Review: The Butterlfy Clues
Jan • 21 • 2012
Title: The Butterfly Clues
Genre: Young Adult-Contemporary/Thriller
Author: Kate Ellison
Release Date: February 14, 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.”
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!