Title: Glimpse (Zellie Wells #1)
Author: Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Published: May 2010, Self-published
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
My Rating: 3.5/5!
Zellie Wells has a devastating crush on Avery Adams, the son of her mom’s high school sweetheart. 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 makeshift dance floor, Zellie is overwhelmed by her first vision of his death; shocking because not only are they both covered in his blood, but they’re old, like thirty-five, and she is pregnant.
Afraid to tell anyone about the vision, (she’d just be labeled a freaky black magic witch, right?) Zellie keeps the knowledge of Avery’s future to herself and tries to act like any other teenager in love. When they get caught on their way to a secret rendezvous by her mom and his dad, they are forbidden to see each other.
Convinced that their parents are freaking out unnecessarily, Avery and Zellie vow to be together no matter what. They continue their relationship in secret until Zellie learns that their parents are just trying to prevent her and Avery from suffering like they did. The visions are hereditary, they’re dangerous, and if they stay together the visions will come true.
Now Zellie must choose between severing all ties with Avery, like her mom did to prevent his father’s death, and finding a way to change Avery’s future.
Glimpse is definitely a fairly nice fun read! Based on the life of sixteen year old Zellie and her 'abilities' of a seer that she inherits from her Mother (and grandmother), it takes off from Avery and her huge crush on him. I really enjoyed the author's writing style, the humor element made me laugh so much! It's pretty neat, if you ask me. Descriptions are okay, you can very well imagine all the characters, places and everything that's happening. I liked the clarity, though I wish there were more details, as the sequence sometimes seems to jump from one scene to the next very quickly. Still, if we categorize it as a 'light' read, it's good enough. :)
Coming to characters, I think I like Zellie best! I love her thoughts, the way she acts and handles all the mess and excitement thrown at her, the way she gets flustered and all lovey dovey whenever Avery is mentioned and most of all, her reactions are realistic, unlike in the case of some other characters. For instance, the adults! Zellie's mom and dad? Geez! I couldn't understand how they could simply ignore their kid and in the case of her dad, actually get scared of her abilities when things went wrong. That was weird. Also the sudden change in emotions. Avery, Zellie's mom and dad, disregarding Zellie one moment and when it turns out she wasn't at fault, they're suddenly by her side. Kind of makes it feel unreal. Otherwise I love Claire, Zellie's BFF and Melody, her sister too.
I found the story intriguing, though. What started as a high school love story, very quickly turned into a fantasy tale with interesting twists and turns. What I liked the most was how Avery was still an important element in the story and it didn't turn into a completely different sphere like it seemed it might. The events in Portland where Zellie, Mel and Claire go to Aunt Hazel seemed interesting to me, they were different and introduced new characters who, I hope, would be in the sequels. The book would keep you hooked on to it till the end, I'm sure of it. The flow's such that you can easily read it all in a go (and Kindle books anyway are read faster, don't you think? ;) ). It's fun, a light book filled with teen love, fantasies and future-telling abilities! And of course, the cover! *beautiful*
Recommended for: Teens, Young Adult readers, YA fantasy readers and those looking for a light read! :)
PS- I just saw, the Kindle book is free on Amazon (click here. Grab it fast! ;)