Monday, January 02, 2012

On A Dark Wing Tour Stop

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That’s right! The On A Dark Wing blog tour is visiting Xpresso Reads today for their very last stop! I’ve got a review and 2 wonderful giveaways for you all to give you some entertainment on this Monday. I hope you enjoyed the whole tour and I’m glad to be able to end it with a bang!

On A Dark Wing
Jordan Dane
Release date: December 27th, 2011
by Harlequin Teen

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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.

*A copy was provided by Harlequin Teen for review purposes*
Jordan Dane’s On A Dark Wing has brought us a unique angel story with original twists. Even if the book didn’t give me palpitations, it was an entertaining read full of surprises.

Abbey, our protagonist, is a bit of a brat. I didn’t really like her. She’s moody, a tad cynical and often comes off as immature. She gets mad at her dad for seemingly no reason, which kept me disconnected from her. I didn’t understand her reasoning for these “fits”, nor did I understand her obsessive behavior towards Nate: Her crush is borderline psychotic. Fortunately, the story is told from multiple perspectives and I greatly enjoyed the other characters – primarily Nate. I found myself longing for more of his POVs when they switched back to Abbey, or the few others we get to meet. Nate’s point of view is captivating, intense, and kept me glued to his story.

Set in Alaska, On A Dark Wing has a unique beauty that enchanted me with snowy imagery. I loved the backdrop of the mountain, the snow, even the slush. It has beautifully written scenery that – being from Canada – really pulled me in. Along with the wonderful setting, the unique twists weaved into this story took me by surprise. I was impressed with the originality of some of the revelations. Simply being the Angel of Death is fascinating in of itself, but learning about his abilities and his past was deeply intriguing. I also appreciated how the relationships evolved. They didn’t go in the expected, cliché direction for which I was thankful.

With a delightful writing style, Jordan Dane is an author that I will be keeping in my sights. If not for my dislike of our dear protagonist, I would have ended up really enjoying this book. The pace could be a bit slow at times but the multiple POVs kept it interesting and fresh. Readers who like darker themed paranormal stories should definitely give this a try.

3 Hot Espressos

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I make up stuff for a living. Who knew I could get paid for that? Voices come to me, from deep inside my head and I consider that to be a good thing…for now. (No, I’m not on meds. That would really screw me up.) I’m an observer, a listener and a scribe. And I’m cynical by nature—and by choice—and frequently indulge my inner smart-ass. I’m perfectly content in the solitude of my head, poking and prodding the three pounds of gray matter taking up that space. Guess if my brain ever takes a real vay-kay, I can lease out my skull to a much more deserving occupant.

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Giveaway #1
For the duration of the blog tour, Jordan Dane has been collecting entries to win a KINDLE FIRE! 

Giveaway #2

Harlequin Teen has generously offered a SIGNED copy of On A Dark Wing to one lucky winner! 
The winner will also receive a special secret gift! 😉

US only 
Winners will be announced on January 5th during the live chat with Jordan Jane that you can find by clicking here.

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CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED
WINNER IS:  Maiden Veil
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25 Responses to “On A Dark Wing Tour Stop”

  1. Melanie

    I’m afraid bratty protagonists can completely wreck a book for me. I like the idea of Death’s Ravens, though. That sounds pretty neat.

  2. Anna

    I didn’t like this one LOL! I think I gave it two stars? I didn’t like any of the characters, I didn’t like the plot, I just really didn’t like anything. It made me sad because I really wanted to like it, it sounded like an awesome concept, but whatever. Glad you liked it better than I did!

    Anna @ Literary Exploration

  3. Candace

    I hadn’t heard of this one before (or paid it any attention before) but the setting sounds amazing! I have a sister in Alaska as well as an aunt and finding books set there is rather difficult (YA books anyway…). So glad you at least liked the other characters so the one didn’t totally ruin it for you!

  4. Angie

    Hmm, don’t you just hate it when a good story is dragged down by awful characters! I felt that way about Fallen but this one honestly sounds much more interesting.

    Great review!

  5. A Canadian Girl

    I have a soft spot for angel novels, but I think I’ll skip this one. Even though there are multiple POVs, I don’t like the way Abbey seems portrayed and she’d probably annoy me. Great review though, Giselle!

  6. Giselle

    Thanks for the comments guys! And thanks Jordan for having me on the tour!

    And even though the protag. wasn’t to y liking, I still enjoyed the book. My 3-stars mean “good” 😉 So if you had your eye on this one definitely give it a try!

  7. Jenny

    Too bad about Abbey! I can definitely tell from your thoughts on her that I’m going to have a similar reaction, especially to the “borderline psychotic” issue with Nate. Glad to know the other characters save the story from being one you just can’t bring yourself to finish. Thanks for the review Giselle!

  8. Novels On The Run

    I have this to read, so I must read it! Should have asked Santa for a month of 40 hour days…hee..hee

    Great review….I am intrigued to read this book to see what I think.

    Michelle