Review: A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso

Posted 13 September, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. BassoA Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso
Series: Angel Sight #1
Publisher: Month9Books on January 29, 2013
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 321
Reading Challenges: 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge, 2014 Rewind Challenge
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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 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?

Here Are My Thoughts

Favorite Quotes

“I squinted through the darkness, spotting that unmistakably messy-sexy hair beside bright platinum blonde. I heard noises. Were they…? Yep. They were making out next to the trash bin. How, well, trashy.”

Why I Picked It Up

At the time that I requested this novel I was on an angel-kick and well, this novel is about angels so of course I picked it up!


A Shimmer of Angels was a bit typical. I kind of played into the trope of good angels vs. fallen angels that every angel book seems to follow. It had those things that almost every other angel book out there has. This fact made it a bit predictable, even in regards to the romance. Nevertheless, it kept me interested and there were certain things about it that kept me engaged. I found the aspect of Ray being able to see angels and being diagnosed as schizophrenic interesting. It was so interesting that it kept me reading this one and hoping to read the next. Although it had its typical moments, there were times in this novel that made it unique.

“I’d been forbidden from seeing the men with wings—angels—had lost so much of my life denying them, but now… now I knew they were real. Or I was intensely more schizophrenic than before. But Cam…his questions, his answers, our entire conversation, I couldn’t have made that up.”

The pacing was okay. There was quite the bit of action throughout the novel but it always seemed punctuated by Ray going back and forth about being crazy. That’s the thing that I disliked the most about this noel. Ray seemed as if she wanted to be crazy the way she kept insisting to herself that she was even though she had proof that she wasn’t. This internal argument came up too much and got annoying after a bit.

Leading Lady

“I was beginning to learn it didn’t matter what I did; I couldn’t escape the crazy. It was part of me; it was who I was. The best I could do was try to hold it together while everything unraveled around me. Because I wouldn’t go back to the SS Crazy. I wouldn’t.”

Ray was a good character. She wasn’t extraordinary other than the fact that she could see angels. Nothing about her character really stuck out to me. She was selfless, a bit jumpy and paranoid, and just wanted it all to end. She got a bit of a backbone throughout the course of the novel but I hope there is more character growth in the next novel.

Leading Male

There were two main male characters in this novel. Like all of your typical angel books, there was a good angel and a bad angel.

“Cam was the vacuum that took the bad away. The one person whose embrace felt right.”

Cam was the “good” angel. He was sent to protect one of her classmates but is startled when Ray can see his wings. He then pulls her in to try to help him and his kind by identifying fallen angels. We didn’t see as much of Cam as we did Kade in this novel. He was protective but he followed the rules of his kind and didn’t get involved much. He didn’t help her when she needed help and that didn’t put him on my good side. I really hope we see a more open Cam in the upcoming novel.

“He’d asked for my help, and against everything I wanted, I’d given it to him. I let him suck me into all the winged stuff I thought I had left behind; I let him drag me into the center of their ongoing conflict. And when it all came crashing down, he abandoned me. He’d abandoned me. Let me alone to face the aftermath when he could have helped. He’d done nothing to help. But Kade did.”

Kade was the “bad” angel. But of course, bad doesn’t always mean bad. There are shades of gray and Kade was one of them. I enjoyed Kade a lot more. Even though he was somewhat callous, sarcastic, and a jerk, he showed more care in one chapter for Ray than Cam did in the entire book. He was there for her at any time that she needed him. So obviously, I am Team Kade.


As you could probably tell, this romance is a love triangle. What I wasn’t expecting, though, was a case of instalove. It was there and shining like a beacon. I hated it. I hated that one of the characters stole her heart without seemingly letting the other potential interest in there for a chance. I can only hope that it was just insta-infatuation and that both boys get a fair shot at Ray. Surprisingly, there wasn’t much romance at all though. This book was more focused on getting the bad guy than the boys getting the girl. We had like, two kisses and a handful of sweet moments in this book and that’s it. I didn’t mind it though because I was too focused on the plot. Besides, this dulled the affects that an insta-love would have had on my judgment of the book.

World Building

I would have liked to see a bit more world building in this novel with the history of the angels and what exactly was going on with Ray. I can only hope that we get more glimpses into the angel world because honestly, I am a bit confused about some things and need some clarification. I am hoping for a bit more for that in book two.


A Shimmer of Angels was an okay novel; even though it hit on many of the tropes in angel-themed novels, there were things about it that made it unique and an overall good read, leaving me wanting to get my hands on book two.

3.5 Stars

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