"Broken Wings" by Shannon Dittemore is the sequel to "Angel Eyes" and Book Two in its trilogy. I was curious to read it because I enjoyed reading "Angel Eyes." "Broken Wings" didn't make quite the same impression on me, though.
First, there seemed to be a lack of continuity between the two books. "Angel Eyes" was fairly complete in itself. "Broken Wings," though, is mostly a set up for Book Three, "Dark Halo," due out in August of this year. "Broken Wings" begins about six months after "Angel Eyes" ends, introduces new characters whose place in the story won't really be clear until the next book, and seems to significantly alter Brielle's dad's character, turning him from a loving, but confused single father into a grieving alcoholic so overwhelmed with his own issues that he has only frustration to offer his struggling daughter.
As I read this fictional story, I was uncomfortable with some of the author's ideas about the spiritual realm. If an author is writing about werewolves or vampires or zombies, that author can take all the liberties she wants and make up just about anything because those monsters are fictional. But the Bible tells us that angels and demons and unseen spiritual warfare exist. We don't know much about these, but I'm not sure we're at liberty to just make up our own picture for lack of actual knowledge. Readers who don't know much about the Bible might assume the Bible really says that cherubs sneak into Hell as spies to learn what Satan is up to in order to tell the Archangel Michael when God doesn't give Michael the information Himself or that the Bible really describes all the different kinds of angels and demons that Dittemore includes in her story. I wasn't quite comfortable with this.
That said, when Dittemore writes of Brielle learning to worship God with the gifts He's given her or discovering that human songs of praise and prayers for help are powerful, she helps readers understand what really matters in this life. Those parts of the book are beautiful! So I'm still curious to read what happens in the next book, trusting that questions and confusions brought up in this one will be perfectly resolved in it.
I thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending a complimentary eCopy of this book for my honest review.
Brielle and Jake are growing closer, but her father doesn't like itÃ¢â¬âdoesn't seem to like Jake at all. Brielle is certain it's because of Jake's faith, but there seems to be something more that her father isn't saying. And then her dad starts dating Olivia. Brielle doesn't approve. It's just a feelings she has. But feelings aren't enough to convince her dad of anything, so all she can do is stand by and watch_ and pick up the pieces if things go bad.
Meanwhile, Jake still doesn't know why the ring has vanished from the wooden chest. He hasn't told Brielle that it's missing, either, and she can tell that he's keeping something from her. And unbeknownst to Brielle or Jake, Damien in hunting them both, hoping to take the boy who heals and the girl who sees to his master. The Sabres are coming. And Brielle learns more about the reoccurring nightmare she's been having, and it's leading Jake and her closer to something big.
I couldn't put it down! This is a fantastical story of Biblical proportions and yet Dittemore make it feel so real. Brielle learns that faith isn't a quick fix. That tough times still come. And the ending_ Gah! You'll be desperate for book three once you close this one.
This is one of my favorite new series. Dittemore has accomplished a rare feat with Broken Wings: she's written a sequel that's as good as/better than book one. Beautiful, romantic, and fascinating. I couldn't stop reading this enthralling page-turner. I'll be the first one in line for book three.
I didn't realize this was a series, nevertheless after reading #Book 2, I can't wait to read the 1st! Shannon Dittemore pens an absolutely exquisite, haunting novel from start to finish! The story centers around Brielle, who believes strongly in the spirit world. She has experience when it comes to fighting inner demons but slowly her world around her starts becoming overwhelming. Her stubborn father won't listen to reason and continues making bad choices, her boyfriend has become estranged, disturbing visions, everything is not as it seems, I won't spoil anything for the readers, but an extremely powerful story, that will leave you WHOLE AND THE POWER OF DARKNESS BROKEN!
*I received this book free from BookSneeze and the Publisher in exchange for an honest, non-profit, unbiased review*
"Broken Wings" is the anticipated second novel in Shannon Dittemore's "Angel Eyes" trilogy. Dittemore employs more powerful imagery in "Broken Wings" and digs deeper into the celestial realm of angels and demons. There are scenes that I can only describe as chilling, and sometimes I had to limit my reading to the daylight hours versus bedtime. From the first scene, set in the dark depths of Abaddon, a sense of foreboding begins to thread its way through the pages. The forces of evil are stronger and more prevalent, but the heavenly forces also make their presence more visible. The once quiet town of Stratus is soon a battlefield in the war of good versus evil. Lurking danger and lingering mysteries drive the plot forward until an ending that leaves me anxious for the final novel in the series.
Dittemore's characterization of fear was particularly powerful in "Angel Eyes." Fear remains a tangible and pervasive weapon of evil in "Broken Wings." Through Brielle's eyes, Dittemore shows how quickly fear can overtake and paralyze us and spread to others. We are all engaged in our own personal battles with fears, but the "Angel Eyes" trilogy shows it in a new perspective.
Like with "Angel Eyes," I found myself pulled into the lives of Brielle and Jake and the challenges surrounding them. Dittemore adds new dimensions to Brielle's relationships with her father and Jake. There is more insight into Brielle's background and her deceased mother. While some questions are answered, new mysteries arise, awaiting a resolution in the next book. Brielle's faith is new and definitely tested in "Broken Wings." Although Brielle is gifted with Celestial vision and has witnessed the glory and power of angels and the decay of demons, she still questions God's ultimate plan. Her doubts make her a real and relatable character; and the reader can learn with Brielle that even humans with "broken wings" can fight against the negative forces in the world.
I highly recommend "Angel Eyes" and "Broken Wings" to young adults and adults. They are equally engaging reads with romance, action, and depth.
I received a complimentary e-copy of this novel from NetGalley, courtesy of Thomas Nelson. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Broken Wings is the second book in the Angel Eyes Trilogy, picking up a short time after where Angel Eyes left off Dittemore does not disappoint in the second book of the trilogy. After everything Elle has been through in the past she is starting to move on after Ali's death, her and Jake are growing closer and Elle dreams of the day when there will be a ring on her finger. As Elle grows closer to Jake and Canaan; however, Elle's dad seems to be getting more disagreeable and is drinking more than ever before.
Something is going on, something that is keeping Canaan away more than usual. The sabre have gathered and there are whispers of movement on both ends. One of the Sabre makes a move so that Elle may learn the truth and learns something that has been kept from her about her mothers past, between that, her fathers drinking and the fear she sees and Jake that she does not understand things are getting tough. The halo used to keep the nightmares away but now Elle can hardly sleep through the night, Elle is beginning to see the celestial without the halo and she thinks she may have seen Damien in town and now with the halo having gone missing there is no telling what may happen. Jake and Elle have been targeted by evil and a battle is coming, what will happen if darkness is able to get what they are after? Will good be able to conquer evil, or will evil win and take Elle and Jake with it?
Dittemore has once again pulled you into the pages of the story with characters you will love. She has a way of writing where the words come off the pages and will have you laughing, crying and on the edge of your seat through the entire book. Dittemore's descriptions of what the celestial and what worship look like will have you dreaming of heaven . You will not want to put this book down, the only problem is you will have to wait for the next book to be released!