I had read Riding Freedom and Esperanza Rising when I read this book. It wasn't as good as I thought it would be. I REALLY REALLY REALLY disliked Maya, the main character. She lies, she is spoiled and she is a brat. She never changes either! Then again, I should probably blame her grandmother for raising her like that, but the grandmother is only in the story for the first section while Maya is there the whole friggin' time!!! I liked everything about this book except Maya's character, which is weird considering she is the protagonist. So if you think you can ignore how annoying she is and just focus on the good stuff about this book, go ahead and read Paint the Wind.