Saturday, March 31, 2012

Book Review- Perception

I just finished reading Perception by Kim Harrington (Clarity #2) for an Around the World ARC Tour.

From Goodreads:

When you can see things others can't, what do you do when someone's watching you?

Everybody knows about Clarity "Clare" Fern. She's the psychic girl in school, the one who can place her hands on something and see hidden visions from the past.

Only Clare would rather not be a celebrity. She prefers hanging back, observing. Her gift is not a game to her.

But then someone starts playing with her head . . . and heart. Messages and gifts from a secret admirer crop up everywhere Clare turns. Could they be from Gabriel, the gorgeous boy who gets Clare's pulse racing? Or from Justin, Clare's hopeful ex-boyfriend who'd do anything to win her back?

One thing is certain. Clare needs to solve this mystery, and soon. Because the messages are becoming sinister, and a girl in town has suddenly disappeared.
I remember being pleasantly surprised by the previous book in the series, Clarity, so I just knew I would enjoy this one too.  And I was so right!
There is such a great mixture of things in this series...just a touch of paranormal, a little bit of mystery, and some romance thrown in...and add a great main character along with fantastic secondary characters and you've got one great read!
Clarity is just such a great character.  She's shows that she wants to be a "normal" teenager but she does this while staying true to herself and not giving in to the temptation of being something she's not.  And Mallory was a great new character (although honestly, I couldn't decide if she was going to turn out to be good or evil).  Plus the boys--yum!  Justin and Gabriel were two great guys.  Such a hard decision.  But I knew which one I thought was right for her (certain small things happen that made me feel that way) and luckily, that's the guy she picked in the end.
I do have to say that I figured out the mystery in this one pretty early on, although there were times when I doubted myself.  But I was right in the end.  The  book definitely had me thinking though and trying to peg the pieces together.
So I'm not sure if there will be more books in this series or not.  But I sure hope so..I'm hooked!
I gave this book a rating of 4.5/5.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2012 Reading Challenge 150+: 29
2012 ARC Reading Challenge: 26
2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 26
2012 Sophomore Reading Challenge: 3
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway!- The Savage Grace

I just finished reading The Savage Grace by Bree Despain.

From Goodreads:

A troubled soul. An impossible choice. A final battle.

Wrestling with the werewolf curse pulsing deep inside of her, Grace Divine was finally able to find her brother, but it nearly cost her everything.

With her boyfriend, Daniel, stuck in wolf form and Sirhan's death approaching, time is running out for Grace to stop Caleb Kalbi and his gang of demons. If she fails, her family and hometown will perish. Everything rests on Grace's shoulders.

The final installment in The Dark Divine trilogy brings Daniel and Grace's love story to a breathtaking conclusion.
I always have such a hard time remembering what happened in previous books in a series.  And at first, I couldn't remember what had happened in The Dark Divine and The Lost Saint, but it soon came back to me and I fell right back into Grace's world. 
I knew that this book was the last in the trilogy so I knew that everything would have to be wrapped up.  I just didn't know how.  And I have to say that I liked the way everything ended.  It stopped at a good place and I was happy with the ending.  I don't think there were any questions left unanswered, which I much appreciated!  (although I think there could be more with Talbot, things are okay with the way they were left.)
I still love Daniel and Grace together.  Their relationship is intense but innocent at the same time.  And I really liked the way that Jude was in this installment.  And the lost boys were so cute (and gotta love the Peter Pan connection!)
There were definitely some tears at the end.  But that's part of what made the book so enjoyable.  I love when books get the emotions going.  So while I will miss Grace and Daniel, it was a great ending to a fabulous series!  (Oh, and the cover is gorgeous once again!)
I gave this book a rating of 4/5.

This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2012 Reading Challenge 150+: 28
2012 ARC Reading Challenge: 25
2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 25
2012 Mammoth Book Challenge: 3

*FTC Disclosure: This book was given to me for free by the publisher for a honest review.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday- March 28, 2012

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Undead and Unstable (Undead #11)
by MaryJanice Davidson
Publication Release Date: June 5, 2012


Betsy’s heartbroken over her friend Marc’s death, but at least his sacrifice should change the future—her future­—for the better. But it’s not as if Betsy’s next few hundred years will be perfect. After all, her half-sister Laura is the AntiChrist, Laura’s mother is Satan, and family gatherings will always be more than a little awkward.

What’s really bothering Betsy is that ever since she and Laura returned from visiting her mom in Hell, Laura’s been acting increasingly peculiar. Maybe it’s Laura’s new job offer: as Satan’s replacement down under. Unfortunately, the position comes at a damnable price: killing Betsy, her own flesh-and-blood.

Over Betsy’s dead body. And for that matter Marc’s, too, since he’s not quite as buried as everyone thought. Now a war has been waged—one that’s going to take sibling rivalry to a whole new level, and a dimension where only one sister can survive.

Monday, March 26, 2012

In My Mailbox- March 26, 2012

In My Mailbox: Here's what came in my mailbox this week

The Way We Fall- Megan Crewe--contest win from Presenting Lenore

Hemlock- Kathleen Peacock--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

The Sunday Salon- March 25, 2012

The Sunday Salon

I didn't do a Sunday Salon last week since all of the books I had read for the week were to posted at a later date and I didn't have anything to put up! 

Yesterday my friend and I ran our first 10k!  It's the longest I've run yet!  We ended up feeling pretty good but the course was rough.  A lot of it was on cobblestone, which doesn't sound bad but the bricks were uneven and there were lots of little dips and holes.  I was so afraid that I was going to fall!  Our time was 1 hour, 13 minutes and 57 seconds.  So for 6.2 miles, that just under 12 minutes per mile.  Not bad!  I just signed us up for the Disney Tower of Terror 10 Miler in September!  The training for that doesn't start until May 29th, so I think I'm going to give myself a week of rest.  I have pretty bad shin splints and I'm hoping the week of rest will help!

I finished and reviewed the following books in the past week:
Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting
Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale
Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

I fulfilled items in the following challenges in the past week:
2012 Reading Challenge 150+: 24, 25, 26, 27
2012 ARC Reading Challenge: 21, 22, 23, 24
2012 Debut Author Challenge: 6, 7, 8
2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 21, 22, 23, 24
Completely Contemp Challenge 2012: 2012-4
2012 Standalone Reading Challenge: 5

I am currently reading The Savage Grace and up next, if no tour books come in first, is Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Book Review- Hemlock

I finished reading Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock today for an Around the World ARC Tour.

From Goodreads:

Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.

Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf.

Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.

Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

Kathleen Peacock’s thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spellbinding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love.

This book had me pretty intrigued.  The whole idea of a werewolf virus being spread was a pretty new one (not sure if I've read a plot like that before). 

I liked Mac.  She was a take-charge girl and didn't just stand back and let the boys do everything.  I didn't like the way that she was okay with Kyle wanting to be with her, then not, then wanting to be with her again, then not, etc!  I mean, I get the reasoning, but still!  Although I did really like Kyle.  Except for the indecisiveness, he seemed like a great guy.  Jason on the other hand--I didn't get any good things from him.  He just seemed like a jerk. 

There were lots of twists and turns. And I can usually figure out the mystery at least just before we read about it, but not in this case. I had no clue who the actual murderer of Amy was. It was a complete shock! 

Hemlock will be released on May 8, 2012.

I gave this book a rating of 4/5.

This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2012 Reading Challenge 150+: 27
2012 ARC Reading Challenge: 24
2012 Debut Author Challenge: 8
2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 24

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Book Review- Someone Else's Life

I finished reading Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale for a Teen Book Scene Tour.

From Goodreads:

When 17-year-old Rosie's mother, Trudie, dies from Huntington's Disease, her pain is intensified by the knowledge that she has a fifty percent chance of inheriting the crippling disease herself. Only when Rosie tells her mother's best friend, "Aunt Sarah," that she is going to test for the disease does Sarah, a midwife, reveal that Trudie wasn't her real mother after all. Rosie was swapped at birth with a sickly baby who was destined to die.

Devastated, Rosie decides to trace her real mother, joining her ex-boyfriend on his gap year travels, to find her birth mother in California. But all does not go as planned. As Rosie discovers yet more of her family's deeply buried secrets and lies, she is left with an agonizing decision of her own, one which will be the most heart breaking and far-reaching of all.
I have always loved reading books about people coping with diseases (I think it goes back to my Lurlene McDaniel days) so I often jump at the chance to read them.  Lately, I've been disappointed.  But not with this book!
Someone Else's Life is FILLED with drama.  There is more drama and surprises around every corner.  But it didn't get tiring.  I actually liked all the drama (except for how Andy kept leaving Rosie and coming back..that got a little old).  But I liked all of the twists and turn--some of which I figured out and some of which I didn't. 
I really liked Rosie.  She's a great heroine.  Super sweet and easy to be sympathetic about.  Holly on the other hand, not so much.  I know she got the shock of her life but she didn't need to be so nasty about it (but I guess that's what makes for some good drama).  The boys were pretty great too.  Both Josh and Andy seemed like sweet guys and supportive (for the most part). 
Overall, just a great drama and one that sucked me right in!
I gave this a rating of 4/5.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2012 Reading Challenge 150+: 24
2012 ARC Reading Challenge: 21
2012 Debut Author Challenge: 6
2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 21
Completely Contemp Challenge 2012: 2012-4
2012 Standalone Reading Challenge: 5
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Teen Book Scene.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday- March 21, 2012

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
(a little late this week)

Taken at Dusk (Shadow Falls #3)
by C.C. Hunter
Publication Release Date: April 10, 2012

From C.C. Hunter's website:

Independent and strong-willed Della Tsang hadn't believed in ghosts until she saw her dead cousin darting into the shadows of an alley. She hadn't believed in vampires until in the dark of that same night she is turned into one. Introduced to a strange world of supernaturals, she struggles to accept this new reality. Unfortunately, the boy she loves senses something different about her and can't accept her. Should she follow her vampire cousin's lead-walk away from everything she's knows and loves-and fake her own death? Or should she set her pride aside and ask for help from the camp leader of Shadow Falls-a camp where supernaturals go to learn how to cope with their powers. Either way, her life as she knows it, will never be the same.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Book Review- The Last Echo

I just finished reading The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting for an Around the World ARC Tour.

From Goodreads:

Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet's talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it's Violet's job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice. When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by "the girlfriend collector" she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new "relationship" and Violet may have caught his eye....

While I enjoyed reading this book, I didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the first two.  That's not to say that I didn't like it, because I did, but it wasn't like the other two where I didn't want to put them down.

At first, I remembered how much I liked Violet and Jay's relatationship.  But then it got a little too..maybe intense is the word.  I don't really know.  But like I was feeling uncomfortable.  And I didn't like Rafe or Violet's budding feeling for him.  Stay away from him and stay with Jay, Violet! 

The case this time was really creepy.  It had me completely freaked out.  So sick.  But that's what made it good!  There was definitely lots of action and we got to know more about the secret group that she's in.  I'm glad that things were explained more.

The very very end was a complete surprise to me.  I didn't see that coming (although I never liked this person).  For some reason the title of the story had me thinking that this would be the last book in the series, but after reading the last couple of pages, there just HAS to be at least another book.  There's no way the series could end on that!  (And after just checking out Kimberly Derting's website, I see that the fourth book in the series is due out in 2012.  Whew!)

I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.

The Last Echo will be released on April 17, 2012.

This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2012 Reading Challenge 150+: 26
2012 ARC Reading Challenge: 23
2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 23

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.

Monday, March 19, 2012

In My Mailbox- March 19, 2012

In My Mailbox: Here's what came in my mailbox this week

Unraveling- Elizabeth Norris--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

Vampire Dragon (Works Like Magic #3)- Annette Blair--PaperbackSwap

The Last Echo- Kimberly Derting--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

Unseen (Outcasts Season #3)- Rachel Caine--PaperbackSwap

Book Review- Unraveling

I just finished reading Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris for an Around the World ARC Tour.

From Goodreads:

Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, she knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

But her revival, and Ben's possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father's files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something—but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what's right in front of her: Everything that's happened—the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben's sudden appearance in her life—points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she's going to need to uncover Ben's secrets—and keep from falling in love with him in the process.

From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl's fight to save herself, her world, and the boy she never saw coming.
I am totally not into sci-fi books.  And I didn't know this was one.  And if I had known I wouldn't have signed up to read it.  But I'm soooo glad that I didn't know!  I really enjoyed it!  It had me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what was happening and why.  I was hooked.  I don't usually like sci-fi because a lot of the time I feel lost and have no clue what's going on.  But Elizabeth Norris wrote the book so I completely got what was going on.  And she threw in a great romance as well.  The book read like the TV show Fringe that my husband loves to watch (except where's Pacey? :) )
Janelle was a kick-butt girl who was completely true to herself.  She had a great relationship with her younger brother and her dad and tried hard to help out with her bipolar mother.  And I loved her relationship with Alex.  It was great to read about a guy/girl best-friendship with absolutely no underlying feelings of love whatsoever.  (Usually there is always one person secretly in love with the other so this was a nice change of pace).  And Ben.  Yum.  The whole stoner thing threw me off at first but it was nice to see that he wasn't really like that.
I don't want to give too much of the plot away.  Just know that it is definitely sci-fi, not paranormal.  And that even if you don't normally like science fiction, definitely give this one a try!  I just reading on Elizabeth Norris's website FAQ that she's turned in a sequel.  I can't wait to read it!
I gave this book a rating of 4.5/5.
Unraveling will be released on April 24, 2012.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2012 Reading Challenge 150+: 25
2012 ARC Reading Challenge: 22
2012 Debut Author Challenge: 7
2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 22
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Teen Book Scene: Guest Blog: Katie Dale

I am honored to host Katie Dale, author of Someone Else's Life, on my blog today as part of a Teen Book Scene Blog Tour.

I asked Katie what she did when she's not writing.

When I’m not writing (or blogging/tweeting etc) I love to get out of the house. I spend so much time in my flat (often I go all day without leaving at all!) that it’s great to go out, leave my laptop behind and re-engage with the world outside.

If the weather’s nice, there’s nothing like a long walk in the countryside, with fresh air and sunshine and birdsong, to clear your head and lift your spirits. Two things I miss since moving to Cambridge are hills (Cambridge is pretty much completely flat) and the sea (it’s a two-hour drive to the nearest coast) but when I go back to Sussex (where SOMEONE ELSE’S LIFE is set) I delight in walking on the South Downs, with its gorgeous coastal views. My mum and I share the same passion for the sea, and love to go down to the beach to watch the waves fling themselves at the shore, then we roll up our trousers to go and paddle in the shallows – even in the middle of winter! Nothing makes me feel more awake – or more alive!

I love to travel, see new places, try new things – even if it’s just for a day out. There’s so much to discover in the world, and nowhere near enough time to see everything, so I relish the new discoveries I can make.

When I’m back home with my family, all of us – from my three-year-old niece to my ninety-three-year-old granddad love to play mini-golf, so we can often be found crowded round the green or crazy golf course desperately trying to put balls into impossible holes! And laughing. A lot. Any time spent with my family – especially my little niece – is an absolute joy. She has her own unique view of the world – and it’s completely hysterical!

Acting is my other passion. I trained as an actress after university and have performed in national Shakespeare tours (Juliet, Viola) and in a couple of independent films, and I love to take on new characters, as I do when I write, losing myself in someone else’s world. It’s the closest I can get to trying on other peoples’ lives, if only for a little while, and I think it can be quite magical.

If the weather’s horrid (or even if it isn’t) I just love going to the movies. There’s just something so special and timeless about sitting in those velvet chairs in front of the big screen, buzzing with anticipation – and I always make sure I get there in time for the trailers – sometimes they’re the best bit!

Finally, I love snuggling down in bed with a good book. There’s nothing like reading – for pleasure, for romance, for education or thrills, books have got it all.

Perhaps that’s why I choose to write them.

That's so neat the you also trained in acting!  And I agree about the trailers sometimes being the best bit..I absolutely CANNOT miss them! Thanks for sharing with us, Katie!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday- March 14, 2012

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

by Alyson Noel
Publication Release Date: April 24, 2012

From Alyson Noel's website:

After the problems with her last mission, Riley practically begged the Council for a more challenging Soul Catch. She is determined to prove herself. But this time her challenge may be more than she can handle. Now she's been assigned to a real Roman gladiator. So fearsome he was named the Pillar of Doom. How is Riley, a scrawny twelve-year-old, supposed to get through to him?

When Riley stumbles upon Messalina, the beautiful girl who has been around for centuries, she may have found the answer. Messalina convinces Riley her only chance is to become a part of the gladiator world. To do this, Riley must go through a dramatic make-over and become the teenager she's always wanted to be. She's beautiful, she's mature, and she may even find her first boyfriend. But with a dream this enchanting, will Riley complete her mission and return to Bodhi and Buttercup, or will she stay in Messalina's world forever?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Teen Book Scene: Guest Blog: Rachel McClellan

I am honored to host Rachel McClellan, author of Fractured Light, on my blog today as part of a Teen Book Scene Blog Tour.

I asked Rachel what her Top Ten Movies were.  Her reply

Top Ten Movies

10. Ladyhawk
9. Napolean Dynomite
8. Nacho Libre
7. Phantom of the Opera
6. Far and Away
5. Alias series with Jennifer Garner (okay, not technically a movie, but one of my favorite DVD’s)
4. Moulin Rouge
3. Batman series except for the weird ones, Batman 3 and 4.
2. Count of Monte Cristo
1. Underworld’s

I've heard of all of the movies, but only seen Moulin Rouge (so love this one!)  and I watched the Alias series when it was on!  I need to check out the other movies.

Thanks, Rachel!

Monday, March 12, 2012

In My Mailbox- March 12, 2012

In My Mailbox: Here's what came in my mailbox this week

Lies Beneath- Anne Greenwood Brown--review for a Teen Book Scene Blog Tour

Eternal: More Love Stories With a Bite- P.C. Cast--PaperbackSwap

Midnight (The Vampire Diaries: The Return #3)- L.J. Smith--Bookmooch

Dancing on Broken Glass- Ka Hancock--for review from publisher

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Sunday Salon- March 11, 2012

The Sunday Salon

So apparently I completely forgot to do this last weekend.  Oops!  Well, today Kory and I have been married 9 months!  Time really flies!  I've also run 5 miles!  Only 2 more weeks until our 10k...gulp!  This past Tuesday I was running a 3 miler and I'm pretty used to those by now but all of a sudden I must have gotten a horrible case of shin splints.  I was limping even while I was running.  It hurt so badly!  I've read up on it and it says that rest is needed but I really can't do that right now.  Does anyone have any tips that I could use?

I finished and reviewed the following books in the past two weeks:
Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
Miracle by Elizabeth Scott
Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis

I fulfilled items in the following challenges in the past week:
2012 Reading Challenge 150+: 20, 21, 22
2012 ARC Reading Challenge: 18, 19
2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 18, 19
Completely Contemp Challenge 2012: 2012-3
2012 Standalone Reading Challenge: 3, 4

I am currently reading Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale and if I don't get another tour book, then up next is Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday- March 7, 2012

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

by Kiersten White
Publication Release Date: July 24, 2012

From Goodreads:

Try as she might, Evie can’t seem to escape her not-so-normal past. And what was supposed to be a blissfully normal school break is ruined when a massive group of paranormals shows up at her house, claiming that Evie is the only one who can protect them from a mysterious, perilous fate.

The deadly war between the faerie courts looms ever closer. The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its future rests solely in Evie’s hands.

So much for normal.

With a perfect blend of humor and suspense, Endlessly is everything readers could dream of in a conclusion—and the unexpected twists will keep them guessing until the very last page.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

In My Mailbox- March 5, 2012

In My Mailbox: Here's what came in my mailbox this week

Wanderlove- Kirsten Hubbard

Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas Treasury- Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen--contest win from The Shady Glade

Glimmer- Phoebe Kitanidis--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

Miracle- Elizabeth Scott--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

Fractured Light- Rachel McClellan--review for a Teen Book Scene Tour

She Went All the Way- Meg Cabot--PaperbackSwap

When Good Wishes Go Bad (As You Wish #2)- Mindy Klasky--PaperbackSwap

Book Review- Glimmer

I just finished reading Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis for an Around the World ARC Tour.

From Goodreads:

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.
The beginning of this book really had me hooked.  I wanted to know just why Marshall and Elyse have amnesia, how it happened, and what really happened in the past.  I wanted to know all about why the members of the town lost their bad memories.  But once it started delving into the magic of it all, I got lost and didn't enjoy it as much.
I enjoyed Elyse and Marshall.  I loved reading about thier personalities now after they woke up and then how they were before. 
And I thought it was so creepy about how the people that lived in Summer Falls only remembered the good things and took a nap when something upset them.  It's like they were brainwashed, only done with magic.  But the magic part got confusing.  The story of  who started all the magic and how left me struggling to really understand it all.
But its a pretty good ghost story with some magic thrown in.
I gavet his book a rating of 3.5/5.
Glimmer will be released on April 17, 2012.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2012 Reading Challenge 150+: 22
2012 ARC Reading Challenge: 19
2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 19
2012 Standalone Reading Challenge: 4

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.