Meridian by Amber Kizer

Meridian

byAmber Kizer

Kobo ebook | August 11, 2009

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Half-human, half-angel, Meridian Sozu has a dark responsibility.

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 to her family and hustled off to her great-aunt’s house in Revelation, Colorado. It’s there that she learns that she is a Fenestra—the half-angel, half-human link between the living and the dead. But Meridian and her sworn protector and love, Tens, face great danger from the Aternocti, a band of dark forces who capture vulnerable souls on the brink of death and cause chaos.

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Title:MeridianFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 11, 2009Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:037589263X

ISBN - 13:9780375892639

Appropriate for ages: 12

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from My favourite book! The characters in this book are so lovable. I couldn't stop reading. It's my favourite book and I've read it multiple times; it doesn't get old.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A paranormal fantasy different from others Meridian Sozu is different. Very different. She’s a Fenestra, a half human, half angel whose job is to guide people over to the ‘other side’ once they pass on. Since she was a young girl, she’s had animals come to her and die. Meridian has always been surrounded by death. When a large car crash happens outside her home, she is sent to live with her Aunt and a mysterious boy named Tens. Meridian finds out who she is and learns she has to battle the Aternocti a group where they capture souls to cause chaos. It took me a while to get into this book, however I liked the concept of the plot - which kept me going. I found as I kept reading, the more suspenseful and intriguing it got. I really did enjoy the storyline of a little town gone awry with the help of an over the top zealous religious leader who managed to get a strong grip on the town. It made the perfect background for the development of the story. My favorite character was Meridian’s Aunt (also named Meridian) she was filled with strength (despite her age) and she was a typical Grandma. She was lovable and everything about her was likable and endearing. Meridian, I noticed started developing personality characteristics like her Aunt, which I enjoyed reading. I didn’t know what to think of her at first. It was more of a take it or leave it attitude towards her, but then she started to grow on me later. What I also liked about this book is it has a lot to do with spirituality and most of the subject matter is what happens when you die. It goes into detail about it but I’m glad it does’nt add any religious aspect. It stays neutral and its’ explanation of life after death is interesting. I’d have to say I did enjoy reading the book once the plot caught my attention. It was certainly different from other paranormal books I have read (at the moment) and there’s a lot more I’d like to know. There is a lot of room for a sequel (or a series) so I’m definitely going to be picking this one up for sure. Overall do pick this one up! it’s certainly a different type of paranormal YA fiction and perfect if you want to take a break from the vampire and werewolf books that are in abundance out there.
Date published: 2010-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT THIS YOUNG LADY HAS A GREAT TALENT AND I LOOK FORWARD TO READING MORE OF HER WORKS. COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN
Date published: 2010-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Looking Forward to Bk 2 Enjoyable. A fun, fast paced read that's a good stepping stone for this series to expand and grow. The plot itself was steady and enjoyable. I liked that we didn't have lots of dry spells; on the flip side I felt like the plot sorta moved a bit too fast in certain areas. I wouldn't have minded some more doubt and reaction from Meridian about the legacy she's from. She seemed to roll with it a bit too easy. Even her relationship with Tens, while it progressed slow I would've been okay if it simmered a bit longer. The simmering is always my favorite part. However, I must praise Kizer for making their relationship actually age appropriate. I liked the way Kizer wrote them, despite my wish for the simmer. I can't wait to find out what all happens in the next book of this series. I enjoyed the world that Kizer created and how with the beginning of each chapter we got a little bit of history. It really added to the 'verse that's shaped and makes the world even more tangible. I enjoy when a fiction author adds something to make it more realistic. All around I'm eager to read the second book and anxiously anticipating what's to come!
Date published: 2010-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Looking Forward to Bk 2 Enjoyable. A fun, fast paced read that's a good stepping stone for this series to expand and grow. The plot itself was steady and enjoyable. I liked that we didn't have lots of dry spells; on the flip side I felt like the plot sorta moved a bit too fast in certain areas. I wouldn't have minded some more doubt and reaction from Meridian about the legacy she's from. She seemed to roll with it a bit too easy. Even her relationship with Tens, while it progressed slow I would've been okay if it simmered a bit longer. The simmering is always my favorite part. However, I must praise Kizer for making their relationship actually age appropriate. I liked the way Kizer wrote them, despite my wish for the simmer. I can't wait to find out what all happens in the next book of this series. I enjoyed the world that Kizer created and how with the beginning of each chapter we got a little bit of history. It really added to the 'verse that's shaped and makes the world even more tangible. I enjoy when a fiction author adds something to make it more realistic. All around I'm eager to read the second book and anxiously anticipating what's to come!
Date published: 2010-03-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was alright Since Meridian was a little girl, she knew she was different from everyone else. Little critters would come to her at night and die right next to her. Meridian didn't know why, but death seemed to always find their way to her. Then on her sixteenth birthday, she witnessed a horrible accident that killed a bunch of students. She felt this horrible pain inside her even though it wasn't for the deaths of her classmates. When her mother pulls her away from the scene, she is immediately whisked into a cab and driven to a train station. Meridian has no idea what's going on. All she has is a duffel bag with a few of her things and a letter from her mother telling her that she is being sent to her hundred year old Auntie. When she arrives, her Auntie tells her that she is a Fenestra, one who helps dying souls get to the other side. She explains that the reason why she had to leave home so quickly was because people were chasing her and would do anything to see her dead. Meridian had a great story and the plot was pretty good. Some parts weren't very believable to me, like how Tens so suddenly fell for Meridian and vice versa. Also, I guess the whole religion thing wasn't my kind of story, so that made it a little less enjoyable for me. But it made the story flow smoothly and it added a lot to it because you could see the strong faith in the characters. I enjoyed this book, but it didn't stand out for me. Overall, I guess I liked it, but not really.
Date published: 2010-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Actually, very good! I found this book awhile ago as I-- guiltily-- do often judge books by their covers and found this one particularly aesthetically pleasing. It looks great on my bookself! However the summery provided didn't initially enthuse me enough to go out and actually buy the book. That being said, Chapters had another one of their promotions, and I'm a sucker for promotions, so I decided to take the plunge since it was on sale. And let me just say; I was PLEASANTLY surprised! Meridian is very soulful, highly descriptive and a very nice original idea. I was weary of the idea of an angel of death, but Meridian is much more than that and not nearly as cliche as I feared. I recommend this book to the fantasy lover and the hopeless romantic. I await the destined sequel!
Date published: 2010-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really, Really Good!! 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 to live with the fact that she is the reason for the death of the innocent creatures, but, on the day of her birthday, she turns sixteen and she finds out that she doesn't kill them...she is half angel, and helps the dead cross over. As she got older, the window of which the dead path through slowly opened bigger, and now at the age of sixteen she is at full bloom and has a great amount of power. There's no time to question it because her parents send her off in a cab to a train station, she is to go on the train and arrive at her aunt's house. Meridian's life has now taken a huge turn, she has so many questions that no one will answer... She arrives at her aunt's house and meets Tens, who also lives with her Aunt. Meridian finally get's answers as her Aunt explains more about what she really is. Her life will never be the same, her whole life she thought she was a freak, and now she knows the real truth. Meridian doesn't know if she will ever see her family again; Her great aunt helps her with everything about her powers, but there's boy troubles, Tens isn't so nice, he seems to pretty much hate her, and Meridian has no idea why. On top of all of that, there is a Reverend in town who does everything he can to to bring down Meridian and her Aunt, he makes the rest of the town believe things that aren't true, leading to stares and whispers when Meridian, her Aunt and Tens just simply go into a restaurant. The plot thickens and Meridian finds out more about with her power, and how to use it, Tens is more that someone she lives with and now they must stop the Reverend, and deal with the evil that is hunting Meridian down... This was a great book, I wasn't expecting the whole religious part of it, but it was still good. You instantly become attached to the characters, and not so attached to the evil Reverend. The plot was amazing, and I hope that there will be a sequel. This book ended leaving you wishing that it never ended...I REALLY hope that there is a sequel!
Date published: 2009-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very Good Meridian is a girl who seems to attract death, and on her 16th birthday she finds out she is a half angel whose job is to help the dead cross over, she also finds that she is being hunted by evil and so she has a sworn protector, who of course is a love interest. I liked this story I was expecting something a little more religious but it really wasn't other than the creepy preacher and his bible quotes. I am hoping there will be a sequel because it was kind of left open ended. 23/1000
Date published: 2009-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An idea that is better than expected! Death has followed Meridian Sozu around ever since she was a little girl. Animals and bugs would crawl into her bed and die, people called her The Reaper. Her parents never touched her. Then, on the day of her sixteenth birthday, a huge car accident occurs outside her very own home, killing a number of teenagers. Then, her Dad shoves her in a car and drives her to a cab, where all her possessions are waiting for her in the back. He plants a kiss on her forehead, tells her he loves her, and leaves. The next thing she knows, she's at her Auntie's house in Colorado, learning she's a Half-Human/Half-Angel, and dealing with the boy, Tens, who seems to hate her guts. There's also a psychotic Reverend in town, who is determined to bring Meridian and her Aunt down, and is getting everyone to come to his side. Happy Sweet 16, Meridian! This book was more than I thought it would be. At the beginning, I saw a lot of religious quotes and became worried that it would be about God and not any actual story. But it wasn't and it was interesting to see that the people that were the villains in this book, were the very God-fearing themselves. The characters were lovable, the enemies were hate-able, and the entire book had a kind of magic to it, that makes you not want to stop reading. Meridian is a great ride, and will leave you thinking about it even after you finish! (Crossing my fingers for a sequel!)
Date published: 2009-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meridian Amazing story line, well written and a suprise ending. what more could u want?
Date published: 2009-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing new story I was intrigued by Amber Kizer's story Meridian because the main character was so unexpected. This is a paranormal book the likes of which I had not seen before. Meridian spends most of her life surrounded by death. From the time she was a baby to the present, insects and animals have come to her to die. Not knowing why and feeling like an outcast at home as well as at school, she tries to lead as normal a life as possible. After a car accident kills several kids right in front of her and she gets desperately ill her parents tell her that she is half-angel/half-human and she must leave them for her protection as well as the families. She is sent to her great Aunt to learn to control her abilities. There she meets Tens who is her handler/guardian/servant, I'm not sure what to call him but he becomes so much more. Together they must defeat those that are trying to prevent Meridian from coming into her full power. While this book was an easy read it was no less enjoyable. In fact it was more so as the writing was such that it draws you so deeply into the story that you don't want to let go so you just keep reading. I found myself feeling much for Meridian. It's difficult enough to deal with regular teen issues let alone being something special with all that added responsibity. A story of friendship, family, and love it stayed with me long after I had stopped reading it. Now almost two months later I still find myself wondering what will happen next. How will Meridian deal with the loss? Will she be reunited with her family? How will she and Tens survive? And I find myself wondering who will my white light be?
Date published: 2009-01-25