AUTHOR: Phoebe Kitanidis
SOURCE: ARC from Publisher
LENGTH: 352 pgs.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.
Of course the cover is gorgeous!
Mid-way through you figure out the majority of the story, that was a bummer.
Glimmer has a beautiful cover and I was drawn in immediately, however the synopsis had me confused. Zombies? Angry Teen Mutants? Ghost? Who knew, I know I couldn't really tell where exactly Glimmer was going, but I wanted to find out.
From page 1 you are thrown in to a whirl wind of confusion right there along side the characters. Although at times I wished I knew what was happening the confusion did add to the the intensity and the connection between them and you. Together you, Elyse and Marshall try to figure what the heck is going on in this town, where the their memories went and why everything and everyone is so creepy around Summer Falls.
I quickly fell in love with the style of writing Kitanidis uses and the every other chapter different perspective technique. I can't say I fell in love with Elyse right away, but I loved Marshal from the very start.
The longer these two are together the more they discover how different they were before the day they woke up with no memory and how much they need each other now more than ever.Their developing interest in each other seems far fetched and much to quick until the full story unveils itself, once it does you see that this was long in the making, not just some fly by night romance. Does it have a love triangle? Well what good YA book these days doesn't! Could it have done without the triangle? I think so, but it was short lived so for the time it was there it was decent entertainment value.
There is a specific point in the book when I feel the author reveals a bit to much, a simple story, to me reveals far to much and I was able to pretty much guess what was going to happen and what had previously happened to cause all this mayhem from that page forward. This was a little disappointing, but the rest of the book did fill in the minor details of some who's and some hows.
Overall, Glimmer was a really good quick read that will make you not want to put it down until u have finished it.