love speculative fiction, I’m generally not a huge fan of angel/demon stories.
Not that I think there’s anything wrong with reading or enjoying them, it’s
simply a matter of personal taste. And my personal taste usually travels in a
though everything I had heard was positive. But when my friends started writing
reviews gushing about how good the books were, I decided to check them out for
try and pick up the pieces of her old life. But when she meets Jake, the new
guy at school who possesses a strange and marvelous gift, Brielle discovers the
ability to see into the Celestial and is confronted with the reality that angels and demons are real. Both Brielle and Jake’s gifts paint a big red
target on their backs. Brielle soon discovers that the old life is lost forever, because “once you’ve seen, you can’t unsee.”
sees the world as it really is: a place where the Celestial exists side by side
with human reality. But in the aftermath of a supernatural showdown, her life
begins to crumble.
boyfriend, Jake, is keeping something from her—something important. Her overprotective
father has started drinking again. And he’s dating a much younger woman who
makes Brielle’s skin crawl. Haunting nightmares invade Brielle’s sleep, and
flashes of Celestial vision keep her off kilter.
she doesn’t know is that she’s been targeted. The Prince of Darkness himself
has heard of the boy with healing in his hands and of the girl who sees through
the Terrestrial Veil.
has no choice. She knows evil forces are converging and will soon rain their
terror down on the town of Stratus. She must master the weapons she’s been
given. She must fight.
can she fly with broken wings?
doesn’t rely upon long, drawn-out passages of overweight prose, but utilizes
just the right amount of imagery, description, and word play to create a
beautiful picture in your mind.
captured her fragility and despair after tragedy perfectly. I enjoyed reading from Jake’s perspective as well. Though at times, he came across as almost too good, if sometimes a bit creepy stalkerish
in the first book. ;)
Though it is while reading from the perspective of Pearla (one of the angels) that you get gems such as this:
“It’s the greatest expression of love, she knows, to
lay one’s life down. But she wonders if humans know just how unique the ability
is to do that. Death is not something an angel has to offer her loved ones. How
glorious it must be to have one’s days numbered by the Father. How precious it
makes each and every one.” (Broken Wings)
Broken Wings is a vibrant sequel to Angel Eyes. I found myself inextricably drawn to both Brielle and Jake and their story. You can’t help feeling for Brielle, trapped as she is in the midst of so many trials, worries, secrets, and mysteries.
Even at the end of the book, so many mysteries
remain unsolved, so many questions unanswered, and so many difficulties
unresolved, that Broken Wings felt like merely the prelude to what will
doubtless be an epic third book. And the cliffhanger ending ensures that you
will pick up the third book…no matter what!
Overall, I enjoyed both books and have no doubt that I will read the next book in the series, Dark Halo, when it releases this fall. If you like a good angel/demon story,
with mystery, a bit of romance, and action thrown into the mix, then you’ll enjoy both Angel Eyes and Broken Wings.
Emma or Audrey Engel
Karielle @ Books à la Mode
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Megan @ Hardcover Feedback
Rebecca LuElla Miller