Friday, February 22, 2013

Broken Wings blog tour: review & giveaway

Welcome to our stop on the Broken Wings blog tour hosted by YA Bound. Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

Angel Eyes (Angel Eyes Trilogy #1) by Shannon Dittemore
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Paperback/e-book, 336 pages
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

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.

Broken Wings (Angel Eyes Trilogy #2) By Shannon Dittemore
Release Date: February 19, 2013
Paperback/e-book, 320 pages
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

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?

About the Author:
Shannon Dittemore 
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.

I am always on the look-out for books about angels. They have become one of my favorite otherworldly creatures. I jumped at the chance to host the Broken Wings tour and I'm glad I did. I found the beginning of Angel Eyes a bit slow going as I tried to figure out what was going on with Brielle and why she was so sad and felt guilty about a friend's death. One thing I will mention is how tired I am of the new kid at school and the main character sharing this instant connection with as it turns into, most of the times, insta-love. I understand love at first sight and chemistry, I just don't think it happens as frequently in real life as it does in YA today (steps away from podium).

The angel lore the author created in Angel Eyes was alluring. The world of angels and demons and the questions about good, evil, faith and conviction made for an inspiring read. Shannon Dittemore's amiable descriptions and graceful prose, along with the mystery of what happened in Brielle's past, kept me reading. The pace picked up and having another narrator in third person along with Brielle's first person POV helped gain me perspective as the story unfurled. The addition of some surprise twists and turns made me reach for the next book.

Luckily, I had Broken Wings on my e-reader and dove into with ease. First off, the tag line had my fingers itching to get reading. I actually enjoyed this story more than the first. Since the foundation was laid in Angel Eyes, the author really packed the story in Broken Wings. We learn more about the Sabres, celestial beings, and adoration as the war draws closer. Brielle's unique sight and those nightmares add to the tension. Brielle and Jake have to a lot more adversity to face as Damien pursues them. Brielle's dad is not a fan of Jake's, especially since the guy has secrets of his own. Her dad has more of a presence here as he gets to date Olivia, his drinking becomes problematic, and a secret from his past is revealed. Brielle's friend, Kaylee, is another character I liked and her tendency to voice my thoughts made her a fast favorite. 

There were some slow parts and as a reader I do get used to them--we need to rest too! We are privy to more of the goings-on through Jake and Pearla's third person pov. This is Christian fiction and there was more of a religious atmosphere here. The cliffhanger ending created more questions which I hope are resolved in the third and final installment in the series, Dark Halo. Overall, I enjoyed both books of the Angel Eyes trilogy and recommend this YA series to fans of angel books.

Angel Eyes

Broken Wings:

Cover comment: I prefer the cover for Angel Eyes over Broken Wings.

Book source: Netgalley in return for my honest review during a blog tour.

Tour-wide giveaway for:
(1) Print copies of Angel Eyes and Broken Wings (US Only)
(5) Print copies of Broken Wings (US only)
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