Review: Dark Halo by Shannon Dittemore

Dark Halo
Shannon Dittemore
Thomas Nelson
Published August 27, 2013

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Brielle has been blessed with a special gift: she can see the Celestial, both the angels and their warring worship and the fear that gushes like black tar from those caught in the grip of her enemies. She’s not the only gifted one. Her boyfriend Jake can heal others with his hands.

But Jake has been taken, kidnapped by demons, and her attempt to save him throws Brielle into the hands of the Prince of Demons. He asks her to make a terrible choice. She’s been given a heavenly halo, one that bestowed her gift upon her. The Prince offers her a dark halo, one that will block the pain of her heavenly sight. It’s a choice Brielle thinks will be simple, but when nightmares and tragedies plague her, doesn’t she deserve just a little relief?

Dark Halo is the third and final book in the Angel Eyes series. It can be read without the first two books, but will be more enjoyable if one is familiar with the stories from the first two novels. Jake, Brielle and the others reveal deeply moving stories, participating in a spiritual battle and hunting down clues to solve mysteries concerning the disappearance of Brielle’s mom, a human-trafficking organization, and the death of Brielle’s friend. It’s not all drama and tragedy, though. Dittemore lightens the mood with the perky hilarity of Kaylee, Brielle’s young friend. This makes for great tempo in the storytelling. Readers who enjoy fantasy or paranormal stories will love this series which is a little bit like Peretti’s This Present Darkness meets X-Men.

Profanity/Crude Language Content
None.

Sexual Content
Light – Jake and Brielle share a few lip-locked moments and discuss plans for marriage.

Spiritual Content
Angels and demons wage war over earth and its inhabitants, based on scripture from the Bible. Brielle, Jake and other characters wrestle with doubt and other obstacles to faith.

Violence
While most of the warfare going on in the story is in the form of worship, there are a few battle sequences. Angels use wings of razor-sharp feathers to cut down their enemies. Jake and Marco are both treated pretty roughly by their captors. There are some brief references to injuries sustained in a deadly car accident.

Drug Content
Brielle’s father struggles with alcoholism, and there are some brief references to him drinking too much.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Kasey is a mother, reader and aspiring author. When she's not reading or writing, you might find her out on the water fly fishing, pretending she can keep houseplants alive, or talking with the family rescue cat.
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