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(Faylinn #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,028 ratings  ·  114 reviews
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Was I still a human? Gosh, I still wanted to be human. Even just to keep a sliver of who I thought I was. But as I thought about being human, standing in the shade of the forest, I felt less human than ever. The trees fought for my allegiance."

It started in her chest. The change Calliope didn't see coming. It pulsed like a second heartbeat,
Kindle Edition, 323 pages
Published June 2015 by Amazon Digital Services (first published March 8th 2013)
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Crystal Collier There is definitely some romance, starting with unrequited love, but no insta-love. I think that's one of the things I liked about it the most--how…moreThere is definitely some romance, starting with unrequited love, but no insta-love. I think that's one of the things I liked about it the most--how the romance aspects developed.(less)
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Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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I'm probably a little biased.
Brittany DeLys
I read it multiple times and it still left me excited to see what would come next. I have to say I love Kai and if anyone says otherwise you don't know what you're talking about. The story was fantastic and I couldn't put it down. It left me wanting to be back in the story even after I finished it (which is probably why it got read more than once). It's a book that will stay with you after you've put it down and will leave you longing to know what comes next. I highly recommend it for those that ...more
Frankie Lovely
Feb 04, 2017 marked it as to-read
Free on amazon right now

I don't know anything about this book so don't kill the messenger if it's bad :P
Crystal Collier
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
This is one of those addictive series.

I enjoy a good contemporary YA on a regular basis. I also appreciate a good paranormal. This one started out in a solid contemporary conflict that had me sold, no kidding, within the first page or two. There was no going back. Calliope is really genuine and extremely likable. I rooted for her from page one and respected her at the same time. How often do you RESPECT a character? Seriously? Her world is rather small, evolving around just her, two best
Rebecca Woodward
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
This story is so enjoyable. I love the coming of age with a twist. To find out you are a faery during your senior year in high school is incredible. The obstacles she has to go through in order to find her true identity is magical. I was only going to read book one and jump start another faery story but nope! I had to start part two. Loving this story so much!!
Take Me Away To A Great Read
4 out of 5 stars

I really liked this sweet, romantic, faerie, fantasy, YA story by Mindy Hayes!

Calliope is like most girls in that she is in love with a boy that she feels will never love her back. Cam is the boy she has been in love with and has been her best-friend for years, but seems to not have noticed her true feelings for him. As time passes Calliope hopes that he will realize that he is in love with her.

Calliope has other things that have been going on in her life that have been
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this book! Excited to see how this story plays out in the next one.
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
really good
Review posted here...

Kaleidoscope is an excellent introduction to the Faylinn series. You can guess from the series title that the series is indeed about Fae but in this we start in our world, the world Calliope has been brought up in. Calliope has always been drawn to the forest, a need has always been there but lately, it has become more intense, spilling into her life and even though she fights it, it becomes all the more powerful. Her
Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Originally reviewed on Pages Of Forbidden Love

I had a bit of a rough start with Kaleidoscope. If you take a look at my favorite quotes you can see the first page or two really grabbed my attention but not soon after I was getting worried about how I would feel about this book. I honestly cant tell you what it was about the beginning that had me feeling this way. There wasnt anything that stuck out that had me going, ugh! I must put this books down. I think the thing was that it feels like it
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew I was going to love this novel. I just knew okay! The blurb and the cover really convinced me that I will. And man was I right. I was supposed to sleep early but then I just cannot stop reading!

How can you not easily fall in love with this novel when Callie's experiencing such heartbreak? She's totally in love with her best friend, Cameron. I actually believe right in the beginning that Cameron love her just in the same way even if he had a girlfriend. But they both cannot risk it you
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received an ebook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

KALEIDOSCOPE is my first faery story and I really quite enjoyed it! Calliope thought she was just a normal human being living a normal life while crushing on her longtime best friend. But she has these strange urges to be near the forest. One day, the urge becomes too strong and she can't deny it anymore. Once inside, her life takes on a major turn. Nothing will ever be the same for her.

I thought the plot was very good and
Kimber Wheaton
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Kaleidoscope is an intriguing YA urban fantasy. Calliope thinks she is an ordinary human, living an average life, with a major crush on her best friend, Cameron. She has always heard and felt a strange thrumming within her. It seems to draw her toward the immense woods located behind her house.

Calliope is a great character, well written and fun to tag along with. She has a logical side, thinking things through instead of
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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As a debut novel for Mindy Hayes, I am entirely impressed. This book was a breath of fresh air in the YA genre. The flow, the characters, the romance, and the paranormal beings were phenomenal. It is going to be really hard to not write about the specific paranormal beings in the book but I want to keep it a surprise. All I am going to say is that I am glad that someone finally got these paranormal beings right, I have hated their depiction in the past. OK, I am stopping now, it would be just ...more
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I am absolutely ecstatic about the potential of Mindy Hayes and blown away that this is a debut novel. This novel was very well put together, well written and edited, thought through and not released on a whim. This girl has got it going on.

Her characters are likeable, intriguing and well developed. Calliope isnt a flighty teenage girl who goes with her gut reaction. She takes time to analyze the world around her and is very smart. While she is thrust into a world of fantasy, she doesnt take it
Oct 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 2015
After receiving this e-book on Amazon for free, I was a bit hesitant to start it because after reading the synopsis, I decided that it wasn't the kind of book that I would generally pay for. But seeing as I didn't, I thought I would give it a go.
I was really fascinated by the genre of this book. It's a YA fantasy cross contemporary, as it covers two sides of the main character Calliope: her everyday human teenage self, and the side of her that is half-faery. In her 'normal' world, she deals
P.A. Warren
What a simply amazing start to the series.Kaleidoscope is the story of Calliope(which is an amazingly great name) who finds out she is part fairy.Luckily she has 2 protectors in Kai and Declan who are two male fairies..who happen to not have wings and don't even insult them by asking why they don't have wings.Calliope has to deal with her change that is turning her into fairy as she was a late bloomer.Her best friend Cameron whom she also has a thing for is one of the few who knows what she is ...more
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was I still a human? Gosh, I still wanted to be human. Even just to keep a sliver of who I thought I was. But as I thought about being human, standing in the shade of the forest, I felt less human than ever. The trees fought for my allegiance."

It starts in her chest. The change Calliope doesn't see coming. It pulses like a second heartbeat, urging her to give in to the need to be in the depths of the forest. She's compelled to fight the pull, but the more she denies it the stronger it becomes
Lisa Markson
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book

First I must say I absolutely hate and I mean hate books on Fae. I'm not sure why but I have never cared for them. I only decided to read this series because of two reasons. 1. Book one was free. 2. Second was the covers intrigued me. This is the first book that I have ever read by this author. Boy am I really glad that I picked it up. She has truly changed my mind somewhat on Fae books. (Or should I say her series) I was unable to put them down I think I finished this book in like
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
This is the first book by Hayes that I have read (besides Paper Planes and Other Things We Lost that she co-wrote with Michele G. Miller...which I absolutely adored!) But I must say, I really loved this book. It did take me a few chapters to get warmed up to it. Even with some of the new revelations Calliope had in her life, I felt the story was just going a bit slow for my liking. But once at the half way mark, it really took off and I was in absolute love with the storyline and the characters ...more
Kaylee Kaplan
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I never stay up ALL night reading a book, until I found this book. I stayed up until 4AM just to finish it. I was so hooked on how this author not only made the main character relatable, but the fact that she had to struggle not only in the human world with those conflicts, but also who/what she was becoming.
And it wasn't as if she lived in this perfect world where she was queen bee, everyone loved her etc. No, she was just an average girl in the story and thats what made me stay to be honest.
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So to get right down to it, I haven't read a book this intrigueing in a very long time.

I got this for free and sadly put it towards the end of my summer reading list. Don't do that! All the twists and turns in this book kept me itching to read more and more each day.

For my brief summary: Calliope leads a normal life. Two loving parents, her friend Lia and her best friend (and what she wants to be more than a friend) Cameron. But she has what she calls pulsing. A need for the forest. An ache
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the character development in the story and compared every character in this book to someone in my own life - the friend of the opposite sex that you have a crush on, the significant other of that friend (the one you want to hate, but somehow can't) , the best friend, that one person you feel safe with, and the one person that infuriates and infatuates you all at once. She nails the tension between all these relationships competing for Calliope's attention and loyalty! There is a little ...more
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were a few little things that bothered me, redundancies in some of the conversations, a few spelling/grammatical errors (but that could just be my ebook version). For the most part, fun and enjoyable. I've only read a few Faery novels, this one is the best so far. I like that the main character is somewhat believable in her reactions and her supportive family. The only thing less unlikely than faeries, is that 3, count them! 3!, hot guys are interested in the main character. Sigh. I guess ...more
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Been a while since I read a faery book and Kaleidoscope was no disappointment. This takes place mostly in the human world as Calliope learns of her faery inheritance and decides her future. She has felt a pull to the forest all her life, and at 17 is just finding out why in a disturbing yet exciting way. Her body is changing to faerydom. Cant wait to dive into the sequel.
Reread was just as good. Ready for me some more Kai in the next book.
Dusty Holloway
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not that into fairy stories, but even I would have to give this series five stars. It kept ME reading it, which is saying something. Those that love fairy stories should be thrilled. I also wanted to mention that it's a clean book. Swearing was minimal to none, no sex, and no vain names that I can remember. Great action, romance, chemistry, intensity, and all with a main character that you want to root for. Great book.
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book. I loved it! It was popping up all over my Facebook feed to read and I was in between books anyway. And I'm glad! Worth more than the $2.99 i paid on the kindle app. It was a fast read because I was intrigued by the story and the characters. I'm not really into fantasy literature (Harry potter and twilight are the extent of it) so maybe that's why this was so interesting to me... I haven't really read anything like it. Excited to see what comes next!
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. I tend to have polarizing opinions on indie authors. I either love them or hate them. Mindy Hayes is definitely on the love side. This was a great novel (well written, clear, clean, great character development and dialogue and thoroughly entertaining) entwining humans and faeries and I can't wait to see where it goes!
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mindy will be attending our Church book review group on 3/20/14. I'm looking forward to meeting her.

I found the story delightful and read it in 2 days. I have purchased 2 other of her books. I enjoy reading this genre.
Kelli Van Pinxteren
Glad I waited to read until the second was already written because I was able to go right into it without having to wait.

Looking forward to the next one!
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
wait wait...faylinn....fay....omg..pretty sure this is a fae series! :D which means I am SO EXCITED for it!!!!! I want this right now!! When can I get my hands on this beauty?!! gimme gimme gimme! <3
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Mindy is the youngest of six children and grew up in San Diego, California. After graduating from Brigham Young University-Idaho, she discovered her passion for reading and writing. Mindy lives in Summerville, South Carolina with her husband and daughter.

She is the author of the YA fantasy series, The Faylinn Novels; the adult contemporary romance series, The Willowhaven Series; as well as the

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