Kissed By An Angel by Elizabeth Chandler.
Book summary: In a romantic and suspenseful collection of the New York Times bestselling trilogy, love's unbreakable bonds are put to the test.
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?
Book spoilers, review under cut.
Review: I will have to say that this book had a good idea, it wasn't very well written. It reminded me of the Twilight series and Ghost.
It jumped from Ivy and Tristan's perspective every chapter. You read the same stuff, but from a different perspective for a few paragraphs, and then there was new information. It got old quickly as you already knew what happened.
I do have to say that Lacey, who's another angel trying to help Tristan on his mission, is an interesting character. She has the ability to project her voice so humans can hear her, and has managed to get strong enough to make her fingers appear so she throws things and pushes people into water.
My favourite scene by far in the three books, was when there was a party at Ivy's house. Ivy orders a drink, and her cat, Ella, jumps on to the counter. Lacey projects her voice to ask for some milk. The bartender looks at the cat and dismisses his thought. The bartender turns around to make another drink, and the cat 'talks' again. It was rather hilarious. A few minutes later, the cat 'speaks' to Ivy's mother, after having jumped into her lap. Lacey complains to Ivy's mother that nobody is asking her to dance.
All in all, despite the really good idea, the execution was poor. I give this book one star.
Title: Small Wars
Author: Sadie Jones
Plot: Small Wars tells the story of Hal Treherne and his wife, Clara, in 1956. Hal is a young, enthusiastic soldier in the British Army, poised to quickly rise in the ranks due to his commitment, responsibility, and intelligence. Clara and Hal also have two baby daughters, Lottie and Meg. Hal is stationed in Cyprus, a British colony in a state of confusion and simmering rebellion, and after taking time to get settled Clara and the girls join him. Although Clara knows what is expected of an army wife, she finds that Hal is growing increasingly distant towards her as he experiences atrocities and begins to see the shades of grey that he never imagined when he was being trained.
Review: I found Small Wars to be an extremely engaging, interesting read. The time period and setting were fascinating, as was Hal's transition as time passed and he moved further from enthusiastic but inexperienced to battle hardened and questioning. Another strength in Small Wars is the cast of smaller players, from the Cypriots who Clara and Hal encounter to the other soldiers and their families. Small Wars is at its best when it reveals the struggles of a family and the effects of war on one small family.
LEGO: A Love Story
by Jonathan Bender
Started: January 18, 2011
Finished: January 23, 2011
I liked the LEGO-centric parts of this book but didn't much care for Bender's lame attempt to make it more personal by going on and on about his attempts to conceive a child with his wife. Plus for someone who really loves LEGO, Bender was a pretty crappy builder of them judging by the examples he shows in the books photographs. Still, I guess I enjoyed this overall. It did make me want to buy some LEGO. 262 pages. Grade: B-
by Orson Scott Card
Started: January 15, 2011
Finished: January 23, 2011
Really good and imaginative story, some interesting characters and ideas in here, but also some absolutely horrible dialogue. 226 pages. Grade: B
Total # of books read in 2011: 13
Total # of pages read in 2011: 3001