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Meridian by Amber Kizer
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Aug 04, 2011

really liked it

For as long as Meridian can remember, things seem to die around her for no explainable reason. After barely surviving a car crash on her sixteenth birthday, Meridian's life is suddenly changed forever. Her family is forced to go into hiding and Meridian is sent to live with her eccentic Aunt in middle-of-nowhere Colorado. Meridian soon learns the truth of her strange life -she is what they call a Fenestra, a half-human, half-angel who is meant to help the dying get to heaven. Armed with this new knowledge, Meridian must learn how to manage her Fenestra duties and battle the evil forces who want her dead or worse...

Written in a clear and entertaining voice, Meridian is a great new YA paranormal novel with a funny, real, compelling female lead and a surprisingly original plot. The ideas of heaven and hell in this novel are refreshing -really, no werewolves or vampires! There is a small romance subplot, but it's completely devoid of the angsty, forbidden melodrama romances in many YA and adult paranormal novels (which I found enjoyable). Amber Kitzer does a phenomenal job of bringing the reader into her world while balancing great characters with an interesting plot.

The plot, surprisingly, is much deeper than I expected. The main antagonist is part of a zealous, religious cult, and while the use of Christian religion in this novel may bother some religiously sensitive readers, the novel does not portray Christianity in a negative light, nor does it set out to turn readers away from it. Instead, Meridian uses a very adult concept of religion to create a haunting villian and interesting conflict.

I enjoyed reading Meridian more with each page. Even though the pace slowed down at a few points, the story was well-written and clear, had a compelling female character that readers will want to cheer for and a fascinating new paranormal world rich with detail and potential. This seems like it may be the first book in a new series, and I'm eager to see what happens in future installments.

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