Monday, 12 August 2013

Glimpse (Zellie Wells #1) by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Glimpse (Zellie Wells, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Glimpse (Zellie Wells, #1)(Source: Downloaded for free from
15-year-old Zellie has a gift for knowing what’s wrong with people – if someone’s got a cold – she knows what it is, when she has her first kiss, and suddenly has a vision of her would-be boyfriend Avery dying, she’s shocked though.

As it turns out, Zellie’s mother also has a similar gift, and she tells her that she needs to stay away from Avery, or her vision will come true and he’ll die.

Zellie and Avery don’t want to be apart though, and find ways to still be together, until a shocking event that forces them to be apart.
Will Avery really die the way Zellie saw it happen? Can they ever be together without that risk? And is seeing glimpses of the future all that Zellie can do?

This book was okay, I liked the storyline, but there were several ‘Really?’ moments!

Zellie came across as a pretty typical teenager. She got really excited over little things with regard to Avery, such as him saying that he liked her hair, and was also pretty OTT at times. She also had little regard for things that I would have been concerned about, such as always throwing her lunch away because she was bored of peanut butter (what a waste! People out there are starving!), and happily spending $60 on a dress when she knew that $60 was a lot of money to her dad, and he would have to put stuff on a credit card (a little selfish).

I thought the storyline was actually pretty good in this. I liked the whole visions thing, and I liked the other thing that Zellie ended up being able to do, even though it was a bit unbelievable.
There were so many things in this book that made me say ‘What?’ or ‘Really?’ though, that it got a bit silly. It’s a bit difficult to go through most of them without dropping spoilers, but let’s just say that I’ve got a whole list of them!

There were some unexpected twists in this story, and I did enjoy it overall. I’ve already got the next two books in the series so I’ll probably carry on and finish them now. I’d say though that this book is pretty good for a freebie, and its well worth giving it a try, you might have to look past a lot of the ‘What?’ moments though!
Overall; an okay YA paranormal story, but there were a few hard-to-believe moments.
6.5 out of 10.

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