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Butterfly Bones (Metamorphosis Book 1) by [Carpenter, Rebecca]
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Bethany should be dead, just like the doctors predicted.
But along came the butterflies, altering the order of nature.
And now nature is hell bent on revenge.
Because when fate’s path is disrupted, it’s only a matter of time before balance must be restored.

At birth, Bethany Keatley was diagnosed with a rare bone disease and sent home from the hospital to die. Despite losing her mother to cancer before she turned two, Bethany defeated her prognosis and now, at fifteen, with hindered growth making her appear ten years old, she is alive and well thanks to the hormone injections which her scientist father developed.

But if growing up isn’t hard enough already, being small makes her a target and a social outcast. The only way she's been able to escape her high school tormenters so far is by working hard, achieving good grades, and through her unusual friendship with star football player Jeremiah Wright. That is until a misunderstanding with new girl Zoey Margold. Beautiful and brazen, Zoey and her followers make it their focus to break Bethany.

Yet dealing with the bullies becomes the least of Bethany's worries. The mice on which her dad tests the butterfly hormone are showing side effects no one saw coming and now her plan to leave the small minded town of Springs, Georgia and become a scientist has all but shattered. Her world becomes a prison and her existence a life sentence.

But nature has her own plans for Bethany.

Haunting. Twisted. Incredible. Like nothing you've ever read before.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4988 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lakewater Press; 1 edition (28 November 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M1E9854
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #703,832 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 stars! This book is amazing 😍!

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review.

Butterfly Bones deals with the difficult subjects of illness, loss of parents and bulling. The story line was emotional and heartbreaking.

"All the bullying combined doesn’t come close to comparing with the physical and emotional torture" - Butterfly Bones by Rebecca Carpenter

Bethany Keatly is 15 years old and meant to be dead, however her scientist father wouldn't allow that and injected her with experimental hormones. After years of living on these hormones side effects start to show and they both know there isn't long left. Whilst dealing with the emotional pain of her impending doom, Bethany must also deal with the bully due to the fact that her illness makes her undeveloped and heartbreak.

I loved this book - it's one of the favourites that I've read this year. It is an easy read with a very engaging, heart wrenching storyline with multiple twist you don't see coming. And it is one I would definitely recommend for people who like young adult fiction and fantasy.
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Rebecca Carpenter has written a YA mystery/SF novel that has everything you could wish for: A fast-paced story line, a plot that deepens the further you go, a protagonist who is vulnerable yet feisty, courageous, and selfless. Antagonists who are so despicable you wish you could get them alone in a dead end alley with a nail-studded lump of 4 x 2.

There's no swearing (not real swear words) and no sex scenes. Butterfly Bones is an amazing story of despair, love, and courage that draws you in from the opening scene and doesn’t let you go until you reach the last word. You will want to hug Bethany and protect her, kick Jeremiah in the pants to wake him up, and slap a couple of other characters and bash their heads together for their cowardice.

If you can read through this book without shedding a tear, occasionally laughing or suddenly feeling your heart breaking, you probably have no heart.

Can't wait for Rebecca to write book two.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Found: New YA/Sci-fi series with imagination! 28 November 2016
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Great read! I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy, and I could hardly put it down. If you're looking for a new, fun, imaginative YA series to dive into, look no further!!

Things I liked:
Exciting story. Interesting context. Engaging characters. The pace of the main story arc is fantastic, and keeps you on the edge of your seat!!! The characters are unique, and you get a good sense if the individual, and their individual struggles.

Things to consider:
While accessible and fun for non-YA readers, at times it feels like a YA book, which it is :). While some wordings and character decisions/developments felt overly immature to me, that was probably the intent due to the story being mostly focused on high school aged students.

Final conclusion:
Read it! You'll be glad you did, and even if YA books aren't your thing, you will still love this book! Can't wait to read the next stage in Bethany's metamorphosis! (Definitely going to read this again in anticipation!)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique and powerful SF/coming of age tale 2 December 2016
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Calling this novel "unique" undersells it. Carpenter takes a surprising range of ingredients - teenage love, crippling disease, a gentle mad scientist, and many more - and fashions a story that synthesizes all of them in a way that's hard to forget. Our heroine, Bethany, is believable, and her life at 15 is awful. Hampered by a bone defect, living with her widowed father who seeks medical breakthroughs based on hormones in butterflies, and bullied mercilessly in some harrowing scenes, she is not at all perfect. She repeatedly hurts the only boy who really likes her, and she waffles between love, resentment, and hate for her dad, who uses her as a lab mouse even as he tries to help her, Trying to hang on in an isolated (and beautifully described) locale in rural Georgia, she seeks escape in preparing for college - but her road out of town has surprising and terrifying twists ahead.
While the science and medicine in this book wouldn't work as described, Carpenter has clearly done her research and makes it sound real enough to serve her story. The story and characters are so powerful that even a nitpicky scientific-minded reader like myself is willing to ignore any questions and eagerly turn the pages to see what's going to happen to Betheny and the few people who are in her life.
For a first-time novelist, Carpenter is pretty amazing, hitting character, locale, and story out of the park. Very few readers will be able to put this book down, and even fewer will forget it. Most will be eager to read the next installment in Betheny's life.
- Matt Bille, author, The Dolmen (Wolfsinger, 2014)
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of twists and jagged turns 18 March 2017
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Rebecca Carpenter had me at the title, Butterfly Bones. This story lives up to the unusual title in that the main character, fifteen-year-old Bethany, becomes her dad’s lab rat, so to speak, in an experiment involving butterflies and their metamorphosis into something that can fly. Why? Because Bethany has a rare genetic disorder which her father desperately wants to undo by injecting butterfly hormones.

Blend this wild plot with every day school bullies and first loves, and you have a great modern day sci-fi worthy of your time. I’ll be reading the second installment to Carpenter’s metamorphosis series when it comes out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entomologist's Delight 30 November 2016
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As an entomologist, and avid fantasy reader, I truly enjoyed "Butterfly Bones." It's whimsical, it's emotional, it's a coming of age story with science fiction/fantasy elements and butterflies, all well balanced and co-mingled. The tension builds well as the story progresses but you can't be a complacent reader since there are surprises in store. This would be an excellent shared book between parents and children, or a solo adventure for any kid. Carpenter hit a home run on this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This book is full of good, original and interesting ideas 28 December 2016
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This book is full of good, original and interesting ideas. It is apparent the author did a lot of research on various subjects and I appreciate that. I did find the internal dialogue that the main character had w herself and her continuous struggle w her best friend/crush a bit redundant. Overall, creepy in a good way and worth a look. I will be reading the next one too.

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