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A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso
My rating: 2 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?

First, sorry for the mini hiatus.

Second, I will try my hardest not be bitchy with this review.

So...

...are you looking for a typical angel book? With classic good angels and bad angels? Good as in the usual guardian angels and bad as in the usual fallen angels? Do you crave for more lame good vs evil battle where human lives are the price to pay should the evil wins? Do you mind another trashy love triangle where somehow the girl is dumb enough to choose the heartless wimp over the friendzone guy who has done nothing but saving her ass? Insta love. Don't forget the insta love. Now the ingredient to yet, another shallow YA paranormal book is complete!

Okay, maybe that was a bit bitchy.

But what do you expect? I was really looking forward to read it. A girl who spent years in the asylum, who tries so hard to live her normal life only to find out her hallucinations were actually real i.e she can indeed see angels. It breaks my heart to say this but I think Tahereh Mafi handled Juliette characterization better than Lisa M Basso handled Rayna's.

So why 2-stars, you say. It's because the first fifty pages deserved a five-stars. No kidding! Although it reads like Twilight i.e. there's a new kid in school and Rayna feels an irresistible pull towards this guy bla3, it's because she sees that this new kid has wings. Totally acceptable, right? And on that very same day, a string of mysterious suicides begin to occur on people around Rayna. I did actually feel spooked whenever the story zooms into these bizarre suicide cases.

But the rest? A total trainwreck.

If you think Bella accident prone-ness is ridiculous, wait until you meet...

Bad Luck Brian Rayna.

At 10%... I jerked back. Too hard. My chair tipped over, talking me with it. I smacked Jeremy in my mouth on my way down. My head bounced off the floor...

At 42%... I messed up orders, spilled food, and broke plates.

At 42%... He stilled. "Actually I was going to tell you the coffee pot's overflowing. You added too much water."

At 50%.... The coffee pot shattered against the tile floor, littering me with tiny fragments of glass and a hot rush of coffee.

At 50%... I pulled the mop bucket out, accidentally doubling the normal amount of solution, and turned on the hot water.


ULTRA-HIGH-ANGLE REVERSE FACEPALM.

Trust me, I have nothing against clumsy people. I'm clumsy myself. But after screwing up so many times, isn't it ridiculous that she didn't get fired?

Le prose;

He wrapped his arms around me so tight, even my pancreas hurt.

Cam was the vacuum that took the bad away...


















Meh. I don't know. If this is my first angel book then probably I'd be impressed. Sadly, it's not.

2 unimpressed faces
**The ARC was provided by Month9Books in exchange for an honest review.

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7 comments:

Oh, darn! I was looking forward to this one! I really don't like a predictable story and if you mix angels into it.. No go. I might still read it but I'll probably feel the same way you did. Great review!

Like Alise, I was looking forward to this one too, but it sounds like it falls into all the trappings of a bad YA novel. I will still read this, especially since I really enjoy angel books, though I won't have any expectations. Great review, Zuleeza! :)

You actually liked the first 50 pages? They got on my nerves :p Especially that first day at school. How unlucky or clumsy can a person be? The first two times it was fun..after that it got annoying.

Instant love thing was what made me drop it actually. Hate those things. It's like in one paragraph she says he is creepy and tries to avoid him, and next she is in love with... -.-

Third blogger I follow to say they were not the least bit impressed with this book. *scratches Shimmer of Angels off To-read list*

@ Alise: From what I know, you are every bit more patient than I am. So I can't really stop you from reading it, can I? :D

@ Aa'Ishah: I enjoy angel books too. But after Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Angelfall and Unearthly, I hardly found any good angel books anymore LOL!

@ Yiota: Haha. The classic first day at school! I liked the beginning because I got a good glimpse inside Rayna's head. It was very believable for someone who had spent years in the asylum but sadly, it went downhill from there.

@ Diantha: LOL! Yeah..I do think your time is better spent on other books. :/

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