Angels with wings of blade. Demons with renewed sight. And a girl who has never been more broken.
My Review of Book One
Brielle 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.
Her 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.
What 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.
Brielle 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.
But can she fly with broken wings?
This book started off a little slow, but once I got into it I was reminded of all sorts of little details from the first book that I'd forgotten. The writing was beautiful; the descriptions of the Celestial world were absolutely breathtaking (I so wish this was a movie! I want to see it all!) Just like with the first book, ever-so-many secrets were uncovered and the relationships between existing and new characters blew my mind. I love how, with each book, Shannon brings all sorts of new pieces of the puzzles - new secrets, new characters, new subplots - and gives you enough answers with each page to almost satisfy you.... but still keeps so many up her sleeve that you must read through to the very end!
Only one thing really bothered me with this book, and that's the relationship between Jake and Brielle. For those of you who haven't read the first book, let's just say their relationship starts off very abnormally and therefore this is kind of a tricky thing. Basically I felt like their relationship did not reflect a normal dating teen relationship. For those who have read the first book, go ahead and highlight the paragraph below - no spoiler worries from book two.
Okay, so we know Canaan's chest holds the engagement ring Jake gives to Brielle. Therefore, their relationship is bound to be different than most dating teenagers. However, a lot of the time, when Jake and Brielle are interacting and having romantic scenes/"moments," I felt like the author either didn't know or had forgotten what it was like to be dating as a Christian teenager. I know lost teenagers can be extremely advanced in their relationships, but I felt like Jake and Brielle were talking and acting more like a married couple than dating teens. Not that there was anything wrong, per say - don't get that idea. Just that they seemed a little too advanced both physically and in what they said to each other for people their age (my age).
I give this book four stars and eagerly await the conclusion in Dark Halo.
I received this book for free from BookSneeze in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.