Review * Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis

May 21, 2012 Reviews 13 ★★★★★

Review * Glimmer by Phoebe KitanidisGlimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis
Published by Balzer + Bray on April 17, 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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.

 What I Thought…

  • A few weeks ago my friends Kate and Andrea put out reviews of Glimmer on the same day.  I read Kate’s review and was really interested in it, then I read Andrea’s review and the word zombies (from the synopsis) popped out at me and I was really disappointed.  I don’t do zombies.  Andrea quickly assured me that there were no zombies and Phoebe Kitanidis herself took a few seconds out of her day to tweet me and reassure me that there were no zombies so Glimmer moved up rather quickly on my TBR list.
  • Let’s talk about these “zombies.”  All the people of Summer Falls are happy, I mean really happy.  Summer Falls is perfect because you don’t have to remember anything bad… ever.
  • Glimmer is right up my alley.  I have a hard time with scary books because I’m a total scaredy cat, and I will lie in bed thinking about horrible things and not be able to sleep, but I don’t mind being creeped out a little, and Glimmer was definitely creepy.
  • Glimmer starts off right in the thick of things and I really love when authors do that.  I know that sometimes background chapters are necessary (i.e. Partials by Dan Wells) but a lot of times they aren’t, and they are there anyway.
  • The alternating view points really worked well for me.  I don’t know why I say I don’t like alternating view points anymore because I obviously do (though there are many cases where it just doesn’t work).  Elyse and Marshall’s worked well for me, especially since I was able to put together some of the puzzle pieces before them.
  • I loved this messed up little town with it’s messed up people.  It was beautifully described and I could picture a lot in my head.  I’d be a nice place to live, if it wasn’t for the issue of course!
  • I loved Marshall and Elyse’s dreams.  You learn a lot more about them through their dreams then when they are awake.  For the most part I liked both Elyse and Marshall.  There were a couple of moments where I was all “oh no s/he didn’t!” but I can’t fault them either.
  • The ghosts were pretty awesome.  They are not your friendly Casper type ghosts nor your terrifying Anna type ghosts, though they do have a sinister purpose.  But Glimmer has a lot more than ghosts.  There is also a good dose of magic and the occult.

Other Reviews

Andrea’s review of Glimmer
Kate’s review of Glimmer


13 Responses to “Review * Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis”

  1. fakesteph

    This one sounds fun. I’m glad you loved it so much. I think it looks really good and am looking forward to (eventually) getting to it.

  2. Bittner

    I’m really glad you liked this one, because if you liked this one I could see that I might like this one as well! I’m just not sure when I will get around to it.

  3. Jenny

    I’ve heard of this one but I just can’t decide if I should give it a try. So many books so little time!

  4. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    Yay! I’m so glad you loved this one! And thanks so much for the shout out! ;)

    I loved the alternating viewpoints as well – I really enjoy them as long as they’re done well. And I liked the ghosts – they were totally creepy but not too scary. Like the lady with the stroller? And the little boy? Oh, oh, and the Native American dude? So creepy!

    Great review, Kim!