17 September 2009

Meridian Book Review

Book: Meridian
Authoress: Amber Kizer Pages: 305 (Hardcover)
Genre: YA | Fantasy

My condensed version:
An accident on her sixteenth birthday gets Meridian pulled away from her family and bused to a great-aunt she has never met. She awakens to learn she is a Fenestra (half human half angel that ushers the dead into the light).

Can and will she make peace with her fate?
What is her great-aunt keeping from her?
Why does her "sworn protector" Tens dislike her so much?
But most importantly why is she being haunted?
My take: This is dark done right. From the moment I removed this book from the package and read the first page I was unable to put to put it down. Death in all her complexities is a main captivating character in this tale. This a story of good versus evil and the never ending battle between the light and the dark.
My rating: 5 stars; I loved this book. It was thought provoking, fast paced, and well-written. While the subject matter is dim, the resolution is full of light and leaves the reader anxious for part 2.

3 for 3:
Characters: Intriguing secretive unusual
Plot: Enthralling quick paced
Writing: Beautiful multi-leveled

The Meter Readings:
  • Adventure-o-meter: High. Meridian seems to spend the entire novel in a race against time and darkness.
  • Kiddie-o-meter: While there is no sex there is a couple of strong curse words. It is also important to note that one of the central characters in this novel is a false prophet who abuses religion and the bible to control the people. After carefully reading and scrutinizing this aspect of the book I strongly believe that the authoress handles this subject matter rather tactfully and clearly states (on page 222) that the issue in the story is not Christianity but false prophecy. Later on in the story a woman of strong faith is brought back and the reader is made aware that angels and goodness are never far away.
  • Adult-o-meter: Great for adults that appreciates magical realism but require a strong captivating story.
Love the love?: Yes! I am officially adding Ten to my list of literary crushes. He is tender, loving, patient, respectful, protective, and doting. I found my self not wanting to let Ten go.

Worth-a-read?: Most definitely.

Quotables:
  • "Visions of Buffy danced in my head. I couldn't imagine myself in cute outfits battling demons. That wasn't on my list of things to do before graduating high school. High school - do I get to go back?"
  • "My heart stuttered and I reminded myself to breathe. Tens towered like one of those black-and-white movie stars - a gangster, dangerous, possessive."

Noteable: To have your name acknowledged in an upcoming novel be sure to visit the author's web site for a very interesting contest. Contest ends September 30th so if you are interested please do not delay.

Pass the mic: Reading Rocks called this book, "impossible to put down." I could not agree more.

Shout-out:
  • I wanted to thank Kim at The Book Butterfly for the awesome contest that made this review possible. Make sure to visit Kim's interview with Amber Kizer.
  • A gigantic thanks to Amber Kizer for my beautiful book and the following bookmarks.

My final say: If they were making a movie from this book I wonder which actor I would select to play Ten?

Thank you to Kim at The Book Butterfly for making this review possible.

30 comments :

  1. Ok, I need to read this book! I've heard really good things about it...my TBR pile is just huge right now. Great review, and I'll add this one to my list!

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  2. I am so glad you did a review on this, I was on the fence awhile about this book, but the more reviews I read the more I think I gotta have this book!

    I don't know who would play Tens since I haven't read it and I don't know what he looks like, but I am going to vote for Zac Efron, just because he's super cute!

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  3. I have read both great and not so good o this book, but now you really make me want to read it. I might give it a try after all - the premise is original and interesting!

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  4. I still have to read this book.
    Last time I bought books I was going to buy it but at the end I didn't. Maybe next time when I have cash.

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  5. Thank you for your review! Haven't read the book yet, but it really sounds very good!

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  6. I WANT THIS BOOK! It sounds awesome. Wonderful review.

    So I googled the grandma name and all I can find is Auntie..?

    ♥Nely

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  7. oh this looks good!

    her 'grandma' is called Auntie???

    hefollowedme AT gmail DOT com

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  8. Oh bother *insert Pooh* I hope I didn't make my question too tough.

    If no one lands that actual name I'll give the bookmarks for her nickname.

    Rebrebs: Oh thank goodness I'm not the only grown up that thinks Zac is a major cutie!

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  9. I was not aware of this one, so thanks for the h.u!

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  10. Excellent review! I have this one in my wishlist. I may have to put it at the top of the list. :)

    Is her name Meridian? I thought I read somewhere that they share the same name. Hmmm... if not, Auntie! lol

    bookloversdiary@yahoo.com

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  11. Great review, Juju! I haven't heard of this one but I do appreciate a well done "dark" book. I may need to add this to my TBR list.

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  12. Sounds like another great read! You're cranking out the awesome YA reviews lately :) I went out and got Sea Change from Borders last night... totally thanks to you! I'm on page 30 and definitely drawn in! :)

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  13. I am looking forward to reading this! I've also had some communication with the author and she seems like a great person. Glad to hear it 'dark done well' and has lots of action! I love the cover. Thanks for the review!

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  14. I love this cover and have wanted to read it since I saw it -- I'm SO GlAD you liked it bc that means good reading ahead for me : )
    hehehehe

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  15. Great review as ever. I really like the way you've described the tactful way the book handles the issue of false prophecy. I love it when authors tread a fine line like that with their message - it's like they're showing that they know how intelligent their teen audience really is. This one sounds awesome.

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  16. Oooh, great review. I didn't pay this book much attention but I will now! ;)

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  17. Her aun'ts name is also Meridian. I'm looking forward to reading this one. I love dark stuff.

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  18. I've got this from the library; I need to read it ASAP!

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  19. I'm so happy you enjoyed it --I really want to read it (even more now!) Thanks for the shout out to me and linking to my interview!!

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  20. Thanks for the great review! I've had this book since before it hit the shelves and I wasn't sure I would like it. But I'm going to have to read it now because it sounds like something I would enjoy. Thanks

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  21. Great review, now I'm going to have to add another book to my pile.

    You have an award waiting on my blog http://cc-chronicles.blogspot.com

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  22. Man, I was going to pick this book up the other day when I was at the book store, but alas, I didn't! Well, I'll have to the next time I'm there, that's for sure! I picked up two others that you reviewed and recommended , though! So far the one I'm reading is really, really good! Great review, definitely on my list!

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  23. So pleased this is a good 'un, I'm looking forward to the release here.

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  24. Amazon keeps recommending this to me, guess I need to check it out! Your review put it over the top. =)

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  25. Great review! I also reviewed this book on my blog a while back and can say that it's definitely worth reading. I'm really looking forward to its sequel. Glad you enjoyed it too =)

    ♥Isalys

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  26. I enjoyed this review! I will be putting this one on my TBR list. Thanks!

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  27. Such a brilliant review, Juju! I've actually never read a review on Meridian, up until now. I've always wanted to read this book and it has been on my wish list for what I feel like a lifetime. I need to get it fast. Thanks so much Juju! =)

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  28. I know this review is from 2 years ago, but I was looking through your angel books. I don't know why, but while I read Meridian, I pictured Nicholas Braun as Tens.

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