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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Litfuse blog tour stop for Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore (with bonus review)

Celebrate with Shannon by entering her "Angel Eyes" Giveaway and connecting with her during the Author Chat Party on 6/26!

One "angelic" winner will receive:

  • A Brand New Nook Color
  • A copy of Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends at noon on June 25th. Winner will be announced at the "Angel Eyes" Author Chat Facebook Party on 6/26. Shannon will be hosting a book chat, testing your trivia skills and giving away some great prizes!

So grab your copy of Angel Eyes and join Shannon on the evening of the June 26th for a chance to meet Shannon and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

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About the book: 

Once you’ve seen, you can’t unsee. Everything changes when you’ve looked at the world through . . .


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 Jake or Brielle 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:

I read this book fairly quickly considering all that I have to do every day. There were some things I really liked about it, and some I didn't "get" as much as other fantasy readers might. There were some cool spiritual analogies, like the one about fear spreading like sticky black tar that's hard to get off, and it spreads rapidly.

My review:  

While some of the spiritual warfare examples were insightful, some of it was a stretch of the imagination. Then again, this was a fantasy story, so imagination is part of the intrigue. I liked how the halo had a purpose, though it seemed odd to me that she would get spiritual insight before she had the "spirit" if you know what I mean. Nevertheless, the story kept me reading.

The "angel eyes" title fit the story well, and every time someone's eyes glowed white in the celestial dimension, the intrigue kicked up a notch for me. I loved the sacrificial theme and the romantic relationship developing between Jake and Brielle. That was tender and sweet, and I couldn't help wanting them to be togehter forever. Jake was a true hero if there ever was one.

What I didn't get was the extreme guilt and grief she experienced over the loss of her friend. I can see becoming emotional and having a hard time talking about it, and even random weeping, but maybe the writing was too visceral in the beginning because I had a harder time identifying with her because of the emotion during the first third of the story. The trafficking toward the end seemed a bit random, too. You think those thugs would have guarded that kind of "merchandise" a lot more closely.

The angels and demons fighting in the heavens was...meh, I could take it or leave it. Honestly, I skimmed those parts. Maybe because the scenes didn't feel as real to me as other parts of the story. I was surprised the evil forces didn't use the natural temptation a male and female (like Jake and Brielle) would feel when they were alone together, but that may not have been a weak spot for Jake. Also, I couldn't help wondering where her dad was during the last part of the book.

I did like how the story ended because it opened the door for another book in the series. I would probably read that as well. All in all, this was a cool story, and I enjoyed reading it even though fantasy isn't my preferred genre. The fact that I read it quickly and it held my interest says a lot.

1 comment:

Shannon Dittemore said...

Good morning, Michelle!

I wanted to stop by and say 'thanks'! Thanks for taking the time to read and review Brielle's journey. I know you get zillions of review requests and I'm honored that you chose Angel Eyes. I'm glad you enjoyed it, friend, and I'm looking forward to sharing Broken Wings with you.

God bless.

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