Thursday, August 9

Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore

Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore
Release Date:  May 29, 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 336

Summary: 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: We are introduced to Brielle who just moved home from the big city. She had been attending school there for dancing. She was quite the gifted student. She suffered the loss of her best friend so she moved back home to her father.  Her best friend was murdered by the boyfriend (so the story goes).  Brielle kind of blames herself, she should have seen the signs more and done something about them.

Brielle is grief shaken and feels guilty. She meets a new boy named Jake. He’s new to town and lives with his guardian.

Angel Eyes includes angels, duh Cindy. It just wasn’t the novel for me. I made it to about page 200 then I stopped. I just couldn’t get into the story. Maybe it was my reading mood, I’m not sure. I didn’t like the religious aspect to it and I just couldn’t accept the way things were going.  I almost stopped at page 100 but I figured I’d go a little bit farther to see if I got more interested. Honestly, I didn’t. I could have stopped before this and been ok.

I read a lot of YA books so there are bound to be a few I’m not really interested in and Angel Eyes was one of those. Angel Eyes was ok up to the point that I read, but I just didn’t feel myself enthralled enough.  Usually Angel novels are either a hit or miss with me. I either love them or I can’t finish them.  

Angel Eyes was a DNF for me.

Overall:  I do like Dittemore’s overall writing style, I think she can write, for example the other point of views, they were thought out!

I’m not giving this novel one cupcake because I never actually finished it. Those are made for books I totally hate and read all the way through. Two cupcakes are for books I might not finish or really dislike. I wouldn’t say I totally disliked this novel, I just didn’t find myself able to finish it.  

I just never really felt a connection to Jake or Brielle. I also didn’t like how it switched points of views to some of the other characters.

Angel Eyes just wasn’t the right novel for me. If you like Angel novels, you can at least try this one. You may end up loving it!

Cover: I do like the cover. I think it’s very pretty!

What I'd Give It:

1 comment:

fredamans said...

I didn't love this one either... though I read it all. Don't worry, it didn't get any better.


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