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Glimmer

Glimmer

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by Phoebe Kitanidis
     
 

When Marshall King and Elyse Alton suddenly wake up tangled in each other's arms with zero memory of how they got there or even who they are, it's the start of a long journey through their separate pasts and shared future.

Terrified by their amnesia, Marshall and Elyse make a pact to work together to find the answers that could restore their missing memories. As

Overview

When Marshall King and Elyse Alton suddenly wake up tangled in each other's arms with zero memory of how they got there or even who they are, it's the start of a long journey through their separate pasts and shared future.

Terrified by their amnesia, Marshall and Elyse make a pact to work together to find the answers that could restore their missing memories. As they piece together clues about their lives, they discover that they're in the idyllic mountain resort town of Summer Falls. Everyone seems happy there, but as Marshall and Elyse quickly learn, darkness lurks beneath the town's perfect facade. Not only is the town haunted by sinister ghosts, but none of its living inhabitants retain bad memories of anything—not the death of Marshall's mom, not the hidden violence in Elyse's family, not even the day-to-day anguish of being a high schooler.

Lonely in this world of happy zombies, Marshall and Elyse fall into an intense relationship founded on their mutual quest for truth. But the secrets they're trying to uncover could be the death of this budding love affair—and of everyone, and everything, they love in Summer Falls.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The cliché of waking up naked with a stranger is an unpromising start (if an undeniable hook) for Kitanidis’s (Whisper) second YA novel, a magic-tinged horror/romance that recalls elements of Nova Ren Suma’s Imaginary Girls and Karen Healey’s The Shattering. After the initial shock, Elyse and Marshall find some clothes and figure out that they have both lost their memories. Elyse is quickly recognized by the townspeople, and while she can’t accept her name, her parents, the clothes in her closet, or her very body, this self-rejection is overshadowed by the many peculiarities of the bucolic tourist town of Summer Falls, Colo. No one answers questions, the weather is always perfect, and residents’ many memory gaps are treated as a matter of course. What are the bizarre “heatnaps” that befall residents and visitors alike? Who are the hostile ghosts that only Elyse can see? Kitanidis’s elaborate premise requires significant suspension of disbelief, so while there’s no faulting the author’s dialogue or characterizations, skeptical eyebrows will likely remain raised throughout. Ages 14–up. Agent: Jim McCarthy, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Apr.)
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“Both Elyse and Marshall are feisty and flawed, making for a satisfying and romantic action-adventure … perfect for a quick summer read. ”
ALA Booklist
“The decidedly sci-fi feel of this supernatural suspense story will appeal to a broad range of readers.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Both Elyse and Marshall are feisty and flawed, making for a satisfying and romantic action-adventure … perfect for a quick summer read. "
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Both Elyse and Marshall are feisty and flawed, making for a satisfying and romantic action-adventure … perfect for a quick summer read. ”
Kim Harrison
Praise for WHISPER: “Whisper is a refreshingly unpredictable story with the perfect balance of family and friends, and magical gifts and secrets. Phoebe Kitanidis is a strong new voice in the young adult, urban fantasy genre, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.”
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
Praise for WHISPER: “An imaginative tale that that brings to the surface the complexities of family, friends, relationships, and belonging, WHISPER also explore selfishness, selflessness, and the bonds that link us to each other.”
VOYA - Stacey Hayman
Two teens wake up without any clothing and without any memories of a time before that morning. Luckily they find themselves in the small town of Summer Falls, Colorado, a place where losing memories is not at all usual. Eventually they are able to piece together enough information to determine their names, Marshall and Elyse, and to find their respective homes. In the meantime, they have also discovered that Marshall's tattoo uses magic to protect him from the ghosts only Elyse can see wandering the streets of the town. Now they need to find out more about themselves to understand how they might be able to save the town from the magician who has been working his magic at the expense of the town and its people. This is a difficult book to read, and even more difficult to explain, as there is so much left unexplained in so many separate plot lines. The slow reveal of the characters' identities builds a nice degree of suspense, but the last half of the book becomes somewhat hard to follow, with disjointed leaps in the development and abrupt revelations. The author has created a unique, imaginary town and could have delivered an interesting, entertaining story if there had been fewer distracting pieces of the puzzle. Reviewer: Stacey Hayman
Kirkus Reviews
Two teens from opposite ends of the high-school caste system investigate their own identities and learn a hellishly perfect town's provenance. The two meet when they awake naked in the same bed, unable to remember how they arrived there. They don't even remember their own names; those they discover when locals in Summer Falls recognize them. In Summer Falls, all storybooks end on a high note, and inhabitants spontaneously pass out when they experience anything painful, recovering quickly to forget all details of distress. In their quest to understand who they are and what happened to them, Elyse and Marshall learn that they are endowed with complementary mystical abilities and that both possess dark family histories. Journals Elyse once left behind provide invaluable clues; somehow she once survived adversity long enough before a "heatnap" struck her to know that memory is unreliable. For readers who accept this, other questionable arrangements aren't much more egregious. Discerning readers, though, will notice inconsistencies in the rules of Kitandis' (Whisper, 2010) world. Though Elyse and Marshall alternately narrate, Marshall is less dynamic. No less inquisitive than she, he is more subdued and devoted to their budding romance. The author does not shy away from violence or spare the protagonists from personal connections to the forces of evil and oppression. Touches on it all--sex, ghosts, magic and dystopia--but masters none of it. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Summer Falls appears to be an enchanted small-town Colorado paradise. The weather is always balmy, the buildings are freshly painted, and people are constantly cheerful. But such perfection has a terrible price: restless spirits haunt the area, absorbing residents' negative feelings, but every time the townsfolk are relieved of their bad memories, they get closer and closer to losing their minds. When Elyse and Marshall awaken with no memories, they vow to help each other find out what happened to them. They discover that the town is being controlled by a dark magician who feeds off its life force to remain young. Over the course of trying to figure out who they are, the teens learn that Marshall, a skilled magician, is responsible for their amnesia. As part of their original plan to save the community, he erased Elyse's memory, but then decided not to follow through with everything because he was afraid of losing her, and then erased his own. He needs Elyse to trust him again so they can try once more to free Summer Falls from the dark mage's clutches, but can she forgive his betrayal? Laced with magic and a touch of romance, and enhanced by a truly creepy setting, this is an intriguing mystery. Alternating narration gives insight into Elyse's and Marshall's characters. Give this one to teens who want something other than the typical supernatural romance.—Alissa J. LeMerise, Oxford Public Library, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061799280
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/17/2012
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile:
HL700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Phoebe Kitanidis lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and a big gray cat. A former language arts teacher and contributor to Discovery Girls magazine, she now writes fiction full time. She's absolutely addicted to swimming, chocolate, and Facebook. If you ever meet her, beware: It's quite possible she can read your mind.

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