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Glimmer Hardcover – April 17, 2012

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In a seemingly idyllic small town called Summer Falls, two teens wake up naked, entwined in each other’s arms, and neither one has any memory of who they are or how they got there. Chapters alternate between “Him” and “Her” as they try to piece together their pasts and find their identities. While Summer Falls is always a perfect 72 degrees and nothing bad ever seems to happen—at least, not that anyone remembers—only Elyse and Marshall see that something is very wrong. Ghosts of the town’s past inhabitants trigger “heatnaps” to erase bad memories on the spot, while sunny memories reveal a darker side in the form of an ancient power funneled through a charismatic ancestor of Elyse’s. Readers will respond to Elyse’s and Marshall’s character development as they search for themselves, each trying to reconcile the person they’re learning about with who they feel they are at the core. The decidedly sci-fi feel of this supernatural suspense story will appeal to a broad range of readers. Grades 9-12. --Heather Booth


“Both Elyse and Marshall are feisty and flawed, making for a satisfying and romantic action-adventure … perfect for a quick summer read. ” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

“Laced with magic and a touch of romance, and enhanced by a truly creepy setting, this is an intriguing mystery. Give this one to teens who want something other than the typical supernatural romance.” (School Library Journal)

“The decidedly sci-fi feel of this supernatural suspense story will appeal to a broad range of readers.” (ALA Booklist)

Praise for WHISPER: “Common conflicts are nuanced by Kitanidis’s intriguing construction of Joy’s powers, unexpected plot moves, and strong characterizations.” (School Library Journal)

Praise for WHISPER: “Whisper is a refreshingly unpredictable story with the perfect balance of family and friends, and magical gifts and secrets. Phoebe Kitanidis is a strong new voice in the young adult, urban fantasy genre, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.” (Kim Harrison, bestselling author of ONCE DEAD, TWICE SHY)

Praise for WHISPER: “An imaginative tale that that brings to the surface the complexities of family, friends, relationships, and belonging, WHISPER also explore selfishness, selflessness, and the bonds that link us to each other.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061799289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061799280
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,635,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nicole on January 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I got this book from the ARCycle program, and I am so thrilled that I had a chance to read it and enjoy it. I had noticed it on the Goodreads Firstreads program where it was part of a giveaway, but that was one giveaway that I failed to win. I’m glad either way that the book fell on to my lap now, and that I was given this chance to read it because it was a really fantastic book that followed a really different plot line. Sometimes you see the same plot just repeated over and over with different character and slightly different details, but this took the Amnesia plot line to a whole new level.

I may as well start with the plot which follows two teenagers through a sleepy Colorado town that seems almost like Pleasantville. Things are perfect, people are happy tourists love it, it is nearly perfect, but as we dive in, it is clear that something very sinister is afoot. I really loved following Elyse and Marshall as they considered what could have happened as they first woke up with no idea who they really were, as they jumped from being kidnapped then to drugged and then to deciding to trust one another was something that was really great. Even later in the book, there are quite a few laughs.

Following their paths as they try to regain their memory at first was both bizarre and a really great way to see what makes a character and person who they are. The more we learn about who Elyse really was and who she became after losing her memory was so different. Just think about waking up one morning in a strange place and having no idea who you were and then having to put on clothes that didn’t feel like they were things that you would wear, and to top it off having people treat you a certain way, it must have been maddening.
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I saw this book on Goodreads giveaways (and didn't win, sadly), and kept it on my to read list because the plot looked so fascinating.

Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis starts dramatically with two teenagers waking up together naked in bed. The twist is, they have no memory of each other or of their own lives. From there, in alternating first person narratives, we learn little by little about each of the characters, the odd town that they are inhabiting, and their lives prior to their loss of memory.

I am very torn when writing this review, because I thought that this book would definitely get five stars from me. The first 75% of the book is perfectly paced with very even viewpoints from each of the characters-- and this decision is necessary for this book. We have to learn about each of the characters history and take each of their individual journeys to understand what is going on. I was fascinated, drawn in, and I couldn't put it down. It has been a while since I didn't start editing a book in my head with changes that I thought might help.

Something happens in the last few chapters, and the thing is, I can't quite pinpoint the problem that I had with it. It may just be a personal preference, but some of the twists start to become a little more heavy-handed and the pacing seems off especially in comparison to the terrific beginning.

That said, this book is definitely worth reading, has wonderful characters and a really wonderful premise. I'm excited to see what else Kitanidis has up her sleeve!

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Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis was a strange book, and I mean that in a good way. I love magical realism, but hardly ever read it because I don't think a lot of people know how to write it, and it's also an emerging genre. Think Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma, a fantastically written magical realism.

I have to say that I read Glimmer quickly; not as quick as I usually can, but when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. I would read it until I had problems keeping my eyes open. I just HAD to know what was happening to Elyse, Marshall, and Summer Falls.

DUDES, Summer Falls was so weird! I was CREEPED OUT by the people always falling into heatnaps and everybody exclaiming Summer Falls was paradise! I wanted to get out of that town as soon as possible. It's a seriously creepy town, yo. I think because of its creepiness I was cheering for Elyse and Marshall to save the town.

Now, the good parts outweigh the horrible parts for me, but I have to say what the horrible parts for me is. In the description, it says Marshall and Elyse fall in love and omg, there is zero chemistry between them. NONE. I never wanted them to kiss, or do anything of that sort. It didn't make me mad when they did kiss, but idk, maybe they would have been better off as friends instead of lovers.

Also, Elyse calls herself a slut and then somebody else does and THAT IS THE WORST WORD EVER. Like, I don't even get offended when people cuss or even use those words as insults, but once "slut" and "whore" are thrown around I want to beat my head against a door. And I absolutely hate it when people are slut-shamed. And Elyse isn't exactly slut-shamed, but it still made me so mad I had to set the book down for HOURS until I could manage to bring myself back to reading the book.
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