Monday, December 19, 2011

Blog Tour: On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane (Review)

I’m so excited to be one of the first stops on the On a Dark Wing Blog Tour! The tour runs until January 2nd, with 10 of the blogs hosting giveaways for copies of On a Dark Wing.

Jordan Dane is also giving away a Kindle Fire to one lucky grand prize winner! The winners will all be announced during a live chat with Jordan on January 5th.

You can visit the other tour stops and enter to win the Kindle Fire here at YA Bound.


By: Jordan Dane
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: December 20, 2011
Genre/Age: YA Paranormal
Pages: 384
Source: ARC from NetGalley & Harlequin Teen

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.


I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into this book, and although it took me a little while to get into it, I ended up being pleasantly surprised. On a Dark Wing takes a very interesting approach to death and what happens in the afterlife. The mythology surrounding Death was unique and intriguing, and I really enjoyed his struggle between death and humanity and the effect it had on both him and Abbey.

I also loved the setting. I’ve always been fascinated by Alaska, so reading a YA novel set there was awesome. Some of my favorite scenes were when Nate was climbing Denali with the rest of the expedition. I’d probably be too chicken to ever do something that dangerous myself, so living vicariously through him was just enough for me.

The decision to have alternating narrators throughout the novel was very effective, and I enjoyed getting to see bits and pieces of the story through different characters, rather than just through Abbey. Some of the transitions were a bit confusing, but hopefully this is just because I read an advanced copy and it will be cleared up in the final version.

One thing I did have an issue with was that I didn’t understand some of the characters’ motivations – a lot of the things they did and the decisions they made felt kind of random, Abbey’s in particular. I also felt like the paranormal aspect of the book was accepted too easily by the characters. There was no question or confusion about what was going on, Abbey just knew something was happening.

That said, it was a very refreshing and welcome change to read a paranormal novel where the main character didn’t suddenly discover she was a faerie or a vampire or some other supernatural creature. Except for the fact that I wish the characters had questioned it more, the paranormal facets of the novel were well integrated into the feeling of the story and weren’t overwhelming.

On a Dark Wing is a unique paranormal read, and one I really enjoyed. Death is a topic we can all relate to on some level, and Jordan Dane has handled it with both sensitivity and creativity.


*Thanks so much to Trisha Wolfe and Jordan Dane for letting me a part of this blog tour! And thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for providing a review copy of the book. :)*

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting a tour stop, Andie. Well done on the review too. Thanks for trying a new author. Happy holidays!

    Jordan

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  2. I also loved the setting. I agree with you, always wanted to go and it was refreshing to read about a very different setting. Jordan did an amazing job putting me there! Great review! Thanks, for joining the tour, Andie =)

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  3. Superb review!! This sounds like a book I would definitely read. The plot sounds fresh and unique, and I'm quite intrigued by the "Death" concept. I'm adding this one to my wishlist. Thanks for sharing! =)

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  4. Great review! Jordan Dane is such a fantastic, descriptive writer.

    MaryAnn
    Chapter by Chapter

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  5. Enjoyed your review. I LOVED this book and really enjoy Jordan's writing style.

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  6. The setting really added to the story, and I felt as if I was right there with Nate when he was climbing, or Abbey as she stayed at the cabin. The paranormal aspect was interesting as well, and I love how Death was tied into the story. Great review!

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  7. Great review Andie! You and the other gals have given us a wonderful start to the tour! The book is fab and I'm so excited to be able to be a part of the tour with everyone :0)

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  8. This review makes me want to read it - and the cover is great.

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  9. I've had this one on my wishlist for since I first saw the cover and read the blurb. Thanks for the giveaway!
    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
    http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/

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  10. Sounds like a book I have to read! brendem7@comcast.net

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