Review: ‘A Shimmer of Angels’ by Lisa M. Basso

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘A Shimmer of Angels’ by Lisa M. BassoA Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso
Series: Angel Sight #1
Published by Month9Books, LLC on January 29th, 2013
Genres: Angels, Demons, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 321
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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Honestly I requested this book because it’s about angels and the colourful eye-catching cover! But then I quickly read it in one sitting. A Shimmer of Angels doesn’t start off like any other angel book and I’m glad for it. Rayna believes she’s mentally crazy. Being able to see Angels? She has a therapist she talks to and medication so she herself believed they’re not real. Until a new boy at school comes in and she notices he has wings and his entire aura glows. Little does she know that her entire world will be up righted because her hallucinations are in fact real.

I liked it enough, and even though there was a love triangle, I didn’t really mind it because I liked both love interests. I really couldn’t pick which one I wanted for her because I liked both of them. Usually there’s a clear cut decision for me but in in this case, I liked both for her! The pacing was pretty fast and I liked how she was reacting to seeing Angels because it was pretty realistic. Even if you’re not a religious person, seeing angels and glowing people? Well that’s not exactly normal is it? I was immediately pulled into the storyline and the romance wasn’t annoying at all. As for her dad and sister, I just wanted to punch them.. They didn’t believe or support her. I kept saying to myself, “This poor girl doesn’t deserve this. Why can’t you people see?!” They frustrated me more than the fallen angel did.

Good angels, fallen angels and more, this book has a great head start on the angel genre!

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  1. Anatea

    February 22, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    I haven’t seen this one for quite some time. I’ve read it back when it first came out, and I remember I really liked it, but I never got around to reading the second book. Your review just reminded me how much I actually enjoyed it, so I’ll be trying to read the second book soon now.
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    • giselle

      February 23, 2016 at 7:05 PM

      Yeah me too! I haven’t been able to find the sequel at the library so I might just have to purchase the Kindle version.

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