Glimpse (Zellie Wells #1)

Rated 4.53/5 based on 16 reviews
Zellie Wells has a devastating crush on Avery Adams. 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 dance floor, Zellie is overwhelmed by her first vision of his death. More
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Price: Free! USD

Words: 60,940
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452392400
About Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Stacey Wallace Benefiel is the author of the Zellie Wells trilogy, the Penny Black trilogy, the Day of Sacrifice Omnibus, Crossing, The Toilet Business - a collection of humorous essays, and multiple short stories. She sometimes goes by S.W. Benefiel or Reina Stowe, but knows she's not foolin' anybody. Stacey lives in an orange house in Beaverton, OR with her two young children with old people names. When she's not writing or thinking about writing, she's at Crossfit, lifting heavy things and cursing the inventor of the Burpee.

Also in Zellie Wells Trilogy (Glimpse, Glimmer, Glow)

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Review by: Witchmag on Dec. 16, 2012 :
The first part of this book rocked. I had to hold my stomach several times, that’s how hard I was laughing. And that’s not something that happens often. I’m more of a quiet giggler What came after that first part was still fun, with some nice quotes here and there, but the story was less credible and captivating. Sometimes it felt like sentences were missing, or that the author forgot to tell us some very important information. There’s just too much happening and it’s being told in a short amount of pages. I’d preferred it if the pace was more relaxing, with more pages for explanations and room to breathe or to progress everything that just happened.

The romance blossoming between Avery and Zellie happens at the same neck-braking speed. It’s like the seed blossomed in one day! I know there’s an attraction between them and that they’ve checked each other out for a while. But they’re sixteen years old! Even when they have lots of hormones going through their body, I still find it hard to believe that you would take of your shirt the second time you meet! They both didn’t feel like 16 your old teenagers. A times they behaved older or they acted like little children. But never your average sweet 16. It was kinda confusing.

And now the Romeo and Julia concept. Although this isn’t the same story and they don’t die. At least not yet , I got the same feeling of star-crossed lovers. And I didn’t like it one bit that their parents tried to keep them apart. I mean, the vision is obviously something that happens way in the future. This means there’s plenty of time to think of something to prevent it from happening. And even if it did happen, they are soul mates, meant to be. So they would have at least some time together they can spend in absolute bliss. Beautiful memories that Zellie can treasure for the rest of her life. What would you choose? Limited time with the love of your life (and a baby)? Or living separately, not able to love each other, in fear that one of you would die? I know what my choice would be!

What I liked most in this story (except from the beginning ) was the concept of the visions and the powers everyone has. It was well thought off. Almost every question that I had, got answered. And the ones that didn’t, well let’s say they motivate me to read the next book so much more! Cause the ending didn’t help much in creating some anxiety for the next book. It was a Disney ending: too sweet and perfect…

Conclusion: 3 hearts. The story started very, very good. However the rest of the story was a bit pale in comparison. A lot of things happened in just a couple of pages. I got the feeling that it was a bit rushed and sentences were skipped. I didn’t like the Romeo and Julia, star-crossed lovers very much, but that’s just my opinion. On the other side, the concept of the paranormal powers was well thought of and on the whole: this story was a nice read.
(review of free book)

Review by: Lauren R on Feb. 06, 2012 :
Its not often you get a look into the future, but Zellie Wells gets that privilege. Oh Joy. As this ‘gift’ causes first conflict then difficult choices and mass confusion, Zellie begins to question the value of her newfound ability. Trying to make sense of the chaos that follows, Zellie is forced to choose between the people she cares about the most. This story leads you down a road full of one teenager’s tough choices, overwhelming discoveries, and steadfast determination.

Zellie is a well-rounded character and while she comes across (mostly) as a confident individual, she does have some major insecurity issues when it comes to Avery. I really like how Glimpse doesn’t just jump into the main plotline; Benefiel takes the time to introduce you to the characters and their history with one another.

The beginning of this book was well paced and captivating, but by the third quarter, it started getting very busy. I thought I might need a spreadsheet to keep up with all these sub-plots! I really liked the main plotline, especially the romantic issues between Zellie and Avery, but the sub-plots with Zellie’s mom got confusing. I felt that her mom reacted uncharacteristically and unrealistically to certain situations (at least it was hard to wrap my head around her actions) and, towards the end, she really started to get on my nerves. Luckily, since this is only the first book, Zellie’s mom still has time to get back into my good graces.

Throughout Glimpse I really came to respect and admire the loyalty and amazing lengths Claire (the best friend) would go to ensure her friends happiness. I was also very intrigued by a mysterious stranger who I cannot wait to hear more about! This is a good fast read and is well worth your time!

Cover:

Oh the irony. The girl on the cover is looking down and when I first saw this book I correctly guessed it had something to do with seeing something unseen by most… well, the title helped a little. I really like the soft colors used on the cover and, of course, the glitter Valerie Wallace did a great job on this cover! Oh, the girl on the front is gorgeous, and I want her eye-makeup. Badly. Color me jealous.

I give this book a Four out of Five stars: Great Book!

** This book does have some mild sexual material and I would not recommend for children under 14.**
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ana Lucía Arroyave on Feb. 08, 2011 :
I found out about this book because I read and excerpt in Hush Money by Susan Bishchoff and let me tell you, what an amazing book it turns out to be. I read the description and I was claping hands like a little girl looking forward to read it and I was lucky enough to get my hands on the ebook.
Is so well written, very descriptive and I like all the characters (except for one). Enjoyable from the very begining I wasn't even looking the page number and the pages were turning themselfs, I devoured in hours and ended up sad because I wanted more.
The point of view switches back and forth between Zellie and Avery, points for that too. I really liked Zellie's power, I had never read something like that and when she founds out more about her abilities everything gets even more interesting.
At some points I was laughing and then my mouth was hanging open trying to understand what was happening, full of twists and surprises. The only character that I didn't like was Zellie's mother, I was feeling every line I read that I ended up really mad at her, she was a very selfish person and I couldn't stand her, at the end I just wanted to slap her!! You have to read it to find out why.
Also at the end, the author introduce new characters that only leaves you wanting more and find out who they are and what role will they have in the future. Can't wait to read the sequel, called Glimmer.

Even though I'm not a fan of the cover (maybe in paperback it looks different) the plot totally deserves more than 5 stars -and I don't usually say this about any book- Glimpse is an excelent book that more people need to know about and the first one on a trilogy, I loved reading Glimpse so much. Are you still reading this? Go and buy it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Angela L. Clay on Jan. 19, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this story. Stacey seems to have a great nack at portraying the teenage mind. Her main character isn't your typical teenager, as she starts to have visions of peoples death. With a love story thrown in, many twists and turns I would never have guessed, this book kept me hooked the whole time.
Stacey's character and setting descriptions make it easy to picture the story as you read it, pulling you along like you're living it with them. A great read, a great adventure and am eager to get into Glimmer, the next book in the series.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sandra Stiles on Dec. 23, 2010 :
If you are looking for that Young Adult novel that shows teens the way they really are, then adds that twist that reels you in, then you have to read Glimpse. I am sorry that prior commitments kept me from reading it when I first got it. When Zellie finally hooks up with the boy she's always had a crush on and finds out it is reciprocated I was floored. It was that way with my first boyfriend. I finally got the courage to speak to him and found out he'd been talking to my father about asking me out. Our fathers were in a quartet together. Unlike Zellie I didn't have the ability to foresee the boyfriends death. Zellie and Avery's parents are doing everything they can to keep them apart. When her secret comes out she has to try to figure out how to hold on to what she has. Is this a gift? or a curse?
This was not an over the top paranormal book which is why it was such a wonderful book. It was very believable. Now I need to read the sequel Glimmer and I won't wait so long this time.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jessica E. Subject on Dec. 08, 2010 :
Zellie Wells receives her ‘happily ever after’ at the beginning of Glimpse, finally hooking up with the boy of her dreams at her Sweet 16 party. Unfortunately, her HEA doesn’t last long because the visions she experiences threaten to ruin her life.

Glimpse is a wonderful YA novel and touched me emotionally throughout; I cried after reading chapter six. There was an unexpected twist halfway through the story which caught me by surprise, but helped to develop the plot even further.

Not only does Zellie experience normal teenage struggles and family issues, but she also has to deal with the visions that separate her from being normal. Glimpse is a great YA novel that I think teenager and adult alike would enjoy if you enjoy reading YA.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jessica Armenta on Nov. 08, 2010 :
Zellie has a really big crush on Avery, her mom's highschool sweetheart's son. She doesn't even think he knows she exists, but at her 16th birthday party she finds out the crush is very very mutual. But instead of being able to savor her first dance with the boy she is in love with, she is consumed by the vision of his death. What freaks her out almost as much as having a vision, is that in the vision they are both covered in blood, grown up, and she is pregnant.
She keeps it a secret from everyone not wanting to be labeled a freak, but such secrets cannot stay buried for long. And once Zellie's secret is out everyone's secrets start coming out, and they aren't all that good. Like how her mom had a similar vision when she was Zellie's age involving Avery's dad dying, and that's why they didn't stay together. They also have refused letting Zellie and Avery see each other anymore to prevent them from having the same heartache. With the help of her best friend Claire and her sister Melody, Zellie is hoping she can get her life put back together and get these visions figured out before her whole life and everyone in it that she loves is ripped from her.

This is a very refreshing story. It is a paranormal romance, but it doesn't have all the creatures that everyone is writing about right now. This is about Seers, which is what Zellie is, though she doesn't know is. Just as the title states, Zellie can "glimpse" the future, but doesn't know how to control it so she is having a hard time dealing with the visions she's been having. The characters were very likable and are easily related with. Claire is my favorite character, though sometimes she gave to much information without knowing if it is okay to say anything, she is a cool best friend.

[I'll play parental advisor and warn that there is language and sexual situations in this story.]
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: diana lim on Nov. 08, 2010 :
The concept of "rewinding" time makes the book an interesting read for me.

Avery and Zellie's chemistry sizzles that you can almost feel it. Their interactions at the beginning of the book is realistic. How many times have we talked to someone that we liked and not remember what just happened or what we said. The way Zellie was so excited that there was something to analyze from her conversation with Avery rings true.

It may be a fantasy book but the relationship problems and the intrigues are as real as you can get.

After reading "Glimpse" you'll want to get your hand on the next book because you want to know what happens next
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lauralynn Elliott on Nov. 07, 2010 :
There are many things to like about this book. But I think it's the characters that I like best. They are rich, believable, flawed, and multi-layered. Even though the characters are much, much younger than me, I can still feel for them. I love how the author was able to develop the teenage characters as well as the adults. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next one in the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lacy on Nov. 01, 2010 :
This book truly makes you think about if you could see a glimpse into the future would you attempt to change it. Would you be better off not knowing what your future holds. The book begins with Zellie crushing on Avery during church service. You thin ...more This book truly makes you think about if you could see a glimpse into the future would you attempt to change it. Would you be better off not knowing what your future holds. The book begins with Zellie crushing on Avery during church service. You think that this is going to be a typical YA book where boy meets girl and end up with a happily every after, but Zellie and Avery's romance hits a bump in the road before it even really begins. As soon as the sparks start flying between Zellie and Avery, she has a vision of thier future. Afraid that Avery will think she is crazy, Zellie tries to ignore the visions until reality catches up with her and her powers are thrust into the spotlight. Now Zellie and her entire family has to come to terms with her gift and the past starts to catch up with them. This book really grabs ahold of you and you can't put it down. You really feel that you can relate to Zellie and Avery and the struggles they face when the adults in there lives may not always know best.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Shaw on Oct. 28, 2010 :
If you had the ability to see the future, would you? If you saw something tragic, would you share it with them? Zellie Wells is an average teenager, excited about her sweet sixteen party and being head over heels for Avery. They experience their first kiss and their world is turned upside down. Zellie's vision shows Avery bloody and her pregnant. As it becomes obvious they are an item, their parents begin to act strange, neither parent wanting them to see each other. It's dangerous, they say. But young love is strong and they are determined to stay together, no matter what.

The characters are well developed, each bringing drama and depth, propelling the plot at a smooth pace. With so many people involved, I was pleased to see a well rounded story within so few pages. I enjoyed the way the characters were all realistic and easy to connect with. The back story with the grandmother explained a lot about Zellie and her relationship with her mother. Introducing the "Secret Society" added to an already brilliant plot.

Glimpse is the first book in the Zellie Wells series and I look forward to reading more. The next book is "Glimmer."
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: mish on Aug. 27, 2010 :
When I started to read this book I wasn’t sure what to expect. What started out as an unassuming, though enjoyable, YA romance with a light clairvoyant theme suddenly took me by surprise (and kept doing so throughout the book) and ended up being quite an engaging read.

The point-of-view switches back and forth between Zellie (first person) and Avery (third person). Though I really liked seeing both perspectives, at times it was a little confusing since the switch often happens from one paragraph to another. With that said, I got used to it and it didn’t deter from my enjoyment of the story. The author’s “teenage” voice was fantastic and it was so easy to fall into this story.

Glimpse starts with Zellie totally crushing on Avery, not realizing that Avery feels the same way about her. When they are finally coerced by their friends to step it up, the story really starts to get interesting. I lurved the following scene and was absolutely hooked at this point:

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We loitered in awkward silence for what seemed like forever. I finally turned towards him to espouse some more of my wisdom, when a strong gust of wind blew past us, unleashing my crazy hair from my ponytail, and blowing it right into his face. I rushed to smooth it back again, but Avery grasped my wrist.

"It's cool. It's not bothering me." He rubbed his thumb up along the inside of my palm. "Your hair is really soft. It's nice."

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Commence heavy sigh and warm fuzzies!

Zellie and Avery are so likable you can’t help but root for them. In fact, all the characters in this book are well rounded and interesting. The plotting was very good with unpredictable twists that kept me guessing which way the story would go next. The climactic scene comes earlier than expected and reveals something quite intriguing about Zellie that sets up the remainder of the story. By the end of the book a new mysterious character will be introduced as well.

As I approached the end of this book I was sure there was going to be a huge cliffhanger. I was wrong! Again! The author did a great job of wrapping up the story for this short novel and was even able to create a satisfactory HEA (at least for this book) while still creating a wee bit of a cliffhanger to make you eager for the next book in the series, Glimmer, due to be released November 2010. Yay!

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(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: V. J. Chambers on Aug. 22, 2010 : (no rating)
Glimpse is about a girl named Zellie. (Love those Z names!) Zellie’s always been able to do little parlor tricks with her mom, guessing the future. What she doesn’t realize is that she has a gift. She sees “glimpses” of the future, and she has the ability to change it. This seems pretty cool, but it totally sucks when she has a glimpse of her major crush, Avery, dying in a car accident twenty years in the future. What’s worse, she’s in the glimpse, and she’s pregnant!

Talk about a set up! The minute I heard that, I was like, “I’m in.” It gets unbelievably more convoluted in the best ways. Zellie’s mother was in love with Avery’s dad, but kept herself away from him to keep him from dying. Oh, the agony of love denied! Zellie’s mom thinks Zellie should do that too, because if she stays with Avery, she’ll cause his death. But Zellie can’t keep away from Avery, and mostly, she can’t keep her hands off of him. The sexual tension was pretty awesome in this book. A couple scenes had me fanning myself. Whew.

My only complaint would be that the last half of the book is a little wobbly. Certain character’s motivations don’t make a lot of sense. In particular, when it turns out a character isn’t really dead after all, I wondered why the person didn’t just tell everyone she was running away instead of faking her death, which seemed pretty horrible and unforgivable. Also, after building to a suspenseful climax midway through the story, the rest of the book has a little trouble ratcheting up the tension again.

Overall, however, these things didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the book. I read it quick and fast, the way a YA novel should be read. I was engaged and interested the entire way through. And–there’s a sequel coming out this year, which is awesome, because I can almost smell the love triangle coming. Eee!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Susan Bischoff on July 31, 2010 :
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 series.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jess C Scott on June 27, 2010 :
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 beautiful calf, his khaki pants hiked up just a little."

and

"Avery felt electric. Lying on top of his made bed in the dark, still wearing his church clothes, he listened for his parents, trying to detect any movement coming from their bedroom. All he could hear was the energy coming off of him. The whole room was buzzing."

This novel has an authentic YA voice--which is neither patronizing/pretentious, nor whiny. I enjoyed the great attention to visual detail too, like the opening of Chapter Two, where the narrator observes her best friend cutting her punk rock hair. This sort of attention to detail livens potentially commonplace scenes. There was also a great balance with the interactions between

1) the narrator and her romantic interest, Avery,
2) the narrator and her best friend, Claire, and
3) the narrator and her family members.

I think it ended on a good note--because it leaves me impatient/wanting to see the next installment! Ms. Wallace Benefiel has penned a delightful romance packed with emotion, tension, and likable characters that pull at your heart.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sarah on May 24, 2010 :
A great debut novel! Fun characters and a fun story with a supernatural twist. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in YA romance. I hope to read more about Zellie and Avery very soon.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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