Monday, 20 December 2010

Review: Glimmer by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Glimmer (Zellie Wells #2) by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Publisher: Self-published
Released: November 1st 2010
My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

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... (from Goodreads)

Zellie has recently discovered she’s a Retroact, and it’s not long before she discovers the identity of the boy who hijacked her rewind. Ben: a male Retroact, rare and unique and in full control of his powers. Zellie doesn’t appreciate having to listen to this guy tell her what to do, but desperate times call for desperate measures and soon enough everyone is in danger, and time for complaining is over. Zellie has to protect the people she loves, before it's too late.

Glimmer is an exciting follow-up to Glimpse, which further explores the world of Retroacts. Zellie learns more about her powers in this one, and we also learn a lot more about the male Retroact, Ben. Ben, I have to say, was just awesome. I mean, as much as I love Avery, and Avery and Zellie together, Ben just made me laugh so much. And he had this secretive side too which made me even more curious about him – plus I absolutely loved the way he teased Zellie. I think Zellie and Ben made quite an interesting pair, and I think Ben’s influence made Zellie even more determined than she was before. He was a more experienced Retroact in some ways and I think Zellie’s jealousy about that was realistic and well portrayed; she wasn’t whiny but you could tell Ben's control over his powers annoyed her. And Zellie isn’t the only jealous one – needless to say that Avery isn’t too happy about the situation either. I think Zellie has been through so much already, but wow, Glimmer just puts her through so much more. She has to deal with devastating loss, she’s forced to stay away from Avery (it was so awful! Poor Avery, I think I missed him just as much as Zellie did), she’s got to learn new powers – there’s just so much to do in such a short space of time. And the revelation towards the end – I was really not expecting that.

One thing I really enjoyed reading about was the relationship between Zellie’s mum and Avery’s (dead) dad. Their situation was strange to say the least, especially with the baby on the way, and I’m not too fond of either one of them, but they just seemed so happy together, despite all the obstacles between them, and it kind of gave me hope that Zellie and Avery would be able make it, against all odds. Zellie’s dad, however, seemed intent on keeping the two apart (though who can blame him really, after what happened? I have to admit I did laugh a bit at his reaction to finding Avery and Zellie alone together). Of course, Zellie wouldn’t stand for this and found a way of communicating with Avery despite the restrictions her dad had set out. I really liked reading the notes they wrote each other and thought the teen voice came across really clearly.

In conclusion, Glimmer was a great sequel to Glimpse and I really enjoyed finding out more about the world of Retroacts (especially concerning what happened to the male ones). I’d recommend the Zellie Wells series to anyone who enjoys a mixture of paranormal, comedy and romance and I look forward to reading the next book in the series!

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