Friday, February 3, 2012

Review: On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane

Summary/Cover Image from Publisher's Website:
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.

Even though I wasn't the biggest fan of In the Arms of Stone Angels, Jordan's debut YA, I still decided to give On a Dark Wing a try. It seemed interesting, and the reviews coming in for it made it sound like a worthwhile read. As it turns out, I ended up liking it for the most part, even though I did have a few slight problems with it.

On a Dark Wing tells the story of Abbey, a girl who always been a slight outcast in her school. As I read more of Jordan's books, I'm starting to think she never really writes likable protagonists. Well, at least not in the beginning. It took me a long time to warm up to Abbey. She always seemed childish, especially with her whole Nate Holden crush, and I couldn't stand how little she trusted everyone even when when it involved something dire. However, I did start to like her just a bit more as the book progressed and she grew as a character. She grew up a lot to tell the truth, and by the end, I was happy to see where her character was going. The character I enjoyed from the start, though, was Tanner. Tanner was the underdog, the boy's who has always loved Abbey, even though she fails to realize it. Tanner was a sweet kid, one who I constantly rooted for, especially when it came to him getting Abbey. On a Dark Wing also introduced the POV of Nate Holden's Abbey's crush. He wasn't a big favorite of mine, because I couldn't really find a common ground with him, but I did enjoy his Denali mountain story.

On a Dark Wing possessed a great premise, and I especially enjoyed how Jordan Dane delivered it. It was the type of story that was easy to predict from the start, but still managed to surprise you here and there as well as keep your attention. I especially enjoyed the addition of the Angel of Death subplot. He was an interesting character, and I never was really sure just how he was going to end everything. Another interesting part of the book was Nate's Denali climb, as mentioned before. It's something I would never do, but it was still fascinating to see the level of preparation that goes into such a climb as well as just how sour everything can turn in just about a second.

Lastly, Jordan's writing in this one was decent as well. She did a great job of switching back and forth between various character POVs as well as really capturing their feelings as well as their thoughts. All of this had made me excited to see what's up next for her.

In all, On a Dark Wing is a interesting and fast paced paranormal YA.

Grade: B

On a Dark Wing (Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble) is now out!

Source: Publisher via Netgalley (Thanks Harlequin Teen!)

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1 comment:

  1. I haven't heard of this one before, so thank you for sharing your thoughts!


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