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"In Dittemore's first novel, humans, demons, and angels intermingle, unknown to most humans, in the terrestrial and celestial realms they call home. The story unfolds mainly from the viewpoint of teenage Brielle, who returns to smalltown Stratus, Ore., after the brutal murder of her best friend. Brielle then becomes involved with newcomer Jake, a human with a healing touch. Other chapters take the viewpoints of Jake; Damien, a fallen angel; and Canaan, a 'Shield angel' assigned to protect Jake. The humans, however, are pawns in the struggle between the demons, who seek to corrupt their souls, and the Shield angels, there to protect them. A histrionic style overwhelms a few moments of real teen interaction. Some clunkers ('He doesn't seem enamored by this information') further hamper the reader's ability to suspend disbelief. Action obscures the important question Brielle raises when she says that her dad thinks if God exists then he must be cruel, because 'He allowed my mother to die.' The plot ultimately serves as a pulpit for a sermon on the importance of accepting that human understanding is limited and therefore trust in God's greater, unknowable plan is key to being saved. Some readers may prefer a subtler approach. Ages 10 — up. Agent: Holly Root, Waxman Literary Agency. (June) â–" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Emma Engel, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by Emma Engel)
After the murder of her best friend and roommate, Brielle moves back home to small Oregon town, her dreams, courage, and heart shattered. She begins to mechanically put her life back together, but without her passion and goal of doing ballet, it rings hollow. Until she sees a boy watching her as she dances off some steam at the local studio. Jake is new in town where most of the kids grew up together…and he’s hot. Literally. Drawn to the mystery of both the calming heat that radiates from him and to the healing power in his hands, Brielle begins to seek answers. Her entire world is once more shattered as she is forced to acknowledge empirical evidence of the supernatural, the escape and arrival in her town of the man convicted of killing her friend, and the physical changes manifesting from her exposure to the divine. She has two choices: jump in faith, or fall in fear.

There are so many books about the supernatural right now both Christian and secular, the genre seems almost bled dry. When I started Angel Eyes, I felt confident I knew how the book would go. Brielle would meet an impossibly gorgeous young man, fall for him, their romance would be forbidden because he isn’t actually human (or is only partly human), and in the end either they would decided they didn’t care or Brielle would turn out not to be human too. And I was wrong. Angel Eyes is a unique book in its genre, and while the angels and demons that its title promises are there, they are written with a great deal more reverence than I’ve found in the genre as a whole. The book has many beautiful twists I don’t want to give away, but Canaan’s gift to Jake that sets the whole plot in motion is something I can actually believe an angel would do.

As for Jake and Brielle, I found their relationship refreshing and fun. It was normal...as normal as they could manage with all the angels and demons anyway. All the jokes and double entendres about the literal heat that Jake gave off were actually kind of cute, and some of their exchanges including one about tutu were laugh out loud funny. Brielle is a devastated young woman looking for a friend. Jake is compassionate, fully human boy looking to help. Despite some reveals toward the end of the book, they turned into a believable couple, sort of like the kids in college everyone knew were going to get married even if it took them a while to figure it out.

The peril in this book is actually pretty intense at times on both the physical and spiritual plans. And the murder of Brielle’s friend is a major plot point that is often revisited. The first few pages are actually some of the most violent as serve as a good measure for the rest of this book. But beyond that, I’d say Angel Eyes is very accessible and very safe read. For junior high readers who aren’t affected by action peril and are interested in the Paranormal genre, this is one of the few books I’d feel safe recommending., but it’s a good read for highschoolers and adults too. While Brielle is the main character, she and Jake share the pages well, and I didn’t feel Angel Eyes was as much a girl book as others of its kind.


Reblogged from my site: myrdan.com
My thanks to BookSneeze for providing me a review copy of Angel Eyes, in return for my honest opinion of this book.
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Jennmarie68, June 26, 2012 (view all comments by Jennmarie68)
Angel Eyes was a fascinating story. The premise that angels live among us - and also demons - wasn't anything new but the way Dittemore "twisted" it made it not just another "good vs. evil" novel. It was captivating right from the beginning. As we're brought into the story we know that something tragic has happened, but it takes a but for Brielle to let us in on what's going on. As her story unveils itself we're also introduced to Jake who keeps showing up when Brielle least expects it. As the story gets more involved things really start to heat up and it becomes a fast-paced, intriguing, action packed story. What starts as a saddened girl going home to bury her anger and her guilt turns into a powerful heroine who helps fight in a battle against the evil forces at work.

This was such a fresh perspective on angels and their roles in our lives. I loved the whole premise. Although it did take a bit for me to figure out what everyone's roles were going to be it was worth the wait. I can't say enough how much I liked this idea of Angel's and how they can be a part of our world and still be a part of the celestial world.

The writing was amazing. When Brielle looks into the celestial realm what she sees was described so well that I could picture every bit of it. And it was amazing. I could feel the power that surges through Brielle when she is looking at our world in a whole different light. And when Jake's touch warms Brielle I got goose bumps because I swore I could feel it too. Even with all the seriousness and intensity of the story there was a lighter side. There were so many great humorous references to pop culture that really made me giggle. They were interspersed throughout the whole story and really added to the book. It was lightening an otherwise very intense book.

This is the first book of a trilogy and I can not wait for the other two books. I think this is one that I will be able to read over and over again.
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Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks, May 30, 2012 (view all comments by Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks)
When I first began reading Angel Eyes I had no idea what to expect. I had a feeling from the book's blurb that the story would be different from any 'angel' story I've read and Shannon Dittemore certainly delivered.

Angel Eyes piqued my interest at the moment I met Brielle. I could feel the tension, anger, and grief in her words, but I couldn't understand why her emotions were so volatile. Brielle is a character that changes in attitude before the story ends, but her change isn't sudden or unrealistic. I felt her struggle and understood her hesitance in believing in God, angels, and demons, and when she came to terms with her new reality it was with gradual understanding.

Dittemore enhanced the world in her description of the Celestial and Terrestrial planes. Humans reside on the Terrestrial and normally can't see what happens in the Celestial, which is where the angels and demons hide in plain sight. Understanding the way of life for the demons and angels really shows the story in a clearer light. This is one of the reasons I really enjoyed the chapters dedicated to the angel, Canaan, and the demon, Damien.

Angel Eyes ends in a way to let readers know that more is in store for Jake and Brielle. The problem of the story isn't dragged on, or abruptly cut off, but it's impossible for the journey to be over already. There's still so much to learn about Jake and Canaan, and Brielle is only viewing the world through new eyes for the first time. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, Broken Wings, because I'm just not ready to give up Jake and Brielle!

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Product Details

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9781401686352
Author:
Dittemore, Shannon
Publisher:
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Publication Date:
20120531
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Language:
English

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