by Amber Kizer
Pub: August 2009
What a pleasure to read! The prologue is especially gripping. (Funny bit - up until this year, I didn't read prologues - I know, seems weird, and FYI you should always read the prologues. It helps. - and now they're what's making me pick up a book!)
Chapter one starts off with the confusing morning of
The mythology was imaginative and intriguing. I also enjoyed the character of Meridian. She was great - strong and mature, yet vulnerable and a believable teenager.
Auntie is an amazing woman and the relationship between her and
It's not as action packed as I anticipated, and that's usually a problem for me, but not this time. I was engaged in the story and characters and flipping pages at a speed that would've had me finishing this book in one day if it hadn't been for school. Hate when that happens.
Bottom line: Excellent pacing. Wonderful cast of characters. Awesome premise. Tension packed. A sweet romance. And very, very well written.
Meridian is an excellent read for any paranormal/urban fantasy fiction lover, and especially for anyone who has an interest in death and/or the after-life.
Prologue: The first creatures to seek me were the insects; my parents cleaned the bassinet free of dead ants the morning they brought me home from the hospital. My first word was "dead."
Bam! If your interest hasn't been morbidly peaked, there's a good chance there's something wrong with you. This had me begging for more.
First Chapter: I got up the morning of December twenty-first anticipating a four-day weekend for the Christmas holiday. I went to a snotty prep-school that took breaks the way most people went to the dentists -- only when they really, really had to.
Not all that gripping, but it does give you an excellent introduction to