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Wildcat Fireflies

(Fenestra #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,983 ratings  ·  148 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 508 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A couple of years ago I read a book that really threw me for a loop. It was unlike anything I had read before and I started raving about Meridian by Amber Kizer to any and everybody that would listen.
Meridian is the story of a young girl who discovers that she is a fenestra. Basically a human being with a little angel DNA, someone who helps people's souls transition into the afterlife. Of course where there's good there is evil hoping to stop this from happening. Discovering this at almost 16 m
Nov 26, 2010 rated it liked it
You know when a book pops up in your head and you think, I wonder if the sequel is out yet? With this book it happened to me all the time but I would never see the sequel! So now I'm super relieved and it won't be bugging me anymore :) ...more
Amber at Fall Into Books
Jan 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Honestly, I was hoping that Kizer would grow as an author and not do the telling instead of showing again. Instead, she told even more and showed even less. I still got no sense of emotion from these characters. The only thing that made me read this sequel was the fact that the story is interesting. Unfortunately, the story isn't enough to make me read the next one. The emotions and fake "Native American" lore were terrible, and the fake American Indian story was disrespectful, to say the least. ...more
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved all of Meridian but did not quite feel the same about the latest installment. It was weird at first because I couldn’t put my finger on what exactly was out of place for me in the story. The characters were the same and the writing is the same however it just didn’t hold my interest as much as the first book. After rereading the book, I really think it was because I couldn’t get into Juliet’s story. I really enjoyed any parts that related to Meridia ...more
Aug 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: blog-reviewed
I read Wildcat Fireflies's predecessor almost three years prior to reading this novel. I remembered that I really enjoyed it, but that's about all. So, aside from the basic plot line and major events of Meridian (because of the spoilers I had to look up), reading Wildcat Fireflies was pretty much a new reading experience for me.

Meridian was an overall good character, despite two characteristics: immaturity and her whiny-ness. Now, I was, for the most part, okay with her immaturity. After all, d
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful sequel to Meridian! I loved everything about this book. The characters are so well-developed. NOT MIDDLE SCHOOL APPROPRIATE!!!
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First off, I absolutely loved Meridian, the first installment in the Fenestra series. That being said, I think Wildcat Fireflies was better than Meridian in some aspects, and not-as-great-as the first novel in other aspects, but still greatly enjoyable.

At first, I found it hard to really get into Juliet's story because I was already so attached to Meridian and Tens from the first book--I wanted the entire novel to be told from Meridian's point of view. However, I realize why Kizer chose to writ
Megan Burback
Meridian and Tens are back again in Wildcat Fireflies. They are on the road to Indiana looking for another Fenestra and….a cat? While searching for this Fenestra (who is a sixteen-year-old girl named Juliet) they unexpectedly make some great friends and learn some shocking secrets. The reader also finds out a bit more about Tens' background. This book is written a bit differently than the first as the story is told from alternating perspectives of Meridian and Juliet.

I had such mixed feelings ab
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read the first book before I started blogging and really loved it. The whole world building as well as the characters capture my imagination an set me on a whole new path to discover.

What I loved most about this book is the character growth. Meri is growing in who she is and what she is meant to do. There are times where she feels so incapable of doing things that I could feel her frustration. I could see the time away from her family as well as always being on the run is taking a toll of her
Kerry (The Roaming Librarian) O'Donnell
Wildcat Fireflies was a really great follow up to Meridian. Kizer does a good job of unfolding information and you learn as Meridian and Tens learn new things about the Fenestra mythology. This is a little used mythology and that is one of my favorite things about the series. (no vampires or or werewolves here, whoo hoo!) It doesn't feel like anything else that's been written, and its a little darker and deeper than other books/series in the teen paranormal romance genre. And best of all the cha ...more
Aug 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
omg so excited! my mouth literally dropped when I saw this :)
harlequin {Stephanie}
Nov 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
First 528! No! won't The first I even enjoyed at times. Bought first and second books at once. Got about 100 pages into the sequel.

I am becoming more jaded with ya books. Found this book boring.

When I reviewed book one in this series, Meridian, last year, I said overall I liked the story, but .  I think I'm basically going to be saying the same thing this time, and for mostly the same reasons.  This worries me a bit because it means that either there hasn't been growth OR this is just Kizer's style, in which case I will never be completely satisfied.  Whichever it is, the result is the same: I was left at times feeling a little underwhelmed by what I think could be a really good sto
Dark Matter
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review was written by Evie Kendal for Dark Matter Zine. This and more reviews, interviews etc are on Dark Matter Zine, an online magazine.

Amber Kizer’s Meridian series is a young adult fantasy following the life of Meridian Sozu, a sixteen-year-old girl with the ability to help dying souls crossover into the afterlife. Known as “Fenestras” girls like Meridian are half-human, half-angel beings that fight to save souls from the evil soul-stealing Aternocti. Whi
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
Before I start this review I'd like to thank Amber Kizer for giving me this amazing opportunity to read Wildcat Fireflies. I fell in love with this series after reading Meridian,so I was completely over the moon to review this.

Wildcat Fireflies is the second book in the Fenestra Series and it continues where Meridian ends. Meridian has newly found out that she is a Fenestra; a half angel who helps soul's transition into the afterlife using her as a window. After the events in book one, Auntie i
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it

I’m actually quite impressed with myself for finishing the last two books in the series. Mainly because after I read the first one, I couldn’t find the second two for quite some time that I almost gave up but then I moved to NYC and voila, the library had them. Also because I wasn’t 100% in love with the first one that it would’ve been simple for me to simply disregard the rest of the series but somehow I never got around to taking them off my TBR li
Erin Ashley
Jun 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book was another one of those 'second book downfall' kind of books.

Don't get me wrong, this book was pretty spectacular at parts and the new characters added a whole new light to this story, but it did have some flaws. My major flaw was Meridian and how she was such a cry baby in this story. I understand that she is struggling to deal with having to leave her family behind, deal with being a Fenestra and cope with her girly teenage feelings about Tens, but seriously, she seemed to be crying
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Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
So it’s not like I went into this book expecting it to be good. I didn’t go into the previous book expecting it either, and shocker, when I read the third in the series, I won’t have an expectations from it either. Book readers, when pressed to be honest, will admit that there are some books they buy simply because they’re cheap, not because there is an expectation of quality. I got the three books in this series for under six dollars, so I can’t even bring myself to be upset that they’re low on ...more
Angel Charms
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA PNR Fanatics, Older / Mature Teens
Honestly I loved first book of this series way better than this one. If I could I would have given the first book 10 stars. Anyway I loved this book but it was way way way too long.

- Loved Meridian. Since we live in MC's head most of the time, it is very important to like being in her head.
- Relationship between Meridian and Tens is amazing. They are not perfect, but realistic. They have their share of fights, banter, love, flirt, playfulness etc.
- This is not your typical sequel either.
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Source: Received from author courtesy of Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Amber Kizer and Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: 4.5/5

Ever since Auntie died, Meridian and Tens have been on the road searching for more Fenestra. They are drawn to a quaint town in Indiana on their search, and they settle in there while they scour the surrounding area for any signs of the girl Meridian knows
Oct 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I can't really say much about why I can't give this a higher rating than three stars other than the fact that it took a long time for me to really get sucked into the story. I think I was about halfway through the book before I really had that "I really want to get back to that book" feeling. WIth that said, onto a few good good things...

I absolutely loved Juliet's character. She was completely believable as the one who instilled hope in the little ones, yet felt the weight of the world on her s
Feb 15, 2011 rated it really liked it

This book is the continuation of Meri's tale concerning her new discovery that she is a Fenestra, one of the few who can literally open up a window to allow souls to go through. Meri is just as resilient as ever; she lost her family and now her mentor, but she still holds on-partly due to Tens's comforting presence. Meri and Tens discover that there may be another Fenestra who needs their help. They travel to find her, quite by accident though. They encoun
Jun 22, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
I have been wanting to read the sequel to Meridian for a long while now but only just got around to it. Despite it getting mixed reviews, I really liked Meridian and thought it presented an intriguing mix of magic and a new twist on the overdone and very stale trope of angels in YA novels. But unfortunately Wildcat Fireflies suffers greatly from second book (in a series) syndrome. While the book does not suck horribly, it does have several things that bothered me a whole lot.

The first thing was
Feb 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Life seriously got in the way of reading and reviewing this week. Between work stress, kid stress and being sick as hell...yeah. Funtimes.

Finally wrapped up the second in the Fenestra series though and while it was a fine read, I think I'll be leaving the world here. The sad part is, there isn't a real defining reason why. I just got to the end of the second book and there was absolutely nothing pushing me to hit Overdrive for the third book. It was more of a "that's done" kind of feeling instea
Jun 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Review from Teens Read and Write

Be afraid, be very afraid...
Hey, I fell in love with MERIDIAN ages ago and when expectations are high, I'm always afraid of being disappointed. WILDCAT FIREFLIES only left me disappointed that I had to wait so long for more of this fabulous story!

Meridian is still one of the most real teens in YA. Strong, determined yet vulnerable and insecure. She struggles with loss, her strange powers and her blooming relationship with Tens - okay, still not a fan of this n
Jul 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
Omg I have waited so long for this book and I was not disappointed! The mythology in this series is so cool and I love learning more and more. The whole plot was once again crazy, Meridian and Tens don't get to rest much. I flew through this book pretty dang fast for it's length because I wanted to know what happened. There were some intense moments, but it was also nice to see Meridian and Tens get some time to be somewhat normal. Carmel, Indiana was a great town and all of the aspects of it we ...more
Feb 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
After thoroughly enjoying Amber Kizer's debut novel, Meridian, I've been looking forward to the sequel, Wildcat Fireflies, for a long time. Meridian was such an enjoyable, fun debut novel that I was completely pulled into Meridian's world of Fenestras and souls that I wanted to know more. After what felt like far too long, I was able to get my hands on Wildcat Fireflies, which continued Meridian's adventures in new and unexpected ways.

Now that Meridian knows her destiny as a Fenestra, a sort of
Lawrencia Mensah
Jan 09, 2012 rated it liked it
After thoroughly enjoying Amber Kizer's debut novel, Meridian, I've been looking forward to the sequel, Wildcat Fireflies, for a long time. Meridian was such an enjoyable, fun debut novel that I was completely pulled into Meridian's world of Fenestras and souls that I wanted to know more. After what felt like far too long, I was able to get my hands on Wildcat Fireflies, which continued Meridian's adventures in new and unexpected ways.

Now that Meridian knows her destiny as a Fenestra, a sort of
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Amber Kizer is not one of those authors who wrote complete books at the age of three and always knew she wanted to be a writer. When she faced a rare chronic pain disorder her freshman year of college, she knew she was going to have to learn to live outside the box. After one writing workshop, she fell in love with telling stores and she’s still going strong. Her characters tend to be opinionated, ...more

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