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Flying Away

(The Flykeeper Chronicles #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  46 reviews
When Iolani Bearse was five years old, she lost her father to war. When she was nine, her mother died in a freak car accident. When Lani was fourteen, eerie green lights invaded, tearing her from the only home she had left.

Living as a runaway, dragging a horse and her cousin Eleanor across the countryside, Lani must learn to survive. Now Lani is the only person between t
Kindle Edition, 204 pages
Published January 12th 2016 by St Helena Press
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Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by the Author in exchange for an honest Review.

What can I say. Almost a week after I finished the book I'm still in awe. The book is different. Strange even but at the same time so good. Just wow.

Few times I had to stop reading and I literally scratched my head because I was so bewildered. I didn't understand what I was reading but at the same time I was so engrossed with the story being so different I wanted more. I wanted to finally understand.

Lolani, the main character, can un
Sahara Foley
This has to be one of the strangest books I’ve read in a long time. Who knew files could be heroes. This is Ms. Gill’s first book, but she has two more in this series that will be released this year. I will be waiting in line.

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. Gi
Amy Bartelloni
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I guarantee this book is like nothing you’ve ever read before. What a different concept for a story. Sometimes I burn out of typical YA paranormal, or feel like they all read the same. This book definitely breaks the mold. Without giving away spoilers, I still have the visual of the men with the lanterns in my head. They’re some of the creepiest characters I’ve seen in a long time. The main character’s journey at beginning of the book reads a little like Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road,” becaus ...more
Kristin Dutt
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really wanted to love this book. But heck I don't even know what genre I would consider it lol. It's all over the place to dystopia, fantasy, ect. I love this cover but that's about all so I bumped this up to 3 starts. This book is really all over the place. A great story line idea but poorly executed. At times it's just plain confusing. I really couldn't relate or connect to the characters so I didn't care what happened. I even had trouble finishing this book. Which does make me sad.

Now with
United Indie Book Blog
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is really well written. However, the story line was a little over the place. I wasn't quite sure at times what was going on and there was a lot going on. I enjoyed the story line and the idea of the book. I didn't really connect with Lana because I didn't really know how old she was and she seemed mature but immature also. I was glad I finished because a lot of questions were answered but seemed a little rushed. Overall, I enjoyed aspects of the book and the writing was enjoyable. I do ...more
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it

**** 3.5 - 4 Cranky Stars ****

I described this book to someone as wonderfully strange and I say that in the best possible way.

Flying Away is more magical realism than paranormal. At times, it’s abstract and written in an almost poetic way.

The story centers on Iolani “Lani” Bearse – a fourteen year old orphan who lives with her grandparents in a rural area. She lost her father to war and her mother to a car accident. One night she wakes to discover her cousin, Eleanor, heading to the Lake. Lani f
Yvonne Davies
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-read
After losing her parents Iolani moved in with her cousins and her grandparents. From the outside, they were your typical family but Eleanor and Iolani were special. Eleanor was a happy child but she glowed until one terrifying night at the lake, Iolani with the help of her buzzing friends tried to save her but Eleanor lost her sparkle. Trying to make it right, Iolani stumbles across something far worse and knows that to help her cousin she need to fight against a force that is strong, bigger and ...more
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
:) good read! Very clever!

I feel like this should be a motion picture! It was a very clever plot and story! Love you Caroline!
Kimberly Vanderbloom
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I heard about this series through Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans but it took a Facebook marathon and a nudge from a friend to crack down and read it. I have to say that I was blown away. It is something so different that it is refreshing and a nice change. I completely devoured it in two days. I couldn't stop reading because of how unique it was. At times it got a little confusing especially in the beginning but the pieces of the puzzle got answered the further you read. The characters were ...more
Jenn Sut
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating ya fantasy book that I couldn't put down. I was instantly drawn to the confusion in the beginning. I didn't know what was happening. I was given glimpses but the whole story would take longer to present itself.

The lead character Lani is smart, rebellious, and strong. She fights the good fight. She knows that she is fighting against the odds, but she will not let that stop her. Her determination is admirable. She is also in tune with nature and in particular with flies.

Nicole  Thomas
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unlike any other book I have read, it was definitely strange but in a good way. At first I honestly wasn't sure I was gonna continue to read it. A girl who can talk to flies, weird green lights and soul stealers with lanterns?? Some parts are a bit confusing but I know this is only book one. Can't wait to read the next to see what happens.
May 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Iolani Bearse has a particular talent that enables her to see the invisible connections in the world, and to intervene in events far from her home past, present, and future. She is able to communicate with flies. When one of her cousins goes missing and her other cousin is left senseless during the murder of her grandparents she has to use this talent to go on the run to keep her cousin and herself alive long enough to figure out what is happening and why she seems to be at the center of it. Her ...more
Susan Tietjen
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a bizarre almost horror, almost dystopian fantasy, almost sci-fi that kept me fascinated to the end. I couldn't give it 5 stars because there were a lot of typos, etc., and I did find that the story didn't go the direction I expected it to, which in a way didn't quite satisfy me. Still, I liked it. I liked it enough I'll probably read the others. Caroline is an amazing author, and despite my personal reservations (which are minimal), I consider the book well worth the cost and the read.
Rae Sontheyon
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Queen Of The Flies . . .

Honestly I wasn't sure what I was reading for about a third of the book and had to stop and read the book description to see if it was the right novel. I'm still unsure about the book due to it's strange plot format and storyline. However, there were a few things that kept me interested, but the whole story was overwhelming for a first novel.

Awakening after an incident with her cousin Eleanor at the lake one night, Iolani 'Lani' Bearse, special connection with flies becom
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Flying Away is the first in a new series and it is very different. The concepts you read and the idea presented are odd but compelling. This book oozes creativity. There are so many intriguing themes and ideas all seen together in one story that will either leave you curious, confused, or overwhelmed. I will admit that I bounced around in all three of those areas. The writing in this story is beautiful. The descriptions allow for some very unique ideas to unfold in a way that plays out cinematic ...more
Tonja Drecker
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a book full of subtle magic and depth, which slowly sinks its hooks and leads to a fantastic world.

Iolani is a fourteen-year-old girl who has suffered much loss in her life, and within the beginning pages, tragedy hits again. The writing is very descriptive and sinks into the depths of Iolani's mind. When the opening pages have her following her cousin blindly into a forest under very strange circumstances, the read feels as if the world around is fogged and unclear. Mystery and uncertai
Constance Roberts
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Can we talk about this gorgeous cover for a minute? Very alluring and original. The author did this herself! Apparently she's a talented artist as well!

I had heard about this book before it was published and the story piqued my interest so I bought the ebook. Then, I happened to win a paperback copy through a give away! Woohoo!

I was a little disappointed in the beginning. The whole opening scene is very abstract. I wasn't sure why Lani was doing the things she was doing. One minute she's lying i
3.5 Stars!

If I had to describe this book in one word it would have to be UNIQUE. This was such a strange book, but in a good way. It does fall under the category of paranormal reads, however this story just took it on a whole another level. If you want something a little different, in a weird but interesting way, Flying Away is the book for you.


PLOT LINE - The story line is so fast paced. It feels like short book but so many different events take place. You will be baffled on how they
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
** I received this ARC from Xpresso Book Tours and the author in exchange for an honest review **

Let me start off with saying what a delightfully different book! While I had read the summary of the story, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect and I was led on an adventure! It was a quick read and for the most part, I was completely entertained! There were moments where I felt a bit lost, but I was able to catch up pretty quickly and the story line kept on going, albeit a bit strangely. I'm still
Katherine Paschal
Lani wakes one night to find her cousin sleep walking to the lake, appearing as if she is lit from within with a supernatural light. Lani tries to stop wake her, but instead witness the darkness from the lake try to steal her cousin. With the help of some flies she communicates with, Lani battles the dread from the lake to save her cousin, which unleashes the horror that she has suppressed from the past.

So... yeah... Does that description sound confusing and nothing like the book synopsis provid
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
In Flying Away Caroline A. Gill gives us a whole new meaning to seeing the world through the eyes of the author and being a fly on the wall. We are taken into a world where people are being harvested and one little girl where flies are her best friend. Iolani takes us on the ride of our lives with her horse Mango and her cousin Eleanor.

Lani and Eleanor are orphans on the run from some very dangerous creatures. Lani is traveling across country to find the only friend she ever really had, Malcolm.
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
-ARC kindly offered by Xpresso Book Tours and the author in exchange for an honest review -

For a long time the dystopian were my daily bread despite arouse me a bit of sadness in imagine me also arouse every single devastated world and turned into a kind of prison or hell for the humanity. But the genre is still one of my favorites and I love meeting new heroines always strong and combative character. Iolani is in addition to the list that in terms of strength of mind she is no joke. It's a char
S.F. Benson
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Flying Away" by Caroline A. Gill is a surprising, imaginative tale about magic and hope. The surprise comes in the form of the “carriers” of magic. If I say anything more than that, I’ll spoil it for you.

I loved the premise of this story. The main character, Lani, stumbles across a scheme involving harvesting humans. And what’s being culled? Memories. These memories are used to improve the lives of others. Gill created a world, twisted it, and then tossed in a good dose of magic for good measur
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-2016-reads
Wow... I just started this book... I don't have a clue what is going on yet, but I've got to say that I like it..

After running into a spate of YA books that never quite engaged me it's just so great to finally read one that is pure joy! I picked up this book because it looked different. I hadn't heard of this author before and I didn't have any preconceived ideas about it. And I immediately fell in love. With just a few words Caroline's able to put the reader right into the action... ..."The Pit
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was such a unique read. It is very different from any of the other dystopian reads I have enjoyed. First off, flies. Exactly. Once you know what I cam talking about you will know why I couldn't stop reading because you will be the same.

The characters are brilliant. They have great personalities and really fill out a variety in the interaction. I loved the main character. She is strong, persistent and willing to take chances, throughout er journey. I found her interesting and full of spunk.
Bridgett Brown
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For a first time author, I was impressed by how well-written the story was. I was impressed that this wasn't your same old story. Who knew files could be heroes. I truly enjoyed this story. Though the story is apocalyptic in nature, I wouldn't classify it as such. It's a little fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal, and dystopia/apocalyptic.

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 h
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Part of this book are beautiful. Parts are incredibly sad, and there are even a few gritty scenes that challenge what we think about young heroes.
Lani, the primary character, is young. But her guiding stars-- family, love, and loyalty-- are what this book is actually about. Yes, there's a horrid secret that's killing people, and yes, it's something I'd never seen before in a novel. It's unique, it's visceral, and it's a violation. Lani is tough. She crosses a lot of land using her wits, and she
Melissa Burcham
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
I was asked for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.

What a strange book! This book was like nothing I expected after reading the synopsis. The book started out so strange that I wasn't sure I would like it or even get into it. I kept after it and by the time I was half way through the book I couldn't put it down. I had to find out where this story was going and what it all meant. Now as I sit here thinking back on a finished book I am just
Devan Harris timmons
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is Caroline Gil's debut novel and she writes you right into the novel. She is so descriptive that you feel as if you are in the novel with Lolani. She is able to create the scenes so you can walk right in.
Lolani is a 15 year old girl who has experienced her fair share of lose. While coping with that lose a little fly befriended her. And this little friend gives her a special gift. A gift she can use to help her grandparents and cousins from the Stealers. The Stealers are a group of men in o
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