- File Size: 1051 KB
- Print Length: 277 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1091374791
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Creative Edge Publishing LLC (May 18, 2019)
- Publication Date: May 18, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07QYH3CD4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #747,638 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
HIGH FLYING Kindle Edition
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- "... a gripping tale of choices, emotions and personal strife." - K.C. Finn, Readers Favorite
- "High Flying by Kaylin McFarren is an enthralling, suspenseful thriller. Readers will be on the edge of their seat while devouring this electrifying, 5 star novel and story." - ChickLit Café
- "A gripping psychological thriller about redemption wrapped in a rollicking time-travel plot, High Flying is a rare work of fiction that makes you feel better about humanity and the future." - BestThrillers.com
- "I truly enjoyed the relationships between the main characters and found the tension between the two both engrossing and believable. Overall the story is engaging and entertaining. I highly recommend it." - Literary Titan
- "High Flying is an amazing suspense thriller, full of twists and surprises. It's a book about second chances, forgiveness, and finding out who you really are." - Anastasia Gkaitatzi, Seattle Book Review
- "Well-handled time-travel, aviation, drug-crime thriller!" - Kirkus Reviews
- "I would recommend High Flying to anyone who enjoys romance novels or adventures because it combines the two." -Rachel Dehning, San Francisco Book Review (Star rating: 5/5)
- "High Flying is a book that makes you think about the past, present, and future. With brilliant characters and a plot that keeps going until the end, it is a must-read for anyone who loves a good adventure." -Kristi Elizabeth, Manhattan Book Review (5 Stars!)
- "High Flying is one of the most unique suspense thrillers I have read in a while. I highly recommend reading Kaylin McFarren's story for intrigue, deception, kidnapping, and an excellent perspective of self-harm." -Carol Hoyer, Reader Views
- "Kaylin McFarren crafts a close inspection of a young woman flying on the edge of disaster, then adds a fantasy element in which Skylar Haines has the opportunity to change everything if she accepts the greatest dare in her life. The result is a time-slip style tale that is nicely steeped in psychological introspection. High Flying is particularly highly recommended for readers who like to follow their characters on the evolutionary path towards better life choices." -D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
- "High Flying is an exciting, thrilling and thought-provoking story, which is excellently crafted with a very exciting ending." -Golfwell Reviews
- "High Flying elevates the time travel genre to new heights - literally. With sparkling prose and incredible sensitivity to challenging subjects, McFarren steps out strong in her first book since the end of her well-known Threads series. An entertaining read all around, with an indefatigable female lead and a bold, in-your-face writing style, this thriller will undoubtedly leave readers satisfied, but it also asks challenging questions that will linger after the final twists are revealed." -Self-Publishing Review
- "In a world where love doesn't conquer all but comes pretty darn close, Kaylin McFarren delivers a sexy and riveting time travel story that does not disappoint!" -Chanticleer Reviews
- "Kaylin McFarren's High Flying keeps the reader hooked from chapter to chapter, not only creating an exciting story premise and characters but also by subverting the reader's expectations. Just when the story feels as if it's going to end up in one direction, it takes a sharp corner and veers off unexpectedly; this is done flawlessly, a true testament to Kaylin's writing skill that keeps the reader engaged till the very last words." -Rachel Smith, Entrada Publishing
- "Like her previous work, McFarren's latest novel combines dangerous combat and human drama with an element of the mysterious to create something truly unique and wholly entertaining." -Michael Radon, The US Review of Books
- "I highly recommend that you read High Flying but buckle in for a wild ride!" -Theodocia McLean, Cold Coffee Press
- "High Flying is a fast-paced, suspenseful, psychological thriller. Readers will find themselves with their hearts pounding while they read this!" -Paige Lovitt for Reader Views
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Skylar Haines has been raised by her heartless grandfather since the death of her father in a suspicious plane crash and her derelict mother years later. She clashes with him on just about everything, but especially her tendencies toward anxiety and self-harm. It is only through leaning to fly — and perform aerial stunts — that Skylar comes into her own, finding something uniquely hers in which to throw her focus and energy.
But a chance incident during a performance at an air show takes Skylar literally back in time, to eight months before she was born, putting her directly in the path of her parents and other characters that will have huge impacts on her future fate. It turns out that so many of her personal demons are linked to ghosts of her tragic past. But can she use this chance to right past wrongs? And if she did, would that change everything, including who she is today?
Kaylin McFarren presents a psychological thriller that demands readers’ full attention from the first page. She takes her audience on a personal journey with Skylar, one which happens to be filled with intrigue and adventure. The result is a fast-paced read with a main character that has true personality and depth. Skylar is also the strong female lead that so many young adult females seek.
While characters are distinct, the “bad guys” do get a bit muddled in the heat of the action. Regardless, Flying High is a unique story angle that will delight readers of young adult fiction.
Besides a page-turning tale, the best part about Flying High is McFarren’s dedication to facing sensitive subjects head-on. Through its themes of loyalty, responsibility, and trust, this book teaches everyone that no matter what lies in one’s past, believing in oneself and learning to let go can help you move past it.
McFarren has created a rather fantastic and intimate thriller. Skylar pulls you in by virtue of her compelling, but wounded personality and the tension is immediate. The story is fast-paced and remains a very high level psychological thriller, while dealing with not only the personal issues of Skylar, but greater society ones as well. There are comments on gangs, drugs, and self-harm, as well as other more “hot button” issues. This adds some depth to the novel in question and shows that McFarren is more than willing not to leave any story unturned in that way.
Skylar also grows throughout the novel as she receives insight as to how her family is, by watching their history play out before her. This is an interesting reflection, though not new, but the engagement in it by McFarren is enjoyable and only hammers our heroine’s characterization further. The interaction between herself and her young father is touching and it truly comes through in the story.
While the time travel is a pure McGuffin it would have been nice if McFarren had addressed this further at some point. There are some portions of the book may seem hard to follow given by how brisk the prose and narrative can be, which is just the author leaning perhaps too much into the thriller genre. Another causality of this to some degree are the “bad guys” who are present in the past and they become a little lost in the plot as well.
Overall, the book comes to a satisfying, though played out ending. McFarren can tell a decent story and this much can be seen in her work here.
There is a trigger warning note placed before the rest of the book, which is appreciated. Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers and young adultish stories should be encouraged to check this story out!
Top international reviews
The inclusion of self-harm in the book I probably found the only troubling aspect. While the author dealt with that and other mental health issues sensitively, I am not sure that the including it so graphically is the best, possibly being a ‘trigger’ for someone who has, or is, struggling with cutting, but I appreciate that I may be being oversensitive on that point.
I am not always a fan of time travel in novels as it often seems to push the story into the realm of ridiculousness but again, McFarren manages to avoid that, masterfully allowing the reader to accept it as a matter of fact. It also allows the reader to travel with Skylar as she comes face to face with her dead parents and can finally make sense of who she is as she sees the world and her own history through new eyes.
Tackling mental health issues and touching on tender topics as self-harm and childhood trauma are not to be taken lightly. McFarren does her due diligence and presents these difficult themes in her book with care and compassion. Fronted by a disclaimer, this is not a book for those who are easily disturbed by the aforementioned topics. However, where some writers use these elements in disastrous ways, McFarren weaves them into her story respectfully and with meaning. This is definitely a spot to praise the writer for a job well done.
The rest of the book, however, leaves a bit to be desired. While Skylar, our protagonist, undergoes decent character development it is hard to attribute that to the rest of the cast. The writing gets a bit sloppy and confusing around the middle of the book which detracts from the decent story McFarren is telling. Another drawback is the absolute unlikable adult characters. Perhaps it is meant to be a commentary on those adults who are unhelpful to the youth in their lives by either ignoring them or belittling their struggles, but it is a negative here. There is no concrete example of a good adult that Skylar desperately needs. Negatives of this level should be balanced out, at some point in a story, with a positive, but that doesn’t happen here.
If you’re looking for an interesting read with fun twists and a touch of melancholy, then look no further than High Flying by Kaylin McFarren. The book may feel like a brisk read and there are some serious wrinkles that could have been ironed out before final publishing, but that doesn’t make this a bad book. If you take it at face value as an honest story about a young woman who is faced with an impossible opportunity to change her life, you will enjoy it.