Welcome to today’s stop on the FLICKER AND MIST Blog Tour!
For my stop today I’m sharing my thoughts about this fascinating YA story that I hope is just the first in a series. There is also a tour-wide giveaway for signed, finished copies of the book, so be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win if you’re in the U.S.
And if you’d like to check out a few other reviews, as well as a guest post, a couple excerpts, and a few interviews, follow the tour which continues through next week. The schedule follows at the end of the post.
FLICKER AND MIST releases next week, so if you haven’t yet heard of this awesome new book, there’s still time to add it to your TBR pile!
TITLE: FLICKER AND MIST
Author: Mary G. Thompson
Release date: January 3, 2017
Publisher: Clarion Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Romance, intrigue, and plenty of action are woven into a rich and suspenseful narrative in this powerful YA fantasy.
The mixed-race heroine Myra is a Flickerkin and can flicker (become invisible) at will. She hasn’t cultivated or revealed this ability, since Flickerkin are persecuted as potential criminals and spies. When invisible people become tricksters and then murderers, Myra’s Flickerkin heritage becomes a deadly secret, putting her relationship with the leader’s son—and her own life—in jeopardy.
Loyalties shift and difficult choices are made before Myra understands who she wants to be.
Note: This review is based on an eARC I received by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.
FLICKER AND MIST surprised me in all the best ways. It is not just the story of a girl who has to keep her abilities secret to live the life she wants. It does not have a typical love triangle where the girl’s heart is torn in two. The love story does not overshadow the more important aspects of the book. The characters’ actions and decisions aren’t predictable. The heroine’s choices aren’t easy. Who’s right and who’s wrong isn’t so clear-cut.
Mary G. Thompson created a world with an interesting, if archaic, belief system that consisted of the people of the Left Eye and those of the Plateau. While currently at peace with one another, the Plats lived a very different life than the Lefties. The Plats had freedoms and opportunities the Lefties weren’t given. They were the rule-makers, the enforcers, the deciders.
They weren’t the ones that the Flicker Men mixed with all those years ago, leaving behind Flickerkin whose abilities were feared and who were forbidden from entering the Plateau. They weren’t the ones whose existence risked the wrath of the Waters.
Myra hated that she was different from all the other Plats. She envied their darker skin, their straighter hair, their height. Even though her father was on the Council, she could never really fit in. Not having inherited many of her physical characteristics from her mother, who was from the Left Eye. And not with the fear that she might reveal herself to be a Flickerkin.
Still, she hoped to someday inherit her father’s seat on the Council. She hoped to prove to all that she was the best female rider. She hoped that her friend Porti was right and that the Deputy’s son, Caster, liked her as much as she liked him.
But with the growing threat of the rising waters that could bring back the Flicker Men, the recent pranks that had everyone on edge that somehow those who could make themselves invisible had infiltrated the Plateau, and the very real possibility of discovery, Myra’s hopes seemed less and less likely to become reality.
A tumultuous past, civil unrest, fear, hatred, oppression, betrayal, bravery, love, honor, acceptance, strength, FLICKER AND MIST has it all. It introduces a unique world, tackles many real-life issues, gives much food for thought. It gives readers a strong heroine to connect with, puts many obstacles in her way, tests her values and beliefs, forces her to make difficult decisions, and asks her to trust those she has no reason to trust.
And with a number of unexpected reactions, choices, outcomes, a wondrous ability, tragedy, heartbreak, romance, plenty of action and the possibility of more to come, this is a story that is not to be missed.
Mary G. Thompson was raised in Cottage Grove and Eugene, OR. She was a practicing attorney for more than seven years, including almost five years in the US Navy, and is now a law librarian in Washington, DC. She received her BA from Boston University, her JD from the University of Oregon, and her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School.
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