Author: Jennifer Laurens
Genre/Audience: Paranormal, young adult
Publication: Grove Creek Publishing, 2009
Source: For review
I just read Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens for Around the World Tours, and I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Zoe is in high school, and lives a pretty stressful life. Her little sister, Abria, has Autism, and her younger brother smokes pot. She feels like she has the weight of the world on her shoulders, and has been forced to become like a second mother to Abria. She loves to go out and party on the weekends and get drunk, which usually results in her hooking up with a number of different guys. Then she meets Matthias, an attractive and charming young man who she first encounters at the park when Abria has run off and he finds her. Then, she encounters him again when Abria goes missing in a parking lot a few days later. Soon, she discovers that he is Abria’s guardian angel, and he appears whenever Abria is in some sort of trouble. This would be a good thing, and it is, except that Zoe is falling in love with him . . .
What a great story! It was so interesting and different, and I really loved reading it. The characters were fantastic and I especially enjoyed the character of Abria and the fact that the author was able to portray a character with Autism so accurately and positively. This book was certainly out of my reading comfort zone with the whole angel aspect, because I tend to gravitate more towards realism in my reading, but she did such a great job shaping the character Matthias, that most of the time, he seemed like a regular guy – which is probably why Zoe fell for him. This was a great story that of course featured romance, but focused mostly on family, and the struggles they go through together, which I really liked. The family and their problems were very realistic and heartbreaking.
I really enjoyed this story for a different kind of read. It was beautiful, sad, and fun, all at once.
My Rating: 4/5