A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso
(Started: February 24, 2013; Finished: February 28, 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? (From Goodreads)
Review: 3 stars
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Source: Month9Books through Netgalley
Available on: Amazon
First of all I would like to acknowledge Net Galley and Month9Books, LLC. for giving me the opportunity to review an ARC of A Shimmer of Angels in exchange for an honest review. It is my first time and I will make most out of it.
Moving on, I am so in love with the cover. To be honest, I am one of the readers who get attracted to book covers. After seeing A Shimmer of Angels, I think no one would ignore it and most of you will definitely give it a second glance. I was so captivated by it that I immediately turn the pages. It was really tantalizing that it easily captured my eyes. It was perfectly done to show different elements. It has a roughness and at the same time, gentleness that I believe would be shown in this book
I wasn't new to the Angels theme that had been going on around the YA community. I have read a few before and I was completely hooked. I guess we embrace such genres to forget reality and live in a whimsical world we often called fantasy. We always want to feel something out of the ordinary and believe that everything can be possible in a world where the impossible exists. But it’s ironic that when we already see the truth that has answered our curiosity, we succumbed to our fears and we shake off the broken fragments of belief we hold on to. We pushed it at the back of our minds praying that everything was just pure imagination. It’s like the urge to see ghosts but when we already experienced it, we want to make ourselves believe that it is not true.
As Rayna Evans puts it, "The thing about beliefs? Even the strongest can be shattered by the simplest of things." In her case, seeing people with wings is the immediate ticket to the loony bin. Persuading herself that everything was just figments of her imagination, she tried to be normal but ended up seeing more and worse, they are closer to her. She has two choices: face it or avoid the problem and run.
It was pretty crazy, I tell you. As a reader, I always put myself in the shoes of the characters. It is a strange hobby of mine but it will always help you connect to the characters even more. On Rayna, I somehow have a weird take on her character. There were times that I want to smack her to sanity, to tell her to stop over-thinking and see the bigger picture or even take each situation in a mature way instead of whining and blaming herself. I want her to see things in a different perspective. There were also times I would understand her behavior and feel for her, because aside from the fact that she is a teenager, IT IS pretty crazy to see things that a normal person shouldn't see. I guess if I were her I would see myself as insane, too, especially when her family was very supportive of getting her treatment and throwing her to a mental facility which should not always be the case. They were actually pushing her away when they should be embracing her and letting her know that they are there for her. Moreover, in the next book, I would love to see a stronger Rayna. I always love to see female protagonists to stand up and show that they are stronger than what people dictates them to be. I would love to see progress on her character and for her to show that she’s not always the hard-headed damsel-in-distress. Okay, maybe she can at times since it will always be nice to be rescued by two hot angels but not all the time. Empower women please! The awkward phase should be over and I expect her to get used to the wings and all that now that she learned a few things about them.
Moving on to Cam and Kade, I both love their attributes and how different they are. They gave various flavors to the story. I don’t want to sound boy-crazy but come on let’s be honest and admit that a little romance won’t hurt! That element amps up the ante, exciting us and craving for more. It always adds spice to the story. Between the two, Cam has an affectionate quality that will entice a person to feel good towards him. I don’t know if it’s an angel thing but you will feel it while reading the book. He was caring and showed it through his kindness. I also love the fact that he was stubborn at times because it gave edge to his character though he constrained himself to be because being one is being human. He did live up to his role that he was a protector and a guardian. On the other hand, Kade emulated darkness but I guess what I liked about him is that beyond the dark, there will always be light. That is the perfect way to describe him. His character was not a mystery anymore since he already showed that he was a tease, sultry and sexy, he cares but he was not the expressive type. The typical bad boy personality. He will always be the bad boy most of the girls will be attracted to. Even I would. Despite this, I’m seeing myself leaning towards Cam even more because he is still a mystery to me. (Team Cam it is!) I guess though I would love to predict he will Fall, it might not be the case since if that happens, how will he and Kade be different from each other? Moreover, he still shows restriction to himself. I think that makes him more attractive and harder not to love because Kade was already a given. Cam is the harder shell that I want to crack. Well, we'll better wait and see what will happen on the next book.
Plot-wise, it was kind of predictable. I know that I will know what will happen and how events will turn out. I think it needed more twists and deeper ones at that. Some, in my point of view, was shallow. There could have been more that I've wanted to get and juice out from the story. There are also some parts where I feel that the story had some loopholes and maybe needed a stronger explanation. There were also some issues that were not yet thoroughly discuss, especially about Rayna's mother, so I will be waiting for the answers on the following book. But overall, the book was still engaging and still promising. So I would expect a better second book. Though I would also like to commend the brutal descriptions of the wounds and how the characters got it since I found myself somehow twitching and making faces because of it or maybe I was just surprise that it happened every now and then. There’s a space for improvement so I would still stick to the series and wait for the next one.
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Happy Reading Everyone!