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Meridian (Fenestra #1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,476 Ratings  ·  594 Reviews
Half-human, half-angel, Meridian Sozu has a dark responsibility.

Meridian has always been an outcast. It seems that wherever she goes, death and grief follow. On her sixteenth birthday, a car crashes in front of her family's home - and although she's untouched, Meridian's body explodes in pain.

Before she can fully recover, Meridian is told that she's a danger to her family
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by Delacorte Press
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Kat Kennedy
I'm not sure what I was on when I write this review.
Dec 06, 2011 Bry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All those other YA books that claimed to be dark were sadly lacking (I'm looking at you Fallenand Hush, Hush), but this book - this is dark and delicious in every sense of the words.

Meridian is a Fenestra, a being who helps guide the souls of the dead into the afterlife so that they are not reincarnated and are able to meet up with their loved ones again on the other side. This is a family trait that passes down through the bloodlines but is not present in every generation. Her 16th birthday mar
Apr 22, 2010 Kim rated it it was ok
I'm frowning... I liked about 3/4 of this book. Towards the end it all went way too fast and everything just... worked out somehow. They needed person A and poof there he was. Then they needed person B and lucky for Meridian the mother of person B already had a dream about Meridian needing their help, so they were already near where it all went down. But not without the help of a tame wolf who decided playing dead on the middle of a deserted road was the best approach to making them stop their c ...more
Feb 20, 2009 Karen rated it it was amazing
I had the good fortune to win an ARC of MERIDIAN from someone who snagged it at the ALA Midwinter conference. I read the book in nibbles and gulps, both wanting to savor it and make it last. MERIDIAN is the kind of book that my mind kept drifting to when I was trying to concentrate, or even when I was just shopping at the grocery store.

The best parts, for me: The character of Meridian, who manages to be both strong and vulnerable, mature and believably sixteen. Kizer pulls this off with Meridia
Khanh (the Grinch)
My thoughts running through the majority of this book is that man, Meridian's got some shitty people in her life. Her family is of no help at all, I mean like the least useful people ever. If your daughter was a foreordained Fenestra/window of death thingy with people coming after her and trying to kill her when she comes into her full powers, WOULDN'T YOU WANT HER TO KNOW ABOUT IT? No! Hell to the no. They stick their heads in the sand like a couple of ostriches; being raised by animals who eat ...more
Dec 12, 2009 Trish rated it it was ok
I'm not going to re-cap the events of the book, everybody else has already done it. Let me start off by saying this wasn't a bad book. I thought the premise was original and very interesting.

My problem was that I never actually connected to it and I'm not sure why. It felt like I was listening to the story, but not LIVING IN the story (if that makes sense). My favorite books are the ones that I fall completely into, where the world of the story becomes MY world while I'm reading, and this one ju
May 01, 2010 ~Tina~ rated it it was ok

Death finds her for as long as she can remember. It was a way of life for Meridian, always finding dead animals scattered around. This was her normal. This was her life. For as long as she could remember death has followed her, always...

I wanted to like this one, really I did, but sadly I couldn't.
Meridian starts off with a mad rush pulling in the readers to it's wild storyline but I think that it was to fast and all at once. It ended to easily making it too neat and tidy that left m
This book was all sorts of terrible. The premise for the book was interesting, I'll give it that. I wanted to see where it'd go. The book interested me with the basic idea that a girl was surrounded by death all the time. I didn't expect it to turn around into some long, drawn out boring, dull romance (if you can even call it that).

The entire beginning was too buoyant--very very slow then sped up too quickly--not enough time to develop any characterization. You are barely figuring out how Meridi
A reader's ability to tolerate this is going to depend on a certain amount of tolerance for ill-logic and bland characters, plus not minding that the villain quotes the Bible and uses Christianity as a weapon.

Fenestras are half-angel beings that transport souls to heaven. Nocti transport souls to hell. If neither a Fenestra nor a Nocti are around when a person dies, the person reincarnates. The heaven/hell/reincarnation thing is pure chance, depending on proximity and timing. Kizer references Ei
Meridian was... not bad.

It's not something I got really into - not one of those books you just can't put down, or anything like that. It was a good book, though.

Meridian just turned 16, and has spent her whole life haunted by death. Every morning since her birth, she's woken up to find the bodies of animals surrounding her, with no explanation as to why. And things are steadily getting worse.
On the day she turns 16 she returns home from school to find her family has suddenly packed up the hous
Steph Su
Jul 30, 2009 Steph Su rated it it was ok
MERIDIAN is puts an interesting paranormal spin on a tried-and-true storytelling style. I enjoyed learning about the Fenestras and the way they helped souls reach eternal peace, but unfortunately poor execution and choppy writing hampered the story for me.

Meridian is a character with whom she can sympathize. She has been wrenched suddenly from the only life she has known (even though it has been a terribly lonely one), only to find herself with the burden of ancient responsibilities, with hundre
Peace Love and Reviews
At this rate anything about Angels are intriguing to me. So I was really excited to read Meridian. So I was really sad that most parts of this book is not as exciting as I thought. The first chapters were catchy. It gives you this detailed picture that she was being surrounded by death. Like literally, she was never normal, never got the chance to be one. Everytime she wakes up in the morning there are death insect / animals around her. It was a little traumatic yet she came out as this kind hea ...more
Aug 14, 2009 thebookblogger rated it liked it
I loved the characters! They were all well developed and a pleasure to read about. Each contributed to the novel in a different way. The main character, Meridian, had to be my favorite of them all. She was relatable and definitely had my sympathy when she was forced to leave her family behind. She was also strong-willed and a great listener. Tens was fantastic too! He was sarcastic--which I love--and hilarious, which is good too. He was almost the exact opposite of Meridian and they balanced eac ...more
Apr 07, 2011 Melanie rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot, it wasnt action packed or full of romance but more of a girl trying to learn about her gift before her only teacher, her auntie passes on. I dont really want to say too much about it because it is an unusual gift that Meridian has and for the 1st 16 years of her life wasnt aware of in the right way. When her life is put into danger she is separated from all she has ever knew and made to go stay with her Aunt and her helper Tens who then put her on a crash course to mas ...more
 Soph - Lock&Key
So, I am not quite sure why I wanted to read this book, I mean it wasn’t the cover. It looked like any other teen paranormal try hard book, it wasn’t the blurb. Honestly I thought it was going to be another “Twilight” love story mixed with a bit of “Hush hush”. So, what was it? I put it on my to reads book list with no real intention to seek it out but when I saw it in the shops something possessed me to buy it and boy am I glad.

This book had me gripped from the first page, I hate books with bor
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Breia "The Brain" Brickey for

Meridian is a teenage girl who has seen a lot of death in her almost sixteen years. It has been a constant companion for her and she has no idea why - even small animals seem to die when they are near her. She spends most of her young life being feared by the kids around her, but that all changes as her 16th birthday nears.

On her way home from school, a tragic accident happens and she is forced to flee. She goes one way and her family ano
I have been wanting to read this book for awhile because it has one of my absolute favorite opening sections ever (which I did read. A few times. But never the whole book), but I was saving it to read with my book club, since I knew it was on the schedule. We finally read it for last month's meeting, so now I can share it with you for Helluva Halloween.

I want to start by saying that all in all, I would recommend this, I did like it, but.

But I felt like it let me down a little. Maybe it was
Nov 14, 2015 Bonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy, pn-angels, 2011
2.5 stars

You can’t help but be intrigued by the summary: “As a child, insects, mice, and salamanders would burrow into her bedclothes and die.” Whaaaaatt??? Creepy right? I totally loved the introduction into the story, loved learning about her childhood and all that she had to endure as her parents never fully understood her.

On her sixteenth birthday when she witnesses a tragic car accident right in front of her house, her parents proceed to tell her that she must leave town immediately to sta
Keith Wick
Jan 15, 2009 Keith Wick rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the basic premise behind this novel. Fenestras, a race of supernatural beings, exist to help ease the passing of souls between the world of the living and the world of the dead. In direct opposition are the forces of darkness, attempting to wrest control of the spirits and force them into eternal suffering.

The protagonist Meridian is just coming into her own as a teenager, and as her miserable life seems to just float along, she bears witness to a horrible automobile accident an
Meine Meinung

Schon seit ihrer Geburt wird Meridian von Tod und Trauer verfolgt. Jeden Morgen wacht sie umgeben von toten Tieren auf und der Garten ihres Elternhauses gleicht einem Friedhof. Natürlich hat Meridian keine Freunde, den wer will schon mit jemanden befreundet sein, der so offensichtlich den Tod mit sich bringt?

Als Meridian 16 Jahre alt wird, beobachtet sie auf dem Nachhauseweg einen Autounfall. Ihre Eltern drücken ihre gerade noch so einen fertig gepackten Rucksack in die Hand und sch
Dec 29, 2011 Hyde rated it liked it
If it wasn't because it was a fast read and not boring, I would have given this book two stars.
I liked the idea of the story, but I felt that the characters were too two dimensional.

I didn't feel a connection with any of the characters. Meridian was too whiny and cowardly. She acted like she was just finding out about her powers. She knew things died around her, so when she found out why that was happening she should have tried embracing her powers (or at the very least cooperate without excessi
Lalaine *myficbookreviews*
Jun 19, 2011 Lalaine *myficbookreviews* rated it it was amazing
Meridian grew up surrounded by death and grief, that she thinks she causes deaths around her and feels pain inside her that she didn't know where it came from. when she turned sixteen, it is accident happened in front of their house, suddenly shed seen life of each person flashes through her mind and felt unbearable pain. her mother had been afraid to tell her whats happening to her and their running out of time,She needed to be away to her family and set off to find someone, the onl ...more
Maybe I'm suffering from YA paranormal burnout or something. After reading about the premise of this novel, I thought that it would be a refreshing addition to the genre. And it would have been, if it didn't drag so.The pacing of the novel is rather slow and, once all is said and done, it didn't feel like enough happened. I'm not sure if there was too much set-up, not enough action or what. It just seemed like the characters spent too much time worrying and/or talking.

Meridian, her love interest
Nov 19, 2010 Alyssa rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010-read
Keeping an open mind about MERIDIAN, I do have to admit that it was terribly original. The new ideas, the new supernaturals, the new EVERYTHING was what kept me reading. Because it certainly wasn't Meridian or her "guardian", Tens. No, I read this for its uniqueness.

I'm sure that you have gathered by now that I didn't exactly love MERIDIAN. No, although the beginning was interesting and attractive, this book slowly turned into a bunch of boring scenes that kept the small cast of characters at ho
Nicola Mansfield
Jun 02, 2010 Nicola Mansfield rated it liked it
Reason for Reading: I was attracted to the angel aspect of the story as I enjoy paranormals involving angels.

When Meridian turns sixteen her family has planned for her to be whisked away to live with "Auntie" for an undermined amount of time. It is here that she learns that she is only half-human, the other half is angel. In fact she is a Fenestra, a window to the 'other side' that the dead seek out, if she is near, to make their passing easier. Auntie is also a Fenestra and Meridian has been br
Jan 21, 2010 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Meridian was honestly unlike anything I’ve read lately. In the midst of all the vampires, werewolves and angels, Meridian Sozu is a Fenestra- somebody who helps the dead pass on to the other side.

I thought Amber Kizer’s writing for Meridian was beautiful. Though it was complex, the vivid descriptions of the dead passing was amazing. Despite how cringe-worthy it sounds, reading about dying souls has never been so flattering.

The story wasn’t as intense as I would’ve liked. The majority of the book
Lori (Pure Imagination)
On the day Meridian turns sixteen everything in her life changes. Sure she has always been a little odd. Things die around her, they have since she was born but when people start to die and her family drops her off at a cab to take her to the bus station, she knows things will never be the same.

I went between liking this book and being greatly annoyed at Meridian's ignorance. The main characters seemed to just go in circles. They would figure something important out and then 10 pages later be wo
Mar 07, 2010 Olivia rated it it was amazing
This is one of the new shipment of books that my school library got last week, which I'm super excited about. But anyways, this book was just great. I loved her name, Meridian. The plot was unique and uncommon. I liked how there were Bible verses in the book, even though I didn't like the person who was saying them.

I was sucked into the story from page one. I liked the authors writing style and all the characters that she included in the story. I got the perfect clear picture of the window. Whi
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Jul 02, 2010 - - rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
There is nothing i love more than a story that jumps right into action. So naturally Meridian instantly caught my attention. Not ten pages in did i have to wait for the action to start.
Meridian isn't a slow passed book, but not entirely fast passed either (i suppose it's balanced) but i found the speed just right. Fast enough to keep you turning the pages as fast as you can and slow enough that you understand everything and you don't have to re-read a paragraph to make sure you understood.

Aug 09, 2011 marie rated it really liked it
Shelves: angels, favorites
Fisrst, I'd like to say I've read this because I'm getting attracted to those Angel-related books. Admit it. We're getting fed up with those Vampires/Werevolve thingy. And these Angels/fallen Angels heroine becomes well known. So I give it a try despite the reviews.

I don't know what to say. I really liked to book, no, I loved it!
And the story's quite interesting, something i haven't encountered before. It was definetely a fun read. I remember myself giggling and smiling with Meridian and Tens.
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