Thursday, July 6, 2017

*ARC* The Butterfly Project - Review

The Butterfly Project

By: Emma Scott

Published: February 21, 2017 by Trillian

256 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Source: ebook, Netgalley ARC from publisher

(Goodreads / Amazon)

"Where you are is home..."

At age fourteen, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last ten years hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes—like child abduction—before they happen. Zelda pitches her graphic novel to several big-time comic book publishers in New York City, only to have her hopes crash and burn. Circumstances leave her stranded in an unfamiliar city, and in an embarrassing moment of weakness, she meets a guarded young man with a past he’d do anything to change...

Beckett Copeland spent two years in prison for armed robbery, and is now struggling to keep his head above water. A bike messenger by day, he speeds around New York City, riding fast and hard but going nowhere, his criminal record holding him back almost as much as the guilt of his crime. 

Zelda and Beckett form a grudging alliance of survival, and in between their stubborn clash of wills, they slowly begin to provide each other with the warmth of forgiveness, healing, and maybe even love. But when Zelda and Beckett come face to face with their pasts, they must choose to hold on to the guilt and regret that bind them, or let go and open their hearts for a shot at happiness. 

The Butterfly Project is a novel that reveals the power of forgiveness, and how even the smallest decisions of the heart can—like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings—create currents that strengthen into gale winds, altering the course of a life forever. 
This was a unique concept in a book. The main character, Zelda, had a horrible childhood tragedy when her 9 year old younger sister was taken by a man out of a grocery store. Only being 14 at the time herself, she did everything in her power to chase after them, but carries a massive weight of guilt for not being able to stop him. Now 10 years later she is chasing after a dream to have her graphic novel published. A graphic novel that she writes for the heroin to have an outcome she wishes she could've had with her sister, vengeance. Parts of this graphic novel are interspersed throughout the book which give it that unique concept.

Zelda goes from her home in Pennsylvania, to Vegas where she worked as a tattoo artist for Theo Fletcher. Fans of Emma Scott will remember Theo from her Full Tilt series. She then leaves Vegas for New York City to pursue her dream of publishing her graphic novel. While in New York, things are much harder than she ever imagined. She has to stretch her dollars as far as they can possibly go in a city that is extremely expensive to live in. It's an even tougher city to make it in when you're an artist of any kind. Zelda learns that quickly. She isn't one to give up easily though and refuses to go back home to Pennsylvannia and be trapped again by her grief and guilt.

Then she meets Beckett. A handsome guy who buses tables at an Italian restaurant she happened to stop to eat at. She learns a few things about him during their brief encounter and for whatever reason she feels safe around him. He works as a messenger during the day and buses tables at night 6 days a week and he's still struggling to make rent every month. They strike up a deal to help each other out.

For the first 70% of the book Beckett and Zelda become friends while being roommates. In a 400 square foot space, there is no privacy. But they make their living arrangement work. There is no insta-love with this one. Though I don't necessarily mind those stories either. In this romance, there is friendship first, definitely attraction, but they don't act on that attraction because neither want to ruin the situation they are in. They have come to depend on one another and enjoy each other's company so much that acting on their attraction could damage what they've found in the other one. A friendship they both desperately need.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. This was my third book by Emma Scott and I'm definitely a fan of hers!

Top 5 Favorite Quotes:
I wanted to believe words had power. The power to change the past. To fix what was broken. To heal.

"No matter what happens, even on your worst day, find something to be grateful about. It'll make you feel better."

"...your voice...It's like a searchlight in the fog."

"This place feels like home because you're in it."

Pain could be suppressed, but happiness knew no such bonds.

Language: 2 (medium)
Mature Content: 2 (medium)
Final Rating: 4 stars


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