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Giant angels with metal wings and visible song. A blind demon restored from the pit of darkness. And a girl who has never felt more broken.

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. He’s dating a much younger woman who makes Brielle’s skin crawl, and he’s downright hostile toward Jake. Haunting nightmares keep Brielle from sleeping, 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. When he plucks the blind demon, Damien, from the fiery chasm and sends him back to Earth with new eyes, the stage is set for a cataclysmic battle of good versus evil.

Then Brielle unearths the truth about her mother’s death and she must question everything she ever thought was true.

Brielle has no choice. She knows evil forces are converging and will soon rain their terror down upon the town of Stratus. She must master the weapons she’s been given. She must fight.

But can she fly with broken wings?


Genre: angels, new-adult, review-copy, romance
Rating: 3 wings

I am unsure if Shannon Dittemore meant Broken Wings to be read as a stand alone, but I would suggest that anyone interested in this book check out Angel Eyes first. Angel Eyes introduces readers to the characters who continue to appear in Broken Wings, and the important backstory.
Broken Wings is an angel story, but it has quite strong religious overtones, which I found disconcerting at times. Although I understand angel lore is firmly tied in with Christianity I do not feel it is necessary for the author to overload her reader with spiritual messages.
Broken Wings begins in Hell, as a Cherub spy is waiting to watch Lucifer gather his Fallen Angels to begin a war on Earth. Damien has been released in order to capture Brielle and Jake, so their talents can be suppressed.
Back in Stratus Brielle is having nightmares, despite the warmth of the halo, and her Dad disapproves of her relationship with Jake. Her Dad is also coping with his grief and feelings with alcohol and spending time with the suspicious Olivia Holt. In addition to Brielle’s other problems The Sabres are in town.
Although in essence I enjoyed the continuation of the plot from Angel Eyes and particularly the characters of Canaan, Jake, Brielle, Kaylee and Marco I found that Broken Wings had too many threads running through, which sometimes became confused. However, I really enjoy reading about Brielle and Jake’s romance and appreciate the fact that Shannon Dittemore has introduced the element of unpredictability into their relationship.
Shannon Dittemore is also clever in the way in which she has left questions open for book 3, which only makes the reader anticipate the sequel. I certainly look forward to seeing where the author takes her characters next. I recommend this book to all fans of angel stories.


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