Girl in the Air

Alice Brickstone Volume 1

Fiction - Paranormal
352 Pages
Reviewed on 04/23/2016
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Author Biography

Tyler Pike is an up-and-coming voice in the thriller genre. Before turning to novels, he was a sinologist, earning a PhD in Chinese poetry and lecturing at the University of Sydney in Chinese. He and his wife also spent many years studying Hindu philosophy, traveling in India and running a yoga studio.
When he is not writing, you’ll either find him down at the beach with his young family or out on the open road.
Tyler Pike lives with his family in Australia and the US.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Girl in the Air by Tyler Pike is a brilliant opening to the series featuring Alice Brickstone, a teenage girl with unusual skills. Alice knows what it feels like to have a twin brother and to live for years wanting to know what he looked like and how life could have been with him. It might have been better had she known her brother, and now circumstances have led her to question why he died or who killed him. Alice could have handled the alibis provided by her parents, the easy way of escaping the hard questions by offering seemingly believable answers, except that she finds herself in a lot of trouble by merely asking the questions. But an extraordinary encounter with a Himalayan hermit not only confirms that she has powers beyond her imaginings, but that she could herself become prey to a sinister scheme. It’s time to take the game to a new level and Alice has to prepare and act fast before she faces a fate more gruesome than her brother’s. The question is: How ready is she to meet the inevitable?

A brilliantly crafted thriller, Girl in the Air is the kind of book that will seduce readers, plunging them into a world they would be envious to inhabit. Tyler Pike is more than a good storyteller; the author possesses an imagination that creates powerful characters and a world that readers want to take refuge in, even briefly. It isn’t every day that readers read something that comes across as convincing and as real as Girl in the Air, but the effects are different when the girl flying seems to be made of flesh and bone. The story is fast-paced, with variations and digressions that make it even more interesting. The skillful use of suspense and backstory allows the reader to get a full picture of the characters while developing a keen interest in what happens next. Although the main character of Girl in the Air seems to be lonely, she will undoubtedly enjoy the company of millions of readers. This is a beautiful story beautifully told, an engrossingly exciting tale that will be loved by teens and grownups alike.

William Taylor

Alice Brickstone’s twin brother died a decade ago on a family trip to an Indian ashram. Alice’s overactive imagination and sense of worse case scenario leads her to imagine that he died being attacked by thousands of spiders, crushed to death by slow moving steamrollers, or falling to his death from a plane. In Tyler Pike’s young adult paranormal thriller, Girl in the Air (Alice Brickstone) (Volume 1), Alice is determined to find the cause of her brother’s death. She sees familiar faces from her nightmares in a Colorado ski town, which gives her the ammunition to start her hunt. But when a weird Himalayan hermit contacts Alice and tells her that she has paranormal abilities, suddenly she is the one who is being hunted. Alice must learn to use her new powers to help herself live long enough to discover her brother’s secrets and get the answers to her questions.

Girl in the Air (Alice Brickstone) (Volume 1) is a really interesting story. It has paranormal elements, magical realism elements, thriller components, and action scenes. I liked how it was set around Asian mythology. I enjoyed Tyler Pike’s descriptions of ashrams and yogis, and the possible supernatural abilities that these people, items, and locations could hold. I think it's a unique storyline for Pike to delve into and could be really interesting to young readers especially, who may not have been exposed to too much of this culture or belief system yet. I found that part of the story very fascinating and educational.

Tracy A. Fischer

In a very interesting new novel from author Tyler Pike, Girl in the Air: The Alice Brickstone Series, Volume One, readers will be treated to a book like none other they have read before. Follow the story of protagonist Alice Brickstone, a teenager with a major goal in life. She wants to uncover who killed her twin brother a decade earlier. Her parents are not much help, the only thing they will tell her is that he died in an ashram in India while the family was on a trip. When a strange Himalayan hermit shows up and tells Alice that she has paranormal powers, she isn't sure what to believe, but she's ready to use whatever gifts she might have to find the truth. But when she finds herself being hunted, she realizes that she might need to depend on herself and her gifts more than she ever realized. Will Alice find her brother's killers? Or will her fate mirror his? You'll need to read this unique book to find out!

I very much enjoyed Girl in the Air. Author Tyler Pike has a truly unusual story telling voice, one that mixes magic with realism in a perfect blend. He has created a strong female character that his readers will connect with, relate to and care about; a true hallmark of a great author. The story is exciting, full of mystery and action, and will keep readers turning the pages from the start all the way through to the very last page. I am pleased to recommend Girl in the Air to any reader looking for a great work of paranormal fiction, and I look forward to reading more in this extremely promising series from author Tyler Pike as soon as I possible can!