Sunday, December 30, 2012

Book Review: A Shimmer of Angels (Angels Sight Series, #1) Lisa M. Basso

A Shimmer of Angels (Angels Sight Series, #1) 

Author: Lisa M. Basso

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Synopsis: 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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Side Note: This copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.

Review: A Shimmer of Angels follows Rayna "Ray" as she tries to navigate life outside of the mental institution aka The S.S. Crazy. She was admitted for Schizophrenia because she claims to be able to see angels. By the time she is released she thought she had been cured, until the hot new guy comes to her class and her brand new lease on life comes tumbling down because . . . he has wings. Bright, shiny, honest to God wings.

To make matters worse, there have been two suicides at her school. Paranoid and determined to get to the bottom of what is going on, she goes against her better judgment and gets involved with wing business. Cam is the last thing she expected an angel to be, he's nice and kind, his wings shimmer in the sunlight and he seems to care about Ray. But then she meets Kade, a Fallen Angel, dark hair, dark eyes, dark personality, all wrapped up in a pair of gigantic inky black wings. He's exactly what she thought angels were like. Except for the unexpected way he treats her. There's something almost magnetic about these two but she refuses to invest time in it and instead is consumed with finding out why students in her school are dying off. She knows the angles are responsible and when all is said and done, she never expects it to be angels who save her life.

I liked this book, it’s got a great story line in which the author brings you in and holds you captive because you just HAVE to know what happens next. And a big way she accomplishes this is through Ray. Ray is probably one of the best well written heroines I have ever read. She's witty, funny, smart and brave. But the thing that drew me to her the most was her dialogue, she was just too hilarious to keep the laughter at bay. She doesn’t let anything or anyone keep her down for long and no matter how many times she's told she's crazy, she never stops her fight against the baddies. I was actually surprised by how much I loved her character because it's so rare for me.

The only thing that bothered me about this book is the relationship between Kade and Ray . . . and her dead mother. I don't want to give away anything too spoilery, but Kade is tied to Ray's mother in an unexpected way that makes Kade's interest in Ray a little creepy. But beyond that, Kade is a fantastic character and I look forward to reading more of him and hopefully finding out about his true connection with Ray's mother in hopes that I'm terribly wrong. The sequel of course, doesn’t come out until NEX YEAR. *Weeps* 

Definite a MUST read for any fantasy and supernatural fan out there!

About the Author: Lisa M. Basso was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She is a lover of books, video games, animals, and baking (not baking with animals though). As a child she would crawl into worlds of her own creation and get lost for hours. Her love for YA fiction started with a simple school reading assignment: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. When not reading or writing she can usually be found at home with The Best Boyfriend that Ever Lived ™ and her two darling (and sometimes evil) cats, Kitties A and B. 

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