by Jennifer Laurens
Published by: Grove Creek Publishing
Released on: August 15th, 2009
Heavenly is a bit different than many other young adult novels I have read. I loved the main character and how she lived in a 'real' world. Her world was not perfect and she actually struggled with real things that you or I might deal with. The biggest issue at hand wasn't that Zoe's lipstick wasn't on sale or that she was going to fail a test. It was that she struggled with a brother who was a pothead and had a sister with autism. Their family couldn't be normal all because of her younger sister and her behavior in public (and everywhere else for that matter). Zoe hated this, and even more, she hated knowing that she was a terrible sister for feeling that way.
As time went on, and I began to learn more about Zoe, I learned that she cared more for her sister Abria, than she ever realized. She was always there for Abria, and it caught someone else's attention too.
To better explain it all, it's best to start with Abria. Because her soul is pure, she has been blessed with a guardian angel. Only pure souls can see them. Zoe struggles with her own inner battles, but because of her caring nature towards her brother and sister, her heart is pure. She now has the ability to see them. When she first meets Matthias, she can't help but be protective of Abria. Over time, Zoe and Matthias form bonds, but is it just for Abria? Can it be more? Heavenly definitely leaves readers full of anticipation , hope, and tenderheartedness.