Monday, May 28, 2012

Glimmer by Phoebe Kitandis

Glimmer by Phoebe Kitandis
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Publisher: Balzer & Bray

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.  -

In a world filled with so many series and trilogies, Glimmer was definitely a welcome change.  From what I can tell, this was a standalone book, and it was actually very refreshing to read a book where there are no cliff-hangers and everything is resolved and completed in book one.  Aside from that aspect, Glimmer was just a fascinating book.

The idea of two people waking up in each other's arms with no memory of either each other, or themselves, was so intriguing.  I loved both Marshall and Elyse.  They bond quickly over their shared experience, and the fact that only each other can possibly know what the other is going through. So it is easy to see how their relationship can begin when they need each other to get through the strangeness going on around them.  These two were awesome together.  Such steamy, sexy scenes between them.  Awesome sexual tension building throughout the story.

This was a truly unique idea behind this town and what was going on there.  Just when I thought I had it all figured out, the author surprised me.  There was more than one strange element going on here, and everything worked together so well.  There were times when this story got downright eerie, but in a good way!

The author's writing was great... suspenseful and fast-paced.  The clues leading up to the final reveals were well-done and I was truly shocked when the culprit/s were finally revealed.  I truly didn't see that coming.

Awesome book!  Hope to see more from this author!


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