Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield + Cover Poll

Paper Butterflies

Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield

 

There are too many years of things left unsaid…

Paper Butterflies is a richly compelling, emotional read which took me on a rollercoaster of feelings leaving me exhausted, wrung out and broken.

Friends I broke the dog

Because a butterfly with a broken wing can still fly.

I missed all the subtle clues and didn’t even stop to consider what the more direct prompt, the labeling of the chapters ‘before’ or ‘after’, might indicate so the twist hit me hard. Right in the gut. I don’t think I have felt a reaction this strong to a book ever.

And my heart breaks into a million tiny pieces.

I read a book recently that tried to sucker punch the reader into a strong reaction. It is a very popular book that fell flat for me, but I can’t give more details without a spoiler alert.

Spoiler Alert!

Spoiler

The book I am referring to is They Both Die in the End by Adam Silvera which failed to give me the emotional punch I suspect it was trying to. If, like me, you have the crazy idea that crying in books is a good thing then Paper Butterflies is the book you should read ASAP

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I’ll keep them safe and they can beat their wings and no one will know that they’re there.

I was so caught up in the story that I forgot to take notes and postmark possible quotes so this morning before writing this review I paged through the book again. Suffice to say the quotes here were paid for in tears. Yes again.

There’s no point in me saying anything more.

There was one small thing that has been niggling at the back of my mind. A detail that I couldn’t quite believe was true. I did some research online and found out that although fairly unlikely the detail is very possible. It is a huge spoiler though, so tread carefully and be very sure before opening the spoiler alert below.

Spoiler Alert!

The spoilery detail ...

was the death sentence given to a 16yr old character. From online research, I discovered that it is possible (although extremely rare) in some US states. Book blogger jassyfizzle interviewed Lisa Heathfield on this topic. The post ‘Spoilery Paper Butterflies Q&A with Lisa Heathfield’ is available at: https://jassyfizzle.wordpress.com/2016/09/04/spoilery-paper-butterflies-qa-with-lisa-heathfield/

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I let his words hold me. They fold around me and I try to let them keep me safe.

There is one character that needs special mention: Blister is the best friend I never knew I needed.

And then I remember.

My review copy is the new 2017 edition, published by Carolrhoda Books but Paper Butterflies was first published in 2016 by Electric Monkey with a different cover. Now I really like the older 2016 cover, but I would love to know what you think. Survey at the bottom of the post.

Holding on to it will only poison you.
5 Star

 

 

Title: Paper Butterflies 

Author: Lisa HeathfieldPaper Butterflies

Publication Date:
First published: 30 June 2016
New edition: 1 October 2017

Publisher:
2016 Edition: Electric Monkey
2017 Edition: Carolrhoda Books

Source: Review copy

 

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June’s life at home with her stepmother and stepsister is a dark one—and a secret one. She is trapped like a butterfly in a net. 

But then June meets Blister, a boy in the woods. In him, she recognises the tiniest glimmer of hope that perhaps she can find a way to fly far, far away from her home and be free. Because every creature in this world deserves their freedom… But at what price?   — Abstract from Goodreads.com

The fact that I received a complimentary review copy of this book does not influence my policy to write an honest review.

Disclaimer: The quotes appear in my review copy and may not appear in the final version.

 

Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

Girl in Snow

Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

 

If there was ever a book that I disliked from the start, pushed through for no real reason and ended up happy I did, its Girl in Snow. In my notes, taken while just over half way through the story, I have written This is an odd little book and I am battling to get into it. In hindsight, I think it is the oddness that kept me turning the pages.

I slide my hand over the gun.

Although I didn’t like the stilted, distant writing style which makes it difficult to engage with the characters and their story, it does stand out as being original thus saving the story from obscurity.

… masks of sorrow placed expertly over their relief.

There are a couple of quirky elements in author’s choice of writing style. Most of the characters are deliberately unlikeable from the start, either with an unflattering appearance (most are covered in acne)or jarring personality. But further distance is created by the occasional use of third person narrative. Together these elements serve as a veil through which the reader is shown events preceding and subsequent to the murder.

… he hated himself for it, but he couldn’t stop. He didn’t want to.

It is the secrets which are slowly, reluctantly dragged out of the characters over the course of the book, and the unexpected twists these bring to the story, that ultimately grabbed my attention.

… a woman not forgotten, only folded and stored away.

I loved the personal note from the editor serving as a prelude to the story. It added a touch that I didn’t know I have missed out on my reading journey.

We’ll always feel the shape of the people we’ve touched. But still, we spin away.

3 Star

 

 

 

Title: Girl in SnowGirl in Snow

Author: Danya Kukafka

Publication Date: 1 August 2017

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Source: Review copy

 

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When a beloved high schooler named Lucinda Hayes is found murdered, no one in her sleepy Colorado suburb is untouched—not the boy who loved her too much; not the girl who wanted her perfect life; not the officer assigned to investigate her murder. In the aftermath of the tragedy, these three indelible characters—Cameron, Jade, and Russ—must each confront their darkest secrets in an effort to find solace, the truth, or both.  — Abstract from Goodreads.com

The fact that I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book does not influence my policy to write an honest review.

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If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak

If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak

If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak

 

What I liked 

Interspersed throughout the book is an original and creative screenplay by Grace which describes her feelings brilliantly. These scenes are the highlights of the book and the story would be lost without them.

I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with the wings.


What I didn’t like

The story is slow and the protagonists self-indulgent – while this is common in YA (young adult) characters – for an inexplicable reason it doesn’t work here.

And I don’t like who I am becoming.

Actually, none of the characters really work together, the best friends seem superficial and without chemistry, and any real substance I don’t buy the romance.

What took you so long? I have been waiting forever.

2 Star

 

 

 

Title: If Birds Fly BackIf Birds Fly Back

Author: Carlie Sorosiak

Publication Date: 27 June 2017

Publisher: HarperTeen

Source: Review copy

 

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Linny has been fascinated by disappearances, ever since her sister Grace ran away in the middle of the night without saying goodbye.

Sebastian can tell you how many galaxies there are, and knows how much plutonium weighs. But the one thing he can’t figure out is the identity of his birth father. 

They’ve never met, but Linny and Sebastian have one thing in common: an obsession with famous novelist and filmmaker Alvaro Herrera, who went missing three years ago and has just reappeared. As they learn more about the mystery of Alvaro, Linny and Sebastian uncover the answers they’ve been searching for.   — Abstract from Goodreads.com

The fact that I received a free advanced copy of this book does not influence my policy to write an honest review.

Disclaimer: The quotes appear in my advanced review copy and may not appear in the final version.

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Girl Out of Water

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

 

Girl Out of Water, a story of a summer away from home. For Anise, this not only means being away from her friends but also surfing, her passion.

… not only have I been torn away from home this summer…

Anise is a very difficult character to like. She is very competitive, and for the most part self-indulgent. But these are not nearly as bad as her constant whining which drove me mad!

I’m waiting for something better.

The secondary characters, despite being diverse, were superficial i.e. not sufficiently explored and this lets the book down. As a very character driven story, these paper-doll characters needed more dimension for the reader to relate to them.

This summer took away my surfboard.

2 Star

 

 

Title: Girl Out of Water

Author: Laura SilvermanGirl Out of Water

Publication Date: 2 May 2017

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Source: Review copy

 

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Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word. 

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves  — Abstract from Goodreads.com

The fact that I received a free advanced copy of this book does not influence my policy to write an honest review.

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Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Letters to the Lost

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

 

Letters to the Lost is a raw, gritty, haunting story of love and loss.

I was so worried you were him.

Told in alternate POVs,  Juliet and Declan begin an unlikely correspondence which leads to a fervent period of self-discovery.

There is agony in that picture.

Juliet and Declan are bold, fierce, complex characters and their story bursts from the page, sweeping the reader up and into their world.

One day isn’t your whole life.

The only thing that didn’t work for me is the up and down of Declan’s relationship with his mom and step-dad.  I think its eventual outcome just doesn’t have sufficient depth to be plausible.

Every moment is meaningful.

Thanks to Jonathan Ball Publishers, South Africa for the review copy.4 Star

 

 

Title: Letters to the Lost

Author: Brigid KemmererLetters to the Lost

Publication Date: 4 April 2017

Publisher: Bloomsbury 

Source: Review copy

 

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Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.   — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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