May 3, 2012

My Review of Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis


What if you forgot your identity and had to rely on other people to tell you who you were?

And what if to discover your true self, you first had to unravel a mystery so big and terrifying you were not sure you’d survive solving it?

When Marshall and Elyse wake up in each other’s arms with zero memory of how they got there or who they are, it’s the start of a long journey through their separate pasts and shared future.

Terrified by their amnesia, the two make a pact to work together to find the answers that could jog their missing memories. As they piece together clues, they discover they’re in the idyllic mountain resort town of Summer Falls, where everyone seems mysteriously happy, but as Marshall and Elyse quickly learn, darkness lurks beneath the town’s perfect facade. Not only is the town haunted by sinister ghosts, but none of its living inhabitants retain bad memories of anything—not the death of Marshall’s mom, not the hidden shame in Elyse’s family, not even the day-to-day anguish of high school.

Lonely in this world of happy zombies, Marsh and Elyse fall into an intense relationship...but the secrets they uncover could be the death of this growing love—and the death of everyone, and everything, they love in Summer Falls.
This book was a total mind trip right from the start. I spent the first few chapters questioning everything. The characters had no idea what was going on and I had no idea what was going on either! That was awesome! The "not knowing" part kept me reading!! Then all sorts of weird start to happen. Things that had me updating my goodreads status with lots and lots of question marks??? I even had to go back a few times and reread paragraphs just to try and make sense of some of the situations. Books don't do that to me often... it was.. interesting. But once I got past those first few chapters, the "weirdness" turned out to be a little too much. Honestly, I'm still not sure I understand it right. The storyline kept throwing things at me without giving me time to process. All this leading to an ending that was just kinda jumbled up. I'm still not really sure what happened? That doesn't mean it was a bad book. It made me think. Really think. Good thing or bad thing? I'm still not quite sure, but interesting none the less. I'm honestly interested to see what other people think about this book.

Three stars from me.


  1. I really really want to read this! Iblove thos cover sooo much and it looks so good!

    Emily@Emily's Crammed Bookshelf

  2. I am super excited to read this one just becuase the whole mystery of it. I won a signed copy and I can't wait until it comes in.

  3. I'm actually half way through this book! I loved the start of it but it's throwing at lot of stuff at me and it's getting a little difficult to keep up. It doesn't help that the two main characters voices barely differ and I keep forgetting who's talking...

    ComaCalm's Corner =^.^=

  4. I loved this one but its definitely different and not for everyone. I didn't feel like things came at me too fast but I loved feeling puzzled and felt like I figured things out just in time for another twist to be thrown in.