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Glimpse (Zellie Wells #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  5,733 Ratings  ·  456 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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Mar 02, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah Law
Nov 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Amanda Hocking
Jun 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my debut novel and I'm really proud of it.
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
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4 stars

Why I Read this Book: I really enjoy reading YA novels, especially those with unique paranormal elements, so when I first heard about Glimpse I was intrigued. I was anxious for this book to reach the top of my reading pile and I’m happy to say that it didn’t disappoint.

What I Liked: The story held my interest from the start. This is the kind of book where you find that you’re not constantly looking to see what page you’re on. I was in the zone and the pages w
Oct 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: debut-bks
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
Beth Martin
Mar 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-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
Jan 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Sep 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
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-
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Susan Bischoff
Jul 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
Jess Scott
Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jun 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Casey (The Bookish Type)
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sarah Marie
Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

First in the Zellie Wells trilogy

DNF at page 41

I've had Glimpse on my TBR for six years and I've had it on my Kindle for five. I was excited when I saw that this book was free on Amazon and immediately downloaded it. It's been sitting on my Kindle forever and I finally figured it was time to start going through my old Kindle books. Glimpse is definitely not for me. It's far too juvenile. The writing is absolutely horrid. It feels so awkward and cringey; it's de

Jul 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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
Oct 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
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
Lucy Swing
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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,
Feb 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Jun 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
Aug 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Aug 25, 2010 rated it really liked it

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
Mollie  (Bookdictive Reviews)
Glimpse was a lot like going to the Cheesecake Factory and thinking that cheesecake AND decadent hot chocolate is a good idea. You start off eating the cheesecake, and it's so delicious, but then you get thirsty and all you have to quench your thirst is a cache of hot chocolate hidden beneath a mountain of whipped cream. Suddenly, nothing tastes very good anymore. How could such a delicious dessert go so wrong??
Now, I'm not saying Glimpse was a delicious dessert, but it WAS a free read. That in
Apr 10, 2013 rated it liked it
What are my thoughts on this book? Well, I can't entirely be too sure. The concept of the book was very original and I had a huge feeling I would've liked it a lot if only it was executed properly. Like, for example, if the author had developed the main character's relationship with her longtime crush slowly and deliberately. Don't get me wrong -- I 100% support the two of them. I know the two of them have had the hots for each other since middle school and getting into a real relationship was a ...more
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Stacey Wallace writes engaging stories that make her readers snort-laugh, ugly-cry, and fall in love with her characters.
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Stacey Wallace Benefiel writes paranormal love stories with a time-bending twist.
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