Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis


15 Critic Reviews

Discerning readers, though, will notice inconsistencies in the rules of Kitandis’... world... Touches on it all—sex, ghosts, magic and dystopia—but masters none of it.


When Marshall King and Elyse Alton suddenly wake up tangled in each other's arms with zero memory of how they got there or even who they are, it's the start of a long journey through their separate pasts and shared future.

Terrified by their amnesia, Marshall and Elyse make a pact to work together to find the answers that could restore their missing memories. As they piece together clues about their lives, they discover that they're in the idyllic mountain resort town of Summer Falls. Everyone seems happy there, but as Marshall and Elyse quickly learn, darkness lurks beneath the town's perfect facade. Not only is the town haunted by sinister ghosts, but none of its living inhabitants retain bad memories of anything—not the death of Marshall's mom, not the hidden violence in Elyse's family, not even the day-to-day anguish of being a high schooler.

Lonely in this world of happy zombies, Marshall and Elyse fall into an intense relationship founded on their mutual quest for truth. But the secrets they're trying to uncover could be the death of this budding love affair—and of everyone, and everything, they love in Summer Falls.


About Phoebe Kitanidis

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Phoebe Kitanidis is also the author of Whisper. A former teacher and longtime contributor to Discovery Girls magazine, she now writes fiction full time. She can't live without hot sauce, travel, Twitter, and the sound of rain falling on rooftops. She lives in Seattle, WA, with her partner and a big gray cat.
Published April 17, 2012 by Balzer + Bray. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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All: 15 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 3


Below average
Feb 29 2012

Discerning readers, though, will notice inconsistencies in the rules of Kitandis’... world... Touches on it all—sex, ghosts, magic and dystopia—but masters none of it.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Feb 13 2012

Kitanidis’s elaborate premise requires significant suspension of disbelief, so while there’s no faulting the author’s dialogue or characterizations, skeptical eyebrows will likely remain raised throughout.

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Luxury Reading

Reviewed by Luxury Reading on Apr 15 2012

The plot is the best part of Glimmer, and it’s worth it if you can get around a few flaws. Glimmer is a standalone book, so everything gets wrapped up neatly and I couldn’t find any major loose ends.

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Once Upon a Twilight

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Reviewed by Ana on Mar 06 2012

Although the story was intriguing and had me reading through the pages without wanting to stop, I felt lost and confused most of the time.

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365 Days of Reading

Reviewed by Lauren on Apr 20 2012

Glimmer is a stellar sophomore novel from Phoebe Kitanidis. Fans of paranormal YA will eat this one up—I know I did!

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I Swim for Oceans

Reviewed by Melissa on Apr 09 2012

entirely riveted by this fairly obscure gem. I hadn’t heard too much about it, and the hype wasn’t overdone, so I was even more blown away.

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No More Grumpy Bookseller Blog

Reviewed by Becky LeJeune on May 21 2012

an exciting and interesting premise that Kitanidis pulls off successfully... Fans of mysteries with paranormal twists will love this one.

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Proud Book Nerd

Reviewed by Heather on Apr 08 2012

Glimmer is fantastic, original, and full of surprises. This is a riveting tale about magic, evil, forgiveness, and second chances.

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YA Litwit

Reviewed by Karis Jacobstein on May 30 2012

It had elements of the occult, romance, and a certain Stepford quality to it, but it read like an action packed mystery... If you are looking for a quick, fun, twisted summer read, you need to check Glimmer out! You won't be disappointed!

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Bookish Novelties

Reviewed by Ashlie on Apr 27 2012

What a great story, finally something original, refreshing and creepy!

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Christina Reads YA Blog

Reviewed by Christina on Feb 24 2012

Kitanidis isn't afraid to make her protagonists struggle. Combine this with the creepy town, the fast pacing, and the inability to predict what exactly came next... and you've got an excellent thriller.

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A Trail of Books Blog

Reviewed by Megan Bagan on Apr 11 2012

The description for this alone is what intrigued me to read it and I'm glad that I did. The world Phoebe created was one of mystery and intrigue and lets just say it... amnesia.

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Reviewed by Katelyn on Apr 26 2012

This was my first experience with Kitanidis' writing, and I must say that I was impressed. She has a way with words and how she shapes her scenes that had me as the reader in a sort of panic to find out what was happening to these people

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From A to Z Blog

Reviewed by Andie Z on Feb 04 2012

a fun, fast-paced read, partly because you won’t want to put it down until you’ve figured everything out and know what’s happening. It’s mystifying and thrilling and just a little bit creepy. I definitely enjoyed this wild adventure.

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Michelle Madow

Reviewed by Michelle Madow on Feb 03 2012

a fun, fast read that you'll want to finish the day you start because you'll need to know what's going on.

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