ARC REVIEW: Angel Eyes (Angel Eyes Trilogy, #1), by Shannon Dittemore

Released: May 29, 2012 (Thomas Nelson)
Source: NetGalley & Publisher, for review
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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.

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

After reading a fair share of Thomas Nelson fiction — and liking it — I jumped at the chance to read Shannon Dittemore’s debut novel Angel Eyes. I knew that there would be a religious slant in it, but I wasn’t afraid. Everything that I’ve gotten from Thomas Nelson has usually been pretty good. 

While I’m not saying this is a terrible novel — in fact, it’s very well written! — it really wasn’t for me. I can’t pinpoint exactly what it was, but from the first twenty pages or so, I just wasn’t into it. I liked Brielle, the main character, enough, as well as her love interest, Jake. Though, the whole thing was just a little cliche — new girl moves to new city, where hot guy at school falls for her, and bam! Insta-love. Drama ensues and then we’re left with a cliffhanger before the next book.

I know it seems like I’m ragging on the book, but I was hoping for something a little different. There was plenty of action, some pretty intense scenes between demons and angels, and Shannon Dittemore’s writing style wasn’t half-bad to read. I think my problem was with the angels. It seems that there’s an onslaught of new trends in YA fiction — vampires, zombies, mermaids, fairies, and now angels. So far, it’s that last one that just isn’t clicking with me and I think I need to wait for the right book.

So all I can say is to not run away from this book! If you enjoy reading about angels, then you will probably really enjoy this one. The only thing I can warn you about is that the religious aspect in the book is quite heavy — so long as you’re not afraid that, then you’ll like it. As for me, I think I might steer clear of the angel books for a while.

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7 thoughts on “ARC REVIEW: Angel Eyes (Angel Eyes Trilogy, #1), by Shannon Dittemore

  1. One thing I really hate in YA books is insta-love, I just really can’t stomach it. I am not a bog fan of religious undertones either. This book has a pretty cover but the cliches and some other issues that you pointed out make me want to stay away from it as far as possible. Thank you for an honest review, sweetie!

  2. Aww, insta-love does not sound promising but thanks for the honest and very fair review! I haven’t had a particularly good track record with angel books either but Unearthly by Cynthia Hand was really cute if you haven’t read it!

  3. I get what you mean by the cliche things, I’ve been reading quite a bit of that recently. It’s not that the book is horribly written, it’s just that it’s too cliche. I like cliches sometimes I guess, but so many books are on the same lines, it’s boring. ):

    • It is! There are a few books that just seem exactly the same. It’s okay to use some cliches, but you still have to jump off the diving board and throw in something new as well.

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