Overall Impression: An excellent lighthearted book that is a must read for hopeless romantics.
(To read my review of the previous book from The Kissed by an Angel series click here.)
This is the third book that I have read for the Eclectic Reader Challenge, this one is for the romance catagory. To find out more about this challenge you can visit the original challenge creator at Book’d Out. 🙂
Please note: For those of you that haven’t read the previous book, Kissed by an Angel this review may contain spoilers in the first two paragraphs only. However, for those of you who have read the previous book, this review will not contain any major spoilers about the book Evercrossed.
It’s been a year since Ivy’s boyfriend, Tristan, died, and in that time she has tried to move on. But when a near fatal accident leaves her own life hanging in the balance, Ivy finds herself reunited with Tristan as she floats towards the afterlife. A passionate kiss from him returns her to life, but when Ivy wakes up in hospital, all she can think about is Tristan and the love she has lost.
And memories are not all that’s come back from the past… Cast out from heaven for saving the girl he loves, Tristan finds himself back on earth, in the body of a stranger. Can he find his way back to Ivy – and will their love be enough to save them?
The book begins with Ivy, Beth and Will trying to escape the memories of last summer by spending their holiday in Cape Cod in exchange for working at Beth’s Aunt’s hotel. On the surface, Ivy has moved on with her life, and is happily soaking up the beach with her boyfriend Will. But as the anniversary of Tristan’s death rolls ever closer, she finds her thoughts constantly straying back to the life she once had with him and the heartbreaking pangs that accompany it. One evening when Beth’s cousin is bored, she convinces them to perform a séance. As they all sit around the Ouija board the planchette begins turning angrily counter clockwise; rain pours, thunder claps, and doors smash wide open. Then suddenly everything stops. They pack the board away and try to ignore the strange occurrence. However, in the following days Beth has a growing feeling of unease, and after Beth and Ivy get into a car crash she becomes even more convinced something strange and otherworldly is going on. Ivy is desperate to believe it is Tristan, while Beth is convinced it’s Ivy’s murderous step brother back from the dead. But who is correct?
Elizabeth Chandlers writing is exactly what you would expect for a young adult book of this genre; lighthearted, romantic, and at times funny. She can write perfectly well, although she has quite a simple style and falls into the occasional trap of telling rather than showing when it comes to character descriptions. So far, I’ve found her books a very enjoyable read, simply because they are very easy to pick up and put down and require little effort or strain on the brain, which I found really nice for a change of pace. Evercrossed is a perfect spring/summer read to immerse yourself in whether it’s for a couple of minutes or an hour at a time.
The plot of this book is well paced so that the reader won’t get bored, although that being said, it was quite a small book and I read it in about two sessions. However this doesn’t exclude the fact that I was drawn into the storyline from the very first page, and I couldn’t rest until I had finished the book. Additionally I liked that it wasn’t predictable and that I had no idea how the story was going to end. The book also finishes with a cliffhanger that will have you yanking at your hair in frustration. Clever Chandler, Clever. Way to guarantee yourself more book sales!
The characters in Evercrossed are just as great as they were in Kissed by an Angel. The lead Ivy is loveable and realistic, giving you the feeling that you could meet her on a normal day walking down the street. Beth is ever the worrier of the group and still walks around clutching her pen and notebook for whenever inspiration strikes for one of her stories, and Will is selfless and caring. These characters work well because of the dialogue between them, it’s witty, funny and heartbreaking. It made me giggle in public places resulting in some strange stares, and at times I felt so bad for the characters I wanted to reach right through the book and give them a hug. Chandler’s dialogue is the reason her books work, it makes them memorable.
We are also introduced to three or four new characters in Evercrossed, however I don’t think these were developed as well. I didn’t really get a sense of their individual traits and their personalities seemed too similar to other already existing ones. For instance Kelsey who we are introduced to, resembles Ivy’s best friend, right down to attitude and obsession with guys. But, taking this into account it could be because Kissed by an Angel is actually a compilation of several novels, and therefore the book was much longer which allowed more character development and exploration.
I would recommend this book to female teens aged 11-20 who enjoy lighthearted romance stories with a sprinkle of the supernatural on top. 🙂
Writing Style: 3/5
Character Development: 3/5
Would I recommend this book? Yes