Author: Amber Kizer
Format: eBook/ Blog Tour
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Rating: 4 Birds
Meridian Sozu is a Fenestra—the half-human, half-angel link between the living and the dead. She has the dark responsibility of helping souls transition safely into the afterlife. If people die without the help of a Fenestra, their souls are left vulnerable to be stolen by the Aternocti, a dark band of forces who disrupt the balance of good and evil in the world and cause chaos.
Having recently lost her beloved Auntie—the woman who showed her what it meant to be a Fenestra—Meridian has hit the road with Tens, her love and sworn protector, in hopes of finding another Fenestra. Their search leads them to Indiana, where Juliet, a responsible and loving teenager, works tirelessly in the nursing home where she and several other foster kids are housed. Surrounded by death, Juliet struggles to make a loving home for the younger kids, and to protect them from the violent whims of their foster mother. But she is struggling against forces she can't understand . . . and even as she feels a pull toward the dying, their sickness seems to infect her, weighing her down. . . .
Will Meri and Tens find Juliet in time to save her from a life of misery and illness? And will Meri and Tens' own romance weather the storms of new discoveries?
Be sure to Stop In TOMORROW for an Interview and GIVEAWAY from Amber Kizer on the blog!
Transitioning directly from the first book into this book was extremely well done. I think that was the first sign of me being able to basically fly through reading this – and for me to read it even remotely quick being as long as it is – was somewhat of a miracle.
As the story progressed, I wanted to punch both Tens and Meridian in the face a few times for not realizing what they meant to each other, to themselves, or to others surrounding them. It was irritating to a point, but also what gave them so much life that I fell in love with both of them even more.
Juliet was a new character in this that had been hinted at during the end of the first book. She seemed so quiet and reserved, but very likely to kick some major butt if you messed with the kids she helped out during the story.
There really isn’t a ton I can say without giving too many factors of the story away, so in keeping it simple, I’ll just say which characters I enjoyed or which I would like more of a story to.
Bodie and Sema – grouping them together, yes…but almost necessary to get my point across. They were absolute darlings in the book and you could tell they held the weight of the world on their shoulders even though they were the youngest. It was nice to see interactions between either of these two and Juliet. It was also nice to see movement in these two when it came to them being around Nicole.
Nicole ended up being one of the characters that I still feel I know too little about. Perhaps her story will develop further, perhaps not. Either way, for what it’s worth, I really liked her.
There was also the introductions of Joi and Rumi – and I have to say, I didn’t trust either of them a lick when it started…but as time went on…I felt I could give them my full trust.
Again, I don’t want to end up giving away the book, so I feel the review will be left at that. I really enjoyed reading and delving further into the world of the Fenestras. In total, it got a 4 Bird rating – and I only dropped it to that because no offense to the author – but the ‘almost sex’ scenes were a little too verbose for me.
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