Saturday, May 26, 2012

ARC Review: Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore

Angel Eyes
Author: Shannon Dittemore
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 29, 2012)

Description: Once you've seen, you can't unsee. Everything changes when you've looked at the world through . . . Angel Eyes

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 either Brielle or Jake 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 perceive.

My Thoughts: This story really didn't go where I thought it would go. It is a very religious story about faith. The angels are the pretty traditional sort. Brielle is back home after a tragedy. Her best friend was murdered. She feels that she should have been able to do something to stop it. What she doesn't realize is that her friend's death came because a demon got involved with her. 

The story switches viewpoints with the chapters. Most of the chapters are from Brielle or Damien's point of view. Damien is the villain of the piece being a fallen angel who is trying to gain favor with Lucifer by corrupting humans. He feeds on fear. 

Brielle meets Jake when she comes home. He is about the only thing that can bring warmth back into her life. He offers her comfort. But Jake isn't your ordinary teenage boy. He is able to heal with his hands and has an angel for a guardian. He knows about the battle between the angels and demons and has a strong religious faith.

Brielle lost her mother at age three and doesn't remember her at all. Her father lost his faith in God after his wife's death and has raised Brielle without religion. Now Brielle is confronted with the fact that God exists and that angels and demons are battling here on earth. She has a hard time understanding a God who can let bad things happen to good people.

The book had some thrilling adventures as Brielle, Jake and his guardian angel Canaan battle evil demons including Damien to save the lives of children who are being sold. It also had some romance as Jake and Brielle get to know each other. But the strongest part of the book for me was the religious themes of faith and belief. This one would go well in a Christian school and will appeal to my religious students. 

Favorite Quote:
He smiles. Up close it's crooked, mischievous, and I think of that Pink song, the one about pills and morphine. I think how dangerous attraction is. How dangerous it was for her.
I received this eARC from Thomas Nelson via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. You can buy your copy here.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the heads up of this being focused on faith. :) I really wanted to read this the moment I saw it on Goodreads. I got an ebook from BookSneeze and I can't wait to read it. Looking forward to meeting Brielle and her guardian angel! Great review!


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