Tuesday, January 8, 2013

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

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?

 Since the death of her mother Rayna has been able to see angels. Most people don't consider such an ability as normal and it landed Rayna a spot in a mental health clinic. Now that she's out she doesn't plan to go back there and desperately tries to fit in. Just when she thought she was done with her past a winged boy shows up at her school. And guess what? He's real.

The little blurb and the stunning cover immediately caught my attention when I came across A Shimmer of Angels. I must say, the story didn't fail to intrigue me. Especially the first fifty pages. Basso's writing style was very pleasurable, drawing the reader into the story.

Rayna is real. She's a sixteen-year-old struggling to be normal, trying to get her life together. Jumpy and terrified yet sweet, gentle and strong. At the beginning of the book she seems to be crazy and as the book continues she carries the reader into her past filled with wings and starts to make sense more and more. But because she doesn't necessarily sees herself as a victim I didn't either.
Cam and Kade. Light and Dark. They both become entwined in Rayna's life. While I liked Cam, I feel like he didn't get the attention he deserves. There's nearly no characterization for him, while we get to know loads about Kade's past. Considering the gaps between the Winged and the Fallen I was personally very interested to see the difference between those two. I'm also fearing the neverending love triangle.
Other characters, such as Rayna's best friend Lee and classmate Luke, kept the story real. Everybody recognises the stiff relations between those teens.

A Shimmer of Angels has a very promising start, a shaky middle where Rayna handles certain things a little badly and a rather unexpected ending. Kade's past with Rayna's mother, Cam's struggle to keep distant from human emotions and Rayna's new future all opt for an awesome sequel. After reading A Shimmer of Angels I was disappointed to be left with a lot of questions, but those may all be explained in A Slither of Hope...
I must say I really enjoy saying those titles. :)

My rating of this book

I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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