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Glimpse (Zellie Wells #1)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  5,022 ratings  ·  437 reviews
Zellie Wells has a devastating crush on Avery Adams, the son of her mom’s high school sweetheart. At her sixteenth birthday party, held in the basement of her dad’s church, she finally finds the courage to talk to him. Turns out, the devastating crush is mutual.

As Avery takes her hand and leads her out onto the makeshift dance floor, Zellie is overwhelmed by her first visi

Paperback, 262 pages
Published May 9th 2010 by Write Free (first published April 20th 2010)
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Glimpse was a book that I wanted to like, but just couldn’t seem to get into. The beginning of the book is well thought out and well written, but once I reached the point of Zellie’s 16th birthday party, the writing starts unraveling for me. Events seem rushed, the characters aren’t developed enough and seem one dimensional, the dialogue is awkward at times, and the romance evolves unbelievably fast. This novel carries some pretty emotional, heavy themes but I felt like the gravity of those situ ...more
Amanda Hocking
The thing that struck me the most about her book was the voice - it was perfect. Zellie always sounded like a teenager without being whiny or obnoxious. She was very likable and very realistic.

The story flowed beautifully. I think with a lot of debut novels, the biggest problems authors have is with flow and voice - they just haven't figured out how to hit their stride yet. But Stacey didn't stumble with either of those. It had a real honesty with the characters that I appreciated. Zellie and A
Stacey Benefiel
May 28, 2010 Stacey Benefiel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my debut novel and I'm really proud of it.
I found Glimpse through two methods: 1) Goodreads new auto-recommending system brought it up based on my 5star shelf. 2) ibooks had it as one of their top 100 free ebook listing. Seemed prudent of me to read such a book - so I did. What I found was a book that contained equal parts of beautifully captured moments that exist in every teens life, a potentially original premise and some really crazy, mixed-up, disgusting non-sense.

GR summary: "Zellie Wells has a devastating crush on Avery Adams, th
Sarah Law
I cannot fathom why so many people rated this book four or five stars. It was a waste of time to read, almost as if the author wrote it as a NaNoWriMo project and never bothered to edit it before publishing. The pacing was the biggest problem- it dragged so much that I kept thinking "when is this going to be over?" which was weird because the actual story raced through things so quickly it was like reading a book on fast forward. It's like the author only wanted to write the fun, romantic bits, ...more
Beth Martin
Important: DNF

Benefiel's Glimpse is clearly supposed to be some sort of attempt at paranormal YA romance that is "edgy" or at least resembling as such. Let's just nod and go with that. I got just over a third of the way through this and then had to give up in sheer disgust. I would, in fact, be quite happy to give this 0 stars, but as it stands it's more of a 0.5 because I feel sorry for the author because at least the new versions had a pretty cover. Where to start with this...

Basically, the
Oh boy. Okay, to be fair I downloaded this for free to read on my iPhone when I had some free moments throughout my day. I wasn't expecting anything amazing, but I thought the premise of this book sounded like enough to hold my interest in a "I will read this in a few hours" kind of way.

Problems: stereotypical characters, stereotypical love story, every little thing was melodramatic to the extreme, and the things that were actually dramatic were completely overwritten in terms of emotion and un
May 30, 2012 AbbyJoy rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody....
I hate writing these kinds of reviews, but I'm really not sure what to say that wouldn't be negative. Which is sad, because when I picked this book up off Amazon it looked interesting and I had high hopes for it. I'm afraid this book fell short of my expectations.

One of the things I was really disappointed about was the relationship between Zellie and (oh bother, I forgot what the dude's name is :O That says a lot doesn't it :P. *goes to check*) Avery. I felt like their entire relationship is pr
Susan Bischoff
This was a very enjoyable read. I enjoyed the two different character viewpoints, and seeing their mutual attraction. The author has an authentic teen voice which manages to create a vibe between the main characters that is undeniably sensual, and yet layered with a kind of young and clueless innocence that's very sweet. The psychic concept on which the story is based felt fresh and had some nice surprises (nice for me, not always for the characters). I look forward to continuing reads in this s ...more
Margaret Metz
I happen to like YA fiction. Part of that is that I think the writers are so creative and they are willing to go places that other authors aren't. I like good stories - no matter who they're written for.

This has an interesting premise. Where it kind of fell flat for me is the . . . intensity and reactions of the characters to what was going on. The visions and supernatural activity in the book is pretty intense and, at times, dark. Yet the friends and loved ones react to it all as if they just t
Sep 15, 2013 Turtle rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: I wouldn't really
Recommended to Turtle by: My Nook
So I really wanted to give this book a chance.

I swear I did.

The whole glimpsing thing was intriguing enough to keep me going at first. I have to say that although I thought the love story was bogus, I endured it because I thought the predestined doom looming over them was far more fascinating. I didn't particularly like any of the characters. I thought Zel was extremely horny (which I guess made a sort of stereotypical sense being the pastor's daughter). Avery and Melody were both sort of non-
This was an ok book. I didn't really enjoy but it did have its moments. I was excited to start this from what I read from the blurb and it was cute at first, but then things just went a wrong way that I felt like dropping the book.

Zellie was an alright character. The way she fantasized about Avery is the way I fantasize about the guy I like. The way she and Avery acted around each other was hard to believe because they don't act like normal teenagers you see. I did not like the way the
I wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't get into it. I ended up more frustrate than entertained when I finished. The premise for Glimpse was a good idea, although it never really pans out and I was left feeling cheated. The pacing of the story was all off a lot of thing dragged and when there was a big event they were rushed and the climax come way to early in the story and everything else feels like filler.
The character have no depth at all, I just could not bring myself to care about
Jess Scott
I love how Glimpse's artsy and pretty cover creates a sense of mystery and curiosity!

On to the interior content--I liked the sensory elements included straight from the opening paragraph (and the combination of these visual/audio sensory elements, combined with the characters being "in line to take communion," was a hilarious touch).

Pacing is good, as is the descriptive writing. For example:

"I began at [Avery's:] feet. Polished black dress shoes, black socks slouching at the ankles, a glimpse of
I really love the way Stacey writes and her originality of her ideas just keep blowing me away. This was an easy read, a great storyline that pulled you along with the characters. Some parts I thought "God I could just slap her or him". Some pretty major stuff happens that affects you mentally and emotionally.
Stacey slips in teenager speak so easily it just flows. The main character is a typical teenage girl, with one exception. She has visions of the future, how people die, what their ailments
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15-year-old Zellie has a gift for knowing what’s wrong with people – if someone’s got a cold – she knows what it is, when she has her first kiss, and suddenly has a vision of her would-be boyfriend Avery dying, she’s shocked though.

As it turns out, Zellie’s mother also has a similar gift, and she tells her that she needs to stay away from Avery, or her vision will come true and he’ll die.

Zellie and Avery don’t want to be apart though, and find ways
Casey (The Bookish Type)
In Glimpse, Stacey Wallace Benefiel paints a very realistic portrait of teenage life. Zellie is a relatable heroine, going through all the awkwardness of first love and growing up. The decision to alternate points-of-view between Zellie and Avery is a nice touch, showing truthfully that everyone feels self-conscious at this age. The alternating perspectives also give some believability to the fast-paced love story, allowing the reader to see how far back the attraction goes and making it impossi ...more
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Lucy Swing
I love, love, love this story! My eyes were burning, and still are, but I had to keep on reading, I needed to know what would happen next. The suspense is amazing!
Reading about Zellie totally took me back to my teenage years, and to those school parties where you would hide in the dark corners and make out... what? no one else did that!? Oh, come on!
But best of all was to embark in this amazing journey Zellie found herself in. It wasn't an easy one, either. I mean, how messed up would it be if,
There was absolutely nothing interesting or compelling about this book. There was more focus on the horrible relationships (which were incredibly creepy, just like the idea of lust being the trigger for supernatural powers?) than on anything else. I wasn't interested in the family drama, because everyone behaved like a 16-year-old. Everyone sounded exactly the same. Scenes that should have been moving and emotional were embarrassingly bland; there was nothing there whatsoever. If Nick Cage acted ...more
I finally picked this up to read 2 days ago. I have to admit, the first few pages had me wondering if it was a book that I would end up getting into. I didn't recall the summary from when I got the book a month ago and wasn't sure what type of book it was...I was thinking YA or teen romance or chic lit. A few chapters in I was thrown for a loop - and liked it. Enter the world of YA sci-fi/paranormal lit.(I guess that's a fairly accurate description).

This is the first book in a couple of months t
Kait Nolan
Overall an excellent start to a series. Benefiel nailed the teen tone and made me feel like I was back in high school--except, you know, with psychic powers. The POV transitions were a bit jarring as there wasn't any indication of the shift, but this might have been some kind of issue with the Smashwords meatgrinder eating away the formatting. Zellie is a totally relatable heroine, and I absolutely look forward to seeing more of her in Glimmer.
2.5 stars.

Interesting plot, terrible execution. None of the characters were particularly likable or realistic.

I doubt I will continue the series but who knows. Perhaps one day I will be really bored.
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Purr More, Censor Less
When I started to read this book I wasn’t sure what to expect. What started out as an unassuming, though enjoyable, YA romance with a light clairvoyant theme suddenly took me by surprise (and kept doing so throughout the book) and ended up being quite an engaging read.

The point-of-view switches back and forth between Zellie (first person) and Avery (third person). Though I really liked seeing both perspectives, at times it was a little confusing since the switch often happens from one paragraph
Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading)
Thank you to The Book Vixen for recommending this book to me and to Stacey Benefiel for providing me with a copy for review!

I really enjoyed this sweet story about a preacher's daughter falling in love and discovering hidden truths about herself and the people around her. Zellie (short for Hazel) is a perky young girl with a huge crush on Avery Adams. She stares at him in church and at school and dreams of having the nerve to talk to him. Little does she know that he secretly feels the same way
Sandra Pulliam
I want to start by saying I LOVED THIS BOOK! That being said the only reason it did not get 5 stars is because I could not tell weather this was a book for YA or Tweens? I want to say YA because there is some sexual content that I'm not comfortable knowing a 13-14 year old girl would read. Personally, I think scenes like the "park bench" just encourage the younger girls but I am a 37 year old mom with 3 teenage boys so what do I know? As for the story, I loved all of the characters. I thought th ...more

Glimpse starts off with Zellie Wells daydreaming about her crush, Avery Adams, whilst waiting in line for communion. Zellie has liked Avery for ages, but she’s sure he can’t be interested in her. But when Avery appears to reciprocate her feelings, Zellie is ecstatic. Until she has a vision of his death that changes everything. At first, Zellie is content with ignoring the visions. Nothing bad will really happen, right? But after a while, Zellie has to face the fact that being with Avery wil
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This book truly makes you think about if you could see a glimpse into the future would you attempt to change it. Would you be better off not knowing what your future holds. The book begins with Zellie crushing on Avery during church service. You think that this is going to be a typical YA book where boy meets girl and end up with a happily every after, but Zellie and Avery's romance hits a bump in the road before it even really begins. As soon as the sparks start flying between Zellie and Avery, ...more
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Stacey Wallace Benefiel is the author of the Zellie Wells trilogy, the Penny Black trilogy, the Day of Sacrifice Omnibus, the Open Door Love Story series, and multiple short stories.
She sometimes goes by S.W. Benefiel or Reina Stowe, but know she's not foolin' anybody.
Stacey lives in an orange house in Beaverton, OR with her two young kids who have old people names.
When Stacey isn't writing, thin
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Other Books in the Series

Zellie Wells (3 books)
  • Glimmer (Zellie Wells, #2)
  • Glow (Zellie Wells #3)
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