Firstly, take a moment to look at the cover, its so engaging and wonderful, I just love it.
*giving you a moment to take in the awesomeness*
- Paperback and ebook
- Publisher: Angry Robot (6 Aug. 2015)
- Language: English
- Read – ebook via Arc for review
Where to start?
This book is such a cacophony of prose, eccentricity and delight.
I do love the way in which Ishbelle Bee creates her characters and her stories, they are like fresh spring water washing away the monotony of some of the books out there today.
I love the way her pages just flow into one another, and even though they are interspersed with random pages too, I like the fact that there is not pages and pages of solid text, I know that is, essentially what a book is, but, you know what I mean!.
and this –
I do, unfortunately, suffer with ‘Dry Eyes’ so reading for a long time makes my eyes uncomfortable, and having the change of constant text an ease to me.
As I mentioned before, In my previous writings of the first book, I would so love to go and visit, the authors creative mind and have a rummage around , perhaps I could be privy to her new ideas and plans to further books…cheeky!!:P
This book is somewhat of a continuation of the first one, still set in the Victorian age, but is, by no means a sequel , as such, we are introduced to new people and places and thoughts, we are even introduced to the Prime Minister and Queen Victoria,……. but do not get too close……………..just in case!!
Another similarity to Mirror and Goliath is her love for drawing upon quirky names for her characters, and I am happy that this continues in The Butterfly Girl, with the likes of Boo Boo, Pedrock Frogwish, Lady Beetle and Professor hummingbird to name but a few. We do meet Mr Loveheart again, for he in a disturbing way, stood out as a favourite of mine previously and was interested to see what was in store for us, in his adventures.
Now to the basis of the story –
The Blurb –
The enchanting sequel to The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath
Two orphans, Pedrock and Boo Boo, are sent to live in the sinister village of Darkwound. There they meet and befriend the magical and dangerous Mr Loveheart and his neighbour Professor Hummingbird, a recluse who collects rare butterflies. Little do they know that Professor Hummingbird has attracted the wrath of a demon named Mr Angel-Cakes.
One night, Mr Angel-Cakes visits Boo Boo and carves a butterfly onto her back. Boo Boo starts to metamorphose into a butterfly/human hybrid, and is kidnapped by Professor Hummingbird. When Mr Loveheart attempts to rescue her with the aid of Detective White and Constable Walnut, they are turned into butterflies.
Caught between Professor Hummingbird and the demon Angel-Cakes, Loveheart finds himself entangled in a web much wider and darker than he could have imagined, and a plot that leads him right to the Prime Minister and Queen Victoria herself – (Courtesy of Goodreads)
I used the blurb from Goodreads as I did not want to spoil anything for the potential reader, as I would like them to read and experience this world / book for themselves and thought that was the easier way of doing it, other I would just witter away and and spill the beans.
I always end up fancying something to eat aster reading these two books, as her stories are full of cake and custard and pie all manner of yummy stuff, it all sounds rather delicious.
The reading experience, I found with this book, was a quick and pleasant one, as mentioned previously, I love Ishbelle’s style and do not feel vexed on overly worded or elaborate text, it is simple and direct, I like that.
Do not get me wrong, when I explain it like that, it does not disrespect anything,for it is a work of art, Picasso comes to mind!!:P
I would suggest reading ‘The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath’ first and then migrate onto this one, I would say you could if you really wanted to read them independentl , but I would love you to meet Mr Loveheart first before addressing him here.
After gushing all over this, I do however, have to say that the first book – in my estimation- just peeks this one for me, I enjoyed the storyline a little more in the previous book and I did miss Goliath, he was such a gentle man and his presence in the book counterbalanced all the craziness, I preferred Mirror more as our main character than Boo Boo, but I did enjoy his book immensely, Thank you so much to Angry Robot books and of course Netgalley for giving me the chance of getting my hands on this much awaited publication and I look forward to seeing what is in store for us from them and Ishbelle Bee and her mind.
Just a word of warning though………….. Butterflies may not be what they seem, and mad professors who collect them likewise………
Do read them, I make light that these books are crazy and a quick enjoyable read, but they are a masterpiece and defiantly not to be missed, some people class these as gothic horror, and that’s acceptable as you do read about body parts and lopping off of heads etc bit its not the type of horror that makes you sleep with the light on, and that for me, gives it another brownie point, but I feel I cannot place a direct genre on this/ These books, I just think they are great.
I have included the link to the publishers page on this book and the website of the author herself.
Please not that i am not affilaited to anything or one and all thoughts are my own.
Thanks for reading, enjoy and let me know what you think, if you have read them, if not, do you want to? I hope the answer is yes!
bye for now and happy reading 🙂