Thursday July 14, 2011
by Amber Kizer
July 11, 2011
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
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?
Pontifications...I remember reading Meridian way back in 2009 (review HERE) and just totally loving the originality of the story. I've been looking forward to this sequel for a long, LONG time and I was way excited when I received it for review...I couldn't wait to see what happened next for Meridian and Tens!
The story picks up pretty much right at the end of the first book with Tens and Meridian leaving Revelation, Colorado after the death of Meridians Aunt and their confrontation with the evil Aternocti. The head out on the road as they search for other Fenestra.
When Tens and Meridian stop for a rest and a meal in the town of Carmel, Indiana, something leads them to hunkering down for a bit in the small and friendly town. While staying in a small cottage in exchange for doing odd jobs Tens and Meridian meet a handful of friends who become vital in their quest. They are also still finding out clues about her Fenestra heritage using Aunties diary and other signs they find along the way.
The narration of the chapters bounce back and forth between Meridian and Juliet, the young girl that Meridian and Tens are searching for. As Meridian narrates the quest to find her, Juliet tells us about her life at the horrid orphanage/nursing home she lives in. Things are bad for Juliet....REALLY bad. The question is, will Meridian and Tens find her in time, before it's too late?
This is a MUST read series for anyone who likes fantasy, adventure and romance. I would really recommend reading the first book because the story would be incomplete without it. The blossoming romance between Meridian and Tens gets a little "heated" in a few scenes so I think this one is best suited for ages 14 and up!
I'm hoping for a book three!!!