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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  360 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Lee Capren’s life is perfectly ordinary, thank you very much—right up until she’s spirited away by faeries and forced to serve them as a portrait artist. She escapes with the help of Nasser, a human boy whose magic has always been more of a curse than a gift. But what felt like a night in Faerie spanned years in the human world, and Lee returns only to find that her old li ...more
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Published February 25th 2012 by Amazon Digital Services
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Aug 02, 2012 marked it as maybe-read
This cover is so Amy Pond... you cannot deny it.
Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
***2.5/5 Stars***

Oh no.  This book was not for me.  The premise was interesting, the world building was fun, but the characters and I did not hit it off.  At all.  And for me?  That’s one of my favorite parts of a book.  To feel everything they are going through.  To hold my breath, to smile, to cry, to be nervous right along with them.  Not only then do I became lost in the pages, but I truly feel immersed in the story.  Sadly, that did not happen with Flicker.  I became adrift, confused and co
I just couldn't get into this.
First try I had to put it down -it was just mind-boggling.
I couldn't keep up with the story. And honestly, I found it a little boring which didn't help matters when I was already growing confused.

I decided to pick it back up the next day and try again although my confusion kept growing and I decided to start again from the beginning- at this point I was becoming agitated and frustrated with it all.

But the same happened I grew bored and tired of it and yes, confus
Allana Kephart
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: EVERYONE. Fey lovers or not, this will make you love books about faeries!
Recommended to Allana by: Kaye Thornbrugh
My original review is posted over on Girls *Heart* Books but I am gonna post another one here. Why? Because I can. Allow me to begin-

Hot. Mother.

I will be honest with you all and say I've been in a Faerie Funk after "Lament" (Maggie Stiefvater) because I love Luke, and I haven't really been sucked into any others since I read that. I'm not sure why. A "Book Hangover" I suppose. But I've been wanting to get back into the Fey novels, so when Kaye contacted Mel and I about reviewing her book, I was
Kathy LaMee
Must-Read YA Fantasy!

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
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, review
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
Melissa Simmons
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flicker is Kaye Thornbrugh's brilliant debut novel and the first in what will be a new series. We were very lucky to be contacted by the author and offered the chance to review this book. Lana and I were both instantly interested in the story. So, of course, we had to say yes. This is one of my new favorite books about the fey.

Written in the third person perspective, the narrative flows beautifully making it nearly impossible to stop reading. I simply had to know what would happen next to the am
Tracy Shea
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I Absolutely LOVED this book! Miss Thornbrugh is a wonderful story teller who pulled me in and held me thru the whole story. I often use reading as an escape, which I was able to do with the characters and places in this book. I truly hope there will be a sequel. Would love to find out what happens with Nasser and Lee, Filo and Alice. And whether Nem and Morgan come back. How Lee's powers grow. Great writing and quite engaging tale. Will watch with baited breath for a sequel.
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. This is Kaye's first novel and I think she did fantastic!
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. It had everything I like to see in a fantasy--faeries, adventure, and great characters!
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READ. Kaye has a wonderful gift with words. She makes you feel a part of the story and her world. I look forward to reading more from Miss Kaye in the future.
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Flicker was a book I'd never stumbled upon until Kaye Thornbrugh, the author, contacted me asking if I'd be willing to review her book. I totally jumped on the chance and said yes! It sounded like an interesting story and the cover instantly pulled me in.

Lee Capren is just a normal nerdy sixteen year old girl who likes comic books and often gets lost in her head when she draws. She's totally normal with her red hair bright green eyes and freckles... or so she thought. Little did she know that a
Gretchen Hohmeyer
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review originally appeared on my blog, My Life is a Notebook, with an interview with Kaye and a giveaway that ends August 30, 2012! Click HERE!

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 wit
Barb Lie
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
We meet the heroine of the book right from the start. Lee Capren is a 16 year old girl, who loves to draw, and does not socialize much, and even alienates her one friend. Lee takes a walk into the woods after her argument with her friend, and her mother. She steps into an unseen realm of the fey.

Filo Shine and Nasser meet up, while Nasser is looking for his brother, Jason. Once close friends, Nasser and Filo only talk when necessary. But Nasser needed to find Jason, and asked Filo for help. Lat
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I had a hard time getting into this book at first. To me, it didn't seem like the friendship between Lee and her 'best friend' seemed very deep. The friend seemed to not understand Lee, or agree with who she was. I liked the anger that Lee showed to her friend when her friend pushed her to change in a way that she didn't want. No, there is nothing wrong with branching out and meeting new people at a party, but no one should be forced to do things that would make them unhappy. Lee's personality w ...more
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2review
First, I’d like to thank the author for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Second, obviously I really enjoyed it if I’m giving it four stars. There were a lot of good points to this book, but I’ll start with the best: Filo. I know that technically Lee and Nasser were supposed to be the central characters of the story (or I assume so since the summary is about them), yet in the end I felt that role went mainly to Filo. He has the most face time being in nearly
Book Whales
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally posted @ Book Whales

When I saw Kaye’s invitation to review the book, I easily accepted it. Who wouldn’t? The cover is gorgeous and it's about fairies and magic. I’ am a sucker for fantasy reads and the author is just 19 years old! This book will capture the taste of fairy lovers, who seek adventure with a hint of romance.

Lee Capren was abducted by faeries. Her talent to draw portraits attracted the feys. They had kept her as a prisoner. The story took a great turn when a handsome seer
Michele(mluker) Luker
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
You see something out of the corner of your eye, and do a double take and nothing is there. Are your eyes playing tricks on you? On the other hand, could it be something more?

Lee has a gift for drawing and always carries a sketchbook with her. She draws images of what she “sees” however never seems to be there when she looks back. Lee gets in a fight with her best friend when she wants to go to a party where all the popular kids will be. This just is not Lee’s thing. They say hurtful things to
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I stumbled across this book in the Amazon Kindle store and bought it on a whim, and I'm so glad I did! Kaye Thornbrugh is a truly talented author, and I'll definitely be looking forward to her books in the future.

The writing was lush and descriptive, really gorgeous--I felt like I was right there with the characters, experiencing everything right along with them. Also, the faerie mythology was really intriguing. Fans of Melissa Marr and Holly Black, or other YA faerie fans, will find some famili
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I received the email from the author, I immediately jumped at this book. The author secured my interest with comparisons to Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series, and Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. Of course, I did wonder if it would be a little presumptuous, and if nothing else, I just had to find out. I really wasn’t disappointed with this book – both of those comparisons were entirely accurate!

Whilst this book is relatively short, the world building was incredible. I loved the wa
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
When I started this book, I wasn't expecting much. I got it for free and even though the cover is gorgeous I was unsure of the story description. Anyway, I started reading. The first 30 pages seemed to prove my initial thoughts right. It was OK, but not another good read.

Then I got hooked. I don't know when it happened or what part of the story sucked me in, but I was awake, intrigued, and not ready to put the book down even though my kids and husband were trying to get me to do some of the erra
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of TMI, fantasy fans
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 into their world) but I'm glad I gave it a chance. It has a TMI-y vibe to it but it was different and fun; and I love everything TMI so that definitely wasn't an issue for me.
I liked that the year/time frame wasn't given -- it made it feel like it could be at any time. This allowed me to not think too much about the out
Edmiary Ayala
Crazed Bookie: Flicker by Kaye Thornburgh

The cover is absolutely beautiful! It's why I immediately was intrigued, then the blurb.
This book was a little confusing in the beginning. It's written in a 3rd person POV and at first it jumps back and forth between characters before you can manage to get much of a grip on them. I'm not a huge fan of a story written in third person, and to have it confuse me was... well a bit annoying. That little nuisance aside, the story was great. It was very cute and
Craig MacLachlan
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book directly from Kaye Thornbrugh at our local Hastings bookstore. Kaye was a pleasure to meet, I got my book signed and I’m so glad I meandered my way over to check out her novel, FLICKER!

FLICKER is full of wonderful characters, great plots/subplots, the world is well thought out and believable and the romance in the story builds slowly which works beautifully! What I truly liked about the story was that it was different and the elements were very deep in nature which made for a
Jessica Buike
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really loved the characters and the story! The idea of being whisked away as a plaything for the Fae, only to find the world has passed you by, is very intriguing.
There were a few grammatical/spelling errors, and there were spots where the story changed perspectives without it being clearly marked so it got a bit confusing figuring out who was the one speaking/thinking. It would be nice to have some sort of marker between perspectives just to help the readers follow along a little better.
Michele (Reading Lark/CanadianTwiMom)

My review can also be found on Reading Lark:

Have you ever thought you caught something unusual out the corner of your eye only to look again more closely and couldn't find anything out of the ordinary?! And then you shake your head and reason with yourself that your imagination was just running away from you...again?! Yes, I think that has happened to many of us a time or two, which was how this story, Flicker, by 19 year old Kaye Thornbrugh, pulled me in
Liz* Fashionably Late
3.5 Stars
First of all, I must say that I'm a little surprised about this book. I wasn't expecting such a good reading, so kudos to dear Kaye.

About the Cover:
So gorgeous. Beautiful, simple, sweet, captivating… it is exactly what you'll find in this book.

About the Plot:
16 year old, Lee Capren is abducted by faeries because of her talent to draw portraits. After a mysterious young man rescue her, she realize seven years have passed and all the people she knows believe she'd dead and she doesn't
Sierra Hastings
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
In Kaye Thornbrugh's debut novel, sixteen-year-old Lee Capren stumbles into a world not quite her own. Full of magical beings - faeries, dryads, all sorts of spirits - this hazy world enchants Lee and takes her under its spell as she spends her time using her artistic talents to paint portraits of Faerie nobility. However, when Lee is pulled away from this world back into her own, she finds that years have passed her by. Unable to return to the comfort of her past, she settles in with those who ...more
Kristin (Young Adult Book Haven)
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
My Thoughts:

I received this book from the author in exchange for review.
When I read the summary for Flicker, I was really excited to give faeries another try. The only other series I have read about them, is Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey. Now that is some big shoes to fill and live up to and I was looking forward to seeing if I enjoyed it also. I really loved Kay Thornbrugh's storytelling and Lee was definitely a character that I could get behind.

Lee was just your normal teenage girl, she loved to pa
Jun 23, 2012 rated it liked it
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,
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Mild-mannered reporter. Hufflepuff. Aspiring dungeon master. Author of the Flicker series.

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“She opened her sketchbook, carefully tore out several pages and handed them to Nasser--three detailed color sketches of three flowers. Leafing through the pages, he translated the message. A petunia: Your presence soothes me. A peppermint flower: warmth of feeling. And heartsease, the flower he'd given her so many times before.
You occupy my thoughts.
"I've been doing a lot of reading," Lee said quietly, setting her sketchbook aside. "You're not the only one who knows what flowers mean.”
“Jason shrugged and turned away, the kids trailing after him. "I sincerely hope," he told them quietly, "that you learned a little something about the dangers of wandering around in the park on Halloween....” 6 likes
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