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Meridian by Amber Kizer


by Amber Kizer

Series: Fenestra (1)

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Well written, interesting character you rooted for, world-building not same-old-same-old, no inexplicable love triangles or endless teenage angst despite main character's age (16) at start of this series. Angels and religion get to be angels and religion versus an almost unrecognizable paranormal race or mythology--except afterlife disturbingly left to chance so that if main character and her people are around when you die you go to heaven but if bad guys around you get taken to hell. The only reason I'm not rating higher is that there are areas of plot/action where both good guy rescues and bad guy threats are rather out of nowhere (can we all chant deus ex machina?). Not the best writing/plot to just have people popup as you need them. Looking forward to reading next book in series and have high hopes for series overall (could get really good if author does a good story arc; could suck if just degenerates into mysterious aid always appearing or adventure after adventure of characters on a quest for others with her powers just going from place to place -- but we'll see) ( )
  Spurts | Oct 29, 2015 |
I honestly don't know what to say about this book.
Ever read those books that weren't bad, and you were able to finish, but really had nothing good going for it?
Yeah that was this...
I mean, there was nothing truly bad about it. It wasn't badly written.. the characters weren't that bad. The story was relatively original...
It just fell very flat.
I mean, it has this story about angels and protecters and lost souls and i was expecting it to be epic and exciting... but what i got was a girl with no personality in the beginning and only little personality by the end, an admittedly attractive sounding guy but with no spark to make him likeable, and an obnoxious preacher-type bad guy that spouted Bible verses and was rather not scary and not intimidating...
It just wasn't there. I had potential, i mean, i could see the potential for an amazing story about a girl who helped souls travel to the other side and had to get around the fanatical doom-spouting preacher who was really an Arnocti (an anti-Fenestra, the one's who take the souls to hell) in disguise.
Do you see the potential awesomeness in that? Because i did.
But what i got was anything but that...
Meridian could have been an amazing character, and i admit i did see some growth by the end of the book. But, her personality was so listless that i could never grow to like her.
I couldn't like Tens either because his mood swings never made sense... i mean... at least give him a reason to be angsty for goodness sake!
So, i dunno, this was just disappointing... It was left way way open for another one and who knows, maybe the story will grow and we'll see that potential tapped into... but it's not looking very likely at this point... ( )
  glitzandshadows | Oct 12, 2015 |
The writing was a little loose and crazy sometimes but it was still and interesting read and concept. Looking foward to somemore. ( )
  Angelina-Justice | Feb 3, 2014 |
On her sixteenth birthday, Meridian is whisked off to her great-aunt's home in Revelation, Colorado, where she learns that she is a Fenestra, the half-human, half-angel link between the living and the dead, and must learn to help human souls to the afterlife before the dark forces reach them. ( )
  KarenAJeff | Aug 12, 2013 |
Although she doesn't know it, Meridian is a Fenestra; a being who helps the dying soul with the passage to heaven. Aternoctis guide souls to hell. Meridian is helped by Tens, who is fairly uncommunicative but protects her, and Auntie who reveals very little even though she has information that Meridian needs. I'll definitely read book two to see how the story develops because I enjoyed the originality of the plot in book one. ( )
  JRlibrary | Aug 10, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385736681, Hardcover)

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.

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On her 16th birthday, Meridian is whisked off to her great-aunt's home in Revelation, Colorado, where she learns that she is a Fenestra, the half-human, half-angel link between the living and the dead, and must learn to help human souls to the afterlife before the dark forces reach them.… (more)

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