Title: Broken Wings
Series: Angel Eyes trilogy, #2
Author: Shannon Dittemore
Published: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: February 19, 2013
Format: Paperback/e-book, 320 pages
Source: received a copy from publisher
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Giant angels with metal wings and visible song. A blind demon restored from the pit of darkness. And a girl who has never felt more broken.
Brielle sees the world as it really is: a place where the Celestial exists side by side with human reality. But in the aftermath of a supernatural showdown, her life begins to crumble. Her boyfriend, Jake, is keeping something from her—something important. Her overprotective father has started drinking again. He’s dating a much younger woman who makes Brielle’s skin crawl, and he’s downright hostile toward Jake. Haunting nightmares keep Brielle from sleeping, and flashes of Celestial vision keep her off kilter.
What she doesn’t know is that she’s been targeted. The Prince of Darkness himself has heard of the boy with healing in his hands and of the girl who sees through the Terrestrial Veil. When he plucks the blind demon, Damien, from the fiery chasm and sends him back to Earth with new eyes, the stage is set for a cataclysmic battle of good versus evil.
Then Brielle unearths the truth about her mother’s death and she must question everything she ever thought was true.
Brielle has no choice. She knows evil forces are converging and will soon rain their terror down upon the town of Stratus. She must master the weapons she’s been given. She must fight.
But can she fly with broken wings?
The story began a few months after the warehouse incident in Angel Eyes.
New characters were introduced and it seemed that Brielle’s life was spiraling downward. Her dad started drinking and seeing a young woman. Jake appeared to be hiding something and it didn’t really help when Brielle could see fear forming and dripping from Jake’s chest with her supernatural sight. Not only were the waking hours challenging, Brielle also experienced horrendous nightmares when she slept at night. As Brielle struggled with what she could do to keep herself and her life together, demons showed up in Stratus and something in the past started haunting Brielle in the most unimaginable way. Could Brielle find peace and strength in this tumultuous time?
I enjoyed reading this installment. The pacing is fast and consistent and I had an easy time connecting with the main characters. Jake and Brielle continue to experience things that would challenge their faith and I like that their problems are relatable. I could see myself standing in their position questioning about free will and destiny. I empathized on what Jake had to go through. Who wouldn’t feel fear when what you surely believed was yours was being taken away? At the same time, I found Brielle growing to become braver, stronger and bolder. I liked the way she went about finding answers to things that she didn’t comprehend and I enjoyed how her honesty helped her establish firm friendship with those close to her.
Catching glimpses of how powerful the angels could be, I was a little shocked when the demons seemed to have gained the upper-hand towards the end. I like how the story touches on destiny and divine intervention, and I’ll be eagerly waiting on the final installment, Dark Halo, when it comes out in August 2013.
For your information, here is the book summary of Angel Eyes :
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.
About the Author
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 home in Northern California. Angel Eyes is her first novel.
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