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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Story was fine, cliffhanger ending was notMarch 7 2011
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Here's the rapid-fire summary of books one through three (book three was published years ago, btw): angel-worshipping Ivy meets and falls in love with Tristan, who dies in suspicious car accident. He comes back to her as an angel because he has a mission to protect her, as it turns out from her super creepy step-brother Gregory who's in lust with her and tries to murder her when he realizes he can't have her. Tristan manages to save her (it's complicated), and completing his mission, says goodbye to Ivy, who moves on with her life with friend and new love Will.
When Evercrossed began, Ivy and Will and their friends Beth, Dhanya and Kelsey are in Cape Cod for summer vacation, working at the bed and breakfast owned by Kelsey and Beth's aunt. Ivy, her best friend (who's a little psychic) Beth and Will are all feeling a little uneasy and sad, since it's the one year anniversary of Tristan's death, but the other two are a little clueless and decide it'd be fun to break out a Ouija board on their first night there. Ivy and Beth reluctantly decide to go along with it, thinking the two couldn't possibly manage to do any damage, but almost as soon as they get started, things go wrong. Beth throws out some protection chants and eventually things calm down enough for everyone to get yelled at about letting bad stuff through portals.
One night when Beth and Ivy were trying to pick up a drunken Dhanya and Kelsey from a party, a car ran them off of the road - and Ivy was killed. She had a clear memory of her death, of being lifted up toward Tristan and then he tells her he'll always be with her. When Ivy wakes up, she's in the hospital and everyone's marveling over the fact that she came out of the accident almost completely unscathed. When she tries to tell Beth and Will that it was Tristan that saved her, they get angry and accuse her of not being able to move on. As she's moping, she hears another patient - named Guy, because they don't know who he is - who was brought in around the same time she was. He's young, handsome and has absolutely no memory before the moment he was pulled from the beach not far from where her accident happened.
Bells, they are a-ringing.
Ivy, of course, sees what she wants to believe - that Guy may have Tristan's soul. Beth is furious with her because she thinks Ivy just doesn't want to let Tristan go and will think of any excuse to keep him with her and Will is hurt and angry, especially when she starts blowing him off. The more time Ivy spends with Guy, the worse Beth gets, insisting that there's something evil stalking Ivy and that she thinks that portal the four of them opened when they got to Cape Cod may have let Gregory's spirit back through and she's in terrible danger because she is only seeing what she wants to.
Ivy's a difficult character to like. She's self-absorbed, thoughtless and a little bit of an airhead, to be perfectly blunt. She hurts everyone around her because she can't even keep from thinking about Guy when she's talking to them. Even when she warns herself to stop and be careful, she forgets five minutes later. I'm searching for a redeeming quality and I guess what I come up with is that she loves Tristan beyond measure. She'll do some crazy things for him. The rest of the gang is generally fine - Guy is what you'd expect in an amnesiac homeless hero (written with a smile, I assure you). He's a tad creepy at first, then nicely romantic and drops all the right hints about who he might be but leaves them open enough that by the end, there's room for doubt. Beth is a nice concerned best friend in the beginning who morphs into a nagging mother later; Will's the typical too-nice guy that Ivy walks all over and Dhanya and Kelsey are hilariously ditzy.
Take out the "my boyfriend may have come back from the dead," element and this could work as just a good summer love-triangle story. I liked Ivy's friends, I liked Ivy's love interests and I liked the setting. As a reader, what I don't like is being manipulated to the last three pages only to be left on a cliffhanger wondering if there's going to be another book and if so, am I going to have to wait several years for it. If I could go back in time and DNF this I would, but the story before the end was decent enough that I'm not going to wreak my vengeance on the grade.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Surprisingly well made continuation of Kissed by an AngelMarch 23 2011
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It's been a year since Ivy lost Tristan, and they've each moved on in the only way they could. Tristan is finally resting in peace, and Ivy can now focus on her relationship with Will. There's nothing that Ivy would like better than to put the horrors of the past behind her, but while spending the summer in Cape Cod, Ivy ends up in a deadly car crash. As she separates from her wounded body, Ivy is surprised to see that her beloved Tristan is with her. But even more surprising, after his promise never to leave her, is when she wakes up in the hospital--alive. More than ever, Ivy cannot stop thinking about Tristan. Despite her wonderful relationship with Will and the love and support of all her friends and family, something about having seen Tristan gives Ivy hope that he might not actually be gone forever. That's not a hope that Ivy's willing to just give up, especially when she suspects her connection to an amnesiac called Guy feels as natural as being with Tristan. Is it possible that Ivy's true love is not lost after all?
I was both excited and reluctant to read this continuation of the Kissed by an Angel stories. On one hand, I absolutely fell in love with the drama and intensity of Ivy and Tristan's love in Kissed by an Angel and couldn't get enough of it. At the same time, though, the third installment wrapped up pretty neatly, and I wasn't sure even Chandler would be able to bring the story back in a fresh and interesting way. While I wasn't drawn to the story in Evercrossed, I did find myself marveling a bit about how much I enjoyed it. Maybe Chandler is capitalizing on the success of the Kissed by an Angel stories, but she's doing it by writing a good story, so I really can't complain. It's just so easy to become immersed in Ivy's life as she tries to sort out the supernatural and more ordinary problems in her life. I probably should have anticipated the abrupt ending in Evercrossed, and though I'm frustrated that Chandler doesn't quite get to the really juicy stuff I sensed was coming, at least I know there has to be a continuation of the story, which I greatly look forward to.
Fans of Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler will not want to miss Evercrossed, nor will readers who enjoyed Far From You by Lisa Schroeder, Evermore by Alyson Noël, and Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
On the Edge of your seatMarch 5 2011
Sandra K. Stiles
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It took me a while to get fully into this book. I finally understood the reason, I had not read the first three books in the series. This book could be a stand-a-lone read but I believe once I read the first three books it will make better sense. The opening line hooked me and I read it all the way through in one sitting. The book was nicely written. The characters were full of flaws instead of being so perfect. It had a few twists and turns in it that I enjoyed immensely. The ending was completely unexpected. I had to re-read the ending twice to make sure I understood it correctly because it was not what I expected to happen. This is definitely a book I will recommend to others and I will definitely need to read the first three books.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Poor Will!April 10 2012
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I wasn't sure why this sequel was written. The original Kissed by an Angel trilogy wrapped up so perfectly, not to mention happily. Now, browsing on Amazon, I see it was actually written in the mid-90's and recently reprinted, so the sequel was probably the author capitalizing on the current huge trend of young adult paranormal romance. Well, I adored Kissed by an Angel and had therefore planned to read other Elizabeth Chandler books. That would have been fine. She could have left this series alone!
I did like this book. In fact, I was up all night reading it and finished it in two nights. Ms. Chandler is a pretty good author, with her writing style, ability to build suspense, and creating interesting, (mostly) likeable characters. What I hated was that this sequel ruined the perfect ending we were left with from the original trilogy. Yes, Tristan died, but Ivy was moving on. Will was a great guy. You really couldn't find a better boyfriend. These bad things happen in life, and everyone was making the best of it.
(I was originally attracted to Kissed by an Angel in the store because of the simple, yet beautiful artwork on the cover. When I turned it around and saw how fascinating it sounded, plus it was about someone with my name, I just had to have it. And I loved it. I was just so disappointed that in this sequel Ivy was not nearly as likeable.)
So as Evercrossed starts, it's a year since Tristan died. I can understand Ivy being sad, but I can't really understand it ruining her life, especially so far as she treats her friends badly. This is my problem with pretty much all young adult novels out there today: I just do not buy that you can be so hopelessly, desperately in love with someone when you are only 17. Especially when you have been together a month! (I don't recall how long Ivy and Tristan were together, but that is usually about right.) So anyway, Ivy has a vision of Tristan, and all of a sudden, she is out of love with Will, who she has been in a real relationship with for a whole year. Or rather, she realizes she can never love him the way she loved Tristan... however she wants to rationalize it. So Ivy starts spending all her time with someone who reminds her of Tristan, while neglecting her friends.
While this book was somewhat predictable, it also had a twist in the end I was not expecting. It also left me with some questions, however. How did the villain cause the car crash? The villain didn't seem to be in a convenient location to do such a thing. Was it just a lucky coincidence the villain decided to take advantage of? Will we find these things out later, or does no one care?
The ending was just HORRIBLE! I was wondering how it was going to wrap up in just a few pages, when I turn a page... and it's over! All the pages left were a preview of the next sequel! I was so mad! Especially since the paperback won't be out for another year. Doesn't the author know that even when you have sequels, each story is supposed to be complete??
One random gripe: how come this book is an inch taller than Kissed by an Angel? They're supposed to match when I put them next to each other on my shelf.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
EvercrossedJan. 5 2013
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Format: Kindle Edition
If you have read the other books by this author then, you will like this one too. It was great from start to end. The author has a way of keeping you interested the entire book.