Kissed by an Angel, The Power of Love, and Soulmates by Elizabeth Chandler
When her boyfriend, Tristan, died, Ivy thought she'd lost everything, even her faith in angels. But now she's discovered that he's her guardian angel--his presence so strong that she can feel the touch of his hand, the beat of his heart. Ivy needs Tristan now more than ever because he knows she's in terrible danger. Only Ivy's guardian angel can save her, now that his killer is after her.
But if Tristan rescues Ivy, his mission on earth will be finished, and he must leave her behind forever. Will saving ivy mean losing her just when he's finally reached her again?
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Character Development: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10
Total Score: 66/70
Cussing: Not much at all.
Drugs, Alcohol, etc: Teen drinking and drunkenness, teen drug use and drug dealing, intentional drugging of an innocent, brief scene of relationship abuse.
Sexual content: No scenes.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Bloody murders, attempted suicide, psychopathy (I think...?)
The first thing I want to say regarding this book is this: the synopsis is woefully inaccurate. I could hardly expect otherwise of such a short two paragraphs attempting to sum up an entire trilogy of action-packed plot line. Kissed by an Angel was beautiful indeed, but the main focus was on darker, uglier things. Essentially it was a mystery, written in Elizabeth Chandler's fluid, fast-paced writing and ending with a sort of surprising (yet satisfying) finale.
I am relieved that I wasn't asked to wait between the books. Never before have I come to the end of a book only to turn a single page and reach the sequel. It was kind of AWESOME! I hardly noticed the transitions, because Chandler kept the recapping and repetition and summarizing to a minimum and the story flowed effortlessly along.
The characterization in this novel was surprising. I believed it all. The relationships developed at a reasonable yet quick speed and the author revealed just enough about each character to keep you satisfied yet leave you wondering. Without saying anything outright, she embedded in the reader a deep trust (or distrust) of certain characters while our protagonists, Tristan and Ivy, may have felt differently. It was all very masterfully done.
Throughout it all, there were many messages, chiefly centering on love, death, and betrayal. Chandler's new perspective on angels brings a whole other dimension to the story and definitely adds intrigue and emotion. The durability of Tristan and Ivy's love, even through death, is apparent as the characters come to know that the ultimate test of their love is letting each other go.