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Flicker (Flicker #1) [Kindle Edition]

Kaye Thornbrugh
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Book Description

All her life, strange creatures have flickered at the edge of Lee Capren’s vision, disappearing when she takes a second glance. Though they inspire her artwork, she can’t shake the uneasiness they bring. When she’s spirited away by these capricious faeries, Lee is forced to serve them as a portrait artist.

Enter Nasser: His magic has always been more of a curse than a gift, but he’s determined to use it to help others. After a chance encounter with Lee, he risks his safety to bargain for her freedom—and unleashes a danger he can’t yet imagine.

What felt like days in Faerie spanned years in the human world, and Lee’s old life has crumbled away. Now she’s living above a shop that caters to the city’s beguiling magical crowd and struggling to cope with her new life. Between clashes with Filo, the moody teenage boy who’s both her unwilling magic tutor and her temporary roommate; the discovery of her own powers; and her growing feelings for Nasser, Lee’s got a lot to deal with.

Meanwhile, a mysterious and cunning faerie is bent on using Lee as the key to a sinister plot. With dark forces closing in, Lee’s quest to protect her new friends, as well as her only chance at a real life, will take her through two worlds, both human and Faerie…

But she might not make it back.

Editorial Reviews


"Superbly plotted and vividly descriptive, this book captivated me from the very beginning....This book is the total package: intriguing, fast-paced and peppered with both humor and sadness." - Girls Heart Books Review

"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

About the Author

As a child, I wanted to be an Egyptologist--but when my fear of ancient Egyptian curses got the better of me, I turned to storytelling instead. An unrepentant nerd, I still play an N64, and I could probably teach a whole class about Pokémon. I worry about the zombie apocalypse every day, I firmly believe that librarians are the noblest people in the world, and I consider Dr Pepper to be the elixir of life. I'm currently a 20-year-old journalism major and author of Flicker.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1054 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477479295
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007E1DZ96
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,607 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written July 18, 2012
Let me start by telling you how much I adore Kaye's writing style. She is beautifully descriptive. The words flow almost poetically. Yet, not overly so. There is an understated elegance to her writing and I enjoyed it very much. She writes in a way that I would expect from an adult fantasy novel and it's refreshing to know there are authors that believe the young adult genre can be poetic too.

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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I felt like something was missing January 30, 2013
By ELP2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I almost abandoned this one, but I stuck it out and this book was OK.

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blew away my expectations August 16, 2012
I will readily admit that Flicker is not the kind of book I would pick up at first glance. For reasons of personal preference, I don't often read books about fairies. However, when Ms. Thornbrugh contacted me about reading her novel, I was intrigued enough to say yes.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Tale March 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Likable characters, deep friendships, harsh lessons, court intrigue, colorful magic, and an abundance of perseverance make for a fascinating tale. Kaye Thornbrugh weaves a vivid world dancing just beyond normal sight. Flicker is a great read. I look forward to reading future works by this author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read April 2, 2012
By SmokyJo
Format:Kindle Edition
This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. I like the fact that Kaye was able to transport me to another world with her detailed, colorful descriptions. I felt like I was right there with her characters. I am looking forward to reading her next book. Kaye, take me away.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great first book! March 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Absolutely loved this story and the author is a true storyteller. Hope she makes it big with this book and I can not wait for the next book. Very likable characters, fairies, humans, good and evil, a true hip urban fantasy and all together makes a fun, enjoyable, and satisfying read. If you like Lia Block or Suzanne Collins you will love this book. I read a first edition copy of the book and not an ebook.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Tale July 2, 2012
Alright, so I have to start off this review by saying that I freaking LOOVE this cover! I just love it so much! And was happy to find that Lee is a redhead! <3 I so love red hair, it must be because I have it, as well as my daughter! But yes, the cover is gorgeous and I also love the font they chose for the title. So about the story, I also really enjoyed it! I think it is a wonderful debut novel and am going to be looking forward to more from Kaye.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to a new and exciting world!
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 more
Published 3 days ago by Books and Ladders
2.0 out of 5 stars The first chapter was my favorite part of of the book
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 more
Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a great read.
Entertaining, unique, great pacing and storyline. The characters became people you care about and route for. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kimberly C. Winslow
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This book was beautiful. A must read. It has magic and is magical, it will have you holding your breath in some places and smiling in others.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book, couldn't put it down till the end
This is a great book, couldn't put it down till the end, then had to get second immediately! Now patiently awaiting the third!
Published 9 months ago by mesue
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun
This was a great read. It had everything you could want from a magical tale, great characters with varied magical creatures, moments of laughter, sadness and lots of suspense. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sharon Joan-Figuerola
3.0 out of 5 stars This book was not bad. It was a little depressing though
This book was not bad. It was a little depressing though, reading about the trials of the humans that interacted with the fey world. I really enjoyed the fight scene at the end. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Pamela Y. Walker
1.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to like this book - I really did - but I ...
I wanted to like this book - I really did - but I so didn't! It's rare that I don't finish a book - but I just couldn't get through this one and gave up after a couple of... Read more
Published 10 months ago by KTM
5.0 out of 5 stars ... that I bought #2 series and it was even better. I wd give this a...
This book is so enjoyable that I bought #2 series and it was even better. I wd give this a rating as good or better than Hunger games and Divergent series.
Published 10 months ago by grace
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute story but wouldn't read my it again.
Cute story but the characterization was a little flat. I thought it was an adult book rather than " young adult".
Published 10 months ago by VICKI R. BEYMER
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More About the Author

Ahoy there! I'm Kaye Thornbrugh. As a child, I wanted to be an Egyptologist, but when my fear of ancient Egyptian curses got the better of me (and after full-time Pokémon training proved impractical), I turned to storytelling instead.

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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