Flicker by Kaye Thornbrugh
I was immediately drawn into Flicker! Kaye does an amazing job of throwing the reader right into the deep end along with sixteen year old Lee as she is taken from everything she knows and forced to serve in Faerie. When happenstance puts Nasser, a seer, in the same faerie revel as Lee, their lives change forever. Once Lee is freed from her Faerie prison of endless painting she discovers she can never go back home. What was only days in Faerie has been years in the real world. Nasser takes her back to Bridgestone City, to his friends, and to a world Lee could have never imagined co-existing with her own. The story follows Lee, Nasser, and three others with different magical abilities as they fight to grow up, discover themselves, and avoid getting stolen back to Faerie.
I am a fanatic about character development and this story had it all! One of my favorite elements is the way Kaye has woven Faerie folklore in with other mystical creatures. I’m not a huge fan of Faeries, in fact, they sort of creep me out, much like clowns- so it was easy to be on the side of this misfit band of teens as they fought off the evil Faeries. I definitely am a fan of Neman and Morgan, the nasty folk who had apprenticed Filo, one of the most conflicted characters in the book. They are nasty with a capital ‘N’ and I love it! There are so many opportunities for other stories to spawn from these four amazing characters, and I really hope Kaye brings them back. Although she played a minor role in this book, I have a feeling Alice has an amazing story to tell about where she has been and what lies ahead.
Overall I enjoyed the plot, it was very well developed. The perspectives of the main characters and those of the Faeye were very well written and delivered seamlessly. I almost think the book could stand on its own without the first chapter and all of its ‘normal’ teen drama; focusing on Lee and her experience at the park. I definitely recommend Flicker as it appeals to a wide range of readers!