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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 347 pages
  • 148 x 218 x 30mm | 431g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0061799289
  • 9780061799280
  • 707,688

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"The decidedly sci-fi feel of this supernatural suspense story will appeal to a broad range of readers."--ALA Booklist
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1,566 ratings
3.46 out of 5 stars
5 23% (355)
4 27% (430)
3 31% (478)
2 12% (193)
1 7% (110)

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'She' wakes up in a bed she doesn't know if it is her own. She doesn't remember what happened, what day it is, or how she got there. WAIT! She's naked and there is a boy next to her - asleep - relaxed - and.... HE'S IN HIS BIRTHDAY SUIT! Whoa! 'He' wakes up groggy, empty, and he smells peaches and sunscreen. There's a brown haired girl next to him. Wow she's pretty! Who is she? Huh, Where are my clothes!!? Neither one knows how they got there, who each other are, forgotten every memory, and what their name is. Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis is SO Fraking AWESOME!! It threw me into a loop! A loop of unending excitement and anxiety! It began all 'steamy' and interesting right from the very first page! Glimmer will chew you up and won't spit you out till you're geeking out and flipping the last page! Phoebe Kitanidis has done a marvelous job in grabbing my undivided attention. Just from the cover and its title I didn't now what to expect. Even the synopsis doesn't do the book justice. I honestly didn't know what was going to happen, who did what, who to believe, and Oh My Goodness I could not stop turning the pages at 3 o'clock in the AM. I LOVED IT! The story was very well built, it's not hard to remember each unique character, and the descriptions of Summer Falls were not that difficult to imagine. The characters are easily pieced together that in the end I liked everyone even the 'bad guy'! She who will not be named (just to not add any spoilers) lol is a great character. I felt her pain when she started to remember her past and her memories. Very head strong and not annoying in the least. Boy who will not be named =) is a bit of a lunk-head hahaha but still admirable in his convictions. The story was fun and amusing. The ending was lovely and had a great closer if this is to be a stand alone. Loved the idea, Loved the plot, LOVED Glimmer! MUST GO READ!!show more
by SpadesHigh
If I had to describe GLIMMER in one line, it would be young adult meets The Stepford Wives meets Memento. Does that make any sense at all? Probably not. Hmmm....Okay, in The Stepford Wives, you have people who are unnaturally perfect and happy. The town of Summer Falls has residents who are unable to recall any unpleasant memory from their life. They are always happy. The movie Memento, with the yummy Guy Pearce, is about a man who wakes with no memory of himself or his life. He must rely on small clues to unravel the mystery of who he is and what has happened to him. Same with GLIMMER's main characters Marshall and Elyse. That makes for an intriguing mix, yes? From the opening lines of the book, with a girl waking in the arms of a boy she doesn't know, both unclothed, I was reeled in. Who are these two? Where do the belong? What happened to them? Will the be happy when they found out who they were before the memory loss? I had so many questions! The author pulled me in swiftly and gradually doled out just enough answers to keep me completely hooked. I honestly wanted to nerd out and grab a notebook, take notes so I could play along. I loved the plot, so much. The quirkiness of the town had me smiling while also scratching my head. WTF is wrong with these people? Actually, I couldn't tell you how many times I said "WTF?" to myself while reading GLIMMER. So. Much. Fun. I have only little gripes about GLIMMER. First, the cover. I actually like this cover, but I have a compulsion that requires covers to match the story. As you can see, the cover features a girl with striking blond hair. Elyse's hair is brown. She even says so explicitly on page 62 (ARC). So why? I don't get it, and that bugs me. Second, and far more important, since I would never rate a story based on the cover, is the ending. I actually loved how the story ended. It was very satisfying. The problem is, it felt rushed. There was so much suspense that built up throughout the story. My nerves were taught, I begged my family to leave me alone so I could finish. But when I read it, I felt as if I were getting the condensed version. I would have loved it so much more if the final confrontation was able to "stew" more. But again, still happy. When I read the synopsis for GLIMMER, I didn't over think it. I also avoided the reviews. I loved letting the interesting, weird, and stunning story unfold, with no preconceptions. I adored the mc's, even when they frustrated me. There was huge character development, and guess what?? I love when characters learn from their mistakes! I highly, highly recommend this to those who like a quirky, neatly unraveled mystery with great mc's and tons of suspense. EDITED: Author Phoebe Kitanidis stopped by to check out the review and left a very kind comment. She also made mention of the cover and the ending, saying this: "In the finished book--as opposed to the ARC--Elyse *is* blond and the ending scenes are less rushed. :)" I'm so happy to know that those two issues have been worked out in the final copy. Favorite Quote: "How could I stay away from Elyse? How could we abandon each other to this place? Protecting her has been my purpose, almost from the moment I woke up to this new life. But it's more than that. I need her in order to survive, need her honesty, like a compass, like a knife, like a lit match in the darkness. Need her rare, low laughter like food. Need her trust, her soft arms around me, like water. Parting ways would feel like a death sentence." (pg. 141, ARC)show more
by Andrea Thompson
First of all, the story started with two teens - a boy and a girl, waking up naked in a bed. They were both amnesiacs, having no idea why they were in bed together, having no idea where they were and who they were. It was a problematic, awkward and panicked beginning for Elyse and Marshall. Together, they ventured out into the streets of Summer Falls and discovered that something was very, very wrong. Elyse was pretty, petite, popular and perfect. But the girl who woke up, not remembering who she was, didn't possess the confidence that the true Elyse did. She didn't want her eyes, her hair, her height, her body and even her name. She felt that everything in her life was randomly assigned to her by a superior being, like everything she had didn't fit with who she felt and imagined she would and should be. Throughout the novel, she struggled to blend in and to find out who she really was. She had a pretty mom, Liz, who ran the family business, a BFF, Carla and a boyfriend, Dan, who was convinced that she was the one for him. Marshall was the hero-type of guy. He was considerate and protective gentleman. He wanted to make sure Elyse was okay at all times. He was quite attracted to her, too. Unlike Elyse though, no one in Summer Falls seemed to notice or know him at all. But as he and Elyse dug deeper for answers, he started to find out more and more about himself. He was not exactly a nobody in Summer Falls. He was somebody - the type of somebody who could make a change. Marshall was one of the most complex characters I've read about. He has changed drastically from the beginning of the story to the end. He has lost, gained and learned so much. Elyse and Marshall's relationship was complicated. They were partners in uncovering the truth. They trusted each other. There was a zing of something between them - a lightness, a magnet and a warmth that drew them together. They had that compatible thing down. But what they were about to discover would change them and affect them forever. Summer Falls was the perfect place for a vacation. It had the perfect weather and the happiest people on earth. But something dark and sinister plagued Summer Falls. Ghosts were everywhere. People kept losing consciousness, lost in a heatnap which was normal in the town. Everyone only remembered happy times. Summer Falls' perfection was its own imperfection. The plot that Kitanidis weaved was perfect. There were twists and turns here and there. The mystery was sustained very well. She never forgot to drop hints throughout the novel. Her style of writing also matched the progression of the story. When Elyse and Marshall woke up as amnesiacs, she named them 'Him' and 'Her' and as the story progressed and Elyse got her name while Marshall didn't, she named him 'Dark-Eyed-Boy' as Elyse called him. Glimmer is beautiful, sinister and intriguing. Be lost in a world filled with magic, memories and forgetfulness. Glimmer reminded me a bit of the Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves minus the monsters and hunters, plus ghosts, happy zombies constantly having heatnaps and two amnesiacs bent on uncovering the truth. This unpredictable read will suit paranormal more
by Precious
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