Glimpse (Zellie Wells Book 1) Kindle Edition
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First in the Zellie Wells trilogy
DNF at page 41
I've had Glimpse on my TBR for six years and I've had it on my Kindle for five. I was excited when I saw that this book was free on Amazon and immediately downloaded it. It's been sitting on my Kindle forever and I finally figured it was time to start going through my old Kindle books. Glimpse is definitely not for me. It's far too juvenile. The writing is absolutely horrid. It feels so awkward and cringey; it's definitely not strong writing to carry out a story, characters, or a series plot that lasts throughout three novels. This is supposed to be a paranormal novel, but it's 41 pages of intense eye-humping, stalking, obsession, and weird dialogue. I didn't even make it to the vision she has that's explained in the synopsis and I don't care why she's having visions. The synopsis gives the whole plot away and this teeny-bopper romance is just not for me.
Seriously, the stalking in this novel is creepy. Zellie stares him down throughout her father's whole sermon in church. Then there's this really creepy quote that baffled me to no end:
"I calculated. It'd been what, two months since his last haircut?"
You calculated his hair growth? WHAT? I had intense teenage crushes where I did probably way too much staring, but this is just beyond creepy and weird.
Avery, her obsession, is just as bad. His PoV reads exactly like Zellie's, which is downright uncomfortable to read. He's crazy, obsessed, and bumbles through conversations with her. This novel has no plot besides setting up a true lurv story and I'm not about to waste my precious time on books that don't make me happy.
Cover Thoughts: The cover is cute. It's blue and shiny, but also as cliche as the rest of the novel.
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!
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. Instead of giving them unique and individual personalities, it causes the characters to sound like stereotypes, and a few times throughout the book it just made me think of my teen years and when my mom would pretend to talk like a teenager. It also makes the characters sound a lot younger than they're supposed to be, and I had to remind myself Zellie, Avery, and Claire were supposed to 16 and not 12 or 13, and the characters just seem a lot more true and unique in the few passages where they talk like normal people. Other than the dialogue though, Benefiel does a good job of recreating those emotions of youth such as finding your first love, relying on your best friend, and struggling to understand your parents. All of these emotions ring true and it helps redeem the characters from their immature dialogue.
Benefiel's writing style is very fluid and well put together throughout most of the book. She does an excellent job writing from the first person perspective of Zellie, but her style slips a little when she transitions into her third person descriptions of Avery (which only occur 3-4 times throughout the book) and these sections seem a little less detailed and not quite as put together. Her descriptions of visions, set apart by italic text, are also done well, creating vivid pictures and flowing smoothly back into the regular text which makes the book easy to read and follow. I would also like to congratulate Benefiel on her obvious ability to proofread. I've read multiple books over the past few months, some of which were put out by major publishing houses, which were lacking proper proofing and editing. Benefiel's book is free of typos, spelling errors, and major grammar mistakes. It was a pleasant surprise.
Overall, this is the kind of book you should sit down and read all at once. While the tween dialogue does becoming increasingly annoying the further into the book you get, it is possible to get past it for the sake of an interesting, if a little simplistic, plot. The book reads quickly and Benefiel does do an excellent job of recreating certain emotions and feelings of being a teenager. I don't think this book would hold up quite as well if it was a stand alone novel, but as the first in a trilogy it does its job well. There are parts of this book that seem to exist for the sole purpose of setting up the reader for the next book in the series (I won't tell you what they are because that would give away a few secrets) but that's not necessarily a bad thing, and even these sections are integrated into the current plot well enough that they don't seem bizarre or out of place. They will leave you with unanswered questions at the end, so if you're someone who can't stand a book that leaves plot threads untied you won't be too pleased. I was pleasantly surprised with Benefiel as a whole, and I think she's created an interesting heroine in Zellie Wells. I wouldn't put the next two books at the top of my reading list, but I won't leave them off entirely either.