A Shimmer of Angels
author : lisa m. basso
pages : [paperback] 321
favorite character: rayna
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?
With all of the novels coming out these days about angels, I’m really looking for something that will stand out of the crowd. In some aspects, A Shimmer of Angels really did that and in others it followed the now typical expectations of the YA genre. The main character cannot seem to make good decisions, or stand well on her own, and refuses to believe in the things that would aid her while she’s fighting the bad guys. There’s a love triangle, of course, with a bad boy and a cookie-cutter good one-both angels, of course.
But I didn’t dislike all of it! I thought it was really interesting to see how Rayna tried to deal with her odd ability to see angels everywhere. Though because she mentioned that she only saw them once a month or so and they never really hurt her, I don’t know why she got so upset when she saw them when she knew that mentioning them would get her locked up in an institution. And I don’t really know how that sort of thing works, but it seemed kind of overdone, with how horrible her life was supposed to be and all.
By the end of this novel, I really saw the potential for this series. If it wasn’t really portrayed as a love triangle and if I see more growth in the main character, I’ll be really happy. I know that I’ll want to continue with this series to see where things are going to go but as of book one I’m not an enormous fan.