May 29, 2012
Thomas Nelson Fiction
Young Adult | Paranormal
Angel Eyes Trilogy #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.
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.
Okay, I’m going to sound like a fool, but it’s worth noting: Thomas Nelson publishes Christian fiction, which I didn’t realize until after I read Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore and went to the publisher’s webpage. So… that was awkward. But the reason why I’m saying this is at the end of the book it gets VERY religiously and it’s kinda off putting for those who don’t necessarily believe in God. That’s one of the problems with angel books because how do you write a book about God’s creatures without sounding too preachy or turning off readers?
And with that awkwardness aside, I did enjoy Angel Eyes. Ish. I had a lot of problems with it, though. I really loved the beginning. Like it was the most amazing beginning; it was mysterious and dreamy and everything seemed to have a soft touch to it. You wanted to know more about Elle and Jake and who were the people narrating chapters in third person, this Canaan and Damien?
And it slowly went to downhill. When the paranormal person tells the human person what they are, the big action scene happens after that and it was SO WEIRD. Like it felt like there was a beginning and an end, no middle. No oh, there’s angels and he’s my shield and WHAT NOT POSSIBLE THERE ARE NO SUCH THING AS SUPERNATURAL BEINGS.
No, it’s more: oh, he’s my shield OH SHIT OH SHIT OH SHIT WE HAVE TO GO RIGHT NOW AND SAVE THE WORLD.
That did not work for me at all. As evidence on Goodreads. Basically, it was pages 200-300 that were the hardest for me to get through because that was when everything exploded. It went from the slow-paced dribble to some fast-paced futuristic train that I kept bailing off of. What Shannon Dittemore did—have the paranormal world be explained to the human world and then shoved into the big action scene—is different from most paranormal books, but I didn’t realize how much I appreciated the time to get used to that oh crap you’re dating a paranormal being and then you need to save the world.
Oh, and the whole “dating” thing? They don’t go on an actual date. In fact, it’s at the end when the boyfriend/girlfriend labels pop up and I went WTF. Their romance is just beginning and UGGGGGGH.
I just really wish readers and Elle had more time to fully adjust to the world they were thrown in, instead of being tossed in and having to run off. I also wanted more of a romance to kindle instead of it being barely there to a roaring fire. However, I would recommend this book to those who aren’t bothered by religion and like angel books. (I’ll be doing a post recommending my favorite angel books soon!)
P.S. Grammar errors annoy me (well, the ones I KNOW annoy me) and you guys, Angel Eyes breaks the two rules that annoy the CRAP out of me. Actual quote from the book:
Okay, one: when stretching out vowels, you use THREE. THREE. How many is there? Nine. That's three times too many. two: Punctuation. Don't be an idiot and just use ONE. ONE EXCLAMATION MARK. ONE. Because I swear to god if you use two I am putting your book down, but SIX? SIX? If I wasn't close to the end I would have deleted it from my iPad and never look at it again.
Also: she uses the "NOOOOO!!!!" twice. So I'm doubly annoyed.