Sunday, November 14, 2010

Review: Meridian by Amber Kizer

Meridian by Amber Kizer
 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.
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Published in US:  Aug 11th 2009
Book one in Fenestra series

**My rating: 4/5**

*My review*

   Meridian deals with a new breed of paranormal beings- Fenestras and Aternoctis- good and bad part angels that help guide souls to heaven or hell (not religion specific, it is said in the book there are many different names that religions and peoples give the places).
   The characters are easy to like, and Meridian has a genuine voice, I would love to read more from her. Tens is brooding and a protector, so he is good in my book. Auntie is easy to love yet easy to get frustrated with as she gives information little by little. There is a wolf that is a protector and semi-pet, and Custos is a great addition.
   The story is paced well, and kept my attention the whole time. It didn't have as much action as it could have, but I am okay with that. The ending ties things up well, but leaves me wanting the sequel.

   I would love to hear what you think of my review and/or this book.

Interview questions are on her blog


  1. I love the cover! Great Review thanx. I think I have another item added to my TBR pile which already huge but thats ok!!

    My Bloody Fairy tale

  2. Thank you for the great review! The book sounds great!

  3. I read this in my pre-blogging days but absolutely loved it. It was so new and different. You are right, was easy to connect the dots, but still fun. And I felt it was a good show of how organized religion is sometimes not quite what it seems, and how accepting and easy we can be to just go along with it because it's under the banner of church, know what I mean? Not that ALL churches are like that, but occasionally. And they were clear that it was a front and not real, so it was good.

  4. Interesting! I had no idea this was about half angels. Will have to try to get my hands on this!

  5. Thank you for this review! I'm excited that it's a different type of paranormal, I hadn't heard of this one so I'm excited to read it.

    Ashlie @BookishNovelties

  6. Great review! You touched on some issues I had as well with this book. Auntie def. drove me a little crazy by telling a lot through the novel. I felt that it may have been better if instead of her giving information dumps that Mer discovered things on her own, or with Tens through an adventure. But this was a really good book, I'll be reading the second for sure =)

  7. Great review. I have heard mixed reviews about this book so I glad you enjoyed it. It has an interesting concept :)


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