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.
Brielle is coming back from the city, the city that offered so much for her talent. Everyone keeps telling her that it wasn't her fault, but she knows... She knows she could have saved her friend. Now back in Stratus, Oregon, Brielle can't seem to find peace anywhere. The the new boy in town starts hanging around with her. Jake isn't a normal guy. With healing hands and an intense heat radiating from his body, he intrigues Brielle. But will she accept the gift Jake reveals but only God can give? Is she ready to see the world for what it really is?
Angel Eyes is a beautiful and captivating story. The plot keeps one intensely invested, and Shannon Dittermore makes her prose come alive in every sentence. Brielle's struggles are real and easy to relate to.
The story idea itself - a girl who can see the Celestial, the angels and demons - could easily have become just another story to add to this world's ever-growing collection of horrors and thrillers. Yet the author keeps her story as Biblically grounded as can be. Although obviously some license is taken, little or nothing contradicts Scripture. Shannon Dittermore depicts the battle going on between angels and demons, making the concept outlined in Scripture come alive in the imagination.
One thing that could be improved, though, is mentioning Jesus Christ. The book contains at most one allusion to God's incredible gift of Jesus' death and resurrection. While Brielle learns to accept God's existence and sovereignty, her attitude toward Christ is not described. However, Angel Eyes did an amazing job of reminding of the truth that is easy to forget, that the real battle is the one we do not see.
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)
Angel Eyes is the first of the Angel Eyes trilogy. The second and third books are Broken Wings and Dark Halo
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.
When she returns to school she feels as if she is being shadowed. There is a new boy, Jake in her school and every time she turned around he was there. When he was near it was as if he radiated heat. She not only felt warm when he was near she also felt calm and safe. She soon discovered he was also her new next door neighbor.
The more time Brielle spent with Jake it became clear he was gifted. It is not just a coincidence that he sought her out he there along with others to protect her from unseen evils.
Really! Who and what is Jake? Why does he need to protect Brielle? What evil is it that surrounds her?
Author states."A realm that only angels and demons - and - Brielle can perceive."
This book is not the type of book I would normally read. I know my teen grandkids are going to enjoy reading this book. I have passed many good books on to them in the past so I know there will be a debate as to who gets this book first.
I enjoyed going over the Reading Group Guide after reading the book. I would love to share more but I will let you find out for yourselves.
I highly recommend this book, especially for young adults.
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson for this Litfuse PublicityTour review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
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