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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  167 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Liz just wants to be normal. Her life is anything but.

Seven years ago Liz lost her mother and ten years' worth of memories. When she inherits the infamous Highwayman Inn, she hopes the move will be a fresh start. Then she meets Zachary. Zachary who haunts her by night and in dreams; who makes her question everything she is and wants to be; who seems scarcely real - yet
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 19th 2014 by Much-in-Little
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Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

Glimpse wasn't a very good read unfortunately.

Liz was an okay character most of the time, but she could be quite slow on the uptake, which was quite annoying.
I didn't get why she thought changing schools would get rid of her glimpses. It's not the type of thing that's going to go away easily!

I found this quite dull, and the pacing was a bit too slow for me. Nothing really happened until the end, so i was pretty bored until
Kate Ormand
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An atmospheric and elegant story set at the haunted Highwayman inn. Weaving the poem into the story, the author creates a beautiful and utterly addictive tale about a girl who sees ghosts, and one in particular whos caught her attention. I loved the setting. It was really eerie in and around the inn and I never felt like Liz was quite safe there, but even when she was at school darkness was creeping in at the corners all the time. The forbidden romance element of the story was probably my ...more
G.R. Mannering
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A haunting, fantastic read! Kendra Leighton's debut novel is compelling, eloquent and unique. I studied The Highwayman at school and it kicked off a life-long fondness for the poem (I think I can even recite most of it). When I heard that Leighton had written a YA novel incorporating The Highwayman into its storyline, I was more than a little intrigued. GLIMPSE did not disappoint! A beautifully realised setting with a relatable, fun main character and a surprising, twisting narrative. I'm a wuss ...more
Hannah Crabb
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overlooking 'a smile as weak as cake mix', an otherwise enjoyable and atmospheric story!
Oct 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: signed-by-author
When I first heard and saw Glimpse I knew I had to read it. Not only did Glimpse sound like a a great spooky read, I love how haunting the cover is, it just fit perfectly with the synopsis.
Glimpse is based on a poem, The Highway Man, but it's not one I have read, or heard of. Thankfully the poem is in the beginning of Glimpse so I was able to read it and get an idea of the inspiration and story behind Glimpse.

Liz has inherited the Highwayman Inn after her granddad passed away, together with her
Review also published on my book blog, The Book Fairy's Haven.

Ok, so after initially finding this book intriguing, I'm very disappointed to say that everything else that followed ended up being one huge disappointment for me.

The Highway Man is one of my all-time favourite poems - I love the haunting imagery, the prose of the poem and the air of tragedy that embodies it.

So, it stands to reason that while I didn't expect a blow-by-blow adaptation of it, I did hope and expect that the book would at
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK and NetGalley.)
Liz sees ghosts, or glimpses of ghosts, and shes convinced that starting at a new school will change all that somehow. Unfortunately though, Liz just finds herself plagued by new ghosts.
Is the ghost at her new house really The Highway Man from the poem? And how can Liz help him?

This was an okay story, but it took a long time to get good.

Liz was a bit of a naïve
Emma Adams
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I heard this was a retelling of the haunting poem The Highwayman, I couldnt resist the chance to pick up a copy of this book. And I was delighted when it turned out to be such a wonderfully creepy and atmospheric read!

For a girl who can see ghosts, or Glimpses, inheriting the spooky old Highwayman Inn seems a bad idea for seventeen-year-old Liz. Shes struggling to piece her life back together after losing her mother in a terrible accident which left her with no memory of the first ten
Emma Carroll
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
A gripping ghost story using The Highwayman poem as its inspiration ( though it made me think more of Jamaica Inn). The setting is superb, likewise the cast of characters who are all haunted in some way. It's difficult to know quite who to trust - be ready for a twist at the end!
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Although I have been avoiding Paranormal Romance as of late, the idea of Glimpse intrigued me enough to want to pick it up and read it as soon as possible. Glimpse is a really original, gothic tale with Highwaymen, ghosts and plenty of mystery bit sadly I didn't find it very memorable.

The ghosts were really creepy. Instead of your usual hauntings by eerie, dripping children who've died in some pool, Liz's glimpses are just that - glimpses of various ghostly body parts, often hands or feet. Of
Katrina Waldman
I've been in the process of reading this book for a while -I started it way back in November and then got distracted by other reads. I've had it on my TBR for even longer! But that's not a reflection on the book itself, just my own indecisive nature. I was still really excited about reading a book based around Alfred Noyes's poem 'The Highwayman' as I distinctly remember reading and enjoying it at school! A ghost story might not be the most conventional way to start the year off, but I was in ...more
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
YA ghost stories have always been my favourite kind of story. Theres just something about this modern gothic feel to them, the spine-tingling atmosphere, that comfortable delicious dread. I like that, always have, ever since Ive read Meg Cabots six book series The Mediator and I have to say, Glimpse by Kendra Leighton comes very close to that series in atmosphere and tone. Thats a compliment, coming from me in case you wondered. Regarding what Glimpse is a YA ghost novel, a love story, a dark ...more
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: gothic, young-adult
It starts a little slow but picks up the pace around the middle. I wasn't the biggest fan of the ending and thought it would have been more suited if this was intended as the first in a series. As a fan of Alfred Noyes' beautiful poem, I obviously appreciate the author being inspired by it and I actually think she stayed very true to the atmosphere of the poem.
Ana Victoria Rubí
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this was an above average middle grade creepy book. I liked out main character Elizabeth as well the other characters in the book. There was a twist at the end that I didn't see coming and I liked the way it all fitted together.
Tales Of A Bookbug
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5 stars

"The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
And the highwayman came riding
Riding riding
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.

"The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes is a hauntingly, beautiful poem which tells the tragic tale of two lovers-the highwayman and the innkeeper's daughter Bess.Glimpse by Kendra Leighton has been inspired
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
I have been very excited to pick up and read Glimpse for Kendra Leighton for awhile. I don't know, I never really expected for ghost stories to be my thing but I've been reading several lately and they (and especially Glimpse!) have been really surprising and entertaining and just lots of fun to read. I am definitely looking forward to reading more ghost stories like this in the future and especially to read more with a British setting as well. That's always an added bonus for me.

Glimpse is the
Heather Duff
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thank you Net Galley & Little Brown for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

I was very intrigued by this book, the hauntingly beautiful cover drew me in and I have to know what was inside, one thing for sure it didn't look like it was going to be a hearts and flowers type of story.

Glimpse starts with a re-telling of The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes, a tale of doomed lovers set at The Highwayman Inn, the story continues to the present day where we meet Liz a teenage girl
Angie~ Faery of Weirdness
Glimpse (Watch me by moonlight) by Kendra Leighton
The highwayman came riding-
Riding- riding-
The highwayman came riding,
Up to the old inn-door.

Just like nearly every novel that Ive read so far, yet not quite at the same time. I have to admit, this book is the first that Ive read that ever made reference to the Highwayman poem, which instantly grabbed my attention at the blurb. Since, Im a total sucker for summarising- Ill briefly outline in my fantastic way of seeing things, what exactly the book
Laura (midorireads)
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
The first time I'd ever heard of the The Highwayman poem, was when I went through my Anne of Green Gables's phase, and watched the Anne of Avonlea movie. Anne had done a memorized presentation of the poem, and recites it wth so much feeling, you can't help but be enthralled by it. So, when I'd read the synopsis for Glimpse, I couldn't resist checking out a story based on the famous poem.

Glimpse starts off by introducing us to Liz, right as she's being bullied at school. We soon find out that
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A MUST read for fantasy romance lovers. I mean, Zachary is a man to fall in love with. Sadly, he's taken ladies. Taken in an all consuming love that no power in this universe can break. So yeah, any old romantic at heart will love this tale of fighting for love and never giving up.
Lauraelisabeth (fashion-by-the-book)
Liz just wants to be normal. But when you have no childhood memories and you see ghost all the time, it's hard to be normal. So when she moves into The Highwayman Inn with her father, she hopes for a new start. But instead, things get weirder. What secrets are hidden within the infamous inn?

Curiously, I wasn't expecting to really enjoy this book very much. I was expecting the run of the mill, urban fantasy with a protagonist who was !different! !not cool! !but still magic boy loves her!. And I
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal, ya-teen, arcs
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in return for an honest review. For more of my reviews go to

I feel like this book had a lot of potential but didn't live up to it.

I struggled to connect to the main character, and even more so to the romance. Liz was vulnerable and determined and stubborn, and I liked these qualities about her, but I didn't feel like I knew her well enough. I was sure about the romance - I kind of thought he was
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
First of all, I want to say how utterly excited I was when this book found its way through my letter box. Id been following Kendras publishing journey for a long time, and I was so happy to finally have the finished result in my hands.

And what a gorgeous book it is! I mean, just look at that cover (nice one Tom Sanderson). Of course, you should never judge a book by its cover, but with this one they match up perfectly whats written on its pages is just as brilliant.

Ill be honest: Ive never read
Jo Hughes
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
would like to thank the publisher for approving the advance copy of this book on Netgalley, in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I have been waiting for this book to be released for months and once I saw that it was on Netgalley I was hoping I would be approved to read it and thankfully I was.

We meet Liz at school and start to find that she is no ordinary teenager, she sees Glimpse and is not sure what these are, because of this is bullied by other pupils at her school. Liz hasnt always seen
Heather A
I received a copy from Netgalley.

A good, enjoyable YA retelling of the poem The Highway Man. An interesting choice of material for a retelling something of which I applaud on the originality there. Would never have thought your could take an old poem and make a YA paranormal romance out of it. This is definitely something I would like to see more of.

Atmospheric and well written with a cast of likeable characters and a good narrative. I enjoyed the spooky small town setting, and Liz was a very
Original Link to the review at my blog Le' Grande Codex - here


Based on the famous poem The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes, Kendra Leighton brings forth a commendable and altogether predictable but a soul searing, Gothic romance in Glimpse. I am by no means a poet neither do I have much interest in the subject but the Noyes' Highwayman is definitely one of my favorites and I liked how Leighton didn't go word for word on it but created a beautiful tale out of it.

After the terrible accident where
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-books
by Kendra Leighton

I'm speechless ... I really am.
I need a little time to start with a new book, because this book has got me in it's grip.
It's in my head, in my heart and in my soul.
My life will never be the same again, and I mean it with all of my heart.
I always delete the books I've read on my reader, but not this one.
I just can't ...
This story touched me deeply, I needed short brakes because of the emotions.
I'll treasure this book forever and ever.

Part of the poem;

And still of a
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uk-authors
I first heard about Glimpse last year and Ive been eagerly waiting to get my hands on it ever since and when I finally could read it,
I didnt want to put it down.

The book is narrated by Liz and begins with the last day at her old school. Because she sees glimpses (floating hands, heads, etc) and reacts to them (like you would) Liz has been bullied for years. She cant wait to start anew when her father and her move to the Highwayman Inn this time she will be normal.

I liked Liz a lot. Despite the
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Kendra Leighton is a YA author. Her debut novel, Glimpse, was published in 2014 by Constable & Robinson's imprint Much-in-Little.

Kendra's first grown-up job was teaching English in China, Spain, and the UK. She discovered her love for YA fiction while working as a middle-school English teacher.

In 2008, she left teaching to start an organic chocolate company in Cambridge. These days, when she's

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