Hello Bookworms, when I heard that I had been accepted into this tour I was ELATED! Not only because I knew I would love the book, but because it reminded me of the books from my childhood. I was always a huge fan of fairy godmothers, magic and believing in fairytales in general, so Glimpsed brought me right back to that sentiment. This post will include my review and a mood board I’ve created about the novel! Make sure to check out the other stops, as well as my Instagram for more about the book.
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.
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy
Publishing Date: January 5, 2021
Summary: 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?
Glimpsed really is all you can ask for in a wholesome YA contemporary. It’s cute(there’s a little romance in there too🥰), addresses a few necessary themes along the way and leaves you with a HEA(happy ever after)! Although I had a few personal problems with the book; which I will address further in my review, this book delivered. And it truly did all that I wanted it to do, it brought me back to my childhood to when I ALWAYS read books with fairies or fairy godmothers.
Now let’s talk about Charity’s powers?! Because, wow, what I would give to be able to grant wishes left and right…..well, after reading this story, maybe it’s not all unicorns and rainbows after all….but a girl can dream right?
Of course, this story revolves around our girl Charity. A lonely teen fairy godmother, she’s been practically abandoned by her father, and her mother is so distracted by her work, that she may not even exist either. The only parental figure she can count on is Memon; her grandmother and the only other fairy godmother she knows. Now, what do I really think about Charity…is what you may be asking yourself. When the story commenced, I was fairly indifferent about her character, but as the story progressed, and more vulnerabilities of other characters were revealed, I felt that she remained quite one dimensional. This didn’t impact the storytelling immensely but bothered me a little.
And this wouldn’t be the story it is without the “adorkable“(her words, not mine🤪) love interest Noah, now would it? I LOVED Noah. I genuinely appreciate the way he was written, with all his flaws and imperfections out in the open. The author wasn’t trying to paint this picture-perfect boy that would match the picture-perfect high school and the picture-perfect girl(wow, that’s a lot of picture-perfect…). Because this story has neither of those. The characters were REAL! Something that can be unfortunately hard to find in YA novels….
G.F. Miller truly surprised me with how much she was able to fit into this novel yet have it be so clear and concise to the reader. When I think back on the plot, quite a few things were going on, but the writing allowed it to flow so well that I barely realized how many things were being thrown at me.
The plot of Glimpsed is essentially Charity, the main character trying to grapple with who she is, who she wants to be and trying to figure out her own “happy ever after”. After granting wishes and seeing “glimpses”(in the book, Charity has “glimpses” randomly for a person that show her what they want, or need and she must fulfill it by working with them) since a young age, being a fairy godmother is all she knows, but what if it isn’t something she wants to do anymore? Confronted by Noah, she begins to recognize that she may have been doing more harm than good, and along with battling her pesky crush for him, she finally takes control of her destiny.
Although this may sound like a simplistic tale, not once was the plot predictable. Whether it be adding in new characters, throwing in plot twists or obstacles, Miller was able to keep me(and every other reader) on their toes. My only complaint would be to EVERY YA contemporary writer out there, and it would be to stop making every high school sound SO GENERIC!? If authors put a little more thought into the way they construct the side characters(even those who only speak a few words), the settings and the atmosphere, it would be a much more well-rounded reading experience. Overall, I can happily say that I enjoyed reading this well-written, charming novel and I would recommend it to all ages!
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.