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by Shannon Dittemore
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Once you’ve seen, you can’t unsee. Everything changes when you’ve looked at the world
through . . .
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 Jake or Brielle 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.
My Thoughts: Brielle Matthews has returned home after the Murder of her best friend Ali. She and Ali studied ballet in Portland. After Ali's death, Brielle is consumed with guilt, fear, and loss. She has returned to her hometown to finish school. She ends up meeting the new guy at school Jake, and she feels drawn to him, even though she tries to deny it. They become friends, and then more. Brielle warms at Jake's touch, literally, especially after she injures herself in a fall. Jake touch not only heals her ankle, he helps to heal her heart. Little does she know that there is a lot more to Jake, and his guardian than she ever imagined. With all that has happened, Brielle questions her faith and her belief in God. Jake gives her a gift, and suddenly her eyes are opened to a realm that she wasn't aware of, where both angels and demons exist, and she is able to see things she never dreamed of. Brielle and Jake take part in this age-old battle between good and evil, light and darkness, which not only affects her life, but the lives of others hang in the balance also. She must not only face the truth surrounding Ali's death, but she also has to make a choice about her beliefs.
I thought this was a very good book and I enjoyed it. I have read books about angels before, but there is something about this book that sets it apart from the others. That something different is the reality in which Shannon Dittemore has portrayed the world of angels and demons, which is both imaginative, intricate, and at the same time seems realistic. The angels that she describes sound like the real deal, and so do the demons. The angelic world that Dittemore has created is unbelievable (and I mean that in a good way), yet believable at at the same time. As far as romance, the relationship between Jake and Brielle develops gradually and is very sweet. There is a lot of action, mystery and suspense, especially towards the ending. The book is Christian fiction, so naturally there are going to be religious overtones. This was not overbearing in a preachy sort of way, but well done in a way that causes you think about your own beliefs......I think most everyone believes in something, we all just have to decide what that something is. If you enjoy books about angels, then this book is one you probably will want to check out.