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Heavenly (Heavenly #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,559 Ratings  ·  360 Reviews
I met someone who changed everything. Matthias. My autistic sister's guardian angel. Honest. Inspiring. Funny. Hot. And immortal. That was the problem. What could I do? I did what any other girl would do-I fell in love with him. Zoe's sister darts in front of cars. Her brother's a pothead. Her parents are so overwhelmed; they don't see Zoe lost in her broken life. Zoe esca ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Grove Creek Publishing (first published June 1st 2009)
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JoJo - JJJ (Jo Anna) Janesko
Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens has been a book I have eagerly been anticipating to read. I had read several wonderful reviews. Let me tell you Jennifer Larens did not disappoint with Heavenly, this book exceeded my expectations.

There are so many things I would like to share however I will keep them at a minimum so I don’t spoil this book for anyone. I would like to share, what usually draws me into a book is the romance between the characters however this family’s struggles is what kept me turning
Mar 22, 2009 Mirrormarie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book blew my mind. I read it in one sitting, I was so enthralled. It captures so well the struggle of a family dealing with an autistic child, as well as teenagers who abuse drugs and alcohol. I speak from experience when I say that this novel described with perfect accuracy the struggles, heartache, and emotions a family like Zoe's would live through. Her relationship with Matthias is beautiful - fulfilling the need within all humans to be loved for who they are, even with all their flaws ...more
Rachel Wilkes
Mar 04, 2009 Rachel Wilkes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing. I read it in a day and a half. One word: REAL.
Often times I've found myself reading YA books where you get the feeling the author hasn't even TALKED to a teenager/young adult in ten years, let alone knows enough to write for them. This book has an amazing story, characters you won't forget and leaves you thinking about it. This book is far from just fluff, so if that's what you're looking for, don't read it.
All in all, five stars. The book didn't try too hard like so many
Inspired Kathy
Dec 06, 2010 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Giveaway open until 12/16 Heavenly, Penitence or Absolution:

4.5 Stars
I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed reading Heavenly. Although classified as fantasy, Jennifer Lauren's version of "guardian angels" is a version I can believe actually exist.
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First I wanna say a special thanks to Jennifer Laurens for giving my this copy for review. I have had Heavenly on my TBR for a LONG time and when she asked me to review it I jumped at the Thank You!

So like I said I have been wanting to read this for close to forever now, so I naturally wanted to love it. But in the beginning it was quite the opposite of love I was feeling. Zoe is a 18 yr old teenage girl whose little sister, Abria, is autistic. But in the beginning Zoe just came off
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
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Why I Read this Book: I just recently came across Heavenly after seeing it somewhere in the book blogging community. I read the blurb and it appealed to me. I found the premise of an unattainable love with a guardian angel to be quite interesting.

What I Liked: The author created real characters with real everyday situations, with the exception of guardian angels of course.

Autism is not something that I am familiar with, however the author did a wonderful job sheddin
J Joyce
Mar 11, 2009 J Joyce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
one of the best books I've ever read. The story, the language, the characters, are so real you really feel for all of them. Its kind of Twilight Done Right, if you ask me. A forbidden love story with some REAL meat.
Apr 22, 2011 Mindy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read this YA book because it seemed to have a storyline I had thought up back when Twilight was so popular. It is essentially about a girl falling in love with an angel. It was a fast read. I didn't love it or hate it. I thought it was okay. The writing is typical for YA books (not noteworthy). Some things that fell short for me was the relationship between the two main characters seemed unsubstantial, maybe a little lustful, which was hard to imagine with an angel. Also, the convers ...more
Jan 26, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book a few days ago and have been having trouble really putting my feelings about his book into writing. I was so touched by this book. Each character felt so real, like I could meet them anywhere. I could feel how connected the author is to the story making it much more than just a story rather a movie unfolding before my eyes. Each person was so well defined, it was not like just the main people were defined but each and every person. When there was pain, I felt it like I was i ...more
Pamela Todd
In an age where YA has become a universal phenomenon, it can be increasingly difficult to produce a book completely original. But that is exactly what Jennifer Laurens has done.

With a trend comes the risk of being compared to other authors, other stories. The rise in popularity of the angel novels has seen many new takes on the creatures, but I can honestly say, hand over heart, that none have been done that can even be compared to Heavenly.

Though obviously a paranormal novel, this book felt so
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Howdy YAL
Sep 24, 2013 Howdy YAL rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: based-on-sample
No. Just no. From the five chapters I read, I noticed numerous grammatical errors and I just can't stand the main character. She is completely obnoxious and sanctimonious. Her little sister has autism, but instead of trying to adapt and deal with her struggles our bitch of a MC wants her put in a home because she can't stop texting enough to watch her. A freaking state ran home. She also judges her brother for smoking weed when she binge drinks. I also have vibes that this is heavy religion lit ...more
Feb 25, 2011 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review from: More Than Just A Book

Matthias is the perfect guy, he is nice (too nice), honest, funny, and hot. Oh, and did I mention he is an angel assigned to protect Zoe's little sister Abira?

Zoe has it tough, I don't know how it is to have an autistic family member but through Zoe's eyes I can see that it is not easy. To some extent I see her point of view, and I see why she does all they partying and the drinking and first. And I would like to say that at the beginning I didn't like her much
Yelania Nightwalker

Me gustaría decir que Heavenly fue una lectura fácil, pero no fue así. Zoe es una adolescente que tiene que lidiar con la falta de atención de sus padres, que están volcados en atender a su hija pequeña, Abria, que tiene autismo. Su hermano que está metido en las drogas y ella, que tiene un montón de responsabilidades a causa de la condición de su hermanita. Zoe lo único que desea es ir a fiestas, salir con chicos y olvidar sus penas en alcohol. Está desorientada, no hay nadie que pueda ver
May 17, 2011 Ren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA fans
Read paperback version and write the review in my own languange, Indonesia

Zoe merasa kehidupannya tidak sama lagi setelah kelahiran adik perempuannya Abria. Abria yang autis membuat keluarga Zoe sangat protektif terhadapnya, dan membuat hubungan Zoe, adik laki-lakinya Luke, dan orangtua mereka menjadi renggang, karena orangtua Zoe lebih memfokuskan perhatian mereka terhadapa Abria. Untuk mengisi kekosongan dalam hidupnya, Zoe melakukan satu-satunya hal yang dia tahu : berpesta dan hura-hura.

May 08, 2009 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. I really liked the fact that although the little sister had autism, the family was together. I can only imagine (and the book gave an excellent illustration) of how difficult and challenging it must be to keep a family together with the amount of stress that there was, but they did. I loved the fact that they went to church and were really a unit. Most YA books don’t incorporate the family unit as well as this book did. I could really relate to the relationshi ...more
Well, while I cant say I loved it like i wish I could I still really enjoyed it! It did also make me tear up at the end...ach maybe I did love it...

But anyway I had been looking for this book for AGES and could not wait to read it! So naturally when i first opened it I was giddy..yes giddy with excitement.

This book is about 18 year old Zoe who, really, has a lot to deal with. Due to her autistic little sister Zoe and her little brother hate home life and at first seem to want to do anything to g
Aug 20, 2010 Kristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Missy (Missy's Reads & Reviews)
It took me a few pages to actually get into Heavenly, but once I was snagged - I was there for the rest of the book. Heavenly was a great read with real-life issues packed into the story to make it relatable to anyone that may pick up this book.

I think the best part for me was the characters. They were flawed and sometimes made the worst decisions ever, but their actions and solutions were all very realistic. I loved Zoe and could definitely relate to her. I don’t know if I agreed with every dec
Jan 07, 2013 Meli rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Me llevó dos años, pero lo terminé :D
Zoe es una protagonista totalmente odiosa, al principio odiaba como trataba a su hermanita, al final ese cambio a lo Madre Teresa de Calcuta fue totalmente inverosímil y sabía cómo iba a terminar porque cometí el error de leer la sinopsis del libro que le sigue y en la primera línea ya tiene un tremendo spoiler.
Matthias, es bastante encantador, pero no me terminó de cerrar.
Al final estuvo entre pasable y lindo, me gustó que el romance fuera imposible durante
Jun 12, 2010 Nic rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, angels, 2010, swap
Rating 3.5 stars

For some reasons I finding it hard to write a review for this book so I'm going to keep this short. I enjoyed this book but I founded it to be more of an emotional read than I expected. I felt it dealt with with the family issues and addiction in an honest way. The characters were good but I didn't really fall in love with any of them. The ending definitely took me by suprise but in a good way. I like that she put in a sneak peek of Penitence as it got me wondering what direction
Wanda Hartzenberg
Oct 06, 2015 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
By Jennifer Laurens
I met someone who changed everything. Matthias. My autistic sister’s guardian angel.
This is the line that got my attention.
Unfortunately it did not keep my attention.
Let me tell you that whenever I leave a less than glowing review for a Christian based book I feel like dirt. I feel as if I am selling out but I honestly cannot recommend this book as a Christian read or to others as a non Christian fiction read.
The plot of the book should be simple and clear cut. It i
Feb 17, 2009 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I totally didn't see the ending coming. Just what I needed.
Aik Chien 인첸
Mar 14, 2011 Aik Chien 인첸 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zoe is falling apart. She lives the life of a walking corpse. On the outside, she looks just like any normal teenager, but on the inside, she feels empty. Abandoned. Her sister Abria is an Autistic child who has speaking disorders and the attention level of 5 seconds. Her brother Luke is drowning himself in drugs. To run away from the harsh realities, she parties and searches for casual relationships.

But everything changes when she meets the mysterious Matthias, who, according to himself, is a g
Feb 27, 2011 Noémie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm definitively in love with angel guardian...Very spiriual, love book. A great wrting! I love it!

Zoé à 18 ans, une soeur de 4 ans (ce n'est pas dit clairement mais j'estimerais son âge ainsi) et un frère de 16ans.Des parents qui l'aime, ainsi qu'une amie Britt avec qui elle partage ses secrets.Tout serait parfait si Abria , sa petite soeur n'était pas autiste, si son frère Luke n'était pas un accro aux drogues et que ses parents ne s'en rendaient même pas compte et si sa meilleure amie ne s'am
Jul 24, 2011 Colette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I had high expectations for this book, but it did not deliver. I've tried to wait until my reasoning can sound more like reasoning and less like a rant. Here's why the book lost three stars...

Minus 1.5 stars - CONTENT - Alright, I read this for a good clean read. This read was too edgy for my taste, and not something I'd let my daughter under 17 read. Though probably very realistic, there are liberal references to Zoe's sexual conquests, lusty desires, and "hunting" for boys. Add to that the dru
Diana (Bookish_D)
One word: REAL! Let me start of by saying that this book is so much more than a girl and her guardian angel. When I read the back of the book I thought, “Oh hey, another paranormal romance novel. I’ll put it in my TBR pile” this was 3 months ago- I am seriously kicking my own ass for not picking it up sooner!
In this story we follow 17 year old Zoe, who has turned to drinking and partying as an escape from reality. Zoe's younger sister, Abria, has autism, her parents are walking on a very thin li
Oct 21, 2010 Marcie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a hard review for me to write because I absolutely loved this book. I want to tell you everything I love about this book but I don't want to spoil it for you. I want you to experience the awesomeness of this book yourself. I really wasn't expecting, when I read this book, to be taken on an emotional roller coaster. Jennifer Laurens created a realistic story with realistic characters. The story is told from Zoe's point of view. She is a teenager dealing with the pressures of life but als ...more
Bailey (IB Book Blogging)
If I had to choose just one word to describe this book, it would be: AMAZING. From the very first page, I was enthralled by the world of Heavenly and I couldn't stop reading until the very last page.

Zoe is a well-rounded girl who has her fair share of problems. She feels ignored by her family because of her autistic sister and uses alcohol to escape the pain. She feels so frustrated that life has dealt her with an autistic sister and wishes that her family could go back to being the way it was b
Elise (Bookish Delights)
Heavenly was a true delight to read! Very authentic. I would categorize Heavenly as realistic fiction with hints of the paranormal. The struggles that come with raising a child with autism is highlighted in this book. There is an incredible depth to this story, whose solid foundation comes from the fact that Laurens has a lot of personal experience with raising a child with autism. What I loved about this book was that it’s more than just a paranormal romance between Zoe and Matthias, who is the ...more
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Jennifer, aka JM Warwick aka Katherine Warwick was born and raised in Southern California and her hometown of Palos Verdes Estates flavors her books: A Season of Eden and An Open Vein. She doesn't limit herself to writing one genre, and was the first to author four romance novels centered around the popular sport of ballroom dancing.She has YA novels published under her YA romance name of Jennifer ...more
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