Kissed by an Angel By: Elizabeth Chandler
I am going to count this book as one on my Challenge but it has three books inside which is why I am going to post three different reviews because my opinions on the books differ.
Kissed by an Angel is a wonderful story about Ivy, a girl who believes in angels and is afraid of water. Ivy is interested in Tristan. The star swimmer of the school but she is afraid he doesn’t know he exists. Tristan is extrmely interested in Ivy but he too doesn’t think she knows he exists. They start to become friends after Ivy’s mother marry’s her stepfather and Ivy and her little brother move into his house. He new Step-Brother Gregory seems to not like Ivy, but that starts to change as well. After Tristan and Ivy’s little brother Philip become fast friends at Ivy’s Mother’s wedding things for Ivy and Tristan become a little less awkward and other things begin to happen. After Tristan and Ivy start fall in love tragedy befalls Ivy’s family. Gregory needs her more than ever and is trying hard to stay close to her, but then a fatal accident takes Tristan away from her and Ivy starts to need Gregory. Tristan is brought back to earth as an angel and he has a mission but he isn’t exactly sure what that is. When he starts learning how to use his powers he discovers that his car accident wasn’t an accident, it was murder.
I was not very impressed with this book. The story is a beautiful story about love lost, friendship, and family but I didn’t think there was as much emotion as I would have liked. The writer didn’t pull me into the lives of the characters like other books have, I didn’t feel close to them at all.
The Second book, The Power of Love. Was also centered around Ivy and Tristan. Ivy is getting closer and closer to Gregory and her best Friend Suzanne is not happy about it, she has been obsessed with gregory for months. Ivy is hanging out with Gregory’s friends more and more and is being harrassed by his best friend Eric. Tristan is still trying to master his powers so he can keep Ivy safe, but he is still not sure from who. And Lacey (another angel who is helping Tristan) is being annoying and enjoys playing tricks on everyone. There are attempts made to take Ivy’s life and tristan has learned to reach her through other people. He can “possess” (for lack of a better word) people that Lacey calls radios and Ivy’s friends Beth and Will are two that Tristan uses often to help Ivy. But Tristan didn’t think that Will had feelings for Ivy and didn’t expect to be jealous.
Both Ivy and Tristan start making connections between the events that lead up to his death and the things that are happening now. Ivy’s life is in mortal danger from someone who is close to her, it is up to Tristan and Philip to save her life and they just make it. Now Ivy’s family thinks she tried to kill herself, philip is insisting that Tristan is an angel, and Will and Beth are acting really strange. Ivy’s can’t remember what happened that night at the train station but she is trying and hopefully that will restore her belief in Angels.
Again, I was not impressed with the way this book was written, I didn’t feel the terror of Ivy’s near death experiences or the wonder philip felt when he saw the angels. I wasn’t happy, but again, the story was good.
The third book Soulmates, was infinitely better then the first two. Ivy is starting to peice together more and more of the puzzle that is now her life and realizes who is trying to do away with her. She finally knows that Tristan is her guradian angel and learns to call out to him. Ivy’s cat Ella is a major charactar in this book, things happen to her and someone is hurting her to teach Ivy a lesson. Ivy has put her trust in Will and Beth and has realized that she might be falling in love with Will. Sizanne is still not happy with Ivy because of Gregory and discovers them in a bad situation in her room the night of her party, Gregory gets ever more manipulative with every page you turn.
Soulmates was much better then the first two books. I felt myself starting to fell what the characters felt and I also started to really get into the book, I wasn’t able to put it down. The writer did a very good job with Soulmates and I was very impressed that it exceeded my expectations. You do have to read the first two books in order to understand the third, but it is worth it.