Author: Phoebe Kitanidis
Format: ARC – Harper
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publish Date: April 17, 2012
Rating: 4.5 Birds
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.
My take: Mix a strange town, with strange events, some magic, and an age old…curse of sorts – and it’s likely you’ll have me hooked from the first word.
This was entirely the case when it came to reading Glimmer. Waking up to find you know nothing about yourself, the person next to you, or the town you’re in would be hard for anyone…but…waking up naked? That would be cause for concern in the most extreme sense! Elyse and Marsh not only have to learn about themselves, but about each other.
So what is it about this town…Summer Falls? People fall into “heatnaps”, there are ghosts but no one knows or truly believes it – except for Elyse and Marsh. And later, we find out Marsh’s dad also knows. Giving away that part of the story though would be too much!
Elyse finds different things out about herself, like that she’s popular, she likes to read, and she’s very plain to herself. Oh, you think I’m giving away too much? Well, when you read the book, there’s more then meets the eye of what was just put there. As far as Marsh? There is so much underlying backstory to him that he constantly makes you wonder.
Author Phoebe Kitanidis does a great job throughout the entire book going back and forth between Elyse’s point of view, and Marsh’s. The execution of continuing in the same story line, but leaving little out is never overwhelming. So if you enjoy ghost stories, and tales of curses, I’d definitely recommend reading this one!
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