August 23, 2013

Dark Halo Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


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! Today I have my review of Dark Halo and don't forget to scroll to the bottom of  the post to enter the tour wide giveaway!

Dark Halo (Angel Eyes Trilogy #3)
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
320 pages


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?

Dark Halo is the thrilling final installment in the Angel Eyes trilogy that continues as Brielle tries to accept that Jake is gone - taken by the demon Damien. Brielle is constantly aware of the Celestial Realm - she can see it all the time now, without the halo. She's afraid of all the carnage and war she sees above her town of Stratus and wishes that she could find relief from the sight she was given. Then Brielle receives a message from the Throne Room telling her where to find Jake - only to realize too late that it was a trap. Now the Prince of Darkness himself is offering her a halo of his own - one that will free her from her Celestial sight forever. He also promises that along with severing her sight, she will get a life with Jake. Brielle's mind is confused, but her heart knows that the only way to really live and get Jake back is to fight - with her eyes wide open. Will she have the courage to do it or will she give in to the promises of the Prince of Darkness and his dark halo?

This was an exciting and phenomenal final installment in a truly fascinating YA fantasy trilogy. The writing continued to flow effortlessly and at a fast pace. Brielle continues to be an awesome lead character - she's still broken and flawed - and she knows this - but she refuses to give up, even when she feels like she can't bear it anymore. She always does what needs to be done - what must be done - and she gives everything she has for what she believes is right. The other characters in the series seem almost as background characters to highlight the depth of Brielle's character. I loved the relationship that has developed between Brielle and Jake and I was eagerly waiting to see what would happen with them. Would she be able to bring him back or would she lose him forever? The action and adventure in the book were astounding and I continued to root for Brielle, Jake, and the Shields in all of their struggles and obstacles. I continued to love learning as much as I could about the Celestial world and the beings that seem to almost co-mingle with human reality. I found that aspect of the novels to be utterly fascinating and I feel it adds a great layer to the already interesting novels. The writing itself has a great pace - not too slow and not so fast that it feels like things are rushed either. The descriptions and details are vivid and I could easily picture myself alongside Brielle and the others throughout the book. The story was a great blend of action, fantasy, adventure and romance along with some religious aspects thrown in (but they weren't "preachy" at all). This was a wonderful final installment that will leave fans of the trilogy happy to have endings, but also sad that the adventure is over. Highly recommended for fans of YA fantasy and action/adventure fiction.

The first two books in the trilogy:


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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