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A Shimmer of Angels (Angel Sight #1)

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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 ...more
Paperback, 321 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Month9Books, LLC (first published January 1st 2013)
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Zuleeza
Dec 20, 2012 Zuleeza rated it it was ok
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 gu
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Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review.

Honestly I requested this book because it's about angels and the colourful eye-catching cover! But then I quickly read it in one sitting. A Shimmer of Angels doesn't start off like any other angel book and I'm glad for it. Rayna believes she's mentally crazy. Being able to see Angels? She has a therapist she talks to and medication so she herself believed they're not real. Until a new boy at school comes in
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AH
4.5 -5 stars. A unique take on angels.

Young adult angel books are often hit or miss for me. I was pleasantly surprised by A Shimmer of Angels. I literally devoured this book – I could not put it down. A Shimmer of Angels is in the same class as Ultraviolet (not an angel book) and it reminded me a little of Angelfall.

A Shimmer of Angels is about Rayna, a teenaged girl who can see angels. Poor Rayna has been seeing angels for most of her life and as a result, has been committed to a mental health
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Hershey
This book was good. A little cliche for my taste and it was slow paced but I enjoyed reading it.

Rayna can see angels. But who would believe her? Her family thought she was crazy and they sent her to a mental hospital saying it was all for her good. She had a very traumatic life. After five years she got released.
She thought she was no longer crazy when she sees another angel. The following events made it clear for her that she wasn't crazy and that her being able to see angels made them drawn to
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
3.4 stars

Maybe it's because I haven't read any angel books before but this book felt fresh to me. I've been oversatured with shifters and vampires so a book about angels was a nice change of pace. The story centers around a 16 year old girl named Rayna who has been seeing angels for years. Convinced these angels are figments of her imagination or worse, she comes to accept that she is insane. Certifiable. As a result, she has been locked up, off and on, for the past 3 years in a mental instituat
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Momo (the Mome Rath)
Nov 23, 2012 Momo (the Mome Rath) rated it did not like it
In writing, there's a term called the suspension of disbelief, which is if you can fuse "human interest and a semblance of truth" into a fantastic tale, the reader would suspend judgment concerning the implausibility of the narrative (definition grabbed from Wikipedia). This means you can make something fantastical seem like it could be possible as long as everything else in the story is accurate and the abnormal or paranormal elements fit into the normal. This is the big problem with A Shimmer ...more
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?


It's been a while since I've read some good book about angels. It's a shame cause I really love those creatures but somehow the books about angels tend to disappoint. So I'm really happy to say that this one was good, really good.

This is a story about Rayna the girl who sees angels. Of course no one believes her and there for she spends some time in institution. Now she is out and she believes it's the end of her craziness. She decides to start again with th
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Wanderlust
Cover & title - four out of five
Favorite line - “What would angel lips taste like? Sunshine? Marshmallows? Or something altogether different? Maybe buttered-popcorn jelly beans.”
Favorite character - Kade

When i started this book i was wondering if it was going to be too young for me, if i would be able to read a book aimed for reader much younger than myself. I was pleasantly surprised with it. Yes i did feel it was clearly a book for children or young adults but this did not stop me enjoying
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Liz
Nov 18, 2012 Liz rated it liked it
A Shimmer of Angels was a fantastic debut from Lisa M. Basso. It had a great plot and although some parallels may be drawn between A Beautiful Dark and Dark Kiss, A Shimmer of Angels is solely it's own.

The novel starts out with Rayna 'Ray" Evans leaving a mental institution on remission, she was initially admitted because her Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder, aka her sightings of angels. About a month after her release Ray runs into problems when she sees an angel in her school and later a falle
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Lucy
I wanted so badly to like A Shimmer of Angels. I’m not a huge fan of angel-themed YA, but since my great experiences with The Mortal Instruments and Unearthly, I’ve been more open to the genre. Sadly, A Shimmer of Angels didn’t bring anything new to the paranormal romance genre and only served to remind me why I usually avoid angel books.

My problem with A Shimmer of Angels was that really, there was nothing original about it at all. One-dimensional heroine with a tragic past? Check. Bland but at
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Marie
Jan 18, 2013 Marie rated it it was amazing
Ok ok, so I got this ARC and I've only now got round to reading it, but now all I have say is.. Guys it's out in 10 days and you bet you better go out and get it!

I've read some other reviews and some say its unoriginal. Yes there are book out there similar to this but not THE SAME I mean c'mon, there are a gazillion books out there not every one of them is going to be so different there's not one thing similar in it to another book. Stop being so picky!

I found this book thrilling and captiva
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Feminista
Dec 07, 2012 Feminista rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-and-new-adult, arc
Rating: 4 out of 5

A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso

Rayna thinks she is crazy because she sees angels, or humans with wings. Having lived the last three years of her life in a Mental Health Clinic, she starts school again at the age of sixteen. When she thinks her life is going good and she is not crazy anymore, she sees an angel. In her class.

The new boy/angel in her school doesn’t know what to make of Rayna, who can see his wings. But that doesn’t matter as he is soon told by his superiors t
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Rachel
Apr 09, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: this book is being released by Month9Books, my employer, and I copy edited it.

That said, I freaking love this book! It's dark and intense, funny and swoon-worthy, all wrapped up into a beautiful package (seriously, the cover!).

I'm so, so excited to share this book with the world. I can't wait!
Laura Kreitzer
I received A SHIMMER OF ANGELS by Lisa M. Basso from NetGalley.

2 of 5 stars

While reading reviews of other angel books, I noticed more and more readers were being put off by this fascination with angels in recent YA literature. As an author who has written several books with angels (Adult, not YA), this has certainly upset me. In my quest to figure out why readers are automatically putting angel books in their Do Not Read pile, I've taken up reading other books with angels in them. Now I'm starti
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Christal
Dec 06, 2012 Christal rated it really liked it
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A Shimmer of Angels was a surprisingly good read. It reminded me a little of the Unearthly series, but still had its own unique take on angels. I think the strength of the book was the main character’s voice. Ms. Basso wrote a very well-defined and believable 16-year-old without veering into annoying territory. I think fans of angel books and YA urban fantasies in general will find a lot to appreciate in this book.

A Shimmer of Angels te
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Elicia Cheah
Dec 18, 2012 Elicia Cheah rated it it was amazing
You can also find this review at http://girlinthewoodsreviews.blogspot...

Detailed Review: When I finished reading this book, my first thoughts were 'Wow, this is just totally amazing.' This book has such a relaxing feeling to it that I feel like I'm out in the park once again, breathing in some fresh air. In other words, this book is original.

Nowadays, among mythology, many authors choose angels, or Nephillim, so it's getting quite suffocating with all these angel stuff in your head.

But to be ho
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Heather B (Owlnestly Reviews)
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I LOVED this book. I wasn't sure how I was going to like this book because it seemed to be a bit melodramatic with the newly released insane hospital patient Rayna. It starts off that she has just been released from the SS crazy, also known as the hospital she has to go to after claiming to see the angels. Dr. G has been telling her that she is a schizophrenic and that the only way for her to get better is to know that the winged angels she sees are illusions, they aren't r
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Seanean
Nov 12, 2012 Seanean rated it it was ok
Since around the time of the death of her mother, Rayna has been able to see angels. When she discovered that others were thinking she was nuts for seeing them, she tried to hide her ability, but it never quite worked out.

Now she's out of the mental health clinic again after multiple stints over the last three years and she thinks she finally has this beat. Maybe now, with her meds and multiple therapy sessions, she'll finally stop seeing them.

But fate doesn't give Ray a break.

Not only is she se
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Dianne
Nov 11, 2012 Dianne rated it it was amazing
This ARC copy was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Rayna is a mentally tormented teen who has seen angels since the death of her mother. She has been treated with medication, hospitalization and therapy for her hallucinations. The real problem is, she CAN see angels, both good angels and fallen angels and they are back in her life again and no one believes her, even though several teens have committed suicide for no apparent reason. She has become a pawn between Heaven ...more
Mutmainna
ALSO CROSS POSTED ON MY BLOG.

Oh my goodness! I loved the book! I loved the cover, the characters AND the storyline.

I’d like to mention that that I was not sure whether I should give it a 5 star or not. If you are up to reviewing, then this might have happened to you sometimes as well. Giving 4.5 stars seem unfair, and giving whole 5 means maybe giving away a little too much. I have a feeling that the book is in between a 4.5 and a 5. But obviously I can’t give it a weird and peculiar rating like
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Ioana
Actual rating: 3.5/5

~Contains spoilers!~


Let my start by saying I have a  serious case of cover lust! Pretty, so very pretty.

On to more serious stuff, like Rayna's mental disease. The MC of A Shimmer of Angels can see angels. She had the hallucinations for a long time, but a 3 year-long stint in a mental facility cured her. Doc Graham, her psychiatrist, assures her she is in remission and well enough to go home. The problem?  Queue in three months later, after she's already made a good friend,
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Faye, la Patata
Can also be read on The Social Potato

I would like to give a huge thank you to Netgalley and Month9Books, for providing a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.

Okay, first things first - the cover. My god, it's so beautiful. Who edited this? Someone give him a promotion right now! The colors are absolutely mesmerizing! This has got to be one of the best covers I've seen. The model is beautiful, too, and the overall package totally give
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Anatea Oroz
This review is also posted on my blog, Anatea's Bookshelf.

As you probably already know, I've been reading angel themed books like crazy in the last few months and I really enjoyed most of them. So naturally, when I picked A Shimmer of Angels I tought I would enjoy this one too. And guess what, I did! Besides absolutely gorgeous cover this book is both interesting and engrossing.

The story starts 3 months after Rayna is released from a mental institution for seeing angels, or more accurately, for
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Dayla
Review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso is a young adult novel that begins slowly, but picks up speed near the middle of the story. While the novel is somewhat predictable and a bit cliche, it is an emotional story full of anger and misunderstanding. A fast read with touches of romance here and there, Basso's debut into the world of young adult novels is powerful and dangerous.

Ray has been in and ou
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Chan Luo Qi
Dec 10, 2012 Chan Luo Qi rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Review: A Shimmer of Angels

Note: This book is an ARC I received from the publisher via netgalley. However, this does not in any way affect my review.

A Shimmer of Angels
By: Lisa M. Baso
Expected publication: 29th January 2013
Publisher: Month9books, LLC

This book absolutely blew me away. IT LITERALLY BLEW MY MIND. I loved loved loved A Shimmer of Angels.

A Shimmer of Angels is written in the perspective of a clinically certified mental teenager. Why? Because she could see wings. As in, angel wings.
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Alex (Lexie)
Nov 20, 2012 Alex (Lexie) rated it really liked it
I believe in Angels. And yes, Demons too. I still believe in my Guardian Angel even though I'm old enough for people to make fun of me believing them. But I do and I still pray at night, you know the kid's prayer:
"Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here, ever this day (or night) be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide.
Amen."
I still pray that at night and I can't sleep if I didn't plus I get monsters in my dreams if I forgot to pray to my Guardian Angel. So
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Michelle Arrow
Mar 30, 2013 Michelle Arrow rated it it was amazing
A Shimmer of Angels was a fantastic, extraordinary book from Month9Books. I adored it! Every single page i turned, I kept being pushed and grabbed into Reyna's world, full of angels, and maybe a few murders in between.

Plot: The plot was something I can hardly explain. It was thrilling, romantic, mysterious and everything in between! Rayna truly showed her true side of things with hearing her thoughts and living her "hallucinations". As I read the first page, I immediately was pulled into the st
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Dena (Batch of Books)
Sep 02, 2013 Dena (Batch of Books) rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
This was so much better than I had been expecting. I expected to be entertained, but I figured it would be a bit cheesy (don't ask why, I just did). But I can happily say that I was surprised by how much I liked this book. A lot of other reviewers have compared it to Fallen and Hush Hush, but I've read both of those and I liked this book better.

The story is pretty original in a lot of ways. There is a love triangle which is kind of a downer, because eventually Rayna will have to choose someone a
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Kelly Hashway
Apr 07, 2012 Kelly Hashway rated it it was amazing
I love angel books. I just have to start by saying that. And now I'll tell you that this one is different. In a very good way. Rayna see angels, which makes her family think she's crazy. Only she's not. There are angels causing all sorts of problems at her school, and stopping them will mean exposing herself... again. She's tried to convince her father and sister that she's better, not having hallucinations. And now she comes to find they aren't hallucinations at all, but she's the only one who ...more
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Lisa M. Basso was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She is a lover of books, video games, animals, and baking (not baking with animals though). As a child she would crawl into worlds of her own creation and get lost for hours. Her love for YA fiction started with a simple school reading assignment: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. When not reading or writing she can usually be found at hom ...more
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