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In this compelling and spirited debut novel, 16-year-old Rayna Evans has spent the last three years in a mental institution for seeing angels—intent on remaining free, she ignores signs that she may be slipping into a world she has tried to climb out of. When her hallucinations begin showing up at school, can she keep her sanity and prevent students from dying at the hands of angels she cannot admit to seeing? Psychiatry, fantasy, and realism come together here in a story of a young girl struggling with identity,...
In this compelling and spirited debut novel, 16-year-old Rayna Evans has spent the last three years in a mental institution for seeing angels—intent on remaining free, she ignores signs that she may be slipping into a world she has tried to climb out of. When her hallucinations begin showing up at school, can she keep her sanity and prevent students from dying at the hands of angels she cannot admit to seeing? Psychiatry, fantasy, and realism come together here in a story of a young girl struggling with identity, secrets, and confronting her greatest fears.
Posted January 29, 2013
What I love most about “A Shimmer of Angels” is Rayna. That is very rare for me when it comes to YA, but there aren’t many bad things you can say about her. This is a normal teenager who can see angels. She has spent her life being told that angels are not real and she is crazy. She has every reason to hate the world or to pathetically hope for acceptance.
Rayna does neither. She just wants to function. She doesn’t want to be high on meds, doesn’t want to stay locked up and doesn’t want to be babied. She wants to make money to help pay her medical bills, she wants to drink hot coco with her best friend and she wants to get through a day without feeling like a freak. With all the bad in her life she never screams woe is me and lament about how awful her life is. She stays sensible and tries her best not to get caught staring at wings.
Another aspect I loved about this book is that it has moments of calm. It never gets boring, but the world isn’t ending every minute. There is plenty of action in the form of an escape, a hostage situation and a fight between angels, but it’s never overwhelming. The author does not try to convince us her story is good by constantly trying to keep us in battle. She knows her world is good and her characters are interesting enough to keep our attention without over the top theatrics.
The main plot of this book comes to a conclusion and I wouldn’t call the ending a cliffhanger. Still, there is so much unsaid, questions unanswered and a future that is unclear. Rayna has stepped into a brave new world. I cannot wait to read what happens next.
Recommended for readers of YA and fans of angel lore.
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Posted April 27, 2013
A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M Basso is a great read. I love the method of story telling the author used, and how character development was a part of the story instead of a paragraph describing the character while the action of the story was put on hold. The main characters in the story seem to be struggling to keep parts of themselves hidden (who doesn’t). I can’t wait to read more from this author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 8, 2013
I quite enjoyed this one. Partially because I was ready for a bit of a chance of pace from the books I had been reading lately.
People tend to say books like these are unoriginal. There's a love triangle, good angels and bad angels etc etc. I think that in this genre what else do you expect? I do think Lisa M. Basso does a good job of approaching the story from a different perspective. It is a new take on this kind of a story IMO.
Rayna doesn't want to see angels AT ALL. She's been told they aren't real and she's crazy so she tries her best to avoid them completely, but that is easier said than done. Of course she ends up in a war she knew nothing about and does her best to get through it.
This is an easy, simple read (which is what I was needing so I liked that). The only major flaw for me is that the characters (other than Rayna) don't have any depth to them so I honestly had zero opinions about them. I felt like there were supposed to be moments where we felt a romantic connection and I just didn't get them for some reason.
Would definitely recommend this to someone who likes this genre and looking for something lighter. I will be reading the next ones in the series.
Posted March 20, 2013
Reyna is crazy, no really, like nuthouse crazy....she sees Angels! Fresh out of the crazy house, after three years of treatment, in and out of the SS Crazy! Now she's seeing them again! She can't tell anyone, or she'll go right back in. So, she gets a job, goes to school and discovers they are real! As those around her start to die, she has to find out what seeing those guys with wings means..if she's going to save her friends and herself!
As if just being a teenager who's Mom had died wasn't stress enough, now she has to worry about everyone at her school! Doesn't every girl want a drop dead good looking guy? Reyna and two, but it's not all fun and games.
Great story, will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Posted March 19, 2013
I love angel books. I just have to start by saying that. And now I'll tell you that this one is different. In a very good way. Rayna see angels, which makes her family think she's crazy. Only she's not. There are angels causing all sorts of problems at her school, and stopping them will mean exposing herself... again. She's tried to convince her father and sister that she's better, not having hallucinations. And now she comes to find they aren't hallucinations at all, but she's the only one who can see the angels for what they really are. In fact, they can't even see each other's wings.
There are two angels who play a big role in this story—Cam, the angel who follows the rules, or at least tries to, and Kade, the Fallen angel who is tied to Rayna in a way she never would have imagined. I loved them both. I know one is supposedly on the wrong side, but is anything ever really black and white? No, and it's not here either. Rayna needs both angels if she's going to survive a fight with the strongest of the Fallen.
This book held my attention from beginning to end. It's definitely worth the read, and I'm really excited for the next book in the series.
Posted March 1, 2013
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Month9Books and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Ray has spent the last 3 years of her life in and out of a mental healthcare facility that she likes to refer to as SS Crazy, and now that she’s finally home, she wants a normal life.
Back at school the last thing she wants to see is wings. Thinking that she saw angels was what got her locked up and medicated in the first place, and she’s so not going back there. So when the other new kid Cam has brightly shining wings, Ray just hopes that she’s not going to get sent back to SS Crazy.
Things soon spiral out of control though when another girl at the school kills herself though, and after drawing an angel – with black wings.
Ray is freaked out, but even more freaked out when another angel (Kade) turns up at the café where she’s just started working, and he has black wings.
Things aren’t so clear-cut though. Is the black winged angel responsible for Alison’s suicide? What is Cam here for? And what will happen when they discover that Ray can see them for what they really are?
I’ve read loads of angel books, to the point where I was even wondering if I was getting a bit sick of them, but I totally didn’t have that problem with ‘A Shimmer of Angels’. Even though this was about angels, it had a different feel to it, and I really enjoyed it.
Ray was a great character. Even though she’d been locked up in an institution, she still maintained that the angels were real, and that she wasn’t crazy, which must be difficult to do when that is what everyone has been telling you for 3 years. She was shocked when she saw an angel again, but she tried her best to hold it together, which was difficult for her, especially when Alison died.
I’m afraid we did have a bit of a love triangle in this book, but it wasn’t a bad one funnily enough. Cam was a ‘good’ angel, and although he did have feelings for Ray, he couldn’t act on them, because loving a human is against the rules and will cause an angel to fall. Ray did have feelings for Cam too, but worried that nobody would want her because of the ‘crazy’ label.
Kade was a bit more of a bad boy, as the fallen angel, although it seemed that although he was fallen, he hadn’t really gone over to the dark side, he was just living on earth as a human. Kade scared Ray initially because of his dark wings, but as she got to know him better she started to like him (no insta-love folks). Kade was my favourite out of the two though.
I liked the storyline in this book and there were plenty of twists and turns that I didn’t really see coming. There was also plenty of action at the end, and some occurrences that I would never have guessed! I liked that even though this book was about angels, it wasn’t your average angel story, and I liked how who was ‘good’, and who was ‘bad’ wasn’t obvious or easy to work out either.
Overall; I really enjoyed this book, and I’m interested to see what will happen to Ray, Cam, and Kade in the next instalment.
7.5 out of 10.
Posted February 17, 2013
When it came to A Shimmer of Angels by author Lisa M. Basso I was instantly pulled in by the title. It was unique and had me wondering what the plot could possibly hold besides angels. Lately in YA there have been a ton of titles that have a main focus of angels and while there are some that really go above and beyond there are others that fall short. To anybody reading this review you should know that A Shimmer of Angels does not fall into the latter category. After reading the interesting premise of the novel I couldn’t wait to be introduced to a main character who just left a mental institution and is pulled into a supernatural world, I couldn’t wait to get reading (and, you know, the subject of crazy is cool *thumbs up*).
A Shimmer of Angels focuses on the life of Sixteen year old Rayna. After her mother’s drowning, Ray began to see “angels” and was quickly sent off to a mental institution that she dubbed the S.S. Crazy. After months of therapy and treatments, Ray is finally in remission and can return to a supposedly normal life. Ray starts her life all over again, prepared to face the fact that the angels she saw before were just in her head and were never real. She hasn’t seen them in such a long time that Ray is almost sure that what her doctors and therapists told her can be confirmed—up until she sees an angel again and everything she ever believed is changed.
The angel in question is Cam who Ray can’t believe is an angel… up until he confirms it. Not only is Cam an angel but every other angel Ray has seen was an actual angel. It isn’t until a few people that Ray knows begin to commit suicide that she figures out that something far more sinister is at work and that the sinister being is someone that only she can see; An angel. Ray ends up coming across a Fallen angel, Kade, while Ray isn’t sure she can trust Kade a hundred percent, he still becomes an ally to her. Ray, Cam and Kade work together to uncover who is behind the “suicides” and what it is they want with Ray.
What I really enjoyed with A Shimmer of Angels was the main character. Throughout the novel I noticed the way that the situations Ray was put in caused her to grow a bit more of a spine and more nerve as the novel continued on. At the start of the novel Ray is a girl who just left the S.S. Crazy (her words not mine) and is fragile in every aspect. It’s not until Ray faces the truth that she finally begins to grow more and more into the role of a heroine who is prepared to save the people closest to her. With Rayna, I found myself smirking at some of her thoughts and also grew very sympathetic towards her. Her family life absolutely sucks; her Dad and sister both resent her for her psyche when in reality she’s perfectly fine. I felt for Rayna and loved that nearer to the end of the novel she forgot what everybody wanted for her and acted as though she has nothing left to lose.
In most novels when you have two superhot angels working with you you’re usually bound to fall in love with one of them. That’s usually part of the recipe to make a romance, however I personally found that there wasn’t as much romance in A Shimmer of Angels as I had expected before starting the novel. In most cases I’d be disappointed, but I actually felt that it fit in A Shimmer of Angels and while there were a few stolen kisses between Ray and Cam and Ray and Kade. I personally found myself cheering on a relationship between Cam and Ray despite the fact that a relationship between the two would result in Cam falling from heaven and becoming one of the Fallen. And we don’t want that.
The main antagonist in the novel is one that I enjoyed because for once we finally have a bad-guy who doesn’t have any vulnerabilities. I liked that the man behind the killings was a psychopathic Fallen angel and no that isn’t a spoiler. A Shimmer of Angels is a novel that keeps a quick pace and nearing the end of the novel, I was faced with a conclusion that has me prepared and quite interested in a sequel. Plus, I want more Kade. I like the mysterious thing he has going for him quite pleasant .
I’d recommend A Shimmer of Angels to fans of novels like Unearthly and readers who want a thriller with a supernatural twist. Readers who are looking for a novel that they won’t want to put down will definitely love A Shimmer of Angels.
Posted February 3, 2013
A Shimmer of Angels, takes you into a supernatural world within the everyday world. Would you think you were crazy if you could see angels? Rayna not only sees what she isn't supposed to, she finds out she is instrumental in the fight against evil. Yet, it doesn't stop there, she finds out she's not crazy and something undefined. Plot twists turning what you think you know in a new direction, only to be surprised again. A captivating read with a cliff hanging ending for series appeal.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 12, 2012
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