Magi (Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Official Guidebook) pEople I ve met than once in real life half the time if they re noteople I actually talk to and see occasionally A stranger I meet once in time if they re not Forever people I actually talk to and see occasionally A stranger I meet once in Not happeningOverall it was a good read It was interesting and I llrobably check out the rest of the series to see what happens unless the writing takes a major header Good for fans of supernatural lots especially those involving demons and angels All those other YA books that claimed to be dark were sadly lacking I m looking at you Fallenand Hush Hush but this book this is dark and delicious in every sense of the words Meridian is a Fenestra a being who helps guide the souls of the dead into the afterlife so that they are not reincarnated and are able to meet up with thei I had the good fortune to win an ARC of MERIDIAN from someone who snagged it at the ALA Midwinter conference I read the book in nibbles and gulps both wanting to savor it and make it last MERIDIAN is the kind of book that my mind kept drifting to when I was trying to concentrate or even when I was just shopping at the grocery store The best arts for me The character of Meridian who manages to be both strong and vulnerable mature and believably sixteen Kizer Illuminatis pulls this off with Meridian s voice I think which reminded me a little of myself at that age I really like how she explores herowers and the idea of death Kizer handles these scenes with subtle nuanced emotion where a lesser author might stray into the melodramatic Meridian s People Will Talk protector and love as described in the blurb Tens came across refreshingly charming and flawed in the face of a slew of drop dead gorgeous brooding and otherwise cardboard males in other young adult fantasy Yes he s mysterious but not annoyingly so The weakestarts At times I felt like the antagonist was just stuck in there to Demon Divine (Demon Accords provide tension and didn t really have a good reason to show up so often Even though the antagonist has a motive it wasn t one I felt at a gut level The ending conseuently seemed somewhat flat and also felt like a set up for a seuel Also theacing felt a little uneven in the last half of the book I wondered if these scenes were written hastily than the earlier onesOverall I found MERIDIAN to be deliciously different not even bothering to tread into the realm of cliches with great characters I could sympathize with and imagine outside of the book I suspect MERIDIAN will be uite opular when it comes out in August 2009 Highly recommended 375I have been wanting to read this book for awhile because it has one of my absolute favorite opening sections ever which I did read A
FEW TIMES BUT NEVER THE WHOLE times But never the whole but I was saving it to read with my book club since I knew it was on the schedule We finally read it for last month s meeting so now I can share it with you for Helluva Halloween I want to start by saying that all in all I would recommend this I did like it butBut I felt like it let me down a little Maybe it was because I loved the rologue so much Maybe it was because I had been building it up in my head for months and months And it s never that it was really bad don t get me wrong But though I liked it as a whole there were a few things I couldn t get Healthier Together pastHere s the breakdownMeridian had an original feel It was interesting because I think it did follow a formula we re all familiar with in YA There was aredictability so much so that there were things you could see coming through the entire book and you begin to wonder why none of the characters see it The villain is so obvious the entire time that it becomes on of those irritating things that makes you say how do you not see this That s a little frustrating The good guys were really obvious too and you can always tell who s going to be coming back into the story to save the day But in spite of this there is still a feeling of freshness about the work Kizer s fenestra mythology is interesting and new and the issues that it raises and is bound to cause for Meridian add noticeably to the story The religious zealotry in the story though admittedly over the top was also an interesting aspect At least for me as there s little that freaks me out And even though the bad guys and good guys may as well come with big declarative flags over their heads they re still interesting I genuinely liked Meridian Auntie and Tens especially Tens and wanted of their backstories again especially Tens I thought some good groundwork was laid for the future of the series with the little snippets of information that we did get but at the same time it was frustrating Don t just give
me good groundwork for future books give me a good book now Make me want to good groundwork for future books give me a good book now Make me want to your future books on the writing alone not a hook or a The Haunting of Sunshine Girl plot line I want to see finishedWhich brings me to the most irritatingart of the book other than the obviousness that wasn t obvious to anyone the ending I ve said it before I ll say it again I am not a fan of deus ex machina At all The end of this was a disappointment for me on a few leve. Es ganz sicher nicht will muss ich mein Leben mit dem Tod teilen Ich bin eine Fenestra Durch mich gelangen die Seelen der Versto. ,
Download MeridianI m frowning I liked about 34 of this book Towards the end it all went way too fast and everything just worked out somehow They needed erson A and the end it all went way too fast and everything just worked out somehow They needed The Return of the Twelves person A and there he was Then they needederson B and lucky for Meridian the mother of Dizzy Jimmy person B already had a dream about Meridian needing their help so they were already near where it all went down But not without the help of a tame wolf who decidedlaying dead on the middle of a deserted road was the best approach to making them stop their car is that dog insane Put somebody like me behind the wheel and I d Locuras lejos de casa! (Serie Lady Pecas 1) probably would have ran over theoor animal because I didn t see it so she could lead them to where Meridian was waiting Convenient no If this is confusing wait till you read the bookI also don t know what oint the author was trying to make when writing the train wreck scene Yes a disaster like that is horrible No it s not retty Grammar by Diagram people are hurtdyingdead But do I really need to read about what a mix of blood urine and shivers human waste smells like What it feels like on your skin I get theoint but jeez Ruin my reading fun why don t cha I m not going to re cap the events of the book everybody else has already done it Let me start off by saying this wasn t a bad book I thought the Murder Maker premise was original and very interestingMyroblem was that I never actually connected to it and I m not sure why It felt like I was listening to the story but not LIVING IN the story if that makes sense My favorite books are the ones that I fall completely into where the world of the story becomes MY world while I m reading and this one just never sucked me in like thatI also didn t feel the connection between Meridian and Tens I didn t feel any attraction between them at all it felt like they d just decided to go ahead and be together since they d been told they were supposed to not because there was any overwhelming compulsion or attraction between themAlso while I understand religious fanaticism exists in abundance I had a hard time with the ENTIRE town completely under Perimo s black thumb Esp with women and babies dying نشانیها pregnant women being forced to eat only bread and water and NOBODY in their right mind uestioning it As I said this isn t a bad book it just didn t capture this reader the way that had been hoped for Meridian was not badIt s not something I got really into not one of those books you just can tut down or anything like that It was a good book though Meridian just turned 16 and has spent her whole life haunted by death Every morning since her birth she
woken up find the bodies of animals surrounding her with no explanation as to why And things are steadily getting worse On the day she turns 16 she returns home from school to find her family has suddenly Ask Yourself This packed up the house and all their belongings inreparation to move a decision apparently made out of the blue And Meridian will not be going with themInstead she s sent to the home of her Great Aunt in Colorado to learn how to control the Good Witch, Bad Witch powers that draw the dying to her before the dark forces who are hunting her manage to track her down Her aunts home is not as safe as it seems however as an extremist cult has settled into the area and the leader has made Meridians aunt into a target The good Interestinglot likeable characters main female character isn t completely helpless and doesn t act like a damsel in distress And despite wanting nothing to do with her The Tokyo Zodiac Murders powers she is willing to step up and learn what she has to instead of whining about it and fighting it at every turn There is a cliche romancelot but the character is capable of thinking of things other than romance The story about the aunts romantic Yours, Mine and Ours (Second Chances past was one that I did like though I thought it was very sweet and far believable than the main one If Kizer ever decides to write that story as a novel I d definitely love to check it out The bad A lot of it was veryredictable I guess the author was trying to drop subtle clues to readers but it was like an anvil dropping on your head I knew after about a chapter of her Aunts explanations what was upcoming in regards to the big badThere is the usual cliche romance which Riverview, Gone But Not Forgotten progresses way too fast Or seems to at least the story seems like it takeslace over a matter of days 3 weeks at the most and that s Boneshaker (BA 43-500, probably be stretching it Destined romance or not I find it a bit of a stretch to believe that you can fall into love with someone that fast especially when you don t know them very wellAlso At oneoint we have a character show up who A Star Is Born plays a majorart in the story and it s his second appearance The thing is it s unlikely you ll realize this the character shows up for about 3 ages near the start of the book and is only named once We don t see them again they aren t mentioned again but despite this Meridian instantly recognizes him when he appears knowing exactly who he is Meridian must be a freaking genius for names faces because I sure as heck didn t remember him I can t even remember »Mein Name ist Meridian Ich gehöre leider nicht zu den Mädchen die man gerne zu Geburtstagsfeiern einlädt – denn obwohl ich. ,s woken up
Ls It was just all too convenient every last detail So So Uick Blink And You Missed It I so so uick Blink and you missed it I some to it What happened Break it down drag it out a bit give me something to chew on and savor This was the biggest oint of contention for my book club actually I think we all felt a little cheated like we d been given the brush offBut in spite of this most of us still said we liked the book me so than many Two haaated it It was engaging and what wasn t fulfilling I could supplement with my mind I don t think a book should make you do that but at least it means there was something there to work with And like I said it managed to somehow be fresh and there were some issues raised that I hope to see and should certainly be in book 2 It felt like Kizer has yet to hit her stride but that when she does she ll be an author to watch I m not sure what I was on when I write this review My thoughts running through the majority of this book is that man Meridian s got some shitty The Ornament (Ornament, people in her life Her family is of no help at all I mean like the least usefuleople ever If your daughter was a foreordained Fenestrawindow of death thingy with eople coming after her and trying to kill her when she comes into her full owers WOULDN T YOU WANT HER TO KNOW ABOUT IT No Hell to the no They stick their heads in the sand like a couple of ostriches being raised by animals who eat their young would Rant probably give Meridian a better survival rate actuallyThe lovingarents 1 act like they re disgusted of Meridian because she attracts dead things 2 give her no clue as to what she is so she at least knows what she s facing 3 give her no survival skills whatsoever so she can fight back 4 literally toss her onto a bus with no idea where she s going when Super Minds Level 2 Students Book with DVD-ROM people are trying to kill herThe loving aunt is not much better For someone who needs a successor she didn t really do much to help Meridian survive That scene where Meridian s abandoned at the bus stop She is a braver girl than I If I were left in a foreignlace in the middle of a snowstorm tossed out by my Challenged to Win parents noticked up by an aunt whom I hardly knew existed I d be a sniveling crying mess When they finally meet Auntie is horrified at the lack of information Meridian s Kids Draw Knights, Kings, Queens, Dragons parents gave her Um HELLO For 16 years all you did was send her uilts lady Was a visit too much to asktakes deep breathThelot was very Christian centric I get that it s not trying to be reachy and this was after all an angel based story but I didn
T Really Like The Evilreally like the evil being Christian evangelists and the accident on the train was a bit overreaching The lot was a bit of a mess they talk to The Color of a Leader people they getreachy they meet neighbors they save Into the Planet people it didn t feel like there was much centralization to thelot I didn t like Tens either what the hell kind of a name is that anyway This is an YA fantasy book give me a sexy name I don t need to learn to count He comes off as completely Dusk (Rosales Saga, patronizing and rude to Meridian when she first arrived in Colorado considering that he s supposed to be herrotector he could have been a leetle bit nicer and less of a doucheMeridian herself is the victim of the George Washingtons Secret Six people around her herarents aunt Tens they ve all resulted in her being a weak scared little girl Not that I blame her I d be worse in her case but the book did not set her up to be a very good main character and I find that I didn t care much for her at all Man this was a hard book to finish 25 3StarsDeath finds her for as long as she can remember It was a way of life for Meridian always finding dead animals scattered around This was her normal This was A reader s ability to tolerate this is going to depend on a certain amount of tolerance for ill logic and bland characters lus not minding that the villain uotes the Bible and uses Christianity as a weaponFenestras are half angel beings that transport souls to heaven Nocti transport souls to hell If neither a Fenestra nor a Nocti are around when a erson dies the The Caretaker person reincarnates The heavenhellreincarnation thing isure chance depending on Clara After Dark - 01 proximity and timing Kizer references Einstein and talks about energy transforming and risingresumably the soul Yet for a set up that removes all morality the actual conflict is Quanta Reset (The Shadow Ravens, pure good vs evil or rather Creator vs Destroyer Meridian isractically a blank slate having no friends no hobbies no dreams no drive She doesn t like that things die around her all the time and that she constantly feels sick but even that isn t described vividly enough to be compelling Tens is a tall dark handsome Over the River Through the Wood project your own fantasy here cutout figure They fall in love because they re destined to be together Similarly there s no suspense to thelot because it s never really in uestion that Meridian will come to accept and master her owers As soon as the Nocti threaten her a deus ex machina turns up to save her and TensThere are so many supernatural romances being ublished right now that there has to be one better than this. Rbenen in den Himmel Aber davon wusste ich nichts bis ich sechzehn Jahre alt wurde – und lötzlich in großer Gefahr schwebte. .