Thursday, February 9, 2017

Review: Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis

Title: Glimmer

Author: Phoebe Kitanidis

Publication date: April 2012

Published by: Balzer + Bray

Source: Own Hardcover

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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.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Two strangers wake up naked in bed with no recollection of how they got there. In fact, they don’t even know who they are! As they unravel the mystery, they figure out that they live in the picture perfect town of Summer Falls.

...general laid-back vacation culture has led to tourists comparing visiting the town to being high on a pleasant and relaxing drug...

Except it’s too perfect. Summer Falls is a conflict-free place where nothing bad ever happens, and where the weather is always nice and the people are all attractive and always healthy—they’re perfect. But it’s perfection that comes at a cost.

I loved how creative and original this story was and the unique way magic and ghosts were incorporated into it. It was just very cool! I also liked the mystery behind Elyse and Marshall’s identity, why their amnesia happened in the first place, what the heck is going on in this picture perfect place with it’s Summer Falls Effect, heatnaps, and ghosts.

The heatnaps were an interesting concept. As a tourist town, it is actually known for it’s heatnaps that happen spontaneously at any time of day/evening and during any season. But the people here can be quite forgetful. You could say they have memory gaps... suspicious...

Finding out what was behind all this and figuring out how the ghosts and magic tied in... Wow! It was just amazing! I really loved the concept of this book! I loved this world! It was very interesting and unique! As for the characters, I really liked Elyse and Marshall! I actually kind of hated their former selves, you know, before the amnesia. So glad the were better people this second time around.

Anyway, I really recommend this one!

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If not, what do you think? Does it sound like something you might want to read? Leave me a link to your review or comment below! :)

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