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Angel Eyes (Angel Eyes #1)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  1,126 ratings  ·  293 reviews
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 scho
Paperback, 327 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Thomas Nelson Fiction
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When I was about 12 or 13 years old my parents asked me to go to church with them. Even though I had decided that church wasn't for me a few years previous to this I had decided to go because it was my dad's birthday. While there the pasture got a sneaky look in his eyes and told the congregation that the church was planning on building a coffee house geared towards youth. He unashamedly went on to say that this coffee house would lure in teenagers with it's very unreligious seeming decor and mu ...more
Angel books are not a rarity nowadays. I have read my share and even though this one didn't absolutely wow me, I enjoyed it for the most part. It starts to feel long, plot-wise, after a bit, but the characters are engaging and the angel lore is enticing.

My immediate thought was that this was going to be the same old - full of clichés - kind of story. We have Brielle moving back to her old town, starting school and meeting the gorgeous new guy who, to her surprise, seems to be into her. Sounds fa
Rebecca ~ Silvan Elf  ~
Changing rating to 5 stars. Cannot stop thinking about this book. I have actually started re-reading it less than a month after I finished it. I never re-read books that soon!! I just can't get over the beautiful writing, and the amazing story!!

Original Review:
4.5 stars

This book really surprised me. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I liked it more than I thought I would. Maybe four and a half stars is a little generous, but this book gets points for exceeding expectations! :)

The Plot:
Oh. My. Goodness. I don't know what it was about this book that made me love it, but I just did. This book had beautiful writing, a great story, everything! I cant give any details about anything specific, because that would give some spoilers. So, all I'll say is, GO READ THIS, LIKE, RIGHT NOW!!! Really good! Can't wait to read book two!!

Clean rating: Some bloody fights, including some that included deaths.
Victoria Scott
So, under the guidance of both my editor and literary agent, I rarely do book reviews anymore. But sometimes...sometimes I'm hit with the I-must-tell-everyone-about-this-book-or-I-will-die syndrome. There's absolutely no cure for this except to post a review. Doctor's orders.

ANGEL EYES was one of those books for me. Though angels have been done before, I assure you, they haven't been done like this. I adored the main character, Brielle, and her growth throughout her journey. I loved her beau in
This is a review for the entire Angel Eyes trilogy

This series was absolutely amazing. My mind was (and still is) totally blown away. I'd heard good things about it before, but I never really took it to heart. But now I wish I had. My copy of Angel Eyes sat on my shelf, gathering dust, for almost two years before I actually read it. *shame* *head desk* Better late than never though, right?

Okay, so here's the short version: The Angel Eyes trilogy oozes with uniqueness, gorgeous prose, flawless w
Book Angel Emma
Really enjoyable and fabulous use of theology.
It may not be for everyone with the religious theme but I enjoyed it.

I will begin by saying that although I really enjoyed this book I can see it isn't going to be for everyone. There are heavy religious undertones which are only to be expected from an author whose father and husband are both preachers. Although the religious aspect is fundamental to the story-line it doesn't advocate a particular belief system, which was refreshing. Both sides of t
Chantel Law
First of all, I absolutely LOVE this front cover. It kind of reminds me Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, but this probably looks better! It suits the story perfectly well and the font of the title looks like it's made from those firework sprinklers! AWESOME!

Okay, so now actually onto the story. At first, it was actually quite confusing. I thought she was like stalked by a serial killer or something. But then that all cleared up after her Dad picks her up and etc. As i began to read on, I thought thi
Lacey Jordan

Brielle the ballerina is headed back to her sleepy hometown of Stratus after a tragic event unfolds in Portland. Jake, the new boy in town, heats up the cold and dreary Stratus as well as a numb and grieving Brielle. Not only are her eyes reopened to life, but they are forever changed by a world she never knew existed. A great story and reminder that we do not war against flesh and blood, but that there is always greater battles being waged.

Angel Eyes is full of action, loss, love, great charac
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
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This book was actually my first audiobook and it was a pretty nice start.

This book focuses on Brielle, who has just moved back to her small town after living in the city. Returning home is not a happy occasion, as her best friend has just died and Brielle blames herself for it. A new guy at school, Jake, becomes close to her and helps bring her out of her depression. After Jake heals her during a storm, Brielle finds out that
Jordan Mierek
I received a copy of ANGEL EYES by Shannon Dittemore, from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. It is her first novel, about a young woman named Brielle, which is short for Gabrielle. She has always loved to dance, and happened to be discovered by a talent scout. Using a scholarship, she left her country town for a boarding school in the city – and found deep tragedy. I won’t ruin the surprise for you by telling you what the tragedy is, but I was disappointed in how long the secret was dragged out. It ...more
Brooklynn N.
Angel eyes is about an eighteen year old girl who had faced plenty of tradgety. Coming home from a s chool in a big city to come to terms with her emotions in the small town she was born and raised in. But things arent what they seem to be, and she quickly tumbles head first into a secret world nobody knows about. All because of the new boy at school.

This book came across to me as a book about getting over your past. In a way, I was right, buts its so much.... more than that. I had conflicted f
Initial reactions: Not bad, but definitely not the best angel book I've had the pleasure of reading. I think there are certain moments where the book shines with the chemistry and interaction of the characters, as well as the imagery. However, there are quite many awkward pop culture references and transitions that did deter me as I was reading the book. Did I find it too telling? In some parts, yeah, but I don't think its messages were that heavy handed compared to other reads I've had. I just ...more
the golden witch.
I tried with this one, guys. I tried. If you’ve been reading the blog/know my reading habits, you know that I tend to go for paranormal books – and I love YA angel/demon books. I love all of the possibilities they explore, from the Miltonian to the Biblical.


There are many, many ways to tell stories about angels and demons, and most authors manage to steer clear of bludgeoning the reader over the head with a particular religious angle or agenda, or worse, turn it into a moral tale on “how not
Debbie (at) I Heart YA Books
Angel Eyes is a beautiful novel. Shannon Dittemore is truly a gifted writer. She’s reminded me that God is exciting. With so many Christian books being boring, Dittemore’s Angel Eyes was like a refreshing, cool drink of water. Dittemore also gave me a beautiful romance with Brielle and Jake. I love the way Jake cherishes Brielle. His love for her came from the heart with caring and tenderness, and Jake always treats Brielle with respected and praised her for being her own individual and independ ...more
Courtney (Storybook Slayers)
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Angel books happen to be hit or miss with me since most revolve around the same pretext. Weary about reading Angel Eyes, but completely captivated by the cover, my senses took over and brought me to reading the book. Ultimately, I was not disappointed with the novel.

When you first start into the book, you noticed scenes that are commonplace in YA genre no matter it be contemporary, paranormal, urban fantsy--it's present in the many book
Lindsay Cummings
Like a lot of my author friends, I don't do book reviews anymore. What I do is gush about the books that I have fallen totally in love with, and ANGEL EYES is one of them. Before I start said gushing, I have to talk about how lovely the author is. Shannon Dittemore is one of the SWEETEST and most supportive authors on the internet, and I am SO, SO pleased that she sent me a copy of her book. I'm even more pleased that the woman can write like nobody's freakin business. Seriously, you guys. This ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Thank you to YA Bound for allowing me to be a part of this tour. I have read a lot of books about Angels and Demons but Shannon has created a world where you feel like you are right there with the characters.

Brielle is a unique character in this story. She returns home after her friend is murdered. She blames herself and feels like she could have done something to stop it from happening but little does she know things or people are lurking in the background. When she is confronted with the thing
Brielle returns to her hometown a different person after a traumatic event that happened in the city.
Brielle meets a mysterious boy named Jake with a unique gift that makes him a target for supernatural forces, in a battle between good and evil.

While this book was well written and executed speculative fiction, I found that this book wasn't particularly my flavor but I still appreciated it's depth and the storytelling elements.
Ms. Dittemore wrote the characters in first-person, present tense so
Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore
Review by Kara Grant

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
Katie Tuccelli
Angel Eyes surprised me - in a good way. Having seen the title, the cover image, and the publisher, I knew to expect a religious thread throughout the story. Indeed, many serious subjects were addressed: joy and grief, life and death, good and evil, faith and doubt, angels and demons. While some themes were more heavy-handed than others, they were very apropos given the subject.

Struggling with extreme grief and guilt in the aftermath of the brutal murder of her best friend, Brielle returns home
Angel Eyes isn’t going to be for everyone. I really liked it, but I am also a fan of Christian fiction.
The story itself was a pretty cool use of theology and angels. Brielle is having a bad year. She was away at school when her best friend was killed. Unfortunately, Brielle feels like she is to blame. She doesn’t want to dance anymore (she is a ballerina), and she can’t cope with being at school so she moves back home. Her dad is amazingly supportive, and she actually realizes it. Then there is
NightlyReading Heather
I have to say that I agree with Lacey on this one! Although this book did not give me the WOW factor that I normally look for, it did have enough to hold my attention. I enjoyed the storyline and enjoyed all of the characters.

Jake and Brielle were good for each other. I felt very sad for Brielle for everything that she had gone through. Losing someone is never easy and she just feels like everyone in her life disappears.

The religion aspect is heavy in this book. I did not mind it at all, but,
Rachel's Book Reviews
What a sweet story! This is in the top three Christian fiction books.

The topic of God and religion is extremely well woven in to the story, and it feels like a natural movement rather than a forced topic.

Full review soon.

Also Jake + Brielle is so corny and sweet, I think my teeth are going to rot.
It was just what I was in the mood for.
Melissa Rheinlander
What a debut novel! WOW! Shannon Dittemore has a wonderful writing style!This novel is filled with emotion, intrigue, and takes you on such a journey! The Angels and Demons are uniquely described and characterized. The relationship between Brielle and Jake is so well written, you really feel for them and route for them from the beginning! If you enjoy paranormal YA or novels about Angels, then this is the book for you!! I am really looking forward to the next book in this series and reading more ...more
J.S. Bailey
Wow, was this an exciting read! Angel Eyes reminds me of Peretti's This Present Darkness only is geared toward a younger audience. Also, I think this is the first time I have ever fallen in love with a fictional teenage boy. :) This was a refreshing read for me because my last couple forays into the world of YA fantasy have left me sorely disappointed. No toxic relationships in this one, thankfully! Thank you, Shannon Dittemore, for creating a love interest who does not have anger/self-esteem is ...more
I am not usually interested in this genre of paranormal/angels, but this book was excellent! So good, in fact, that I was up two nights in a row, long after everyone had gone to bed, reading in the closet so the light wouldn't wake my husband! I am definitely looking forward to the next book.
Tianna Holley
I got this book on sale for a $1.00 at my church book store, along with many others. I went in there to get a birthday card for my husband and came out with a stack of books. At least they were all on sale!
Although I rarely read anything to do with angels and demons, this one surprised me. Before I go on, I would like to add the disclaimer that since I got this from my church, I knew it was going to be a Christian read. I say that because most of the one star reviews for this book come from peop
Michelle R. Wood
I'm a sucker for beautiful prose. Maybe that's why I ended up enjoying this novel in spite of myself. Normally I dislike angel/demon spiritual warfare stories. Not only do I find their theological underpinnings questionable, but too often they come across as unintentionally comical. I'm also not a romance fan, especially of the teenage variety. This book includes all those elements, but won me over through its amazing writing and characterization.

Author Shannon Dittemore really fleshes out her c
Rochelle Roth
Well, I do have to say Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore is a bit of a different book than I usually read. It is a Young Adult book that’s one thing I do know, I do not know if I should classify it as a christian fiction novel, it does discuss a lot about God, Angels and Demons and everything that entails however some might think it is also Paranormal too. It is from HarperCollins Christian Publishers and Shannon Dittemore is a daughter and wife of preachers so I am sure she would classify it as C ...more
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“But let me ask you this: when Canaan cloaked you with his wings and you disappeared from the Terrestrial realm, did you just...stop existing?"
"Of course not," I say, surprised by the question.
"It's the same thing, Elle. Ali and your mother have been cloaked by death. You can't see them, but they're not gone. Not really. Our spirits will outlive our physical bodies, so it's our spirits we have to take care of."

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