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Meridian (Fenestra #1)

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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
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Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Kat Kennedy
I'm not sure what I was on when I write this review.
Bry
Jun 04, 2010 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
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Kim
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
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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
Karen
Feb 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Trish
Dec 12, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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~Tina~
Jan 25, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
(2.5-3Stars)

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
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Misty
3.75
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
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Courtney
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
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Susan
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
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Amanda
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
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Steph Su
Jun 23, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Melanie
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bonnie
Sep 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: pn-angels, fantasy, ya, z-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
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 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
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Breia "The Brain" Brickey for TeensReadToo.com

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
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thebookblogger
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
Keith Wick
Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Hannah
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting read. I like books with angels. I liked how this was different than the rest. I did find it hard to read the parts with the church. Not because I'm against it but simply because those people were nuts. I just hope in the next book we don't have to deal with them much if at all.
Rachel
Jan 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meridian Sozu believed she was human. For the first sixteen years of her life no one told her any different. Sure, she wasn’t exactly normal by anyone’s standards, even her own, but she certainly didn’t think she wasn’t human.

All of her life, living creatures would just come up to her and die. If this freaked her out, how could she expect anyone else not to think of her as a freak and an outcast? I mean, who wants to be friends with someone that may just be walking death?

There was also the probl
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Yan
Dec 11, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: Tired of reading about faeries? Well how about reading about angels? "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
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Patricia
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
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Nicola Mansfield
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
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Carla
Sep 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
La idea esta bien pero ahora puedo afirmar 100% que los libros de fantasia no son lo mio. Para lo corto y rapido de leer que es, se me ha hecho infumable.
Camilla
Nov 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
The moment I started reading this book it completely captured my attention and never let go, I lost track of time and page numbers. The plot is out of the ordinary, and truly unique. I loved the characters, they were so awesome and had great personalities. The whole idea of this book is amazing, the main character is Meridian, she has learned to live with death. Ever since she was just a little girl, bugs that came near her died. As she got older, bigger animals started to to die. She has come t ...more
Alyssa
Aug 03, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chelsea
Jan 16, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
Meridian Sozu isn't like other 16 year old girls. She doesn't have sleepovers with her best friends or gossip about boys. Instead, her classmates whisper mean things about her: "witch", "reaper", "grave digger". Meridian is special; she attracts the dead.

When Meridian turns 16, she is witness to a horrible car accident that claims the lives of several of her classmates. Meridian is forced to give up her family and beloved little brother to live with her great-great aunt and learn the ways of her
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Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.


(Nev
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