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#Tour: FLYING AWAY by CAROLINE A GILL #review #giveaway

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Title: Flying Away
Author: Caroline Gill
Series: The Flykeeper Chronicles, #1
Publication date: January 12th 2016
Genres: Dystopia, Paranormal, Young Adult
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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 the horrible, greedy lights and the last bit of family she has left. Her own heart is barely beating, but powerful memories pull her to Malcolm St. John. She fights what she feels, buried deep within her shattered soul.
Malcolm St. John always held his feelings in, especially about Iolani. So when she shows up on his doorstep, desperate and determined, Mal must decide if the wild tales she spins are the fragments of insanity or the last hope for a dying nation. This Lani is different from the child he knew. Something is coming for her, for him, and will not be stopped
If the cousins and Malcolm can’t escape the grasping hunters who hound them, the future of a broken America will be destroyed. Everything Lani has ever loved will burn with them. Somehow, she must find a path through friendship and loyalty to save them all.

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Review
“Magic doesn’t have to come from faeries. Magic is a real thing. It comes from willpower.”
I can appreciate why Flying Away has so many rave reviews – particularly as it is Caroline A Gill’s debut novel.
Flying Away is a paranormal novel, but nothing like any book I have ever read before. I have encountered werewolves, fae, vampires and merpeople – but never a teenage girl who could talk to flies! This in itself is a reason to read Flying Away, even before we consider the intricate plot and brilliantly crafted protagonist, Lani.
Lani’s narrative is strong throughout the novel and the reader feeds off of her emotions. She is an exceptional heroine whose journey we are enthralled by, because of her bravery and unselfishness.
Lani is an orphan, living with her cousin, Eleanor, and grandparents. Following another family tragedy she begins her long journey across the country to the one person she believes can help her. Yet Eleanor and Lani’s journey is a dangerous one because of the Stealers who are invading towns and cities, leaving only death, decay and the Dreamers.
The image which Caroline A Gill creates of these Stealers is a frightening one, perhaos even more so when we discover who is orchestrating their attacks – and why.
Although this book is classed as a ‘dystopian’, it is not clear which time period Flying Away is set in. However, I liked the way in which Caroline A Gill draws on current affairs, further connecting the reader to her characters and events within the story.
Flying Away is so much more than a story about a girl who can communicate with flies; or family; or hope; or friendship. Caroline A Gill forces a complex emotional response from her reader and I cannot wait for the second book in the series.
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About the Author
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Unusual stories attract me, ones in which the reader cannot easily see the ending or most of the journey. Visiting Rome during university studies, I found a simple truth sitting on buses, traveling all over the ancient city: the joy is in the Journey, in the people I meet, not in the destination. So, I write for you. I write for sanity. I write for chocolate and really good pizza.

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