DISCLAIMER: I received A Shimmer of Angels as a publisher ARC through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
I wanted to review A Shimmer of Angels while it was still fresh in my mind. I finished the book yesterday and have mixed feelings about the title.
I have to admit, I went into this book expecting it to be just another high school novel, I feared it would be on par withMarked and I would be putting it down before I let too many of my brain cells rot.
Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised.
Ray is a refreshing take on the teenage girl. Having lived three years of her life in a mental hospital, she isn’t the standard high school teen queen. Of course, there is the typical love triangle, which seems to be standard among YA novels these days. (let me tell you now girls, you’ll be lucky to ever have one perfect guy falling head over heels for you, the chances of two would be slim to none.)
The writing leaves much to be improved on, I got the feeling that the author was trying too hard to sound like a teenage girl. The dialogue Ray used did not match her thoughts. She was emotionally more mature than a normal 16 year old would be because she had gone through so much more than most teens. It should reflect in the way she speaks along with the way she processes information.
I love Ray’s ‘descent into madness’ throughout the beginning of the books. I put this in quotes because it’s not so much a descent into madness as an ascent from madness. The best part of the novel is the section where Ray comes to terms with the fact that she is not crazy.
The author would use filler sentences that didn’t make too much sense, which gave me the feeling that she was trying too hard. She’d use words like…
“Have a seat,” the waitress invited, her voice sharp with sarcasm.”
He might look my age, but sometimes, when he said weird things like that, I couldn’t shake the feeling he was much older.
The first qualm I had with these was trying to figure out how one would sarcastically tell someone to take a seat for a job interview. I spent a few minutes trying to figure that one out. As for the second quote, you’ll probably need some context. She says this about Cam, a person she’s known for approximately 2.5 minutes and said 3 words to.
This is what I’m talking about, a good editing and this would be a really great book.
I like the topic, fallen angels, guardian angels, angels from hell. This all interests me, but I’d have to say I haven’t read many novels on the subject. This is because I’m writing my own angel-based novel and don’t want to be influenced by any other work.
I took a chance with A Shimmer of Angels and I’m glad I did. I’m not sure I’ll read the following 2 novels, but that is to be discovered.
Favorite character: Kade
Least Favorite Character: Cam
Recommended for: Young readers, readers interested in angel/demon work.