Review: The Contrary Tale of Butterfly Girl

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

butterflygirlTitle: The Contrary Tale of Butterfly Girl

Author: Ishbelle Bee

Series: The Pecuilar Adventures of John Loveheart, Esq. #2

Published: August 4, 2015 by Angry Robot

Pages: 211

Source: eARC

Two orphans, Pedrock and Boo Boo, are sent to live in the sinister village of Darkwound. There they meet and befriend the magical and dangerous Mr Loveheart and his neighbour Professor Hummingbird, a recluse who collects rare butterflies. Little do they know that Professor Hummingbird has attracted the wrath of a demon named Mr Angel-Cakes.

One night, Mr Angel-Cakes visits Boo Boo and carves a butterfly onto her back. Boo Boo starts to metamorphose into a butterfly/human hybrid, and is kidnapped by Professor Hummingbird. When Mr Loveheart attempts to rescue her with the aid of Detective White and Constable Walnut, they are turned into butterflies.

Caught between Professor Hummingbird and the demon Angel-Cakes, Loveheart finds himself entangled in a web much wider and darker than he could have imagined, and a plot that leads him right to the Prime Minister and Queen Victoria herself …


I fell in LOVE with the first book, The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath (you can read my review HERE). I was amazed to find the second book so quickly after reading the first. Ms. Bee once again amazed me with her writing style and story.

We follow Boo Boo and Pedrock who are orphans taken to their relatives somewhere in Kent where we once again meet up with the mad but funny Mr. Loveheart and our wonderful Scotland Yard officers White and Walnut. We also meet some new characters like Professor Hummingbird who is obsessed with rare butterflies, a Mr. Angel-Cakes who is Boo Boo’s mysterious skin loving friend, and the Prime Minister who is not who he seems to be.
Ms. Bee’s writing style is what made me fall in love with her first book and she does not disappoint in the newest addition. Some pages just have one bolded word on it or just a few words, while others have full paragraphs. Again it can sometimes be hard to discern who is talking at the time because there are so many characters but it didn’t take anything away from the story. The chapters are short and I finished the book in 2 hours but it had such rich characters and I couldn’t put it down!  It’s such a unique reading experience and just draws you in. I can’t wait to read more from her!
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