Nov 092012
Review: FlutterFlutter by Gina Linko
Published by Random House on Oct 23, 2012
Genres: Romance, Time Travel, YA
Format: eARC from Netgalley
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

All Emery Land wants is to be like any other 17-year-old—to go to school, hang out with her friends, and just be normal. But for as long as she can remember, she’s suffered from seizures. And in recent years they’ve consumed her life. To Emery they’re much more than seizures, she calls them loops—moments when she travels through wormholes back and forth in time and to a mysterious town. The loops are taking their toll on her physically. So she practically lives in the hospital where her scientist father and an ever-growing team of doctors monitor her every move. They’re extremely interested in the data they collect when Emery seizes. It appears that she’s tapping into parts of the brain typically left untouched by normal human beings.

Escaping from the hospital, Emery travels to Esperanza, the town from her loops on the upper peninsula of Michigan, where she meets Asher Clarke. Ash’s life is governed by his single-minded pursuit of performing good Samaritan acts to atone for the death of a loved one. His journey is very much entwined with Emery’s loops.

Drawn together they must unravel their complicated connection before it’s too late.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This is a creative YA romance with a heavy mystery angle. Emery’s loops were odd and slightly scary. They were obviously killing her, but it didn’t seem to bother her. I spent the majority of the story wondering what the purpose of her loops were, and whether there would be a satisfying answer for them, before it was too late.

Emery’s father was crazy and scary. He didn’t seem to see her as a real person, just an interesting problem that needed to be solved. I couldn’t imagine how that must feel, knowing the one person who is supposed to love and protect you is only interesting in observing you while keeping you locked up. I don’t blame her for running. I did find it a little too easy that she was able to leave, and find a small town that didn’t question her. And did I miss the explanation as to how she was able to afford it?

Ash was a mysterious guy. In the beginning, I couldn’t tell if I was supposed to like him or not, but I was definitely intrigued. He was quite stand-offish, and yet slept in the clearing outside her cabin in order to protect her. I just can’t believe she never offered him a spot on the floor or couch, even after snow started flying. Brrr…

The explanation of the loops, and the ending itself was a twist I wasn’t expecting. Obviously I won’t spoil it, but it was good. I still don’t quite understand why Emery called them loops, but that doesn’t change the fact that I greatly enjoyed the story.

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