Good Fantasy Read About Angels

Ever since Meridian was a small child, she remembers the dead animals.  They come to her all the time, dying at her feet or on her pillow while she sleeps.  Now that she’s 16 she will finally learn what she really is.  She’s a Fenestra, meaning she is part angel.  She is the window which souls go through to get to the afterlife.  Now that’s she’s about to turn 16, human souls are now seeking her.  On her birthday she’s separated from her family and sent to live with an aunt who will teach her how to be a Fenestra.  There she meets Tens, a gorgeous and complicated boy who will be her protector.  Meridian arrives in her Aunt’s small town at a turbulent time.  The charismatic, cult-like preacher of a new mega church has turned the town into a place of fear.  He has his eye turned on Meridian’s Aunt, turning the town against her in a very dangerous way.  The preacher also has a link to the dark angels that are hunting Merdian and the remaining Fenestras. 

This is a great fantasy read full of romance, action and moral questions.  The angel lore makes it really interesting.  Readers who love the Twilight series will enjoy this new series as well.  I love how Meridian is both brave and doesn’t shy away from her powers and duties.  Amber Kizer’s frightening preacher character uses fear to control the townspeople for his own dark means.  I see some parallels between him and some figures in our popular culture.  Tens is an interesting character.   We get a little glimpse into his background.  I hope to learn more as the series continues.  Kizer is working on the sequel.  No release date is set at this time.

Some ideas for discussing with teens:

Meridian feels like a freak.  Have you ever felt that way?

Talk about the preacher. What draws people to him? 

Have you ever met someone that charismatic at your school?  For example, someone who can make others do irrational things?

Talk about Tens relationship with Meridian.  How does it differ from Twilight’s Edward and Bella?

Meridian’s Aunt creates quilts out of the lives she helps transition.  What does this symbolize to you?

What do you think will happen next?

House Of the Night Series Still Going Strong With Book Six (Spoiler Alert)

Tempted,  Book Six in P.C. & Kristin Cast’s House of Night series picks up right where Hunted left off.  Zoey and her friends ran off Neferet and Kalona.  After a difficult battle, they must regroup with the help of the nuns and plan their return to the House of Night.  If that wasn’t enough, Zoey must figure out her boyfriend situation.  Stark is now her sworn warrior, Heath isn’t going anywhere and Eric is as possessive as ever.  Stevie Rae comes across an injured Raven Mocker.  In a surprise move, she saves his life rather than finishes him off.  But he isn’t just any Raven Mocker.  He is Kalona’s favorite son. If keeping this secret from Zoey wasn’t enough, Stevie Rae also knows something is going wrong with the red fledglings. She wants to be their high priestess, but they have other plans.  Zoey and her friends must travel to Italy to face off with Neferet and Kalona before the Vampyre High Council. But Zoey may soon fall into a trap.

This series still has my attention, even in book six. The twins were not as annoying, for that I am very glad.  Zoey finally told possessive Eric where to go so that annoying storyline is done for now.  The strange twist at the ending has me hungry for book seven.

Book 7, Burned will be released on April 27th.

Some ideas for discussing with teens:

Talk about the religion.  How is the worship of Nyx similar and different than the Catholicism of the Sisters who help them?

Why do you think Stevie Rae felt the need to save the Raven Mocker?  Should she have done it? 

What will the imprint between Stevie Rae and the Raven Mocker mean?

Why do you think Zoey lost her tattoos?

Did you think Kalona had good in him? Why or why not?