Sunday, November 6, 2011
Book Review ~ Meridian
By Amber Kizer
Published by Delacorte Books
Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: While this seemed to start a little slow for me it picked up fairly quickly and the premise was new and intriguing enough to keep me reading. The whole idea of Fenestras being the light that people go through to get to the other side during death, was well thought out and wasn't made this simple thing that Meridian was able to do. I liked the idea of her having to learn how to do this or there would be consequences for both her and the person (or animal) trying to pass.
I ended the book still not sure about Tens, I didn't feel his character was explained enough. He worked well as Meridian's protector but there was a lot missing that made the relationship and how quickly they were "in love" less believable. Hopefully this is something to is fleshed out more in later books.
Overall it was a good read and I loved the thought of both the Fenestra and the Aternocti and their battle for the passing energies. I look forward to reading the next book, Wildcat Fireflies which just came out in July 2011.