Angel Eyes
By Shannon Dittemore
Published by Thomas Nelson
316 Pages

Back Cover: Once you've seen, you can’t unseen.

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.

REVIEWI’m thankful for the review copy of a book that gave readers a great insight into how the enemy uses fear as a weapon against us! I also liked how this author shows teens fighting the good fight against the enemy and fear! They don’t have to stay helpless or paralyzed! There is hope! Hope is a person – Jesus!
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I had purchased the audio book of this novel as well. I alternated listening to the book on my commute to work and then reading the paperback novel when I got home. I had to read what happened next - I couldn't wait until I got in the car to continue hearing about the journey taking place for Brielle and Jake in Angel Eyes!

I love how this book talks about fear and how you might see it in the heavenly realm and how it affects people in the real world. Brielle is given a gift to see with “Angel Eyes” after you read what she sees you won’t look at fear the same way. It will give you a peek at the fight in the heavenlies for our souls. Loved that!

I liked Brielle and Jake; the two main characters. Each had been involved in some serious life situations for people so young. I liked the how the person read the novel in the audio book, she did a great job of bringing the story to life by putting expression and drama in her voice to help the reader fell like they were there. Loved it!

I liked Brielle’s voice in the novel as it’s written in first person. She’s funny, honest and is fighting the war against fear taking over her entire personality. Jake is kind, gentle and teases Brielle! He seems to be where she needs him to be.  She’s lost, “I turn left and right looking for something familiar. This is right, isn’t it? It has to be. My feet pound through the slippery grasp as panic curdles in my stomach and turns it sour.

“I don’t have time to be sick.” (She tells herself) “I don’t have time.”

“I break into a sprint. I won’t be able to keep this pace up, but I have to get home before night falls. Of that I’m certain. My legs burn, and I trip over a rock, or a tree root? I fall and scrape my hands. The camera bag smacks me in the face, but at least it keeps my head off the ground. Mud smacks my chest and neck.”

“I get up. Fast. Fast. I count my footfalls, my breaths, anything to keep my mind off the encroaching darkness…It’s completely dark now and my lungs ache. Every breath is a sharpened needle sewing stitches into my side. Ten more footfalls and doubt begins to eat away at the encouragement I’ve given myself. The moon has hidden again behind black clouds, and the hail has turned into a soaking rain. Visibility is diminishing quickly. A sob rips from my chest, and I can’t find the energy to fight back the tears.” Would she find her way home? Who would help her? Was Jake near? I love how the author captured my attention and I found myself breathing like Brielle, hoping she’d get help soon so I could breathe! Grin!

Jake’s the new kid at school so is Brielle. They happen to have a couple of classes together. They became fast friends and Brielle appreciates Jake even more when he helps calm her nerves in the middle of a bad storm. There is more to Jake than meets the eye. He shares what he knows about the Celestial Realm and the battle raging between good and evil! Will Brielle join him in this fight? Did she even believe in God – her dad didn’t! She knew why!

The story left me wanting to hang out with Jake and Brielle and Cannon a little longer in order to see how they handle their next challenge! The author leaves readers with a question you’ll want to know the answer to.  I look forward to reading Book two called Broken Wing and the third book Dark Hallo.

Author holding final book in series
This is a Great summer read and makes for a good book club pick. There is so much to talk about. Reading Group discussion questions are included in the back of the book which will help create lively discussion at your book club meeting. This was a thought-provoking read that had me look at the Celestial Realm and angels like I hadn’t before I recommend this as a fun read and one that would work great for a book club!

Nora St. Laurent
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