Heavenly (Heavenly #1) by Jennifer Laurens
Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing
Released: August 15th 2009
My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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. (from Goodreads)
Heavenly begins with our main character, Zoe, in the park with her autistic sister Abria. While looking for Abria who has run off, Zoe meets a mysterious guy called Matthias who has the strange ability to calm Abria down and who radiates an aura of peace and happiness. Zoe doesn't know what to think and leaves the park confused yet unafraid. Then she sees Matthias again. And again. And every time he appears, he saves Abria from something dangerous. As Zoe gets to knows Matthias, her outlook on life begins to change, and she knows she's fighting a losing battle wanting something she can't ever have.
Wow. Heavenly. Just wow. I haven't read a lot of books regarding angels, so I don't have much to compare to, but Heavenly was amazing. I don't even know how to explain it; it was so real, like these characters could be living next door to me in my own neighbourhood. And Zoe, what a character. At first I was wary about her, I didn't know whether to like her or not so I saved my judgement until I'd read a bit further. And I decided that I really, really liked her. She's confident and opinionated and not scared to express herself. I could relate to her, even though I'd never experienced her situation before. Everything she was feeling, I was able to feel; how she struggled to care for her autistic sister, her uncertainty about what she should do about her brother's drug addiction, her own problems with alcohol - everything. And when she meets Matthias, who I absolutely adored (the way he speaks is just so cute!), she adds another struggle to her list - trying to suppress the feelings she begins to develop for him.
Matthias needs a whole paragraph to himself, though. He was just...awesome. I love how he admitted that he wasn't perfect when he lived, that he experienced similar problems and that he did a lot of things he wasn't proud of. I love how much he cares for Abria, and how he protects both her and Zoe. I love the fact he was willing to go through such lengths to save Zoe, to do something he shouldn't have to make sure she was okay. My tenses are all mixed up but I'm just too excited to go back and fix everything!
I haven't even started on the plot yet. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll just say that Zoe learns a lot as the book progresses, and she definitely grows as a person. And the ending, whoa. I have no words. All I can say is that I need to get my hands on the next book immediately, even if it means selling a vital organ.
In conclusion, Heavenly is a sweet, thought provoking novel that will have you reading past midnight (or in my case, until four in the morning). Highly recommended.
I'm having an interview with Jennifer tomorrow everyone, and there's going to be a chance to win a copy of Heavenly, so stay tuned for that!