39

    This was enjoyable, but weird. And I am not at al sure how I feel about it yet. Full review to come.

  • Chent Higson
    2019-05-29 13:31

    Interesting idea and plot, but a bit eh in executionAlso beware of the queer coding...

  • roxi Net
    2019-06-03 15:20

    Bullet Catcher really made me feel so much for Imma, its protagonist. Growing up in an orphanage in the middle of desert land, Imma’s older brother leaves her there to train to become a Bullet Catcher. Years later, Imma finds her escape as Bullet Catcher comes to town. Seeking to be trained as she hoped her brother had been, Imma doggedly sets forth to apprentice herself to Bullet Catcher despite his attempts to run her off. The more Imma learns about the Bullet Catcher and his dying art, the grayer Imma sees against the black and white morals she held on to. I loved Imma’s character and her thought processes. Despite her tough exterior and interior, the softness for the need of family, and clearly set paths give her a balance in a world that destroys any semblance of balance. As I read the book, I thought of the movies True Grit combined with Wanted, but even those are a stretch since Bullet Catcher really struck me as on the original side. It wasn’t a quick read because of how heavy of a character Imma is, but that’s not complaint on my end at all! I’d read other books by this author for sure.

  • A.R. Hellbender
    2019-06-11 11:47

    This book was a huge disappointment. The storytelling was off, the characters were flat, and the world building was not all there. I couldn't tell if the setting was supposed to be the actual Wild West or a fantasy version, which in turn made it hard to tell whether this book was magical realism or fantasy. It had elements of an actual Wild West setting, but plenty that also suggested that it was a fantasy version entirely. Also, the entire plot was just boring. When I think Wild West, I picture action and hunting outlaws and going from town to town in search of jobs to do or people to rob. But in this book, nothing happened pretty much the entire time.

  • TheCosyDragon
    2019-06-17 18:22

    This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.Against a desert backdrop, Imma longs to be a Bullet Catcher – a seemingly mythological person who can bend bullets back away from themselves. Bullet Catchers are always the good guys, while Gunslingers are the bad guys. Once Imma has a chance at glory, she will need to make a decision about where her alliances lie.Where can I start talking about this novel? It arrived, I spotted it, and next thing it was 2 hours later and I still couldn’t put it down. …yes I have problems with being attracted to new books. The pages grabbed me right from the beginning, pulled me in, and kept me reading because things could change at any moment. And of course, I love reading about the training of new and innovative skills.What I’m commonly seeing in fiction at the moment is a turn towards plot twists. Some are really obvious, while others are really sneaky. This one is not particularly sneaky, but it is heartfelt. Not to mention it keeps changing even as you are yelling at Imma inside your head not to be such an idiot!Not even a sniff of romance. Apart from family ties, and master-apprentice matches, not a bit of teenage love. And honestly, Imma has enough to worry about without that. There’s plenty of character development for her, and a persuasive plot to not need it. In that way, it sort of reminds me of The Way We Roll, in which exploring different kinds of friendship and ties is the main agenda.I couldn’t put this down. Maybe I’m getting soft in my old age (*cough* mid-20s *cough*), but I really think I could read it again. I connected with the main character really well, and I could feel all of the emotions. Not to mention the attainable ‘magic’ skills.

  • Kim
    2019-06-06 13:34

    Before I go any further with my review I must state that Bullet Catcher requires the reader to suspend all belief. You cannot go into this story with any preconceived notions or hold tight to what you know to be true. With that said, this is a angst-y story about a coming of age girl and the life she leads vs the one she wants to lead. Imma wants to be a Bullet Catcher. Yes, a real person who concentrates so hard that they can catch a bullet in mid-air and turn it around on the shooter. See what I mean about keeping an open mind? No, the catchers are not paranormal nor do they have any magical abilities. It’s a learned trait that only a select few can do.Now, while I do read for entertainment, I still had a difficult time with this story. I felt that the world building was lacking. Why did the Bullet Catchers and the Gunslingers fight? What was the history between the two? Why should I care? These questions never got answered for me, so I’m confused about that part of the story. However, the angst and tale of Imma and her teacher was done well and the author did a good job of keeping the angst going without it becoming too much. Imma’s journey taught her many things such as trust, friendship, rivalry, and growing. She does a lot of growing in the story and I liked that about this book. There isn’t any romance, which is rare for a YA story. But, it works and is not needed in the telling of Imma and her journey.Overall, even though parts of the story confused me and made me question why I was reading it, the actual character growth kept me interested enough to want to finish. If it weren’t for that, I don’t know if I would have enjoyed it at all.*copy provided for review.

  • SJH (A Dream of Books)
    2019-06-02 13:39

    'Bullet Catcher' was a brilliant read, based around a unique plot which was totally different to most of the other Young Adult books around at the moment. Very refreshing. It was gritty and exciting, placing the characters in life and death situations where there was no easy way out. As I was reading it, I couldn't help but think that it would make a fantastic book-to-film adaptation. A western for teens with a strong female heroine. The story unfolds with the main character Imma, longing to escape her pitiful existence in the small town of Sand. When she sees a chance for a different future for herself, she grabs it and follows a mysterious bullet catcher out of town and across the desert. Her fate inexplicably linked to his, she has no idea that difficult choices await her as she starts out on a journey that she can't turn back from. I loved the idea of bullet catchers - people who can catch bullets and turn them back on those who fired them. How cool is that?! The concept is so original and different. Imma has to choose between this life and that as a gunslinger. It's great that these roles are not barred from females, who can equally do everything that a man can do. Joaquin Lowe has ensured that the reader stays gripped from start to finish. Family ties are forged and broken, alliances are made and forgotten as everything is put on the line in the fight for survival. This was a fantastic read which I would definitely recommend to male and female readers alike. I haven't heard anything about a sequel but the story was left open-ended, so I'm going to keep my fingers crossed that there will be another book in the series very soon.

  • Brandy
    2019-06-18 11:24

    I selected this book on NetGalley because of the cover and the promise of a Western coming-of-age story. It seems like slightly fantastical Westerns are having a bit of a moment in YA, and this sounded like a good starting point. Imma and her older brother Nikko were at an orphanage together and dreamed of finding the bullet catchers and joining them. Bullet catchers can catch and deflect bullets and fight against the gunslingers. Nikko ran away and never came back for Imma. She assumes he's dead, and she's now a teen herself and washing dishes at a saloon when she finally meets a bullet catcher. She quickly decides to follow the Bullet Catcher and convince him to train her.I enjoyed the mentor relationship between the Bullet Catcher and Imma. It reminded me a lot of watching The Karate Kid, and it was easy to visualize their interactions and the growing affection for each other. I could see this as a movie as a bit of mix between the styles of The Magnificent Seven and Lone Star. I can't say I cared much for the story beyond the description of the mentor relationship even though that web and history of relationships seemed to be a big part of Imma's growth in figuring out who she was and who she was going to be. The book didn't feel long, but it still managed to drag in the middle, and then the ending felt abrupt and a little too open-ended. If you're interested in a Western with a teen female protagonist who has an interesting mentor, then this might be a great choice for you. For me, it was fine, but not a new favorite.

  • Lydia
    2019-06-08 15:45

    I received this book for free through Goodreads giveaways. This book exceeded my expectations. I was interested in the story line when I first read the blurb, but I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did, especially since it was a YA novel, and I haven't read a YA novel since I was an adolescent.I was drawn in from the first few pages, and I finished the book within 24 hours. This novel is nothing like the usual YA novel, which is usually romance focused. It has a very western feel to it. I'm not usually a fan of western novels, but this one really shines out from the others, and the story really comes to life!Another fantastic attribute to this novel is that it can be enjoyed by adults as well as adolescents. It certainly is a refreshing, vastly different style novel that stands itself out from all the other novels in its genre. I would definitely recommend it, even to those who are older and interested in a light, enjoyable read!

  • St Stephen's C C
    2019-06-03 15:32

    In the small town of Sand, populated by gunslingers and surrounded by endless desert, Imma washes dishes and grieves for a life she never had. She and her brother, Nikko, dreamed of escaping to become bullet catchers, a legendary band of outlaws who can deflect bullets with their hands. But they were wiped out years ago, Nikko with them. And leaving is impossible when walking into the desert means certain death. When she sees a stranger catch a man's bullet and turn it back on him, Imma knows it can only mean one thing: the bullet catchers live on, and this is her way out. Determined to follow him, Imma starts a journey that will take her to her physical extremes and force her to question just what family means and who she really is: bullet catcher or gunslinger; hero or monster.

  • Alison
    2019-06-15 11:45

    Set in the desert, Bullet Catcher is the tale of Imma, an orphan who wants to become a Bullet Catcher, like the legends. A person who can catch, deflect, or bend a bullets path, with their hands. Bullet Catchers were once prominent, but with the rise of Gunslingers, there are few left.Legends, like any old stories, can be twisted over time, and Imma learns that Bullet Catcher or Gunslinger, there is more death involved than she wants to accept. A tale of questionable morals, questioning what makes heroes and monsters, Bullet Catcher conveys a very interesting mentor / student relationship, sibling relationship, and great amounts of introspection on love and forgiveness.

  • Sophie
    2019-05-22 17:28

    The pace of this book was fairly slow but I enjoyed the western/fantasy(kind-of) setting and the novels story. None of the characters were super likeable but they were all realistically flawed, and I did enjoy that. I also liked the storyline of the novel. Overall it was a good read and I recommend it to anyone who likes westerns and is sick of main characters having to always have a romance.