Thursday, January 17, 2013

Book Review: A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso

Title: A Shimmer of Angels
Author: Lisa M. Basso
Series: Book One in the Angel Sight Series
Published By: Month9Books (Jan. 29, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Paranormal
My Rating: 3.5 to 4 Stars!

Book Description:
 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?

My Review: 
  As some of you may know, I seem to have a love/hate relationship with books about angels. I have no idea why really but for whatever reason I am inexplicably drawn to them but very rarely enjoy them. Well maybe not rarely, maybe more like 60% of the time do I really like them and only about 20% of the 60 really love them. So it is always nice when I find one that falls into that 60% category and this one, thankfully, did.

This was actually pretty refreshing. Not your average angel YA read. The main protagonist Rayna sees angels, only instead of this being a good thing, it leads her and others to believe she is crazy, so much so that for the past three years she has been in a mental institute being treated for schizophrenia.

Crazy right (okay, bad pun intended)?

Not only is Rayna out of the institute having been “cured” but she and her family have moved to a new city hoping for a fresh start for them all. But once there the worst thing imaginable starts to happen, she relapses. She is seeing not only one but two strange men with wings. And not only does she see wings on them that no one else can, but they know she can see them too.

Enter Cam and Kade, two gorgeous angels that couldn't be further apart from one another. One good. One bad and both dangerous to Ray.

I have to say, I really enjoyed the twists and turns in this one. I liked Ray, Cam and Kade way more than I thought I would. I ended up finishing this one in a single sitting. And while all my questions about why Ray could see angels, her mom and a few others weren't all worked out or answered, I am really hoping the next book will answer them. I liked this one enough that I am more than willing to pick the next one up and see what happens next.

I think this really could end up being a fun series and I really want to see how the author handles everything from here. How those unanswered questions will be answered and where the plot will go from here.


  1. glad this had some good twists ans turns, I feel you on the love/hate thing!

  2. I hear you about angel books for some reason I am not a big fan of them either. I have read mixed reviews on this one. Some people like in and others don't, I guess it is that angel book thing. I am glad it was a good read for you, but I am not convinced enough to try it. Well, who am I kidding I have a towering TBR so I am really really trying not to add to it.

  3. I'm hit or miss with angel books but sometimes I like them. And this one sounds pretty good! I'm curious how it all plays out!

  4. I kind of feel the same way about angel books, sometimes they are good and sometimes they aren't. I have been seeing this book around and have been wondering about it. This one sounds really promising. Great review!

  5. Yep, I've been burned out on angel books for awhile. This does sound interesting, especially since she was institutionalized. Is it weird that I LIKE that? lol

  6. Coming from you Christy? Not a chance LOL! But is is why we all love you. ;)

  7. I love angel books although sometimes they can be too religious or just not go right for me. This one sounds a bit different with her being able to see them when others can't!