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Book Review: Broken Wings

24 Apr

686376_w185Giant 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.

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?

For more information about the book, the author, Shannon Dittemore, and how to purchase  a copy, please click my earlier post HERE.

My Impressions:

Broken Wings is the sequel to Angel Eyes (review HERE). It is the middle book in the series, a position that does not always live up to the first book or the enjoyment of a series as a whole. I have been disappointed before by the second book in a trilogy. But not this time. Broken Wings takes place a few months after the dramatic and traumatic events of Angel Eyes. Life has gotten back to normal for Brielle and Jake, at least for their relationship. Brielle’s father becomes increasingly antagonistic to Jake, but that is chalked up to a father’s overprotectiveness. But all is not as it seems in Stratus, Oregon. The terrestrial and the celestial are on a collision course that will bring spiritual warfare into the lives of many of its residents. There are also a few secrets that need to surface before Brielle can begin her life anew — secrets that may destroy her trust for those she counts closest to her.

Written for a Young Adult audience, Broken Wings will also appeal to those of us not so young any more. Its imaginative description of the enemy that is not flesh and blood will leave the reader cold. But . . . the description of those who fight for us — the many ranks and orders of angels — will leave you feeling protected and cherished. I especially loved the scenes where worship by both human and angel alike can be seen by Brielle.

As mentioned, there is another book in the series, so there is a BIG cliffhanger! But book 3, Dark Halo will be released in August 2013, so not much of a wait to see how it all ends. In the meantime, if you like books depicting good vs. evil, demons vs. angels, or Young Adult novels that are intelligent and highly readable, check out books 1 and 2 of Shannon Dittemore’s Angel Eyes Trilogy.

Recommended.

(Thanks to Thomas Nelson for a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

To read what other in the CSFF Blog Tour are saying about Broken Wings, click on the links below.

Gillian Adams
Julie Bihn
Jennifer Bogart 
Laure Covert
Pauline Creeden
Janey DeMeo
Theresa Dunlap
Emma or Audrey Engel
Victor Gentile
Nikole Hahn
Becky Jesse
Jason Joyner
Karielle @ Books à la Mode 
Carol Keen
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Megan @ Hardcover Feedback
Rebecca Luella Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Nathan Reimer
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Kathleen Smith
Jojo Sutis
Steve Trower
Phyllis Wheeler
Shane Werlinger

 

Book Review: Angel Eyes

21 Jan

1401686354.jpg_3Brielle’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.

shannon07_web-199x300Shannon Dittemore is a wife and mother. A sister. A daughter. A friend. She was raised in Northern California by her parents—pastors of their local church and constant figures of inspiration.

As a youth, Shannon traveled with an award-winning performing arts team, excelling on stage and in the classroom. As a young adult, she attended Portland Bible College, continued acting, and worked with an outreach team targeting inner-city kids in the Portland-Metropolitan area.

It was in Portland that she met her husband, Matt. They were married in 2002. Soon after, they took the reins of the youth ministry at Living Way Community Church in Roseville, California where they continue to serve in that capacity. In October of 2004, their son Justus was born, followed by their daughter Jazlyn, born in 2008.

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 will be out February 19, 2013 with the final novel in the trilogy, DARK HALO, available August 20, 2013.

My Impressions:

I really wasn’t sure what to expect from Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore. When I signed up for this blog tour, all I knew was that it was YA fantasy. That could be anything. What I found right from the start was a smart and well-written novel that explores the world we see and the world that is very much real, yet unseen — the world where a lot of God’s work takes place. Angel Eyes introduces a grieving eighteen year old girl, Brielle. She is home after her best friend has been murdered. Her life has changed a lot since leaving small town Stratus to pursue her dreams at a prestigious performing arts boarding school in Portland, Oregon. Her world has been shattered and she is not certain if she will ever heal or be warm again. Then Jake enters her life. Jake is not like her other friends. He seems to understand her grief and he is incredibly hot — temperature-wise that is, although he is also easy on the eyes. Brielle’s life begins to thaw, but the danger does not go away. She soon has her eyes opened to the spiritual warfare that is going on around her — unseen, yet very real and vital to her existence.

Angel Eyes is written for the Young Adult audience. That is evident in various cultural references — from clothing to video games. Yet I enjoyed it so much, even though my young adult years are way in the past. The writing is fresh, the characters are engaging and the subject matter is handled deftly and responsibly. I loved Dittemore’s use of the metaphors of cold and heat to describe the condition of our souls. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to older high school and college age adults. In fact, I plan to hand my copy over to a friend’s daughter as soon as I can.

The message of Angel Eyes is profound. God exists, His plans are eternal, and our choices and circumstances matter to Him and His economy. Dittemore doesn’t pretty up the evil in this book. Its real and real scary. But neither does she downplay the ultimate victory that will be God’s. The revelation of human trafficking as a major concern for Satan and his demons casts this tragic sin in a new light. I especially appreciate that in this novel. It underscores that our battle is not only with those in this world.

I look forward to the next book in the series, Broken Wings, due out early next month. I just might have become a YA fan!

Highly Recommended.

(I received Angel Eyes from Thomas Nelson in conjunction with the CSFF blog tour. All opinions expressed are mine alone)

Angel Eyes is being toured by the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy blog tour this week. Please check out what others are saying at the links below.

Gillian Adams
Julie Bihn
Theresa Dunlap
Nikole Hahn
Jeremy Harder
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Emileigh Latham
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Anna Mittower
Faye Oygard
Nathan Reimer
Chawna Schroeder
Jessica Thomas
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Dona Watson
Shane Werlinger
Phyllis Wheeler