{Review+Giveaway} On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane

December 22, 2011 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews 6

Paperback384 pages
Expected publication: December 27th 2011 by Harlequin Teen
Age group: YA
Source: NetGalley for Blog Tour
Challenges: None
Series: None
Pre-Order this book: Amazon

Summary (from Goodreads)

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.

This is one of those books that I picked up not really knowing what to expect. It starts right off with a pretty important death, one that shapes the rest of the book. Then you see all these birds turning up, and at first they really confused me. But then as the book went on, I started to take comfort in the birds showing up. I started to associate them with change, whenever something big was about to happen or right after something did happen, the ravens would be there without fail. I really liked them. There were so many possible directions that this book could have taken, and that was my favorite thing about it! I had to keep reading so I could find out which path it would take and see what was really going to happen. So much was up in the air and you really didn’t have too many answers until the last 1/4 of the book. Sometimes that would bug me, but the not knowing fit in so well with On a Dark Wing.

Abbey was iffy for me. Sometimes she bugged me and sometimes I connected with her completely and I got where she was coming from. She has had it rough- really rough, and I can’t even begin to imagine how I would behave if I were in her shoes. The thing that bugged me a bit about her was that she acted like a brat from time to time. Especially to her father. He has had it just as rough as Abbey, and sometimes she showed him no respect, and was flat out rude to him. I would have liked to see a little more growth and connection in their relationship. It all stemmed from Abbey’s inability to talk about her mother at all. And Abbey does come a long way in her relationship with her mother towards the end of the book. That made me really happy.

The idea of Death personified has fascinated me recently. I just read Existence by Abbi Glines, and I loved it! Here death was a little different, but he still really intrigued me. I liked him more than I liked Nate, actually. Nate just seemed a little flat to me. That was how I pictured Nate actually, because Abbey always had a crush on him from a distance so I never really wanted him to be this amazing, fleshed out guy. I wanted him to be a little high school crush, and to have the real focus elsewhere. Death really opened up to Abbey, and I loved that. I would have liked to spend some more time with him because he still felt so mysterious to me. But no one could hold a flame to Tanner.

Tanner was so sweet. The nicest guy I have read about in a long time. He was willing to do ANYTHING for Abbey, and at points in the book I caught myself thinking that she didn’t deserve him. She redeemed herself when she had that same thought though. This was the cutest aspect of the book for me, and I’m not going to give anything away. To experience Tanner and Abbey’s friendship you are going to have to read On a Dark Wing yourself! You won’t be sorry.

Overall, On a Dark Wing is a thrilling read. Crazy stuff is happening all the way up until the end. It is told in multiple perspectives, but not too many for it to be overwhelming. A few times they switched perspectives without warning so it was confusing for a line or two, but then you are sucked right back into the story that you don’t even notice. Such a great story!

4/5 Gavels.

GRAND PRIZE: Jordan Dane is giving away a Kindle Fire to one lucky person!!! Contest rules are posted using the Rafflecopter entry form. Please click along the form to enter. 

WINNERS will be announced at the live chat with Jordan Dane on January 5, so make sure you’re there!

Go here to enter for the kindle fire: http://yabound.blogspot.com/2011/11/blog-tour-schedule-on-dark-wing-by.html

Michelle @ Book Briefs

6 Responses to “{Review+Giveaway} On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane”

  1. Jordan Dane

    Thanks for being a blog stop on my ON A DARK WING tour, Michelle. Really nice review too. I especially loved your perspective on the birds being harbingers for change. Very cool. In myths about Death, ravens are HIS messenger, They preceed him, but I love how they comforted you. I think that’s how Abbey thought of them too. They connected her to her mother as well because Death wanted that for her.

    Tanner touched me too. I have a cousin who was paralyzed when he was a teen. Now he is a physical therapist, getting others back on their feet, even when he can never get back on his again. He’s always been a hero for me. My cousin helped me with some of Tanner’s stories about how others treated him.

    Happy holidays and have a great 2012.

    Jordan Dane

  2. Rebecca

    I’m really glad you liked it so much! I’ve been curious for some time now after I keep seeing it around. I’m quite intrigued! Great review.

  3. Missie

    I’m usually a fan of changing POVs, but I do like them to be clear so it’s easier to follow. I’m still really interested in reading this one though. Thanks for the helpful review.

  4. Giselle

    Great review! I love the Death premise which I didn’t know about until your review it sounds fascinating for sure! I plan to read this next week for the tour as well I’m looking forward to it!

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  5. Kelley

    Thanks for the review. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about this book! It is on my TBR asap! Thanks for the giveaway as well.

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