Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Blog Tour: Dark Halo (Angel Eyes Trilogy #3) by Shannon Dittemore - Review, Giveawaqy

Welcome to my stop on the Dark Halo blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!  My stop today features a review of Dark Halo, as well as a giveaway, which you can check out below.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

Release Date: August 20, 2013
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
320 pages
Source:  Publisher/NetGalley

Summary from Goodreads:
One halo brought sight to Brielle. Another offers sweet relief from what she sees.

Brielle can’t help but see the Celestial realm. Even without the halo, it’s everywhere she looks. And with the heavens above Stratus ravaged by war, Brielle wishes for another gift, any gift. Because Jake is gone. The only boy she’s ever loved has been taken by the demon, Damien—and she knows if she ever wants to see him again, she must fight.  But fighting is so hard when everything you see makes you afraid.

When she receives instructions from the Throne Room leading her to Jake, she unknowingly walks into a diabolical and heartbreaking trap. Then the Prince of Darkness himself offers Brielle a halo of his own making. With the dark halo, she won’t have to see the fear and brokenness that surround her. She’ll be free of that unbearable burden. And it comes with a promise: the guarantee of a life with Jake.

When confusing details about Jake’s past emerge, and the battle above reaches a fever pitch, Brielle is forced to make a choice. Will she choose the dark halo and the ignorance that comes with it, or will she choose to live with her eyes wide open and trust the Creator’s design—even if it means a future without Jake?

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My Thoughts:  In this third and final installment in the Angel Eyes Series, Dark Halo, the battle between good and evil crescendos in the heavenlies over the town of Stratus, while a battle equal to if not greater in magnitude takes place within Brielle's heart.  Her boyfriend Jake, who has the gift of healing hands, has been taken by the Damien, an evil demon, and Brielle doesn't know where.  His shield, the angel Canaan, is searching for him, but there isn't much time left before Damien turns Jake over the the evil Prince himself.  Brielle has been gifted with Celestial vision, and is able to see into the Celestial realm as the angels see.  This has been a gift that is magnificent, but also very, very fearful and difficult at times to bear.  As the Sables and other Angelic Hosts battle the evil demons above her head, causing the veil between the Celestial and the Terrestrial realms to become thinner and thinner, Brielle does what she can on the ground below to man the fort and figure out where Jake is.  

Ultimately, Brielle is left face-to-face with the Prince of Darkness himself, and he does what he does best, presents himself as a beautiful angel of light with lying lips and a deceptive tongue, tempting Brielle by presenting her with something she finds it almost difficult to refuse.  As tough as Brielle is, she isn't perfect, and fear for her loved ones, fear of loss, and fear of the things she sees in the Celestial realm are often more than she can take.  He presents her with a dark halo, which stop the visions, the dreams and nightmares, and the ability to see into the Celestial, providing her with reprieve from it all when it gets too much to bear.  With Canaan's halo of light in one hand and the Prince's halo of darkness in the other, Brianna embarks upon the most difficult leg of her journey thus far, facing the most difficult choices she will ever make, finally boiling down to the one choice that could cost her everything, even Jake. 

Dark Halo is a riveting finale to this action-packed series.  The world that Shannon Dittemore portrays is creative, magnificent, and sometimes scary.  I loved Jake and Brielle, and I have so enjoyed watching their characters grow, as well as watching their relationship develop.  The secondary characters, again, are so well developed and all played important roles in the story.  I loved watching how things played out in the story and Shannon Dittermore throws in some twists and turns in the plot that are surprising and keep you guessing. The romance is pure, sweet, and heartfelt, and the story also conveys a good message.  The ending was very good and very well done, and there is also an epilogue, which just closed things out in the series perfectly.  Overall, I have enjoyed this series, which is both imaginative and enlightening.    

Shannon Dittemore is having a Live Twitter Chat August 27th at 6pm (Pacific) where she will be giving away a Kindle Fire HD and other prizes!  
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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.
ANGEL EYES was Shannon’s debut novel and the launch of a young adult supernatural trilogy. It was published in the summer of 2012 by Thomas Nelson. The sequel BROKEN WINGS hit shelves in February, 2013 and the final novel in the trilogy, DARK HALO, will be available August 20, 2013.

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5-sets of the Angel Eyes Trilogy including Angel Eyes, Broken Wings and Dark Halo.  US only.

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  1. Great review. I haven't read the trilogy but it sounds really good. I'm glad to hear that it ended on a good note for you.
    Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

  2. I have been wanting to read these books for awhile!! They sound good and cant wait to read them! Great review!!!

  3. I'm not familiar with this series, but I love that you say the romance is pure, sweet, and heartfelt, and sends a good message.
    Glad you enjoyed Dark Halo, Ellen.

    1. It is good. It is religious based, but very well done to appeal to a wide variety of readers.

  4. I love that this is scary as well as suspenseful. So nice to hear you were happy with the ending and that everything was wrapped up nicely.
    Fantastic review!

  5. It's been awhile since I've read an angel book. Looks like a great series to start.

  6. I haven't read these books but they sound good!

  7. I haven't read this series yet but thanks to your fantastic review, I'm definitely going to check them out ;) Thanks for sharng!

  8. thank you so much for a chance to win. i havent read this series but im def going to get around to it :)

  9. A great review Ellen! I haven't heard of the Angel Eyes series but I'm curious to check it out. I'm glad to see you were satisfied with how it all ended.

    1. It is a good series. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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