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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452858748
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452858746
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,620,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stacey Wallace Benefiel is the author of the Zellie Wells trilogy, the Penny Black trilogy, the Day of Sacrifice Omnibus, the Open Door Love Story series, and multiple short stories. She sometimes goes by S.W. Benefiel or Reina Stowe, but knows she's not foolin' anybody. Stacey lives in an orange house in Beaverton, OR with her two young children who have old people names. When she's not writing, thinking about writing, or driving her kids somewhere, Stacey is at CrossFit lifting heavy things and cursing the inventor of the Burpee.

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Stacey Wallace Benefiel is the author of the Zellie Wells trilogy, the Penny Black trilogy, the Day of Sacrifice Omnibus, the Open Door Love Story series, and multiple short stories. She sometimes goes by S.W. Benefiel or Reina Stowe, but knows she's not foolin' anybody. Stacey lives in an orange house in Beaverton, OR with her two young children who have old people names. When she's not writing, thinking about writing, or driving her kids somewhere, Stacey is at CrossFit lifting heavy things and cursing the inventor of the Burpee.

For more info. on Stacey and her books, please check out her website: www.staceywallacebenefiel.com

Customer Reviews

I read this book in one day it was to good to put down. :)
nikkya
The plotting was very good with unpredictable twists that kept me guessing which way the story would go next.
Purr More Bark Less
I love how the author was able to develop the teenage characters as well as the adults.
Lauralynn Elliott

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By JessicaLoves on November 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
Zellie has a really big crush on Avery, her mom's highschool sweetheart's son. She doesn't even think he knows she exists, but at her 16th birthday party she finds out the crush is very very mutual. But instead of being able to savor her first dance with the boy she is in love with, she is consumed by the vision of his death. What freaks her out almost as much as having a vision, is that in the vision they are both covered in blood, grown up, and she is pregnant.
She keeps it a secret from everyone not wanting to be labeled a freak, but such secrets cannot stay buried for long. And once Zellie's secret is out everyone's secrets start coming out, and they aren't all that good. Like how her mom had a similar vision when she was Zellie's age involving Avery's dad dying, and that's why they didn't stay together. They also have refused letting Zellie and Avery see each other anymore to prevent them from having the same heartache. With the help of her best friend Claire and her sister Melody, Zellie is hoping she can get her life put back together and get these visions figured out before her whole life and everyone in it that she loves is ripped from her.

This is a very refreshing story. It is a paranormal romance, but it doesn't have all the creatures that everyone is writing about right now. This is about Seers, which is what Zellie is, though she doesn't know is. Just as the title states, Zellie can "glimpse" the future, but doesn't know how to control it so she is having a hard time dealing with the visions she's been having. The characters were very likable and are easily related with. Claire is my favorite character, though sometimes she gave to much information without knowing if it is okay to say anything. But she is a cool best friend.

[I'll play parental advisor and warn that there is language and sexual situations in this story.]
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Swing on January 31, 2012
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I love, love, love this story! My eyes were burning, and still are, but I had to keep on reading, I needed to know what would happen next. The suspense is amazing!
Reading about Zellie totally took me back to my teenage years, and to those school parties where you would hide in the dark corners and make out... what? no one else did that!? Oh, come on!
But best of all was to embark in this amazing journey Zellie found herself in. It wasn't an easy one, either. I mean, how messed up would it be if, the one you love the most, will die if he stays with you? And we have all seen the movie "Premonition" with Sandra Bullock, even if you try to change the outcome, it will still happen.
Anyway, "Glimpse" was an extremely fun and fast read. You will get sucked into Zellie's life and all of the drama that comes with it. Believe me, there is plenty to go around! I cried, I laughed out loud and most of all, I read while my eyes threatened to fall out of their sockets.
I suggest you all take the time and read it, I promise, you will not be let down!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Robert Pattengale on April 25, 2010
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I just finished the first book of Glimpse-Zellie Wells Book 1. Can't wait until the second book is released. Has a great story line with an touch of romance and mystery. Would recommend this book to anyone!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By wish7488 on November 22, 2012
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I cannot fathom why so many people rated this book four or five stars. It was a waste of time to read, almost as if the author wrote it as a NaNoWriMo project and never bothered to edit it before publishing. The pacing was the biggest problem- it dragged so much that I kept thinking "when is this going to be over?" which was weird because the actual story raced through things so quickly it was like reading a book on fast forward. It's like the author only wanted to write the fun, romantic bits, but needed to tie it all together with a plot, so she would have the kissing love story scenes and then fill in everything else as fast as she could so she could get back to the romance.
I think the reason why it felt so slow to read was because of the poor, amateurish writing style. You've heard that writers should "show, not tell"? Well, every single word in this book is telling. There is no show, no feeling in any of it. When the characters are upset or angry, the author literally has to explain why because it is impossible for the reader to empathize with them. And that's my third complaint about this book: the characters.
There is not a single person in the story who is developed, realistic, or even remotely likeable. She has them reacting to events in ways that make no sense and only frustrate and annoy you. They are like really bad puppets that the author pushes and pulls around, making them do what she wants them to do in order to give her story a good plot. A high quality novel has the characters direct the story, not the other way around. An author should be so familiar with their characters' personalities that they can put them in a situation and setting and then watch things unfold without having to force it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Berry on July 3, 2010
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It can be difficult for me to find time to get through an entire book these days, so my daughter read this book before I did - and was done within hours of receiving it in the mail. The fact that she barely came out of her room that evening or the following morning validated my own eagerness to dive in. When I would insist that she 'disconnect' from Zellie's world for a few minutes to eat dinner, get some sleep, or some other lame thing, she just couldn't stand it, saying "I have to literally PRY my eyes off the page!" I know it took every ounce of restraint she could muster to not tell me every exciting detail as the story unfolded, as she could barely contain her enthusiasm!

I was finally able to get my hands on the book and read it for myself...and it was fantastic! Zellie, Claire, and Avery are wonderful characters that I could relate to and/or reminded me of friends I had at that age. I don't know which I enjoyed more: the descriptive details that pulled me directly into the 'moment' or the true-to-life narration that seemed to be streaming straight from a teenager's mind. The story is indeed compelling, but I also loved the 'voice' used to tell it.

My daughter and I are both so anxious for the next book!
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