Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Glimmer (Zellie Wells #2) by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Glimmer (Zellie Wells, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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. While working together to figure out what the vision means, Zellie discovers that Benjamin is a worthy friend and mentor. If only he could keep his hands off of her-if only she wanted him to...

Glimmer by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Glimmer (Zellie Wells, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book as a gift.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Zellie Wells’ series, and kicks off where book 1 ‘Glimpse’ left off.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Glimpse’.**
Zellie and Avery are now happy, although that’s short lived as soon as her father starts imposing restrictions on them – the biggest being that they’re not allowed to be together until they can prove it won’t kill Avery, and that they’re not allowed to have sex until they’re married.

Avery has got more than her father to deal with though, with her mother shacking up with a ghost in a cabin in the woods, and several benevolent forces all seemingly wanting her dead.
Can Zellie and Avery find a way to be together? Will Avery end up dead? And who will get to Zellie first?

This was an okay second book in the series, but the storyline did confuse me in places.

Zellie was much the same as she was in the first book. I totally got why she was ready to have sex with Avery though, and how annoyed she was that her father stopped her! I thought it was quite unfair of the limitations her father imposed on her, but then she already knew what his thoughts were on sex before marriage, and there was also the obvious risk of Avery dying!

The storyline in this was okay up to a point, but as soon as Zellie’s grandma turned up in a very different form than she had before, and started talking to the sort-of bad guy, and trying to talk him into protecting Zellie, I had no clue what was happening. The story got so convoluted and confused that I really didn’t know who was batting for which team, and really didn’t get what was supposed to be happening.

Other than this I did like the drama of the story, and I liked how Zellie finally found her loop-hole into being with Avery. I did think that the story was pretty far-fetched in places though, and I did wonder what else Zellie would be able to do as she seemed to be gaining super-powers ridiculously quickly.

The ending of this one was fairly happy though, and I hope that Zellie and Avery will be able to be happy in the final book of the series!
Overall; okay YA paranormal story, but a little hard to believe in places.
5 out of 10.

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