Saturday, February 27, 2010

Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens

Title: Heavenly
Series: N/A
Book #: One
Author: Jennifer Laurens 
: 280
Published: 2009
Reading Level: Young Adult

Do you believe in angels?

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.

Amber's thoughts: 

I'll admit it- I had low expectations for this book. I thought it'd be another mysterious-boy-meets-girl story. I will also gladly admit that I was completely wrong. Heavenly is one of the purest, truest romance novels I've read in a long time. I was surprised at how much I fell in love the Zoe, Matthias, and all of the characters. 

When I first started Heavenly, I thought that I was nothing like Zoe, and I found it hard to relate to her. Before Matthias enters the picture, Zoe is pretty much as messed up as you can get. I grimaced at her use of language and alcohol abuse. Then she meets Matthias, and I began to see who she really was. As I got to know her character, I could understand how challenging it is to have a handicapped sister. By the time I finished the book, I felt extremely close to Zoe. I could really appreciate the time it took to develop the character, and I think it made her a more realistic figure. 

Matthias. Don't we all wish we had someone like him? That special someone who is so perfect, they're almost unrealistic. Still, that didn't stop me from falling for this angel. Matthias' character was one of the major contributors to my love of this book- I really enjoyed reading about such an honest, caring person. Unlike other angel/human romance novels, this book portrays angels as blessed beings instead of the dark angels cast out of heaven at the beginning of time. I liked this description much more than the other. 

This book doesn't purely focus on the romance between Zoe and Matthias, even though that is part of the plot. The novel is more about the pain and heartache that come with having a autistic child in the family. There were parts in this book where I felt my heart would burst from the love that Zoe and her family shared. It was so refreshing to read a book that is centered around such a tightly-knit family. 

I would definitely recommend this book. This is a wonderful story that can be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates a tale of true love, family bonds, and self discovery. 

1 comment:

jenniferlaurens said...

Awwww. Amber. Your kind thoughts brought tears to my eyes. Seriously. I guess it's because of the closeness of the story to my heart. I really appreciate your review. And, I'm glad you truly "got" the story.