Friday, 28 August 2009

Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler

From Amazon: 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?

I enjoyed this book, but not as much as I thought I would. Several things irked me about the plot, and although there were brilliant elements to the story, I didn't think that it balanced out enough.

Ivy and Tristan's declaration of love was very rushed, and I felt that the intensity of their feelings for each other was quite unbelieveable. Had more time been spent on the characters getting to know each other, the relationship progression would have seemed a lot more natural and reasonable. Tristan's sickly sweet comments were too much sometimes, and I just wished he'd man up and grow a pair. Luckily, Ivy didn't hear most of his lovestruck ramblings, or she may have found herself getting over Tristan a lot quicker than she did.

The supporting friends and relatives were all well written, especially Ivy's brother Philip, who was without a doubt my favourite part of the book. I really hated Gregory, which, I hope, was the point. He was creepy and weird, and was well on his way to being arrested for stalking. I hoped Ivy would sense that something wasn't right with him a lot earlier than she did, and her lack of common sense frustrated me. Had her trusty angel Tristan not been on the scene to help her out, I have no idea what would have happened to her.

I loved the murder mystery element that was present throughout the book, and I had fun trying to guess how everything connected. The author successfully made me doubt several of the main characters, which I thought was a clever throw-you-off-the-scent way of testing loyalties and keeping the reader on their toes. Chandler had a good grasp on teenagers and their lifestyles, and really played on the all-consuming nature of first relationships.

Kissed by an Angel is an interesting twist on angels and guardians, and I think I would have liked it more had I read it as three separate volumes, which is how it was first released back in 1995. Chandler was way ahead of her time with this novel, and tapped into the world of supernatural romance long before Stephenie Meyer dreamt up a whole new genre. I'll definitely be checking out her other books, as they're good for an escapist read about things that go bump in the night.

15 comments:

Luisa said...

Really interesting review. I've seen this book a lot and I've been wondering about it. Thank you!

Lauren said...

I've been seeing this book in stores and I haven't been sure about it. I had no idea it was a re-release. It sounds pretty interesting though, I'll probably take a look.

a flight of minds said...

Great review! I wasn't sure about this book because to me it sounded a little meh. Still not sure... but oh well. :P Maybe. It is a great deal!

- Alex

Kelsey said...

This book looks awesome. I like the cover, it's so mysterious.. Nice review!

Amy said...

I really want to read this book. Great review!

Jessica Kennedy said...

I didn't read your entire review because I have this on my shelf to be read. I'm looking forward to reading it. Maybe I'll throw a book in between segments? Good advice!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I read this a couple of years ago when I was out in Canada. I don't really remember it very well, maybe that tells me eveything I need to know!

Andrea said...

The cover is beautiful, but I'm not too sure. Thanks for the review.

Mandy said...

The cover is really pretty. Thanks for the review. The subject matter sounds interesting, for sure.

pirate penguin said...

Your review is so well-written :)

YES I agree wit'cha: Hush hush is fantasico!

...MY NAME IS ELENI AND I AM A BOOKAHOLIC... said...

Honest review but I really loved this book, sorry gotta disagree, I'd give it at least 4.5 stars but you're review was flawless :)

Bookworm said...

Great review. That is such a beautiful cover.

Thao said...

I think the premise is very interesting, or just because I love books about angels so much.

The Book Owl said...

Nice review. I'm excited to read it for myself. :)

Anonymous said...

I read this book and loved it it was amazzing totally made me look at love in a whole new way. (: