Author: Phoebe Kitanidis
Category: Mystery/ Romance/ Paranormal
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
What if you forgot your identity and had to rely on other people to tell you who you were?
And what if to discover your true self, you first had to unravel a mystery so big and terrifying you were not sure you’d survive solving it?
When Marshall and Elyse wake up in each other’s arms with zero memory of how they got there or who they are, it’s the start of a long journey through their separate pasts and shared future.
Terrified by their amnesia, the two make a pact to work together to find the answers that could jog their missing memories. As they piece together clues, they discover they’re in the idyllic mountain resort town of Summer Falls, where everyone seems mysteriously happy, but as Marshall and Elyse quickly learn, darkness lurks beneath the town’s perfect facade. Not only is the town haunted by sinister ghosts, but none of its living inhabitants retain bad memories of anything—not the death of Marshall’s mom, not the hidden shame in Elyse’s family, not even the day-to-day anguish of high school.
Lonely in this world of happy zombies, Marsh and Elyse fall into an intense relationship...but the secrets they uncover could be the death of this growing love—and the death of everyone, and everything, they love in Summer Falls.
This book was definitely different, but in a good way!
What I really loved was the first few chapters of the book.
I loved how it opens-up.
The mystery and weirdness, it really pulled me in.
I also loved how it switches POV between the two main characters.
Now, why did I love the beginning of the book so much, hmmm.. the author portrayed the emotions and reactions of waking up with a stranger so well. I mean, come on, waking up with no memories of who you are, lying tangled up with a complete stranger. I laughed!!!!
It was just so completely funny to me, how the character's reacted. It was funny how I imaged it, how it played out in my head. I mean that's how I most likely would of reacted, but we get to see it not from one POV but from both of the character's POV, it gives you the emotions of each character. I really enjoyed that.
After a few pages you want to read this book to know, what the hell is going on! I kind of got confused, things were just getting weird, not bad, but weird... Basically, that is what really drew me in. The mystery just kept building up with the weirdness, so of course I wanted to understand what was going on!! So, I kept reading...
Marshall: The arrogant, smart-ass guy! Marshall is one of those characters that has the hero complex, but it makes him sort of, hot... He showed great determination and he never gave up. You could tell, he wanted to be more than who he was, even when he didn't have his memory and when he finally remembered. Marshall knows he could be so much more, and prove to Elyse that he was. He wanted to be important, not just to others but to Elyse. Throughout the story, this character definitely grows, and I really loved seeing the final version of him.
Elyse: She's a complex character. Even from the beginning. I didn't hate her, but I couldn't love her either. Of course, like Marshall she is desperate to know who she is. Elyse is compulsively honest, shows great strength to a point, and in the end she does what she knows is right and what she wants. At the beginning, she really didn't like who she was being portrayed as, and she didn't like who she was discovering she was. She felt that she really wasn't that person, someone else, and she portrayed that it never felt right. Elyse was disappointed at who she seemed to be and in herself. "But I'm still overwhelmed by the ugly picture forming in my mind of the person I used to be." pg 88.
I also loved how she reacted when she finally saw what she looked like!! *snicker* "I look like a pissed-off Disney princess" pg 57 loved that!
But in the end, just like Marshall, she grows and becomes someone she is proud to be!
What I felt was really good about these two characters is that they fight to be the person they desire to be.
How would you feel that every-time something 'bad' happened you literally passed out, to then awaken moments later with no recollection, no memory of that 'bad' memory.. Well that's just one of the mysteries of Summer Falls. And it’s that one mystery that really keeps you reading.
Like I mentioned, the mystery and weirdness definitely pull you in. It's what keeps you turning each page.
The author created a unique story filled it with a strange town set in a beautiful landscape. Gave you characters to stumble along with and a curse you just can't figure out. Kitanidis definitely gives the reader fascinating elements, with a hint of bizarreness. And the farther you delve into the story; the weirdness grows, along with the "wow" factor!
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You get to go on a journey with Marshall and Elyse, to discover who they are. What I really enjoyed, and felt was like a breath of fresh air, was that they stuck together no matter what, even if they disagreed, or felt that the other one was doing something stupid. They had each other backs. They stayed together and fought together. In a lot of books, that doesn't usually happen, characters usually split up and do what they feel is right, alone. So, it was refreshing to say the least. Along the way they also start to care for each other, which, in a situation like theirs, it's bound to happen.
Both characters had their moments, but in the end, they showed who they really were. Marshall really is a decent guy, he did have his arrogant-jackass moments, but Elyse makes him into a decent person, they both helped each other become better people.
However, I felt that the transitions from scene to scene was a little weird. And with all the mystery thrown in, I was stumbling along with the characters, so I was also a bit lost. At times I didn't know what was happening, what was going on or where the characters were. I also got the feeling of incompleteness rather than that lovely feeling of fully satisfied at the end of the book..
This was a nice, quick read, I did enjoy it. However, I didn't love it.
Glimmer was definitely captivating.
The mystery was woven quite nicely.
Even with the things I didn't like about this book,
I just had to finish it.
So, if you're looking for a cute little romance, mixed with mystery and a pinch of paranormal, you might enjoy this book :)