Welcome to my stop on the Dark Halo blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!
Angel Eyes 3
Author: Shannon Dittemore
Pages: 368 pgs
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Christian Fic
Release Date: August 20th 2013
Review Source:Thomas Nelson Publishers
One halo brought sight to Brielle. Another offers sweet relief from what she sees.I am so happy that I got the chance to read and review the final book in Shannon Dittemore's Angel Eyes trilogy. She is the sweetest person I've had the chance to talk with, and it's fun to help her out with these blog tours!
Brielle can't help but see the Celestial realm. Even without the halo, it's everywhere she looks. And with the heavens above Stratus ravaged by war, Brielle wishes for another gift, any gift. Because Jake is gone. The only boy she's ever loved has been taken by the demon, Damien--and she knows if she ever wants to see him again, she must fight.
But fighting is so hard when everything you see makes you afraid.
When she receives instructions from the Throne Room leading her to Jake, she unknowingly walks into a diabolical and heartbreaking trap. Then the Prince of Darkness himself offers Brielle a halo of his own making. With the dark halo, she won't have to see the fear and brokenness that surround her. She'll be free of that unbearable burden. And it comes with a promise: the guarantee of a life with Jake.
When confusing details about Jake's past emerge, and the battle above reaches a fever pitch, Brielle is forced to make a choice. Will she choose the dark halo and the ignorance that comes with it, or will she choose to live with her eyes wide open and trust the Creator's design--even if it means a future without Jake?
One of my favorite things about Shannon's writing, is her descriptions. Going into details about how a character looks, their feelings, a room they're in is great, but I love how she goes a step above. Brielle was blessed with a gift to see into the Celestial realm, which means she can not only see angels and demons, but she can also see worship. And Shannon describes how it looks, sounds, tastes, as well as the different forms it takes for different people (including angels).
Since this is also the last book, there were also some pretty tough decisions that her characters had to make. And Shannon didn't sugar coat it either. We got to see the struggles they went through and the temptation to choose the darkness that seemed so enticing, or to keep the knowledge that wasn't always pleasant.
Jake was also a love interest that melted my heart from the get go. Not only was he strong, good looking, and smart, but he also wanted what was best for Brielle. And he was able to help her find that for herself. I love that they helped one another and seemed to motivate each other to be... more. They were so good for each other.
I'm so sad to say goodbye to this series and the characters that Shannon created, but I'm also glad that I had the opportunity to immerse myself in her world. Though things weren't always happy and fun, the message was still uplifting and encouraging.
Thank you to Shannon Dittemore for giving us such a wonderful series and I can say that I can't wait to read more from her!