Zellie Wells, Book One

Zellie Wells is just another ordinary teenager it seems. That is, until her sixteenth birthday arrives and her life drastically changes for her. While at her birthday party, which was held in the basement of her dad’s church, Zellie seems to have to confront more than just her crush on Avery Adams. When he takes her hand and leads her onto the dance floor, she glimpses her very first vision and unfortunately it’s wrapped around Avery’s death. She sees the both of them in an accident while they’re older adults, covered in blood and she’s pregnant. Snapping out of her vision, she really doesn’t know what to make of what just happened to her.
Not knowing how else to handle the situation, Zellie decides that it’ll be better if she doesn’t tell anyone what she saw in her vision. She fears she’ll be labeled a freak or even a black magic witch. But as time passes and Avery and her start becoming more serious, her parents freak out over them having a relationship. Zellie doesn’t understand what the big deal is that they’re in love with each other and want to be together. Then she finds out the most bizarre thing. The visions she’s having are hereditary and quite dangerous. If Zellie and Avery stay together, her visions will come true and Avery will die.
What is Zellie to do now that she knows why her parents are acting so crazy over her relationship? Does she tell Avery the truth about having visions and seeing his early death or does she decide to sever their ties in order to change his future? Would Avery even believe her if she did tell him the complete truth?
I found this YA novel to be very engrossing and I enjoyed getting to know Zellie on such a personal level. My heart went out to her because not only was it hard enough trying to be a normal teenager who’s now in love for the first time, but also she has to learn what these visions are all about and how to deal with them. This would all be overwhelming for any sixteen-year-old and I felt that Ms. Wallace-Benefiel did a remarkable job steering Zellie through the many obstacles that were presented to her. I had the pleasure getting to know the characters and the author conveyed them as real people in the story not just cardboard cutouts. She also sprinkled a bit of teenage humor throughout that made me laugh out loud. Overall, I have to say that I really enjoyed this first book in the Zellie Wells series and eagerly look forward to reading the next book!

Book Blurb for Glimpse

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 35, 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.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2010 4.50