Book Review: A Shimmer Of Angels

A Shimmer Of Angels CoverBook: A Shimmer Of Angels by Lisa M. Basso

Published January 2013 by Month9Books|Pages: 263

Source: A Shimmer Of Angels is an e-book from

Series: Angel Sight #1

Genre: YA Paranormal- Angels

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Summary: 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 have to say, I love the title of this book!  I can totally see a group of angels being called a shimmer- it really does fit, so it’s unfortunate that they are not known as a shimmer.

A Shimmer Of Angels is really different from a lot of the other paranormal Angel books I’ve read.  Sure, you have the good angels and the bad angels, and Rayna is caught in the middle, and has a set of gray wings.  But the fact that she is the only person who can see angels makes it really interesting, and we’re most certainly gearing up for both sides wanting her for themselves.  You add in the fact that she’s spent a lot of time in and out of therapy and institutions because people think she’s crazy…and you have the story of a girl who realizes that she hasn’t been hallucinating and that what she’s been seeing has been real this entire time.

I liked seeing Rayna and how she’s trying to hold onto her sanity when life keeps getting in the way.  She’s definitely focused on trying to stay out of therapy, especially when she learns that she hasn’t been hallucinating, and that there’s a connection between her ability to see angel when no one else can and with several mysterious deaths.

One of the more interesting aspects of the novel is that seeing angels isn’t normal, which is really different than a lot of the paranormal books out there, where the paranormal does exist, and seeing paranormal beings is considered a normal part of life.

What I didn’t think about until now was how there wasn’t much in the way of angel mythology, and I didn’t mind that we don’t know a lot about the world of angels in this book.  I really am okay with that because A Shimmer Of Angels was more about Rayna’s ability and the mystery surrounding several suicides.

I couldn’t quite connect with Rayna, which is surprising because I usually connect with characters like her really well.  I still find her an interesting character, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for her in the next book.  Cam and Kade are also interesting characters, and they both represent two very different sides.  I did get a love triangle vibe, so it’ll be interesting to see how that plays out.  I can’t wait to see more of them and learn more about them as angels.  I also found her dad and her sister particularly interesting, and I think it’s because of Rayna’s issues.  It can’t be easy for them to see her slowly lose touch with reality, and it’s understandable that they’d be concerned when she starts seeing angels again.

I’m looking forward to the next book, because I’m really curious as to what Rayna’s ability means for herself, those around her, and for the angels.  Things really could go in any direction.

Final Thoughts:

I’m pretty impressed with A Shimmer Of Angels.  I didn’t connect with Rayna as much as I expected but I still found the book to be an interesting twist on angels.  I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!  A Shimmer Of Angels gets 4 stars.

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