Monday, March 26, 2012
The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison
Release Date: February 14th, 2012
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.
I was really excited for The Butterfly Clues and as soon as I saw the copy I started reading it. After finishing it, I can admit that I needed some time to recover and get back to the real world. This book wasn't like anything I've read before and it's so dark and twisted in it's own way.
We are introduced to Lo (short for Penelope) and to her family, which is kind of "broken", I think that's what I'm going to call it. A year ago Lo and her family lost a family member, Oren, Lo's brother. Lo has this kind of thing where she has to collect things. Like, has to. So one day she wanders off to Neverland, a dangerous city close to her home, alone and meets Flynt. And that's kind of where all of the actions starts.
Lo was great as a character and the story was told in her point of view. She didn't fit in, simply. I hated how her parents had absolutely no control or knowledge of what was happening in their daughter's life. She was practically living her life on her own. I loved Flynt! He was so, so sweet.
The Butterfly Clues was so dark! Ms. Ellison's writing was amazing and had it's own flow. The story was so unique and I just loved everything about it. Ms. Ellison had the reader by many surprises. Some could be figured out, but others' were completely jaw-dropping.
If you are looking for something new, dark, mysterious, twisted, unique with needed romance read, you absolutely need to read The Butterfly Clues!