A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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?
A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso is haunting. Images of the angels and Rayna stayed with me a good while after I finished reading!
While there were a few funny descriptions (what was really memorable was good angel Cam smelling like a lawnmower?!), the rest of the book was very rich in imagery. The pace was pretty well kept, with just enough suspenseful moments balancing with action to keep it from being dragging.
The contrasts between Cam and "bad angel" Kade are a bit cliche with Kade being the more interesting, sexier one, as expected. But golden, grey-eyed Cam has more facets than any generic guardian angel ever could.
But what keeps you glued to the novel is Rayna. A typical teen in grief over her mother's strange death who is diagnosed a schizophrenic, her struggle to be normal despite the curve balls thrown at her show that she has more strength and determination than any of the characters, including her guardian angels. She faces any problem head-on, whether it's at school, work, or home and continues to put up a fight for her sanity.
I honestly can't wait for the next instalment!
Review based on ARC sent by Netgalley.
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