by Lisa M. Basso
Publishing date: January 29th 2013
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?
As you probably already know, I've been reading angel themed books like crazy in the last few months and I really enjoyed most of them. So naturally, when I picked A Shimmer of Angels I tought I would enjoy this one too. And guess what, I did! Besides absolutely gorgeous cover this book is both interesting and engrossing.
The story starts 3 months after Rayna is released from a mental institution for seeing angels, or more accurately, for seeing wings. Everybody thinks she is insane, so after a while she starts believing it too. After being institutionalized for 3 years, she thinks she is healed. She tries living a normal life in a new place, but the wings came back and she's seeing them again, in her school, on her job. But wings are not the only weird thing that happened. Some of the kids in her school commited suicide, only Rayna doesn't believe they were suicide's and she wants to find out what actually happened to them.
I enjoyed the plot for the most part. In the beggining I was a little bothered by the constant denial. She knew she could see wings, touch them, feel the breeze they created, but she still refused to believe in it. I know she thought it wasn't true because she was the only one who could see them so I was very happy when she finaly accepted the truth. After that I have no complaints. The rest of the story more than made up for my small dislikement in the beginning.
Even though I was a little bit furious with Rayna because of her stubbornness, I still liked her as a character. I felt sorry for her more than anything. She had a hard life. With everybody thinking she is insane, she stayed strong and fought for her friends and family and that's a quality I like in my heroins.
The love interests. Yes it's a plural. We have a love triangle in this book, but I found myself not minding it. While Cam is kind and sweet, Kade is the complete opposite. He acts like a bad boy, when in fact he's the one who truly cared for Rayna and was there when she needed someone, unlike Cam, who let her down more than once. If you still haven't figured out, I'm team Kade all the way!
A Shimmer of Angels is Lisa's debut novel which would be very hard to tell from her writing. Her writing is beautiful and it puts some other much more experienced authors to shame.
I really enjoyed A Shimmer of Angels and I'm looking forward to reading the next instalment in Angel Sight trilogy. If you're a fan of angel themed books, like myself, you won't regret picking up this book, and even if you're not a fan, you probably should give it a try.