The Black Butterfly by Shirley Reva Vernick

The Black Butterfly

Penny is furious, and who can blame her? She has to spend Christmas break alone at the Black Butterfly, an old inn at the coldest, bleakest edge of America—the coast of Maine. This "vacation" is the brainchild of Penny's flaky mother, who's on the other side of the country hunting ghosts. Penny most definitely does not believe in spirits. Or love. Or family. Until, that is, she discovers two very real apparitions which only she can see…and me...

Details The Black Butterfly

TitleThe Black Butterfly
Release DateJun 24th, 2014
PublisherCinco Puntos Press
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Ghosts, Supernatural, Fiction

Reviews The Black Butterfly

  • Marga
    DNF at 70%The story was about Penny. It's Christmas vacation and all she wanted is to spend it with her mother in their own house. Looks easy, right? Apparently it isn't. Penny's mother is a little bit different compared to other moms out there. Her mother, Vivian, wants to see ghosts and document them. She's chasing them everywhere. She's kind a passionate on this thing. Right now, she's on Idaho so she can't be with Penny.So then she asked Gigi...
  • Carol
    Fairly lightweight ghost story that missed being really creepy. Easy one day read.
  • Michelle Wrona
    *A review copy has been provided by the publisher via Edelweiss.* When you begin reading this book, you'll have to be ready for one heck of a thrill ride. Although this book has a total Christmasy cover and is taken place during the Christmas holidays, I really feel that anybody can read this book during any time of the year. It's just that good, even though I didn't expect it to be. The summary sounded really cheesy, but something about i...
  • Kailee
    This had no plot. Unless you count teenage angst and instalove plot, which I do not. Even the paranormal aspects of this book felt disjointed and pointless. There was no climax at the end, it felt like it faded away into nothing.
  • Chelsea Vincenzi
    This was a hard read for me, mainly because it was poorly written. I feel like the author didn't trust the audience enough to pick up cues of normal emotion and felt the need to tell us everything. It was a slow book.
  • Nicole
    When Penny's mother decides that spending Christmas chasing after ghosts is more important than spending the holiday at home in Boston with her daughter, Penny isn't just upset, she's downright livid.Penny is sick and tired of always taking a backseat to her mother's (crazy) dreams. Maybe spending some time apart would do them both some good.Even though Penny is being sent to a small, snow-y island off the coast of Maine, to stay with a person sh...
  • Terri
    Original review can be found here received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher Cinco Puntos Press via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is May 6 2014.This was a cute story geared towards the YA audience that was a quick and easy read. In the dominating paranormal market this story kept it simple and it literally was a ghost story. I don't know what it is b...
  • Once Upon a Twilight
    OUT's ReviewLost in Thought is a very interesting book to read. The characters were amazing and the theme of the book was great. When I was reading the book it was a page turner. You didn't get bored by the book where your mind starts wandering and you put the book down and you start trying to find things to do around the house like cleaning or doing laundry.The book is about a young girl Lainy that isn't a normal teenager. Her mom is always some...
  • The Styling Librarian
    The Black Butterfly by Shirley Reva Vernick - Really enjoyed this novel. What happens when you have no control in your life? When you’re mother’s passion brings you from one home to another throughout the years? Would you be able to make friends and connect with people? Penny grew up feeling disconnected and frustrated with her life situation. When Penny’s mom’s obsession sends her on a mission on the other side of the U.S., Penny is sent...
  • Wisteriouswoman
    It started out sounding like a fun Middle Schooler read with a bit of a ghost story twist. But it lacked plot and was a big mishmash of elements that didn't make it work for me. I couldn't tell who the target audience was. I gave up on it eventually because I just didn't care how it would end. If Penny was really a city girl used to fending for herself and eating boxed mac and cheese, it didn't make sense that she was instantly enamored with the ...
  • Barbara
    Penny has been disappointed by her mother many times before. But when she decides to chase after ghosts in Idaho, she arranges for Penny to spend the Christmas holidays with an old friend that she hasn't seen in years. Hanging out with strangers in an inn in Maine isn't what she had in mind, and while things start off in a rocky fashion, she eventually connects with a couple of ghosts there as well as the innkeeper's son George. The romance bloss...
  • Normalene
    The Black Butterfly Inn, located on a small island in Maine, is where 17-year-old Penny gets to spend the holidays since her mom is stuck in Idaho at a conference of ghost hunters. Her mom's friend Bubbles, who Penny has never heard of owns the inn and Penny will be staying there. She meets Bubbles son, George not much older than her, learns that she likes to cook, meets some ghosts and falls in love - but will she end up with the real boy or the...
  • Miranda
    Thanks to Edelweiss and Cinco Puntos Press for access to this title.3.5 stars. This was a fun read, with a touch of gothic horror, and a good mix of romance and family relationship issues. It's more on the lighter, fluffier side, although there is a bit of a dark edge now and again. It will be interesting to see where this goes from here, and I will be watching for the next installment.A good read for those who enjoy a small chill in their ghost ...
  • Yoselis
    It wasn't what I expected. It was an okay read. The main character is a bit too immature for my taste though I do love her love for quotes. The ghost part was okay but the problem solving happened a little too quickly. The middle went by slow and then the wrapping up took only a few pages. It was slightly predictable. The writing was basic without much of a style. I don't necessarily recommend this read.
  • E
    First the good; I like a young adult ghost story and this one got extra points for cooking scenes. Plus it got me out of a reading slump. While it held my attention, it was seriously flawed. Weird pacing, plot thrown together seemingly haphazardly with details sort of sticking out in all directions
  • Fay
    The Black Butterfly isn’t a horror book–the paranormal side was very light (I’m a big scaredy cat and I wasn’t scared of it, maybe because I didn’t get to experience it myself) so I’d recommend this to those who want a light read. I found it to be unique.Full review on my book blog: https://bibliophilesoprano.wordpress....
  • henry
    honestly, I really liked this had a mix of mystery and romance and all the other stuff.but i think that was also a bit of a problem.sometimes, there was too much of something so it lacked something else.but either way, I enjoyed reading this.thank you 'U'
  • Tammy (YA Crush)
    3.0-3.5 I can't decide on a rating. Lots of good things going on here-- ghosts,and first love, and an interesting mix of characters. Some of the story dragged a bit for me, but I liked the heroine enough to keep turning the pages.
  • Drucilla
    Except for the book wrapping up too neatly and a few "you're taking this way too calmly" moments, I enjoyed it. It's a nice little ghost story with a sympathetic main character in Penny. All the characters are enjoyable, actually. Also, it's standalone, which is nice.
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  • Johanna Wittlief
    I loved all the quotes in the book.
  • Lucy
    A fun read but it has some problems.
  • Erin
    Was kind of expecting more from this book. Full review coming soon
  • Brittany
    It was an easy read with good parts and some bad.