Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Review of A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso

A Girl with Angel Sight

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley and Month9Books, LLC. Thank you to the author for the opportunity to read her book. 

Spoiler Alert:

A Shimmer of Angels is a supernatural YA read about a teen girl who after the death of her mother begins to hallucinate people with "wings" and over the years is committed by her father to a mental hospital numerous times; she is released again and in "Remission" only to find out that her hallucinations may not be hallucinations after all. 

The story line is about your typical Angels vs. Fallen Angels; only the Head of the Fallen Angels is causing teenagers to kill themselves to prepare for a revolution where Lucifer will return to power. There is also your typical love triangle with an Angel, a Fallen Angel(who is in limbo because he doesn't belong to either side),and the heroine. The book deals with mental health issues including the effects of medical drugs, teen pregnancy, and suicides; there are a few curse words but too far in between. The characters are flat; the heroine is disheartening and the way her father and sister act towards her is just wretched. I understand that having someone who has mental health issues can be draining both financially and emotionally but it seemed to me that the father and sister were just too self-involved and were just looking for an excuse to put Rayna back in the hospital then to try and be there for her. I found the book to be quite depressing and predictable; only towards the end there seemed to be some deliverance for the heroine only to have the character resign herself to sacrificing her soul for a family who quite frankly in my eyes didn't deserve her. The one redeeming relationship the heroine had was with her best friend, Lee but even that wasn't developed enough for the reader to become drawn in to. The love triangle was awkward and creepy, with the Fallen Angel having something to do with the heroine's mother at one time. I kept waiting for the story and characters to develop but maybe the author plans to reveal answers to develop the story and characters in the next book. I applaud the author bringing such serious issues to the forefront of teen reads, it should be addressed more. The cover is quite beautiful. 

Rating 2.5 out of 5 stars

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