(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Thomas Nelson publishers and Netgalley.)
This is book 2 in the 'Angel Eyes' series, and kicks off not long after the end of book 1.
After the show down at the end of book 1, Brielle is still living with the halo protecting her and warding off nightmares, and Jake is also doing his best to protect her. They now attend church regularly, much to Brielle's father's disappointment, and Brielle continues to see 'the celestial' when she wears the halo on her head, and can also see people's fears as black goo surrounding them.
There are problems in store for Brielle from both of her parents though, (yes, even her dead mother), along with the introduction of her father's new girlfriend Olivia, and there's also issues surrounding the exposure of the halo to two of Brielle's friends.
The threat of Damien is still unending though, even after the events at the end of book 1, and Brielle and Jake are constantly waiting for him to reappear and make his next move.
How will Brielle's powers evolve? What is going on with her mother? And when will Damien be back?
Parts of this book I liked and other parts I didn't. Some parts were good, and the story seemed to be progressing, other parts were just slow and dragged. The religious parts were okay to an extent, but were very OTT in other places, and some of the bits with the 'cherubic spy' very just confusing. I also had some problems remembering what happened in the first instalment, and there wasn't much of a recap, especially as the story went straight in to demons and hell and stuff.
In my opinion there is a lot more religion in this book than the first. The first 10% and the last 10% of the book are especially heavy on this, with scenes from the point of view of a 'cherubic spy'. Both Brielle and Jake are now big church-goers, and there's quite a lot of discussion about praying and reading the bible and stuff. Jake even goes so far as to tell Brielle that 'scripture is like acid to fear', and that by using the halo and praying, she can rid people of their fear.
While I try to be fairly open to religious ideas and beliefs, occasionally I do find myself rolling my eyes at such things. I probably just don't understand the terminology, but what exactly is Jake telling Brielle to do? Is she supposed to just quote the bible or something to destroy the black goo that is how she sees people's fear?
One of the very few funny moments in this book though was when Brielle told her friend Kay that her current plan for getting them out of the demonic situation they were in was to pray, and Kay replied
"That's it. That's all? I'm going to text and you're going to pray?", "No offence, Elle, but that's a crappy plan."
I'm glad somebody had the guts to say it!
Brielle has more parental problems in this book, even her dead mother is causing problems, and her father's drinking is becoming a real issue too, not to mention his new girlfriend (who the halo dislikes). The fact that her father also has a problem with Jake doesn't help either. Whether this is purely a dad vs. boyfriend sort of thing, or a dad vs. god sort of thing as Brielle suggest I'm not sure. Either way, this animosity doesn't help Brielle and Jakes relationship.
This book is told from some different viewpoints; Brielle (first person), Jake (third person), Pearla (a cherubic spy?)(third person), which is a little different to what I expected. This method of storytelling worked, but I think some people might find this a little difficult to grasp, especially as I know some people don't like switching perspectives, or changes from first to third person.
The ending of this book leaves us with a bit of a cliff-hanger, and loads of stuff to be resolved in the final instalment. Right now, I want to know what happens to Brielle and Jake, but I'm not desperately waiting for the next book either.
Overall; this is a YA paranormal novel, which has a firm basis in Christianity. If you like Christian YA books, I'm pretty sure that you will love this, if you're not a big fan of books with religion, I'd say it's probably best to steer clear of this series. If like me, you've read the first book and liked it, then it's probably worth reading this one to continue the series, but this book really will not be for everyone. If you were put off by the religion in the first book, then don't expect this one to be better.
6.75 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth