Glimpse (Zellie Wells #1)
As Avery takes her hand and leads her out onto the makeshift dance floor, Zellie is overwhelmed by her first visi...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
GR summary: "Zellie Wells has a devastating crush on Avery Adams, th ...more
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
Basically, the ...more
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 ...more
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- ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
The character have no depth at all, I just could not bring myself to care about ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
This is the first book in a couple of months t ...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 ...more
Now, I'm not saying Glimpse was a delicious dessert, but it WAS a free read. That in ...more
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She lives in Beaverton, OR with her husband and their combined five children. Obviously, Stacey drives a minivan.
Stacey Wallace Benefiel writes paranormal love stories with a time-bending twist.