Friday, 24 November 2017

Review of Butterfly Chaos by Melinda R. Cordell

Three months after her cousin Toni died, Cassie is still reeling. Toni’s best friend now ignores her in the halls. Cassie’s cousin is dating the girl who torments her in gym. And Cassie has maybe a teeny-tiny crush on the boy who pulled Toni’s body out of the river.

Then Toni’s ghost visits Cassie and reveals that in two nights, a powerful EF3 tornado will rip into a dance hall, killing those three kids.

Cassie sets out to keep everyone from going to the dance. As she argues and cajoles (and stockpiles minor munitions to clear the building, just in case) she uncovers stories about her friends’ connections with Toni – and all the reasons they refuse to skip this awesome dance. Why does everyone have to be so bullheaded! Despite everything Cassie does to change their destiny, they find themselves directly in the killer tornado’s path....

My Review: 5 stars
I'd read a book by Cordell before and so when I was browsing for something to read and spotted this one I was more than intrigued and happy to pick it up. The story starts with what is turning out to be a normalish day for Cassie. Alone, bullied, grieving and then suddenly there is Toni sitting in the toilet! The book is engaging, the unknown of whether Cassie will manage her task, dealing with her own grief and her own upset by what happened and finally moving on to what happens if she doesn't manage it. I loved it, it was enthralling from the first page and completely told as a teenager would. Cordell has the ability to project a young voice through her writing and that is something very special indeed. Highly recommended.

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