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12.22.2011

Review: On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane [Blog Tour & Giveaways!]

I'm sharing my review today in conjunction with the On a Dark Wing Blog Tour so please check out my review. Be sure to enter my giveaway for a print copy and then head over to the tour site to visit the other blogs—9 of them have book giveaways too! Plus, on the tour hub you can enter for a chance to win a Kindle Fire! Jordan will be announcing the winners of both the book giveaways and the Kindle Fire in a live chat on January 5 at 7:00 PM EDT.  -- Rhi





On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane
Young Adult, Paranormal
Paperback $9.99 (313 pages, HARLEQUIN TEEN)
Ebook $8.99

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 stalks him because of her.
And Abbey finds out the hard way that Death never forgets.

Author Site: jordandane.com

Didn't quite hit the mark this time... (3 stars)

Five years have passed since Abbey Chandler's mother died in the car accident she survived. Now her brush with Death has come back to haunt her. As Nate Holden—Abbey's crush—sets off to climb Denali, a mountain known for its many dangers, she discovers that Death is back in her life. As the Angel of Death joins Nate on his perilous trip up the mountain Abbey must come to terms with her mother's fate and the value of her own life.

Having read Dane's darker young adult novel, IN THE ARMS OF STONE ANGELS, earlier this year I think I may have been expecting too much from this novel. It's definitely not as dark as I had anticipated. ON A DARK WING jumps perspectives giving the reader glimpses of what's happening on Denali and with Abbey. Each character rings strongly and individually which is something I love about Dane's writing. These are very three-dimensional characters. That's also a little bit what killed this book for me. Abbey was great at first. Her snarkiness was infectious and her reflection about her infatuation with Nate sounded so true-to-life. Then all of the sudden at a key point in the book she switches stances with no suitable explanation why. I literally reread the page four times to see if I'd missed something. From there on out the story lost it's central thread of enjoyability.

The ending was pleasant but felt anticlimatic, almost vague. Still, the overall sentiment of appreciating life and understanding the necessity of death was interesting and good. On the whole I just think I expected something much more dark and otherworldly than this turned out to be so I wasn't satisfied while other readers looking for something softer will be delighted.



Notes: ARC received via Publisher.





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7 comments:

Nicole@The More the Merrier said...

On a Dark Wing sounds interesting. I'm sorry to see you didn't absolutely love it but I'd still like to see what it's all about. Thanks for the chance to win.

SJune said...

I really enjoyed On A Dark Wing. Sorry you didn't enjoy it as much as I did, but that is the great thing about books, they reach everyone on differently.

Trisha Wolfe said...

Thanks for joining the tour, and for hosting the giveaway! Sorry to see you didn't enjoy it as much as Stone Angels.

Rhianna said...

Thanks for letting me take part Trisha!

I honestly think I'll be one of the few who doesn't love it. They're very different books so I thought the one thing they'd have in common was being really dark and intense.

OADW was intense at times but felt more like an adventure story—I loved the scenes from Denali—than a paranormal.

Either way I can't wait to see what Jordan is bringing to the YA shelves next!

Jordan Dane said...

Hey Rhi--Thanks for your review and for being a tour stop. I try to bring something different with each book. No formulas for me. I love writing emotional stories with a suspense angle that is dark. With each new book, I learn what I want to try next. I hope you'll keep reading my books. Maybe the next one will be something you'll like more. My next books with Harlequin Teen is a series called THE HUNTED, psychic teens being hunted by a fanatical church that takes place on the streets of LA. Since I have a cast of characters, it will all be written in 3rd person. Hope you like it. Some of the tour stops will have excerpts and more about the story lines. Take care and have a great holiday season.

Jordan

roro said...

tnx 4 the review

Brenda Demko said...

Thank you for the giveaway! I am anxious to read it and see for myself whether I like it or not.

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