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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Review: On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane

On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane
Expected Publishing Date: December 27th, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Page Count: 384 pages
Format: E-ARc
Source: Netgalley and Harlequin Teen
Pre-order on Amazon: On a Dark Wing
"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 is with him because of her.

Abbey finds out the hard way that Death never forgets.
Honestly, I'm having a really hard time starting this review. I didn't like this book. At all. I didn't like the characters, I didn't like the plot, I didn't like the pace... the only thing I did like was Dane's writing style. She's a fantastic writer, everything is very elegant and descriptive, unfortunately nothing else stood out. On a Dark Wing was a serious let down in all sorts of ways.

The characters are cringe-worthy. Abbey is basically an obsessive psycho who dreams about her secret life with Nate Holden. I mean, I remember having secret crushes on hot guys at school, but I never imagined myself having a different live revolving around them, when I had never even talked to them before! What is that?! Her life basically revolves around what he does. Did I mention they've never even talked?! It was worse than some kind of insta-love. She's also a total jerk to her dad. She blames herself for her mother's death and then basically ignores her dad and yells at him all the time like he doesn't understand. He lost his wife. I think he understands. She's basically just an obsessive selfish over eater and I did not care for her at all. Nate is okay I guess, he's just a mountain climber who gets sucked into some crazy angel crap. Tanner was by far my favorite character. He's so down to earth and selfless, he goes above and beyond for Abbey (who so doesn't deserve it).

The story was so dull and slow I had a really hard time keeping up with it. I don't know why, but I just felt compelled to keep going. Nothing really happens, and some of the plot lines make no sense whatsoever, or are completely unnecessary. I have to admit, Dane's writing is fantastic! Everything is really well-written and the descriptions are really well done. I just wish more of that fantastic writing went into creating a better story! One that didn't bore me to tears!

Overall, I just wasn't a fan of this book. I've seen it around a lot, and I know it's gotten mixed reviews but I tried it out anyways. I definitely wouldn't recommend it to anyone. I really enjoyed Dane's writing style, so I'm definitely interested in reading something else by her, however.


  1. I admit I was a 'little' disappointed in this book. I still loved it but it didn't beat my love of Jordan Dane's In the Arms of Stone Angels book which I loved so, so much. Great review nonetheless.

  2. I am so sad about this. *sigh* I was hoping for so much more. Thank you for your review. It doesn't sound like anything I would be interested in anymore :(

  3. I'm sorry you didn't like that book. I haven't read it yet but it is always sad when someone did not enjoy a book. I haven't read the first one yet, but I've only heard good things about the first one.

  4. Thanks for the review! This looked like an interesting book, but now I probably won't read it. Sorry you didn't like it very much. :(


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  5. What did you think of the first one in the series? I'm sorry you didn't like it, I'm reading a pretty crappy one myself :P

  6. awh sounded really good too ): hmm I deff won't be rushing to get this one anytime soon. Awesome review hun!

  7. Sorry you didn't like this one. I really enjoyed it, but not every book is for everyone. I can appreciate the honest review. There have been books that others raved about that just didn't work for me.

    I'm sure people may think Jordan's first YA, In the Arms of Stone Angels is related since it has angels in the title, though it's not about angels at all. It's quite different than In a Dark Wing, so even if you didn't enjoy this one, I'd recommend trying In the Arms of Stone Angels.


  8. I agree on the slow plot, but I really liked this book. LOL Sorry it didn't work for you.

  9. Oh noooooo *cries* I have to read this soon for the blog tour ick. I hope I like it better than you or I'll have to do something other than a review for the tour o_O At least I'll go into it knowing it might be boring so maybe that will help!

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  10. Completely agree with you on every aspect Anna. I wanted to like this book, and I tried so hard to like it bu the walls of characters, pace, plot, they all came crashing down on me at such an alarming rate.

    I'm sure if the characters where easier to connect to, or even more so realistic and likable, I could have enjoyed this book much more. It literally hurt reading this book, the headaches were torturous D:


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