Angel Eyes Paperback – May 28 2012
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About the Author
Shannon Dittemore is the author of the Angel Eyes Trilogy and has an overactive imagination and a passion for truth. Her lifelong journey to combine the two is responsible for a stint at Portland Bible College, performances with local theater companies, and a focus on youth and young adult ministry. When she isn't writing, she spends her days with her husband, Matt, chasing their two children around their home in Northern California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Okay, I'm honestly not sure how many times I can say OH MY GOODNESS in this review before I lose you. So.... I'll say it once more and be done... OH MY GOODNESS!
I've just recently became aware of this wonderful author. Shannon is a delight to tweet and Facebook with! I bought 'Angel Eyes' and added it to my 'To Be Read' pile (which is about 40 books deep) and placed it just under the last two book I've reviewed. I always love to read books by people I've had some interaction with. It seems to make the reading of the book even richer!
So, I turn on my Kobo and sit down to delve into this book by this great author I've begun to chat with. OH MY.... sorry. I mean, WOW! Almost from page one, I was sucked into this amazing story.
Brielle's world has been shattered. She's on the verge of shattering herself. She is just barely keeping it together. She tries to return to normalcy, but the cold and guilt won't go away. Brielle is so human and it resonated in me. She isn't a super hero, she has regular abilities... just like me.
Jake is the new guy. He seems so calm and put together and he somehow he has the ability to warm the deep chill in her spirit. He seems to appear wherever she is.
Brielle is content to push everyone away, but something about Jake keeps drawing her in. Is it just that he's cute? Is it the unexpected, shocking gift? Or is it even more than that?
Forces greater than both of them are in play and if they aren't careful, they will both fall to the enemy.
Shannon has a way of writing that is so personal. I felt as though I was Brielle. I love the first person point of view!Read more ›
Brielle is extremely damaged after the murder of her best friend Ali and who can blame her? Angel Eyes is the story of her putting the pieces of her life back together, with help from a cute boy and some divine intervention. Jake was amazing (see more in the favourite character section). The secondary, celestial characters were well done as well. I felt safe with Canaan; he was the perfect Shield, or guardian angel. I had pity for Damien, despite his bad decision long ago, while still hoping for him to get what he deserved.
I enjoyed the growth Brielle exhibits through the course of the book. As she gradually begins to live again, she begins to take more action and control of her life. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys angel and demon stories and don't let the religious vibe throw you off.
Reasons to Read:
1.Shannon's effective way of writing:
I quickly noticed how precise the language Shannon uses is when I started reading Angel Eyes; not only does it flow so well, but it's as if each and every word has been carefully thought over and selected so as to best convey the meaning and imagery she's picturing. It brings the entire story to life, and completely immerses you in Brielle's frame of mind. And this is something so rare and skillful, that Shannon easily deserves praise for being able to achieve this (and do it so well, I might add).
2.THERE ARE ADULTS:
Hurray for parental involvement! This shouldn't be such a novelty in a YA book, but it is. Brielle has a handful of caring, attentive adults in her life who do pay attention to her and try to help her in any way they can- yet still recognize that she's an independent young woman. And I think you can sort of count Canaan and company as adults as well, and it's nice to see a couple teenagers that aren't completely on their own.
3.Fresh take on angel mythology:
But how different can it be, right? Angels have been done over and over in YA. And Shannon Dittemore uses part Biblical interpretation and part imagination to conjure up a new type of angel we haven't really seen in YA before. Angels are involved in the story, but they don't really take up center stage- they have their own role to play, which is actually based on other characters.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Brielle is cold. She hasn't been able to get warm since moving back from the city where everything in her world fell apart. The only warm she finds is around the new boy, Jake. He's so warm. She feels better just being around him. But he might not be safe when an evil power targets him as theirs. With angels guarding, can they both be protected? Fate has brought them together but will the evil pull them apart?
4 stars - not your normal angel tale
This story is not your normal angel and demon book. For one thing, it's HEAVY on the religious themes. I, personally, didn't mind that but I think some peeps will. For another thing, this story doesn't follow the normal pattern of angels and demons, which is certainly a good thing. It's unpredictable and minus the love triangle, thanks goodness. Something else that's different is the POVs that are used. Mostly we see things from Brielle's POV but part way through the author adds the thoughts of the demon and the angel. I actually struggled with that. I was much happier with Brielle and somewhat confused at times when reading from the other POVs. It became clear, though, that that was on purpose. I got used to it and became much more content as the story went on.
I love Brielle and Jake. They have a sweet relationship that doesn't materialize out of no where. While they do have an immediate attraction, Elle fights it for quite a while. Her struggle really worked here. They are cute together. It's not super hot chemistry but I really enjoyed it.
If you like the angels stories, then this one should not be missed.
For fans of Christian fiction, picture Frank Peretti's This Present Darkness and mix with a teen romance and dab of a girl's journey to find herself. That's what Angel Eyes is. The beginning of the book is a little slow, but by the middle it had picked up to a speed that kept me up until after one in the morning to finish the novel. Brielle is a flawed but well-developed character and teen readers will identify with her. Jake is the typical hero, goofy but sensitive. Girl readers will love him.
The spiritual/paranormal plot fits what is popular with teens right now, and I think teen readers will love the romance aspect of the story. I hope they walk away thinking a little more about the spiritual world and the eternal ramifications of the choices they make.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to book two.
I received this book in exchange for my review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
As you know I'm not big on spoilers, so I won't tell you what happens after that. What I can say is the book does a great job of keeping the reader engaged in the story. Although I've had the book for a while it only took me a day to read it. This is a YA (Young Adult) book but there isn't too much romance where you feel you're reading a romance hover but just enough to make you want more. I loved the extra back story and details on satan and his fallen angels. Maybe I'm the only one but I think the story of Lucifer falling from grace and taking other angels with him is interesting and I enjoyed Shannon's interpretation of it.
For this to be a fiction I learned so much about God and his personality, fear and what i looks like, and about believing a power that you don't always understand. I believe this book made my faith a little stronger.
All in All it was well deserving of my 5 stars and I would gladly recommend it to anyone to read, especially if they like sci-fi and urban fantasy. Part 2 Broken Wings does not come out until Feb 2013 and it has me waiting with anxiety. Great job Shannon on your first novel!!
ANGEL EYES was one of those books for me. Though angels have been done before, I assure you, they haven't been done like this. I adored the main character, Brielle, and her growth throughout her journey. I loved her beau in this book, Jake, and how their relationship is both gentle, sexy, and slow-growing (no cliched insta-love here). But mostly, I loved the pacing of this story. So many YA's try to rush you so that you can hardly catch your breath. And sometimes, the result is a distancing from the main characters. It's like having a gourmet meal placed in front of you, and stuffing your face without actually tasting much. But ANGEL EYES...ANGEL EYES is like a cup of your favorite tea when you need it most. You take sip after sip, savoring the temperature and flavors. And then, after your cup is nearly empty, you get that sudden burst of honey against your tongue.
That's this book.
Brielle 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 an 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 either Brielle or Jake has ever seen is calling them to join the battle in a realm where all human choices begin.
A realm that only angels and demons--and Brielle--can perceive.
This book reminds me a lot of Frank Peretti's book "Piercing the Darkness" & "This Present Darkness". That is due to the story behind the story - the story of an angel & a demon battling over the souls of people. You meet a demon who is drawn by the fear in Brielle's life after she returns home. But you also see that just before the demon can reach Brielle an angel steps in to protect her.
This book had my attention from the first chapter (which doesn't always happen). I wanted to stay up all night to read this book.....it's that good. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Frank Peretti's books. Also, I think it would make a great alternative to the Twilight series (I have not read that series myself though).
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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