Title: Speed of Light
Author: Amber Kizer
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: Meridian (Book 3)
Publication Date: November 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover, 544 Pages
ISBN-10: 0385741146 (Teens@Random)
ISBN-13: 978-0385741149 (Teens@Random)
Reviewed by: Michelle
Meridian Sozu is a Fenestra, an angel infused human, destined to transition souls into the next world. Together with Tens Valdes, her soulmate and Protector, they’ve made a home in Indiana, making sure the dead safely enter the light and aren’t stolen by the Dark, known as the Nocti.
Upon rescuing Juliet Ambrose from her terrible childhood, Juliet has become vulnerable without her Protector and grasps at any hope to find her parents, even when it’s offered by a proven Nocti, Ms. Asura. Juliet is now faced with the horrible choice between uncovering her past and having a future.
Meanwhile, time may be running out for the hundreds of thousands preparing for the festivities surrounding the Indianapolis 500 car race. As centuries of secrets are revealed, the battles will pit Light versus Dark. Not all with survive as Meridian, Tens, and Julie join forces to try to thwart a potential tragedy.
Quick & Dirty: Slow paced didn’t balance the world building, and just wasn’t for me.
Opening Sentence: What if a young woman was both a girl to the living and a portal to the dying?
Speed of Light is the third book in the Fenestra series by Amber Kizer. In the long list of paranormal young adult stories, Speed of Light was a good addition. Angels, the battle versus good and evil, and a romance fill the pages of this story. Unfortunately, it was hard for me to connect to the story. By the end of the book, it just wasn’t for me.
Many people adored this book, as well as the series. But before you agree with me, let me tell you a few things so you can try to formulate your own opinion. What doesn’t work for me doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t work for you.
The beginning of Speed of Light took a while for me to get into. I had to reread the first chapter twice before I could get the momentum going. The beginning had a good recap of the previous two books, but I think that ruined it a little for me. There were a lot of details, and I felt it slowed the pacing. But on the other side, there were moments were it was filled with action and fast-paced. To me, there wasn’t a good balance to absorb and comprehend the story, taking it all in to appreciate.
The protagonist, Meridian, was someone that I loved and disliked. It was hard to get past her personality to love her intelligence, ability, and power. I wanted to fall in love with her with as much gumption as she deserves, but at times I just couldn’t connect with her. She grew so much, but there was still something that I couldn’t get with. Juliet is the one she saved, and I didn’t have a relationship with her at all. Her personality was off-putting and her voice wasn’t something that I could stand behind. I felt she was strong in previous books, but a weak link in Speed of Light.
What I did love about this story was exploring the world of the Fenestras. The culture, the lore, the history was something that I always wanted to know about and I got it. There were pleasant surprises which definitely piqued my interest. Kizer showed me the grand scheme of things, and showed the importance of it all. I was much more interested in the macro versus the micro.
Overall, Speed of Light was just okay for me. There were a few things that I didn’t care for, in terms of reading preferences.
Someone cracked the door. “Juliet?” Meridian whispered.
I pretended I was already sleeping. She turned on a night- light and crept back out, flicking off the main fixture.
I opened my eyes and stared at the ceiling, thinking about DG. About my task, my choices. Are there more kids out there? Anyone who escaped and made it out of her
grasp? Can I shield those around me? No matter what I do, nothing good comes to people who spend time with me. My parents. The patients at DG. Kirian. No one and
nothing. I don’t know what to do. “Tell me what to do,” I whispered against Mini’s throat, but she stayed silent.
4. Counting Tens (2014)
FTC Advisory: Random House/Delacorte Press provided me with a copy of Speed of Light. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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