Glimmer (Zellie Wells #2)

Rated 4.33/5 based on 12 reviews
Zellie Wells’ life is changing. Her relationship with Avery is growing stronger every day, but their parents are still giving them ultimatums and trying to keep them apart. Her newly discovered powers have all but disappeared. Benjamin, another young Retroact, is back and has brought with him a painful shared vision and a troubled past. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781452391205
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: mish on April 02, 2011 :
So, have I mentioned lately how much I heart Zellie and Avery? I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Glimpse, and was eager to revisit this world. I was not disappointed. All the elements I enjoyed in the first book were also in this book: great teenage dialogue, Zellie and Avery, an engaging story, twists and turns, Zellie and Avery, a smooth writing style, Zellie and Avery...ya get the picture ;) There are also a couple of other characters who have bigger roles in this book -- Ben and Christopher. We first met Ben at the end of Glimpse and his character continues in this book in a more significant role that also creates some romantic conflict. Christopher also adds some conflict to the story as the "bad guy" or at least one of them. He may seem like a new character at first, but he is actually one you have seen before in Glimpse.

The story opens a short time after Glimpse ends. Ben comes back into the story and we learn more about his abilities and his past. Zellie and Avery's relationship is tested when the parental units band together to keep them apart to protect Avery from the death seen in Zellie's vision. They will have to stay apart unless they can find a way to prevent the vision from coming true. Christopher is plotting his revenge on The Society, and an attack by a greater evil must be thwarted or they are all doomed.

Like Glimpse, the story had plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing which way it would go. There were multiple POVs, but it seemed to be mostly Zellie and didn't switch as frequently, so it was a little easier to keep track of who was talking. It was a smooth read that I didn't want to put down. I was drawn through the story and eager to see what would happen next.

The few nitpicks I had include one of the characters doing a complete flip-flop on his focus that did throw me off a little. He spends a good portion of the book focused on a goal that he had been working toward for a long time, and then he suddenly does a complete turnabout without seemingly much more than a shrug of the shoulders. (That’s a little cryptic but I don’t want to give away any spoilers!) The transition just seemed too easy.

Just a heads up...this book has more sexual content than the first book. Some readers may feel it is inappropriate for a YA book and others will not see a problem with it. You will have to judge for yourself, but I would probably recommend it to the older end of the teen audience or adults.

Stacey spins a great story that keeps me engaged and turning the page. I love the characters and Glimmer is a great addition to the series. Though the ending doesn't have a huge cliffhanger, it does leave some open story threads to be explored and also a few questions in this reader's head. I look forward to the next book, Glow, and another dose of Zellie, Avery, and the rest of the gang.

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(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jessica E. Subject on Jan. 11, 2011 :
Glimmer is everything a sequel should be. Ms. Benefiel brings back characters from Glimpse and continues to show their growth, while introducing new characters. She also begins the story in the middle of the action without the lengthy recap of what happened in the last book. Unlike other sequels, I did not find Glimmer to be predictable. It contains different, more intense situations than Glimpse and the twists and turns kept me glued to my Kobo for two days. I felt the emotional intensity throughout the book and Ms. Benefiel had me crying in the last chapters. With an amazing yet honest ending, I finished the book very satisfied, yet full of questions which I hope will be answered in the next book Glow.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jessica Armenta on Jan. 06, 2011 :
This was a good continuation of the story. Lots of twists and turns that kept me totally in the story until the end. More about The Society is explained. I also like some of the new characters that are introduced in Glimmer. This story sets up nicely for Glow. Can't wait for that one to come out.

There is quite a bit more sexual content in this one but if that does not bother you, grab it and read it. Very fun read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: diana lim on Nov. 29, 2010 :
A nice follow-up. The twist towards the end kind of came from left field. But all in all it was a good read. Zellie embodies a real teenager unlike other heroines in today's YA books. The mystery behind their powers are slowly being unveiled. Hope the next book is here!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Keri Wiley on Nov. 27, 2010 :
I just need to say that I've never been interested in reading books on my computer before Stacey Wallace Benefiel. I borrowed Glimpse from a friend and loved it so much that when Glimmer came out I needed to read it regardless of it's format, and I'm glad I did. I love books that make me stay up passed my bedtime and this was most definitely one of them. Zellie is seriously one of my favorite characters, like ever. The language used in this book is perfect, I can really imagine the teenage conversations. "Please let my gaydar be on the fritz", I think I've said that or a variation of that phrase hundreds of times.

Another thing I like about this series are the covers. I love love love the artwork.

So now I'm waiting for the next installment... Really excited.

Oh, another thing, if you haven't read Day of Sacrifice you should probably get on that. I think Stacey Wallace Benefiel is a fantastic writer and if you agree you should read her other stuff too. :)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sandy Pulliam on Nov. 20, 2010 :
I want to start this review by saying that this is going to have spoilers because I don't know how to say everything I need to say with out them. First off, I really like this series. I started reading this online while at the same time reading "Infernal Devices" by Cassandra Claire at night. I was concerned that I would not be able to concentrate on this book because lets face it, Cassandra Claire's books are best sellers and just awesome. Here is where my problem starts. I could not get this book out of my head in order to read "Infernal Devices"! I kept putting down that book to come to my computer and pull up Glimmer and continue reading. What does that say? That Stacey Benefiel's books should be sitting on all of the displays at all of the book stores right next to best selling authors! Ok, that being said let me talk about the book. I gave this four stars only because I thought the story jumped from one scene to the next without fully finishing out what was currently going on. One minute Christopher is the bad guy the next he is helping save the world with Ben and Zellie. Out of no where Grandma is dead and some new character is the bad guy trying to destroy the world. I felt like there should have been more of a transition between the events that brought them together. I liked how she incorporated different sexualities into the story line without skipping a beat. She captured the teenage persona so well and the descriptive writing makes you feel as if your watching it on a movie screen. The love between Zellie and Avery is written powerfully, the action scenes are fast paced and exciting and the dreams and visions are well plotted. Another reason it only got four stars is in my opinion, as a mother of 3 teenage boys I thought the language was way to strong and the sex scenes are way to descriptive. Though I thought the struggle Zellie has about losing her virginity was very real and well thought out. However, I feel that this book will appeal to the young teens and tweens but is not appropriate for anyone younger than 16. When I think of YA a 13 or 14 year old does not come to mind. That is just me as an old 37 year old mom but to each his own! Besides that I think this series and this book were awesome. Stacey Benefiel is going to be a big deal and I for one am glad I get to go along for the ride.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Michelle Dunphy on Nov. 19, 2010 :
** spoiler alert ** While I enjoyed Glimmer quite a bit, it felt a bit more rushed than the first book in the series. We followed one enemy for a little while and then BOOM... they're working together to defeat someone else? It just felt a bit rough in the transition and a little jagged after that. Still though, I really enjoyed the characters and the plot in general. Zellie is a really fun character and her teenage persona is written very well. :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lauralynn Elliott on Nov. 16, 2010 :
Stacey has kept me entertained once again. I'm really picky about YA books, so I don't read too many of them. But I love this series, and I'll keep reading the books. There was a little more sexual content than I've seen in other young adult books I've read, but the fact is that this is what really goes on with teenagers, and the author really does a good job in portraying the thoughts and feelings of young people in this age group. Another winner!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Shaw on Nov. 15, 2010 :
Judging a book by its cover is easy to do these days and I am guilty of it myself. Glimmer's cover is not as appealing as some covers out there but it's very fitting to the story. A flashy cover is not needed here. Stacey has once again added a shocking mix of characters to an intriguing plot. There are so many outstanding characters that each adding a spark of uniqueness to a plot that already has you screaming for more.

Zellie has her work cut out for her in Glimmer. Her powers have developed, attracting some attention that isn't wanted. The Society leader is determined to get Zellie and her new friend, Ben, out of the way. With her visions more intense than ever before, Zellie is determined to get to the bottom of the cause. What she discovers changes everything. Secrets are revealed and a fight is coming. Who will win this battle? To make matters worse, Zellie and Avery are fighting for their right to be together. Will Ben slip in and take Zellie from him? With so much going on already, Zellie's dreams of Avery's death stops...Is this the end of Avery?

I absolutely adore the characters in this novella. Zellie is a firecracker; you never know what to expect from her. She is adorable but still has a bad girl quality. Her attraction to Avery makes you smile and cheer for their success. Avery is forever loyal to her, no matter the situation. He has grown to be one of my favorite characters in the series. Their intense relationship draws you into their world.

Stacey's writing style is stronger than ever in this installment, bringing a deeper enjoyment to the series. The addition of characters added depth to an already fabulous plot. The momentum of the story was perfect, allowing the reader plenty of time to enjoy the characters and the situations they were in. The worst thing about Glimmer was that it had to end. As a reader, you can't ask for more than that... well maybe for the next installment, "Glow," to be available sooner than the summer of 2011. I'm eager to find out what happens next. If you haven't read Glimpse or Glimmer you must add them to your TBR list.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Book Vixen on Nov. 15, 2010 :
3 and a 1/2 stars

Why I Read this Book: I read Glimpse, the first book in this series, and I really enjoyed the story. This series carries a very unique paranormal story that just grabs you. I definitely wanted to read more about Zellie and the complications that surround her. If you’ve read Glimpse, you’ll definitely want to read Glimmer.

What I Liked: In Glimpse, we didn’t really get to know Benjamin, we just got to meet him. He was a very intriguing character and in Glimmer, he’s one of the characters that takes center stage. I like Benjamin; he’s cocky, funny and smart. I like that he makes Avery feel uncomfortable and keeps him on his toes.

There is a character in this book that at first seems like a new addition to the group. However, that is not the case. This character was in Glimpse a little bit, even had a few lines of dialogue. I just didn’t know that he was going to have a bigger role in Glimmer. This move was very well played by the author. There were also some interesting twists and turns to the storyline that I didn’t see coming. Just like with Glimpse, there’s no cliffhanger ending but there are some loose ends that need attention. Glimmer ends well considering there is another book in this series; you know there’s more to come, the door is not closed yet.

What I Didn’t Like: There were a couple of moments in this book that I feel could use a bit of clarity. One thing in particular that I needed clarity on involves the circumstances surrounding Rachel.

I’m also a bit confused about the “loophole”. I’m not sure if that’s been solved with the certain turn of events towards the end of the book or if it still remains an issue. Perhaps it will be addressed in the next book in the series…

Glimmer had lots of characters to keep track of. Also the POV bounced around a lot, unlike the simplistic POVs in Glimpse.

Overall Impression: Glimmer has a bit more mature content than Glimpse did. Profanity was definitely more prominent in Glimmer than it was in Glimpse. It doesn’t bother me a bit but since this is a YA novel, it should be mentioned. Also, Zellie and Avery’s relationship…shall we say, progresses, in Glimmer. I enjoyed reading Glimmer but I enjoyed Glimpse a bit more. I look forward to the release of Glow, the next installment in the Zellie Wells series, which is set to be released sometime in 2011.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lacy on Nov. 08, 2010 :
First let me say that I could not put this book down. I absolutely loved it and was so engaged by it that the world could have passed me by and I never would have noticed it. It seems that Zellie's life is never going to be uneventful. Zellie and Avery are struggling to take their relationship to the next level while learning to adapt to Zellie's powers and their unique parenting situation. We are also reintroduced to Ben the hottie, as Claire would call him. The arrival of Ben helps Zellie to explore more of her abilities than she had thought possible but also causes jelousy from Avery. As if Zellie's life wasn't already complicated the past begins to catch up to Zellie and Ben and someone is trying to get rid of them for good. Then the unthinkable happens and Zellie's dream of Avery death stops. Can Zellie really lose Avery? Can Zellie manage to save the day?

Benefiel's work will completely captivate you. The characters make you fall in love with them. If you are a lover of paranormal young adult books, then this book it definitely one that you will not want to pass up. I can only think that if Glimpse and Glimmer were this good then Glow is really going to blow us away.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: laura hayden on Oct. 29, 2010 :
didn't think this series could get any better but i was totaly wrong glimmer is awesome. i love living in zellie's world! the story line sucked me in within the first few pages everything i thought about this book before i read it did not do it justice where stacey took this story was a step up from the first book and can't wait to read the 3rd book to find out what happens in zellie's story and i thought i could not love ben more but after reading glimmer i totaly do he is fast becoming my favorite in the book after zellie! this series is a must for any YA fan =)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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