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At age 14, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last 10 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.

Contains mature themes.

©2017 Emma Scott (P)2017 Tantor

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Even better than the first time !!!!

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Even better than the 1st time !!!
I don’t re- read books, I want to but I just can’t do it so I thought I’d try listening to my favourite books and guess what I did it !!! I listened to a book I’d read before and I loved even more than the first time round, the narration was perfect Beckett’s voice was just lush I feel in love all over again ❤️

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  • Toni H
  • 21-09-17

Touching and Thoughtful

What made the experience of listening to The Butterfly Project the most enjoyable?

I loved the storyline, and the narrators used the right amount of feeling in each situation.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Beckett was my favorite because he totally faced his mistakes and tried to make up for them always.

What about Amy Melissa Bentley and Guy Locke ’s performance did you like?

The narrators helped me to feel the characters emotions. I liked there being a female and male voice. It helped with POV right away which can sometimes be more confusing with audiobooks than when reading a book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This is a moving book overall so there is more than one moment, but one that really stands out is when Zelda forgives herself.

Any additional comments?

Zelda and Beckett have painful pasts. Both are struggling every moment with the emotional baggage. The author does an excellent job of putting the reader in their shoes. I easily understood their actions and feelings. I love these characters and how they don't play romance games. I suppose because they have seen firsthand how real consequences can be, they take life seriously. Both characters are sort of stuck and having trouble moving forward. They help to bring each other around to a better place. I definitely recommend The Butterfly Project. It's entertaining, but it also leaves you thinking. It's not a book that you can just finish and forget.

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  • Laura
  • 18-09-17

A Magical Journey of Hope and Forgiveness

This is my fourth Emma Scott book. The Butterfly Project was EPIC. Ms. Scott, I'm officially a super fan and I will now automatically buy every book you write without hesitation.

I don't even know where to begin with this review. The characters she writes are so real, such poignant portraits of the good and ugly things that make people uniquely beautiful.

The two main characters are dealing with tremendous pain and regret. The heroine is debilitated by the guilt from not being able to stop the pedophile who kidnapped and killed her younger sister. The hero is barely scraping by in a parole-enforced existence of misery and regret: the consequence of participating in an armed robbery that ended in the worst possible way.

While the back stories of both main characters are violent and tragic, I liked that the author only provided the barest minimum of detail to understand their pain. It seems that there is this trend in our culture to provide gory details...we're becoming desensitized to violence and even though this is fiction, I'd rather not hear about what a pedophile does to the child he kidnapped.

I was captivated from the very first meeting of the two main characters. There was just something there - a spark and instant connection that just couldn't be dismissed. The romance between them began with a friendship - a mutual benefit of each character in desperate need of a second chance. It was a very slow burn, but when it finally happened it was quite steamy.

As for the narration, it was very good. Amy was excellent - she was quite good differentiating male and female voices and imparted believable New York accents for specific characters. As for Guy Locke, I have two gripes. First, the New York accent Amy provided for Beckett disappeared when it was his turn to narrate. Second, his enunciation annoys. I've listened to several other audio books that he has narrated and that problem has been prevalent in all of them. Words like Manhattan come out as Manhat'n, button comes out but'n, swimming is swimmin'. It's kind of a lazy way of speaking by dropping t and g consonant sounds. It grates after a while.

This book ticked all the boxes for me. It was truly a journey. There were moments I smiled and laughed, and there were also several moments that brought me to tears. This book is definitely worth a credit...just keep a box of Kleenex nearby!

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  • Tinkerbell
  • 06-09-18

Better read than listen, narration is not great

I read The Butterfly Project and LOVED it so I was excited when I joined audible and saw I could experience it again by listening. Unfortunately, the listening experience was not what I had hoped. The female narrator (Amy Bentley) is pretty good, took a bit to get used to her voice(s), but after awhile she did feel like 'Zelda' to me and her renditions of the other characters showed talent and was enjoyable (her Darlene voice, made that character much more pronounced than when I read the book).

The problem was with the narration for Becketts point of view. The two narrators should have sync'd up and agree on whether he was going to have a strong Brooklyn accent or not as it is every disjointed when Amy reads him with an accent and Guy reads him without. Additionally, Guy Locke reads like he is at a poetry slam or book reading, not narrating a book. Good narrators have subtle differences in inflection and tone when reading thoughts/narrative pieces vs. dialogue and that was largely missing in his reading. His stilted awkwardly emphasized (too dramatic) reading was cringe worthy and honestly I almost stopped listening. If I hadn't read the book first and knew it was good, i would have as I was missing much of the story that is the essence of Beckett by this weird reading. It was very much amateur reading/poetry night at the local indie bookstore, not a 'performance' worthy of a book on audible (maybe if it were 'free' in Romance Package, but this was a full credit).

The story however is GREAT! I am a huge fan of the slow burn model and while this doesn't quite qualify since the characters are attracted very early in the story, that they have a friendship and relationship for 23 chapters before having any physical contact/confessing of romantic feelings until chapter 24 made the book better for me as it gave space to learn other things about them, really know them as people and be rooting for them.

This is my favorite of all the books I have read by this Author (most of which I enjoyed a lot).

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  • Dymps
  • 09-01-18

Great story let down by Guy Locke’s portrayal of Beckett

Really liked the story. One or two minor things seemed a little forced but overall the story was good. Liked seeing Z and Beckett’s growth both as individuals and in their relationship despite all the obstacles.

Unfortunately the male narration let it down for me. When you meet Beckett first time through Zelda’s POV with the female narrator he has a New York accent but when it’s narrated from his POV the accent was nowhere to be heard. It really threw me throughout the book as the consistency wasn’t there from the narrators.