"A captivating read with fantastic characters and a well-developed world." - Novel Nerd Bailey
"Flicker was a definite love for me. It had plenty of action, magic and gorgeous descriptions, as well as a FANTASTIC group of characters that made me so happy at every page." - Gretchen @ My Life is a Notebook
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I'm the author of the bestselling Flicker series (the first two installments, Flicker and Brightly, are available now), and a reporter.
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I did have my problems with the book. At the start we are introduced to so many characters, so quickly, that I found myself almost lost. I am a character driven reader. I need to connect fairly quickly with the main characters to keep my interest up. I struggled with that because it jumps around to a handful of different people. After several chapters I began to get a feel for everyone.
However, the pace of the book was still fairly slow. It didn't pick up until about seventy-five percent of the way through and the next thing you know, it's over. While the story is fine in itself, it is just not very action packed.
What I did love, aside from the writing, was the world building. The human and fairy worlds exist together but only those with a fair bit of magic can see both worlds. All the supernatural creatures were interesting and some fairly creative. I like that it takes place in a human city and not a alternate fairy universe. It gives it a bit more realism.
Though I had some issues, it was still a solid enough read that I am glad I had the opportunity to review. I will be keeping my eye on Kaye's career, as I am definitely a fan of her style.
The premise sounded interesting; when I downloaded it, the book was free on Amazon, so I decided to give it a try.
My big problem was that at the beginning, we were introduced to a lot of characters in a short amount of time. I was confused and overwhelmed. The author also included some heavy descriptive paragraphs - it was a bit annoying and I found myself skimming to get to the point.
That being said, at around the 20% mark, I was into the story. It was interesting, but I was never captivated. I felt there was an absence of action, that really could've made the story so much better.
And I'm so very glad for that.
Actually, the book got off to a fairly rocky start with me. It opens up with Lee worrying about very cliché things I see in almost every single teen novel where the MC goes to some form of high school, where the main character is the loner type losing her best friend to the lust for popularity. Lee's best friend, Kendall, was fairly stock and not overly interesting. I could already see several cliché plotlines coming up.
And then Thornbrugh went and blew them all away.
Anything cliché about this book disappeared after Nasser rescues Lee from Faerie. One of the things that hit me instantly was the quality of all the characters after that fact. Nasser, Lee, Nasser's brother Jason and their friends Filo and Alice are all interesting, real people with depth and a definite 3D nature. Even the background characters had layers to them. This is hardly a common occurence in teen lit, and it made me practically overjoyed.
However, that transition into all these new characters wasn't entirely painless. The rest of the novel is told from several points of view, and directly after Lee is rescued from Faerie they are a little squashed together. Four or five POVs literally switch within paragraphs of each other. Though there are clear paragraph breaks, it was almost a little bit too much to handle, especially because we hadn't been introduced to all these characters yet, or even know why they existed at all.Read more ›
Flicker revoles mostly around Lee, a 16 year old artist, who wanders into a faerie revel and loses the next seven years of her life. Lee is finally recscued when Nasser comes to the revel looking for his brother Jason, only he sees Lee and makes a trade to free her. When the faerie Prince and Queens find out that someone has traded her off when the Prince is so attached to her, they send that person, who is a dryad named Bryony, after Lee to bring her back. Bryony is quite desperate to bring her back as she loves the Prince and would do anything to be able to be with him. So there is a lot going on in the story because Lee finds out that she can use magic and she really, really likes Nasser. But her comes Bryony trying to capture her and take her from her new life. So the story line is pretty fun and I was always eager to see what would happen next.
There are a lot of major characters in this story. There's Lee of course. Nasser, her love interest and hero. Jason, Nasser's brother. Filo, a grumpy Seer who hates everything and everyone, especially Lee, who has been left in his care. Then there is Alice, who isn't as big of a character, but she is still pretty awesome. And then Bryony, a vindictive dryad who lets nobody get in her way of her love.
Overall, Flicker is a fun read.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I received this book in a bundle by local authors in my area from Hastings. I always find it fascinating what others in my area think and how they see the world. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nicole
Let’s be honest. There’s lots of fairy stories out there. If you’ve read them, if you’ve read urban fantasy like The Dresden Files or the Iron Druid Chronicles, there will be lots... Read morePublished 2 months ago by mmadison
An excellent read! Flicker reminded me a lot of the Dresden Files books, but with a team of teenagers doing the same sort of work as Harry Dresden did in the Dresden Files. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steven Himes
Flicker by Kaye Thornbrugh is a deliciously woven and well depicted tale of magic, faeries and friendship that can only be described as Cassandra Clare meets Julie Kagawa! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rachel @ The Rest Is Still Unwritten
Couldn't finish it. Didn't care for one dimensional characters with no back story. Too many characters' points of view. Couldn't get attached to anyone.Published 5 months ago by Cjfield
What a fun read. As I am not very familiar with the faerie genre, this was a fascinating read. The story is fast paced from the beginning and leaves you breathless at the end,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by C. Pratt
Very good! I will eventually get around to the second one! I do wish there was more romance in it.Published 5 months ago by Ashleigh
I absolutely adored this book. I was a little skeptical at first because of how it started (redheaded girl with some sort of supernatural ability finds a faery ring and stumbles... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jamie @ Books and Ladders
The first chapter was my favorite part of of the book. But after that I had a hard time pushing myself to continue, I ended up putting it down half way through. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
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