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!

Review: A History of Glitter and Blood

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

history of glitter and bloodTitle: A History of Glitter and Blood

Author: Hannah Moskowitz

Series: Standalone

Published: July 28, 2015 by Chronicle Books (expected)

Pages: 280

Source: eARC

Sixteen-year-old Beckan and her friends are the only fairies brave enough to stay in Ferrum when war breaks out. Now there is tension between the immortal fairies, the subterranean gnomes, and the mysterious tightropers who arrived to liberate the fairies.

But when Beckan’s clan is forced to venture into the gnome underworld to survive, they find themselves tentatively forming unlikely friendships and making sacrifices they couldn’t have imagined. As danger mounts, Beckan finds herself caught between her loyalty to her friends, her desire for peace, and a love she never expected.

This stunning, lyrical fantasy is a powerful exploration of what makes a family, what justifies a war, and what it means to truly love.

Wow….I actually finished this book that soooo many people have DNF. Most of the Goodreads reviews were all about DNFing the book. I was agreeing with sooo many of them but I felt like I had to see this one through. VERY few people actually gave it 5 stars and I kinda wanted to know why. My curiosity won out for this book.

The story follows 3 fairies, Scrap, Beckan and Josha. There used to be 4 but one got eaten. The fairies live in a city called Ferrum where they live above ground and the gnomes live underground. Gnomes love the taste of fairies and so most fairies are not quite whole. Then one day the tightropers come and say there is war! The fairies leave except the 4 that stayed and they try to survive.

This is a tough book to review. First off, the book doesn’t start making sense until halfway through. It was tough getting through the first half of the book. I had NO IDEA what was going on, who was actually talking, why there was a war and the characters made no sense. It wasn’t until the later half that it started to make more sense so I’m glad I stuck it out. But it was hard. The voice of the book was hard to understand. It was like a story written in the past tense and then it became the present and then IDK. It wasn’t lyrical at all like what it says in the description. The world building was non-existant which was sad because I LOVE that about books especially in fantasy. The characters were never really described besides the glitter and their personalities were interesting but again hard to get a grasp of.

I don’t think I would recommend this book to anyone. This was tough and I still don’t get how people are giving this a 5 star rating….I can only give it a 2.






Review: Silver in the Blood

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

silverinthebloodTitle: Silver in the Blood

Author: Jessica Day George

Series: Silver in the Blood #1

Published: July 7, 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Pages: 358

Source: eARC

Society girls from New York City circa 1890, Dacia and Lou never desired to know more about their lineage, instead preferring to gossip about the mysterious Romanian family that they barely knew. But upon turning seventeen, the girls must return to their homeland to meet their relatives, find proper husbands, and—most terrifyingly—learn the deep family secrets of The Claw, The Wing, and The Smoke. The Florescus, after all, are shape-shifters, and it is time for Dacia and Lou to fulfill the prophecy that demands their acceptance of this fate . . . or fight against this cruel inheritance with all their might.

With a gorgeous Romanian setting, stunning Parisian gowns, and dark brooding young men, readers will be swept up by this epic adventure of two girls in a battle for their lives.

What a refreshing read!!! This is probably my new favorite of the year!! I couldn’t put it down and finished it in one night. I don’t have anything bad to say about it besides that I wish it was longer!

It follows Dacia and Lou who are cousins and the best of friends as they travel from New York to Romania to meet the rest of the very large family, The Florescus. Dacia and Lou are traveling separately and so at the start of each chapter they write letters to each other and the POVs change between the two. It really allows the story to flow really well. Dacia and Lou finally reach their ancestral home where they have more questions than answers surrounding what is going on with their extended family. Finally, their questions are answered one night and it changes everything. Lou has turned into something that hasn’t been seen in generations and Dacia is shocked at her transformation and sees herself as a monster. It’s up to these two girls to accept their family secret and save the royal family before the sun rises.

What I Liked:

  • Dacia and Lou are STRONG WOMEN CHARACTERS!!! I fell in love with both of them within the first chapters. Dacia is the wild child while Lou is quiet and gets nervous in certain situations but all that changes when their family secret is revealed. Don’t want to give too much away.
  • The romance is slowly built up and no insta-love or love triangles. It was amazing! It also wasn’t a main plot point either.
  • The pacing was done really well and it flowed with the changes of the POV.
  • The setting was also done well. I felt like I was there with Dacia and Lou.
  • No cliffhanger at the end but it also left it open for the next book.
  • It was a little dark at times…

What I wish for more of:

  • There is a secret society in the story and I would have liked to learn more about it but I’m thinking we might be in the next book.
  • I want more!!!!

I am thinking of actually buying this book because it was so refreshing and exciting and just all the feels!!!