Glimpse [NOOK Book]

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?Save them, Dean. Save them all....?

Dean Curse avoids attention the way his best friend Colin avoids common sense. Which is why he isn?t happy about being Abbotsford?s latest local hero ? having saved the life of a stranger, he is now front page news. Dean?s reason for avoiding the limelight? Ever since his heroic act, he?s been having terrifying visions of people dying and they?re freaking him out so badly his psychologist father just might ...
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Glimpse

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Overview

“Save them, Dean. Save them all....”

Dean Curse avoids attention the way his best friend Colin avoids common sense. Which is why he isn’t happy about being Abbotsford’s latest local hero – having saved the life of a stranger, he is now front page news. Dean’s reason for avoiding the limelight? Ever since his heroic act, he’s been having terrifying visions of people dying and they’re freaking him out so badly his psychologist father just might have him committed. Dean wants nothing more than to lay low and let life get back to normal.

But when Dean’s visions start to come true, and people really start dying, he has to race against the clock – literally – to figure out what’s happening. Is this power of premonition a curse? Or is Dean gifted with the ability to save people from horrible fates? The answer will be the difference between life and death.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148197256
  • Publisher: Steven Whibley
  • Publication date: 7/8/2013
  • Series: The Dean Curse Chronicles, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 842,965
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 484 KB

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  • Posted March 3, 2014

    I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest rev

    I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

    In Glimpse by Steven Whibley, the few minutes Dean takes to rescue a stranger from a mugging ends up changing the course of his life. Following the mugging, Dean begins hallucinating.  His dad chalks up Dean’s strange behavior to post-traumatic stress disorder; but, Dean and his best friends, Colin and Lisa, believe something else is going on. What they discover leads Dean to chasing the clock to help keep people safe.

    The young adult story poses predestination against action. Dean’s hallucinations grant him a choice to let events unfold or to interfere with hopes for a better outcome. Ultimately, asking whether you should save a stranger’s life if it meant risking your own?

    Is Glimpse right for your young adult? If you’re child has read Hunger Games, then they’re the right age for Glimpse. The story is not as violent as Hunger Games, but does deal with death and dying, and some scenes are less than Disney-esque.  Dean is not Katniss-like; he reminded me more of Greg from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, a Greg who develops into a Peeta-type character, a kind-hearted teen of action.

    As for the writing, kudos to Whibley. The pacing and plot development of Glimpse flip the pages. I wouldn’t have known it was self-published without checking the publisher details.  I did find one wardrobe mistake I’d probably not have caught if I wasn’t taking notes, but other than that the book is well-edited and a fun read.  Glimpse is the first novel of the 3-part Dean Curse Chronicles; Relic and Impact are already available, so no waiting a year for the next adventure installment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    The review of this book was completed by  L. Avery Brown, using

    The review of this book was completed by  L. Avery Brown, using the 11 point rubric she created. 

    And Now for the Review...
    1. Book Title - 5/5
    It's terrific. The title sums up all the elements of the book like a perfect little package. Glimpse-that 'out of the corner of your eye -
    did I just see that?' sensation. Dean Curse - what a terrific name for a protagonist Chronicles- it's got that 'time' ring to it -  & this is a
    book that revolves around time & how quickly it can pass!

    2. Book Cover – 5/5
    A wonderful compliment to the title. One can't tell if the young man is running AWAY from the shattered stopwatch in fear or if he's
    running TOWARDS something with great urgency.

    3. First 500... – 10/10
    I loved it. It introduced the protagonist, Dean Curse, & his sister, Becky, beautifully & set up the 'I hate you but I really love you'
    feeling between the 2 siblings. Last it hints at death - & having some control over it - & that's the heart of the story!

    4. Blurb Effectiveness – 9/10
    It's a well written blurb - it's sure to draw in readers. The only thing I wish is that there was a bit more mention of the friends,
    Lisa & Colin (aside from pointing out that Colin isn't always the sharpest tool in the shed) So, unfortunately I'm going to deduct a
    point because young girls would love to see a strong, intelligent girl who is gifted purely with a logical mind - & not the ability to
    remember magic spells! -Yes, Hermoine Granger, I'm talking to you!

    5. Age Recommendation/Genre Classification – 10/10
    100% spot on!

    6. Presentation/Format – 10/10
    Someone took a lot of care to make sure this book was well presented & formatted. And the little stop watches that act as scene
    change designators within chapters - what a fabulous idea

    7. Theme/Originality – 10/10
    It's very reminiscent of the TV series 'Early Edition' that ran from '96 to 2000.  Luckily there's been a great deal of time between that
    TV series & this book series. In fact, most of the readers of this book & it's follow up books won't even have been born when
    Early Edition was on the air! 

    8. Description/Enhancement – 10/10
    It's not overdone or underdone - basically, the reader gets just enough information about a person or an action that they can fill in the
    empty spaces with their imaginations. And that's a difficult thing for a Middle Grade book (series) to do. Either they go overboard & 
    leave nothing to the imagination OR they are terribly vague & the reader feels lost in the story.

    9. Intrigue – 10/10
    I read it in 2 hours flat - & I didn't have to ! 
    I'm sure.

    10. Grammar/Mechanics – 10/10
    The editing on this book was great. There were a few spots where there were minor boo-boos but nothing so bad that it deserves
    to be marked down!

    11. Overall Impression – 10/10
    I have a feeling that this is going to be a majorly popular series. And I can't believe a large publishing house hasn't tried
    to snatch it up as it's got the earmarks of a series kids'll gobble up like candy. It's great for strong readers & not so strong readers as
    it's fast paced & actually quite believable -for a book that deals with someone having an ability to stop people from dying because they
    have premonition 'glimpses' of the moment someone dies. . 

    The Bestowing of the Blossoms...
    Steven Whibley's Glimpse: The Dean Curse Chronicles has earned an amazing 99 of 100 points. And that means it's earned 5
    blossoms on his book. I think it's going to be a 'go to' book for kids all over the place!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    I really liked the book. The idea is original and it was lots of

    I really liked the book. The idea is original and it was lots of fun to read. I can't wait for the rest of the series to come out! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2014

    Awesome book! Totally sucks you in and you can¿t put it down. Th

    Awesome book! Totally sucks you in and you can’t put it down. The characters are great  (Lisa is my favorite) and the story is really original. I kept thinking about it for days after I finished the book. I can’t wait to read the next one and see what happens!

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  • Posted July 7, 2014

    A perfect 5 star rating! I thought this was a great book! It was

    A perfect 5 star rating! I thought this was a great book! It was very exciting, with lots of twists and turns. It really pulls you in right from the start when Dean runs into the alley, and doesn’t stop until you finish the last page. And wow, what an ending.  The story was diverse and I wasn’t sure where it was headed, and it really tied all the characters and Dean’s curse together at the end. 
    Not only was the book full of great action and suspense, it was also very funny. I loved the relationship between Dean and his sister Becky – reminds me of the banter myself and my brother had growing up. The sarcastic sense of humour is really well done, and is just the right amount to break up the action in various parts.
    All in all, the book was extremely well-written with a very interesting and creative story line. Although I am not the target age of the book (which reminds me that I’m getting old!), I couldn’t put it down and had a very excited feeling at the end. I can’t wait for the release of the next book – Steven Whibley is my new favourite author, and I cant wait to read more! 

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  • Posted November 25, 2013

    Glimpse, by Steven Whibley is a rare gem of a book. From the fi

    Glimpse, by Steven Whibley is a rare gem of a book. From the first page, the reader is drawn into the world of Dean Curse, a young man who, inexplicably, begins to have horrific visions. Whibley has created a cast of characters that are both genuine and likeable, and he has woven a tale that keeps the reader engaged right up to the cliff-hanger of an ending which taunts the reader with what will surely be a riveting continuation to the Dean Curse Chronicles.


    Steven Whibley has made made quite a first impression with this, his debut novel. We look forward to reading more of his work and following the progression of this budding author's writing career.


    Glimpse comes highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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  • Posted July 25, 2013

    Reviewed by Tracee Gleichner for Readers' Favorite Does helping

    Reviewed by Tracee Gleichner for Readers' Favorite

    Does helping someone ever have a downside? In "Glimpse" by Stephen Whibley, Dean Curse finds out the hard way. Dean sees a man in an alley being beaten by two men, and decides to use his wallet to pretend he is calling the police. The thugs take off, but when he approaches the man, he coughs blood onto his shirt, touches him, and says 'glimpse'. Dean doesn't think too much of it; after all, this man has just been through a terrible ordeal. But when he starts having terrifying visions of people he knows, and tragedy follows within 24 hours, he knows he needs to try to get answers from the victim of the attack. After a visit to the hospital, Vidimar tells Dean to help as many of them as he can, and to make sure to talk to his brother for more answers.

    "Glimpse" by Stephen Whibley grabbed me from the beginning. I love the fact that Dean and his friends are young, and the author develops them well. When Dean first has a vision, he is terrified and thinks that he is going crazy. To make matters worse, 24 hours after this vision, the person he sees in it dies. Coincidence? Unfortunately not, and when it happens again, Dean realizes he needs to get some answers. He visits the victim of the attack in the hospital where it becomes clear that he has been gifted with the ability to see when someone has only 24 hours left to live. The hope is he will do what he can to prevent that from happening. He does try, and his first attempt ends in tragedy as he and his friends actually become part of the cause of the death of Mr. Utlet. He does some research, and after talking with people who have some knowledge of what is going on with him, decides that this isn't the curse he originally thought it was, but a unique gift that may allow him to make a real difference in the lives of those around him. I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Posted July 25, 2013

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    Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite "Glimpse&qu

    Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite

    "Glimpse" by Steven Whibley introduces us to Dean Curse, an almost fourteen year old who finds himself witnessing a crime, and becoming an unlikely hero one morning while going to school. When the victim whispers the word "Glimpse" to him just before passing out Dean has no idea what the world it means. When he starts having hair-raising visions of people of course he is terrified. When he tells his best friends Lisa and Colin what is going on they help him figure out that the visions he is seeing are of people that have twenty-four hours to live, and that Dean's job is to try and save them which is no easy task! When he has as a "Glimpse" of someone close to him he is determined to intervene and save them or die trying! 

    Steven Whibley creates a page turning story that is surely going to appeal to young readers and adults alike with "Glimpse!" In addition to the characters being totally easy to relate to they also seem so very realistic. The relationship between Dean and his younger sister Becky was very real and the picking and fighting was totally a brother sister relationship, but when Becky was in trouble Dean didn't hesitate to do what he had to do! The friendship between Dean, Lisa and Colin totally works. While Dean is the shy one, Colin is the jokester and more outspoken, while Lisa seems to be the voice of reason. Instead of a perfect hero that saves everyone, Dean is someone who often fails, but doesn't give up, and when he does fail, his reactions are human. I like the fact that therapy is used in the story, allowing readers, especially teens, to realize that it is okay to need help once in a while. I also find the family feel of the story appealing. Dean's parents are great characters. Mr. Whibley hits the right balance with them, allowing them to be involved, but not overbearing. He creates a very good parental relationship. Mr. Whibley has the uncanny ability to provide tension, but also knows when to throw in a bit of humor to take the edge off! He also knows how to describe scenes allowing the reader to fully understand what is going on without being graphic, making this a great read for anyone who enjoys a story filled with tension, mystery, suspense and a touch of paranormal, where the characters are teens plunged into something that they truly have no idea about! "Glimpse" is a story that is mature enough for adults, but will totally be a hit with the younger set as well.

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  • Posted July 25, 2013

    Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite Dean Curse has

    Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

    Dean Curse has the gift of knowledge. What makes him want to avoid it is the fact that what he knows is always something unpleasant. When he saves the life of a stranger, Dean becomes an instant hero and receives a lot of attention which he wants to avoid. However, it looks as though there is no way for him to avoid it anymore. After this heroic act, he has been having frightening visions of people dying and they all start to come true. Dean starts to believe that he is cursed instead. Will he still continue to prevent death from happening? Or will he choose to bear witness to the whole of it?

    Steven Whibley’s bold attempt at a mind-bending book has an interesting premise. Of course, this is not something new but its potential becomes more and more intriguing. Thanks to Whibley’s lively execution, the story does not lack in charm and surprise. The author knows how to take care of his central character, sensing the chaos and managing to make sense out of the most confusing details of the story’s core. Just as you thought that this is another thriller that deals with the most astonishing and may eventually become frustrating, the twist comes around and the readers will definitely start to care. There is no denying that this is a great read, if not with a cliffhanger ending. Obviously, the author indirectly tells us to expect his next book. I must admit, I can’t wait to read the second book!

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  • Posted July 25, 2013

    Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Dean Curse is the

    Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

    Dean Curse is the hero of "Glimpse" and he is about to turn 14 years old. He has a bratty little sister named Becky who is collecting bug specimens for entomology camp and two best friends, Lisa and Colin. His life is complicated by fears of his mom embarrassing him at his birthday party, until something strange happens on the way to school. Dean overslept and missed the school bus, and he has just enough time to get to school if he runs there. He is racing past an alley when he sees two strange men beating another man. Dean shouts to them to stop and then pulls out his wallet pretending it is a phone. Another bystander actually does make the emergency call, but the thugs manage to escape. Dean runs to the victim's side to see if he can help him. The man grabs Dean's shirt and whispers the word 'glimpse' - and Dean's life is changed forever. 

    "Glimpse" is a fun and fast-paced young adult fantasy/coming of age tale that will please an adult audience as well. Dean, Lisa and Colin are strong, well-developed characters who are a lot of fun to watch. Dean's sister, Becky, and his professor parents are also great foils for the three friends. The plot is complex and believable, and both the action and deductive reasoning used by the trio make this story fly. Author Steven Whibley adds in a secret society and some historical references making "Glimpse" thoroughly entertaining. I enjoyed every minute of Whibley's book and am eagerly awaiting future stories featuring Dean Curse and his pals.

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  • Posted July 25, 2013

    Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite Everyone want

    Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite

    Everyone wants to be a hero. Everyone wants to help save people from certain danger. Everyone that is, except Dean Curse. Dean doesn’t want to be a hero; nor does he want all the attention that goes with being one, but that is just what he gets after he stumbles into saving the life of a total stranger. And that is just the start of Steven Whibley’s "Glimpse". As we get more acquainted with Dean we learn that his best friend Colin has always believed he is just what his last name suggests, ‘cursed’. But during his 14th year Dean begins to feel that he really is cursed when the mystery of his strange yet lifelike dreams come to fruition during the day. Like all good heroes, Dean wonders if his visions are a gift or a curse. 

    What Whibley really excels at in "Glimpse" is making these characters true to their ages. Dean, for example, is a typical 14 year old boy who enjoys things such as comic books, soccer and reality TV. He has an annoying bug-collecting little sister, Becky, and an adventure-seeking best friend. And although these kids are trying to solve a mystery, they are typical teenagers. Whibley also does a great job keeping the suspense going as we follow Dean on his journey to decide if he’d do something about these dreams or simply ignore them, which, for a 14 year old boy, is a heavy decision to make. "Glimpse" deals with death in a way that appeals to young adults because this book doesn’t sugarcoat it or turn death into some bloody ordeal; but instead Dean, Lisa and Colin are forced to face the realities of death, which is what makes Dean such a great character in this new series. I am sure readers will enjoy that while "Glimpse" is part of a series, there are no cliffhangers and so I say, bring on the next one!

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  • Posted July 25, 2013

    Great read. Enjoyed the family dynamics especially Dean and his

    Great read. Enjoyed the family dynamics especially Dean and his little sister. This would be a great read for kids and adults a like. Highly recommend and looking forward to the next in the series.

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