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Kissed by an Angel - Elizabeth Chandler

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Elizabeth Chandler / Paperback / 704 Pages / Book is published 2009-08-07 by Macmillan Children's Books

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      08.10.2010 23:34
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      A fantastic read that will smother you with different (good) emotions

      Ivy has always believed in angels. Believed in the fact they they exist, somewhere in this world. When Ivy meets Tristan, she knows the connection they have together is special and is not eager to give it up. So when Tristan dies an unfortunate and unexpected death, all her beliefs that angels are real have disappeared. And because she doesn't believe no more, she can't feel Tristan's presence when he returns. As none other than an angel.

      But Ivy's in danger and it's up to Tristan to save her, but he's struggling; how can he help her when she still thinks that he is dead, and never coming back again? How can Tristan protect her when she's gotten rid of all the faith in angels she once had?

      One thing I was a bit weary about was the relationship between Tristan and Ivy at the beginning, I think it developed a little too quickly for my tastes and there was a few words like 'love' that I thought were appearing too early in the book and there should have been a bit more to their relationship before that was thrown in, but apart from that, everything went at a firm, steady pace that was enjoyable to read.

      I loved the whole 'angel' element to the story, and Tristan's mission to save Ivy's life and try to convince her that he still loves her, even though he's dead? So sweet! And then when we find out that, after Tristan's death, Ivy has stopped believing in angels because she thinks they took Tristan away from her, was actually heartbroken for him. She couldn't see him and he was trying so hard to let her know that he was still there! There was a really powerful moral to that- I don't know if many people fully got this, but I loved the message to the story: that nothing can break true love, not even death at the max.

      The book was written from both Tristan's and Ivy's point of views which I thought was great because we get to see what's going on in both of their heads. Throughout the book we see Tristan's loving attitude for Ivy again and again, he just never seems to give up! We can also feel Ivy's grief and the struggle to understand what is really going on with her step-brother Gregory.
      I really liked Lacey's character! I was surprised, she was very fiesty and nothing like how I'd predicted when we first were introduced to her. Gregory? Ugh, it makes me physically angry to even think about him. I was extremely shocked by some of his actions, because you can't really expect the worst for somebody with his past, and his behaviour just disgusted me! I hated how he tricked Ivy and took advantage of her, I was a bit frustrated when she couldn't see what he really was behind that enchanting face he puts on.

      Kissed by an Angel is a romantic, deceptive and spooky mystery from an author who's writing is deeply moving and entertaining.

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        10.05.2010 17:45
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        Not for me

        Kissed by an angel is novel written by Elizabeth Chandler and can be found in the Young Adult section. It was released on 7th August 2009 and is 704 pages long. Kissed by an angel is currently £4.19 on Amazon.

        Plot
        Ivy and Tristan are the perfect couple. She's stunning and strongly believes in angels and he is completely gorgeous and an amazing swimmer. Their whole lives pretty much revolve around each other once they finally get together. A horrific car accident leaves Ivy all alone after Tristan dies and she doesn't know how to cope without him. After Tristan's death, Ivy's faith in angels disappears as she doesn't understand how they could let something like this happen to her.

        What Ivy doesn't know is that Tristan didn't go away completely. He's still around but as an angel only she can't see or hear him because her faith isn't there anymore. Refusing to let Tristan go though could be the worst thing Ivy has ever done. She's in terrible danger and her life is completely messed up but the only one who can save her is Tristan. He's having a hard time doing his job as a guardian angel though and unless Ivy gets her faith back, he doesn't think he has a chance of saving her.


        My Opinion
        I bought this book as a recommendation from Amazon because of the other supernatural books that I have purchased in the past but this one doesn't really fit in with that genre at all which is probably why I didn't love it.

        As the main female character, Ivy was completely disappointing. I couldn't connect with her at all and I thought she was pretty stupid for about three quarters of the story. Her personality was very confusing as she seemed to change her mind all of the time and I couldn't get a good picture of who she really was. Parts of her were realistic though, especially in the way that she grieved Tristan but it was very inconsistent.

        The relationship between Ivy and Tristan was another thing that didn't seem real enough to me. For being quite a long story, not much of it was devoted to giving the reader a good background of the couple. I don't think that enough time was devoted to making me believe in their relationship and how much they truly loved each other. Because of this, I had a hard time believing the rest of the story.

        Some of the secondary characters were a lot more enjoyable than Ivy and Tristan. Gregory was extremely not at all likable but that was his purpose. He kept me guessing as to whether he was a good or bad guy and some of the things he does/ the way he acts made me change my mind about him a lot. Will was a character that I really liked, even when I couldn't figure out what he was all about. There always seems to be an artistic type in books like this and I think Will fit the stereotype quite well. I do wish Chandler had given him a bit more of a kick though at times to make him stand out from other characters like this.

        Kissed by an angel has a good mix of excitement and romance though which breaks up certain parts of the story. I was always kept guessing about what was happening and just when I though I knew, something would happen to change my mind. The plot moves along at a fairly nice pace, without any long period of boredom.

        This is the first book in the young adult section that I have read that I felt really belonged there. I certainly wouldn't recommend this to adults my age (24) but I think it would be ok for teenagers of about 14.

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