Monday, October 4, 2010

Review: Meridian by Amber Kizer

(summary from goodreads)

My name is Meridian Sozu. I am a Fenestra. I have always shared my world with the dead and the dying. But I really didn't understand what that meant until I turned sixteen and glimpsed my own mortality... 

Sixteen-year-old Meridian has always been surrounded by death. As a child, insects, mice, and salamanders burrowed into her bedclothes to die. As she grew, the animals got bigger, and soon they were finding her at school to die in her presence. Meridian became an outcast, labeled by her classmates as Reaper, Gravedigger, and Witch. Each death she witnesses weakens her body, and loneliness weakens her spirit. On her sixteenth birthday, she witnesses a deadly car crash. Though she’s untouched, Meridian's body explodes with the victims’ pain. 

Before she can fully recover, Meridian is told that she's a danger to her family and rushed to her great-aunt's house in Revelation, Colorado. It's there that she learns the secret her mother has been hiding her entire life: that she is a Fenestra, the half-angel, half-human link between the living and the dead. It's crucial that she learn how to transition human souls to the afterlife and preserve the balance between good and evil on earth. 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. Dark, lovely, and lushly romantic, MERIDIAN introduces a powerful heroine who will entrance readers.

Review: I. Love. This. Book. Meridian was one of the first books I read this year, and so far it has been my favorite. 

Everything about this book was great! The characters were very well written, ad fenestras were a new and very interesting thing to read about. Even the setting of the book was great. 

It didn't really seem like there was a central plot to the story. I think it was just showing Meridian learning about fenestras and dealing with problems as they came.

Tens and Auntie were great, and I'm glad I got to learn about each of there pasts. I'm hoping that in the next book we get to learn more about Tens, though, because I'm still a little confused about him and his power. 

I loved reading all the back stories about the fenestras that Auntie told, but at times it seemed to slow the book down a bit.

Overall, Meridian was a wonderful read. It left me with some unanswered questions, but hopefully the sequel, Wildcat Fireflies, will answer them.  

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