Friday, 25 March 2011
Review: Evercrossed by Elizabeth Chandler
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Released: March 31st, 2011
Grade rating: B
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...
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!