Hey all! Brief BBS post because I’m so happy to share these books, but don’t have time or energy to hunt down all of my current library loans. Hahaha… Me? Have too many books? Pshaw…
These posts are my take on the In My Mailbox meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren. Just a way to showcase the books in my life, because not all of them will be reviewed.
Let’s cut to the chase!
Early Christmas presents!
Possess by Gretchen McNeil
Die for Me by Amy Plum
Can we say cover love?
I gave my friend a list of books I wanted to own,
and he chose these for the covers! Haha!
-_- We are so alike.
Thanks to my friend, M!
And thanks to you for stopping by!
I’ll make up for the small post by participating in
the Mid-Winter’s Eve Giveaway Hop next week!
I know, it’s been a while! Time to give more stuff away!
And don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about you followers.
I’ll be counting the entries for my last follower giveaway soon.
Hey all! Here’s this week’s Beg, Borrow, & Steal.
These posts are my take on the In My Mailbox meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren.
Summer is winding down with the start of school so I haven’t really had time to go trolling for book deals or hunting down titles through the library, but I managed to get at least one book since my last post. That is enough to make me a happy Library Page.
Here it is!
Caressed by Moonlight by Amanda J. Greene
Won through a giveaway over at For The Love of Reading!
Thanks to Ms. Greene for sending me the ebook herself!
Yes, it’s a vampire story, but the premise intrigued me!
Looking forward to reading it.
Thanks for stopping by!
Let me know what cool books you got your hands on this week!
And stay tuned for the Banned Books Week Hop starting on Sept. 24th!
Since she was a baby, the dead and the dying have been drawn to Meridian Sozu. On her sixteenth birthday she is at the scene of a deadly car crash, and her world as she knows it is irrevocably changed. She is separated from her family and sent to live with her aunt, who is also named Meridian. Once our narrator completes the difficult trek there, she learns the truth: she is a Fenestra, a being who helps souls in death, also a being who is being hunted by those with dark agendas.
I’m going to be honest. I have been hauling home tons of books from the library just because of interesting covers or premises, putting them in my summer to-read pile. For some time now, I’ve gotten into the habit of reading the first few lines or even the first page of each book before putting it down to do more pressing things. Even though most of those first glimpses are interesting, when I opened Meridian, I couldn’t put it down until the library closed hours later.
The narration and story are engaging. I am usually resistant when things happen too quickly at the beginning of a story to get the plot going, but I didn’t feel that resistance so much with this book. Perhaps because the premise is so different. I wanted to know more about Meridian’s associations with the dead, and I also cared that these associations brought her so much physical suffering.
Something I admire about this story is the handling of agency. Agency has been a major issue for me in my writing in the past couple of projects, so I’ve been trying to keep an eye out for how it is handled. The role of the Fenestra is fairly passive. I won’t spoil it with details, but they are not angels of death. Their mere presence is the key to helping the dying. And Kizer has managed to give Meridian enough need for struggle against certain happenings related to this role that keeps the Fenestra nature from falling into dangerous writing craft territory. There are external and internal and spiritual issues to be dealt with, which is a very good balance to have.
For how much I enjoyed this book, there are a couple of issues that struck me as well. The romance, though not heavy-handed (thank goodness), doesn’t really feel organic to the story. Meridian does not ruminate on specific physical characteristics to which she is attracted to, which is not bad in itself, but she doesn’t seem attracted to the guy’s personality either. It feels like the relationship blossoms out of the fact that the two are closer in age and together a lot and in danger (a lot). I think this is one level in which more agency might have been helpful.
Another issue is the ending. It feels a little too rushed. I suspected early on the nature of the threat, which may have been purposeful, but there is also little page space devoted to dramatic tension during the pivotal scenes. What happens, happens, and I’m glad it goes down that way, but I don’t really feel invested in those scenes. As a result I’m missing the emotional turns that are being presented to the reader.
Still, despite the issues, I’m leaning toward buying this one, and the sequel (which is due out in mid-July). I’m a huge fan of mythologies and the supernatural and the laws of thermodynamics (you’ll get it if you read the book), and Kizer has done a great job with building a mythology for my mind to play with.