Sunday, December 3, 2017

ARC Review: Nobody's Butterfly by Claire Davis and Al Stewart

Nobody's Butterfly
Cobweb ghosts are so inconvenient—especially grumpy ones with bad breath. Don’t they know silence is golden?

Johnny Strong is the expert; he hasn’t spoken in two years. Not one word to anyone except the ghost. The main purpose of life is to avoid people and not get noticed. Friends? He doesn’t need them; and certainly nobody wants him despite what the ghost says.

Until a new boy appears at Windybank—Finn Lyons, teenage wizard. He eats frogs, concocts potions, and is always hungry. Not only does Finn stand up for Johnny; he actively seeks his company and soon becomes part of life. First love; family and words; a heady mix to go in the potion but how will it all turn out?

Hubble bubble; Johnny Strong’s in trouble! Silence is not always golden in this sweet, zany story of the purest magic at Christmas.

Jewel's rating:

Nobody's Butterfly is a story about finding a friend, finding your voice, and realizing you don't have to be alone.

Johnny doesn't speak to anyone except the ghost in his window. It's been that way for years. Finn, who is new at the school, always knows what Johnny says even though Johnny only thinks the words. Finn says he's Johnny's wizard and that Johnny called for him, so he came.

I do enjoy this duo's quirky writing style. Their stories may be fairly short, but I've never found them lacking. They write with such whimsy, I can't help but fall in love with the worlds they create. Nobody's Butterfly is a wonderful addition to their arsenal. It's a little magical and a lot sweet and it left me with a silly grin on my face.

I'd call that a success.



ARC of Nobody's Butterfly was generously provided by the authors, in exchange for an honest review.

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