Title: Kissed by an Angel
Author: Elizabeth Chandler
Published: 7th August 2009
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Angels, Young Adult
Rating: **** (4 Stars)
About: 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?
Review: This book is perfect for if you just want an easy read.
To start with, the beginning of the book starts with the emotional scene when Tristan and Ivy are in an accident. Although I knew that this was going to happen I think that I would have preferred it to be later on in the book, so that it builds up to it.
It kind of felt like it ruined it for me in a way. Like, how knowing how he was going to die before he died just didn’t work for me, but I can see the appeal of placing the pivotal moment at the beginning.
Secondly, why was Ivy so overly obsessed with angels? I get that angels are a part of the book (because duh the book is called ‘Kissed by an Angel‘), but I feel like it wasn’t necessary for her to be so keen on them – it might have led to a better story if she didn’t believe in them at first and then Tristan had to find a way to persuade her? I don’t know maybe that would have been a bit of a predictable story.
Talking about Tristan, it’s a bit ironic with him because he’s the one who doesn’t believe in angels, and then he becomes an angel? I might just be overthinking it, but I did find myself laughing slightly at how ironic that was.
But as a character, Tristan really was a sweetheart. He was a really lovely character and so was Ivy – both were well described and they were both likable. I don’t think I really had a problem with the two of them.
I did have a problem, however, with Gregory – the bad guy in this book because he was just annoying . Also the fact that he’s Ivy’s stepbrother is just unsettling, suggesting the idea that you really can’t trust anyone (which sucks). I guess that he was needed for the plot but couldn’t Elizabeth Chandler be a bit more creative?
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the story idea and I didn’t really have a problem with reading it. I actually did quite enjoy it. I think the series will definitely pick up in the next couple of books, so this was a great setup. I just would like to tweak a few things, but then I just think I’m being picky.
It is worth a read, and don’t be alarmed by any of the complaints that I have, they don’t really affect the book and the story is quite entertaining which is why I do think that this book deserves it 4/5 star rating.