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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 escap
Paperback, 280 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Grove Creek Publishing
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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 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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Dec 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-n-reviewed
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
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
J Joyce
Mar 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
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Pamela Todd
Apr 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Nasty Lady MJ
Sep 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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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
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
May 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 24, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I totally didn't see the ending coming. Just what I needed.
Bookish Delights
Dec 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Partying. Drinking. Hooking up. Some consider this fun. For Zoe Dodd it was just a way to escape.

Escape from the responsibility of taking care of her autistic young sister Abria. Escape to anyone who would give her the attention that she was missing from her parents and so desperately desired.

She never would have thought that all she needed were the feelings of peace, comfort and warmth that Matthias could give to her. But then she never thought that Guardian Angel’s existed either.

Matthias was
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Jade Walker
Jul 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rated-a
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I really was a bit dubious about this book as I was really worried that it would just be another book about a human falling in love with an immortal, full of angst about how they can never be together, with another whiny heroine crying over a guy she met two days before.

Okay, so Zoe is a bit whiny but in all fairness she has every right to be, her sister is autistic, her brother is addicted to drugs and Zoe feels like she's got to deal with ev
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, young-adult, angels
I'm pretty sure I'm never going to find another book like this. I thought this was going to be a light fun read. I had no idea about the amount of angst that was going to be in this book. Zoe is a teen girl who has an autistic sister. Her being a lot older than her younger sister, she's often takes the responsibility of babysitting to relieve some of the pressure from her mom. However as the pressure shifts to Zoe she takes to drinking and casual hook-ups as a means to escape. Luke Her younger b ...more
Amber  ~ The Reading Addict
I'll admit it- I had low expectations for this book. I thought it'd be another mysterious-boy-meets-girl story. I will also gladly admit that I was completely wrong. Heavenly is one of the purest, truest romance novels I've read in a long time. I was surprised at how much I fell in love the Zoe, Matthias, and all of the characters.

When I first started Heavenly, I thought that I was nothing like Zoe, and I found it hard to relate to her. Before Matthias enters the picture, Zoe is pretty much as
Yin Chien 인첸
Mar 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Bailey (IB Book Blogging)
Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Wanda Hartzenberg
Oct 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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
May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Zoe and Matthias wow what a story! This story was really jam packed with all sorts of wonderful and sad happenings. At first I had a hard time getting settled into the story. This story deals with a wide assortment of issues, that in some ways are sad/depressing. Zoe is a teenager who has a good family, that like all have their challenges. Their challenge is her little sister Abria, who is autistic. I don't know anyone with an autistic child so this was enlightening, I imagined it would be tough ...more
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Jennifer, aka JM 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 Laurens: Falling for ...more

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