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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Review: The Butterlfy Clues

Title: The Butterfly Clues
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult-Contemporary/Thriller
Author: Kate Ellison
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Book: Netgalley

"Penelope (Lo) Marin has always loved to collect beautiful things. Her dad's consulting job means she's grown up moving from one rundown city to the next, and she's learned to cope by collecting (sometimes even stealing) quirky trinkets and souvenirs in each new place--possessions that allow her to feel at least some semblance of home.
But in the year since her brother Oren's death, Lo's hoarding has blossomed into a full-blown, potentially dangerous obsession. She discovers a beautiful, antique butterfly pendant during a routine scour at a weekend flea market, and recognizes it as having been stolen from the home of a recently murdered girl known only as "Sapphire"--a girl just a few years older than Lo. As usual when Lo begins to obsess over something, she can't get the murder out of her mind.
As she attempts to piece together the mysterious "butterfly clues," with the unlikely help of a street artist named Flynt, Lo quickly finds herself caught up in a seedy, violent underworld much closer to home than she ever imagined--a world, she'll ultimately discover, that could hold the key to her brother's tragic death."

The start of this book confused me a little. The way the book started in pushing the reader start into the story is good. I like that i was forced into something I didn't understand. Though after a few chapters in,  the author gave enough back round history for me to find my footing and seemingly fell into the story after that. Not only was I completely intrigued but knew that this is a book I was going to chase till the end.

Lo is a lonely girl searching for meaning. After a great loss in her family Lo is left to deal with so many emotions on her own. Immediately I felt for this girl. She retracted from everything she new and became someone different. Lo finds herself on journey to find the truth about her brother but also find herself on the midst of a murder. I think the author did a great job on putting this whole story together. The concept of Lo, her brother, the murder really came together well in the end. At first I wasn't getting what all the clues meant, but Ms. Ellison writing simplified so many actions in just a few short words. I loved that the author connected everything to the characters, even the to the past.

I like the author created a setting to Lo. Her parents weren't around. The friends that Lo made weren't really good for her. Though I can't comprehend why Lo felt the need to solve this murder but I loved that Lo didn't give up. She is strong willed and stubborn. Even with death threats hanging in the air, she was going to solve it. 

There wasn't much a love interest in the story. It was more of a way to just be around each other. The author wrote some wonderful tension between the characters. One moment their fighting the next their okay. I like that these characters were there for each other despite what was said and done.

Overall, this is a good book. It took me a while to get into the book but once I did, I enjoyed it. If you like a great mystery that has more meaning to it then you know, read this book.

I give it 4 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. hm hm ... although you really enjoyed the book I'm still not sure. Specially after you said that there wasn't really a love interest .. Hm !

    1. Yeah it was more of a convenience friendship. Ya know, they use each other when they needed something. Still it turn out in the end to the start of a real friendship.

  2. This sounds fascinating. Especially curious about the whole connecting everything to the characters that you put in your review. I've seen mixed opinions on this but I'm still very intrigued!

    1. Giselle, I hope you get to read it and enjoy it. It's one of those those that you either like or dislike.

  3. Sounds interesting. I like writers who use an economy of language to get to the point.
    Old Follower Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust

  4. As long as it involves an HEA for the character in the end... even if it is only solving the murder... I think I would like it. Sometimes I do like it when there is no love interest. Sometimes it's the friendship that matters especially in a world as dark as this!

  5. This sounds good, I know exactly how it feels to pull away from everyone while grieving a loved one. I read more books due to you I swear!!! But that's a good thing & I love you for it!


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