Author: Amber Kizer
Publication Date: August 2009
Tags: Paranormal, Angels, Life & Death
Series: 1st in a series
Book Acquisition: bought used hardcover
My Rating: 3.5 / 5
Half-human, half-angel, Meridian Sozu has a dark responsibility.
Sixteen-year-old Meridian has been surrounded by death ever since she can remember. As a child, insects, mice, and salamanders would burrow into her bedclothes and die. At her elementary school, she was blamed for a classmate’s tragic accident. And on her sixteenth birthday, a car crashes in front of her family home—and Meridian’s body explodes in pain.
Before she can fully recover, Meridian is told that she’s a danger to her family and hustled off to her great-aunt’s house in Revelation, Colorado. It’s there that she learns that she is a Fenestra—the half-angel, half-human link between the living and the dead. But Meridian and her sworn protector and love, Tens, face great danger from the Aternocti, a band of dark forces who capture vulnerable souls on the brink of death and cause chaos.
Meridian is a book I have had on my shelf for a while. No real reason why I haven't picked it up until now but I'm glad I did. While I wasn't blown away by the characters or plot, I really enjoyed the paranormal elements Amber choose. We've all heard of vampires, werewolves, ghosts and faires but what about Fenestras?
Her entire life, Meridian assumed she was just a freak. Since before she could remember, creatures great and small seem to be drawn to her moments before they die. She never thought she would find any real answers, and things seem to go from bad to worse when on her 16th birthday she is whisked away from her family and sent to live with a great aunt she has never met. While there, she meets Tens - a strange young man with secrets of his own. While it wasn't surprising that the two of them fall for each other, their romance was very sweet and sincere and made for some good reading.
I really liked the suspense of this story. I thought I knew how things would end but I was a little off. I'm glad I wasn't able to predict the ending. One thing about the ending though, I felt like it was rushed. There is a ton of lead up to a pretty big final showdown, as it were, and then, in a few paragraphs, everything comes to a head, blows up and is resolved. I almost felt like pages were missing, like there just wasn't enough explanation as to what happened, who it happened to and why.
I'm very interested is seeing where Amber will lead the story in the second book, which I've heard is due out sometime in 2011.
I would recommend this book to fans of the paranormal who don't mind a little religion thrown into the mix.
*as part of Kate's Clear the Clutter mini challenge, my copy of this book will be given away in a future contest - so stay tuned!*
Books in the Series:
Book 2 - yet to be titled (2011)
Random House Teens
Teens Read and Write
Who, What, When, Where, Why
Everything To Do With Books
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