Meridian (Fenestra #1)
Author: Amber Kizer
Published: August 11, 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Rating: 5 Birds
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 take: Given finding out about the second book before this one, I was hooked alone from the second’s overview. When I then read the overview for Meridian, my mind immediately went crazy because I’m always all in for a book about things that are completely fanatical/out there/full of angels and darkness.
When I first started reading Meridian, I felt slightly confused. I really couldn’t get a grasp on who Meridian was except for this lonely, singled out girl. When she was sent on a journey after such a short time, I was left feeling how she felt. Alone. She had no idea where she was going, except that she’d be going to see who was known as her Aunt Merry – aka Great Aunt Meridian.
I felt throughout the book, Amber did a wonderful job depicting the characters, the scenes, and just everything in each moment without going overboard. I was led through highs and lows of each event that happened – from souls passing, to simple conversations – that I never grew bored with the story line.
Although Meridian wasn’t my favorite character in the book, she was played out well. What sixteen year old isn’t confused about life? What’s worse, what sixteen year old wouldn’t be extremely confused after finding out they’re a Fenestra?
My favorite character was Tens. Seems some of my favorite characters have number names, yet somehow, that’s one thing that makes them interesting. Tens holds so much of the weight of the world on his shoulders…and it’s hard to say if he’ll ever accept his true feelings and follow them without fear. He was extremely well written and I await what will happen next with him.
Overall, the book got a 5 Bird rating from me because it held depth, emotion, and just kept me intrigued the entire time. I also am in LOVE with the cover art because of the use of skulls in an ornate manner.
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