Young Adult Review: A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso


Age Range: 12 and up

Grade Level: 7 and up

Series: The Angel Sight Series (Book 1)

Paperback: 321 pages

Publisher: Month9Books, LLC (January 29, 2013)

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (thank you!)

My Rating: 4 of 5 

About the Book:

Sixteen-year-old Rayna sees angels, and has the medication and weekly
therapy sessions to prove it. Now, in remission, Rayna starts fresh at a
new school, lands a new job, and desperately tries for normalcy. She
ignores signs that she may be slipping into the world she has tried so
hard to climb out of. But these days, it’s more than just hallucinations
that keep Rayna up at night. Students are dying, and she may be the
only one who can stop it. Can she keep her job, her sanity, and her
friends from dying at the hands of angels she can’t admit to seeing?

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About the Author:

Lisa M. Basso was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She is a
lover of books, video games, animals, and baking (not baking with
animals though). As a child she would crawl into worlds of her own
creation and get lost for hours. Her love for YA fiction started with a
simple school reading assignment: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. When not
reading or writing she can usually be found at home with The Best Boyfriend Fiancé that Ever Lived ™ and her two darling (and sometimes evil) cats, Kitties A and B.

My Thoughts:

This was so much better than I had been expecting. I expected to be
entertained, but I figured it would be a bit cheesy (don’t ask why, I
just did). But I can happily say that I was surprised by how much I
liked this book. A lot of other reviewers have compared it to Fallen and
Hush Hush, but I’ve read both of those and I liked this book better.

The story is pretty original in a lot of ways. There is a love triangle
which is kind of a downer, because eventually Rayna will have to choose
someone and I always feel like these protagonists pick the wrong guy.
However, that’s about the extent of the downers for this book. I loved
that Rayna had spent so much time in a loony bin for seeing angels, and
her fight to stay sane and stay free is emotionally gripping.

The characters are all pretty complex and interesting, especially Rayna
and Kade. Cam felt two-dimensional. They all play off each other pretty
well to make the story more entertaining.

There is some cursing in the book and some kissing. There is a bit of innuendo but basically it  is pretty clean.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Reply
    Tressa S
    November 24, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    I still need to read this one! It's on my debut author list for this year and I have a copy on my kindle. I've heard some mixed reviews, but I'm glad that you liked it. 🙂

    Tressa @ Tressa's Wishful Endings

    • Reply
      November 25, 2013 at 2:22 am

      There have been really mixed reviews on it, but I loved it and I can't wait to read the next installment!

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