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review 2018-04-11 15:24
Trapping the Butterfly - Debra Parmley

Trapping the Butterfly! by Debra Parmley Bethany lives with her aunt and uncle living off the inheritance her parents left her when they died. Ten years we find her within a few days of becoming 18 years of age. They all travel to Hot Springs, Arkansas for a business day and also for the hot springs to help Aunt Margaret with her health problems. We've traveled through some locations on the west coast Sol Duc where the springs are open to the public but I never knew there were so many procedures involved. The area offers music and individual rooms for men and women. As she reads outside she meets a dectective Paul and he's warned her to stay away from the 4th floor-bad men are abundant in the area. She's agree to accompany Richard-the business partner to be on a date for a musical that she's looking forward to. She learns more about Paul and enjoyed the butterfly discussion. Bethany is also taking the baths but it leaves her light headed as her aunt has made the corset very tight. Bethany has a plan and it's the 1920's and she wants to be like other females-the flappers and she meets Suki who helps her with the plan. Paul keeps her under surveillance....during prohibition-for some. She gets to step out and meets up with Rocco and others that look and act like gangsters...Paul had warned her though...the races are next...Southern club for dancing. Her guardians have taken drastic measures...scary things start happening and she has no idea what to do. Love her choices of what she wants to do with the rest of her life. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end. Love the locations, very descriptive details, butterfly meanings, springs, flappers and all the other information I learned. Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

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review 2018-03-25 23:16
The Butterfly Conspiracy
The Butterfly Conspiracy: A Merriweather and Royston Mystery - Vivian Conroy

A captivating historical cozy mystery, The Butterfly Conspiracy is an excellent debut to a new series! Suspenseful and thrilling, I was immediately sucked into the Victorian world superbly created, with intriguing characters and a puzzling plot that kept me turning pages.

 

I liked the dynamic between Royston and Merula. She's wasn't a passive Victorian flower, he wasn't a man strong-arming her into being a passive Victorian flower. Although the possibility for a romance was hinted at, it wasn't overt and took a backseat to the plot. I appreciated that, just like in food, the best flavors are in the background as an enhancement. It also leaves the door open to future story lines, and I look forward to seeing how their relationship develops.

 

The plot was intriguing; at a zoological meeting, Merula unveils the exotic butterfly she has cultivated. Because she is a woman, Merula's Uncle Rupert agrees to take the credit, but when a woman dies after the butterfly lands on Lady Sophia's arm and she falls over, dead, Uncle Rupert is accused of murder. Determined to clear his name, Merula teams up with Lord Royston, uncovering many motives and suspects while pursued by the police. I have no idea if the method of death is feasible or not, but it wasn't something I've ever seen before and really enjoyed it, as well as the surprising and exciting ending.

 

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review 2018-02-20 06:13
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Very Hungry Catepillar 8c CD Na: For B& n - Eric Carle

AR: 2.9

Grade Level: PreK-1st

Summary: The Very Hungry Caterpillar is all about how a very hungry caterpillar transformed into a not so hungry butterfly! This book is excellent for teaching numbers and the cycle of the butterfly. 

Idea: I will most definitely be using this book to teach a science lesson on the life cycle of a butterfly. This would be beneficial for my younger students because it is fun and educational! This is also an opportunity to incorporate math into my lesson. 

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text 2017-12-31 15:39
December Re-Cap
The Last Place You Look - Kristen Lepionka
Marrow - Tarryn Fisher
Undone (Unknown Trilogy Book 3) - Wendy Higgins
Dear Daughter: A Novel - Elizabeth Little
The Butterfly Project - Emma Scott
Down to the Liar - Mary Elizabeth Summer
Certain Dark Things: A Novel - Silvia Moreno-Garcia
RoomHate - Penelope Ward
Undertow - Michael Buckley
Pretty Dead Girls - Monica Murphy

Ohhhh...December!  I had very good Christmas, and I hope you all did too.  I even managed to read a few books. I'm having a difficult time reconciling the end of 2017.  Not sure why that is???  I just can't believe the new year is here, already.  On to my re-cap...

 

 

 

 

 

(Audiobook) The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka

Finish Date: 12/01

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Marrow by Tarryn Fisher

Finish Date:  12/08

4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Kindle eBook) Undone by Wendy Higgins

Finish Date:  12/13

4.8/5 STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

Finish Date:  12/14

3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Kindle eBook) The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott

Finish Date:  12/19

5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(eBook Novella) Down to the Liar by Mary Elizabeth

Finish Date:  12/20

2.5/5 STARS

 

(Audiobook) Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Finish Date:  12/20

3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) RoomHate by Penelope Ward

Finish Date:  12/23

3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) Undertow by Michael Buckley

Finish Date:  12/29

4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Netgalley eArc) Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

Finish Date:  12/30

2.5/5 STARS - GRADE=D+

 

Plus 1 DNF...I just couldn't get into this.

 

11 BOOKS TOTAL

3,316 Pages 

6 Audiobooks, 1 Novella, 2 eBooks, 1 DNF eBook and 1 Negalley eArc.

 

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review 2017-12-27 22:04
In case you haven't heard…this is one of the good ones.
The Butterfly Project - Emma Scott

 

 

 

Book TitleThe Butterfly Project

Author:  Emma Scott

Genre:  New Adult | Contemporary

Setting:  Brooklyn/Manhattan, New York

Source:  Own Kindle eBook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5+/5

Pacing:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total:  5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

 

 

This is my first book by Emma Scott…and I have added quite a few others to my TBR now that I've finished this.  Fresh, genuine characters paired with an amazingly unique storyline.  It's so freaking sweet.  There is no unnecessary drama in this one…and she writes excellent sex scenes too! 

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I'm certain that I will…

 

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