ANGEL EYESBrielle’s a ballerina who went to the city to chase her dreams and found tragedy instead. She’s come home to shabby little Stratus, Oregon, to live with her grief and her guilt . . . and the incredible, numbing cold she can’t seem to shake.Jake’s the new guy at school. The boy next door with burning hands and an unbelievable gift that targets him for corruption.Something more than fate has brought them together. An evil bigger than both of them lurks in the shadows nearby, hiding in plain sight. Two angels stand guard, unsure what’s going to happen. And a beauty brighter than Jake or Brielle has ever seen is calling them to join the battle in a realm where all human choices start.
A realm that only angels and demons—and Brielle—can perceive.
This book was actually my first audiobook and it was a pretty nice start.
This book focuses on Brielle, who has just moved back to her small town after living in the city. Returning home is not a happy occasion, as her best friend has just died and Brielle blames herself for it. A new guy at school, Jake, becomes close to her and helps bring her out of her depression. After Jake heals her during a storm, Brielle finds out that there's a bigger picture involved. Both Brielle and Jake are involved in a war between angels and demons.
This book was really slow-going. It could be because of the audiobook, as I read much faster than the audiobook, but the first half of this book was very uneventful. It's just Brielle being enormously depressed and Jake trying to talk to her. That's it. There's a few scenes from the point of view of a demon and, I believe, a few angel points of view, but I just found those confusing in the beginning. Also, what happened to Brielle's friend is never mentioned in the beginning, along with why she was in the big city. So, it was a bit infuriating not knowing what happened. The story does eventual pick up the pace, though. And my questions do get answered! In fact, the entire last few chapters are very eventful!
Brielle was an okay character. At first, it was hard to fully connect with her. Her mind is very depressed in the beginning, which I can understand. When Jake began to talk to her, Brielle became a much more likeable character. It was very nice when chapters came along with Brielle having happier moments, mostly thanks to Jake (then she would feel guilty for feeling happy, which made me sad again for Brielle. I may not have known what happened to her friend, but Brielle deserves to be happy!). As for Jake, he is such a sweet guy! I loved how much he wanted Brielle to be happy again and how he kept trying to make her happy!
There is a romance in this book. As expected, it's between Brielle and Jake. I liked their relationship and I did think it was sweet. It wasn't insta-love, so that's a plus. Though, I'm a bit meh on it. It didn't knock my socks off or give me butterflies. It was just there.
Overall, I liked this book. The pacing is a bit slow and the romance is okay, but the characters and action-packed ending make up for it. I'm a little bit unsure about reading the next book, only because my library does not have a copy.
If you are a fan of angel books, then you should give this book a try!
Meaning: I liked it