Monday, October 04, 2010

REVIEW: Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler

Kissed by an Angel 
Author: Elizabeth Chandler
Pages: 704
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Publication Date: 7th August 2009

From Amazon
A love so strong, even death can't keep them apart . . .

Ivy and Tristan are meant to be together. Both stunningly attractive, brilliantly talented and very much in love, they think their happiness will last forever. When a terrible car accident shatters their world, killing Tristan and injuring Ivy, she must face life alone - or so she thinks. However, Tristan is watching over her as her guardian angel - so close she can feel his touch and hear his voice. And no one needs a guardian angel more than Ivy, because someone is trying to kill her. But if Tristan saves Ivy, his mission on earth will be finished, and he'll have to leave her behind. Will saving Ivy mean losing her forever? 

Ivy has always believed in angels. Believed in the fact they they exist, somewhere in this world. When Ivy meets Tristan, she knows the connection they have together is special and is not eager to give it up. So when Tristan dies an unfortunate and unexpected death, all her beliefs that angels are real have disappeared. And because she doesn't believe no more, she can't feel Tristan's presence when he returns. As none other than an angel. 

But Ivy's in danger and it's up to Tristan to save her, but he's struggling; how can he help her when she still thinks that he is dead, and never coming back again? How can Tristan protect her when she's gotten rid of all the faith in angels she once had?

One thing I was a bit weary about was the relationship between Tristan and Ivy at the beginning, I think it developed a little too quickly for my tastes and there was a few words like 'love' that I thought were appearing too early in the book and there should have been a bit more to their relationship before that was thrown in, but apart from that, everything went at a firm, steady pace that was enjoyable to read.

I loved the whole 'angel' element to the story, and Tristan's mission to save Ivy's life and try to convince her that he still loves her, even though he's dead? So sweet! And then when we find out that, after Tristan's death, Ivy has stopped believing in angels because she thinks they took Tristan away from her,  was actually heartbroken for him. She couldn't see him and he was trying so hard to let her know that he was still there! There was a really powerful moral to that- I don't know if many people fully got this, but I loved the message to the story: that nothing can break true love, not even death at the max.

The book was written from both Tristan's and Ivy's point of views which I thought was great because we get to see what's going on in both of their heads. Throughout the book we see Tristan's loving attitude for Ivy again and again, he just never seems to give up! We can also feel Ivy's grief and the struggle to understand what is really going on with her step-brother Gregory.
I really liked Lacey's character! I was surprised, she was very fiesty and nothing like how I'd predicted when we first were introduced to her. Gregory? Ugh, it makes me physically angry to even think about him. I was extremely shocked by some of his actions, because you can't really expect the worst for somebody with his past, and his behaviour just disgusted me! I hated how he tricked Ivy and took advantage of her, I was a bit frustrated when she couldn't see what he really was behind that enchanting face he puts on.

Kissed by an Angel is a romantic, deceptive and spooky mystery from an author who's writing is deeply moving and entertaining.

Thanks to Macmillan Children's for this and the ton of other fab books they sent me! :D

Update: WHAT?! I have just seen that there is to be a fourth book (Kissed is three books in one)!!! It is called Evercrossed and is set to release April the US..not sure about it coming out in the UK yet! :/

Visit the author's website. (publisher's page)


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