Hmm, the dilemma with this question is that the book series I consider my comfort reads fit better with the day six question. So, instead I am going to use this wording in the broader sense, looking at it less as books I return to again and again for comfort and more ones that give me those warm fuzzy feeling of content when reading! 🙂
There is one series that I think suits this description, one I originally wasn’t even sure if I would enjoy. It includes young romance, grief and angels (I was very hesitant about the angel part).
I bought it when the Twilight craze was at its highest, having been hugely disappointed with other recent paranormal romance books I had read such as Fallen by Lauren Kate, Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and Evermore by Alyson Noel I didn’t have high expectations, so I was pleasantly surprised when I fell in love with the Kissed by an Angel series.
Originally published in 1995 this series re-emerged thanks to the paranormal romance trend. There are six books in total but the first three have been put into an omnibus named simply Kissed by an Angel (which I reviewed here). The books Evercrossed (reviewed here), Everlasting (reviewed here) and Everafter follow.
The series follows a teenage girl named Ivy, she is surrounded by turbulent family changes as her mothers remarriage comes with a new stepfather and a sleazy stepbrother. In the mist of this she falls in love with the swoon worthy Tristan and the two become inseparable. But one horrific night they get into a car accident and Tristan is tragically killed. He later returns as an angel and wants to reach out and comfort Ivy, but how can he get her to see him? And how could there possibly be a happy ending?
The rest of the series follows the complexities of these events as they unfold.
These books have such a beautiful concept, I loved how in contrast to most others around at the time, the two teenagers were in love before the supernatural element came into play rather than some random angel falling in love with a mortal (which seems more unrealistic). The series also feels strangely grounded in reality considering the subject matter, touching heavily on the themes of grief rather than a whirlwind insta-love romance. The way the relationship between Ivy and Tristan slowly built had me grinning from ear to ear, its innocence and simplicity felt so refreshing.
So why is it such a comfort book/series you ask? Well, they’re novels about love and while you are immersed, they manage to crush the cynicism of the world just long enough to make you believe that these two people, against all odds are meant for each other, and that this will give them the impossible strength to conquer the barrier between life and death. It’s a series where the good guys and the bad guys, for the most part, get what they deserve. A place that while affected by the realities of life always has a reasonably happy ending (so far).
In other words, it has just enough realism to make the reader believe the events are possible, while still giving the reader a feeling of being wrapped up in a cozy blanket of safety and warmth.
I have currently read the first four books, or two if you count the omnibus as one book, lol, and the next book Everlasting is waiting patiently for me. I hope it’s as good as the previous ones! I also have the first two books of her Dark Secrets Trilogy which I’m very excited to try. 😀
Do you have a favourite comfort book you like to snuggle up and read with a cup tea/coffee/hot chocolate? 🙂
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