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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


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

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
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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Glimmer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 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!
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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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