Saturday, July 23, 2011

Review - Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens

Title and Author: Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens
Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing
Publication Date: August 15th, 2009
Paperback/Hardcover: 296
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

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.

Angels are popular right now but Heavenly isn’t your usual fantasy story. Jennifer Laurens’ version of who guardian angels are is actually very believable.
Heavenly is Zoe’s story. She a teenager struggling with a few issues like learning to deal with her autistic sister and drug-addicted brother. Her parent’s obviously care about their children but they are oblivious to the kids’ struggles.
Zoe parties hard and drinks more than she should until she meets Matthias, a young man who seems to always show up when her sister is in danger.
In the beginning of the book Zoe is very self-centered. She enjoys partying and hooking up with random guys. The drinking and party are a means to escape her problems, though. After she meets Matthias, Zoe changes and becomes a better person. She cares for her family and it’s obvious she just wants to help them.
Matthias is a great character. He’s a wonderful guardian angel! He’s sweet and caring and very patient.
The relationship between Zoe and Matthias develops nicely. It’s nice being able to see Zoe change and become a better person due to Matthias good influence.
I was immediately drawn into this story and enjoyed reading about Zoe’s life and her struggles. Plus the portrayal of a family raising a child with autism is very realistic.
The ending of Heavenly surprised me a lot and I think it will surprise you as well. I can’t wait to read the next book of the series now so I can find out what will happen.
All in all Heavenly is a very well written book that deals with some important issues such as drug and alcohol addiction and autism. I would recommend this book to any Young Adult Paranormal fan.
This is not your typical angel story and I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

Rating: Worth Your Time (4 Stars)


  1. This sounds really good. Thanks for the great review!

  2. Awww, I loved Heavenly! It was such a nice change to your typical paranormal romance..... SUCH a good story! Loved Abria.... she was one of my favs :) can't wait to see what you think of book 2.... I think I liked it even better than the first.