Friday, December 3, 2010

Heavenly: Heavenly 1

Author:  Jennifer Laurens
Genre:  Young Adult – Fantasy/Romance
Publication Date: August 15, 2009
Age Range:  Young-Adult
Pages:  296
Date Scoot Read: November 2010
Source: Paperback from Jennifer Laurens for review

Scoot's Rating
8- Really good!

Synopsis (via Goodreads)
I met someone who changed everything. Matthias. My autistic sister's guardian angel. Honest. Inspiring. Funny. Hot. And immortal. That was the problem. What could I do? I did what any other girl would do-I fell in love with him. Zoe's sister darts in front of cars. Her brother's a pothead. Her parents are so overwhelmed; they don't see Zoe lost in her broken life. Zoe escapes the only way she knows how: partying. Matthias, a guardian sent from Heaven, watches over Zoe's autistic sister. After Zoe is convinced he's legit, angel and lost girl come together in a love that changes destiny. But Heaven on Earth can't last forever.

Scoot’s Review:
In Heavenly you jump right into the hectic life of Zoe.  She is a teenager struggling to find her place in the world along with her autistic sister and drug-addicted younger brother.  With parents who care, but are oblivious to their children’s struggles, Zoe turns to hard partying for comfort.  The downward spiral of her life is thrown off course when she meets MatthiasMatthias is a mysterious young man who keeps showing up just when her autistic sister is on the brink of danger.  Thus begins Zoe’s change of heart.  I found this book to be a refreshing change of pace from the angel themed books I have read lately.  Like it states on the Heavenly swag, ‘real angels don’t fall’.  I really liked how Matthias was GOOD and pure, and how Zoe wanted to be a better person because of him.  I also liked how Zoe was protective of her siblings and truly cared for them, even if she didn’t always go about showing it in the best ways.  As for writing style, I found the plot easy to follow and it flowed well.  The secondary characters were well developed and they each had their own unique personality, even the total creepers.  Also, the evil spirits = very CREEPY.  A good read!  I will be hunting down the sequel to find out what happens next.

YA content warnings: underage drinking, drug references, sexual references.


brandileigh2003 said...

I loved the scenes with Matthias, he is wonderful! Thanks for the review.
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

Sierra Cullen.♥ said...

-Thanks for this review!
I am almost done with this book. I'm at the part when...well, I can't say because it's a spoiler. But a very good spot! I love Matthias! :]


Jennifer Messerschmidt said...

I have this book on my kindle. I'm really excited to get a chance to read it. The story sounds unique. I like that the angel is good like you say. That he helps her sister and that she wants to be better because of him. Also glad to hear it is creepy with the evil spirits. Matthias sound amazing.


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