Monday, May 25, 2009

Kissed by an Angel Trilogy by Elizabeth Chandler

Kissed by an Angel, The Power of Love, and Soulmates by Elizabeth Chandler

Synopsis:

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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Ratings:
Character Development: 10/10
Originality: 8/10
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10
Ending: 10/10
Voice: 10/10
Setting: 10/10
Recommendation: 9/10
Total Score: 66/70
Grade: A+

Age Appropriate?
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...?)

Review:
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.

12 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you liked this because I'm buying it next month. lol. Lovely review! I can't wait to read it!

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  2. I keep seeing this book at the book store, but I've never picked it up. Sounds interesting though! Thanks for clearing some things up with the synopsis.

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  3. Gah, I love this book so much. It's amazing. The characters are written beautifully and the story is unique. It made me cry, and I was surprised at how amazing it was. Great review, by the way :D

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  4. That book cover sure looks familiar...I've seen it before, but never looked into it. Great review! And thanks for following my blog!

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  5. Dude, I am like totally blown away by your ratings! They're so thorough!

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  6. Thankyou for the review. I bought this trilogy but returned it because of the length and also because the summary didn't really 'wow' me. Thanks for saying that the summary is inacurate. I should go buy it again.

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  7. This book is now added to my wish list, thanks for the great review!

    I have something for you.

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  8. I absolutely love the way you write! It's so clear, so concise. :)

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  9. hey i just read ur review and coincidentally i just bought this book yesterday...i m loving it so far...but what about the other books. i cant find anything on them...do you have any ideas as to where i can find them???
    if you have some idea or anything else please email me on mcgurl92@gmail.com
    thanks alot!
    Moon

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  10. hey, the 3 book it isn't published yet in my country....
    I need to known sothing about the 3 book, why Gregory betrayed Ivy?
    please, somebody can write to me to:
    stardust801105@gmail.com

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  11. hey, the 3 book it isn't published yet in my country....
    I need to known sothing about the 3 book, why Gregory betrayed Ivy?
    please, somebody can write to me to:
    stardust801105@gmail.com

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