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On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane
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Mar 04, 12

Read from January 02 to 09, 2012

After The Statistical Probability of First Sight, we all know that a few minutes can morph the rest of your life. Although in Abbey's case, five minutes are the springboard for the horrible teen years of her life that follow. A story that unfolds in multiple perspectives, Jordan Dane elegantly threads teenage angst, grief, love, loss, and second chances into the words of On a Dark Wing. What may surprise other readers about my feelings on this book would be my liking Abbey, the main character. I've taken notice that in a lot of reviews people seem to be really averse to her. But my perception of her character is grief-stricken as opposed to moody; uncertain, guilty, and insecure rather than bratty and mean. I can only imagine how difficult it might be walking around with a burden the size of a boulder, and then being expected to communicate these jumbled, shifting feelings to the most important people in your life, people who may misunderstand. Abbey's lash-outs generated a genuine take on how self-inflicted blame due to overpowering grief can dull what should be a bright soul and cloak a caring heart.

Abbey is lonely, because she hasn't quite figured out how to unseal the door to her heart and let people sink in to see inside. She's insecure, borderline frumpy, and an overall negative person. We don't catch beautiful long-forgotten images of the mother she knew, a means of dredging up a kindness and sympathy toward Abbey's situation. But Abbey's emotions and the way they are stretched out for our viewing makes her a believable, sympathetic character, though she demands no pity or understanding. Like so many, she yearns for acceptance and love. Dane has a way with describing the darker spectrum of our emotions, and she doesn't hesitate on just Abbey. A similar loneliness and curiosity plagues the the keeper of the dead, the Angel of Death himself. Although I couldn't get into Death as a character, I felt a reluctant compassion toward him, as he is taking action propelled by the need to experience the depth of human emotion and attachment.

However, despite the easy character connections and beautiful imagery of a snowy world I've never met, the plot had unattractive sections and the scattered romance was completely unbalanced. The story itself partially worked for me because I responded well to Abbey's plight and emotions, but I couldn't enmesh myself with the other characters as well, nor could I conjure feelings of awe for the death-defying mountain climbing that sucks up portions of the book. All I cared about was Abbey and her connection to Death and hated being interrupted! Unfortunately, the romance repelled me as well, not because of Abbey's very teenage boysession with Nate Holden, but because Abbey's entanglement with the three guys (somewhat) in her life is tucked into craziness, therefore the turnout in the end wasn't believable, and so I couldn't gush and squeal over that sweet final development as I would've liked.

Though not every page is wrapped in unpredictability, there still is a substantial amount of suspense to keep you entertained and curious enough to want to keep turning those pages. While I wasn't unquestionably impressed by On a Dark Wing, it jabbed at my attention through the end.

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