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Two teens (we later learn their names are Elyse and Marshall) wake up naked in a bed in a house they don't recognize. They don't know who they are and how they ended up in this disturbing situation. They are scared and suspicious of first each other and then of the possibility that they have been drugged and now are being held captive. Their escape isn't difficult though, and soon they are on the streets of a weird tiny town of Summer Falls, a paradise of "Pleasantville"/"Stepford Wives" variety. Elyse and Marshall immediately throw themselves into investigating of their identities and secrets of Summer Falls.

There are a few flaws in "Glimmer" that I will touch on later on, but the truth is, the mystery in this story had me glued to its pages. Astute reader will most likely find a fair number of holes in the plot, especially in the too-busy ending, and yet, I couldn't stop myself from eating this thing up and rushing to find out more about Elyse and Marshall, heatnaps and odd memory losses, ghosts and magic.

On the negative side, "Glimmer" relies heavily on several familiar YA tropes - the almost instantaneous love between the two protagonists, the not always successful dual narrative, and the presence of a stock/cliche characters.

However, in spite of its weaknesses, "Glimmer" stands out because of its relative uniqueness and it doesn't appear to be a part of a series!

Book Blurb for Glimmer

When Marshall King and Elyse Alton wake up tangled in each other's arms with zero memory of how they got there or even who they are, it's the start of a long journey through their separate pasts and shared future.

Terrified by their amnesia, they make a pact to find the answers that could restore their missing memories. As they piece together clues about their lives, they discover that they're in the idyllic resort town of Summer Falls, where darkness lurks beneath the town's perfect facade. Not only is the town haunted by sinister ghosts, but non of its living inhabitants retain bad memories of anything-not the death of Marshall's mom, not the hidden violence in Elyse's family. Lonely in this world of happy zombies, Marshall and Elyse fall into an intense relationship, but the secrets they're trying to uncover could be the death of their growing love - and of everyone, and everything, they love in Summer Falls.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2012 3.50