On a Dark Wing (Paperback)
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Short Description for On a Dark Wing 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. Now she's the target of Death's ravens, and an innocent boy's life is on the line.
- Published: 20 December 2011
- Format: Paperback 320 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780373210411 ISBN 10: 0373210418
- Sales rank: 234,757
Reviews for On a Dark Wing
An Unexpected, Mind-boggling YA Psychological Thriller
A darkly beautiful, unintended psychological thriller On A Dark Wing turned out to be. It did shock me, but in a good way.
I loved listening to Abbey's voice as she narrates her story. It switches occasionally to Nate's, Tanner's and Nate's mom's point of view sometimes, but the majority is still in Abbey's. I loved the way that she was a little sarcastic, but not overly so, a little childish sometimes, but mature in others. Her train of thought and emotions were easily relatable and understandable, being a teenager myself. It was very realistic - her natural defiance/rebellious spirit towards her dad, her obsession over a boy (though I don't have one, but it's still relatable), her sarcasm and witty jokes. Her sarcasm really kicked a punch - it was SO funny! And it made reading On A Dark Wing such an enjoyable read.
Dane's not afraid of using a little cuss words here and there, but none too major, and never sounding uncouth or coarse. However there was one part that got a little too sardonic and emo, and her obsession with Nate got a little overboard (dreaming about him talking to and kissing you's fine, but don't do it so incessantly!). But it was just a tiny portion that I thought is negligible in the whole scheme of things.
Furthermore, I loved Dane's writing style, phrasings and diction. It was beautiful and mature in a way I find sorely lacking in many YA and some Adult Fiction novels.
The. Plot. Was. Amazing. And that's probably an understatement, but it was very well-thought of, very detailed, and it flowed like a movie. I can practically see the story playing out in my head! As she switched from Abbey's poing of view, to Nate's to Tanner's to Abbey's again, it never got confusing and it never dulled the suspense even though we knew things from both ends.
I thought that I've seen all types of YA, and normally I can pretty much guess the storyline and ending of a book, at least roughly, but I couldn't for On A Dark Wing. At all. It's extraordinary, I tell you. Really amazing.
The only negative point about On A Dark Wing is its slow pace at the start and middle portion, and since I'm not a fan of mystery and thrillers, I wasn't enjoying it all that much or overly-excited about it initally. But the humor encouraged me on, and the ending was so beautiful! There was closure between the father and daughter, between old friends and new ones, and a beautiful new relationship forms.
I was expecting a typical YA talking about Angels (suggested by the cover) and human heroine falling in love, but it turned out to be a mix between YA psychological thriller and mystery with tiny hints of paranormal romance. Dane even addressed a very controversial topic about Death. What happens After? What happens WHEN you're about to make the transition? Other than the slow start On A Dark Wing will keep you glued to its pages and it will induce lots of emotions in you - an example would be fear (yes, I did feel fear. I read it at night and I literally got scared), and another is sadness, then contentment). It is a great book, and one that I will recommend to my friends. by CYP
- Top review
An emotional, beautiful MUST read!!
My first Jordan Dane read was In the Arms of Stone Angels, and I was hooked! I knew I couldn't wait to read another of her YA novels and was very excited to hear she had a new one coming soon, On a Dark Wing.
The description had me intrigued and curious to see what she would do with it, would it be a love story or would I be left heartbroken. Then when I saw the cover, wow! After reading it, I realized how perfect the cover fit the book. There were times when I was left crying and others when I had a huge cheesy grin on my face. Jordan did a beautiful job describing the setting of Alaska in a way that I felt like I was there; I could almost smell the trees. To me, this book addresses so many topics: bullying, self-forgiveness and understanding, true friends, love verses a crush, and communication.
I really liked how the book went back and forth between Abby, Tanner and Nate. It flowed well and through each story line you could start to piece together how past events affected each person now and how things will change for each in the future. Abby is still dealing with the feeling that her mom dying is her fault which is putting a strain on her relationship with her dad. Tanner was in a freak accident that left him in a wheelchair and is Abby's best friend. Nate is the popular guy that Abby is obsessed with, though he doesn't know she exists and is about to embark on a dangerous climb with his dad and best friend, Josh.
On the eve of the last day of school, Tanner reluctantly reveals a site to Abby where they were both victims of cyber-bullying which devastates Abby and fuels her desire to leave with her dad for their cabin before the last day of school. While Abby tries to deal with her mom's upcoming birthday (the reason her dad takes her to their cabin every year) and the cyber bullying, she has an encounter with "Nate", though she realizes there is something not quite right about him. While Abby is away Tanner decides he has to do something about the site that caused Abby so much pain and sets a plan in action, which I think is quite brilliant. Through this plan he comes to realize something about his friends and motivation behind making things right for Abby. Meanwhile, Nate is starting his climb up Denali with Josh, his best friend, his dad and others. Nate's trip takes a dangerous turn and this event allows Death to find out more about Abby, the girl he met 5 years prior.
When I read On a Dark Wing no emotion was left untouched. It is a beautiful story that will make you cry and leave you smiling. I will never think of death the same way again. Once again, Jordan Dane did an amazing job!! by Sarah Evans