The Butterfly Clues

The Butterfly Clues

by Kate Ellison

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ISBN-13: 9781606842638
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Publication date: 02/14/2012
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: HL790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kate Ellison trained as an actor in Chicago and has walked across the entire country of Spain. A painter and jewelry maker, Kate lives in Brooklyn, New York. The Butterfly Clues is her first novel.

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Butterfly Clues 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
2.5 stars The Butterfly Clues begins with a killer opening. . .literally. Gunshots and death kick of Penelope ‘Lo’ Marin’s tale of mystery and thrilling whodunit. Lo’s brush with death and her subsequent involvement in the murder of the stripper Sapphire drive the entire story. Lo’s need, no urge, to figure out what happened to the girl she didn’t know is unbreakable. As are Lo’s little eccentricities and her OCD habits. As strong as the story starts off, it does lag quite a bit in the middle. Lo’s habits and urges are interesting enough at first, but I could only take so much tap tap tap, banana-ing. And she does it a lot. And that’s exactly how OCD works – Lo’s debilitating urges are spot on, but when they’re written in a book, they can be too much. I felt like I could never get down to who Lo was and connect with her because all we see are her urges and desire to be someone else. Lo’s OCD took the focus away from the murder and away from the dingy, scary Neverland of Cleveland and the beauty of the sweet boy Flynt. Parts of the story are also a bit predictable; which didn’t really bother me. For all the parts that were predictable, there were ten other ones that caught me off guard. And even though The Butterfly Clues lags some in the middle, the last third of the book takes off like a rocket. Once Lo starts putting the puzzle pieces together, this complex mystery starts to unravel. The Butterfly Clues is a mystery novel at its heart. It has a dash of love drama, a handful of family issues, and a whole lot of investigating. It had so much potential to be incredible, but was only just okay for me. I can see many others (and know a good handful of people) loving it though and it is certainly worth checking out.
lilibrarian on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Penelope suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Her rituals must be performed. Mourning the death of her brother, her condition worsens and she becomes obsessed with "Neverland", the rundown part of Cleveland where runaways live and where her brother died. When she is outside a building where a young stripper is murdered, her obsessions include finding out exactly what happened.
theokester on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The Butterfly Clues was a more interesting read than I expected it to be. The premise sounded intriguing, which is what made me grab it in the first place, but I was worried it would be unremarkable in the current flood of YA literature pounding the market.As a crime/mystery novel, it was only moderately compelling. The crimesolving aspects felt a little thin and unbelievable even with a decent suspension of disbelief. Lo, for some reason, ends up on the very bad side of town and doesn't quite witness a murder (she's on the other side of the wall). Due to her OCD nature, she picks up on some of the relevant details from the murder and the victim's belongings such that when she sees the belongings at a swap meet, she is quite literally compelled to try and unravel the clues. That initial catch is pretty interesting, but the way the clue finding and unraveling played out was a little less interesting to me.The romantic elements in the story also felt a little bit strange and forced. As soon as she met the boy who didn't go running from her quirkiness and who she was legitimately intrigued by, it was obvious that he was going to be the romantic lead. I was glad that the story didn't push too hard for them to get romantic (after all, they're solving a murder), but when it did turn in that direction, it felt awkward.While the setting fluctuated from non-descript to unbelievable (particularly "Neverland"), I found that I really enjoyed some of the specific environments she described. The concept of Neverland was interesting in a "Gotham City" kind of way. It's kind of like this area of town where the city has just given up. Any homes or businesses there have been abandoned or have become havens for the underbelly of society. It felt gritty and grimy and added to the tension. My only problem was that the believability factor grew a bit thin for me...I've never lived in a big city, but I have a hard time believing that such a large area of town could be as abandoned and derelict as Neverland. Then again, maybe I'm just being naive.So now that I've mentioned areas that I found just "meh", you might wonder what it was that I found truly exciting.What really drew me in and kept me going is the characterization, particularly of our narrator "Lo."Lo is a kleptomaniac with serious OCD and plenty of other emotional and mental baggage. It's apparent that she's had some degree of OCD her whole life but everything sort of went into free fall a year ago when her brother disappeared and was later found dead.On the surface, this characterization may not sound all that exciting or compelling, but where it really shines is that this is a first-person narrative told by Lo. We get her internal voice...along with all the mental quirks and oddities that go with it.I'm sure everybody has some compulsive tendencies...but as I read along with Lo, I could really feel the heightened emotions and strain of compulsion as she went through even mundane activities. The author did a great job of creating a unique and consistent voice for Lo through the novel and driving it home strong. I found the experience of living the novel through her eyes absolutely fascinating.The other characters and settings varied from somewhat flat and static to similarly 3-d and fleshed out. I loved the interactions Lo had with her dad and other adults. Not only for the added tension it gave to her internal monologue but also for what felt like fairly realistic adult responses to her claims and behaviors. The characters who helped her were interesting and fun...almost as quirky as Lo herself.Thinking back over this book...this certainly isn't the best book I've ever read. It's not "high literature" by any means nor does it necessarily top either the YA lists or the crime/mystery list. Where this book really shines is in developing a stark and unique voice and making it so utterly believable that I could feel myself intently drawn into her mental and emotional ins
QueenTaco on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I feel like I¿ve been reading this forever - mostly because I didn¿t make any progress all weekend. Be prepared for lots of reading to be done in the coming week, spring break here I come!Ellison takes the reader on a wild adventure with The Butterfly Clues, with unusual characters and a dangerous and almost magical setting. Penelope crazed stealing and her obsessive compulsions are written in such a way that you feel her franticness, fear and desire all at the same time. You can really understand Penelope, and how and why she feels this way. At times Penelope¿s compulsions were written in such a way and thrown at you that is was overwhelming, almost hard for me to read. The plot always keeps on going, even when you feel like giving up. Ellison has created a powerful, moving, a bit a romantic thriller, about the quest of a girl who wants to finally put all the pieces together.
PamelaBarrett on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I recently had a conversation with a first year college student that I¿ve known from the time she was 5 years old. I asked her about the last movie she saw; it was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and I commented that it was too sexual and violent towards women for me to watch, and she said yeah, but I guess I¿m from the ¿desensitized generation.¿ If the book The Butterfly Clues is any indication of what is marketed as YA than I can see why. The only thing YA about this book, is that the story is about a high school girl, the rest is mature adult.The girl in the story, Lo (short for Penelope), has had some bad things happening to her and her family, triggered by the loss of her only brother, and on top of all their grief she has OCD. She can¿t stop the rituals of counting, touching and saying words repetitively. She has also become a hoarder and steals some of the items she hoards. Feeling unconnected at school, Lo is searching to make sense of her shattered life. In her search for meaning she ends up wandering in a creepy part of town that the locals call Neverland. It is there that she meets Flynt, a young outsider artist who befriends her. On the day she arrives in Neverland a girl is murdered and Lo feels compelled to find out who she was and why she was killed. Caution this story is very dark, with little innocence to give it light, but I am rating it 4 stars because Kate Ellison is a new talented writer who knows how to create tension and a fast moving plot. The characters stick in your mind, and there is that touch of high school angst that teenagers go through on their way to adulthood.
theepicrat on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The Butterfly Clues may start off somewhat slow and confusing, but eventually the story will take you to unexpected heights with the same frantic energy as its insect namesake. Kate Ellison builds this careful story about a girl with heart-breaking fragility and gives it a quiet, mesmerizing strength and hope that justice will prevail.THE GOOD BITS{A riveting main character.} Lo may not seem all that together at first, but I got used to her OCD quirks and found them rather adorable as say those of MONK. What I find remarkable is that she embraces the OCD with open arms and radiates this sense of courage where nothing seems impossible. While she may lead her life by certain numbers, Lo somehow manages to look danger in the eye and ask for the truth behind the murder. She was full of surprises, and I enjoyed every second of discovering what she chose to do next!{A solid whodunit with suspects in spades.} I thought The Butterfly Clues offered a whole lot of plausible outcomes where no one could be trusted 100%. Add the anxious world of Lo to the mix, then hold onto the pages as the story flits from one suspicion to the next as Lo gets closer to the truth. What I love even more is how this murder may have started as a passing obsession for Lo, but turns into something much more personal than she anticipated.THE BAD BITS{Was high school necessary?} Of course, I expect Lo to be going through the motions of high school ¿ but throwing in some mean girls and a boy making eyes at Lo seemed extraneous. I suppose it shows that Lo had a normal HS experience and her peers were not peachy-keen, but in the grand scheme of things I don¿t think they moved the plot anywhere.{Everyone seems to have hair issues.} You know, normally I don¿t notice these things as much or feel the desire to mention them ¿ but this one stuck out almost like Alfalfa¿s cowlick. I don¿t know if this was intentional, but everyone seemed to have some sort of dirty, non-glamorous hair. From limp to grungy to stringy to dreadlocks (okay, maybe those doesn¿t count¿), it was just hard to miss the repeat descriptions in the first few chapters. Then again, I am reading an ARC so it may be addressed in the finalized version.THE OVERALLThe Butterfly Clues will wrap readers within in pages like a cocoon as Lo unravels the mystery behind Sapphire¿s death. Kate Ellison has written a remarkable debut with a main character who captures both compassion and admiration as she shines through adversity with her can-do attitude.
renkellym on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The Butterfly Clues is different from your average murder mystery in that it features a protagonist with OCD. It¿s a bit difficult to relate to Lo at first, because she seems so utterly controlled by her condition. It¿s only later, when she develops relationships with others (be they dead or alive), that we really get a sense of who she is outside of her compulsions. Lo¿s OCD really adds a whole new dimension to The Butterfly Clues; it would not be nearly as complex and intriguing if she was an ordinary girl. It¿s interesting to see how Lo¿s quirks propel the story forward.The mystery itself is surprisingly absorbing. There are so many different twists and turns that it¿s impossible to predict who the culprit is, or even whether certain characters should really be trusted. Answers are revealed at just the right rate, and readers will keep turning the pages until they reach the riveting conclusion. I read The Butterfly Clues in one afternoon, which testifies to how engaging it is.The characters in The Butterfly Clues are where the book suffers a bit. Lo isn¿t the most relatable protagonist, though she is definitely interesting. Flynt, a boy Lo meets in Neverland, is perplexing in his evasiveness. We never fully get a handle on him, though Lo ultimately ends up feeling that he¿s the only person who truly understands her. This may be true, but as a reader, I couldn¿t buy into Flynt as a genuine person.On the other hand, I felt that Sapphire, despite being dead, was very well developed. We learn about her through the things she leaves behind, and through Lo¿s imagination.The Butterfly Clues is a positively thrilling murder mystery that readers will sink their teeth into. It may seem a bit confusing at first, but after a few chapters, things begin to kick in. The Butterfly Clues is a great choice for readers who are looking for a dark, suspenseful YA novel. It¿s not for the faint of heart¿it¿s gritty and raw¿but it¿s very intriguing.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Penelope (aka "Lo") enjoys collecting things, especially timeless items that others have thrown aside. She's developed a sort of OCD-like kleptomania due to her many moves across the country throughout her life -and things only got worse after her brother died. Then she finds the gorgeous butterfly pendant of a murdered girl at a local flea market and she finds herself pulled into the mystery of the girl's murder, which is strangely entwined with the death of her brother.Butterfly Clues really had its ups and downs for me. Some elements just really worked well for me, while others completely fell flat. First, the pacing here was really excellent. I felt like Ellison really kept the heat up for virtually the entire novel, which gave it a stronger sense of urgency that pulled me through the book. The mystery, though was, at times, really enthralling, but at other times, just didn't seem to make much sense -as if the author forgot where she was going or had to force things in so that the overall plot made sense.Then, there was the writing style and the characters. For some, Ellison's writing style would seem overworked and unneeded, but I thought it worked well for this type of approach and really helped the reader to get into Lo's head and try to understand her character better. Which brings me to the character of Lo herself: because of her incredible OCD-ness, Lo is an incredibly difficult character for readers to connect and empathize with. Now, I did appreciate her more adult-oriented issues, and I understand that Ellison wanted to write so that it genuinely felt like it was coming from Lo's point of view, but at times it just drove me insane and made Lo just not feel human enough. And, I will say, after reading this book, I will probably never look at bananas the same way again.Butterfly Clues is a tough one for me to recommend...or not recommend. I feel like there were some concepts here that had a lot of potential and could really go somewhere, but many of them just didn't. And many of the remaining elements, unfortunately, just fell flat. I would hope that some of these issues would be smoothed out in the final version of the book (note: I read an ARC), but who knows for sure. I will admit that I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would, but I wasn't expecting much from it initially.
WilowRaven on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I was: blown away by the power behind Lo's story.My thoughts:The Butterfly Clues is a book that I will always remember for one important reason as Lo is unlike any heroine I have ever read. Although it's never identified with any definite terms, it's pretty obvious that she suffers from an extreme case of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). She is almost crippled by it. She taps her legs, her shoulder, her shoes, the floor in groupings of numbers that make sense to her. 4s are bad, 3s are good, 9s are even better. Even raw fear can't stop her from her compulsions. These things that she needs to do, including hoarding and arranging groupings of objects, consume her life. An entire book could easily be written about Lo alone. Her compulsions, her needs, her struggles. However, The Butterfly Clues is much more then a book about a girl in need of help. Maybe because of her OCD, maybe it would have happened anyway but Lo finds herself in a world where the rules don't apply. A world where she makes a connection to a murdered girl and finds a friend she never thought she could have. Her family is draw into the drama and her life can never be the same afterwards. The Butterfly Clues was a powerful read for me. I so very much wanted Lo to find herself. To find her answers and to finally realize that she wasn't a freak. She's a character that I dare you not to fall for - not to root for. Final verdict:The overpowering mystery of this book still haunts me a little. The things Lo does to seek the truth. The lengths that people will go to hide the things they have done. It's all so raw and real and a little disturbing and I loved every word of it.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing 10 months ago
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.
booktwirps on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Lo (Penelope) is having a hard time dealing with the death of her brother. Since he left, she¿s developed cleptomania, and frequently takes things that she is inexplicably drawn to. When the book begins, Lo finds herself drawn to a certain area of town where she steals an angel figurine, and it is when she¿s making her escape that she hears gunshots and eventually finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. When the police drop the case of a murdered stripper, Lo feels compelled to investigate on her own, which puts her on the killer¿s list as the next victim.I typically like to give a little more background on the books I review, but to do so with this novel would be difficult without revealing too much. I don¿t want to ruin anything for anyone who may read this heart-pounding debut from Ms Ellison. The plot is tightly wound and the story is very compelling. Lo is a very troubled girl, not only dealing with the loss of her brother and the deconstruction of her family, but she also has severe OCD. While some readers may find her quirks a tad annoying ¿ tapping her fingers, saying the word banana in her mind, and searching for the perfect ¿safe¿ combination of numbers ¿ I thought they were a great, and unique flaw for a main character. It really gives the reader a feel for Lo¿s condition. The writing is very strong and the story flows very well. I typically pride myself on figuring out the mystery early on in a novel, but I didn¿t in this case. If you are looking for a good mystery, I highly recommend this one.(Review based on an Advanced Reader¿s Copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley)
fugitive on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Told from beginning to end in first person, by the end of Kate Ellison's debut novel for young adults (YA - self classified for "Ages 14 UP") you will know the protagonist through and through. Seventeen year old Penelope "Lo" Marin lives in an upscale Cleveland neighborhood with her parents who are barely coping since the death of their son, Lo's older brother Oren, one year ago. For that theme, this novel really is a downer. Those looking for a cheerful literary romp should read elsewhere. Is there a happy ending? Well, let's just underscore that this is a YA novel and leave it at that.Lo's obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) rituals make her a very frustrating character with which to initially empathize. As her personality and story unfold in this novel, the reader will understand what underlies her repetitive compulsions. I can concede that some readers might not be able to overcome their annoyance for Lo's deep OCD. She doesn't quite have the endearing quirks of the more well known OCD detective, Monk, but the tragedy of her circumstances make her endearing all the same. People tend to react to real-world sufferers of extreme OCD with this same annoyance. If her condition weren't so literarily intrusive, she wouldn't be believable as a character.The book does cover adult themes and situations, but the author does not wallow in explicit descriptions of sex or violence. A strip club, and the attendant exotic dancers, play a significant part in the plot. There are no explicit sex acts (are there in any YA novels?). There is very little coarse language in the book, with the word "BJ" being about the strongest it gets.I've been a long time reader of YA fiction, but almost exclusively in the science fiction and fantasy areas. Most of my reading experience outside of that tends to be from Newbery Award finalists and winners. So, I was pleased to find this a well paced, well edited, well written work. Its main strength is the character development, as written, of the protagonist. For me, Lo is a character to cherish. I give it an easy 5 stars for a book I read in two sittings. This was absolutely an interesting and enjoyable read. I will be looking with great interest for future books from Ms. Kate Ellison.NOTE: The reviewer received a free copy of this book via the Amazon Vine Program. This review is also posted there.
titania86 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Penelope's brother died and her whole world has crumbled. Her father is largely absent and her mother is a sedated zombie. The only things that keeps her grounded are the rituals she has to do because of her untreated obsessive compulsive disorder, even going is far as stealing to satisfy her compulsions and hoarding the items in her already crowded room. When a teen stripper named Sapphire is murdered and no one really cares, Penelope becomes obsessed with the case, determined to solve it no matter what it takes. I liked The Butterfly Clues and its quirky protagonist Lo (Penelope). I haven't read a teen novel with a character like her. She managed to be endearing and likeable while doing her bizarre rituals and stealing. She seemed to have a supernatural link to Sapphire and her brother that helped her through her journey. Flynt, her street artist friend, was the only person that really fit with her and accepted her for who she was. Lo's father didn't understand her disorder and went as far as to destroy the things she obsesses over, which just serves to hurt more than help. If he really wanted to help her, why wasn't she in therapy? OCD isn't just something that can be stopped. She knew that the things she was doing looked crazy and upset people, but couldn't stop herself.Some aspects fell flat for me. The romance between Lo and Flynt was kind of boring. I liked them together, but the chemistry didn't work for me. The ending felt very abrupt and way too convenient to be realistic. I was really into the mystery and the intricacies of the story and then the ham-handed ending kind of smooshed my enthusiasm. Overall, The Butterfly Clues was an exciting suspenseful, yet flawed, mystery. I would definitely read the next book Kate Ellison writes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book may have bad words but it is spectacular
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in my high school library. I didn't know what it was about but the name interested me. Good thing to because I absolutly fell in love with this book.
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BookPortrait More than 1 year ago
I'll admit it - I first wanted to read this book because of the cover alone. In a sea of books with covers full of pretty girls in elegant dresses, this book stood out. (In fact, I did a whole feature on this book because of it's cover - you can see that here.) However, once I started reading, it became clear that this book stood out for many more reasons, including great writing and an engrossing story. If Penelope "Lo" Marin had to be described in one word, it would be this: obsessive. She collects beautiful trinkets, stealing them when she has to, and arranging them all just so in her room. She suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder and feels an urge to tap and whisper to herself (in multiples of three, of course) to make everything alright. And finally, when she learns that a young girl named Sapphire has been murdered when it was almost her instead, Lo won't rest until she finds out who the murderer is. However, finding the murderer takes Lo to a new world, an area of the city known as Neverland. There Lo meets Flynt, a street artist who has the possibility of becoming so much more than just a tour guide. Even with Flynt's help, tracking a murderer isn't easy, despite her clues. But these clues could reveal more to her than she ever imagined... I know what you're thinking - another murder mystery that can be easily solved. Think again. The Butterfly Clues might be a mystery, but it is more than that: It is truly a story of the characters. Almost everyone that we meet has their own story to tell, and I love that we get to learn them all through Lo's memory and investigation even if we don't meet them directly. Lo herself is such a memorable character. Not only is she forced to deal with constant relocation and the death of a sibling, but also she suffers from OCD; I'm sure I will remember her constant "tap, tap, tap, banana" for a long time. Because Lo is on her own and an outcast, she views the world differently, and this was refreshing to read. I also loved getting to know Sapphire. Her journal entries added so much to the story, making my heart break for her and for her life cut short. Finally there is Flynt...but I think I will leave you to find out for yourself about him. Even though Lo's OCD habits took some adjusting to and the mystery could be predicted, there were definitely still surprises. Beyond that, though, the story was very well-written with both wonderful descriptions and insights. The dark, seedy world of this book came to life and made me fear for Lo's safety, and yet the characters and their stories were still moving. The mystery might be solved, but the characters' lives weren't, and I would have loved to know what the future had in store for them. The Butterfly Clues was a fantastic debut novel from Kate Ellison, providing just what you would want in a murder mystery and more. I'll look forward to reading more from this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Touching, and thrilling murder mystery/unexpected romance.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Penelope "Lo" Marin has always liked order. Since her brother's death Lo has needed more than her rituals to bring order to the chaos of day-to-day life. Her collections of beautiful things, arranged perfectly around her room, make Lo feel better. They'll never erase the gaping hole her brother left behind, but they help clear her head. At least until she sees another item she has to have for her room. Then nothing will quiet her head until the object is hers. Wandering Cleveland's Neverland searching for traces of her brother's last days as well as objects for her room, Lo stumbles upon something she was never meant to see. It's all tied to a beautiful butterfly charm she finds at a flea market and the butterfly's last owner--a girl named Sapphire who was murdered days before the butterfly makes its way to Lo. Convinced that finding the butterfly means something, that she is connected to Sapphire against all odds, Lo works to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding Sapphire's death. The deeper Lo delves into the murder, the more questions she unearths. What does Sapphire have to do with the alluring street artist who seems so eager to help Lo? Why did someone want Sapphire dead? If she keeps searching, Lo hopes ordering all of the clues will lead to an answer and give her (and Sapphire) some peace. But that's going to be as hard as it is for Lo to keep her rituals in check when someone in Cleveland wants Lo's investigation stopped for good in The Butterfly Clues (2012) by Kate Ellison. The Butterfly Clues is Ellison's first novel. It becomes obvious early in the narrative that Lo's collecting, rituals, and habits are symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Ellison does a good job making Lo a relatable heroine, habits and all, but that only goes so far when every page has Lo tapping or counting in some way to get through her day. However, while Ellison delves into the whys behind Lo's OCD behaviors for most of the novel, some of Lo's choices make little sense given not just her OCD but also common sense.* Though many of these decisions are crucial to the plot, they often pulled me out of the narrative as I found myself wondering what Lo could possibly be thinking. Lo is a generally likable and sympathetic narrator so it's easy to let that go. Seeing her broken family and Lo's struggle to keep her OCD in check is heartbreaking and extremely compelling. Unfortunately a shaky plot does little to strengthen The Butterfly Clues. Parts of the story are drawn out and seemingly superfluous to the actual plot instead serving only to lengthen the text. On the other hand key aspects of the actual mystery are obvious early on as Lo explores Neverland. Ellison demonstrates a lot of range in this debut and while I would have liked more mystery and less OCD, ¿The Butterfly Clues¿ is a definite clue that Ellison is an author to watch. *The idea that Lo would have no problem with the germs and dirt inherent to Neverland's homeless community--even Flynt--seemed extremely unlikely to me. Other--more spoilery--moments also defied all believability for me. Possible Pairings: Frost by Marianna Baer, Clarity by Kim Harrington, Slide by Jill Hathaway, Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma, Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book truly gives one butterflies while reading the suspense, thrill, and attachment to characters and plot is extrodinary. Round of applause !
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WishStealer More than 1 year ago
This book started out amazingly, with the "magical" world of Neverland, meeting Flynt, and the necklaces from Sapphire's death. The book kept progressing throughout, though a little bit is predictable, but the climax was kind of blurry and happened too quickly. There weren't enough details, and the ending was a little weird, but otherwise it's fine.
Bumblestripe More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time reading this book. I still do. It's is sitting on my desk waiting to be finshed. If it were a alive i would tell it to not hold it's breath. This book just got so confusing and hard to read at times and others just plain annoying. I literally skipped to the end just to see what happened and get it over with. I agree with Nikkayme.. it did have potential in the beginning, but then it just goes downhill from there.
epicrat More than 1 year ago
The Butterfly Clues may start off somewhat slow and confusing, but eventually the story will take you to unexpected heights with the same frantic energy as its insect namesake. Kate Ellison builds this careful story about a girl with heart-breaking fragility and gives it a quiet, mesmerizing strength and hope that justice will prevail. THE GOOD BITS {A riveting main character.} Lo may not seem all that together at first, but I got used to her OCD quirks and found them rather adorable as say those of MONK. What I find remarkable is that she embraces the OCD with open arms and radiates this sense of courage where nothing seems impossible. While she may lead her life by certain numbers, Lo somehow manages to look danger in the eye and ask for the truth behind the murder. She was full of surprises, and I enjoyed every second of discovering what she chose to do next! {A solid whodunit with suspects in spades.} I thought The Butterfly Clues offered a whole lot of plausible outcomes where no one could be trusted 100%. Add the anxious world of Lo to the mix, then hold onto the pages as the story flits from one suspicion to the next as Lo gets closer to the truth. What I love even more is how this murder may have started as a passing obsession for Lo, but turns into something much more personal than she anticipated. THE BAD BITS {Was high school necessary?} Of course, I expect Lo to be going through the motions of high school - but throwing in some mean girls and a boy making eyes at Lo seemed extraneous. I suppose it shows that Lo had a normal HS experience and her peers were not peachy-keen, but in the grand scheme of things I don't think they moved the plot anywhere. {Everyone seems to have hair issues.} You know, normally I don't notice these things as much or feel the desire to mention them - but this one stuck out almost like Alfalfa's cowlick. I don't know if this was intentional, but everyone seemed to have some sort of dirty, non-glamorous hair. From limp to grungy to stringy to dreadlocks (okay, maybe those doesn't count.), it was just hard to miss the repeat descriptions in the first few chapters. Then again, I am reading an ARC so it may be addressed in the finalized version. THE OVERALL The Butterfly Clues will wrap readers within in pages like a cocoon as Lo unravels the mystery behind Sapphire's death. Kate Ellison has written a remarkable debut with a main character who captures both compassion and admiration as she shines through adversity with her can-do attitude.