On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: Paranormal YA
Description 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.My thoughts: Unique is a word that comes to mind when I think about this book. The word bizarre also came to mind for the first half of the book. For me, both of those words are a compliment. When you read a ton of books, it's wonderful to come across something that is different.
Abbey is a teen who is struggling with some heavy issues. Her mother passed away in a tragic car accident. Abbey was running late and missed her school bus, so her mother came and picked her up. Abbey has survivors guilt. She believes that it is her fault her mother died five years ago.
Tanner is a young man who is stuck in a wheel chair. He had an accident on an ATV leaving him paralyzed. He has his own issues to deal with. He has one friend who has stayed with him through out his trials and that is Abbey. Tanner is a great character. He is probably my favorite in the book. He has a great sense of humor and is not afraid to lighten up a situation.
Nate is another teen who is preparing for a trip to climb Denali. He has trained for months for this journey. There are unexpected complications leaving him in a fight for his life. He is targeted by death because Abbey has a crush on him.
Death is the last main character. Five years ago, he almost took Abbey with him in the car accident. He has never forgotten her and I think that it is safe to say that he is obsessed by her.
The first part of the book is almost like snapshots taken of the first three characters. It tells part of the story, but not all of the story. Jordan leaves you guessing and a little bit disoriented.
The last half of the book all of the pieces come together and the book takes on a whole new life. I would highly suggest that you read the first half of the book knowing that all questions will be answered. You will be glad that you did.
I can't forget to mention that there is a Edgar Allan Poe atmosphere in the presence of the Ravens. The Raven's are an often present entity in this book.
There are parts of this story that I would add a parental warning to. I urge parents of young teens to read it first and determine if it is appropriate for your child.
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