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Review: On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane

Thursday, December 15, 2011
4 Stars: A Great Read
Paperback: 320 Pages
Publication: December 27, 2011 by 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 is with him because of her.

Abbey finds out the hard way that Death never forgets.

On a Dark Wing is told from various points of views as needed to keep the plot moving. There's our heroine Abbey's viewpoint, and I really enjoyed being able to look through Nate and Tanner's eyes. It made me appreciate them more. Especially Tanner. Nate may be the golden boy, but Tanner's the cool one. He's one heck of a Silver Scorpion (for lack of a better expression)!

Initially, I didn't like Abbey. She doesn't get along with her dad, she's overly sarcastic, and she says things to him that really sting. Even when he's nice, she gives him a hard time. It irked me that she asks to leave for their trip early and then goes and makes sure he knows that she doesn't care about the trip. I also couldn't understand her obsession with Nate Holden (though I can't question her choice in guys).

Abbey grows tremendously over the course of the novel. I am glad that I didn't stop reading because of her attitude because I grew to love her spunk, especially after she finally begins to open up to her dad (and stops being sarcastic all the time).

Funny story about the romance. I was wondering why Abbey obsesses over Nate Holden, and then I saw this really great guy and asked why she couldn't like him when... voilà! She opens her eyes to the right guy. And they are so cute together! I am sorry for the first guy she kisses. He isn't a bad guy, and I wish there could be a happy ending for him. Who knows? The ending is left open for musing, and I'm going to believe that there is hope for a guy like him.

I didn't guess who the pretty boy of cloud and skies was until Abbey asked him who he was. He is a really special boy and, in a roundabout manner, gives Abbey the strength to heal and grow to appreciate her second chance at life. I love how the story played out. On a Dark Wing is an amazing story about death, life, and healing. Jordan Dane is a brilliant writer who took me on an emotional ride where I empathized with the characters, cheered for them, and cried my heart out for them.

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1 comment on "Review: On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane"
  1. Ooh I plan to read this one very soon for the blog tour. It sounds really good and I usually really enjoyed multiple POV books. Excellent review Kris!

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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