Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond blog tour for the young adult magical read, Glimpsed. This actually happens to be the last day of the tour, and you can find the tour schedule for the rest of the posts here.
Perfect for fans of Geekerella and Jenn Bennett, this charming, sparkly rom-com follows a wish-granting teen forced to question if she’s really doing good—and if she has the power to make her own dreams come true.
Charity is a fairy godmother. She doesn’t wear a poofy dress or go around waving a wand, but she does make sure the deepest desires of the student population at Jack London High School come true. And she knows what they want even better than they do because she can glimpse their perfect futures.
But when Charity fulfills a glimpse that gets Vibha crowned homecoming queen, it ends in disaster. Suddenly, every wish Charity has ever granted is called into question. Has she really been helping people? Where do these glimpses come from, anyway? What if she’s not getting the whole picture?
Making this existential crisis way worse is Noah—the adorkable and (in Charity’s opinion) diabolical ex of one of her past clients—who blames her for sabotaging his prom plans and claims her interventions are doing more harm than good. He demands that she stop granting wishes and help him get his girl back. At first, Charity has no choice but to play along. But soon, Noah becomes an unexpected ally in getting to the bottom of the glimpses. Before long, Charity dares to call him her friend…and even starts to wish he were something more. But can the fairy godmother ever get the happily ever after?
Rating: 4 stars
This book really made me wonder why I don’t read more rom-coms. Honestly, it’s the kind of book that makes you feel “I need more of that” when it’s finished. I’m sat writing this review smiling away, having finished the book in three sittings because I couldn’t put it down. It was well written, and well paced, with the changes that happen in it coming along at the right moments.
This review is quite short because I’m also here to bring you:
Top Five Reasons To Read Glimpsed
I say this with complete love. I absolutely adored how geeky this book was, and how the geekery spread around between the characters. It was awesome. I might not be the sci-fi strand of geek, but I’m a geek loud and proud, and more books that represent us are required. This book really embraced geek and went full power with it, right to the last page. Fabulous.
Both Charity and Noah, our main characters, go through major character development within this book, separately and together. We might only be witness to Noah’s via what Charity sees, but we get a stage seat for Charity herself, and what we see in her – the growth she goes through, being prepared to change – makes her seem not just real, but like the person she wants to be. It’s so well done, and I really loved Charity all the more for not being perfect.
Laugh Out Loud
Like I say, this romantic comedy makes me wonder why I don’t read more of the genre because it was genuinely funny. Sometimes I find books that are supposed to be funny a bit cringe and that’s what puts me off, but this was really hilarious. It was also realistic, and the fact that both Charity and Noah are witty solo means that right from the start they’re bouncing off each other with what they have to say. It works really well, and makes it just fabulous.
It’s Magic, Jim, But Not As We Know It
I’m a big fan of magical realism, but obviously that involves creating a magic system that functions in the world around us. I can’t say much because of spoilers, but the magic system that Charity finds herself faced with is totally unique, and I really loved that a large portion of the book was her learning about it as well as about herself. It’s very clever.
Happily Ever After…?
If you didn’t see this coming as my last point with a fairy godmother themed book, you need to read more fairy tales. Charity has spent so long making sure that all the people she wants to help have their Happily Ever Afters (or HEAs as she calls them), can a fairy godmother really have one of her own? Of course I’m not going to tell you, but it’s well worth reading the book to find out.
About The Author
G.F. Miller can write 80,000-word novels, but ask her to sit down and write 250 true and meaningful words about herself and she is likely to have an existential crisis. Who am I, really? She ponders. What do I want to be known for? Does anyone even read the back flap or visit author websites?
But eventually she will pull herself together and tell you that…She married her college sweetheart and is mom to three littles who routinely make her heart burst and her head explode (it’s a messy business, love). There are puppies big and small residing at her house (you’ll be seeing a lot of them if you follow her on Instagram). She’s been to a dozen countries, but not nearly as many as she would like. She loves learning all the things. She cries at all the wrong times. She makes faces at herself in the mirror. She believes in the Oxford comma. And she’s always here for a dance party.
While the stories she has brewing in her soul vary wildly from one another, there are three things they will always have in common: love, snappy dialogue, and happy endings.
Many thanks to TBR and Beyond tours for my space on this awesome tour, to NetGalley for my copy, and to G. F. Miller for writing such a book to get lost in.