Mittwoch, 6. Juni 2012

Meridian by Amber Kizer

I pick books for the most strange reasons.. Amber Kizer likes to bake and loves the smell of lilies.. (At least so says a little piece of information about her in the German version of the book I am about to review now..) Well.. Enough reason for me to pick up a book by her which sounded also interesting (Hey - I might be strange but I am not crazy..): MERIDIAN (2009).

On her 16th birthday Meridian learns that it is no coincidence at all that so many animals are dying near to her - she is a Fenestra which means she is a link between life and death. Through her the souls of dying creatures find their way to heaven. (Well.. you might have guessed it since "fenestra" is latin for "window"..) By now it were just small creatures but very soon also the souls of human beings will start to look for a way through her - and as long as she is not fully educated it could kill her. Besides that before her education is finished also the Aternocti could turn her into one of them. They are more kind of a dark fenestra version and who won't be considerate of Meridian's family.. So she leaves her home to live with her grandaunt Merry - who is an old Fenestra and will train her.

That her grandaunt Merry is always near when people die and that a little girl does her last breath in Meridian's arms is more than just annoying religious fanatics - so they call for kind of a witch-hunt. Also not good for Meridian that Merry's own lifetime is close to an end and time is short to finish her training. Lucky for her that gruff Tens and his wolf Custos will look after her.. 

~ The Turkish cover.. I like it.. reminds me of TV series Charmed.. ~

This book is the first of the Fenestra series - but it is also understandable even if you do decide to not read on for it has kind of an end. An open end - but still no cliffhanger.. Which is actually a thing I like about this book for I am not too sure whether I go on reading this series or not.. (I put the follow up on my wish list so universe is going to decide for me.. that's a cheap solution.. but I might say it works.. and just by the way in Germany the second book was just released last year and whether next book will follow or not is yet to see.. ) I was a bit disappointed because I had the feeling one could have get more from that witch hunt plot.. well.. yes.. it is a series.. so maybe I should.. hm... 

Frankly I had a bit trouble to relate to the characters - though I like that Meridian suffers from chronic pain because of the souls going through her. Not because I want her to suffer of course - but there are few heroes/heroines who suffer from chronic pain and so this really was a big plus. And for sure I love the German cover (actually the cover photo is used quite often here.. I found at least two other books using it..) - I think the girl looks a little bit like Penélope Cruz.. What do you think?

~ The German title means: Meridian - dark embrace ~

Again - I am unsure whether I will read this series on or not.. well.. maybe.. at some sunny day..

I read in it 2011 for last years READ OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE CHALLENGE - and that it was.. 

Thank you very much for reading!



  1. Wow, Irene, I can't believe how fast you read! While I did finish the James Cagney autobiography, I am STILL working on "Positive Words, Powerful Results" and "Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage."

    There are so many books I want to read...I'm just not disciplined enough to start and finish one book at a time. Besides reading both of those, I then got interested in learning more about the John Jacob Astors (after having my curiosity aroused in the book), so I went on the rabbit trail of reading about them. I need to finish one project before starting on another.

    1. Well.. actually.. I read this book last year.. I just have so many reviews on hold, Patty... Actually I am still stuck with "The Night Circus" and "Emma".. Hence I skipped "It's Monday - what are you reading?" this week for there were no changes on my schedule..

      So no reason for an inferiority complex.. it's just a little piece of legerdemain.. (I am working on my "to review piles"..)

      This "Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage" I really would like to read, too! I can see why you got interested in the John Jacob Astors.

      And believe me - my eyes are frequentrly leaving the pages of the book I read to look at those I am yet to read.. You are not alone! ;")


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