Thursday, July 14, 2011

Wildcat Fireflies by Amber Kizer

Wildcat Fireflies
By: Amber Kizer
Source: Purchased E-book
Released: July 12, 2011
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Meridian Sozu is a Fenestra—the half-human, half-angel link between the living and the dead. She has the dark responsibility of helping souls transition safely into the afterlife. If people die without the help of a Fenestra, their souls are left vulnerable to be stolen by the Aternocti, a dark band of forces who disrupt the balance of good and evil in the world and cause chaos. Having recently lost her beloved Auntie—the woman who showed her what it meant to be a Fenestra—Meridian has hit the road with Tens, her love and sworn protector, in hopes of finding another Fenestra. Their search leads them to Indiana, where Juliet, a responsible and loving teenager, works tirelessly in the nursing home where she and several other foster kids are housed. Surrounded by death, Juliet struggles to make a loving home for the younger kids, and to protect them from the violent whims of their foster mother. But she is struggling against forces she can't understand . . . and even as she feels a pull toward the dying, their sickness seems to infect her, weighing her down. . . .Will Meri and Tens find Juliet in time to save her from a life of misery and illness? And will Meri and Tens' own romance weather the storms of new discoveries?" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Amber Kizer's Wildcat Fireflies is the sequel to Meridian and picks up where it left off. Meridian is a fenestra which means that she helps souls pass over to the afterlife. Meridian and her boyfriend as well as protector, Ten, are now looking for another fenestra. They are searching for Juliet, who lives in a nursing home with many other foster children.

I enjoyed the captivating sequel Wildcat Fireflies much more than Meridian. It was interesting to see Meridian now using her gift without her Auntie's help and handling situations without her guidance. Meridian and Ten's relationship develops a great deal throughout the book. I enjoyed getting to know more about Ten's past as well. 

 A great addition to the story was the new character of Juliet. I really liked reading the chapters from Juliet's perspective and empathized a great deal for her. Juliet lives in a foster home and is completely unaware of her gift as a fenestra. I also enjoyed the other new characters such as Joi and Ramos. The last few chapters were the most exciting and I did not want the book to end. I am looking forward to where Kizer is going to take the story next. I recommend, if you have not already, reading the Fenestra series.

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