Friday, August 23, 2013

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Dark Halo (Angel Eyes Trilogy #3) by Shannon Dittemore

Welcome to my stop on the Dark Halo blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

Release Date: August 20, 2013
320 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
One halo brought sight to Brielle. Another offers sweet relief from what she sees.
Brielle can’t help but see the Celestial realm. Even without the halo, it’s everywhere she looks. And with the heavens above Stratus ravaged by war, Brielle wishes for another gift, any gift. Because Jake is gone. The only boy she’s ever loved has been taken by the demon, Damien—and she knows if she ever wants to see him again, she must fight.
But fighting is so hard when everything you see makes you afraid.
When she receives instructions from the Throne Room leading her to Jake, she unknowingly walks into a diabolical and heartbreaking trap. Then the Prince of Darkness himself offers Brielle a halo of his own making. With the dark halo, she won’t have to see the fear and brokenness that surround her. She’ll be free of that unbearable burden. And it comes with a promise: the guarantee of a life with Jake.
When confusing details about Jake’s past emerge, and the battle above reaches a fever pitch, Brielle is forced to make a choice. Will she choose the dark halo and the ignorance that comes with it, or will she choose to live with her eyes wide open and trust the Creator’s design—even if it means a future without Jake?

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My Thoughts:

When the fear starts dripping from my hair, when it snakes itself around my arm and wraps the very hand I just defeated it with--when I find myself suffocating on the black thickness as it pours from my mouth, that's when I know.
I can't win without Jake.
Without the halo.
I'm not strong enough.
I've never been strong enough.

I went into Dark Halo with a whole bunch of mixed feelings. After the ending of Broken Wings I was desperate to find out how things were going to play out. But then on the other hand, knowing that Dark Halo was the last book in the trilogy, I really didn't want it to be all over. But in the end, my need for answers on what the outcome would be for Brielle and Jake outweighed anything else.

Dark Halo kicks off right after the heartbreaking conclusion to Broken Wings. War rages in the skies above and Jake is gone. Snatched away by the evil that is Damien. After the discovery of information in the chest, Brielle sets out with her best friend Kay and vows to find Jake. What she doesn't count on is the offer that she receives from The Prince of Darkness. A halo that will allow her an escape from the things she see's and the promise of a lifetime with Jake.

It doesn't matter how far Jake is from me. Doesn't matter what fills the chasm that separates us. It only matters that he can't be separated from the love of the One who has the power to save him. And as painful as it is to admit it, that's not me.
I can't save him.
But I can fight.

Brielle's gift is sight. And as the battle between good and evil intensifies the impact on the town is there for Brielle to plainly see. She see's so much fear. The town is oozing in it. And that's when Brielle questions whether she can handle any more of it and the escape offered by the Prince of Darkness begins to hold more and more appeal. 

I've said it before about Shannon Dittemore's writing. It is quite simply, beautiful. All of us have been given the same words to use when we form sentences. But Shannon Dittemore take's the very same words that you or I have and places them together so that they form stories that are dark and evil and twisted but written with such beauty. 

The Angel Eyes trilogy got better with each book. Not just slightly better, Shannon Dittemore raised the bar higher each and every time.  Her descriptions during each moment of the story are so vivid. The growth of the characters, not just through Dark Halo but throughout the whole trilogy was superb. 

Dark Halo was amazing. People always describe a book as one that they can't put down, but that was truly the case with this book. It was overflowing with action but it was also jam packed with emotion. There are secrets revealed and discoveries made. It was the absolute perfect conclusion to the Angel Eyes trilogy. I'm so sad to see it come to an end. I could read a thousand angel and demon books and love each and every one of them, but none will be written or have the same impact as the Angel Eyes trilogy. 

5/5 Amazing Stars.

About the Author: 
Shannon Dittemore is the author of the Angel Eyes Trilogy. She 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 her days with her husband, Matt, imagining things unseen and chasing their two children around their home in Northern California.

ANGEL EYES was Shannon’s debut novel and the launch of a young adult supernatural trilogy. It was published in the summer of 2012 by Thomas Nelson. The sequel BROKEN WINGS hit shelves in February, 2013 and the final novel in the trilogy, DARK HALO, will be available August 20, 2013.

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Shannon Dittemore is having a Live Twitter Chat August 27th at 6pm (Pacific) where she will be giving away a Kindle Fire HD and other prizes!  Enter HERE

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