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Glimpse (Zellie Wells Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Stacey Wallace Benefiel
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Book Description

Zellie Wells has a devastating crush on Avery Adams, the son of her mom’s high school sweetheart. At her sixteenth birthday party, held in the basement of her dad’s church, she finally finds the courage to talk to him. Turns out, the devastating crush is mutual.

As Avery takes her hand and leads her out onto the makeshift dance floor, Zellie is overwhelmed by her first vision of his death; shocking because not only are they both covered in his blood, but they’re old, like thirty-five, and she is pregnant.

Afraid to tell anyone about the vision, (she’d just be labeled a freaky black magic witch, right?) Zellie keeps the knowledge of Avery’s future to herself and tries to act like any other teenager in love. When they get caught on their way to a secret rendezvous by her mom and his dad, they are forbidden to see each other.

Convinced that their parents are freaking out unnecessarily, Avery and Zellie vow to be together no matter what. They continue their relationship in secret until Zellie learns that their parents are just trying to prevent her and Avery from suffering like they did. The visions are hereditary, they’re dangerous, and if they stay together the visions will come true.

Now Zellie must choose between severing all ties with Avery, like her mom did to prevent his father’s death, and finding a way to change Avery’s future.


BONUS MATERIAL: Excerpts from HUSH MONEY by Susan Bischoff and JENNY POX by J.L. Bryan.

This book is intended for older teens.

Glimpse, Glimmer and Glow are bundled together in the Zellie Wells trilogy.

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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, CROSSING, DIVING IN, The Toilet Business - a collection of humorous essays, 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 with old people names. When she's not driving the kids around or writing, Stacey is at CrossFit lifting heavy things and cursing the inventor of the Burpee.

Product Details

  • File Size: 300 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1452858748
  • Publisher: Write Free (April 20, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,939 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really fun read! November 8, 2010
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Pacing, Bad Writing, Annoying Characters 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
3.0 out of 5 stars a lazy afternoon kind of book January 14, 2012
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"Glimpse" is another young adult, supernatural-romance hybrid, but refreshingly enough it does not involve vampires and the heroine is less than helpless. Zellie Wells finds herself the next in a line of gifted Wells women, who have visions about the future...among other things that are revealed later in the book. The plot itself is fairly simple, she has a vision of something terrible and tries to stop it while dealing with a vision detailing the death of the man she loves, and a few other normal teenage-romance issues and lovingly dysfunctional family. Even with the simplicity of the plot, Benefiel does manage to make it unique, bringing an interesting take on clairvoyance and a few plot points that obviously lead into the other two books of the trilogy. While "Glimpse" might not be the kind of book you have to sit down and think about when you're finished, it's an easy read to sit back and finish in one day. It does start slowly, and as this is a short book that can be a bit of a red flag, but once Zellie starts to have her visions things pick up fairly quickly.

The four main characters of the book are Zellie, Avery (the love interest), Claire (the best friend), and Melody (the little sister). Each of them does have a unique role to play in the book, but I was disappointed in how the characters were depicted. The dialogue, as well as Zellie's inner monologue is littered with likes, sos, totallys, oh my gods, words with -tastic tacked on, and countless other tween speak stereotypes. While a few of these sprinkled within YA dialogue can fit, the sheer number of these within the book cause the characters to sound false.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I loved this book,it was fantastic. I highly recommend it to readers of any age. I couldn't put it down!
Published 9 days ago by collyne
5.0 out of 5 stars Glimpse (Zellie Wells Book 1)
love the book
Published 19 days ago by Selena Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars No words to describe!!!!
This books was absolutely amazing, at first kind of confusing, but it was still amazing. I really loved this book and i would recommend it to anyone!!!!
Published 19 days ago by Lydia
5.0 out of 5 stars Glimpse
I loved it even though it pissed me off a lot, cuz it ticks me off the way guys act. It also brought memories of last year. When I was in the fifth grade. <3 Yui Hoshina
Published 1 month ago by Yui Hoshina
4.0 out of 5 stars Teenage romance and finding you have extra talents.
Although this book was good, I had forgotten how hard teenage years could be for the teenagers, friends and family.

I would recommend this for teenagers.
Published 1 month ago by Marianne M. Popp
5.0 out of 5 stars Fuqing awesome!!!!!!
this book is so awesome and I like the preview of the book, Jenny Pox! Well, see y'all later!!! I love you
Published 1 month ago by carmin baker
2.0 out of 5 stars Two stars bc I could not finish
Trying to be fair I'm giving this book two stars but I read the first 20% then the last chapter and that was all I could handle. Read more
Published 1 month ago by TLGood
4.0 out of 5 stars Glimpse
This is a paranormal romance, but it is about Zellie being able to see into the future and even reverse time. I related well to the characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by The most a-mazing bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Kellie is a likable character with some normal teenage things going on except she's not normal she can see people's deaths in th future. good book
Published 2 months ago by mindy tix
2.0 out of 5 stars more glimpses
Wanted more depth to the story. It was more cute not enough glimpse. More for youngerrors reader but I did enjoy it some what
Published 3 months ago by P. Mulligan
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Stacey Wallace Benefiel is the author of the Zellie Wells trilogy, FOUND, the Day of Sacrifice Omnibus, The Toilet Business - a collection of humorous essays, CROSSING, 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 with 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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