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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  1,202 ratings  ·  263 reviews
When Marshall King and Elyse Alton suddenly wake up tangled in each other's arms with zero memory of how they got there or even who they are, it's the start of a long journey through their separate pasts and shared future.

Terrified by their amnesia, Marshall and Elyse make a pact to work together to find the answers that could restore their missing memories. As they piece...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
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Tatiana
Jan 08, 2012 Tatiana rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: possibly fans of "The Name of the Star" and similar ghost stories
I have no idea why, but I was sure Glimmer would be about zombies. Zombie apocalypse romance maybe? Clearly it's too hard for me to understand even a simple plot synopsis. Anyway, Glimmer isn't about zombies.

Two teens (we later learn their names are Elyse and Marshall) wake up naked in a bed in a house they don't recognize. They don't know who they are and how they ended up in this disturbing situation. They are scared and suspicious of first each other and then of the possibility that they have...more
~Tina~
3.5stars

I had one constant thought throughout this entire book.
What?!?!

Confusing, strange, bizarre and weird are only a few other thoughts I had to describe Glimmer, but I have to admit, incredibly intriguing and oddly addicting goes right along with it.

Phoebe Kitanidis writing is very well done. She achieves quite the dizzying effect with a strong theme of 'what the hell is going on' in waves page after page. This wasn't a bad thing though, in fact it was both a trip and a hoot to figure out w...more
Kristy
Holy Hell on wheels this was a C-R-A-Z-Y ride! (mostly in a good way)

This bad boy starts of fast and INSANE and doesn't really slow down until well over half-way through. We begin the story with Marshall and Elyse waking up naked and tangled up with each other, which normally wouldn't be so weird, but neither one of them can remember how they got there. They also can't remember who they are or pretty much anything. Their world gets stranger and stranger as they emerge into the town of Summer Fal...more
Ferdy
Spoilers

Elyse and Marshall wake up in bed together, both naked and both with no memory of who they are or where they are. They quickly realise that the town they live in isn't normal and that they both have abilities that protect them from some of the strange things that happen to their family and friends. Elyse and Marshall team up to try and piece together their memories and fix the many problems in their town.

-I did enjoy the start of the book and it actually held some promise in the first co...more
Kelli Lee
Upon finishing Glimmer, I was bereft of any sort of satisfaction. In fact, I feel cheated. Let me explain why.

Glimmer, you hooked me, had me invested, the mystery you wove spurred me on to hungrily flip each of your pages, all the while anticipating the big reveal. Why are people falling down into catatonic states called heatnaps? Memories being erased? A Pleasantville atmosphere populated by Stepford Wives? And lo and behold, when the big reveal finally came to pass it was very remisncent of t...more
Alexa

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

These same words kept popping up in my mind while I was reading this book: strange, weird, lost, freaky, bizarre, crazy. Because it was! Which was not a bad thing at all. The book alternates between the POV of Elyse and Marshall as they try to regain their memories and figure out what's wrong with the too perfect town of Summer Falls. Those first few chapters... Well, let's just say it was probably one of the most intriguing beginnings to a stor...more
Twinklesmile
After reading the blurb,I was way too excited to read the book. Talk about ghosts,a mysterious haunted town,"happy zombies",two teens with lost memories ? Couldn't ask for more. When I finished reading this book,I can say for sure,that it didn't disappoint me at all.

First of all the cover of this book is truly beautiful. The color combination is perfect and I love how the eyes of the girl on the cover,are blurred giving it an eerily haunting look. The shadow of the word "Glimmer" on the water gi...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Why can't there be more out-of-the-box amazing stories like this one? I adored it. Just the beginning of a confusing mess turn into magic makes me giddy!

I really enjoyed the unique plot line. As much as I love paranormal books, some times the plots line bore me. I want some thing new other than vampires, werewolves, etc. Now this book, gave me what I want. A fresh, unique bold plot line. First off, let me just say that I enjoyed this plot line because it was some thing new I never read before. I...more
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
Marshall and Elyse can’t be sure what exactly happened that night. Their confusion is only compounded upon by the fact that that they wake in the same bed with no memory of who they are, where they are from, or what got them to where they are today. Their dread should be pacified by the fact that the town in which they find themselves, Summer Falls, seems pristine and perfect, but there’s something that just doesn’t quite fit. Everyone is happy. Summer never ends, and the heat is anything but so...more
Lady Danielle
2.5 stars (Looks around) Did I miss anything? Oh... well look at this, I have finally finished a novel. Finally. It has taken me 2 weeks to finish Glimmer - TWO WEEKS. Damn my school district for making us start school on the 14th of August instead of the 9th of September. I missed this: reading, writing reviews....

Anyway, I picked Glimmer up from my library shelf without hesitation. After reading the blurb (I mean, two people - Marshall and Elyse - wake up naked together in bed with absolutely...more
Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

This is getting stranger and stranger. It's unlike anything I've read before, which is very exciting to me. I am just dying to learn this town's crazy secrets. Would *you* want to be a tourist at Summer Falls, where perfection has a price?

♥ Sarah ♥
Glimmer is like a young adult version of Pleasantville meets The Stepford Wives, but only with more of a supernatural/magical element to it. There are some rumors going around for some reason that it's about zombies. I think because the book description uses the phrase "happy zombies". But it's not. Let's clear that up. It's not about zombies, but more of people who have been seemingly brainwashed. Two teens who we later learn are Marshall and Elyse seem to be the only ones who see this. So they...more
Allison
I can't even believe this.
I honestly never thought I would give a book 1 star, I didn't think I would dislike a book so much to do so. Yet, here we are.

I have so many complaints about this book its not even funny.

The characters are some of the worst I've ever read. They are so forgettable that I forgot who was who by the end of the book. The two main characters are so bland and they were basically the same person. In the beginning, I actually had to go back and check who's chapter was who's and...more
Ashley - The Bookish Brunette
Imagine if you will, waking up with no memories… I’m talking NONE. Zero, zilch, nada. You cant even remember your own NAME! Much less the guy’s name who happens to be laying next to you… NAKED.What would your first thought be? I know what MINE would be… HOLY %&*#!!! To say the very least.

“This is the place where I’m going to die too. I know this, but I am not afraid.”

Marshall and Elyse have NO IDEA how they ended up NAKED and in bed together… They don’t remember ANYTHING at all. Not even the...more
Catie
Well I was so excited when this ARC showed up on my door step. After reading the description I plowed right in. I finished Glimmer the same day that I started reading. I was alittle confused by the intermixing of characters with every chapter but that does not take away from the novel in anyway.

Glimmer is a fun read that you will want to finish just to see what is going to happen next. Glimmer is fast paced and will keep you turning the pages as fast as you can so that you can find out how it e...more
Tara
Review to be published on my blog closer to publication date

Guys, I had no idea what Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis was about based on the description on the back and the first couple of pages. Hell, I had no idea what was going on throughout the whole book.

But something about the story, as confused as I was, made me want to keep going and figure it out, even though there were a couple of times when I thought about giving up. I mean, heat naps? Forgetting a certain events? It kind of just sucked me...more
Reading Teen (Andye)
My review:

Honestly, when I picked this book up and read the summery I thought it was going to be really dumb.
I decided to read the first chapter and just see what it'd be like.
Well, I sat down and ended up reading basically half of it.
I could barely set it down because every page had a new twist to the story.
The pace did not fall below heart pounding.
Glimmer swallowed me whole and I was taken completely by surprise.

Elyse was an awesome main character. I loved how down to earth and humble she is....more
Mitch
I gave up trying to wrap my head around the plot. It's not that everything's not explained by the end (this is a standalone and there aren't any hanging plotlines for a potential sequel), it's just that the premise, two characters Elyse and Marshall waking up in a supernatural town without any memories, led to such a weird, confusing read that by the time I got to the end and everything's finally supposed to make sense, I still can't shake off the fact I was confused for so long. Or maybe I'm st...more
Lena ♫ ♪
LOOOOVED Glimmer. Loved the plot progression, loved the characters, loved it all. This is one of those books where you'll want to have your own copy and not just borrow it from a friend. And FYI: The story is just as gorgeous as the cover. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed watching the mystery and romance unfold. It was incredible, to say the least.

Please, for all that is holy in the book world, grab a copy of Glimmer once it hits stores. I know I will!
Kay
(more of a 3.5 rating, really)

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I cracked open Glimmer; fantasy, paranormal, science-fiction, aliens? Or what? I was kind of in a “meh, whatever” mood and Glimmer looked intriguing enough to pull me out of that bored state of mind. I am happy to report that it did, and with great success!

From the start, the story is intriguing. We do not know the main characters’ names (we learn later that they are Elyse and Marshall), and both are terrified and suspicious of each...more
Asheley
(a similar version of this review can be found here at Into the Hall of Books: http://www.intothehallofbooks.com/201...)

I wanted to read Glimmer because of the pretty cover and the line in the synopsis that says "Lonely in this world of happy zombies..." I love a good zombie story...and the idea of people with amnesia and no bad memories, perpetually happy, like zombies...well, it sounded interesting. So I read it and needless to say, I have thoughts...

1. The Characters. Elyse & Marshall. Th...more
Michelle Madow
I loved Glimmer so much -- it was one of those books that I finished the same day I started. There was so much mystery in the story, especially in the beginning, and I NEEDED to know how it ended.

Glimmer switches from Elyse and Marshall's point of view through the story, both told in first person. With some books this can get confusing, but their voices were different enough that I never found myself confused about whose head I was in. I liked both main characters -- they had enough flaws to ma...more
Jodie
Mar 01, 2012 Jodie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc, own
This being the first time reading Phoebe's work, I must admit I was quite impressed at how she can hold a reader's interest. Glimmer is a novel that from the very beginning, leaves you clueless and begging for answers.
Glimmer takes place in a perfect town I myself found wanting to visit. Heck, I wanted to live there too. Except, Summer Falls isn't all that meets the eye. A deep and hidden mystery lies buried within this town. A mystery as to why Elyse and Marshall have awoke next to each othe...more
Katy
I have a love/hate relationship with this book.

On one hand, I thought the concept and the story development was pretty awesome. Waking up naked in a bed with a stranger? And struggling to find out things about yourself from the simplest things like what your name is and what you look like to more complicated things like how you are and how you got there in the first place. The story had me flipping through the pages, eager to find out what happened next.

However, I was very frustrated while readi...more
Alexandra
From the very first sentence, I was hooked. Did not want to stop reading. Loved it. What a cool story, two teens wake up next to each to each other in bed, and they have no recollection of how they got there. Big whoop, typical teenage drunken bullshit right? Wrong.
They also have no idea of who they themselves are. What their names are, where they came from, where they are. Nothing. HOW CRAZY IS THAT?! Can you even imagine if that happened to you??

So, needless to say, I was glued to the pages tr...more
Aylee
In short: Though the big reveal of the mystery wasn't as satisfying as I wanted, I was still kept entertained with Glimmer's intriguing premise and the piecemeal revelation of the big secret.


Strangers Elyse and Marshall wake up naked in bed next to each other and can't remember a thing about themselves or their lives before. But it gets stranger: in their town of Summer Falls, Colorado, it never gets cold and everyone seems perfect in a freaky Stepford Wives kind of way. The inhabitants are also...more
Wanda (Good Choice Reading)

Isn't the girl on this cover attractive? I have always been guilty of judging a book by its cover. If I see a beautiful cover, I'm going to pick it up. And that's what happen with Glimmer. I believe this is Kitanidis' third book and knowing how much I enjoyed Glimmer, I went ahead and purchased her other book called, Whispers. Plus it seems she has a lot of ghost themes with her novels and I love ghost stories.

Could you live in a world where your only memories are happy ones? You have no recol...more
JeanBookNerd
Phoebe Kitanidis’ Glimmer is the compelling story of two people waking up together with no recollection of who they are whatsoever. It is not a bad hangover--Marshall and Elyse have no idea who they are and why they are naked together in bed. From the very beginning, the book already paints a gripping tale and readers are immediately hooked to see what becomes of the two. With such an intriguing premise, Glimmer is bound to deliver heart-stopping thrills and jaw-dropping revelations.

As Marshall...more
Shane
-For EY Magazine

Glimmer‘s mystery aroused my curiosity. How do I describe this story? The very moment I started reading everything seemed strange, but It definitely had me at ‘naked’ (nothing perverted just sheer interest). A guy and a girl wake up ‘undressed’ in bed next to each other; nothing wrong there except for the fact that neither can recall how they ended up in such a predicament, nor their lives prior to that. Talk about a wild night gone wrong. So, after a few freaky findings here and...more
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: I won't lie. As I started this book, I didn't know if I would like it or not. Even a little bit. The description sounds cool, waking up in each other's arms not knowing who they are. Cool, right? Yes!

Ghost stories are just always a hit or miss for me. I don't read many of them, and the ones I do, I can't find myself sucked in very often. It took me 5 days to read this, that is a long time for me on any given book.

The story opens with Marshall and Elyse waking up together. Neither of...more
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Phoebe Kitanidis is a West Coast writer and a co-founder of OddRocket. She is the author of the young adult novels WHISPER and GLIMMER, published by Harper Collins. She's also the author of BE MY YOKO ONO, a comedy about modern polyamory and geek marriage.

Phoebe grew up in a variety of places, including Athens, Greece; the American Midwest; and the San Francisco Bay Area. After her graduation fro...more
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