Friday, August 23, 2013

Dark Halo by Shannon Dittemore Blog Tour

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!

Release Date: August 20, 2013
320 pages

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 Review:

If you like Angel/Demon story lines then you will enjoy this series. While the first book, Angel Eyes, was my favorite, I thought that Dark Halo brought the series to a strong conclusion. The main theme of Dark Halo is temptation. Brielle must choose between the Canaan’s halo of light and Lucifer’s dark halo.

The choice seems easy on the surface, but the temptation to wear the dark halo is hard for Brielle to resist. It will end her Celestial visions, end her nightmares. We follow Brielle’s journey until she ultimately makes the right choice.

As with any story involving Angels and Demons, there are religious undertones of good versus evil, having faith versus being lost etc. that can be applied to any choice in life regardless of a particular view on religion. I appreciated the thoughtfulness behind the choices and outcomes represented in the story. 

My only qualm with the series was the differing points of view. Brielle’s story is told from first person, present tense and other characters are told through 3rd person, present tense. It may work for most people, but I always got a bit distracted when I switched from Brielle to what felt more like a narrator. Shannon Dittemore has a nice descriptive prose that will engulf you into the world she created for her characters.

Overall I enjoyed the entire series. It is a fantastic story full of twists and temptations that always kept me turning the page. Dark Halo brought the series to a remarkable conclusion. I enjoyed Brielle and Jake’s journey and will miss reading about them. This is a series I would absolutely have my children read. 

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!  

Enter here:

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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  1. Ohhhh, this one looks good! I might have to add this series to my gargantuan tbr pile.

    1. LOL, I now the feeling. Gonna get some necessary reading done today!

  2. The cover is gorgeous!! Going to try this one soon!

  3. The book sounds great, and that's a fantastic cover. I can't wait to read it. Thanks!

    1. I need to put this on my TBR list. Sound like a great book to read.

      Carolyn Valdez

    2. If you like angels you should enjoy it ;)

  4. Have not read any of the books but they look really good. Going to go pick up book one :)

  5. Your review is excellent, Meredith! You presented the pros and cons honestly and fairly, and I'd know just what to expect if I bought the series. Have a wonderful weekend! :-)

  6. I read - and LOVED Angel Eyes. I can't believe it's up to book 3 - looks like I have some catching up to do! Thank you for sharing! :-)

  7. Sounds like an awesome series! I already had them on my TBR list, and this giveaway is simply fantastic! Thank so much! :)