by Shannon Dittemore
Series: Angel Eyes Trilogy #1
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication date: May 29, 2012
Genre: YA Christian Paranormal
Purchase: Barnes and Noble/Amazon/Book Depository
Once you’ve seen, you
can’t unsee. Everything changes when you’ve looked at the world through . .
Brielle’s a ballerina who went to the city to chase her
dreams and found tragedy instead. She’s come home to shabby little Stratus,
Oregon, to live with her grief and her guilt . . . and the incredible, numbing
cold she can’t seem to shake.
Jake’s the new guy at school. The boy next door with burning
hands and an unbelievable gift that targets him for corruption.
Something more than fate has brought them together. An evil
bigger than both of them lurks in the shadows nearby, hiding in plain sight.
Two angels stand guard, unsure what’s going to happen. And a beauty brighter
than Jake or Brielle has ever seen is calling them to join the battle in a
realm where all human choices start.
A realm that only angels and demons—and Brielle—can
With a complex protagonist and a battle against evil, Angel
Eyes was beautiful written and a delightful addition to this popular genre.
While steeped in faith, this novel didn’t overwhelm and I enjoyed the tale,
romance and battle of good verse evil.
The tale begins as Brielle Matthews returns home during her
senior year of high school. A victim of tragedy and over-whelmed with guilt
this ballerina has had her light snuffed out. Suffering from bouts of depression, guilt and
gloom she just wants to sink into her own darkness. When Jake shows up at her
quiet little Stratus, Oregon school she is immediately intrigued by him but
quickly tries to shut those thoughts down. Dittemore slowly reveals the tragedy that has
forever changed Brielle as she weaves Jake and Brielle together through fate.
The tale that develops was sweet, action-packed and thought provoking.
Brielle is complicated and brilliant on so many levels. She is guilt-ridden and broken. I wondered if
she could ever be whole. She questions herself, her faith and perhaps even
her existence. Watching her transform,
take control of her life and accept love again was enjoyable. Jake was sweet,
protective and very firm in his beliefs. He gives Brielle a gift that will
forever change her. The romance that
develops between them is sweet. It isn’t
swoon-worthy but has an innocents and acceptance about it that was
believable. There are both evil and good
characters that added to the tale and helped advance the story.
While the tale isn’t completely original, a task that would
be hard for anyone in the angel genre, Dittemore did offer some unique
twists. Her introduction of the halo was
interesting and drew me into the tale. The different classifications of angels
and their purpose was fascinating. I enjoyed her descriptions of them and their roles. Her depiction of the demons held my attention. Of course there is a battle between good
and evil and souls to be saved. The author placed her own mark on them and kept
me entertained. The messages and
questions raised about faith delivered throughout the tale were thought
provoking. While not bogged down with religious scripture and messages Dittemore
does tackle difficult questions like why God spares one life and not
another. Presented from multiple POV’s (including the villains) this tale started slow and awkward but became more action packed as it progressed. The
ending chapters were climatic and suspenseful.
was an enjoyable, entertaining read that fans of
angels are sure to enjoy. Filled with
thought provoking questions it lets the reader experience the ramifications of their decisions. I am looking forward to Broken Wings
book in this trilogy.
I want to thank Thomas Nelson and Booksneeze for providing
this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.
I gave this novel 3 coffee cups out of 5.
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