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: Letters to Zell

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

letters to zellTitle: Letters to Zell

Author: Camille Griep

Published: July 1, 2015 by 47North

Pages: 336

Source: eARC

Everything is going according to story for CeCi (Cinderella), Bianca (Snow White), and Rory (Sleeping Beauty)—until the day that Zell (Rapunzel) decides to leave Grimmland and pursue her life. Now, Zell’s best friends are left to wonder whether their own passions are worth risking their predetermined “happily ever afters,” regardless of the consequences. CeCi wonders whether she should become a professional chef, sharp-tongued and quick-witted Bianca wants to escape an engagement to her platonic friend, and Rory will do anything to make her boorish husband love her. But as Bianca’s wedding approaches, can they escape their fates—and is there enough wine in all of the Realm to help them?

In this hilarious modern interpretation of the fairy-tale stories we all know and love, Letters to Zell explores what happens when women abandon the stories they didn’t write for themselves and go completely off script to follow their dreams.

This follows three well known fairy tale princesses, CeCi(Cinderella), Bianca(Snow White) and Rory(Sleeping Beauty) in letter form. It’s basically mean girls meets Disney. One of their best friends, Zell(Rapunzel) leaves spontaneously and leaves a letter behind for her best friends to find. After that all three start writing to her telling her all about whats been happening since she left. CeCi loves to bake but feels that her position as Princess won’t allow her to follow her dreams, Bianca is getting married to her best friend but they don’t love each other and instead she finds someone on the Outside, and poor Rory has finally woken up only to find out that her husband is a bore and has no interest in loving her.

Things I Liked:

  • I like the letter format. It was unique and really different than other fairy tale retellings. Even though descriptions and settings were sparse the content in each letter was great.
  • All the SASS! and backstabbing and cattiness. That’s what made Mean Girls=means girls. Even though all of these princesses are friends they each have their own problems and they try to solve each others problems behind backs thinking they were doing a good thing. Sometimes it got a little too much…
  • The ending!!! AHHHH The ending!!! So sad and yet it was amazing!

Things I Disliked:

  • It took a bit longer to get into the story since it is in letter format there is something missing. It’s very character driven so if you are a huge character loving person this is the book. (for me it kinda works here for the story)
  • The cattiness does get a little old after a while and I started to skim just to get to the next letter.

But overall it was a good book but wasn’t one of my favorites. It was unique and I would recommend this to readers who are interested in reading a Mean Girls type of fairy tale retelling. It’s not for everyone though.