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February 7, 2013

Blog Tour: A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso – Review, Interview, and G!veaway

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 A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso

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After our review and an interview with Lisa M. Basso,
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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?

add to goodreads A Shimmer of Angels (Angel Sight #1) by Lisa M. Basso
Publication Date:  January 29, 2013
Publisher:  Month9Books, LLC

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Gabby NewWhen it came to A Shimmer of Angels by author Lisa M. Basso I was instantly pulled in by the title. It was unique and had me wondering what the plot could possibly hold besides angels. Lately in YA there have been a ton of titles that have a main focus of angels and while there are some that really go above and beyond there are others that fall short. To anybody reading this review you should know that A Shimmer of Angels does not fall into the latter category. After reading the interesting premise of the novel I couldn’t wait to be introduced to a main character who just left a mental institution and is pulled into a supernatural world, I couldn’t wait to get reading (and, you know, the subject of crazy is cool *thumbs up*).

A Shimmer of Angels focuses on the life of Sixteen year old Rayna. After her mother’s drowning, Ray began to see “angels” and was quickly sent off to a mental institution that she dubbed the S.S. Crazy. After months of therapy and treatments, Ray is finally in remission and can return to a supposedly normal life. Ray starts her life all over again, prepared to face the fact that the angels she saw before were just in her head and were never real. She hasn’t seen them in such a long time that Ray is almost sure that what her doctors and therapists told her can be confirmed—up until she sees an angel again and everything she ever believed is changed.

The angel in question is Cam who Ray can’t believe is an angel… up until he confirms it.  Not only is Cam an angel but every other angel Ray has seen was an actual angel. It isn’t until a few people that Ray knows begin to commit suicide that she figures out that something far more sinister is at work and that the sinister being is someone that only she can see; An angel.  Ray ends up coming across a Fallen angel, Kade, while Ray isn’t sure she can trust Kade a hundred percent, he still becomes an ally to her. Ray, Cam and Kade work together to uncover who is behind the “suicides” and what it is they want with Ray.

What I really enjoyed with A Shimmer of Angels was the main character. Throughout the novel I noticed the way that the situations Ray was put in caused her to grow a bit more of a spine and more nerve as the novel continued on. At the start of the novel Ray is a girl who just left the S.S. Crazy (her words not mine) and is fragile in every aspect. It’s not until Ray faces the truth that she finally begins to grow more and more into the role of a heroine who is prepared to save the people closest to her. With Rayna, I found myself smirking at some of her thoughts and also grew very sympathetic towards her. Her family life absolutely sucks; her Dad and sister both resent her for her psyche when in reality she’s perfectly fine.  I felt for Rayna and loved that nearer to the end of the novel she forgot what everybody wanted for her and acted as though she has nothing left to lose.

In most novels when you have two superhot angels working with you you’re usually bound to fall in love with one of them. That’s usually part of the recipe to make a romance, however I personally found that there wasn’t as much romance in A Shimmer of Angels as I had expected before starting the novel.  In most cases I’d be disappointed, but I actually felt that it fit in A Shimmer of Angels and while there were a few stolen kisses between Ray and Cam and Ray and Kade. I personally found myself cheering on a relationship between Cam and Ray despite the fact that a relationship between the two would result in Cam falling from heaven and becoming one of the Fallen. And we don’t want that.

The main antagonist in the novel is one that I enjoyed because for once we finally have a bad-guy who doesn’t have any vulnerabilities. I liked that the man behind the killings was a psychopathic Fallen angel and no that isn’t a spoiler. A Shimmer of Angels is a novel that keeps a quick pace and nearing the end of the novel, I was faced with a conclusion that has me prepared and quite interested in a sequel.  Plus, I want more Kade. I like the mysterious thing he has going for him it’s super-attractive quite pleasant.

I’d recommend A Shimmer of Angels to fans of novels like Unearthly and readers who want a thriller with a supernatural twist. Readers who are looking for a novel that they won’t want to put down will definitely love A Shimmer of Angels.

Chapter-by-Chapter-header---InterviewTop Favs with Lisa M. Basso

You’re home alone, there’s a fire!  Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire.

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-Oh no. Oh no! *runs in spastic circles* Okay, think. I’d grab…Kitty A, Kitty B, and (assuming my boyfriend gets out on his own) my ereader.

 

Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why:

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-Yogurt and granola, salt and vinegar chips, and chocolate chip cookies (homemade, of course). Great. Now I’m hungry. *sneaks out for snacks*

Top 3 Favorite books that inspired you to write and why:

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-The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. This book was my first love. It was the first book I’d read that really opened my eyes to what fiction could mean. When I found out Hinton was only fifteen when she started writing The Outsiders, I began writing, too.

-Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur. My imagination exploded with I read this book. Riley Jenson was the kind of heroine I wanted to write. The world Keri Arthur created in Melbourne, Australia was where I wanted to be. Paranormal and Urban Fantasy was what I wanted to write. Period. Whenever I find myself in a reading slump, I pick up this series and let it fascinate me all over again.

-Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. I was already dedicated to writing by the time I picked up Shiver, but when I read it, I became inspired. The way Maggie crafts characters and brings even the most mundane task to life is simply magic. Shiver didn’t inspire me to write, it motivated me to push myself harder, take my characters out of their comfort zone, and read more–which we all know is a big deal, especially when you want to be a writer.

Top 3 musicians/bands/groups and why:

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-Florence + The Machine. The entire album of Lungs was on repeat on my iPod for months. The vocals, the lyrics. Perfection. Plus, have you heard the track Girl With One Eye? Spooky cool.

-Adele. The queen of the break-up song as far as I’m concerned. Her music holds so much emotion, it’s impossible not to write to it.

-Mumford & Sons. This is a fairly new-to-me band that I fell in love with so hard and so fast. Their sound is so soulful and different and their lyrics so thoughtful and bold. Love the simplicity. Can anyone say excellence? Mumford & Sons is that for me.

Top 3 favorite movies of all time and why:

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-Gone With the Wind. This movie is an epic look at the Old South. I’ve been obsessed with everything southern for as long as I can remember. Scarlett O’Hara is a strong, willful character that never gives up. She fights till the bitter end and even then she’s not going down without a fight. What I really loved about this movie was the way Scarlett changes and grows from the sweet, spoiled southern belle to the tough, savvy business woman that finally finds true love. I have to watch this one at least once a year.

-Titanic. I was pretty young when Titanic first came out. In middle school, I think. I watched it four times in the movie theater. Now, I haven’t seen the rereleased version and I’m not sure if anything has changed, but I’m hoping not. There was something so epic about the story, especially with it being based on the historical event. Not to mention the romance was so heartfelt and spot on. Now that I think about it, I might head to the store and pick up the new copy on Blu-Ray. I can’t believe I don’t have it yet!

-Moulin Rouge. I didn’t know what to expect the first time I saw this movie, but boy was I surprised. Great music, a dash of humor, a touching love story, and a tragic ending. I. Was. Sold. And I may have bought the soundtrack and listened to it. A lot. Not saying I did. But not saying I didn’t either. ;)

Top 3 favorite gadgets and why:

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-Spartacus, my super high-tech laptop. He’s my fairly new writing buddy, as he was a gift for my birthday last year (yes, I do have the most amazing boyfriend and family gift givers). Without my dear Spartacus, writing would not be the same.

-My iPhone. When I’m away from Spartacus, which isn’t very often, my iPhone is my link to my email, goodreads, twitter, facebook, music, and games. Yes, my name is Lisa and I’m a Bingo addict.

-My ereader. I have a Sony ereader packed with books. Now, I am definitely more of a print girl–there’s something about the feel of the weight of a book in your hands, worrying the pages between your fingers when things aren’t going the way you’d hoped for your favorite characters–but ebooks are instant. There’s no trip to the book store, no waiting for delivery, just click and bam it’s there. I may have a book buying problem. Just saying. Still, without my ereader I’d have to tote like five books with me every time I leave the house.

Top 3 favorite dream destinations and why:

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-Hawaii. I’ve heard so much about how beautiful it is there. Almost everyone I know has gone. Le sigh. One day. I’ve secretly been thinking about setting a book there just so I have an excuse to go.

-Europe. So this may be pushing the envelope a little, but I’ve always wanted to tour every country in Europe. England, Italy, France, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Germany, everywhere!

-Almost anywhere in the Bahamas. When I take vacations, I either do one of two things. Plan and pack eighteen days worth of sightseeing and activities into just a few, or I do nothing. A tropical island getaway with nothing but fruity drinks, white sand, and crystal clear water would be heaven any day of the week. Add Spartacus and I might never leave. Side note: this one is different from Hawaii because there are tons of things I’d love to actually do on the islands of Hawaii. But something about the Bahamas just screams relax on my beaches and do nothing!

About the Author:

 

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 home with The Best Boyfriend that Ever Lived ™ and her two darling (and sometimes evil) cats, Kitties A and B. Lisa M. Basso is available for quotes, signings, video or podcast appearances, and all opportunities relative to A SHIMMER OF ANGELS.

A SLITHER OF HOPE, Book 2 in the ANGEL SIGHT series will be available from Month9Books in February 2014!
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2 Comments

  1. Yay… I loved this one. So glad you like it too. Wonderful review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever
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  2. Pragya
    2/8/2013

    Love the interview, the kitty pics, your snacks make me hungry.
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