Friday, June 20, 2014

Book Review: On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane

Title: On a Dark Wing
Author: Jordan Dane
Pages: 320
Publication: December 27, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Summary taken 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.


This book had so much potential in becoming something great. It could have been about coming to terms with death or an action-packed thriller about Death coming after her. Hell, it could have been about bullying since it was also in the book.

Instead, it's about a girl who's so insanely in love with a guy who doesn't even know that she exists, her best friend who thinks the world of her, and Death that has become interested in her again, which leads to all sorts of weirdness.

I didn't like Abbey that much in the beginning, especially because she was always fantasizing about Nate, her crush. I can only hope that she was like this as a source of escapism, using him as a distraction because of her being bullied at school for being the daughter of a mortician. But then her denial and inability to question things that seemed too good to be true also got on my nerves.

I wished that her best friend, Tanner, had been given more of the limelight since he was pretty awesome. Having to be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life and giving up completely on sports because of an accident, he became even more amazing as you got to know more about him and learned about how he came to terms with his disability.

Death was also an interesting character. You eventually learn about why he acted the way that he did, and you can sympathize with his reasoning. But still, he wasn't supposed to do that...

And the whole bullying part of the book; what was the point? It was brought up in the beginning and then never mentioned again until towards the end, like an afterthought. Was it supposed to make Abbey a more sympathetic character? Because it really didn't, especially with the way it was resolved; she didn't learn anything from it. There was no life-lesson, no moral story, no reason to be included in the book.

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