Review: Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore

Posted 5 May, 2012 by Danny in Blog, Danny, Danny's Book Review / 25 Comments

Angel Eyes

Book I in the Angel Eyes Trilogy 
Genre: YA paranormal
publication: May 29th 2012 by Thomas Nelson Fiction
copy received from publisher
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Synopsis from goodreads

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

Yep, I have a thing for Angel Stories. There is just something about Angels that I find utterly romantic, being protected by some unseen forces. Angel stories have to be handled very delicately in terms of religion and church, I do not want to be patronized and I do not like opinions to be forced on me  – in Angel Eyes I found this very nicely balanced!

A Broken Girl and  A Boy to Rescue her…

Bri comes home broken after the time spend at a school in the big City. Something happened to her, which made her come back to live with her father and deal with her grief. Of course, there is this new guy at school Jake, who seems like the sun and might be the one to save her. Bri was tragic, yet she was never overbearing so. In the beginning, we have no idea what happened to her and it’s when she starts trusting Jake that we finally begin to know what filled her with so much grief. Bri and Jake are the perfect pair and they seem to complement each other, they need each other for different reasons and I loved their sweet growing relationship.

Angels, heavenly beautiful Angels…

I loved the Angel Lore in Angel Eyes. They were  displayed exactly how I like to see them. Fierce warriors, there to protect and an underlying warmth – perfectly to feel save around them. When Bri discovers that there are Angels around her, she’s first full of disbelieve but seeing them she cannot deny that there something otherworldly going on! I especially loved the Angels Halo – and this I do not want to spoil for you because I found this a very beautiful described aspect of the story! But looking at the cover now, makes me realized how wonderfully fitting the cover is!

Slow and easy beginning – heavy and fast ending!

The story starts out slow, with Bri and Jake beginning to know each other, and for once I was not repelled by the slow beginning, it was fitting. The intensity builds up slowly and the last part was very action packed and fast. It was nice to connect slowly with the story, the Angels and the two lovebirds. It was actually exciting to see that there was more to the story than I initially thought. The evil plotline surrounding the Demon counterparts to the Angles was fascinating, gripping and intense!
Bri and Jake grew closer and closer together and especially Bri surprised me the way she grew and changed from a grief filled girl to a very determined young heroine who fights for others and for what is right!

Nice –  but not mind-blowing

Altogether, I really enjoyed this story but it did not fully grab me and suck me in completely. It lacked the final execution in awesomeness. Sometimes, when you finish a book you are sad because the story ended, you are left thinking about the characters even after closing the last page and you are just emotionally invested. Here, these feelings were lacking even though I cannot put my finger on the exact reason why.

Bewitched Rating

Bottom Line

Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore is a beautiful addition to the Angel themed stories out there. The Angel lore was beautifully written and the Demons were the perfect evil counterpart. Angel Eyes was a beautiful and touching story with a heroine that grew and changed along her journey. It lacked to get me completely emotionally invested, but I can recommend it to everyone who likes to spend some time with heavenly Angels!

Additional Notes:

Shannon has a bunch on awesome pictures on pinterest about the cast of her book! I don’t know how it is for you, but I LOVE seeing cast images especially when picked by the authors themselves. And, I think her vision on Bri totalled mirrored my own and Jake is.. cute!!! So, get’t ready for some eye-catching images for you!
And with those pretty images I wish you a beautiful Saturday!!!
Much Love,
Obsessive Reader by Night – Scientist at Day!
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25 Responses to “Review: Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore”

  1. Lovely review. Danny! I have this one for the blog tour and I haven’t read that many reviews on it and I was a bit wary because angel books can sometimes be well… not so good. I’m glad this one has a lore that’s interesting and not too religious-pushy. I also like the sounds of her relationship with Jake which seems more believable than the insta-loves *barf*. The halo things sounds really pretty I love the whole cover and happy it reflects the story!

  2. Lovely review! 🙂
    While I always thought that ANGEL EYES sounds interesting, I haven’t read many reviews for it, so I’m very grateful for yours. It sounds like a beautiful story, even though I totally know that feeling of missing the “special dose of awesomeness” without knowing the exact reason – it always drives me crazy. 😀
    Thanks for sharing!
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  3. Oh my, another angel story! Oh how I love my angels 🙂
    I have not heard of this one, I’m so excited to have another beautiful story to add to my list! Especially one that even mentions their halos, I don’t think I’ve read one that did!
    Thank you for such a wonderfully well written review, Danny! I’m in love with this book already!!!
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  4. Danny-

    I haven’t heard or seen this one anywhere! Of course, I’m not really scouting for Angel books. I’m a bit tired of them. But you say this one is different. I can go with them as fierce warriors. I like them like that! (Patch is excluded from all not liking Angels references. Though I’m forgetting what he is right now. Patch can be anything and well you know.) Anyway, that was a good review. You had me up for a “you’ve gotta read this one right now,” but you were honest about it. Thanks for that. Sometimes I’m fine with a book that’s just entertaining and doesn’t stay with me. I’ve got plenty of characters to keep up with anyway. But it was a good story. Maybe it will redeem Angel stories for me (no puns intended).

    The girl the author chose looks a lot like the girl on the cover.

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    • Maybe I have to clarify a little… these Angels here are nothing like Patch – I mean Patch plays in a different liga of awesome among the Angels.. Right??

      Oh and .. no, I wouldn’t say it’s a must read right now. There are other books I would throw at you and force you to read them, like… Sweet Evil and Of Poseidon and Unraveling (just to name the one from the last weeks) but this one is just a nice read 🙂
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