Friday, 25 March 2011

Review: Evercrossed by Elizabeth Chandler


Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback
Released: March 31st, 2011
Grade rating: B


Amazon summary:

Ivy and Tristan have both moved on ~ Tristan, to the other side of the afterlife, and Ivy has moved on with sweet, dependable Will. But when an accident seriously injures Ivy, almost to the point of near death, she meets her soulmate Tristan again. And at the place of the "in between", their bittersweet reunion culminates in one breathtaking kiss. But unbeknownst to both Ivy and Tristan, it was that one heart stopping kiss that brought Ivy back to life ~ and angels are prohibited from meddling in matters of life and death. Now fallen from heaven for saving the girl he loves, Tristan is in the body of a stranger, and he must find his way to Ivy once more...

Review:

I hadn't realised how much I wanted a sequel to Kissed by an Angel until I heard that Evercrossed was being published. I was quite excited to hear of a continuation, and I actually think this book was better than its predecessor. As with the first book, I didn't form any particular attachment with the characters, but I loved the story. There's something about life after death that appeals to me, whether it be in the form of ghosts, angels or a strange presence in someone's life.

In Evercrossed, Ivy has moved on with her life, after the tragic death of her boyfriend, Tristan. An accident puts her back in contact with him, and once again changes her life completely. I don't want to say too much about the subsequent plot, as how it all unraveled was pretty clever. It was part mystery, part romance, and Elizabeth Chandler did a great job of making it a warranted, relevant sequel.

The writing and setting, at least for me, still had a 90s feel to it, which again goes back to how well it fitted in with Kissed by an Angel. There wasn't an overuse of technology, even though that would have been the obvious way to modernise the story and have it reach a new audience. Chandler instead chose to focus on her characters, and I think she did their story justice. Sure, I found it a bit too cheesy in parts and some of the dialogue seemed too sugarcoated, but hey, what can I say? It's a tale of romance and everlasting love, so I expected a certain amount of eye-rolling goodness. It in no way affected my enjoyment of the book which, I might add, I read in one sitting. That's always a good sign, yes? Either way, I'm looking forward to more from Ivy and Tristan, and I hope I won't have too long to wait to find out what happens next!

14 comments:

Jan von Harz said...

I am not familiar with the first book that Evercrossed follows up, but after reading the summary of this I was intrigued. I enjoyed your comments about the characters and the "eye-rolling" and am wondering if enjoyment of this one means I need to read the first one? Great review!

Jesse Owen said...

Ooh! I wasn't aware of this series before, it sounds interesting but I think I'll start with book 1 first :D

Anonymous said...

I recently read Evercrossed by Elizabeth Chandler. It was an amazing. Because of the way it ended there has to be another one right?! I can't wait for the next one the books are so good!!!

Anonymous said...

To be honest....i was not impressed at all. Maybe as this new section of the kissed by an angel series continues it will get better however i was not happy with this Evercrossed book. Truthfully, i thought that the original Kissed by an Angel series ended beautifully with Tristan leaving and Ivy with Will. It opened the idea that love goes on. in evercrossed Ivy comes across as a crazy...whinny teenager. Will comes across as a snotty baby and Beth is described as not the lovely writer we once knew but now a demon possessed lunatic....I found myself at the end yearning for Ivy to be with Will rather than Guy...or Luke...or Tristian...or whoever this character is supposed to be. All in all i think Evercrossed was not good enough to be part of the kissed by an angel series and I wish that Chandler would have just kept the 3 original books because they were a great, lovable series WITHOUT the negative effect from Evercrossed.
-RiderHeartX

AMikkiGurl said...

I remember when I first read Kissed By An Angel... tears fell from my eyes as I read of how much Tristan and Ivy loved each other when they had just begun to know each other... of how paranoia can ruin peoples lives... I was upset when it seemed as if there would be no continuation of Tristan, Ivy, Will, Beth, and Suzanne... =( And then I was in Barnes & Noble and I saw Evercrossed... Wondering what it was, I picked it up... and then I couldn't put it down... IT WAS EFFING AMAZING... Chandler needs to continue it... So I am eagerly awaiting the next chapter in the Kissed By An Angel series

Anonymous said...

I want release DAAATES FOR the sequel to evercrossed!!!! x`( can't wait<3

Anonymous said...

truely loved this book, i just couldnt put it down. dates for the next please

Anonymous said...

Havn't read Evercrossed yet . Is it short ?
But Kissed By An Angel , God tht gave my tears .
Is Lacey Lovatt In Here ?
Uuuurrggh ! I need it !
Any Sequel to Evercrossed ?

Anonymous said...

Kissed by an angel is my favorite book ever and I was so pleased that there was a sequel, evercrossed was a great book but it ended extremely weirdly.
Does anyone know if there is actually going to be another book??
thanks xxx

Tracy said...

I loooooved that there was a sequel to kissed by an angel, I loved that book and love evercrossed even mooore! I was sooo happy when I read that Tristan was back and I'm really looking forward to the next book because evercrossed does end kinda weird. Please let everyone know when the sequel to evercrossed will be released! Thanks thanks thanks for the awesome books!

Ashwee said...

i love the sequel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! im happy!!!! just the end made me mad!!! lol...adn plz let us know when and where to get the next book...PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

okay i loved it , but the book was to short , the ending made me mad because i thought that they would have showen gergory's spirt trying to hurt ivy , but it didnt because it ended in ivy laughing, i love the book dont get me wrong but now its a clif hanger and the book isnt coming out fast enough to find out what happens when ivy sees gregory's spirt her books are the best !! but she needs to make another sequel to evercrossed now because there are so manythings left to question, and please hope her book comes out in the fall<3<3

Anonymous said...

Omg!! Theres another book in the series???? OMG??!! I can't wait to read it!! When i read the reviews for this book,i had a question. The book was short? How short? 100 pages? 200? 300? Under 100? I hope theres going to be a 2nd book if not IM GOING TO BE SOOOOO MADDDDD!!!!

Nikki Sulski said...

I'm glad that I had the abridged version of the original trilogy. The cliffhangers would've killed me!!! ;D