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Angel Eyes (Angel Eyes #1)

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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.

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
Angel Eyes is angel lore done right. I absolutely loved that about this novel. I'm a big fan of YA paranormals and that seems to include a lot of books about angels. While I've enjoyed those other books a great deal, they always seems so completely fictionalized to me. Angel Eyes, on the other hand, read a lot more realistically. Sure, Brielle meets angels in real life and for most people that probably doesn't happen, but her life and reactions to life were incredibly realistic, which made Angel ...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
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
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,
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
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
Jenni Arndt
You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads.

I have had some great luck with angel books. I know a lot of people tend to shy away from them because they haven't been so lucky, but when I was asked to join the Angel Eyes blog tour, I didn't even hesitate. Now, I'm not religious, I won't go into my whole belief system but just know that I am not big on Godly talk and all that jazz. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! I ate it up in one day and have very few complaints. The love s
Ever since I saw the synopsis last year, I’ve been wanting to get hold of Angel Eyes. I was very curious to find out what led Brielle back home from the city and how the theme of good and evil would play out in the story.

While I wished I could learn more about the life of Brielle as the ballerina, I enjoyed the way how the story unfolded. I felt drawn to stay by the side of Brielle as she grieved for the tragic loss that she endured. I liked that most people in the small town were friendly to on
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12 KJV

Shannon Dittemore’s debut novel, Angel Eyes, is an amazing first installment to a new trilogy for the YA paranormal genre. To say I loved it would be an injustice as there aren’t words ostentatious enough to describe how much I truly enjoyed this book! I feel obligated to say that although this b
Katrina Burchett
Her name is Gabrielle, but people call her Brielle. She left her small hometown to make something out of her life, but now she's back. Something bad happened while she was away and it is constantly on her mind. She meets someone who helps ease her pain. But who is he, really? And how will her life change now that he's in it?

It didn't take long to become engrossed in this story. As I read, I couldn't help but think 'This author loves words, and words love her'. I was so impressed by the writing t
Jill Williamson
After a tragedy shatters her life, Brielle comes home to the tiny town of Stratus, Oregon. And even though her father and all her old friends are there, nothing is the same. An icy cold fear grips her at all times. She connects with a new student named Jake. With his dark skin, he looks as out of place as Brielle feels. But he is warm—unhumanly so. Somehow, they are continually thrown together, become friends, and a gift from an angel unleashes hidden powers in Jake and Brielle that draw them in ...more
Angel Eyes was a unique story paced for savoring. I rather enjoyed the fact that this wasn't a book chock full of crazy action and mud-slinging. Once in a while you come across a book that you can set down, later pick back up and fall back into the world the writer has created without going back through to refresh your memory. The characters were memorable and quite fascinating. I've read a handful of books with Angels etc, but non that were comparable to Angel Eyes. Of course, there's slight re ...more
Imagine a literary blender.

In it you combine a heroine with a tragic past, a strange and romantic young man, a remote setting slightly similar to Twilight, a battle of good verses evil, a celestial battle involving demons and angels and a heavy subject - human trafficking.

Mix all of those things together and you have the newest release by Shannon Dittemore - Angel Eyes.

Angel Eyes is definitely interesting. Dittemore creates her novel using a dialogue that switches back and forth between the main
Amber Stokes
Angel Eyes is a heartfelt YA novel that draws attention to important issues - from the power of fear to the cruelty of human trafficking. As a creative story full of emotion and tension, this book delivers. It's an engrossing read that offers enough romance and real-life heartache to carry the reader through to the last page.

But the writing itself is kind of hit and miss. Sometimes the symbolic and lyrical language shines. And other times it's a bit too much - along with some of the content. Not
Today I have my review for Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore as part of the blog tour for Shannon's debut novel! I've been really excited for this one ever since I discovered it on Goodreads a few months back. And I'm so glad that it lived up to my expectations!

Reasons to Read:

1.Shannon's effective way of writing:

I quickly noticed how precise the language Shannon uses is when I started reading Angel Eyes; not only does it flow so well, but it's as if each and every word has been carefully thought
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Just how far would you go for the ones that you love? Would you be willing to lay down your life for theirs? How about if you just met? How long would it take and just what is the value of a life?

Brielle Matthews is about to find out when she returns home after the death of her best friend, Ali and the ongoing investigation into her death in which Brielle feels personally responsible for. She feels this is a death she could have prevented. She had seen the signs, the fear, the long-moments in be
Why on earth don't I read more angel books. I have really enjoyed all the angel books that I have read this last year, but I still don't read too many of them. Angel Eyes is a great story! I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. Since it is an angel book, it does deal with God and faith a little bit throughout, but it never seemed overbearing or like it was forcing religious views on you. I am not a fan of overly religious books and Angel Eyes didn't bug me one bit. I loved hearing Brielle's story ...more
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Shannon Dittemore has an overactive imagination and a passion for truth. Her lifelong journey to combine the two is responsible for a stint at Portland Bible College, performances with local theater companies, and a focus on youth and young adult ministry. The daughter of one preacher and the wife of another, she spends her days imagining things unseen and chasing her two children around their hom ...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."

- page 285”
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