I am so excited to be able to participate in another book tour for TBR & Beyond Tours – this time for a new contemporary fantasy, Glimpsed by G.F. Miller! Thank you again TBR & Beyond Tours for allowing me to participate – I absolutely adored this book and I can’t wait to share my review and 15 thoughts I had while reading Glimpsed!
Be sure to check out the schedule for other amazing posts! The tour starts today, January 5th and goes through January 11th!
Glimpsed by G.F. Miller
Published: January 5, 2021
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy
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?
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To start off this review, I loved the way Charity’s magic was set up. I loved the fact that she saw the future, or glimpses, of someone’s Happily Ever After (HEA), she could nudge people’s decisions or feelings to help her clients, and she called her clients Cindy/Cindies – like Cinderella! It’s such a cute set up and it made it so easy to follow along from the get go.
As we learn more about Charity and her fairy godmother abilities, we also learn that she has some stipulations attached. 1) Cindies must do as Charity says in order to get their wish. 2) They can’t let anyone know they’re talking, especially in school. 3) Once the wish has been granted, the contract is over, and they act like it never happened. I’m not sure how I feel about this very lonely way of going through life, but Charity appreciations her ability to float through social circles, and friends make that too hard for her to be malleable. She not only likes to be in charge, but to do so at a distance. Until, of course, Noah comes along and tells her to stop.
I honestly didn’t expect to like Noah. At first, I really didn’t. He was a stereotypical dorky guy with a superiority complex, and I was not a fan of their first interactions. But as Charity and Noah continued to work together to fulfill his wish and figure out how to control the glimpses, I fell in love with him. Like, actually fell in love with him. Noah is a top-tier book boyfriend for me and I’m not sure I’m ready to ever give him up!
And then of course we have Sean, the closest thing to a friend Charity has, her sister Hope, her mother Kate, and her Memom. Meeting our cast of characters, I quickly learned where Charity learned her loner lifestyle and I was not impressed with Hope or Kate. But Memom? Memom I would die for! And Sean is a super nice guy. It was tough reading through certain moments for Charity – you can just tell this poor girl is so lonely. But, as the book progresses, our enemies (Charity and Noah) become friends then there’s a fake dating trope, which I was not expecting! I love a good enemies to friends to fake dating!
Overall, this book just made me so happy. I loved the set up, I love Charity’s internal dilemma (sadistic, maybe, but it is really good), Noah is adorable, and everything about this book is just so good! While I really dislike Hope, and Kate needs a good smack on the head, I do love where our characters ended up, and I really wish there was more to this book! Maybe a sequel is in the works? Either way, this was a solid // 5 stars for me!
And here are some of my spoiler free thoughts/reactions while I was reading this book!
- I love the intro with Cinderella and what her fairy godmother must have been thinking
- Aw! That’s so cute that they call them Cindy/Cindies!
- Memom is a gem. I would die for her.
- Noah is a stereotypical nerd but I love his revenge tactic. I think I’m gonna like him.
- That ice cream concoction sounds nuclear. I would definitely throw up eating that.
- Noah was extremely annoying at the beginning but not I thin I’M falling in love with him!
- I love the rules for Charity’s magic. Like, it’s so open yet precise in what she has to do and how it can be done.
- Enemies to friends to lovers maybe? I can only dream
- AH YES FINALLY! I KNEW IT!!
- Can someone explain how Charity can dye her hair every other day and it doesn’t turn into hay? Cause she goes crazy with hair dye!
- AHHH!!! FAKE DATING!?!? Enemies to friends to FAKE DATING!? I love this!
- I’m gonna smack Hope and Kate. Just awful!
- If Charity doesn’t get her head out of her butt, I’m gonna scream!
- Awww!! That is so freaking cute!!!
- IT’S OVER!? NOOOO!!!
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.
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