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Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
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Mar 26, 12

bookshelves: read-in-2012
Read in March, 2012

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 heroine is a selfish girl more focused on her hormones than those around her. She (along with seemingly everyone else) is insistent on mistaking lust and infatuation based on shallow traits as True Love. The hero is basically just there, being unreasonably buff and intelligent for a fifteen year old, etc. (Also unreasonably horny and obsessed with pinning the heroine to various surfaces while they make out.) The adults are around to dispense 'wisdom' and be party poopers and provide angst. Everyone else just kind of exists, dropping in and out of the story mostly at the author's whim. There is no plot to speak of for at least the first third of the book other than "OMIGAWD, do you think he like, like likes me?!" and torrid tepid make out sessions that are inexplicably not noticed even when they take place in a church basement surrounded by a shitton of people. (Cough.) Then there's the sheer ineptitude Benefiel shows in her writing. Typos abound, formatting is beyond strange, and characters change nicknames more often than normal people go through socks. Nothing sparks or flows or grounds or breathes. It's all stale, lifeless, and utterly lacking in redemptive qualities. Worse than all of this is perhaps that it does not even cross the line to "so bad it's good."

I sound like an awful bitch in this, and perhaps I'm being an awful bitch. But the simple fact is that this eBook, while no doubt holding glimmers of potential, fell so flat it became subterranean. Poorly done, Benefiel. Poorly done. This is not recommended. (That may be the first time I've actually written that.)
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