Monday August 10, 2009
by Amber Kizer
Available August 11, 2009
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.
One of my favorite things about the paranormal romance genre is that I never get tired of the creative lengths that authors go to in order to come up with new ideas. Whether it is researching folklore and mythology or simply creating it...I'm always excited to see what's next!
In this story we learn about fenestra's which in latin means "window". This is what Meridian learns she is, a fenestra...a window that a human soul must pass through in order to get to their afterlife. If not, they could be stranded on earth as a ghost, reincarnated (which means leaving your family behind) or sent someplace dark if captured by the Aternocti.
As with many of the books in this genre, we follow Meridian on a path of self-discovery when she finds out (in a rather chaotic way) that she is a fenestra and ultimately what that means. In addition, Meridian also finds herself in love for the first time and with someone she barely knows; Tens...he's mysterious, sexy and a little bit annoying (in a good way :)
With the in-depth background details I found it easy to care about the characters in this book. Especially Meridian's great-aunt Merry. She is the ultimate, warm and fuzzy, cocoa and cookie making aunt we all dream of (well, you probably don't dream that she'd be a fenestra but you get the idea). I even fell in love with Aunt Merry's dog Custos and creeped out by the menacing pastor Perimo.
A fun paranormal romance that will keep fans of this genre gushing for more! Hopefully there will be sequel because the ending certainly left that option open! Appropriate for 7th grade and up.