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Shimmerspell (The Shimmer Trilogy #1)

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  926 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
When sixteen-year-old Jensen Meadows finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient faerie war, she soon learns that faeries aren't made of sparkly goodness. They're vicious. And worse, they're after her. With the help of Liam Casey, she delves into their world to find her missing sister and begins to suspect that her whole life has been nothing more than a faerie tale.B ...more
Nook, 88 pages
Published May 13th 2011 by Kimberly Spencer (first published April 8th 2011)
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GENRE: YA Paranormal
THEME: Fae/Magic
RECEIVED: Received for Review from Author

Shimmerspell by Kimberly Spencer was a fun read! As for novella’s it was a quick one, but a lot happened where it almost felt like a whole book.
Jensen is a sixteen-year-old girl who lives a life moving around place to place with her older sister, who is a con artist. But after Jensen meets a mysterious boy named Liam, who gives off some strange vibes her world changes into
The UHQ Nasanta
2 stars

I thought that this novella had potential. The author had an interesting idea for a faerie story. I liked the differences between this one and the others I had read: Wondrous Strange, The Iron King. The differences were refreshing (and no love triangles! yet). I liked the voice of Jensen, and I liked the humor. I liked the idea behind the story enough that I might read the other novellas. Based on my enjoyment, I'd rate this at 3 stars.

However, the negatives outweighed the positives, lea
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Shimmerspell Review on K-Books

I don't even know where to start with this review. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. This book is definitely not for me and I found I didn't enjoy it at all. I got this book as I had heard good things about and it was free on kindle. The story surrounds around Fae and usually I love books about Fae but for me this book was a disappointment.

Jensen has always believed she was normal, moving from town to town with her con-artist sister but her siste
Jun 12, 2012 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

This has all the elements there to be a great story. An original storyline, interesting characters, fantastical environments, and a few surprises. The bad news? It all happens so quickly, you almost don't care that it happened. There is no suspense built, there is no getting to know the characters, there is no developing the storyline. Yes, I understand it is a novella, but there was WAY too much going on for this story to have been taken on as a novella. It failed. This would have made a GREAT
Tishia (Paperback Opinion)
I thought this was a really cute book! It's about a 16 year old girl named Jensen, who *thinks* she is just a typical teenage girl. Well, ok - typical aside from the fact that she has been living on the run with a con-artist sister and uses a different name every place she goes. There is so much about herself and her sister that she has no idea about. At school she meets mysterious, brooding, Liam. No longer having her sister to rely on, Jensen is suddenly thrown into Liam's world of faeries, da ...more
Shéa MacLeod
May 07, 2011 Shéa MacLeod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal-lovin
Shimmerspell is a lovely paranormal YA story about a girl who discovers that neither she, nor the world around her, is exactly as it seems. There's a little touch of romance, quite a bit of magic, and a few surprises along the way.

I truly believe Spencer is a talented writer. Her descriptions of places such as the Isle of Mermen are outstanding. She doesn't just show you what it looks like, she draws you right into it.

Having said that, the book is slightly choppy in places. Some things are left
Kimberly Spencer
Apr 09, 2011 Kimberly Spencer rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, wrote
I wrote it lol. :o)
Jensen's life is one big lie and she's about to learn the truth.

Jensen moves around a lot going from school to school since her sister, Lauren, is a con artist and also the one that is responsible for taking care of her. They are constantly on the move so they don't get caught. When Jensen makes friends with Zoe at her new school, she realizes that she doesn't want to leave when Lauren tells her that it's time to pack up and move again. While at school, Jensen is trying to break into a classmate
Missy (Two Readers Reviews)
When Kimberly contacted me to review this for her I was all up for it. Faeries?? Heck yes! As soon as I received the book I decided to read a couple of pages to see what it was like. Those couple of pages turned into reading the whole thing in one sitting. I realize that this is only a novella, but I could not get enough!

Spencer created these amazing characters. Jensen, the main character, is absolutely fantastic. She was the kind of girl you could totally see yourself being friends with. She wa
Tamara Rose Blodgett
I was completely surprised to read this and like it as much as I did. I really vacillated between a 4-5 star rating and this novella, at 22K words, was short and had pacing to match. I am not used to reading something of this length so the entire feel of the read and what it delivered as far as information and action is decidedly different than say, a typical novel of 80 to 110K.

Jensen is a human that finds out she is a faerie by a series of clues and accidents that happen on her short journey
May 04, 2011 Lacey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Thoughts:

I had no idea what I was getting into when I was given the opportunity to review this book. I hadn't so much as heard about this book but boy am I glad I did!! It had a fast paced quality to it. It kind of reminded me of the series by Jenna Black "Glimmerglass series" the fairies were creatively created and shown to us...Kimberly definately took the time to create a world of its own. The imagery in this book was fantastic and even though there was a few grammer errors they were no
Sep 11, 2011 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really, really want to give this book a higher rating than 3 stars, because I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I can't. While Shimmerspell had an intriguing concept and a descriptive and witty writing style that flowed well, the plot was everywhere, and I was confused frequently. It started off in a good place, but by the next few chapters, things happened so quickly that I wondered what had just happened. There wasn't enough time to process what was happening before something else monumental happen ...more
Feb 02, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
16-year-old Jensen's biggest problem is the fact that her sister Lauren and her have to move around a lot - namely because Lauren is a con artist, but nothing has prepared her for the problems she's about to face.

One day whilst trying to break into a locker at her school, she comes face to face with Liam - a boy who has seemed totally normal 'til now, but that's where things change, because now Liam has wings. Thinking she's going crazy, she runs away from Liam to the lunch hall, where she sees
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
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Firstly I'd like to say thank you to the author Kimberly for giving me the opportunity to read her work. I'm so glad I got the chance to review this novella as it did really surprise me because I found I really enjoyed it.

The story follows Jensen who a typical 16 year old high school student who has a con-artist sister. Because of her sister, they are always on the run. When Jensen meets handsome Liam at school, her sister suddenly goes back on
Heather Mcginn
“Shimmerspell” was a fast, exciting, and fun read overall! I would have loved if Kimberly Spencer had taken more time for character development and to expand certain events that took place. This definitely is not a Faerie novel for novices. There are a lot of details that go unexplained and if you have little knowledge of Faeries the read could be very confusing.

Jensen is just a sixteen year old girl with dead parents and a con-artist older sister who’s lifestyle keeps them continually moving
Savannah (Books With Bite)
When I started this book I was immediately blown away. I really loved getting into the feel of the story and seeing Jensen's character. One thing I enjoy in a book is where a character is lost. That is Jensen. When Jensen figures out that there is more to her, she has no idea who she is. I loved that she demanded answers and sometimes thought that she is crazy. She made me laugh and her sarcasticness made me snicker!

I also very much adored the story line. While Jensen has been lied to her entire
Claire O-P
May 16, 2012 Claire O-P rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a free ebook, which is the only reason I'm not cross that I read it. It's self-published, and you can tell - the pacing is off, scenes which should be important are rushed and in some cases it feels like they are missed out entirely, whilst other scenes, such as a fascination with the main character's school nemesis at the beginning of the book take up a lot of wordage considering they're never mentioned again. The character development is non-existant, and the relationship development ...more
Penelope Fletcher
Jul 11, 2011 Penelope Fletcher rated it liked it
Interesting. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book which involved the Seelie and Unselie. Now, I liked Shimmerspell overall. It is a solid novella. There is surprising depth and personality to some of these characters, more than I’ve read in some full length books. The twins, I loved. Loved. They were creepy and cool though there appearance in this was brief. Also loving the intrigue around Lorlei, is she truly as wicked as her infamous mother Morgana Le Fae? We’ll have to see.

I did notice ev
Cassandra Moore
May 06, 2011 Cassandra Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shimmerspell is a short story about faeries loosely based upon the Arthurian Legends. The plot line is very interesting. I found myself easily brought into the story. Kimberly has an amazing talent for imagery. The scenes came to life with her artful descriptions. The story has a wealth of great lines. Jensen is a pretty kick-ass girl and a remarkably believable character. I think the story could definitely be expanded upon for a great full length novel (I would absolutely read it). The very spe ...more
Shawna LeAnn
Jul 08, 2011 Shawna LeAnn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an extreamly fast read. Not that it was a bad thing, because I really fell into this book. It was actually pretty good once I started and the ending will be making me buy book number two, because I just can not wait to see what happens to Jensen next.

I have read books on Faeries before, so none of the things in the book as far as details in the faerie world really had me confused as the first time I read a faerie book, but there were quite a few things that were new to me which I l
Emily Ever
The concept of the book is pretty solid and interesting. But the execution on this was was poor. Very very poor.

things I had an issue with:
- The assumption that everyone already knows the difference between Seelie and Unseelie, and that they apparently hate each other.

- there seemed to be large plot points missing...

- charaters were under developed and their emotions and allegances were lightning quick. Really hard to connect to. And it was hard to tell them apart because of this.

- Occasiona
Jul 11, 2011 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story and tomorrow I will read the next book in the series. Jensen is in a new school in high school living with her sister Lauren. Jensen in math class with mr. Tanner and he can always tell when she lies and picks on her. Her friend Zoe's twin sister hates her and Jensen has no idea why. To get even with her Jensen plans to break into her locker and take somthing and gets caught by Liam. All of a sudden she see Liam is wearing wings. Then she see's two more kids with wings and t ...more
This was an interesting little novella. I got it for free from and it's sequel as well for my kindle. The story was fairly fast paced, but that takes away from the fact that time passes differently and huge gobs of information is left out for you to come upon it happenstance in the dialogue or hint at it later. However, the lore is well researched with an interesting personal twist to it.

There is a bit of cursing with the f-bomb and some lesser words here and there, but for
Aug 20, 2011 Becca rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed Kimberly's take on the ya fae world, her writing style and the full, lush characters!!! I got it free on ibooks, believe it's available on amazon as well. JUST DOWNLOAD it to your computer if you don't have an ereader - you'll be very happy! The twists and turns of the story shouldn't be revealed so just go read it!!!!!!

If you must have the's the goodreads summary..."When sixteen-year-old Jensen Meadows finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient faerie war, sh
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
It was around 73 pages long and with all the action and adventure going on felt like it flew by. I really enjoyed Jensen and her reaction to this new world. She was fantastically funny and courageous.

The world building was well built and very descriptive. A lot of great characters and intense situations that kept my heart beating fast. And before you know it the story is over leaving you wanting more.

Jensen of course has more to her than a normal human, one day while at school (breaking into s
Jul 25, 2011 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good YA ,( free on kindle) though a little confusing in parts- it kind of jumped around and I thought I missed a page. Also, needs better editing- sometimes it was confusing when commas were left out. EX: "I don't know how I feel about this Jensen" Did you not know how you feel about this person named Jensen? Or were you talking to Jensen? I found several of these types of mistakes and even though I read pretty quickly, it distracted me from the story and made me irritated. That being sai ...more
Laura's Book Addiction
First off I would like to say thank you to Kimberley for give me a chance to read Shimmerspell.

I really liked the premise for this Novella and I really really enjoyed the charcters Jensen and her love instresed Liam. For a short story it was packed and a great start to the series.

Favourite Quote

-"Because looking at you is like falling into a black hole stupid,confusing, and probably detrimental to my existence."
Krizia Anna
I really like the story and the plot. The problem I have with the book is that at times it was confusing. Ms. Spencer had difficulties explaining and describing. I didn't understand Seelie and Unseelie at first. I can't imagine what Nixie looks like. I am often surprised that a paragraph is completely unrelated to the previous paragraph. I think the author is speeding things up that hurt the narration in the process.
Oct 29, 2011 liirogue rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This needs a lot of work before it should really be called a novel. It read more like an outline of where the novel would go. Strange leaps and assumptions in the storyline are made. The author jumps right into Seelie and Unseelie with no explanation - either for the reader or the main character, both of whom are apparently expected to know all about this book's universe before they even get started.
Angela Fristoe
Jun 14, 2011 Angela Fristoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-books
I've never been a Faerie girl, so this was the first I've read of them. That said, I really enjoyed this novella. It was fast paced, and gave me just enough faerie background that I wasn't entirely confused, but not so much that I had to skim to keep interest. The only problem I had with this book was that I wanted it to go on!! I wanted to keep reading! Guess I'll have to pick up the next book in the series.
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“Because looking at you is like falling into a black hole—stupid, confusing, and probably
detrimental to my existence.”
“Weird? One day you’re normal and the next, you’re walking around with a butterfly attached to your back. Then Malice in Wonderland tries to squeeze my head off, and you’re calling it weird. This is beyond weird. Crazy, fantastical even, but definitely not weird.” 5 likes
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