Tuesday, February 19, 2013

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Broken Wings (Angel Eyes Trilogy #2) by Shannon Dittemore

Welcome to my stop on the Broken Wings blog tour hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

Angel Eyes (Angel Eyes Trilogy #1)
by Shannon Dittemore 
Release Date: May 29, 2012
336 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
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.

Broken Wings (Angel Eyes Trilogy #2)
By Shannon Dittemore 
Release Date: February 19, 2013
320 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Giant angels with metal wings and visible song. A blind demon restored from the pit of darkness. And a girl who has never felt more broken.

Brielle sees the world as it really is: a place where the Celestial exists side by side with human reality. But in the aftermath of a supernatural showdown, her life begins to crumble. Her boyfriend, Jake, is keeping something from her—something important. Her overprotective father has started drinking again. He’s dating a much younger woman who makes Brielle’s skin crawl, and he’s downright hostile toward Jake. Haunting nightmares keep Brielle from sleeping, and flashes of Celestial vision keep her off kilter.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s been targeted. The Prince of Darkness himself has heard of the boy with healing in his hands and of the girl who sees through the Terrestrial Veil. When he plucks the blind demon, Damien, from the fiery chasm and sends him back to Earth with new eyes, the stage is set for a cataclysmic battle of good versus evil.

Then Brielle unearths the truth about her mother’s death and she must question everything she ever thought was true.

Brielle has no choice. She knows evil forces are converging and will soon rain their terror down upon the town of Stratus. She must master the weapons she’s been given. She must fight.

But can she fly with broken wings?

About the Author
Shannon Dittemore 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. The daughter of one preacher and the wife of another, she spends her days imagining things unseen and chasing her two children around their home in Northern California. Angel Eyes is her first novel.

My Thoughts on Broken Wings:

And then I smelled it. For the first time ever, I smelled adoration. I smelled worship. Deep and earthy. And sweet. Like the lily of the valley that blanketed Gram's front lawn, the fragrance spread through the sky with the intensity of her praise. I wondered if she had any idea how sweet her devotion was to the heavenlies. How fragrant, how honeyed, how pleasing.

Broken Wings picks up a few months down the track from Angel eyes. Brielle is still trying to learn her way around her increasing celestial sight and all the supernatural that she has previously learnt exists and been exposed to. Her and Jake continue to grow closer much to the obvious displeasure of her father. He makes no bones about the fact that he dislikes Jake and is at times just plain rude. But Jake being Jake he is always courteous and polite. Brielle's father has also started drinking heavily and spending time with the much younger Olivia. As if Brielle didn't have enough to worry about she begins to see fear coming from Jake and realises that there is something that he is keeping from her. Oh and the prince of darkness wants both her and Jake and sends Damien to get them.

Broken Wings is book two in the Angel Eyes trilogy. And while I thought Angel Eyes was a great read, Broken Wings is way above that. It was absolutely fantastic!!! Shannon Dittemore knows how to form words into sentences of beauty. She has written a book that had me thoroughly engrossed. Fantastic characters, lots of secrets revealed, action galore, romance... Not a whole lot more that I could ask for.

"He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by the day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked."

Broken Wings has quite a lot of religion in it. A lot more than what was contained in book one. But I didn't feel that it lent towards anything overly preachy. In fact I liked that Brielle was embracing that side of things and had that common ground with Jake. 

Another thing that I loved about Broken Wings was getting more of the story told from Jake's point of view. Most of the story is still told from Brielle's perspective but to have a chapter from Jake every now and then was awesome!!

And then there was the ending!! Oh boy!!! And now the wait for book three begins!!!

A Solid 4.5/5 Stars!!

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