A Shimmer of Angels By Lisa M. Basso

Title: A Shimmer of Angels

Author: Lisa M. Basso

Publisher: Month9Books

UK Publication Date: 29th January 2013


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?


We follow Rayna as she tries to regain her footing outside of a mental health facility – back to school, new job and a fresh start. After Rayna’s mother dies she begins to see ‘wings’ – angels. Her father not knowing how to help has her placed in a mental health facility in which she spends a substantial time.

Things begin to slip as a new classmate appears with golden wings behind him. She tries to ignore them but when one of her class mates is found dead she is caught in a fight for her sanity and the protection of her class mates.

I enjoyed A Shimmer of Angels as it combined one of my main interests (mental illness) mixed with Angels and the Fallen. I felt the novel was too short however, I know that there are two more books following this – the Angel Sight series/trilogy – but in some ways maybe it would have been better if they were combined? I can’t say this until the following novels are out, just speculate. I have not read any of the many Angel books that are out there and so cannot compare this one to them. A good fast paced book that held my interest, but maybe not at the quality of other books that are out there, but again this is speculation.

Those that want a bit of supernatural with some mental health this is a book you may enjoy.

I will give it a  3.5 out of 5