Angel Eyes by Shannon DittemoreAngel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore

Angel Eyes

byShannon Dittemore

Paperback | May 28, 2012

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Once you've seen, you can't unsee.

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.

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 h...
Title:Angel EyesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:May 28, 2012Publisher:Thomas NelsonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1401686354

ISBN - 13:9781401686352


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not great -- for fans of angel fiction After reading a fair share of Thomas Nelson fiction — and liking it — I jumped at the chance to read Shannon Dittemore’s debut novel Angel Eyes. I knew that there would be a religious slant in it, but I wasn’t afraid. Everything that I’ve gotten from Thomas Nelson has usually been pretty good. While I’m not saying this is a terrible novel — in fact, it’s very well written! — it really wasn’t for me. I can’t pinpoint exactly what it was, but from the first twenty pages or so, I just wasn’t into it. I liked Brielle, the main character, enough, as well as her love interest, Jake. Though, the whole thing was just a little cliche — new girl moves to new city, where hot guy at school falls for her, and bam! Insta-love. Drama ensues and then we’re left with a cliffhanger before the next book. I know it seems like I’m ragging on the book, but I was hoping for something a little different. There was plenty of action, some pretty intense scenes between demons and angels, and Shannon Dittemore’s writing style wasn’t half-bad to read. I think my problem was with the angels. It seems that there’s an onslaught of new trends in YA fiction — vampires, zombies, mermaids, fairies, and now angels. So far, it’s that last one that just isn’t clicking with me and I think I need to wait for the right book. So all I can say is to not run away from this book! If you enjoy reading about angels, then you will probably really enjoy this one. The only thing I can warn you about is that the religious aspect in the book is quite heavy — so long as you’re not afraid that, then you’ll like it. As for me, I think I might steer clear of the angel books for a while. Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for providing me a copy of the book for review!
Date published: 2012-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Angel eyes Brielle who is a ballerina decides to move to the city to fulfill her dreams.But her world is torn apart by tragedy that strikes.Brielle returns home to Stratus Oregon.Jake is a new boy to the school she attends.They have evil lurking around them.They have two Angels standing guard over them.Will they overcome the evil and this crucial point where human choice is prevelant. I enjoyed this book greatly
Date published: 2012-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After Today I have my review for Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore as part of the blog tour for Shannon's debut novel! I've been really excited for this one ever since I discovered it on Goodreads a few months back. And I'm so glad that it lived up to my expectations! 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. 4.So much more than a paranormal book: Similarily, since the angels in Angel Eyes aren't the focus of the story, it follows that there are other more important elements involved. Angel Eyes isn't just about weird paranormal activity, a battle between angels and fallen angels, or falling in love; it deals with grief, faith, doubt, and free will. And something kind of cool about that idea of free will is that it comes up in a couple different ways; it's a struggle for many of the characters, those who try to reconcile what choices they are able to make and those who have lost their freedom because of others who have taken that right away. It's fascinating and beautiful, and something that really raises some thought-provoking questions. Angel Eyes is an interesting book because of the perspective Shannon took with writing it; she very clearly poured so much of her own experience into the book, and her own convinctions heavily influences the story. That might be difficult for some people to swallow, but I think it's intriguing to read a book from an author with this very different perspective. Angel Eyes is definitely influenced by religious thoughts, in this case Christian ideas, in the same way that many other books that include religious aspects are based off some of the author's own ideas and questions. And that's something I personally enjoy reading- but I can also see how it might be too heavy or uncomfortable for some people who strongly disagree with it. Is it preachy? No. I don't find it preachy whatsoever. It's the story of a girl with struggles surrounding faith and doubt, which is something just about every person will experience in their life. The difference is that not everyone will come to the same conclusion as Brielle- but I don't think that's a bad thing, to have a book written with this in mind. I can, however, see how there are a number of archetypes included which are overly familiar to YA Books; the broken girl and the new boy who are driven together for some strange, supernatural reason. Love that blooms a tad too quickly for my taste, but I did appreciate that Jake was so sweet. He may tease, but he's thoughtful and genuine. He treats Brielle as an equal, but recognizes that she has needs and tries to help her with those as well. E-galley received from publisher via Net Galley for blog tour.
Date published: 2012-06-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It's alright This novel reminds me a little bit of Twilight and a little bit of Frank Peretti…a blend of the two in a way. Except that those two story lines are easier to read than this one is. This is a novel written for teens, in a teen voice. Perhaps it is because the language of teen has changed over the years since I was a teen that I found the story difficult to read. I do read a fair amount of teen literature and most of the time I do not have a problem with it. The heroine is a high school student named Gabrielle: Brielle for short. She has been away from home for a couple years and while she was away something terrible happened that she will have to give a testimony for in court. Not much but the mailbox has changed at home since she was away, but she has changed and she has a spiritual battle to fight. This book will be a good summer read for your favourite teenaged girl to read while she is at a beach. I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2012-05-08