Book Review: Angel Eyes

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Angel Eyes is Shannon Dittemore’s debut novel and the latest Young Adult offering from publisher Thomas Nelson. It’s a story about making choices and taking chances, about letting go and finding faith.

After attending school in Portland for the last two years, Brielle returns to her small hometown of Stratus, Oregon hoping she can move past the murder of her friend Ali. Jake, the new boy in town, provides a great distraction, but he has secrets of his own, and those secrets open Brielle’s eyes to the unseen world around her.

Angel Eyes is told with a thoughtful, evocative voice reminiscent of Maggie Stiefvater (Shiver), and Dittemore does a superb job of portraying the ache that lingers after tragedy. Sprinkling Brielle and Jake’s relationship with those awkward teen moments brings humor to the story and keeps the romance grounded in the real world, making it believable. The Pacific Northwest setting was a huge plus for me, and throwing in references to Twilight and George Lucas just sweetened the deal.

The sequel—Broken Wings—is scheduled for release in February 2013.

©2012 Kim Vandel

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