Thursday, January 21, 2010

Meridian by Amber Kizer

Meridian by Amber Kizer.
Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers.
Pages: 320.
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 was honestly unlike anything I’ve read lately. In the midst of all the vampires, werewolves and angels, Meridian Sozu is a Fenestra- somebody who helps the dead pass on to the other side.

I thought Amber Kizer’s writing for Meridian was beautiful. Though it was complex, the vivid descriptions of the dead passing was amazing. Despite how cringe-worthy it sounds, reading about dying souls has never been so flattering.

The story wasn’t as intense as I would’ve liked. The majority of the book was devoted to Meridian learning and accepting her Fenestra duties and skills. The antagonist of the story, though he pops up variously throughout the entire novel, doesn’t really come into play until the very end. And he leaves just as quickly as he comes. Maybe it’s setting up for a sequel? I can only hope.

And Tens. *swoons* Handsome, protective and brooding, Tens. I was bit put off by the sudden switch in moods when it came to Meridian, but after his part in the story was brought into play, I completely understood it. I definitely wouldn’t mind having him as my protector. *wink*

Overall, Meridian was entertaining and dark but lighthearted at the same time. Though we all love the vampires/werewolves/angels, it’s a uniquely breath of fresh air in the paranormal genre. I definitely recommend it to any of you paranormal lovers!

5 comments:

  1. I had been trying to decide if I would read this one when I saw it in a store. Now I think next time I will pick it up. Thanks for posting this!

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  2. I've been wanting to read this for a while! Such a great review :)

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  3. I absultly love your review! You write in such great detail! I must read Meridian!

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  4. I've seen this around and wondering if I should read it!! Great Review!!

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  5. I have to get myself a copy of this book. This is an absolute must-read for me. Great review.

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