Thursday, August 22, 2013

"broken wings" by shannon dittemore

About the book (from Goodreads): 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?

My take: I was so excited to read Broken Wings. After all, I named book one, Angel Eyes, my #2 book of 2012. The day I received it (which was back in February, I think), I opened it up and started reading. But for whatever reason, I just couldn't get into it. So I put the book down and didn't pick it up again until this week. Once again, I had trouble getting into the story. I think it's because Angel Eyes was so good—full of intrigue (who exactly are Jake and Canaan?), suspense, and action—that the slower pace of Broken Wings was a bit of a letdown.

Broken Wings is the "in between" book. The reader already understands Jake's gift and Canaan's nature, Jake and Brielle are in a good place relationally, and the only real conflict throughout most of the book comes as a result of Brielle's father's drinking. But the book also sets up what is sure to be an epic showdown between good and evil in the final book of the trilogy, Dark Halo, and the action really ramps up near the end of the book.

Don't get me wrong, Broken Wings is a good book. Written well with an interesting plot, it's better than much of what's out there. I hope that once I've read Dark Halo, I'll see exactly how it fits in and just how good it is. But taken now, it just didn't quite live up to my (admittedly high) expectations.

My rating: 4 stars

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About the author: Shannon Dittemore is the author of the Angel Eyes Trilogy. She 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. When she isn’t writing, she spends her days with her husband, Matt, imagining things unseen and chasing their two children around their home in Northern California.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission. 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."

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