Google+ Reading Teen: The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison: Book and Audiobook Review

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison: Book and Audiobook Review

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: EgmontUSA (February 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1606842633
ISBN-13: 978-1606842638
Buy the book: Amazon
Buy the audio:
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.
I read this book almost just because of the cover. I love the cover, simple yet very eye catching. Kate Ellion's debut novel The Butterfly Clues is an amazing book! I loved it from beginning to end. Sometimes, murder mysteries are just so so for me. Not this one, it was a little freaky and it wasn't predictable. Yay.

Penelope "Lo" was very strange, which was kinda a breath of fresh air. Normally the main character kicks butt, or is beautiful, perfect. Lo was very obsessive compulsive. She had to taptaptapbanana to open a door or to get out of a chair. Lo had to put her peas in piles of six before she could eat them. Rearrange her bedroom every-time she felt the least bit off or anxious. It was so interesting to read from Lo's point of view. The character development of Lo was perfect. Flint, Jeremy, Sapphire and many others were strong and awesome characters as well.

This book is dark, seductive, mysterious, and mostly awesome. It's so different than anything you'll ever read. I can't even tell if there is going to be a sequel, gosh I hope so.


The audiobook was even better than the book! The reader Therese Plummer was fantastic! She didn't have to grow on me, as most audio readers do. She was brilliant from the very beginning. She could read each character with such a unique voice. Plus at one point Therese totally broke out into song. She nailed the bluesy old song, that a 40 year old homeless man was singing, while he sat on the corner of the street. This was so unexpected, when she started to sing, I stopped what I was doing a just stared, big eyed at my PC. This is not one of my favorite books of all time, but it might be one of my favorite audiobooks of all time!

I going to taptaptapbanana outta here, hoping you'll check out one of these options for The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison. 

Profanity: Strong/Heavy
Sexual: Extreme (rape of a stripper)
Violence: Extreme (rape/murder)
Other: The book takes places in/around a strip bar/Gentlemans club


  1. I have been wanting to read this book, but hadn't heard much about it. It sounds really great. The audio version sounds fantastic. Thanks for the great review!!

  2. Sounds very interesting & very different from a lot of other YA books out there right now!

  3. I have to have this book! ;) I, too, would read it just for the cover, I'm a bit obsessed with butterflies right now, but you've made it sound just as good as the cover! Great review, thanks!!

  4. From listening to you talk about this, and now your review, I think I may have to steal this one from you and listen to it. It sounds intriguing!

  5. ooo, this sounds good! I liked the cover when we got it at our HS LMC but didn't grab it up right away. Maybe I better check it out now! Good review Amy.

  6. This one is already on my TBR list! It sounds so intense and creepy. I love a good murder mystery novel. :D

  7. This sounds very suspenseful! I hardly can wait to read it!


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