Book: Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Book Info: Self-Published by Stacey Wallace Benefiel; 262 pages; read on my Nook

Goodreads Summary: 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.

Here’s the thing.  I really the idea of the novel.  I like that there are seers, and different kinds of seers.  I like that they have a look-out, who helps them with their visions.  I like that there’s a mysterious society, who seems to have regulations in place, and that in Zellie’s family, it’s hereditary.

But the first half or so seemed really convuluted.  Like, she has a vision, and there really isn’t any explanation.  And then all of a sudden, you find out her mom had visions, and there’s this whole story that kind of comes up out of the blue.  I mean, you know there’s something weird going on, but you’re not sure what.

Things felt rushed, the romance moved way too fast, and the characters weren’t really engaging.  Avery wasn’t consistent- at first, he seemed shy, and then he started acting like a jerk, and then he realizes he acted like a jerk, and wants her back.  I understand his dad dies, and some other horrible things happen to him, but it still doesn’t excuse some of his behavior.

I did like it, though, and it is an interesting idea.  It has a lot of promise, and while I’m not rushing out to read the other books in the series, I’m not leaving them off my to-read list either.  I give it a 3 out of 5.

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