Sunday, April 8

Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis

Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Publisher: Balzer And Bray
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 352

Summary: What if you forgot your identity and had to rely on other people to tell you who you were?

And what if to discover your true self, you first had to unravel a mystery so big and terrifying you were not sure you’d survive solving it?

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

Terrified by their amnesia, the two make a pact to work together to find the answers that could jog their missing memories. As they piece together clues, they discover they’re in the idyllic mountain resort town of Summer Falls, where everyone seems mysteriously happy, 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 shame in Elyse’s family, not even the day-to-day anguish of high school.

Lonely in this world of happy zombies, Marsh and Elyse fall into an intense relationship...but the secrets they uncover could be the death of this growing love—and the death of everyone, and everything, they love in Summer Falls.

My Thoughts: I won't lie. As I started this book, I didn't know if I would like it or not. Even a little bit. The description sounds cool, waking up in each other's arms not knowing who they are. Cool, right? Yes!

Ghost stories are just always a hit or miss for me. I don't read many of them, and the ones I do, I can't find myself sucked in very often. It took me 5 days to read this, that is a long time for me on any given book.

The story opens with Marshall and Elyse waking up together. Neither of them know who they are, or where they are. It’s a mystery. They know one thing, they must stick together and try to put the puzzle pieces together. They have nobody else to trust, and if waking up together means one thing, it means they must know each other somehow,,,, they hope.

As the story progresses Marshall and Elyse find out more about each other. Marshall's mom died, and he lives with his father. Elyse lives with her family and is very popular. She has a boyfriend named Dan.

Once we get into the story, we realize how many ghosts lurk about and how Elyse can actually see them. We realize how Elyse and Marshall really got to know each other, and most of all, we learn so much about the town and what is going on beneath the layers.

Want to know  Summer Falls secrets? Read this book now! Want to know more about Elyse and Marshall? Pick it up now!

Once again, I'll say this, I don't usually like ghost stories. I try to read them to challenge myself, to find ones I love.  I liked Glimmer but I didn't fall in love with it from the get go. It took me some time to get through it. It’s a good story, it’s got a great plot and some likable characters. I did feel like it was repetitive though, I just wanted to get to the good stuff.

Overall: I liked it enough but didn't love it. Probably more of a 3.5 Cupcake book. Remember, I don't love love love ghost stories but if you do, you'll probably enjoy this book a heck of a lot more than me. To get even a 3 cupcake rating out of me on a ghost story isn’t bad.

One thing I did love was how we got to switch between Marshall and Elyse's point of view. That was awesome! I liked reaching inside their head and seeing things from their point of view.

Cover: Beautiful cover! Love all the different colors.

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