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Summertime is a great time to pick up a book that reads quickly and entertains in the process. If it also gets you thinking about life’s bigger conundrums, then it’s a bonus! (affiliate) Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore hits all three.
About Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore:
Once you’ve seen, you can’t unsee. Everything changes when you’ve looked at the world through . . .Angel Eyes
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 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.
About the Author of Angel Eyes:
Shannon 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.
Find out more at Shannon Dittemore website.
My Thoughts on Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore~
To say that I loved this book would barely do it justice. I started reading it Sunday evening, figuring I’d be reading throughout Monday to get it finished in time for this review. Well…. at almost 2 a.m. I was almost finished and almost hated putting the book down to go to sleep. Finishing the last 30 pages took almost no time while P was using my computer for his online Spanish class the next morning.
What did I love? Well, pretty much everything about the story. I love how the author has a protagonist that is broken and hanging out in fear and self-loathing. But, when she meets Jake, life starts to have bright spots. She grows in leaps and bounds as the story progresses. And, there is the realization that there is far more to life than what our eyes can see.
I have to admit that while I have been enjoying several paranormal books this past year, I really have a soft spot for those that include angels. In this story, you see how the angels (and demons) can move between the terrestrial and celestial realms. God is forever in the background of the story and the reader sees how those beings that are in the celestial realm are either continually singing His praise or trying to hide from the Light.
At the end of the book, you can find a study guide ready for a group discussion or even just to ponder as an individual reader. There are so many good aspects to this particular story, that I can see it making a great book club selection for either teens or adults.
I can honestly say that I am now longing to see how this particular trilogy plays out and almost wish that the year was almost done as the next book is slated for publication in February 2013.
Disclaimer ~ I was sent a copy of this title to facilitate a review. No monetary compensation occurred and all opinions are my own.