A Shimmer of Angels

A Shimmer of Angels




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.

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ISBN-13: 9780985029432
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC
Publication date: 01/29/2013
Series: Angel Sight Series
Pages: 321
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Lisa M. Basso is a writer and fan of young adult fiction. She lives in San Francisco.

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A Shimmer of Angels 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
BookGeekConfesses More than 1 year ago
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.
Nova_Blogder More than 1 year ago
Right off the bat, something that struck me while I was reading were my emotions of indifference. This book made me feel absolute nothing. There were happy scenes and sad scenes but I just read on like it was a dictionary. This seriously impaired me as a reader because I strongly believe that books have to make you feel something. [However, I'm not saying that it was boring, because it isn't.] Something else that stuck out was Rayna's ability to get into so much danger. Cue an eye roll. It isn't so much that she got on trouble in comparison to the fact that it was always someone else getting her out. There's also some air of a untouched love triangle. And one of the guys had a relationship with Rayna's mother. Charming. To be completely honest, I heavily disliked the main character. Although she's been though a lot, she's a total drama queen and I have no patience for the sort. I've seen a breakdown and it wasn't as dramatic as Rayna's. I also think she's quite stupid which annoys me to a point of no return. Basically, this story is a lot "diamond in the rough." It has potential but I really didn't like the execution. Fallen angels was a trend when I read this but really, it's over and now reading a fallen angel book, I realize that I really don't like them.
hpgirl2008 More than 1 year ago
I give this book 5 stars, I thought it was very compelling and emotional. Rayna can see both dark and light angels, and everyone thinks she is crazy. She has to keep her secret under wraps in order to survive each day as she sees wings on the angels and tries her best to ignore it and pretend. But as much as she tries to fight it, once she has the sight it doesn't go away. And of course everyone looks at her like she is crazy, and that really comes across in the book, the reader can definitely relate to Rayna and she is a sympathetic heroine. I really loved the way the author used allusions to "light" and "dark" throughout the book, it really held with the theme - although a lot of people may not see it or realize it :) I am a student of literature so I tend to analyze everything. Rayna finds some comfort in a dark angel that no one would have expected but also drawn to a light angel, the characters of Kade and Cam are amazingly different and very complex. So how can she be drawn to them both? I honestly believe that in the end she will choose Kade - as he seems to be exactly the opposite of the "darkness" she has come to believe is in him. Cam is wonderful, but perhaps too good and the heroine usually chooses the bad boy turned good. I can't wait to see what happens in the second book now! ***I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an open and honest review***
lovelygen13 More than 1 year ago
A Shimmer Of Angels is about this girl named Rayna who has spent three years locked away at the loony bin for seeing angels. She finally returns home and the first thing she sees are wings. She keeps that a secret so she won’t be sent away again. At school she meets Cam, an angel with white wings; at work, she meets the hot, sexy, Fallen angel, Kade with black wings. Suicides start happening from kids at school, kids that Rayna has classes with. What did they all have in common aside from committing suicide? Drawing an angel with black wings. I don’t even know where to start. This book was an amazing book! It has what every Young Adult loves to read in books: romance, a good-looking and nice angel, a hot, fallen angel, drama, mystery, suspense. This book takes the word intense to a whole other level. When I first started reading the book, just a few pages in, I knew I was going to like it. It’s a book that takes you through an emotional roller coaster and I actually enjoyed the ride. I have two favorite characters: Kade and Lee. Lee, because he is funny and is the only friend Rayna has that has stuck by her through everything. I really got attached to his character. Kade is so hot! When he was introduced to the story, I was drawn to him. He is a cocky, collected, alluring, and tempting Fallen angel, but he is not like other Fallen angels and that’s what I like about him. He actually cares for her. Not at the beginning, for when they met he had other intentions. Along the way, he started caring for her and my insides went all mushy.  The description on the story is on point, the characters are ones that you can get attached to, the story is very interesting and doesn’t disappoint!
book4children More than 1 year ago
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.
jcsbookhaven More than 1 year ago
So is Rayna a Deranged Lunatic or a Determined Heroine? I saw this beautiful cover and couldn't pass this up from Netgalley. The Good Rayna is really determined. Determined to push past the craziness of seeing wings, determined not to wind up back at the mental clinic, and determined to live a nice, normal life. She does her best after her stint from the clinic to go back to school, to start a job, and to have her family back. She has a wonderful best friend that doesn't really appear to have romantic feelings for her that I can see and it's a nice friendship to watch. There are some great mysteries happening after a stranger appears at her school. She begins to think she's crazy again even though there is evidence to the contrary, but the story and puzzlement regarding who is behind kids dying makes for a good read. This new character, Cam, has wings that she can see and she does everything in her power to stay away from him at first. I enjoyed Cam in general and getting to know him. What was best was watching the climax of trying to determine who was causing the horrible deaths and Rayna's strength and determination to see it come to an end no matter the cost. More than that, I liked getting to know Kade. He has a darker side as a demon but is he all bad? It was great fun getting to see all sides of this bad boy. The Bad Rayna had a overabundance of clumsiness that I'm not sure was necessary for the story. I did like a little bit of it at first because it gave her a quirkiness that defined her more as a character, but it did go a bit overboard. I completely understood why Rayna believed she was crazy in the beginning of the book because any rational person that saw people with wings probably would (as well as her family), but when the evidence keeps piling up, she still keeps calling herself crazy and I feel like it was pushing the envelope a bit. I think she should have accepted the truth just a bit sooner than she did. I'm also not sure I understood the relationship (I'm calling it that for lack of a better word) between her and Cam because there wasn't really an honest connection built that I could see. Given that Cam is an angel that doesn't have genuine human feelings, I don't think they have an insta-love but pretty close and it confused me quite a bit. The Romance Rayna meets two delicious guys in this book. One is the golden boy, angel Cam. The other a bad boy, demon Kade. Cam is an angel that isn't supposed to really feel human feelings so I don't really understand the relationship or connection that they had, but I do see that Rayna is incredibly drawn to him. However, I can't help but feel for Kade who does all he can to help Rayna no matter the cost to himself. He draws attraction out of her, but I don't think she wants to allow herself to feel anything for him. There is attraction and a few kisses, but not much else in this one. Conclusion I feel like this is a good paranormal book about angels and demons. There was a nice mystery element thrown in and the good guy vs. bad guy angle for our protagonist. I will be reading the next one in the series. Recommended for YA paranormal readers.
Bonnie0 More than 1 year ago
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. 
crystalbella77 More than 1 year ago
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.
fuzzmom More than 1 year ago
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!
Kelly_Hashway More than 1 year ago
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.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(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.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
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.
essvagon More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago