Author: Phoebe Kitanidis
Expected publication: April 17th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review (Thank you, HarperTeen!)
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."
First line: "I come to life with a gasp in the darkness."
Thoughts: One of my biggest fears is seeing a book with an absolutely stunning cover but reading the story and having it fall flat. How can a book with such a beautiful cover have such a boring story, right? Well folks, rest assure because when it comes to Glimmer, this is not the case. The story is just as gorgeous as the cover.
Glimmer opens with both characters waking up next to each other, without any recollection of how they got there or who they are. It's quite interesting because the story alternates points of views and since both characters seem to be suffering from some form of amnesia, each chapter begins with "Him" or "Her". I loved how both characters stumbled through each chapter, wondering what the french was going on. Even things like their clothes felt wrong. And the strangest part was, all these people seemed to know more about them than they did.
As they began staggering through what they can only assume is their life, they begin to notice a strangeness in Summer Falls. Intense happy people? Glimmery people? What the french, toast?
One of the things I loved about this book (and if you read my blog, you know this is a rarity) is the pacing. The plot progression was outstanding. Every little detail and bit of mystery unfolds just at the right time, with the perfect amount of intrigue. It makes you want to keep on reading, just so you can find out what happens next. Needless to say, things like work, taking a shower, and eating become a bit of a hassle once you start this book.
Let's talk about world building. I loved Summer Falls and everything it has to offer. It's just the right amount of creepy and interesting: Not too much to scare you but enough to keep you guessing. This ghost town (as I like to think of it) is different than the ones I've read about before or seen in movies. The best way I can think about describing it is it's a mixture of Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready and The Stepford Wives.
And the romance! Holy freaking cow. Before I started reading Glimmer, I honestly thought the romance factor would be subtle at best. Nothing could have prepared me from the sheer chemistry between Marsh and Elyse. As the novel progresses, you begin to read about their lives prior to waking up in the bedroom. They're not the type of happy go lucky couple you sometimes read about. They're the we've struggled together and belong together type. I easily feel in love with Marsh and his protective ways. Get this ladies, he's actually a good, sweet guy. Shut the front door!
Overall, I would highly recommend Glimmer to fans of contempory and paranormal novels. I have yet to read NUMBERS by Phobe Kitanidis, but I'll definitely check it out now. Please note: this book may cause exhaustion and lack of sleep due to awesome overload.