This was actually one of my first reviews ever! I've had this review saved for the past 7 months or so.
Meridian by Amber Kizer (August 11th 2009--Delacorte)
Grade: 3.5 stars out of 5
Summary: Tired of reading about faeries? Well how about reading about angels? "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 rushed 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."
Review: I thought the development of Meridian’s power was great—taking baby steps. Some of the novels I have read show the character going from completely oblivious to this sudden surge of control and knowledge; not here though! This book gives off a much more realistic approach.
The relationship with the characters was also well done. I enjoyed reading the small scenes between the characters and the dialogue between them. Within these dialogues, background information was given. If you know me, I greatly appreciate it when an author gives background information. She gives you enough about the supernatural world for readers to understand but not too much to completely ruin the enjoyment of the story. In addition, small bits of character backgrounds are given. This gives the reader a much better feel and care for the characters, as well as the reasons behind their motives and actions.
Some parts to me were too predictable though. It felt that the suspense and ambiguity factor that the book tried to create…lacked, in a word. Many of the scenes I could have predicted in the very beginning—of course, the author did leave major hints behind, but it bores the readers to know the outcome of almost the entire storyline.
There were also some sections in the book that had me scratching my head. Where did this character pop up from? What just happened? And the ending was just one giant blur to me— maybe I just did not read it carefully enough?
One of my major issues has to be when Meridian actually got in a car with a stranger. Granted it was a taxi driver, but it definitely irked me that she can be so careless of herself. Every now and then there would be awkward moments where I just wanted to shout "What!?" In that sense, I was not confused but rather flabbergasted; "Where in the world did this come from!?" It all comes together in the end but, even after, I still cannot wrap my head around it. It can be easily interpreted as a scapegoat to create a forced happy ending. I am still very much peeved about this to this point.
Overall: A very nice book if you're bored; a good book overall, but nothing too spectacular. Still, definitely an enjoyable read if you're sick of faeries and want to try a different supernatural being.