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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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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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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.
I absolutely adored Marshall, whose first instinct at all times was to protect Elyse even though he hadn’t the slightest idea who she was and what they were doing together. That’s another thing, the amount of trust that moved between the two of them as they tried to work out the situation before them was amazing. Then again, when you don’t know anyone around you and everyone is treating you like you’re crazy, who do you trust? There were times when I was irritated at Marshall for being, well, a boy, but not everyone can be perfect.
Elyse on the other hand almost seemed a little too perfect as she was the one that seemed to have the power once they worked out what was going on in Summer Falls. She was the one who seemed to crack the code because of all these terrible things that happened to her. I almost felt bad for her when she discovered the reason why people would have their heatnaps, It only makes you wonder how many things you forgot yourself.
This book had a lot of great things going for it and one of those was that the book was told from both of their perspectives alternating each chapter. In doing this, Kitandis was able to really let us get into the heads of Elyse and Marshall who only had each other to watch out for the other. This really was a beautiful standalone, my only regret is that the book had to end, but this will not be the last book I read by this author. The book flowed beautifully and from start to finish I was hooked on how the book was going to end.
Glimmer`s mystery aroused my curiosity. How do I describe this story? The very moment I started reading everything seemed strange, but It definitely had me at `naked' (nothing perverted just sheer interest). A guy and a girl wake up `undressed' in bed next to each other; nothing wrong there except for the fact that neither can recall how they ended up in such a predicament, nor their lives prior to that. Talk about a wild night gone wrong. So, after a few freaky findings here and there, the two make a rather dramatic exit sparked by an unknown's arrival. From there on readers are introduced to a place like no other.
I can't fully interpret the non-human like behavior of the residents, as their questionable attitude contributes to the story of the two main characters. However, I can say that if ever you believed perfection never existed, it surely dwells in Summer Falls. On the other hand, I would like to dote on the mysterious two in this electrifying tale.
Her name is Elyse, according to people in town. The girl with amnesia comes off as headstrong, honest, and determined, while the girl she supposedly was portrayed characteristics Elyse can't quite comprehend. Though she can't remember a thing, there are abnormalities about the person people described her to be. Something just doesn't feel right, she knows it, and will stop at nothing to prove it.
Elyse's most memorable scene: catching a glimpse of her entire body in the mirror. The way she described her appearance was just amusing, in my opinion. Its as if she found herself to be more shocking than the fact that she's suffering from memory loss. Hilarious indeed. Still, I was just as curious to know what she looked like, and was just as taken aback as she was upon seeing herself in full form. What a shocker? In terms of body description that is.
His name is Marshall. Though it's revealed further down, like towards the middle to be exact, I'm more concerned with Marshall's story as the plot thickens. Why is it that his presence is almost if not always ignored, what's with this need to protect Elyse, and how is it that they both have strong feelings for each other even though their memories are gone?
Whatever the case, this story is quite mouthwatering. What I loved most about it is the way in which it was written. Phoebe writes from the point-of-view of both Elyse and Marshall, respectively. This strategy is just pure genius; a wonderful way in which readers can experience the emotions of both characters in their individual moment. Now, how many authors have done this before? Okay. I know Phoebe isn't the first to do this but it's a great method used by authors nonetheless. Kudos to Kitanidis for a superb job on this one.
Glimmer is hauntingly entertaining. The deeper it goes the more intriguing it gets. It's one of those novels you'll carry around with you even to the toilet, if that means never putting it down. I'm very impressed with the direction Kitanidis is going in; this is a great second effort following a remarkable start. At this point in time, I'm severely hooked on her writing and I can't wait to read the next.