I loved the first book Angel Eyes and this book did not disappoint! Sometimes book 2 in a trilogy as a little slow and drag some. It is very rare when book 2 in a trilogy is just as good as book 1 and Broken Wings is one of the exceptions! This book was wonderful, really kept you reading. Left you sad when you did have to put it down and do something else beside read :) . I can't wait for book 3 Dark Halo to come out August 20th. This series is a must read for anyone that likes those angel, paranormal young adult books.
Folks who have read work by Frank Pereetti will find Shannon DittemoreÃ¢â¬Ës story framework familiar. I really enjoy the interplay of good versus evil in the unseen world. Shannon's book did not disappoint.
I knew as soon as I read a brief synopsis that Broken Wings is the second book in a trilogy. I decided to read Broken Wings without reading the first book.
In Broken Wings, there are two main characters: Brielle and Jake. They are a high school-aged couple who have been given special gifts or powers. Brielle can see angels and demons, while Jake has the gift of a healing touch. They can use their powers to fight demons and other forms of evil. While neither is omnipotent, their gifts complement each other to help them fight together. Most of the people in their world do not know about their gifts, however, so they encounter many challenges with their family and friends. Brielle has faced a great deal of loss in her short life and she struggles to deal with relationships because of that. The story ends well, with obvious threads left hanging for the last novel in the series.
Shannon Dittemore writes the story well. Broken Wings is definitely written for an audience who has read Angel Eyes. While some novelists will Ã¢â¬Ëfill in' the new reader, Dittemore does very little of this - at least not in an overt way. I was fully two thirds of the way through the book before I understood much of what happened in the first book to bring the characters to this point. I appreciate this writing style for those who have read the first book. For readers like me, however, it was difficult to follow along when not knowing the backstory to what was taking place. I am now even more motivated to find Angel Eyes and read it, though. And I'll definitely read Dark Halo when it comes out in August. Dittemore created characters who come alive and I thought she captured the teenage element well.
If you enjoy books about good versus evil, I encourage you to give Broken Wings a try.
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 herÃ¢â¬âsomething 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?
I've just finished Broken Wings (book 2 in the Angel Eyes series) and the first word that left my mouth was WOW!
Broken Wings is another extraordinary thrill-ride into the celestial.
Shannon brings us further into the realm of demons and angels with celestial armies, warriors and spies. I could see and feel all that Shannon wrote. Every triumph, every agony and every battle.
Shannon is a master of imagery, similar to Frank Peretti or Ted Dekker. As she describes the majestic 'Sabres' I found myself nearly breathless with longing to see with my own eyes the awe inspiring sight she portrayed! I found myself sucked into the small town which is the focus of this celestial battle. Shannon sets the scene early and leaves your heart pounding in anticipation.
The description of worship in Broken Wings has stayed with me since I've finished the book. I've always enjoyed worship and have found it even more rich with Shannon's imagery.
I was so enthralled with Broken Wings that it did not take me long to reach the last page and it nearly broke my heart.
This is a wonderful series that I have so enjoyed! I cannot wait for Dark Halo, due out in August. Seriously, I cannot wait! Hurry up August! Shannon is so skilled at telling a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat and leaves you desperate for the next book!
Shannon, you've done it again! I was immediately as captivated by Broken Wings as I was with Angel Eyes.
Check out my full review here: http://sudryandspecific.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/broken-wings-by-shannon-dittemore-a-review-a-giveaway/
*I received a complimentary e-book copy of this novel from NetGalley, courtesy of Thomas Nelson. I didn't get paid and I didn't have to give a positive review! My opinions are my own and this book rocks! :)*
Lesson Learned from this book: God is always there and He always has a plan.
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 herÃ¢â¬âsomething important. Her overprotective father has started drinking again. And he's dating a much younger woman who makes Brielle's skin crawl. Haunting nightmares invade Brielle's sleep, 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.
Brielle has no choice. She knows evil forces are converging and will soon rain their terror down on the town of Stratus. She must master the weapons she's been given. She must fight.
But can she fly with Broken Wings?
So maybe it's because I didn't read Book 1 in the series, Angel Eyes, or maybe it's because I had a lot to do, but for some reason Broken Wings didn't make sense to me. I didn't understand it. It was a good book, though, and had many excellent points. There's a lot of things in this books the saved and unsaved alike need to read.
The plot seemed a little slow at times and very explanatory.
The writing was good and easy to understand. I'm very thankful Ms. Dittemore doesn't use big words that nobody knows the meaning of! I could have done with a Little. Less. Of. This.
The characters were well-written. Kaylee was my favorite, mostly because she reminded me of myself. Jake seemed kind of girly though. Brielle was a lovable character. Brielle's dad, Keith, is another story entirely. He really really really bugged me. He was by far my least favorite character.
Note to the Author:
Ms. Dittemore, you have no idea what a pleasure it was to read a book with no sex scenes and no swearing. It was very refreshing! Thank you so much!
Initially I had a hard time getting into this book. However I restarted it and found it to be a very good book. I would have understood it better I believe if I would have read the first book in the series.
The story is about Brielle, a young girl with special powers. She is trying to understand the sudden changes in her life. She is being sought after by a demon.
Initially I had a hard time keeping up because of the way the story switches between characters, and because I had not read the first book in the series. The story was full of twists and turns which I enjoyed, it was not predictable.
I found that the characters worked well together. For a fiction book I was surprised that it has affected my faith. The descriptions of worship and the way the character sees it has totally crept into my life, and I find that in church I remember this, and think about the scent of adoration.
I would recommend this book to others, but I would say that you might enjoy reading the whole series instead of just this book.
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