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Publisher's Summary

At age 14, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last 10 years hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes - like child abduction - before they happen. Zelda pitches her graphic novel to several big-time comic book publishers in New York City, only to have her hopes crash and burn. Circumstances leave her stranded in an unfamiliar city, and in an embarrassing moment of weakness, she meets a guarded young man with a past he'd do anything to change....

Beckett Copeland spent two years in prison for armed robbery and is now struggling to keep his head above water. A bike messenger by day, he speeds around New York City, riding fast and hard but going nowhere, his criminal record holding him back almost as much as the guilt of his crime.

Zelda and Beckett form a grudging alliance of survival, and in between their stubborn clash of wills, they slowly begin to provide each other with the warmth of forgiveness, healing, and maybe even love.

Contains mature themes.

©2017 Emma Scott (P)2017 Tantor

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Touching and Thoughtful

What made the experience of listening to The Butterfly Project the most enjoyable?

I loved the storyline, and the narrators used the right amount of feeling in each situation.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Beckett was my favorite because he totally faced his mistakes and tried to make up for them always.

What about Amy Melissa Bentley and Guy Locke ’s performance did you like?

The narrators helped me to feel the characters emotions. I liked there being a female and male voice. It helped with POV right away which can sometimes be more confusing with audiobooks than when reading a book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This is a moving book overall so there is more than one moment, but one that really stands out is when Zelda forgives herself.

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Zelda and Beckett have painful pasts. Both are struggling every moment with the emotional baggage. The author does an excellent job of putting the reader in their shoes. I easily understood their actions and feelings. I love these characters and how they don't play romance games. I suppose because they have seen firsthand how real consequences can be, they take life seriously. Both characters are sort of stuck and having trouble moving forward. They help to bring each other around to a better place. I definitely recommend The Butterfly Project. It's entertaining, but it also leaves you thinking. It's not a book that you can just finish and forget.

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A Magical Journey of Hope and Forgiveness

This is my fourth Emma Scott book. The Butterfly Project was EPIC. Ms. Scott, I'm officially a super fan and I will now automatically buy every book you write without hesitation.

I don't even know where to begin with this review. The characters she writes are so real, such poignant portraits of the good and ugly things that make people uniquely beautiful.

The two main characters are dealing with tremendous pain and regret. The heroine is debilitated by the guilt from not being able to stop the pedophile who kidnapped and killed her younger sister. The hero is barely scraping by in a parole-enforced existence of misery and regret: the consequence of participating in an armed robbery that ended in the worst possible way.

While the back stories of both main characters are violent and tragic, I liked that the author only provided the barest minimum of detail to understand their pain. It seems that there is this trend in our culture to provide gory details...we're becoming desensitized to violence and even though this is fiction, I'd rather not hear about what a pedophile does to the child he kidnapped.

I was captivated from the very first meeting of the two main characters. There was just something there - a spark and instant connection that just couldn't be dismissed. The romance between them began with a friendship - a mutual benefit of each character in desperate need of a second chance. It was a very slow burn, but when it finally happened it was quite steamy.

As for the narration, it was very good. Amy was excellent - she was quite good differentiating male and female voices and imparted believable New York accents for specific characters. As for Guy Locke, I have two gripes. First, the New York accent Amy provided for Beckett disappeared when it was his turn to narrate. Second, his enunciation annoys. I've listened to several other audio books that he has narrated and that problem has been prevalent in all of them. Words like Manhattan come out as Manhat'n, button comes out but'n, swimming is swimmin'. It's kind of a lazy way of speaking by dropping t and g consonant sounds. It grates after a while.

This book ticked all the boxes for me. It was truly a journey. There were moments I smiled and laughed, and there were also several moments that brought me to tears. This book is definitely worth a credit...just keep a box of Kleenex nearby!

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love it

Loved the story, the audio was pretty fantastic, had me captivated from the start highly recommended

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5 stars for twinkling lights

A story of two people, one grounded in harsh reality, one looking for closure in art, form a unique bond over pizza & ziti. A down on the luck, his back against the wall Beckett Copeland is trying to just keep his head a over the water and deal with whatever pathetic cards life has dealt him. He finds himself taking a companion and cohabitant in his tiny studio apartment in bustling Brooklyn. There couldn't be more lonelier souls surrounded by cacophony of noise and swarms of people in NYC. One misstep and his life has slipped downhill so fast that he feels weighed down, restricted and contained in a tight box of the city. She's carrying guilt of her own, unable to change the course of an event which up ended her life entirely. They create book together and all their latent desires to alter life's course, situations and consequences. Vicariously living through their characters. But time travels in one direction only so they have to write their future instead, their own version of HEA. The plot is simple, but their journey is frustrating and dejecting. pockets of sunny love peek from behind the dark clouds that are enveloping their livesand that's what gives us hope that maybe they'll find closure and peace at the end of it all Bravo Emma. Nobody understands finer nuances of matters of the heart as you do. It's always a pleasure picking up your book. 5 stars for twinkling lights

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All the stars!

Emma Scott must have been given a magical pen to write The Butterfly Project- one that weaves the most flawless story, gives personality to such realistic characters, creates a tale that is charming and enchanted, and leaves your heart so full you know you must have lived the story yourself. That's the only explanation for how MUCH you feel inside. She leaves you with a true book hangover. She's just so unbelievably talented and what a gift it is that she shares her work with us! As with All In and Full Tilt, I felt SO MUCH and at the end of it all, I can count it as one of the best books I've ever read. I've never given a 10 star review, but why not start now? She gets ALL THE STARS.

And also? Beckett has read John Green's The Fault In Our Stars and when these two book worlds collided at 84%, my heart exploded into an infinity amount of pieces..... I swooned and a tear rolled down my face. "I once read that you fell in love like how you fell asleep: slowly at first and then all at once."

Yes, my friends, all the yeses. If you haven't yet listened to this truly phenomenal book, you simply must.

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Lovely.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Robbed and left with nothing but what she carries, Zelda meets Beckett at her lowest. Yet they have a certain undeniable chemistry and the story just takes off. The writing transported me through a lovely romance between two people hurting, and the journey as they redefine themselves was pure romance pleasure.

As an aside: If you hop on over to Amazon.com and open the Kindle sample for this novel, you’ll see a cool artwork for chapter 1. It ties in with the storyline beautifully. It does not appear with the Audible version, but that’s ok because you get excellent narrators instead to bring the story to life. Amy Melissa Bentley and Guy Locke were great as Zelda and Beckett.

I recommend this story together with FOREVER RIGHT NOW (5 stars in my opinion).

While THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT is a stand-alone story, I read FOREVER RIGHT NOW first out of order. FOREVER RIGHT NOW is the story of a secondary character in THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT. Zelda and Beckett make cameo appearances in FOREVER RIGHT NOW and it is very sweet to see where their relationship takes them in the future.

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Great writing but the end is too rom-com

I loved the story until the last few chapters where it became too unrealistic... like the author tried to end things too good for all the characters... I wish the ending was more real-life like the beginning and middle parts and less Netflix fro-com...
Overall the book has great writing and the characters are well written and feel like a complete and complex real person...
The male narrator was a bit unemotional at times but the female narrator was great and had a very pleasant voice.

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Beautiful story

I like the story within the story, definitely like the ending of both. It was romantic, sad, and raw. Love the relationship between the 2 main characters, the chemistry, no drama.

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So good!

Finished this in a day! What a wonderful story of love, forgiveness and redemption. Emma Scott, I’m a fan. I thought the NY accents were great!

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The Butterfly Project

Zelda is an artist who is trying to sell her graphic novel. She is turned down by all the publishers she meets with but one does give her advice on what to work on. After an incident at the hostel she’s staying at and feeling dejected by publishers, Zelda decides to move back to Las Vegas only to find out that her roommate has rented out her room. Zelda then meets Beckett outside the restaurant and soon after they become roommates. They quickly become friends and Zelda asks Beckett to help her with her novel. During this process they learn more about each other and themselves and the power of forgiveness.
I am always amazed by the beauty of Emma Scott’s words. Her stories are always unique and unlike anything else I’ve read. I only discovered her books this year and she has quickly become one of my favorite authors.
I listened to the audiobook and loved the narration. Guy Locke and Amy Melissa Bentley did a great job.

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  • 09-24-17

Even better than the first time !!!!

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Even better than the 1st time !!!
I don’t re- read books, I want to but I just can’t do it so I thought I’d try listening to my favourite books and guess what I did it !!! I listened to a book I’d read before and I loved even more than the first time round, the narration was perfect Beckett’s voice was just lush I feel in love all over again ❤️

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  • GnarlyRocket
  • 10-18-21

Male narrator is disappointing..BUT

This story is great. I love Emma Scott, the Full Tilt duo is one of my favourite EVER duos ❤. I was so excited to see that Zelda had her own story. Story is great, performances were great, except the male narrator 😫. Whhhyyyy does he not use a NY accent, when the female narrator uses one when she's speaking for Beckett? Other than that, I did enjoy this book. Love that Dar has her own too, I'm about to listen to that soon.