Review: Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis
Author: Phoebe Kitanidis
Publisher: Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: April 17, 2012
Format/Source: ARC/Won from Jen @ YA Romantics
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. (From Goodreads)
My Kind of Book…
I put this book on my Goodreads TBR list in August of 2011, and I was ecstatic to win an ARC from Jen @ YA Romantics (thanks again, Jen!). This book just sounded like it was right up my alley. Mysterious amnesia? Yes! Crazy town where nothing seems normal? Yes, please! Sinister ghosts? Well, not so much my thing, but bring it on!
This book reminded me of so many of the books and movies and TV shows that I love. It had a kind of The Maze Runner-feel to it at the beginning, and then it reminded me of the cancelled-too-early TV show, FlashForward. Then, the creepy town itself brought to mind The Village and The Lottery. All great things to resemble, in my opinion! And then it reminded me of Memento, and let me tell you, that secured this book with a 5 star rating from me! Plus, Kitanidis gets bonus points for a Harry Potter reference.
Full of Good-ness…
There was a lot of action in this book, which I am a big fan of. Fill your book with suspense and action and twists and I’ll eat it up. And even though I knew about the whole ghost thing, when they figured it out, I got chills. Total chills. And there were some nice humorous moments as well. For example, one of my favorite lines in the book comes after Elyse has just had a dream: “That dream was so shallow and stupid, I actually feel like booing my subconscious.”* Love the sarcasm!
I liked the fact that, even though Marshall and Elyse wake up with amnesia and really have no clue who they are, you still get a sense of their personalities, and they end up being pretty complex characters who have a lot more to them than just being a mystery-solving duo. Plus they spend a lot of time doubting themselves and worrying that they might not be very nice people. It was really quite interesting to read.
My rating for Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis:
Five big stars. I could totally see this book being turned into a movie or a TV show, and I’ll definitely be picking up Kitandis’s other books. I’d highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys paranormal stories, especially those who like any of the books, movies, and TV shows I mentioned above.
*This quote is from the ARC. I was not able to find a finalized copy to check it against, so this quote might be different in the finalized copy.