Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore. I'm not sure where to begin in my review. I'm not sure exactly what I expected from this book, but I don't think my expectations were correct.
The book's description:
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 either Brielle or Jake 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.
When I first began the book, I was struck immediately by the similarities to Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Unlike some of my readers, I was a huge Twilight fan, reading and rereading them multiple times. Angel Eyes struck me as a Christianized version of the popular series with angels and demons as our stars instead of vampires and werewolves. There was the teen girl coming back to her home town, lost in the midst of sorrow and angst. She's an outsider in her home town now, not really fitting in since she has returned with this sorrow hanging over her head. There is our male hero. He makes her feel immediate relief from her crushing sorrow and pain. He heals her in some miraculous way. He has powers beyond the realm of the natural, and Brielle (think Bella) is determined to find out more.
I won't continue because, if you decide to pick up this book, I'd hate to spoil the ending. But, suffice it to say that fans of Twilight will catch many similarities throughout. Twilight is even referenced once or twice.
It's a love story. It's a story of spiritual warfare. It's a supernatural thriller. It's a picture of the sovereignty of God.
If you can overlook the fact that is a Twilight book rewritten, the story line in captivating and kept me wanting to see what happened next. There's a little too much angst and drama for my taste, but it wasn't a bad read.
I'd give it 3.5 mediocre stars. It's a G rating. I think teen girls would enjoy picking up this one and reading- especially Twilight fans.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.