December first! The countdown to Christmas has begun and what better way to get into the holiday spirit than read a holiday story? I’ve said it before, but the absolute best thing with having writer friends it that I get to read their books before you do :p. Today is the release day of Nobody’s Butterfly by Claire Davis and Al Stewart…and I read it weeks ago.
Johnny Strong hasn’t spoken for two years unless you count the ghost living in the cobweb by his window, of course. But then Finn comes – Finn who’s always there, who is loud and eats all the time, Finn who claims to be Johnny’s wizard. Finn makes potions and he knows what Johnny is thinking. And then there is the neighbour…
I know many reviewers say Davis and Stewart’s writing style is quirky, and it might be, but I’m always thinking it’s poetic. No one paints a picture like the two of them do, few highlight the little things the way they do, and Nobody’s Butterfly is just as magical as the other stories they’ve written…it even has a wizard…and a butterfly.
If you like YA, you’ll love this. If you don’t, read it anyway. If you’re looking for erotica, this is not for you!
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.