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