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Shimmerspell (The Shimmer Trilogy Book 1)

Shimmerspell (The Shimmer Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kimberly Spencer
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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When sixteen-year-old Jensen Meadows finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient faerie war, she soon learns that faeries aren't made of sparkly goodness. They're vicious. And worse, they're after her. With the help of Liam Casey, she delves into their world to find her missing sister and begins to suspect that her whole life has been nothing more than a faerie tale.

But what if the truth is worse?

Shimmerspell is a fast paced novella, 22,000 words, 88 pages in paperback.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 226 KB
  • Print Length: 87 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VWX5DC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,456 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Kimberly Spencer is an avid reader and writer of edgy YA faerie tales. She's currently working on Limerick, the sequel to Shimmerspell: A Faerie Tale Girl Novella. Find out more by visiting

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty bad grammatically! 7 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If there is anything that puts me off a book more, it is bad grammar and this book is full of it. You end up having to re-read sentences to make sense of them when a simple comma would do the job.

Back to the plot (if you can even call it one then). Jensen is 16 and lives with her Sister Lauren who she believes is a Con Artist and this is why they have to keep on moving around the US all the time. Little does she know what will kick off when she pries open a spiteful girls locker.............she suddenly finds she has double sight and that in fact Lauren isn't her Sister but her Mother and that her Maths Teacher isn't a teacher at all but is instead her Father! She also finds out that she isn't exactly human herself.

The books wobbles along vicariously never quite explaining things adequately as another reviewer pointed out and I am glad to say that is was a free book because I would have been seriously miffed if I had paid for it.

Not recommended at all and I adore stories about the Sidhe.............that's another good point, we the readers are expected to know what the Seelie and UnSeelie Courts are..........nothing is explained in this book at all. Fortunately from reading Melissa Marr and Anya Bast I am au fait with the foregoing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too little and too rushed 13 Aug 2011
By Cheryl M-M TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Hop, skip and rush. This story went from one end of the playing field to the other and back. It has a pretty storyline and nice supernatural concept, but it was too rushed and felt as if whole chapters should have been added in between to make it more fluid. This could have been a good novel if the writer had spent enough time with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The bad points:

It needs a good edit/proofread
Way too many cliches, both in terms of language and in terms of plot
Very short, I know it's part of a trilogy but it just plain feels incomplete
Feels like a first draft that has been published way before its time
Punctuation and grammar are both rather hit and miss
Overall the storyline is incredibly disjointed - nothing fits together right, and I kept clicking back to see where I'd missed something only to find out it wasn't there to be missed

HOWEVER... and it is a pretty big however:

There are some great/interesting ideas in here. I've read Shimmerspell and Limerick, and while I'm not tempted to purchase the 3rd part of the trilogy unless I see it for free (I got these two when they were on offer) there's enough here that I can't help thinking there is a good book here trying really hard to get out. I found a lot of the teen-speak to be very realistic and often funny. This book isn't even near ready to be let out into the world at large, but I do very much feel that Spencer should keep on writing, improve her craft, and will then be able to rejig this at some point into a really engaging YA paranormal romance. It's far from perfect, but there's definitely a lot of potential here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shimmery Potential 2 Sep 2012
By Amy
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Jensen is a sixteen year old who possesses the gift of Shimmerspell. Constantly moving around due to her sister Lauren being a con artist, Jensen finds it hard to fit in in high school and keep friends when her world is in constant motion. Things are just about to get a bit weirder when she's abandoned by her sister and winged Fae go on a killing spree in her school and Jensen is the only one to see them. Jensen will learn she isn't who she thought she was and neither is the world around her.

I have never read a novella trilogy before so this was a new experience for me. All books combined it's way less than 400 pages so I flew through it in a day. I felt it could of had a bit more substance to it. It received a 4 star rating because it mostly met the criteria I rank books by but personally, it's not something I'd read again and hype about.

I love any stories relating to Fae/Faeries/Fairy Tale retellings and Arthurian legends. The Shimmerspell trilogy has all of those elements.

As it's a novella style the writing style is simplistic, but not devoid of description or mood. I did find a lack of vocabulary and repetative use of certain phrases a little grating after awhile. The world descriptions made up for it though.

The pace was a little on the dragging side, especially where the protagonists understanding was concerned. Overall, I enjoyed the characters and their personalities, the dynamics between the courts and the familiarity of well known historical figures, Queen Mab, Merlin, Vivien and I liked the Morgen le Fae twist... all wrapped around a modern day high school girl.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Magic Mayhem 6 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Rushed through and even though it was a free book, I can't see myself finishing the series.
With an overall good plot and characters but all underdeveloped and didn't speak out as great, the book was too short for me and had hardly any description and explination of the world the main character has been thrust into. Disapointing overall.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Light Read 28 May 2011
By Pamela
Format:Kindle Edition
Shimmerspell is a lovely paranormal YA story about a girl who discovers that neither she, nor the world around her, is exactly as it seems. There's a little touch of romance, quite a bit of magic, and a few surprises along the way.

I truly believe Spencer is a talented writer. Her descriptions of places such as the Isle of Mermen are outstanding. She doesn't just show you what it looks like, she draws you right into it.

Having said that, the book is slightly choppy in places. Some things are left a little unclear (For instance dark elves and light elves are a big part of the book, but they are never really explained.) or feel slightly rushed. But this is her first novel and it's a pretty solid offering. She can only get better.

I certainly won't hesitate to recommend Shimmerspell as a light, quick read to anyone who enjoys a paranormal YA. It's also a nice relief from the usual vampire trope. :-)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Shimmerspell (The Shimmer Trilogy, #1) by Kimberly Spencer
Sixteen-year-old high school student Jenson Meadows has no idea who she really is, her whole life she believed her mother had died and she was being raised by her sister Lauren. Read more
Published 9 months ago by ?wazithinkin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
A good book, and is followed by equally good novellas and short stories. A must have for any teenager looking for a fantasy novella.
Published 12 months ago by Ellie
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story
Enjoyed the plots and the characters changing t their appearance. The setting is great and the moods of teenagers are so real.
Published 17 months ago by janet wardle-peck
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This is the first book in the Shimmer Trilogy, very addictive and easy to read. I went on to read the whole series as you really needed to know what was going to happen to the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Arnold Layne
2.0 out of 5 stars where are all the proofreaders?
This had the potential to be a really good book. The story was a great idea but it was full of bad grammar and punctuation. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Louise Tassiker
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but over too soon
All told a good story. Gets a bit disjointed halfway, but catches up with itself and finishes well. Looking forward to the rest of the books. Let's hope they run as well as this
Published 19 months ago by William Underwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is awesome because I love mythical things and this is perfect because it's awesome yay everyone must read this book keep writing her out
Published 21 months ago by Chan
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible!
might sound over dramatic but if I could give it no stars I would! Waaaaaay too short, I didnt understand anything it doesnt explain things just says stuff like the reader is... Read more
Published on 28 April 2012 by Anj;)
1.0 out of 5 stars Underthought, underwritten, oversold
This was a free ebook, which is the only reason I'm not cross that I read it. It's self-published, and you can tell - the pacing is off, scenes which should be important are rushed... Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2012 by Claire
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