By: Melanie | December 26, 2012 | (+) Comments

Title: A Shimmer of Angels
Author: Lisa M. Basso
Publisher: Month9Books
Series: Angel Sight #1
Release Date: January, 29, 2013
Pages: 321 (paperback)
How I Got the Book: Digital ARC from Publisher over 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?

I was at the beach the other day, and I loved watching the gigantic waves thrash against the rocks. It was so sudden and bold and well, swift. I felt like the rock in this book. The book was so boring at the start, hard to get into, then just so abruptly I would get a load of crazy action and words that made me feel overloaded. Just like a wave suddenly crashing onto a rock. Uurrrggghh! The writing itself though is better but Lisa really needs to even out this writing because its uneven.

Must I say, this romance, love triangle is probably the worst aspect of this book though. So we have Rayna here and she meets a ‘good angel’ named Cam and then she meets the ‘dark and evil’ Kade. Hmm… Oh please NO. Just NO. That already put me off, what put me off even more? Kade used to like err… date Rayna’s mum?!?!? That’s all I need to know to gag. Additionally, Rayna, in the book is more swayed to Cam, loving him, thinking about him. While in reality I’m thinking that Kade is with Rayna as they are more realistic and are seen more in the book. This has got to improve in the next book (which may not read).

The names… Tsk tsk… I never usually have irritations with names but hell did this want me to rip out my hair. Rayna, Laylah, Kayleigh. What do they all have in common? The ‘ay’ part. Yeah, may it be a coincidence in real life but in a book where you make up the names?? I think Lisa has got to think more about that. Also, Kade and Cam. All make the sound ‘k’ when saying it. Gosh. NO. BIG NO.

To think of this, what did I like????? The only one I can say without revealing any major spoilers is the cover. Oh gosh. It isn’t cheesy like some and it isn’t unattractive like others either. It’s beautiful and glamorous that just captured my attention in the first place but well… It really did disappoint. So yet again I learn a lesson, that should have been already drilled in my head since I was in primary school. DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER.

Overall, I found this book quite below my expectations. From the look of the cover, I was expect a light, mysterious book. However, if you are interested in angels and are a killer for love-triangles, it is still worth a  try.


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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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