Tuesday, December 20, 2011
On A Dark Wing by Jordan Dane
"The choices I had made led to the moment when fate took over. I would learn a lesson I wasn’t prepared for.
And Death would be my willing teacher."
Five years ago Abbey Chandler cheated Death. She survived a horrific car accident, but her lucky break came at the expense of her mother’s life and changed everything. After she crossed paths with Death—by taking the hand of an ethereal boy made of clouds and sky—she would never be normal again.
Now she’s the target of Death’s Ravens and an innocent boy’s life is on the line. When Nate Holden—Abbey’s secret crush—starts to climb Alaska’s Denali, the Angel of Death is with him because of her.
Abbey finds out the hard way that Death never forgets
I fell in love with Jordan Dane's first YA book In the Arms of Stone Angels she is the first author that as soon as I finished the book I emailed her and told her how much I enjoyed reading it and then went out and purchased every single one of her other books. When I saw she had decided to continue writing for Young Adults I was thrilled.
I love that she has somewhat of a theme to her books. A emphasis on family and friendship. There is also that little touch of the supernatural that I find intriguing and appealing.
I have to admit I was a little nervous at first getting into the story about which direction it was going to take. There was a lot of focus on Abby's obsession with Nate, a boy at her school who she's been crushing on. Her "crush" was borderline stalker-ish at some points. I really did have some concern that the story would go into a more of a romance direction than a supernatural one. But I was more than pleased as the story progressed. I felt that it had a perfect combination of the two.
I enjoy stories more when I can see some background with the side characters as well. I love getting to know more about the people's whole lives instead of just focusing on the main character and what they are going through. I felt that with this one we get to see that. I felt that I knew who Tanner (best friend), Abby's father, Nate and each of his family members were. There is some shifting of point of views in different aspects of the story we are told parts of it through Nate's Dad when he's panicked and cannot find his son, and through Tanner when he cannot get through to Abby when things start to happen. Through this way of story telling I got to experience more than just one character and got to know each of them better. And the connections to each other felt deeper.
As a person who reads a lot, this type of story telling intrigues me. Because sometimes you just don't connect with the main characters. Although I did not have that particular problem with Abby, it's just such a relief for me to get to know the person outside the box. Getting to know other people as well as the main character is refreshing for me and keeps me entertained and enjoying the story. We also get to see who Abby is through others eyes, it gives a whole different perspective.
Even though I never really got why Abby was so fixated on Nate, what was so special about him enough that the Angel of Death also focused on him. But I enjoyed the story very much and loved seeing it all wrap up in the end.
I love that Abby was able to learn something and there was a purpose with everything they had gone through. And especially the idea between her and Tanner. They are what a true friendship really is, and they portray that level of love and care beyond just friendship.
I very much enjoy her writing style. I come away from her books with a different perspective on life, love and family. I hope to see her continue writing for young adults and encourage you to give her a try if you have not yet.
The author Jordan Dane is having a giveaway for a Kindle Fire
Jordan is announcing the winners during her live chat on January 5
You can enter the giveaway here: YABound
If you would like to learn more about Jordan Dane and her other books check out her website