Shimmerspell: The Shimmer Trilogy, #1

Rated 3.88/5 based on 16 reviews
When sixteen-year-old Jensen Meadows gets caught in the middle of an ancient faerie war, she soon learns that faeries aren't made of sparkly goodness. With Liam Casey's help, she delves into their world and begins to suspect that her whole life has been nothing more than a faerie tale. But what if the truth is worse? More
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About Kimberly Spencer

Kimberly Spencer is an avid reader, writer and non-arithmeticer. Seriously, don’t ask her to count anything. If she’s not working on the next book in The Faerie Tale Girl Series, she’s probably fighting with her three-year-old shih tzu Macho. Her favorite authors are Rachel Vincent, Cassandra Clare, and Gena Showalter.

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Caught in the middle of an ancient faerie war and blamed for the death of a legendary king, sixteen-year-old Jensen Meadows must uncover her past if she wants to stay alive in the dangerous world of the fae.

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Review By: penelopefletcher
Penelope's Review of Shimmerspell:3 Skulls Good!
It’s been a while since I’ve read a book which involved the Seelie and Unselie. There is surprising depth and personality to some of these characters, more than I’ve read in some full length books. The twins, I loved! They were creepy and cool though there appearance in this was brief. Also loving the intrigue around Lorlei, is she truly as wicked as her infamous mother Morgana Le Fae? The ending was snappy, and leaves us hanging on for the next instalment, Limerick. I recommend this book!
Review by: chucklesthescot on April 30, 2014 :
Jensen lives with her con artist sister Lauren and knows it won't be long until it is time to move away from her friends. Then a boy at school seems to be staring at her all the time and she is seeing weird things like kids with wings.

If the description I wrote sounds confusing then you ain't seen nothing until you read the book! Confused and baffled pretty much sums up my reaction to it. It starts off ok until she sees the kids with wings and gets attacked. The staring boy Liam rescues her then tries to explain the situation. That's where I stopped getting it. There is a huge info dump where he is talking about Seelie Courts, Unseelie Courts, the Legends of King Arthur, and the mythology of the Isle of Man with a host of character names thrown in. The author seemed to jump around in these topics with no real thought or plan so I didn't follow what she was talking about.

You struggle to work out who is good and who is evil and who the hell everyone is and where each is from and what they all seem to attack her for. Good and evil? Well I couldn't tell who was meant to be one or the other as everyone seemed to want to attack our heroine. All of the female characters are psycho bitches without rhyme or reason and by then my head was spinning like that scene in the Exorcist.

I was glad to abandon this one, lie down to stop my head buzzing then try a nice horror book instead!
(review of free book)
Review by: fantasybkchick7 on June 17, 2012 :
First I have to say that I love the cover. This is what first drew me to this book. I love faerie stories, they always seem to bring something new.

Jensen has lived her entire life on the run with her con artist sister Lorlei. Things are going ok for Jensen until one day she meets Liam, a total hottie at school. Things turn upside down for Jensen. She discovers that she can see through glamor, her sister disappears and that's just the beginning for Jensen.

I truly liked the characters. Jensen is a strong, likeable person, Liam is a hot, mysterious faerie and I loved the twins, they are just so different from each other. This novella was well written and the story and world building was good. I could visualise what the author was describing. There was lots of action, some mystery and a little romance. I'm interested in finding out who Lorlei really is and what is next for this series.

It was a good novella that I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series. If you love fae, you need to read this novella. This e-novella was given to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Review by: Anjelika Thea on Oct. 25, 2011 :
2.5 - 3 stars

I thought that this novella had potential. The author had an interesting idea for a faerie story. I liked the differences between this one and the others I had read: Wondrous Strange, The Iron King. The differences were refreshing (and no love triangles! yet). I liked the voice of Jensen, and I liked the humor. I liked the idea behind the story enough that I might read the other novellas. Based on my enjoyment, I'd rate this at 3 stars.

However, the negatives outweighed the positives, leading me to rate downwards. This work could have been better with the help of a good editor. It should have been proofread. It was missing punctuation marks, most notably commas in direct address, and had a few typos. This novella could have been expanded into a longer work. The world did not feel fully fleshed out, and the characters were poorly developed. The pacing was rushed, and the plot was weak. There were some inconsistencies in the rules of the world, and some things or actions that just didn't make sense or were not explained. Due to my slight awareness of the sociology of language, I was offended by the use of the word "gay" to refer to something negative. I hate hearing it from the young adults I have known or been acquainted with, and I definitely don't want to see it spoken by a character in a book. This had a significant impact on my enjoyment of this work.

Overall, yes, I enjoyed this book, but readers who are allergic to sparkling or shimmery non-human folk might want to stay away.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
Review by: Abby Bookshelf Confessions on Aug. 10, 2011 :
i purchased the book Limerick-the sequel of shimmerspell through member giveaways program yesterday, but since i haven't read yet the first book, i decided to read first shimmerspell, and i also purchased it since it's free on smashwords...
and guess what?! i finish reading it yesterday too.:D
honestly, what really lures me to this novella, is the cover of the book, it's really awesome, and it can pique attentions of teens like me...
well, the storyline of the book as well as its cover didn't disappoint me.. it's a really new story about faeries this time, and not about vampires which is what really common nowadays...
the characters are really cool, though you can just count them, it's really a novella,lol.., it's a really short one, the story is thrilling that's why i never stop until i finish...it's worth everybody's time... i just wish, that maybe it was a bit longer like the twilight saga...i think, if the author keeps up writing like this, and improving the next stories, then this might set the next trend of bestseller books-FAERIES!...i'll be reading limerick tonight...:D
highly recommended...
(review of free book)
Review by: Tiffany Fulton on Aug. 6, 2011 :
A beautifully violent merging of the mundane Earth we know and the at-first harmless by color world of Lisa Frank...with a touch of faerie....10/10! This was my first taste of the world known as faerie and I look forward to reading the sequel, Limerick. The author did an excellent job creating a strong heroine without making her too dependent on others, which is what I like best about Jensen. She is the kind of teenager I wish I was.
(review of free book)
Review by: Pink Maiden on July 23, 2011 :
I throughly enjoyed this book. I found the main character very likable and her sense of humor was extremely cute. This book was a pleasant change from your typical fantasy with a very original idea.

On another note like the others have said, it seemed as though a few things weren't explained that needed explanation and a few parts were a little confusing. That said I think all in all this was a fantastic book and great for young audiences.

I will be reading her next book Limerick with great expectations. I think this author did a great job on her first novel and am looking forward to reading her second. I feel this author will only impress us more with each book she writes. Keep up the great work Ms. Spencer you have a winner on your hands.
(review of free book)
Review by: Abby Bookshelf Confessions on July 15, 2011 :
i purchased the book Limerick-the sequel of shimmerspell through member giveaways program yesterday, but since i haven't read yet the first book, i decided to read first shimmerspell, and i also purchased it since it's free on smashwords...
and guess what?! i finish reading it yesterday too.:D
honestly, what really lures me to this novella, is the cover of the book, it's really awesome, and it can pique attentions of teens like me...
well, the storyline of the book as well as its cover didn't disappoint me.. it's a really new story about faeries this time, and not about vampires which is what really common nowadays...
the characters are really cool, though you can just count them, it's really a novella,lol.., it's a really short one, the story is thrilling that's why i never stop until i finish...it's worth everybody's time... i just wish, that maybe it was a bit longer like the twilight saga...i think, if the author keeps up writing like this, and improving the next stories, then this might set the next trend of bestseller books-FAERIES!...i'll be reading limerick tonight...:D
highly recommended...
(review of free book)
Review by: rhonda laney on July 11, 2011 :
I enjoyed this story and tomorrow I will read the next book in the series. Jensen is in a new school in high school living with her sister Lauren. Jensen in math class with mr. Tanner and he can always tell when she lies and picks on her. Her friend Zoe's twin sister hates her and Jensen has no idea why. To get even with her Jensen plans to break into her locker and take somthing and gets caught by Liam. All of a sudden she see Liam is wearing wings. Then she see's two more kids with wings and thinks they killed the princaple. Calls her sister on the phone for help and her sister says that she cant come home she is leaving her. Jensen has no idea whats happening all of a sudden. Liam saves her and trys to help her figure out why she can see through glamours all of a sudden. Learns about a fairy war she is in the middle of. No one trusts her and she finds it all hard to trust them.
It is a story that makes sense and I want to know more about thier world.
(review of free book)
Review by: Jamie Brooks on July 9, 2011 :
Jensen's life is one big lie and she's about to learn the truth.

Jensen moves around a lot going from school to school since her sister, Lauren, is a con artist and also the one that is responsible for taking care of her. They are constantly on the move so they don't get caught. When Jensen makes friends with Zoe at her new school, she realizes that she doesn't want to leave when Lauren tells her that it's time to pack up and move again. While at school, Jensen is trying to break into a classmate's locker and she starts feeling dizzy and starts seeing things in a whole new way. She sees Liam, the hottest guy in her school, standing next to her but with her new sight, she notices that he has wings. Jensen has no idea what is going on, who or what she really is, and that her life is about to change forever. No one is who they claim to be and she has to figure out who she can trust or she could end up a dead girl walking.

This was a quick read for me. I, at times, get a bit bored while reading short stories cause they tend to be rushed and leave out a lot of details, but this one had my attention the entire time. I didn't feel like I was missing parts of the story or what was going on and I like that about Kimberly's writing. I was never bored reading this story for it was fast paced, and something was always going on.

The characters are really unique also. We are introduced to a siren, banshees, elves, leprechauns, and merpeople. The writing flowed easily while we the readers get a vivid picture in our heads of what's happening from Kimberly's descriptive wording.

When we think of faeries, most of us think of something that is cute and sweet like Tinkerbell. Well, Kimberly shows us that faeries aren't at all like the cute little pixies we've come to know growing up, but mean and horrible creatures.

So overall, I totally recommend this book. Once you start it, you'll be pulled into Jensen's mind and when it's over, you'll be begging for the sequel right away. My only complaint is that I'd have liked a little more romance between Jensen and Liam, so I am hoping that progresses in the books to follow. It's a unique twist on faeries with a bunch of betrayal, light humor, and even romance. The twists at the end will leave you wanting more.
(review of free book)
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