Glimmer

Glimmer

by Phoebe Kitanidis

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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

About 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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Glimmer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
AcesMommy More than 1 year ago
'She' wakes up in a bed she doesn't know if it is her own. She doesn't remember what happened, what day it is, or how she got there. WAIT! She's naked and there is a boy next to her - asleep - relaxed - and.... HE'S IN HIS BIRTHDAY SUIT! Whoa! 'He' wakes up groggy, empty, and he smells peaches and sunscreen. There's a brown haired girl next to him. Wow she's pretty! Who is she? Huh, Where are my clothes!!? Neither one knows how they got there, who each other are, forgotten every memory, and what their name is. Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis is SO Fraking AWESOME!! It threw me into a loop! A loop of unending excitement and anxiety! It began all 'steamy' and interesting right from the very first page! Glimmer will chew you up and won't spit you out till you're geeking out and flipping the last page! Phoebe Kitanidis has done a marvelous job in grabbing my undivided attention. Just from the cover and its title I didn't now what to expect. Even the synopsis doesn't do the book justice. I honestly didn't know what was going to happen, who did what, who to believe, and Oh My Goodness I could not stop turning the pages at 3 o'clock in the AM. I LOVED IT! The story was very well built, it's not hard to remember each unique character, and the descriptions of Summer Falls were not that difficult to imagine. The characters are easily pieced together that in the end I liked everyone even the 'bad guy'! She who will not be named (just to not add any spoilers) lol is a great character. I felt her pain when she started to remember her past and her memories. Very head strong and not annoying in the least. Boy who will not be named =) is a bit of a lunk-head hahaha but still admirable in his convictions. The story was fun and amusing. The ending was lovely and had a great closer if this is to be a stand alone. Loved the idea, Loved the plot, LOVED Glimmer! MUST GO READ!!
My_Eclectic_Bookshelf More than 1 year ago
I don't know if I can put into words how much I loved this book. I am certainly going to try though! It's rare that I find a book that simply ticks all the boxes for me... And I am sure that a part of it may be timing and mood...but this book completely amazed me! First of all I absolutely loved the two main characters as well as the narrative style. We alternate points of view with each chapter between Elyse and Marshall and as we do so we slowly get to know each of them as they in turn not only get to know each other but also strive to discover exactly who they are - we're dealing with amnesiacs here. The voices of each of these characters is completely believable. I love Elyse... She's tough and smart, she can make hard decisions, and she can change her mind without being stubborn. She has a good heart and a surprisingly refreshing honesty for a young adult. And not once did she descend into whiny teenager mode for which I as excessively grateful! Marshall is a bit more of a complex character which we learn as he learns just who he is (and how he's changed) He's a very realistic mix of candor and deviousness, of hero and false hero and I think that makes his character ring all the more true. The pacing and writing style are also spot on...I sped through this book in two days and would have stayed up all night to finish it if I could have! And Glimmer's premise...it is without a doubt one of the most creative and original books that I have read in a long time. I don't know how Phoebe Kitanidis thought up all of this but I loved it all. The sweet romantic moments, the character defining moments, the whole crazy paranormal element that is Summer Falls, the secondary characters...all amazing. And perhaps most amazing is how it leaves one thinking about what exactly defines us as individuals. How much do our experiences and our memories inform who we are?? And how possible is it for each of us to change "our signatures?" Get this book, read this book, it really is THAT good.
Paperback_Princess More than 1 year ago
I got this book from the ARCycle program, and I am so thrilled that I had a chance to read it and enjoy it. I had noticed it on the Goodreads Firstreads program where it was part of a giveaway, but that was one giveaway that I failed to win. I’m glad either way that the book fell on to my lap now, and that I was given this chance to read it because it was a really fantastic book that followed a really different plot line. Sometimes you see the same plot just repeated over and over with different character and slightly different details, but this took the Amnesia plot line to a whole new level. I may as well start with the plot which follows two teenagers through a sleepy Colorado town that seems almost like Pleasantville. Things are perfect, people are happy tourists love it, it is nearly perfect, but as we dive in, it is clear that something very sinister is afoot. I really loved following Elyse and Marshall as they considered what could have happened as they first woke up with no idea who they really were, as they jumped from being kidnapped then to drugged and then to deciding to trust one another was something that was really great. Even later in the book, there are quite a few laughs. Following their paths as they try to regain their memory at first was both bizarre and a really great way to see what makes a character and person who they are. The more we learn about who Elyse really was and who she became after losing her memory was so different. Just think about waking up one morning in a strange place and having no idea who you were and then having to put on clothes that didn’t feel like they were things that you would wear, and to top it off having people treat you a certain way, it must have been maddening. I absolutely adored Marshall, whose first instinct at all times was to protect Elyse even though he hadn’t the slightest idea who she was and what they were doing together. That’s another thing, the amount of trust that moved between the two of them as they tried to work out the situation before them was amazing. Then again, when you don’t know anyone around you and everyone is treating you like you’re crazy, who do you trust? There were times when I was irritated at Marshall for being, well, a boy, but not everyone can be perfect. Elyse on the other hand almost seemed a little too perfect as she was the one that seemed to have the power once they worked out what was going on in Summer Falls. She was the one who seemed to crack the code because of all these terrible things that happened to her. I almost felt bad for her when she discovered the reason why people would have their heatnaps, It only makes you wonder how many things you forgot yourself. This book had a lot of great things going for it and one of those was that the book was told from both of their perspectives alternating each chapter. In doing this, Kitandis was able to really let us get into the heads of Elyse and Marshall who only had each other to watch out for the other. This really was a beautiful standalone, my only regret is that the book had to end, but this will not be the last book I read by this author. The book flowed beautifully and from start to finish I was hooked on how the book was going to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the world created around the small town in this story. It was well paced and there was great character development. The story alternates narrators, and the author pulls this off by seeming to completely change her writing style with each character. Because you are switching between narrators, you also get to see parts of the mystery unsolve and connect before the characters do- something I usually get to experience in TV mysteries. Loved her first book (Whisper) and was absolutely not disappointed. Can't wait to start reading her latest (Be My Yoko Ono), and I really hope she does a series sometime soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm honestly not sure what people who gave this 5 stars have been reading, but I wasn't a huge fan of this book. I read A LOT, and I was pretty disappointed. This book is all over the place, foggy at times, and the story is kind of dumb. I hate when promising plots are explained away (SPOILER ALERT) by magic. I don't mind books with magic in them, but this one was so cheesy I had to struggle to finish it. Also, the characters are supposed to be high school age, but they don't act like it. The characters weren't believable, the plot was cheesy and the ending was the same as the rest of the book. Not a fan, waste of money.
JassyTellsAll More than 1 year ago
So after reading all the good reviews and reading the sample, i decided to give this book a chance. You'd think that a book that starts off with two good-looking people waking up in the same bed with amnesia would be good, but it goes south real quick. Once the initial excitement wears off, the book starts becoming a drag. Now this is coming from a girl who ALWAYS gives books chances and never writes reviews for books, but i have to warn you. There are wayyyy better books out there and while the book is unique in the sense that it tells the story backward, I just think it was boring. I normally finish a book this long in less than a day, but with this i struggled. To be honest, the romance wasnt strong or powerful or intense enough for me to really be drawn away enough to fall in love with the characters and I only finished it because I paid for it. However, you should form your own opinion and Id love to hear what everyone else thought about it.
MyLittleButtercup More than 1 year ago
I was so confused during the first half of this book. As the two main characters are supposed to be confused and figuring out their identity's, maybe that was the author's plan for us to be confused too, but I didn't like it. It was just back and forth constantly between the two characters. Anyway, it started to even itself out and flow around the middle and I really enjoyed it. Very unique and different. Recommended read.
Burg More than 1 year ago
This was a different kind of read for me. I've been in a reading slump of some kind lately and this apparently was just the type of book to knock me right out of that slump and get me back on track. I've never been one that can turn down a mystery and when there's romance thrown into the mix as well, I'm putting my money on it being my kind of read. And I was right! This was my first experience with Kitanidis' writing, and I must say that I was impressed. She has a way with words and how she shapes her scenes that had me as the reader in a sort of panic to find out what was happening to these people, most importantly her two main characters. I was desperate to see what was going on with everyone. Kitanidis allows her readers to take this journey she's mapped out right along with her main characters, Elyse and Marshall. They've woken up with no memory as to who they are or what happened to them that could possibly be responsible for wiping out there memories. They are forced to start with a clean slate, much like readers entering the story. It's a unique way to go through a book, but one I enjoyed. It probably was one of the main reasons I was anxious throughout most of this title because while I was wondering what would happen next, it was almost impossible not to empathize with the lead characters going through the same emotions, only for them it's their life we're talking about. How scary to wake up and not remember anything! Not something I have any wish to experience first hand. So it all boils down to can you handle the suspense? It was touch and go for me at a few parts, but I'm glad I stuck it out and was relieved the more that was revealed throughout. It's rough not knowing what's coming next and if these characters will be able to piece together the puzzle that has become their lives. I'm getting better at handling the anxiety that comes with mysteries likes these. Definitely a wonderful addition to my bookshelf!
TheBumbleGirl1 More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely going on my top 12 list for 2012! If you're looking for a very unique and different kind of story to read, this is it!!! The writing, the characters, the story-line, the pacing - everything is spot on... even if I wanted to, tried to, forget this book, I would never be able to! Yes, it is that good! Can you imagine waking up, not knowing where you are or who your with? But also, having absolutely no idea who you are??? Mind blowing! And ladies and gentlemen, that is how this story begins! We meet Her and Him, who we eventually learn are Elyse and Marshall. As scared as they are, they are able to go with their instincts to trust one another and help each other figure out what has happened to them, why they cannot remember anything and why their town, Summer Falls, and its residents are so odd and completely out of it - it's creepy. Page-turner creepy. Their discoveries are so unpredictable and and at times sad, you cannot help but feel what these two are going through as they discover who they are/where, how they feel about it each other before and now, and you start to really fall into this odd world of theirs and really hope that things will get better for them soon. *A bit spoiler-ish here... There are ghosts walking about! They're not spooky scary, but if you can see one, you better run away! I really did like the whole paranormal twist to this story and how it developed. However, my one and only wish is that I would have liked to have known more about the the 'legendary tribe' and Summer Falls guardians at the end of the story. We do get to find out as to why and the how, but will it happen again? I'm hoping that their will be some sort of short story or novella to give a little bit more detail. *End spoiler. I highly recommend this book! Magic, ghosts, mystery, trust and love all mixed into one of the best paranormal books I have read in a long while!
BookishBrunette on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Imagine if you will, waking up with no memories¿ I¿m talking NONE. Zero, zilch, nada. You cant even remember your own NAME! Much less the guy¿s name who happens to be laying next to you¿ NAKED.What would your first thought be? I know what MINE would be¿ HOLY %&*#!!! To say the very least.¿This is the place where I¿m going to die too. I know this, but I am not afraid.¿Marshall and Elyse have NO IDEA how they ended up NAKED and in bed together¿ They don¿t remember ANYTHING at all. Not even their own names! HIM AND HER¿ this is how the first few chapters of Glimmer are titled. Alternating POV¿s between Marshall (HIM or Dark-eyed boy) and Elyse (HER).After an `escape¿ from the house they woke up in, a strange encounter with a ¿crazy¿ lady, an invisible woman and a weird blue light¿ they finally make it into town. The hospital personnel (I¿d have slapped her!) calls the POLICE and reports them for truancy! Oh NEVERMIND the fact that they CAN¿T remember anything lady!!!!Upon escorting Elyse home, I¿m certain the police officer is freaking CRAZY! As is her MOTHER¿ they all want to act like the fact that Elyse NOT remember anything is ¿fine¿ and insist that shes having an ¿episode¿. What type of episode? Uuuum hello? Which is pretty much what Elyse says to her and the reason I stayed up until 3:30 am to finish this book after starting it at 10pm.¿I look like a pissed off Disney Princess. Adorable¿ and harmless.¿What¿s more is everyone seems to have these ¿memory lapses¿ and it¿s all just a part of the town¿s charm!!! They even use it as an added selling point for bringing the tourists in! These bouts of amnesia are referred to as ¿heat naps¿ and you¿ll never believe how Glimmer pans out!Glimmer was nothing like I EXPECTED¿ which is pretty freaking perfect considering I LOVED IT! Full of twists and turns, this Brunette recommends you order Pheobe Kitandis¿ debut ASAP! From beginning to end, Glimmer was completely mesmerizing! I stayed up all night to watch this mystery unfold!
chickey1981 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I saw this book on Goodreads giveaways (and didn't win, sadly), and kept it on my to read list because the plot looked so fascinating.Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis starts dramatically with two teenagers waking up together naked in bed. The twist is, they have no memory of each other or of their own lives. From there, in alternating first person narratives, we learn little by little about each of the characters, the odd town that they are inhabiting, and their lives prior to their loss of memory.I am very torn when writing this review, because I thought that this book would definitely get five stars from me. The first 75% of the book is perfectly paced with very even viewpoints from each of the characters-- and this decision is necessary for this book. We have to learn about each of the characters history and take each of their individual journeys to understand what is going on. I was fascinated, drawn in, and I couldn't put it down. It has been a while since I didn't start editing a book in my head with changes that I thought might help. Something happens in the last few chapters, and the thing is, I can't quite pinpoint the problem that I had with it. It may just be a personal preference, but some of the twists start to become a little more heavy-handed and the pacing seems off especially in comparison to the terrific beginning. That said, this book is definitely worth reading, has wonderful characters and a really wonderful premise. I'm excited to see what else Kitanidis has up her sleeve!
thebumblegirl on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book is definitely going on my top 12 list for 2012!If you're looking for a very unique and different kind of story to read, this is it!!!The writing, the characters, the story-line, the pacing - everything is spot on... even if I wanted to, tried to, forget this book, I would never be able to! Yes, it is that good!Can you imagine waking up, not knowing where you are or who your with? But also, having absolutely no idea who you are??? Mind blowing!And ladies and gentlemen, that is how this story begins!We meet Her and Him, who we eventually learn are Elyse and Marshall. As scared as they are, they are able to go with their instincts to trust one another and help each other figure out what has happened to them, why they cannot remember anything and why their town, Summer Falls, and its residents are so odd and completely out of it - it's creepy. Page-turner creepy.Their discoveries are so unpredictable and and at times sad, you cannot help but feel what these two are going through as they discover who they are/where, how they feel about it each other before and now, and you start to really fall into this odd world of theirs and really hope that things will get better for them soon.*A bit spoiler-ish here...There are ghosts walking about! They're not spooky scary, but if you can see one, you better run away!I really did like the whole paranormal twist to this story and how it developed. However, my one and only wish is that I would have liked to have known more about the the 'legendary tribe' and Summer Falls guardians at the end of the story. We do get to find out as to why and the how, but will it happen again? I'm hoping that their will be some sort of short story or novella to give a little bit more detail. *End spoiler.I highly recommend this book!Magic, ghosts, mystery, trust and love all mixed into one of the best paranormal books I have read in a long while!
TValeros on LibraryThing 8 months ago
'She' wakes up in a bed she doesn't know if it is her own. She doesn't remember what happened, what day it is, or how she got there. WAIT! She's naked and there is a boy next to her - asleep - relaxed - and.... HE'S IN HIS BIRTHDAY SUIT! Whoa!'He' wakes up groggy, empty, and he smells peaches and sunscreen. There's a brown haired girl next to him. Wow she's pretty! Who is she? Huh, Where are my clothes!!?Neither one knows how they got there, who each other are, forgotten every memory, and what their name is.Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis is SO Fraking AWESOME!! It threw me into a loop! A loop of unending excitement and anxiety!It began all 'steamy' and interesting right from the very first page! Glimmer will chew you up and won't spit you out till you're geeking out and flipping the last page!Phoebe Kitanidis has done a marvelous job in grabbing my undivided attention. Just from the cover and its title I didn't now what to expect. Even the synopsis doesn't do the book justice. I honestly didn't know what was going to happen, who did what, who to believe, and Oh My Goodness I could not stop turning the pages at 3 o'clock in the AM. I LOVED IT!The story was very well built, it's not hard to remember each unique character, and the descriptions of Summer Falls were not that difficult to imagine. The characters are easily pieced together that in the end I liked everyone even the 'bad guy'!She who will not be named (just to not add any spoilers) lol is a great character. I felt her pain when she started to remember her past and her memories. Very head strong and not annoying in the least. Boy who will not be named =) is a bit of a lunk-head hahaha but still admirable in his convictions. The story was fun and amusing.The ending was lovely and had a great closer if this is to be a stand alone. Loved the idea, Loved the plot, LOVED Glimmer! MUST GO READ!!
suz.haugland on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Glimmer is a deceptively cheerful novel, full of mystery, intrigue, and misplaced emotion in interesting situations. Phoebe Kitanidis pens an extraordinary tale of strangeness in an unsettling utopian fantasy, where heatnaps, vagueness of memory loss, magic, and haunted spirits can be found lurking around every corner. It possesses a unique Pleasantville quality, that does a wonderful job of displaying the strangeness of the town as well as the towns people's odd behavior. It isn't like any other ghost story told in young adult fiction, yet it is a mystery all its own that is very unpredictable in many twists and turns. The unraveling of the mystery behind Summer Falls and why the towns people react as they do, is sure to keep readers entertained and engaged.From the moment Marshall and Elyse wake up in bed together, confused without their memories and no idea how they ended up there, the mystery begins to unfold as they make a pact to work together to find the answers to their missing memories. They soon discover they'll have to rely on other's to help them figure out who they are, and why they can't remember anything. The closer they work together, the more they start to realize that their idyllic little resort town they call home, is a place where everyone seems mysteriously happy all of the time. Summer Falls has a darkness hidden just below the surface of the town's eerily perfect facade of happiness. The town seems to be haunted by malevolent spirits of the past, but the odd thing is that none of the town¿s people seem to have any negative or bad memories to speak of. They don't seem to remember anything at all about the death of Marshall's mom, the deep hidden shame that shadows Elyse's family, or even the day to day normal anguish of high school drama that typically occurs.As Marshall and Elyse find themselves alone in a world of happy zombies, they slowly start gravitating to one another and soon develop an intense relationship. However, the dark and mysterious secrets they begin to uncover could potentially be the end of their budding romance. It could also mean the death of everyone, and everything, they love. Of course, there will be a few clashes of their personalities along the way, but eventually they will start to work together as equal members of a team. It's endearing to watch these two overcome the obstacles and unravel the mysteries behind the weirdness of their strange town, while having to deal with their own personal issues separately.Phoebe Kitanidis does a fantastic job of blending the perfect balance between contemporary with a twinge of paranormal mystery, to keep readers satisfied. Her characters are vibrant and fascinating, with many flavorful quirks given to them, including a host of supporting characters exhibiting strange behaviors and brilliantly weird mannerisms that make it even more interesting. Elyse is a wonderfully honest person with amazing integrity and a good natured spirit about her. She has good intentions for wanting to protect those she cares about as well as herself and a driven desire to be stronger. She's found a way to sort of beat the system, by keeping a journal of all of her bad memories with a note attached that says, "Please remember this, Elyse." She keeps it hidden in her locker at school, so no one will find it.Marshall was also a delightful character to get to know, with a hero-complex that wants to save the world or at the very least, the town¿s people of Summer Falls. Throughout the novel he becomes very protective of Elyse as he starts to fall for her and tries to be the one to do everything he can. He wants to finish what his mother died trying to do, so he puts together a magical memory seal and a plan, then he and Elyse make a video on their phone to remember what they have done. The first time they do this, he makes a mistake and when it comes to light, it sort of causes a rift between him and Elyse. The second time, they're in
AmberFIB on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Glimmer is definitely different from most of the YA Paranormal books out there. It's a Utopian Fantasy with likable characters and an engrossing plot. The story starts out with both Elyse and Marshall not knowing their own names, where they came from, or even what they look like. It's intense, to say the least. Readers are unable to uncover the mysteries of Summer Falls right alongside Marsh and Elyse, which is cool. The story is told from both POVs, and it worked okay. I felt like there could have been a bit more difference between the two voices, but overall, the two different POVs worked out just fine. If you like Utopian Fantasies, then you do not want to miss this book. I was hooked from the first page, determined to figure out all of the secrets surrounding Summer Falls. Summer Falls, CO, seems to be the perfect town. The weather is perfect (60-70 degrees F year-round), the residents are beyond happy, and nothing bad ever seems to happen there. It has a natural beauty, which attracts the outdoorsy types, and the town's laid back demeanor and the "heat naps" attract tourists who are looking for an escape. What could be the problem with such a wonderful place, you ask? Well it turns out that a place that terrific has a lot of problems. At first glance, it may seem like not remembering bad things that happened would be a good thing, but not only does the ripping of bad memories cause brain damage, it also allows the same terrible things to keep happening over and over again. The only problem is no one knows that those things happened more than once. When someone tries to get away from a bad situation, they suddenly take a nap and forget anything bad ever happened, and then the vicious cycle starts again. Marsh and Elyse are both likable characters. One pet peeve of mine, throughout this book, though, was that they rarely referred to their parents as "Mom" or "Dad." They always called their parents by their first names. I would have written that off to Summer Falls weirdness, but Marshall wasn't from there originally, so it seemed odd to me that he'd call his parents by their first names for his entire life as well. It just didn't seem natural to me.The pacing of the book is pretty spot on, though it does lag in a couple of parts. And some parts don't flow correctly. Sometimes a character is in one place, and they end up in another place and I had no idea how, when, or why they went to where they went. I feel that things like that could have been handled a bit better. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Glimmer is a thrill-ride that you won't want to miss! I'll definitely be looking for more books by Phoebe Kitanidis.
thebookwormsorg on LibraryThing 8 months ago
When I first started Glimmer, I loved the concept and the character introductions. Unfortunately, as the story progressed it fell flat for me in multiple ways. Although the writing was great, the storyline and characters didn't live up to my expectations.Elyse and Marshall don't know who they are and how they even ended up with each other. Working backwards from that day, they find clues as to who they are. Once they have a slight grasp on their identity, Elyse and Marshall find an unusual pattern in the everyday lives of the people of Summer Falls. Soon they know that the town's secrets need to be released and that they have the power to change everything.I really wish I would have connected to Elyse, even the slightest bit. I just really disliked her. She came off as whiny and sullen and I just had no personal connection to her. On the other hand, Marshall is what kept me interested in the progressing storyline. He was an interesting guy, who had previously (before his current memories) been kind of the bad/mean boy. I think Marshall and Elyse were such a mismatched pair that the alternating narratives felt like too much.The paranormal and mystery twist Kitanidis throws us was cool, but the ghost/magic mix was weird and didn't flow together for me. I liked the overall concept proposed in the book, but I expected more from it. I also enjoyed the writing, which was crisp and clear. I found myself eating up the words, but was hoping along the way that I would have a spark of connection with the book or its characters. Sadly, that didn't happen and I was left dissatisfied when finished.Overall, Glimmer fell a little flat. Even though the writing was great, the characters and storyline didn't hit the nail on the head for me. If you are interested in ghosts and/or magic, I would recommend you try it out. You never know...you may enjoy it!For those who like: Magic, ghosts, unique stories, alternating narrativesSource: Publisher (ARC)
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Why can't there be more out-of-the-box amazing stories like this one? I adored it. Just the beginning of a confusing mess turn into magic makes me giddy!I really enjoyed the unique plot line. As much as I love paranormal books, some times the plots line bore me. I want some thing new other than vampires, werewolves, etc. Now this book, gave me what I want. A fresh, unique bold plot line. First off, let me just say that I enjoyed this plot line because it was some thing new I never read before. I liked that intensity that that plot gives. With each new chapter, pieces of their identities are found, more memories of their past unlocked. I was completely hooked by the end of chapter one.The characters in this book really played two different roles. The lives that they lived and the lives that they wanted. I think the back story to both characters is very fulfilling for the reader. With each new memory restored, the reader gets to see what life these characters were living. To see what they suffered under a new light left me heart broken.The love interest played out well. Two broken people wanting something new. Everything they did under the radar to help each other out, really help love form between them. I adored their will to change what they can and free people. They had some peaceful moments within their times of trouble. It brought the right amount of balance to the book.Glimmer is an daring, dark story of magic gone wrong. In it's breathtaking artistic expression, stepping into Summer Fall's will make you forget everything you thought you know. Glimmer opens your eyes to the dangerous things unseen.
Kr15tina on LibraryThing 8 months ago
What I LikedThe WorldPerfection does come at a cost for the little happy town, but the townies don't really know what that cost is. This concept is so crazy and awesome, but I am so glad I don't live in it. Give me the pain of my memories any day over these lies. Also the ghost and magic just add to the appeal of the world that Phoebe has created for her characters.CharactersElyse: She is a very "human" character, she has her flaws and she knows what they are, but she just wants to escape her life. I give her a lot of credit for fighting in her own way and taking initiative to do something about it all. Elyse was a bit of a surprise for me, I was expecting weakness as she finds out about her life, but what was revealed was strength. Marshall: I'm glad we get to learn about new Marshall, not the original old Marshall, I don't think I would have liked him that much. Who he is becoming and who he was are two different type of people, it goes to show that people can change given the circumstances and opportunity.A Little ConfusionFollowing two characters with amnesia was a little confusing at first. Not only are the characters trying to puzzle out who they are, but as the reader you are also trying to figure what type of rules their world has as well. I personally like to understand the parameters of a created fantasy world early on in the book. As this world got unraveled I quickly forgot about it and become very intrigued with everything.RecommendationDefinitely worth the read
summerskris on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Happy zombies is an accurate description of the townspeople. Nobody remembers unpleasant incidents, and the townspeople have memory gaps as a result. Elyse wakes up next to a stranger with no memories of who she is; Marshall has no memories either. The style of writing takes the reader straight into the minds of the two characters (the story alternates between Elyse and Marshall's perspectives). I was right there with the character as they explored the town and tried to figure out their identities and why the townspeople are so bizarre.Elyse is an honest, good-natured person who wants to be stronger to protect herself and those she cares about. Marshall is the hero-type who tries to do everything by himself and wants to save the world. Initially, the two personalities will clash, as Marshall takes charge of the situation and Elyse protests, wanting the two to work as equal members of a team. Their relationship takes interesting turns with the two of them learning more about themselves before their memory loss and who they want to be in the present.The setting is well crafted. Summer Falls is a dreamy place. The unnatural warmth of the town and its promise of a trouble-free vacation makes it a tourist attraction. However, shadows and black magic lurk underneath its happy ambiance, and Elyse's ability to see the ghosts haunting the town adds a touch of horror to the mystery behind the town. Each time I put down Glimmer, I found myself looking around me to see if a ghost won't reach for me. I was that drawn into the novel.Glimmer is an original, horrific paranormal work that explores characters placed in a stagnant town with both the living and dead bound together under a malevolent power. The plot takes time to develop as Elyse and Marshall are as clueless as the reader in the beginning, but once they figure out the situation, the story takes off. If you are looking for a refreshing paranormal read with sinister elements woven into it, this is the book for you.
kristy.hamby on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Holy Hell on wheels this was a C-R-A-Z-Y ride! (mostly in a good way) This bad boy starts of fast and INSANE and doesn't really slow down until well over half-way through. We begin the story with Marshall and Elyse waking up naked and tangled up with each other, which normally wouldn't be so weird, but neither one of them can remember how they got there. They also can't remember who they are or pretty much anything. Their world gets stranger and stranger as they emerge into the town of Summer Falls. Spoilers up ahead: So Elyse can see ghosts and Marshall is some kind of witch-boy. They want to get out of this town, yet they want to save it. They want all their memories back. Insanity! I can't even summarize this in a decent manner. This book.... kept me entertained, kept me guessing and kept me wanting to read more. I have to admit after about 175 pages or so, some of my interest started to drift. It slowed down and drug a little in the middle and toward to the end it felt a little rushed. 3.75 stars with a rec to read this one. Fun, creepy, interesting, exciting and not predictable. I have never read anything like this. Big thanks to A for letting me read this. Let's hope for no psychotic moments from ___________ ;) Ch-ch-ch- check this one out!
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Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
Author Dora Levy Mossanen will have a wide audience for this book, the mystery behind the royal Romanov deaths is fascinating to so many. The author weaves a captivating tale starring Darya, a woman close to the Imperial Family. Early on, Rasputin imparts a disturbing prophecy to Darya...one that keeps Darya on her toes for decades. Constantly in search for Tsarevich Alexis, Darya's entire life is devoted to that one goal. Darya's character is interesting. She isn't the normal character one finds in books, she is intriguing to readers outside of the story and to characters inside of the story. Darya has a special place in her heart for Alexis as she looked after him in the Palace. She has one opal eye that apparently sees all and appears not to have aged a day. Darya's reasons for bringing back Alexis are not entirely selfish, she wishes to restore Mother Russia to her former glory. Her sheer determination and steely perseverance are traits to be admired and that will astound the reader. The other characters on not focused upon so much as characters in a history book, they are described and developed very well-the reader will feel close to many of them. The events in this book are exciting and fit together like puzzle pieces. The reader will be surprised by the twists and surprises in this novel. This book is recommended to young adult/adult readers.
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