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On a Dark Wing

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The choices I had made led to the moment when fate took over. I would learn a lesson I wasn't prepared for. And Death would be my willing teacher.

Five years ago, Abbey Chandler cheated Death. She survived a horrific car accident, but her "lucky" break came at the expense of her mother's life and changed everything. After she crossed paths with Deathby taking the hand of an

Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Harlequin Teen (first published December 20th 2011)
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Dec 30, 2011 Giselle rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc, paranormal
Jordan Dane's On A Dark Wing has brought us a unique angel story with original twists. Even if the book didn't give me palpitations, it was an entertaining read full of surprises.

Abbey, our protagonist, is a bit of a brat. I didn't really like her. She's moody, a tad cynical and often come off as immature. She gets mad at her dad for seemingly no reason, which kept me disconnected from her. I didn't understand her reasoning for these "fits", nor did I understand her obsessive behavior towards Na
Courtney (Storybook Slayers)
Dec 11, 2011 Courtney (Storybook Slayers) rated it did not like it
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Reading this book left a bad taste in my mouth. I had high hopes after reading the synopsis and other reviewers' opinions of the book but I just couldn't like the story line at all no matter how hard I tried.

Getting into the beginning of the book was smooth sailing but when Abbey's character revealed itself in full bloom to the reader I had to back away before I exploded. Let me make this clear: I do not like Abbey Chandler. She blames
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
I'm torn. There are some brilliant aspects to this book but it was dreadfully slow. I dragged myself through because after figuring out the Meet Joe Black angle I was curious to know if it would end the same way. It didn't. Actually, it took an unexpected yet not unwelcome turn that may not be liked by the masses.

Abbey is excellently portrayed. Her predicament: the ever-present crushing guilt over her mother's death, the growing distance between her and her father, and her misplaced obsession wi
Debbie I Heart YA Books
Dec 19, 2011 Debbie I Heart YA Books rated it it was amazing
On a Dark Wing is a beautiful story of a teenage girl who becomes a young woman, and understanding the meaning of love and the sacrifices she will need to make for it. I love Jordan Dane’s writing. She always writes with an eerie darkness and romance that touches deep into my heart. I thought Dane’s novel, In the Arms of Stone Angels, had me crying of heart-break, but she takes On a Dark Wing to a deeper level of heart-break that had me crying all the way though Abby's story. Jordan Dane just ha ...more
Oct 28, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My first Jordan Dane read was In the Arms of Stone Angels, and I was hooked! I knew I couldn’t wait to read another of her YA novels and was very excited to hear she had a new one coming soon, On a Dark Wing.

The description had me intrigued and curious to see what she would do with it, would it be a love story or would I be left heartbroken. Then when I saw the cover, wow! After reading it, I realized how perfect the cover fit the book. There were times when I was left crying and others when I
Dec 18, 2011 Anna rated it it was ok
Shelves: review, e-books
More reviews can be found at my blog, Literary Exploration

Honestly, I'm having a really hard time starting this review. I didn't like this book. At all. I didn't like the characters, I didn't like the plot, I didn't like the pace... the only thing I did like was Dane's writing style. She's a fantastic writer, everything is very elegant and descriptive, unfortunately nothing else stood out. On a Dark Wing was a serious let down in all sorts of ways.

The characters are cringe-worthy. Abbey is basic
Dec 25, 2011 Nicola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: angels
I'm always really intrigued by the descriptions of books involving angels, but none of them I've read have delivered on their promise. On a Dark Wing was different though and definitely lived up to my expectations. On a Dark Wing is the story of a young girl, Abbey, who lost her mother in a car crash. Years after, Abbey is still struggling to come to terms with what happened that day, and doesn't want to face the things she saw. Abbey has a serious crush on a boy in her town- even though he does ...more
Sarah (saz101)
Part Vertical Limit and part Meet Joe Black, comes Jordan Dane's On A Dark Wing. Beautifully written, and set against a gorgeous Alaskan backdrop (seriously, it had me at Alaska), I loved everything about this book... except the main character.

Five years ago, Abbey Chandler survived the horrific car accident which killed her mother. And this girl has major survivor's guilt. Abbey is still haunted by memories of the ethereal boy with gorgeous blue eyes who held her hand in the wreckage. Well, as
Dec 19, 2011 Juhina rated it liked it

When I first read the synopsis of On A Dark Wing I honestly didn’t know what to expect, and 100 pages in, I also didn’t know what the book was about. Don’t get me wrong, after the initial slow start of the book, it gets VERY exciting and thrilling and I honestly wasn’t able to put it down.

The story is mainly centered around Abbey Chandler, Abbey lost her mother 5 years ago, and she blames herself, there is some guilt she can’t clearly explain but she feels that she cheated her mom by living
Jan 03, 2012 A.T. rated it did not like it
Here's the deal: I'm currently on page 85 and my head is bloody from all the beatings against the wall. I don't usually review DNF books anymore, but I'm making an exception for this one because it's bad. This is a horrible book. I can't even...

The premise sounds intriguing, right? Death has come back for Abbey, woo hoo! High five for an awesome concept. And guys, it lies to you. I already stopped reading this book once before, around page thirty, and then I read reviews of people who liked it
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Dec 31, 2011 Savannah (Books With Bite) rated it really liked it
After reading In The Arms of Stone Angel I fell in love with Ms. Dane's writing. Not only did she tell a great story, but gave me a wonderful reading adventure. Death. It's something everyone will come to pass sooner or later. I really like how the plot of the story gave a different aspect to death. Most of the time in books he is always gloomy and well...death. On A Dark Wing, Ms. Dane unfolds of a story of Death never told. One that surpasses anything beyond normal.

What I liked most about this
the golden witch.
I hate giving out negative reviews, guys, let that be said. But "On a Dark Wing" was so disappointing that I just can't keep quiet about it. Hell, I couldn't even finish it. Dane had a very interesting story with Death having a crush on a girl, but the way she went about it with the sub-arcs attached was just very...well, convoluted and so much that was in there could have been cut out and spruced up had it had another two drafts or so. Such an interesting main plot, and such a waste.

And we also
Nov 02, 2011 Katie(babs) rated it did not like it
I count this as one of my worst reads of 2011. This book has no rhyme or reason for anything and no real plot that I could find. It was one convoluted mess that made no sense.There is no point to this story at all and I read fan fiction better than this.

Heroine loses her mother in a car accident when she was 10. 5 years later she can't get past it, blaming herself for her mother's death. She's a brooding, unstable girl who has an unhealthy obsession with the hottest boy at school. She's also fri
Jun 12, 2012 Lissa added it
Shelves: 2012
This book just isn't for me.

I've read 85 pages and nothing makes me want to come back. I can't even make it to my normal cut-off of 100 pages.

I'm sure people who enjoy young adult paranormal books would find something of interest in this book - I like Abbey's characterisation, her very real worries about school and her body, her friendship with Tanner who is a minority representation we don't see often enough in YA.

However - and I hope if I kept reading that this would change - Abbey's total obs
Dec 29, 2011 Jessi rated it liked it
In the final stretch of 2011, HarlequinTeen has brought readers a new angel story that provides enough unique twists to make it stand apart from its many predecessors of the year. Wrought with emotion and intrigue, Jordan Dane has brought new life to the angel tale through a dark examination of life and death. While I overall enjoyed this book, I will say that it didn't necessarily blow me away. There were a few things that didn't really mesh for me and it wasn't the type of book where I found m ...more
Joy (joyous reads)
Oct 28, 2011 Joy (joyous reads) rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, net-galley
On a Dark Wing is a story about Abby Chandler’s encounter with Death and Death’s obsession with her soul. On the day that Abby was supposed to die, her mother made a deal to take her place instead. That set up her life-long connection with the Grim Reaper (Death), which incidentally, she was unaware of.

Death seems inescapable in Abby’s life - mostly because she lives in a funeral home. A bit of an overkill, I know, given the theme of this book. But I could honestly say it added to the spooky am
Dec 23, 2011 Katya rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone disillusioned with the YA Paranormal Genre
Recommended to Katya by: bibliophile brouhaha
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The story: When she was ten, Abbey Chandler was meant to die, but instead, Death took her mother. Five years later, Abbey is still trying to cope with her survivor guilt and dealing with her misguided, but well-meaning father. When someone posts doctored pictures of her and her best friend on an Internet cite, she decides to go with her dad to their family cabin for some alone time, and hopefully to escape the worst of it. But then weird things start
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
I fell in love with Jordan Dane's first YA book In the Arms of Stone Angels she is the first author that as soon as I finished the book I emailed her and told her how much I enjoyed reading it and then went out and purchased every single one of her other books. When I saw she had decided to continue writing for Young Adults I was thrilled.
I love that she has somewhat of a theme to her books. A emphasis on family and friendship. There is also that little touch of the supernatural that I find intr
Dec 16, 2011 Kale rated it really liked it
From looking at the cover, I thought On a Dark Wing was the next typical fallen angel YA series. Instead I found the book to be a darkly poignant, yet unexpected exploration of loss, longing, and letting go.

Abbey Chandler is a teen on the fringes of popular adolescent society. Nominally notice and best known for her close friendship to Tanner her handicapped sidekick, any other social interaction from her peers comes in the form of ridicule. But that seems fine with Abbey. Ever since she survive
Book Twirps
Dec 19, 2011 Book Twirps rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

For the last five years Abby Chandler has had to deal with the loss of her mother to a deadly car accident; an accident Abby feels responsible for. She lives a fairly quiet life, with most of her time spent with her best friend, Tanner, and the other time spent pining over Nate Holden, a guy Abby has had a crush on for years.

Almost five years to the day of the accident, Abby starts to see ravens; flocks of them fly by her house and though she feels she may be imagining things, they appe
Nov 22, 2011 Sallysmurf rated it really liked it
On a Dark Wing is a fantastic new book by author Jordan Dane. At the beginning of the story we are taken back five years to the death of Abbey Chandler’s mother in a crash that Abbey survives. Five years later Abbey is still weighed down with guilt over the loss of her mother and her mood certainly isn’t lightened by her still grieving father or the dead bodies in the basement (her father is a mortician). At school she spends most of her time with her friend Tanner all the while carrying around ...more
Nov 20, 2011 Pixie rated it liked it
Honestly, I don’t know if I can get my thoughts out coherently about On a Dark Wing. Even long after reading it, I was still thinking about it, wondering what exactly to say. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as great as I had expected. Truly, do not judge a book by its cover (and that is a gorgeous cover). I think the synopsis threw me off a bit before I started reading actually and instead I didn’t quite get the story I thought I was going to get.

The writing was solid and stunning-- that was a def
Reading Vacation
Nov 19, 2011 Reading Vacation rated it it was amazing
Death is everywhere. It can be seen in the ravens in the sky. It can be felt as it shadows those it desires. Death is never far away. And it teaches lessons to those willing to listen.

Death took Abbey’s mother in a serious car crash five years ago. Abbey was in the car too, but she survived. But why? How? Facing a major case of survivor’s guilt, Abbey becomes painfully withdrawn, the object of much teasing and bullying. She also lashes out at her own father, who works as a mortician. Girlfriend
Petra (Safari Poet)
This book had my attention from the first pages. Five years ago, five minutes and one call changed Abbey's life tragically. She can't remember everything that happened, but is certain of one thing – she's to blame and will have to live with the guilt.

Abbey is an outsider. Any attention she does get is negative. She sees dead people, literally. Her home is also her father's business – a mortuary and crematorium. As if being a teenager isn't hard enough. One day she hears a loud caw from a tree. I
Dec 26, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, net-galley
Abbey Chandler first met Death five years ago when she was in a car accident that took her mother from her. But Death didn’t claim her then.

She has had to live for years with the memory of that day and the guilt from believing that the accident was her fault. That she was responsible for her mother’s death.

But escaping from Death’s grasp didn’t mean that Abbey was alive. Ever since the accident she’s been going through the motions. Keeping everyone at a distance. Living but not living.

That is un
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
Apr 1st.

After reading her first book In the Arms of Stone Angels, i know this is going to be brilliant!

Jordan was kind enough to give me a little "sneak peak" of this in an message, without really giving anything away, but everything she's told me has me salivating for this.
Can't wait!!
Feb 12, 2012 Darcy rated it did not like it
I thought the premise of this one sounded good. However as I read it, there were parts that annoyed me. I didn't care for Abbey, she was mired down in self-pity for what happened with her mother, which wasn't really her fault. In the end this one wasn't for me.
Just started this one tonight and I'm already loving it. Hope it keeps up!
The summary and the cover are misleading. I didn't expect something like Vertical Limit in this book. I'm really grateful for the multiple perspectives, because I don't think I could stomach Abbey's POV for the entire book. And it's also great the the other perspectives are in third person, because I'm afraid that Nate and Tanner would sound the same as Abbey or worse. I really think Nate should've been the main character. I sympathize with him more than Abbey, but mainly because his story is mo ...more
Dec 21, 2011 Britney rated it really liked it
I really, really enjoyed ON A DARK WING. It has a different feel to it than most of the YA books I’ve read lately. And I mean that in a really good way. Abbey Chandler is your somewhat typical teenage outcast. She has exactly one friend, Tanner, who is also an outcast due to him being in a wheelchair. Abbey also has a crush on the ever popular Nate Holden, who doesn’t even know she exists. Sounds typical right? But that’s where typical ends. You see, Abbey blames herself for her mother’s death, ...more
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Avon/HarperCollins launched Jordan Dane's debut suspense novels in a back to back publishing event in Spring 2008 after buying the 3-book series in auction. Pursuing publication since 2003, Jordan had received awards in 33 national writing competitions and was an energy sales manager in the oil and gas industry prior to selling. Now she is following her passion and writes full time.

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