Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore

Bookshelf of a (Maybe) Teen Author, by Emily Russell

Once you’ve seen, you can’t unsee.

Some of my lovely readers may remember my review of Rippler, the first in a sci-fi(ish) YA trilogy by Cidney Swanson. I loved that book, and the rest of the trilogy. They were some of the best secular books I’ve read; Angel Eyes was very similar. The writing styles, the chapter setup, and the author’s use of different points of view were nearly the same in Rippler and Angel Eyes. They’re also both the first in a trilogy. But the likeness doesn’t stop there – not at all. The main characters, their relationships with others and each other, and the small-town setting were very alike.

Now obviously, these books have different plots and different authors – they’re distinct.

Angel Eyes kept me guessing and turning pages long after I normally have a book’s ending figured out. The writing style draws you in, the storyline unfolds naturally, and the characters are three-dimensional. There are a few unanswered questions – after all, it’s part of a trilogy – but there are enough answers to keep a reader satisfied.

The Christian aspect of this book seems aligned with Scripture. The main premise of the book is focused on angels, demons, and Heaven; the Bible doesn’t tell us nearly as much about these things as it does salvation or the Christian life. Naturally, the author had to take some liberties and use her imagination. That’s part of writing any novel. But everything that is found in Scripture about these subjects was written into the book accurately and beautifully.

To conclude, I’d say that I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys young adult fiction or stories that blend suspense, action, and romance. I give this book five stars.

I received this book for free through BookSneeze in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Emily Rachelle is a homeschooled junior in love with Jesus and the world of words. You can read more book reviews, as well as poetry, opinions, and everyday chatter at her blog, Blog of a (Maybe) Teen Author.

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