Dark Halo (Angel Eyes Trilogy #3)
Release Date: August 20, 2013
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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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.
Review of Dark Halo!
Synopsis : One halo
brought sight to Brielle. Another offers sweet relief from what she sees.
Brielle can’t help but see the
Celestial. Even without the halo, the invisible realm is everywhere she looks.
It’s impossibly beautiful—and terrifying, especially now. Because a battle
rages above Stratus, Oregon.
The Terrestrial Veil is ripping, and
demons walk the streets past unseeing mortals. Dark, sticky fear drips from
every face, and nightmares haunt Brielle’s sleep.
Worst of all, Jake is gone. The only
boy she’s ever loved has been taken by the demon, Damien. When she receives
instructions from the Throne Room leading her to Jake, she unknowingly walks
into a diabolical and heartbreaking trap.
Now she’s stranded in a sulfurous
desert with the Prince of Darkness himself, and he’s offering her another
halo—a mirrored ring that will destroy her Celestial vision. All she has to do
is wear it and she’ll see no more of the invisible world. No more fear. No more
nightmares. No more demons. It’s a gift. And best of all: it comes with the
promise of a future with Jake, something the Throne Room seems to be taking
Will Brielle trade the beauty of the
Celestial and the truth of the world around her just to feel ordinary again?
So, this is the third book in a YA trilogy by Shannon Dittemore. I really enjoyed the story. It was full of characters that you could connect and relate to. The character that the entire trilogy is mainly told through is "Gabrielle", a talented dancer who got out of her small town by way of a scholarship to a expensive and exclusive school for the arts.
Tragedy slams her emotionally , the loss of her best friend and mentor makes her question everything she had thought she knew about life.
I can't deny that I was captivated by this trilogy. I thought the visual description of the celestial vs. the terrestrial , angels, cherubs (I loved Pearla), Sabers ( Virtue is fantastic ), demons, Lucifer , it was a fantastic and beautiful . The story was exciting.
The way this trilogy evolved also compelled the reader to think about their own faith and values, as well as coping skills. These are all valuable and healthy things.
For the age group this trilogy is aimed at it is a very clever way to get readers to look at religion not as something to just blindly follow but to actually use as a tool to find personal strength.
I gave this book 3 stars because I did enjoy it, against my will. I believe faith is personal. I thought that manipulation was the "Prince's" specialty? I thought some of the religious undertones in this went to far.
I would recommend this book to readers that want more than just a young adult "fallen angels romance".
I can't help but say this. If this book makes you want to look into religion, beyond what you were taught by your family that's fantastic. Spirituality can be a life saver! Just keep an open mind and be aware.
Sadly you can find just as much horror in the name of God as you can in the worst "slasher film" ever dreamt up.