by Chess Desalls

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A guardian can't shine without the song of her ward. Marian Spritz won’t gain guardian fairy status if she fails her summer school project. But when she hears a call for help—a song felt only by Glistens—she must choose between not letting her schoolwork and teammates suffer and protecting a ward who faces grave danger.

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ISBN-13: 9780997122787
Publisher: Czidor Lore, LLC
Publication date: 07/11/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 470,198
File size: 311 KB

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Glistens 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite Glistens by Chess Desalls is a spellbinding paranormal YA novella. Marion is a fairy, known as a Glisten. She is infatuated with Endrick Sparks, a summer school classmate. When she is placed with her best friend, Sal, and Endrick on a last-chance assignment, she feels that she is lucky. Until they get their assignment. In order to pass summer school, they must help a real human that is in danger. Only, it can't be just any human. They have to hear the call of their ward. Marion misses the details of the assignment because as soon as their teacher lifts the Veil, Marion hears and feels her ward's call for help. At that exact moment, one of her Glisten classmates, Minx, faints. Marion thinks very little of the connection until she feels the call again. When she answers, she finds to her astonishment that her ward is none other than Minx. Disguising herself as her lightning bug self, she discovers that the sickly looking Minx is living with humans and they are treating her unusual ailments as they would a human. Minx's ailments come from a parasitic rabbit that feeds on her when she falls asleep. How can Marion help her charge? If Marion doesn't pass this class, she dooms herself, Sal, and Endrick to a slow and painful death. But, she can't ask for their help or even tell them who her ward is because she has promised Minx. A Glisten can't break a promise between a ward and a Glisten. How can Marion ask for help if she can't tell them anything? Will she lose her best friend and new boyfriend over her first real Glisten assignment? Glistens by Chess Desalls is a well-written YA paranormal novella. I enjoyed listening to it. It kept me on the edge of my seat to the very end! The end was beautifully executed and the characters were exciting, sympathetic and fun. I hope that the author has a sequel. I would love to read more of Marion, Sal, Endrick, Minx, and the others! The narrator, Julie Hinton, did amazing work on reading the story. Her voice was smooth, her reading flawless, and she portrayed the characters very well. I would recommend Glistens to readers that enjoy YA, paranormal, and fairies. This book is perfect for readers aged 9-17.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite Glistens by Chess Desalls is a fun and lighthearted story. Marian Spritz is in summer school after failing to pass her classes to go to the next level to become a Glisten. Originating as fireflies, Glistens are fairies that dedicate their lives to helping those in need. When their professor gives them a Last Chance project to pass, Marian receives her first ward. Things take a peculiar turn when her ward, she’s surprised to learn, is a girl in her class, a girl she thought was just a regular mean girl. While determining how to pass, Marian is dealing with her infatuation with her best friend’s cousin, Endrik. An encounter with a rabbit adds more problems than she’s prepared to deal with. The rabbits the Glistens are afraid of aren’t the cute animals we know and love. These are shadow creatures that feed on the energy of the Glistens and fear the light. Chess Desalls writes a fun modern take on the fairies we know. These aren’t your typical fairies like we see in Peter Pan. The Glistens live in the human world, blending in by using glamour on their homes and school. One of the characters even has a human cell phone. They watch reality dating shows. The Glistens do dishes and chores. Aside from shrinking and turning into a firefly, they’re pretty average. Glistens have a lot of heart and humor. There’s the compassion Marian shows her sick ward. There’s the humorous Glisten dating show that’s reminiscent of The Bachelor. They may eat pollen nuggets and disguise their school house to look like a barn, but they read like real people. Marian is navigating home, school, and a crush. She’s relatable, because she’s realistic. Glistens is light, fluffy and humorous.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review at my request. Marian Spritz is in summer school due to poor grades, and still struggling with spells with her best friend Sal and Endrik, the handsome boy, seems to like Marian where Minx, the mean girl, is jealous of their flirting. Along with their Last Chance Project, helping a fictional ward, they will also have to help a real live being. Should something happen, they are to use their group to help them. Twelve students now have their projects, due in three weeks. The song for help sings through a Glistens veins, when the veil is lifted which their professor does. When Marian's ward asks her to keep her troubles a secret, and ward to guardian secret, it complicates Marian's school project as she's to work with Sal and Endrik to finish, and now can't. Julie is a new voice for me. And listening to her in the first chapter, I liked her. She does different attitudes with slight voice differences for us to easily separate and get a feel for the characters. This is something that really pops with audiobooks, we don't get when reading. But I think there is a slight ting to Julie's voice, almost an echo. It's hard to tell and could be nothing, or could fit with the fairy feel. For the most part, Julie flows the words as she narrates. However there are moments where she feels as she's working to enunciate the words properly and clearly. This is a short story at just over 2 hours audio. It feels like a lovely little story for young adults, in middle school and up, to read/listen to. It brings to the front that promises are made and you honor them, but it's also good to talk to others. That others can help. Sometimes, working as a group is better than alone. And, sometimes, helping those that are not so nice means a great deal to them. I like Marian. She worries and feels bad, but she's also not perfect. Her attention strays when in class, causing her to miss information from class and such. But this feels like a normal person. But when she learns she's got a ward, she does worry about that person, even if it's someone she never expected. Enrik is the possible boy distraction, love interest, in this story. He sounds sweet. He's also concerned for Marian when he sees her during her moments that she feels the song. Marian is determined to not let him be a distraction, I like this take on her relationship with Enrik. Sal is so worried. She comes across as whiny at times, but that's her personality. She's so stressed over the great chance of failing this summer course and never becoming a Glisten. She's so worried that she doesn't want Enrik and Marian to become romantically involved as it would be a distraction from their projects, and they'll fail. And much on her mind with her father's disappearance. One thing I find cool, it's near my home town! They are in Pennsylvania and near the Allegheny River. Pittsburgh is even mentioned. Cool beans! It was a cute short story.