A Shimmer of Angels (Angel Sight #1) by Lisa M. Basso0
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 an enthralling story of a girl who is perceived as crazy but really everything that makes her crazy is really real. The story begins with Rayna first experience with angels since her release and this one -- guy -- prefers to be called Cam. Throughout the course of the novel, Rayna is pulled into a war between the Fallen angels and the ones who are still in league with their creator, God. The ending gives enough of a sense of completion to help you keep patient but leave you dying for the second book.
Rayna. Oh how I love you. Can we be best friends? Haha, okay, I'm good now. The main character of the story is the definition of a broken person trying to be strong. I found myself wondering if I could handle what she experienced and if I would be as... patient (though I'm not sure I would use that word) with those around her. From the beginning of the book, I felt a connection to her character and it isn't even pity but more I found the broken part of me attach to everything she went through. I felt her joys, her triumphs, her despair, and her losses. She is a well developed character with all of deep entwined backstory that keeps you wanting more. I think that a lot of the story behind what led to her seeing angels is left as a secret. I want to learn more about her and I have a feeling you will too.
I love all the hints toward future or in-the-making romances that don't follow all of the typical love interest pitfalls because let's be honest here, there are a lot of them. I think some of the moments are frustrating between Rayna and Cam but they are equal parts beautiful so that limits my frustration. Well, no, I was still ready to toss my phone against a wall. Of course, that was more directed towards Rayna's reaction to those moments. I like that there wasn't just one guy and that there wasn't some overwhelming rivalry that had to do solely with Rayna.
I loved the characters.
I loved the plot.
I loved the story.
One last thing, isn't the cover epic? I just look at it and fall in love with the visual that it provides for the story. Now, if I had been basing my whole choice of reading this book purely on the cover, I wouldn't have been disappointed. I can tell you that without a shadow of a doubt that this is a well written book with a beautiful plot that will keep you on your toes and your heart pounding till the very last page.