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Flying Away (The Flykeeper Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B019UQRIKY
- Publisher : St Helena Press; 1st edition (January 12, 2016)
- Publication date : January 12, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 2417 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 209 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,997,684 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The heroine, Lani, is a fifteen year-old girl dealing with a lot of pain at the loss of her parents, and some strange happenings at her grandparent's farm that make her the target of their anger and mistrust. As the story unfolds from here, we see these same strange happenings are occurring in other places. Lani must protect the family she has left as she journeys to find the one person she trusts, a childhood friend, Malcolm.
The author does an excellent job connecting emotionally; I could feel Lani's pain as she deals with death and other horrors. The reader can relate to her struggle to save her cousin and to survive in a changing world. Each character is well-developed, and the even the role the flies play is absolutely fascinating and quite believable.
My only criticism is that a few spots are slightly unbelievable in how the characters act, and I personally was caught off-guard by the ending. I think I would have preferred the book to end the chapter before. However, the author's talent in crafting an entertaining and highly imaginative tale makes it easy to forgive any small issues with the story. I was kept wondering what was going to happen next throughout the entire book, and found the final reveal to be quite satisfying.
Overall, this is a well-written, entertaining story for anyone who likes YA apocalyptic stories. I would certainly recommend you give this author a try.
My favorite character was Lani. She is strong, wise, stubborn and recluse. I felt she was easy to relate to and her strength is something to be admired. I loved her sense of loyalty and her needing the answers to all the questions. She is a friend you always wished you had and would be proud to have as your child's friend. I just overall loved her with my whole heart.
My favorite scene is a bit of a spoiler so I'm just going to give a few words and tell you why. Desert, Mango and time. If you get to that part you will know what I'm talking about. It was my favorite because you could sense greatness happening and it did leave a tear in my eye.
I can't wait to read the next book in this series because I have no idea where it is going. This series is just so unique that it could go anywhere and I would follow. The cover art is gorgeous and the colors are eye popping. I would recommend this book to all of my fantasy loving friends who want something different.
For a first time author, I was impressed by how well-written the story was. Her writing was magical and fanciful, light and dark. Even though I loathe the overuse of metaphors, they fit right in, adding an element to the writing that would’ve been missing otherwise. Ms. Gill’s description of everything around the characters helped draw me into the story. I fell in love with Iolani and her dogged determination to save her cousin Eleanor and her mare Mango. Ms. Gill did a masterful job in developing Lani’s magical connection with the flies. How wonderful.
My only point of contention, I just don’t see how men with green lanterns stealing people’s memories would not have been noticed. But the story is so well-crafted that I really didn’t care. If you’re tired of the same boring plot lines and you’re thirsting for something new and different, then you need to read this story. This book will definitely be one of my favorites for 2016. I give it 5 feathers and I can’t wait to read the next story in the series.
Note: We have had several visits to our house by a fly named Timmy.