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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 myAll 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....

Title : Flutter
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ISBN : 9780375869969
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Flutter Reviews

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
    2019-02-03 03:38

    I know I’m supposed to write a review with a head and a tail, start from the beginning and work my way toward the end (at least that’s the way I usually do things) but I’ll make an exception just this once and start with the ending, from which I honestly doubt I’ll ever recover. The ending of Flutter broke my heart, destroyed me completely, and then left me with a small sliver of hope to cure my wounded heart. It was both unexpected and unexpectedly gorgeous, one of those conclusions that take you completely by surprise, but when you stop to think about them, you realize there was really no other way to make things work. Those are the best endings, aren’t they? Even when they’re exceedingly painful and cruel, they leave an impression, something that stays with you forever.And now, back to the beginning, I guess…When Emery was just a little girl, she started having seizures that completely changed her life, only they aren’t seizures at all, they’re jumps through time, loops, as Emery calls them. Her father, the neurologist, refuses to believe her. Instead, he put together a team of scientists to work on her episodes and he treats her as no more than a lab rat. After giving the team, but especially her dad, more chances than they deserve, Emery decides to run. Lead by a little boy from her loops, she goes to Esperanza where she meets Ash, a kind, but strange young man who comes with his own mystery and problems. Emery is the perfect heroine, truly she is. Her curly red hair and fair complexion make her beautiful, but she is too thin, almost transparent, completely exhausted by her condition. The lack of sleep and jumping through time always take their toll, and she is constantly dizzy and weak. On the inside, however, the girl is made of pure steel. She is decisive, strong and never afraid to stand up for herself. Since she has no one to care for her or care about her, really, these are the qualities she needs the most. A few insecurities occasionally did shine through, but considering her background, they’re more than understandable, and they felt genuine to me, not just sad, attention seeking behavior, but real doubts of someone no one ever saw for what they truly are.The romantic element is very strong in Flutter, but never strong enough to overtake the plot. Emery and Ash shared a connection, yes, but they both kept their secrets for the longest time, and I truly appreciated that Emery never allowed herself to become obsessed with the mystery that was Ash and forget about the world of trouble she was in. Theirs was a romance I could definitely get behind, believable, but with a dreamlike quality that matched everything else Emery was going through. While I didn’t connect with Ash nearly as strongly as I connected with Emery, I sympathized with him immensely. His every act of penance was utterly heartbreaking and it made me feel oddly protective toward him. It broke my heart to know that he couldn’t forgive himself, I couldn’t do that for him. I couldn’t take that on for him. If I could, I would. If I had learned anything from the odd little life that I had lived, especially in the last few years, it was that you had to be kind to yourself. Sometimes no one else was.It’s obvious to me that Linko teaches college English; her writing is very clean, precise and grammatically correct. She isn’t fond of contractions (though she does use them occasionally, especially in dialogues) which makes her prose a bit stiff at times, but I enjoyed her style overall.Unfortunately, the cover isn’t doing this book any favors. It does reflect the story fairly well, but it’s not nearly eye-catching enough. We all know that covers sell books – bad books, let alone the good ones. It always saddens me when, due to an unnoticeable cover, an excellent book doesn’t get the attention it deserves, while horrible books sell like cookies because of some girl in a pretty dress. Random House, I’m staring daggers at you! You better make sure that Linko’s next book, Indigo, gets the cover it deserves. I promise I’ll read it. (Oh, who am I kidding, I’d read it even if it came wrapped in greasy parchment paper. And you should too. Linko is that good.)

  • Ariana
    2019-02-07 08:39

    It is really hard to talk about this book as I am not really sure of my feelings for it.The premise was great (someting between time-travel and something else, a little boy giving clues that could save Emery's life (and maybe not even hers), tons of mystery, a bit of action and some young romance.. ) but.. I am not really sure what the "but" is except for the fact that I felt the need to skip some pages. Not a good sign, right?I guess I was not invested enough in the mystery (that soon got old), and the romance was a bit strange (I mean, it lacked romance - which is not the best way to describe "romance".. see?). Also there were some things that didn't add up in the ending, (view spoiler)[ like how Gia could find her, but the police never quite did and also some things about Emery's father and the team. (hide spoiler)].There were too many nice people that made things easy for Emery and the resolution also got to disappoint me a bit.. Maybe I was preparing myself for something bigger, (view spoiler)[ maybe it is just the fact that I am not the Christian type.. and maybe it's also the fact that Ash's story was overly dramatic and unbelievable (hide spoiler)], anyways it didn't work for me.I am not sure how different the final version is, but the ARC ended quite abruptly and it made me feel unsettled. It gave me this feeling that something was missing, that it could've been better, that I could have liked it a lot more. I can see people loving this story, but unfortunately I was not one of them.Also I am not a big fan of the cover.I am not one to criticise the covers, as I've seen my share of wonderful and way not-so-wonderful covers; this one goes somewhere in the middle, but they could've done a bit better. It could have been related with her loops, with the boy from them or simply another picture more attractive would've done the trick.On the good side, I liked Emery.You could easily relate to her, understand her crazy world, support her in her decision of trying to live for once, away from her father, the hospital and everything she couldn't have.What I didn't get was her attempt at sarcasm. Joking with Gia felt like someone else was talking instead of Emery.. let's say that her inner voice was not really the sarcastic type, so it was funny to see her try being ironic for a change.The book is a standalone, as far as I know, which is great because the book market is over-flooded with series at this point. It's refreshing to be able to read a book and have a resolution at the ending.This being said, you can pick it up if you wish. I would gladly hear your thoughts about it and I hope that you will like it better.Enjoy your reading! * This review can also be found at ____________________________________________Blog (EN) | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Bloglovin' | Blog (RO)____________________________________________["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Nafiza
    2019-01-30 04:47

    Raise your hand if you have ever finished a book and been flummoxed by the ending. Befuddled by it. Bewildered, maybe. These are all adjectives that accurately describe my state of mind upon finishing Flutter.I had been enjoying it until the end. The paranormal aspects of it are original, the idea of a loop is, to me, new and I liked the fragile fierceness of the main character. It was a pleasure to accompany her on her escape from a madman for a father and go out into the world to answer the summons of a boy she only saw during the loops she experienced. I liked that though the interest in the guy was instantaneous, the love was not. It appeared gradually as they got to know each other and explored the facets of each other’s personalities. I liked that though these two seemed fated, the dreadful term did not appear. I liked how Linko increased the tension in increments, built the anticipation and got the reader ready for a roaring finish.Which then fell flat as things went south of Nowheresville with a detour in WhattheHellJustHappened-ville. I am going to be completely honest with you, guys. To me, and this is a personal theory, it felt that the author got stuck in a corner scrambling for a conclusion and this is what she came up with. Because it came out of nowhere. There was no buildup, no hinting or foreshadowing and, as I will discuss under a spoiler tag, there were several unanswered questions with the direction the novel ended up going. It felt like the author got us prepped for an explosion, Mission Impossible style, and we ended up with a balloon pop instead. It felt like a massive copout and I sat at the end of the novel frantically clicking the next page, hoping my Kindle was fooling me and that what I had just read hadn’t happened.I had been riveted by the novel. My heart had been racing! And then boom.So, here’s where I head to a spoiler (highlight to read) and you should skip to the end of the review for my closing statements.(view spoiler)[Flutter should be marketed as a modern Romeo and Juliet without tights and roses and other stuff because the stuff at the end? The dying? Remarkably similar. I don’t understand how Linko jumped from time travel to going to freaking heaven every time Emery looped. There are so many holes in that direction. For example, if Emery goes to heaven, what version of heaven is it? In the novel, I see only Caucasian people end up there – so does it mean that Heaven is only for the White Man? Is it a Christian heaven? There must be some kind of theological discourse present – ah, the love interest does talk about God for like 3 lines. Is that supposed to be the foreshadowing? And also, the doctors note high brain activity during the main character’s “loops” suggesting that she is using more than the usual amount of brain matter but how does that pertain to experiences of life after death. Your brain does not exactly work after you’re dead – that’s why you’re dead, remember? Also, does this mean that Heaven is another dimension? And do the main character’s experiences with heaven suggest that you don’t necessarily need to be dead to go there? And if there’s heaven, is there hell? What is the criterion for ending up in one place and not the other?See, these questions are not answered at all. And all it does is make my non-Christian, non-white self feel pretty alienated. (hide spoiler)]The conclusion? Read this book, guys. Even though the ending is totally unexpected, it is still well written and engaging. Also, I want to see your reactions to the conclusion. Then we can discuss the heck out of it. Have fun.

  • Keertana
    2019-02-08 01:39

    Rating: 3.5 StarsYou have to bear with me because this review is like the Night Bus in Harry Potter or the journey the hobbits took to Isengard in Lord of the Rings - a bumpy ride. Flutter forced me to stay awake well past midnight just to finish it, but in the end, I unfortunately can't say I was satisfied. Up until the last four chapters, though, I was ready to give 5 Stars to Linko's debut, despite its minor errors. Unlike most authors, Linko sucked me into her tale; she made me care about her characters. Yet, when the ending arrived, I felt cheated. Flutter is a perfect example of a novel where my heart and mind are not my own. Instead, I fully delved into this story, body and soul, only to emerge from it deeply, profoundly, and utterly disappointed. As such, I really am not sure where my final thoughts lie when it comes to this piece. I loved it? I hated it? You decide. From the very beginning itself, Flutter is written beautifully, introducing us to its protagonist, Emery, and her unique situation. Every couple of chapters, we are given short glimpses into experiences that Emery feels on a parallel dimension. You see, Emery has frequent seizures that she is unable to control, knocked out cold and transported to another world. Although she believes she is time traveling, the team of scientists that experiment on her as per her father's wishes rarely believe her. Although her illness physically weakens her greatly, Emery wants more of a life than a mere lab rat, thus running away to the small town of Esperanza, a quaint area that the little boy of her seizures tells her to travel to. It is there that she rents a remote cabin in the woods and meets Ash, a boy just as tortured - if not more - than she is. Emery may have ran away to find answers to her questions, but instead, all she's finding are more mysteries, the greatest of which is Ash himself. Emery, despite her physical restrictions, is a strong and capable heroine, fiercely stubborn and unrelentless in her quest both for answers and freedom. Not only is her narration original, but the romance she experiences is utterly refreshing as well. Both Ash and Emery are characters with dark pasts, their circumstances leading them to be deeply mistrustful of others. Although their attraction to one another is instantaneous, however, their romance most certainly is not. It develops over time, a steady push-and-pull relationship with neither of them willing to open up completely, yet wanting to at the same time. Unlike most romances, however, it fails to resort to unnecessary drama, focusing instead on these two characters and their difficult path towards one another. From the surface, it seems as if the romance in Flutter is one I normally would not fall for, but I was utterly invested in this love story. You see, it really is my fault for being so disappointed in the end. I threw my heart into the romance between Ash and Emery, their difficult situations, their constant fear so that by the time I neared the end of this novel, I began to expect a stunning conclusion. After all, Linko had delivered on practically every front - well-developed characters, a stunning romance, secondary characters with depth, and even a plethora of plot twists that really did surprise me with their subtlety and integration into the plot. Yet, the ending was gutting - in the British way. In the sense that I felt like re-writing in something completely different. On one hand, I truly cannot see another ending for these two, and on that front, it was perfect. Yet, the manner in which it was executed, filled with drama, an influx of new characters, and villains who resorted back to being black-and-white from their former depth left me feeling as if it was all wrapped with a bow labeled convenient. Frankly, I myself do not know how this story could have ended. I acknowledge that it was the right ending and the glimmer of hope we receive at the end is stunningly executed, but the manner in which the characters reach that area in their lives is, honestly, a little lame. It left me feeling as if this was simply a good love story and not a deep, provocative novel about life, living, and moving on. Ultimately, the issues that Emery and Ash had were never resolved. Granted, they grew as characters and accepted certain circumstances, but there was still so much more to be done with these characters. Flutter lacked closure. While most readers may complain by being left with a plethora of questions, for some reason, I was able to overlook this entire fact. As a student deeply seated in science, in answers, it is rare for me to let go of my constant curiosity, but Gina Linko did it; she made me so invested in her tale that I forgot to wince at the slight discrepancies in plot or the lags in writing. In the end, though, she left me with a gaping hole in my heart, just not in a good way. Thus, I am unable to recommend this to anyone. While it remains true that I fell in love with Flutter and immensely enjoyed it, so much so that I was willing to give it 5 Stars at one point, the end does not justify the means of reading this. For another reader, perhaps, this book will prove to be a treasure to cherish beyond all others, but for now, I will simply resort to falling in love with whatever Linko writes up next. You can read this review and more on my blog, Ivy Book Bindings.

  • Katy
    2019-02-05 06:52

    4.5 stars - This book was absolutely beautiful.I had misjudged this book. From the summary, I thought it was going to be filled with science fiction action and some paranormal connection that will lead Emery to her soulmate. But this book was NOT what I had expected at all.Just a warning, the pace is set very slow - sometimes painstakingly slow, but not necessarily in a bad way. Linko manages to fool readers into THINKING they know what's going to happen but ends up catching them off guard with what really happens. But the surprise makes total sense in hindsight - not like how some authors just pull the unexpected from out of nowhere.I didn't know what was REALLY going on until near the end. But Linko didn't have us fumbling around in confusing, frustrated because we didn't understand what was happening.And the end? Two words. Tragically beautiful.My half-star hesitation was the title, even though I know the flutter is part of Emery's experience, but it's not not a very good label for the book, as well as the pace, which I mentioned earlier wasn't necessarily a bad thing but it did take a while for me to actually get into the book. I just hope enough readers will stick with it enough to appreciate the whole thing.

  • Rose
    2019-02-18 01:44

    Initial thoughts: I think this is one of the times where, in the consideration of a book "great premise, lacking execution" fully applies. This book didn't work for me for quite many constructive reasons, which I'll expound upon in the full review when I've had a chance to meditate over some of its themes. It has a heart in right places, but cedes to things and lacks the execution needed to have due impact in what it brings to the table.Full review:One of the things that tend to make or break a book for me for impact occurs when the thematic tackles a difficult subject relating to a protagonist. There has to be a degree of due weight in relation to the difficult subject(s) presented. "Flutter" has an excellent, fascinating theme behind it, and easily, by premise alone, it's the kind of book that I should've loved from beginning to end even with its intended age group in mind. I've read, and have even been inspired by, many books where the primary character (young or elder) has a particular health issue and experiences hardship with respect to how it impedes their ability to live - whether in a realistic or supernatural fashion. In many cases, the story progresses with the steps they take to either try to overcome it or mitigate its influence so that life can be lived or a specific goal that the character wants can be achieved. That's a very valid theme.17-year old Emery Land is a young woman who, since the age of 12, has been suffering from a major seizure disorder, one that threatens her very life with how intense and long she's under. Her father, a scientist, gathers data about how each of Emery's seizures affect her body and scientists suspect that there's more to her seizures than meets the eye, keeping her within the hospital not just under protection, but also to observe her. The measure where Emery feels like a lab rat trapped in the hospital environment when all she wants is to live a normal life did strike me, but not through the writing itself. I'll explain why in a little bit. There's a catch to her respective condition, something far more complex beneath the surface. Emery doesn't simply suffer from seizures as per her diagnosis, but rather her condition is a gateway to time jumping. She terms them "loops" to where she experiences certain events and encounters not only what seems to be a future involving an older version of her father imparting wisdom, but also a mysterious boy (whom she calls "my boy") whom she's curious about. Frustrated, Emery makes an escape and follows specific visions in her loops to lead her away from her father's influence. Question is - what's causing her visions to grow more intense, where are they leading her to, who is the boy in her visions, and who is this "other" boy she comes across in a group she takes refuge with from her father?If that sounds like it might have the potential for becoming a supernatural romance, you're absolutely right. And I'd say that's what the book mostly comprises of. While that element in itself may not necessarily seem like a bad thing (depending on how its done), for this novel, it doesn't treat its particular dimensions and subjects well for what the premise would lend.Let me start by tackling the major problem that "Flutter" seems to have. It's presentation is, ironically, quite entwined with its name. Instead of being a book that takes on its respective tough issues and delves as much as it can into the emotional contrast that Emery feels with being manipulated, confined and subjected to these time loops and within the hospital environment, the narrative just barely skirts the surface of the emotions themselves, and has a bit of a jagged presentation that disrupts the flow of the narrative. I didn't feel the conflict as readily as it could've been, I think Linko could've gone a bit deeper by not using exposition to tell what Emery feels, but rather show it and show the contrast with more intimacy. It's not that I don't think Linko has the ability to show details, because in the dream states and in describing the setting - she does a decent job, but it's not translated to the character's narrative and emotional focus. I felt very at arms length with Emery's experiences, and there were tangents in terms of the pseudo-science/medical speak that harmed more than helped the narrative. I'll give credit to Linko that she gets the symptomatic states of seizure disorders correct in some terms, but it's very loose. Also, I'll admit the transition to and from these states don't pack as much of a punch because of the awkward exposition. Emery's body/state of health is at a point near death. For a reader to be constantly told "I'm going to die" or "think I'm going to die" in so many variations by Emery herself - it gets a bit grating especially seeing how naïve Emery's voice tends to be. There are so many ways to show the stakes and panic/pain of near death and what the intimate experience of a seizure entails. Linko doesn't bring that potency/contrast to the table as urgently as I think she could've. This problem doesn't just occur with Emery, but also with some of the other characters which I'll describe shortly. I did understand that Emery was fed up with her situation, with not knowing who to trust and suspecting that her father was a part of some greater conspiracy (albeit a very loosely drawn conspiracy). When introduced to Emery's friend Gia, noted as the only one who "believed" her, I figured the story would take a transition point where Emery'd have enough and flee when she could. It was after that point where things became a bit rocky with respect to the story structure.The characters, apart from Emery's narrative, aren't nearly as fleshed out as they could've been. I get a sense of Emery's conflict in the beginning of the book, and I thought that was probably the part of the novel that was better done than what the story transitioned to. Second part of the book, during which the main character escapes her unverified danger to a town called Esperanza, Emery meets Ash, a boy with his own secrets. It's pretty much a fair helping of an "instalove" connection. Ash, I felt had some good qualities about him - helpful around the cabin areas albeit a little difficult to get to know otherwise at first. I found it difficult to connect to him and there are many times when he suffers from the same expositional distance as Emery.A major revelation about Ash's life, for example, falters because of this expositional measure - we're told his details, rather than being able to fully feel the depth of his experiences. There are a bunch of terms about spies, FBI, and "Law and Order" ties drawn to try to describe the process of which Emery's being pursued on the outside of where she's hiding (via narratives from Gia), but this really isn't drawn that well and there's very little to no sense of imminent danger/conflict because of the telling. I think the only time I felt the dangerous aspects of the story kick in was when that revelation about Ash hit and the story transitions to address that part of the narrative.Then there's the big reveal about Emery's ability and the ending. In a more developed narrative, with more vetted characters and streamlined emotions and events, I would've said that the way Linko ended this would've been brilliant. However, there are so many story elements that are left unanswered and untied, and the characters don't hold the weight of either the conflict nor that particular scene for it to work for what it entailed. I think some would see it as a rushed ending with an obvious leaning towards a direction much beyond where the story started, I see it as an underdeveloped ending that doesn't match up with the premise that well and doesn't carry the emotional intensity that it attempts. Much of that is because the characterization, development, and treatment of the respective conflict doesn't add up to what it could've been.Overall, Linko's narrative in "Shutter" disappointed me because the style and progression of the story did not match the potential of what the premise would lend, shortchanging its potential by not only skirting the emotional resonance of the story, but also skirting its more interesting elements to a supernatural romance between characters that lack due dimension. As I mentioned in one of my end reflections upon the novel, if you're taking a story in a tough direction, you can't just bring elements out of nowhere and not treat the tough subjects with as much dimension as they're worth - you have to seize them and take the plunge to develop them and treat them with due weight. I would likely try another book of Linko's to see more of her style, but this didn't have intrigue for me, considering it's a YA supernatural time-traveling story that lends more to a formulaic romance when it's all said and done.Overall score: 1/5Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher Random House BYFR.

  • Gina
    2019-02-10 01:31

    I humbly give my own book 5 stars.

  • Anna (Curiosity comes before Kay)
    2019-02-01 04:32

    Emery Land is sick of being treated like a walking, talking, laboratory experiment by her Dad and the government. Ever since she was little Em has been 'looping' back and forth through time, while having seizures that have nearly destroyed her body's functions. Practically living in the hospital, all Em wants is to be a normal high school girl. When her visions of the mysterious little boy and his town become more vivid, Emery enlists the help of her best friend Gia to run away to Esperanza, Michigan to find him. While there she makes a connection with another wandering teen named Asher Clarke. His life is consumed by acts of kindness, to make up for the death of a family member he blames himself for. He is familiar to Em and she's determined to figure out their connection. But can they solve the mystery before Em is caught by her Dad, and the NSA/FBI/CIA agents he's working with? Also, will they be able to reconcile their feelings for each other with their messed up situation? This book just about broke my heart. It really did deserve the comparison to The Time Traveler's Wife, with it's extremely complicated and winding narrative. Even though it was far more linear that the aforesaid novel by Audrey Niffenger, it was still very similar. However, a plot twist near the very end sets it apart on a plane of existence all its own. Emery is a compelling main character. Her seizures are becoming more frequent and effectively killing her, bit by bit. She is a constant hospital patient and it makes so much sense to me that she would fixate so heavily on something in one of her loops, because what else does she really have other than a really crappy, probably short-lived existence? I loved that the book was set in Michigan - how often does that happen in YA books that are published by major publishing houses? The representation of the home state was seriously awesome! :) Other readers complain about the slow build of the plot, but in this case it really worked for me. I liked having the focus set on Em trying to figure out the mystery behind the little boy and the town in her loops. I also loved seeing her build a slice of real life in Esperanza while she searched. Ash was an interesting character and I enjoyed that fact that he didn't follow the current trend of YA love interests by being a self-righteous prick. He was kind, caring and had his own shit to deal with. But he still had time to make Emery feel special and become someone important in her life. I could have used more resolution at the end with the Dad/government subplot and the choice that Emery and Ash ultimately made was beautiful on a tragic level but also majorly disappointing. They could have done so many other things, so why choose that road? Overall, not for the faint of heart and not for hardcore sci-fi fans, because it was really more of a romance/fantasy novel. I myself would have liked a larger dose of sci-fi.VERDICT: 4/5 Stars*I received an Advanced Reading E-book Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book's expected publication date is October 23rd, 2012.*

  • PaulaPhillips
    2019-02-09 06:41

    Do you love time-travelling novels ? Books like Tempest by Julie Cross , The Time Traveller's Wife and The Guardian Angel's Journal by Carolyn Jess-Cooke ?If you enjoy those books, then you will enjoy Gina Linko's novel "Flutter". Set in the modern time we meet Emery, ever since she was little she has been having what she calls "the loops". From the outside world, it looks like she is having seizures but to her , she is time-travelling to a parallel world - whether it be in the past or future times. Sick of being locked up and treated like a lab rat, Emery after her recent loops become more vivid and contain the same boy and area , with her friend Gia's help, Emery breaks out of the hospital and heads to the town Esperanza . It is here, that she meets fellow drifter Ash - there is something about Ash that seems really familiar and Emery thinks it is connected to her loops. When things start getting a bit eerie and Emery discovers evil is out to get her , Can Ash and Emery escape and start a new life or are Emery's time travelling skills something else , something more sinister and valuable? An amazing story that keeps the reader reading more in anticipation to find out the connection between Ash and Emery. I look forward to reading future works by Gina Linko.

  • Alison Tseng
    2019-01-25 02:29

    An absolutely fascinating and unexpectedly poignant read. Linko's love story encompasses so much and is beautifully executed...tragic and heartwrenching. A great addition to the science fiction cannon because it finds a ways to question how the afterlife and heaven fit into this genre. Well done, Linko. One issue I had with the book was the dialogue. Sometimes a little corny and unrealistic. Also, sometimes the interaction between Ash and Emery seems to be a little to fortuitous. But, teens would appreciate the intensity between these two. There is, however, a lot of sexual tension and a fade to black sex scene. But it is VERY mild and you could wonder if in fact they have sex...This would be a great recommendation for older Christian Fiction, or any faith, fans as well. (grades 8 and up)

  • Cara
    2019-01-21 04:29

    This book was not I was expecting. How am I going to explain it? But it was so good. So good.

  • Book Twirps
    2019-02-03 05:40

    This book was another case of me expecting one thing and getting something else entirely.Emery Land has spent several years living in a hospital because of the “loops”. To everyone else it appears that Emery is having a seizure, but Emery actually travels to other dimensions when she loops. Sometimes she travels to the past, other times to a fantasy world, and other times to a farm where the same little boy always appears. Sick of living in a hospital where her doctor father constantly runs tests on her, Emery escapes with the help of a friend and hides out in a place called Esperanza. It’s there that she meets the mysterious boy named Ash — a boy that seems strangely familiar. A boy that may be able to help her piece together the mysterious clues she’s picked up from the loops.As I mentioned before, this book wasn’t what I was expecting. I thought it would be more about traditional time-travel and a little more sci-fi. What I got was more reminiscent of The Time Traveler’s Wife (which just so happens to be one of my most favorite books ever.)Ms. Linko does a great job of turning the old time-travel theme on its side and making it her own. Every time Emery “looped” I was fascinated, and found myself searching for clues that may help her during her journey. I really felt for Emery. I didn’t blame her at all when she escaped the hospital, and I thought her relationship with Ash was sweet. Emery is very sick, and Ash has no problem taking care of her. I found Ash to be likable, but there wasn’t much that really made him stand out amongst other male leads in other novels. Still, he’s not a bad character.Ms. Linko writes well, and the story flows fairly well, though I felt like there were times the pacing could have been faster. Once the pieces begin to fall into place, the book really picked up for me, and though I guessed what was really happening with Emery about midway through the book, I still enjoyed the ride. The ending was definitely bittersweet. It didn’t floor me as was the obvious intent, but it was effective.All in all Flutter is an enjoyable read, and more of a romance than an action packed time travel novel. Still, it’s worth checking out.

  • Noor Bieber
    2019-02-04 01:32

    Emery land has suffered from seizures for most of her life but she calls them loops, she says that she travels to a place when she has her loops. Emery is getting sick of living at the hospital so she runs away to a place called Esperenza which was mentioned in her loops, she believes that Esperenza has the key to why these seizures (loops) happen to her. In Esperenza she meets a boy named Ash, they slowly fall into love and as time goes by she realizes that Ash has many dark secrets. Emerys father is after her so her and Ash have to run away but before they do they stop at Ashs barn where he grew up and Emery realizes that she saw this place in her loops. Just as they're about to leave Ash father comes in drunk and shoots Ash, and he dies, Emery gets a seizure and she sees Ash in her loop and then she slowly registers the fact that the place she goes to in her loop is heaven.The reason(s) I picked up this book was: I thought it was interesting and unique because honestly I've never read a book about a girl having seizures and running away to a place she sees during her seizures. Nithusa recommended it to me so thats another reason I read it and I heard great reviews about it.The reason(S) I finished the book: The story was so good that I couldn't stop reading it and the end shocked me. Overall t was a great book.I would recommend this book to Sashini because she knows alot of the human body and shes probably find this book interesting because of the seizures. Theres also a bit of love in it so shed probably like that too!

  • Autumn
    2019-01-24 04:42

    Flutter - 5 stars - Holy Smokes! First off i adore this book.. I really loved how the author was able to induce a loop.. I had to be completely careful where i read this story.. i was completely transfixed.. Emery is just a 17 year old girl wanting to be normal too bad for her shes not.. Haunted yeah ill go with haunted by seizures she believes are loops (time travel) since she was a young girl.. Things are getting worse her loops convince her its time to kick rocks and so she does to a call town she only recently heard of.. where she meets a nice piece of eye candy with a good heart and he goes by the name of Ash -insert swoon here- a mysterious cowboy oh my he is so totally connected to the loops.. how?? im not telling I will say i had it all figured out which gave me great satisfaction,. I dont do well with the unknown and reading in E book form makes it impossible to skip to the end.. Okay i wont blame the Ebook Ill blame my OCD yeah thats it!! the OCD... Now what i didnt like about the book and i see it alot of YA books.. Emery is undoubtedly damaged.. Strong but damaged and if my math is correct and trust me i might not be.. Emery and Ash fell madly in love in less than 2 weeks.. Perhaps im just cynical about love.. Anyways none of this really effected my love of the story being told.. Upon finishing this book right before bed i was unable to relax.. i had the after book glow and excitement.. My suggestion is pick up the book and enjoy..

  • Kate
    2019-02-13 07:40

    I read this ARC via Netgalley.Her whole life, Emery's been "looping" - she appears to be having a seizure, but she's really visiting other places... other times. Sometimes these places are memories, other times visions of the future, and other times, she ends up on a farm with a little boy. Her father has made a life of studying Emery's "loops," trying to figure out what they are. But now Emery knows she is dying, that the loops are killing her, and armed with clues taken from her mysterious visions, she gets on a bus and heads to a town called Esperanza. There, she tries to piece together what her visions are telling her, and tries to figure out the strange man named Ash.This book was a bit difficult to get into, with the disjointed nature of Emery's loops. Once Emery ran away, the story seemed to flounder a bit as she tried to figure everything out. I was not expecting the true nature of her loops, but eventually it all made sense. The ending was uplifting, although I suppose it is somewhat sad if you think about it. I wished there had been more explanation about Emery's father and what research his team of scientists were really doing. I also wish the title had been different: "flutter" is the feeling Emery got just before she looped. I think "Loop" or "Looper" would have been a better title, but I suppose they couldn't really use that with a movie called "Loopers" coming out soon.Parental advisory: there is some language and a very vague sex scene.

  • Nithusa
    2019-02-17 05:38

    Amazing I'm speechless ,after the last update I did I assumed the book was going to be stupid but I was wrong.This book was so sweet but very sad.I gave this book 4 stars because this book had a great plot but it was confusing at the very end and also very draggy. This book is about 17 year old Emery Land. She is just like any other 17 year old girl other than the fact that she has seizures. Her seizures are bit different she time travels ( loops). Everyone (including her dad) thinks she's crazy for thinking she is time traveling.Emery hates her life her dad treats her more like a lab rat than a daughter. Once Emery realized she had enough she escapes for the hospital. Emery goes to Esperanza a town she has been in her loops. The boy in her loops need her help. She has to find out and save this boy before she's too late. I read this book because this book cover looked very interesting. I didn't even read the back and I took it out. Then I realized this book is nothing like what I expected it to be. I finished this book because I wanted to know why this boy needed Emery's help so much. Once I found out I couldn't put the book back down. I would recommend this book to Noor because she will find this book very exciting.

  • sarah foster
    2019-02-16 00:30

    WOW! what a great book!! was hooked from the start, couldn't put it down, would definatly reccomend to friends and family, thought it was going to be a sad ending but very cleverly written :)

  • Jessica
    2019-01-29 04:39

    Beautiful, heart-breaking story!

  • YA Reads Book Reviews
    2019-01-21 00:48

    Originally posted on, reviewed by NicholeAll 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.For as long as Emery can remember she has had the ability to time travel. She calls them loops: traveling both to her future and home loops. One thing? Whenever Emery loops she has a horrible seizure, something she knows is slowly killing her. Emery’s father is convinced that he can save Emery, but he also wants to use her as his own scientific experiment. It doesn’t matter if it might be better for Emery to lead a normal life, he has to be the one to identify the problem, which causes him to treat Emery like a lab rat.Sick of being treated like a freak, Emery runs away to Esperanza, a town that the boy in her loops has been showing her. There she finds love, friendship, self identity and pleasure. Four things she didn’t much feel back home. Intent on keeping those essential things in her life, Emery must fight to stay alive, battle a struggling romance and stay off of her father’s radar all at the same time. If only it was that simple.I received Flutter a few weeks ago from Random House, and I strayed away because I tend to dislike a lot of contemporary novels. One day, I came to the conclusion that I could find absolutely nothing good to read. I mean nothing. Desperate, I started to search the piles littering my house, and I gave Flutter a closer look. Before I set it back down I decided that I was going to check Goodreads and see what everyone else thought about the book. Little did I know that Flutter wasn’t just a contemp, it was also about time-travel. Well, that did it. I set everything aside and dived into Gina Linko’s book, Flutter.The romance in Flutter was so beautiful that it started to become really difficult for me to put the book down. Of course I had both school and work that week, so I’m afraid I got a bit grumpy during the many times I wasn’t able to read the book. Emery and Asher were simply perfect for each other. Honestly, I often felt that I was in a book that Jennifer Echols and Linda Howard tag teamed on. It was that gorgeous.Above all else, I really enjoyed Emery’s character. I loved her from page one and I never wavered. I can’t even imagine how someone could become nearly as strong as Emery. If I were in a hospital, time traveling back and forth, with the knowledge that I was going to die (not to mention that my father thought I was a lab rat), I would want to curl up in tiny little ball and cry my eyes out. I would be a useless, emotional wreck (at least I can admit it), and would NEVER be able to accomplish everything that Emery managed to. I was so, so, so proud of her for everything she did, and I found myself looking up to her in many places. It takes a lot of skill to create such inspiring characters and a beautiful storyline, and this book had the whole package.Although I loved this book, I did have a couple of problems. First, I was not a big fan of the time traveling aspect of the story. If this book had strictly focused around Emery and Asher’s romance and her time in Esperanza, it would have received a full 5 stars from me. For most of the book, I did actually consider it 5 stars worthy, but I really couldn’t get into the time traveling portion of the book. Second, I didn’t enjoy the last few chapters of the book nearly as much as I did the rest of it. Again, this comes down to the time traveling aspect. The last few chapters of the book really focused on the looping and Emery’s father, something that I just wasn’t interested in. And, finally, the very final surprise made me angry. These reasons made me knock off a star and a half, but I know that this probably won’t bother a lot of people. Don’t get me wrong, I would read this book again, and I will read everything else that Gina Linko writes. I just really wish this book would have been strictly contemporary.I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Gina Linko created such a beautiful world and characters that you won’t be able to help but lose yourself in it. Fans of Jennifer Echols will adore this book, as the romance in it was simply heartbreaking and brilliant. Move aside, Echols, it’s time to introduce Gina Linko. Go order your copy of Flutter now!Pages: 352Publisher: Random HousePublication Date: October 23, 2012Rating: : 3.5Teaser Quote: “Well, go get him, you dummy” Daisy offered. I started to move toward him and he saw me. He did that thing again, where he put a hand over his heart, and he stopped dead in his tracks, gave me a smile.

  • Grace Perrino
    2019-02-17 03:25

    So interesting I loved it

  • Annette
    2019-01-29 03:49

    Flutter is absorbing and contains some surprises, but I got frustrated with the main characters, and in particular, the romance.Emery has always had seizures. They are getting worse, and now her father insists that she stay in a hospital because the seizures are slowly killing her. But, these aren't just ordinary seizures. Emery time travels to different places from the past or the future every time she seizes. She may see people she knows during her travels, but not always. She seems to go and see "the boy" a lot. She doesn't know who this little boy is, but he's trying to tell her something.The worst part is that her father and his team of doctors don't believe Emery.Emery just wants to be a normal teen and Gia, her best friend, is happy to sneak her out of the hospital to attend a party. But as her seizures get worse, Emery knows she must figure out what the messages in her travels mean so perhaps she can save herself. Gia turns out to be a great friend, and probably my favorite character.Emery sneaks away to a town in the upper peninsula of Michigan because she's heard about this place in her time travels. It's a very small town and she begins to ask questions and do some research about things she has seen. She also meets Ash, who becomes her protector. He sleeps outside her cabin in a tent in the freezing cold to make sure she is safe. But Ash has secrets too.I found Emery's life "on the lam" a bit too easy. She had plenty of money, she finds this cabin that she can walk to everything easily, the townspeople all love her and help her, and there's always a bus to take her where she needs to go. The cabin is cold and rustic -- and she needs to keep a fire going in the winter in the UP, but she never complains or laments her difficult situation. And, she always has plenty of clothes to dress appropriately to the events she gets invited to.I also didn't like the love/hate relationship between Ash and Emery. There was a lot of talking and then storming off and disappearing for a couple of days. Only to fall into each other's arms after. There was just too much tension and back and forth. I didn't think the relationship developed realistically. Ash, with all his mysteries, was also accepted into this community without question. Once again, a little too convenient.It sounds like I didn't enjoy Flutter, but I really did! The premise is enticing -- it's different -- and Linko's writing is well done. The pacing is great. It's hard to put down. You might think you can guess the secrets, and some of them you will, but I think you will still be surprised by the way several things turn out. I certainly wasn't expecting the ending -- but I think it's appropriate.Besides everything being a little too easy, and the romance being frustrating, I think Flutter has great appeal to teen readers, with its exciting pace and twists and turns.

  • Christina Taylor
    2019-01-26 05:48

    At seventeen, Emery Land finds her life voraciously consumed by physical deterioration resulting from seizures. Practically living in a hospital under constant surveillance by her scientist father and an ostensibly-skeptical team of doctors, she feels herself a lab rat; consequently, weighing the stifling emotional price of her caged existence against the physically lethal cost of freedom, Emery flees in order to pursue her theory that during her seizures she travels through time and space. Inhabiting an emotional purgatory that exists somewhere between the heaven of free will and the hell of self-recriminations, she meets Asher Clarke who seems to be intimately entwined with her plight. Together, they must race against the Doomsday clock to understand the truth of their complicated connection. Above all else, Flutter is a beautifully-written, poignant tale of possibly-star-crossed lovers that questionably ends in death but certainly avoids being trite or predictable. Moreover, it would be a wonderful read for those who are intrigued by aspects of science-fiction or paranormal fiction but are hesitant to explore these interests. As the plot unfolds, the protagonist becomes increasingly mired in a hopelessly, complex situation. Being drawn further and further away from a satisfying conclusion, the story necessitates a deus ex machina akin to Austen’s poultry rustlers in order to avoid sending the audience into a nihilistic plummet. Nevertheless, the very device which saves both the plot and the reader is simultaneously cathartic and unsettling. Linko’s expert manipulation of first-person point of view encourages the reader to not only fall prey to the limitations of her naïve narrator but also deny the wisdom of a more balanced, objective perspective – willfully experiencing this sensuous journey as Emery does. In the end, finding herself returned to an existence outside of Linko’s story, the reader feels compelled to question beliefs and portrayals of an afterlife. Although critics may argue that the author’s conceptualization is highly discriminatory – excluding nonwhite, non-christian individuals – Linko’s crafting of such an intimate bond between the protagonist’s life and her afterlife suggests that “heaven” is deeply personal and thereby reflects the plurality of the living. In short, Linko seems to dispel the notion of an objective reality and propose that each of us is only privy to the heaven which reflects us.

  • Stephanie
    2019-02-02 04:49

    Flutter by Gina Linko pulls readers along with Emery Land as she questions what is happening in her loops and what is happening in her life.These are difficult questions to answer. I mean, if someone told you that she was time traveling, would you believe her?Most likely, each and every one of you would have a different reaction. Linko does an excellent job of depicting these different reactions with the people who make up Emery’s world. First, there is Emery’s father, a scientist who is most concerned with keeping Emery alive even if he doesn’t quite know how to show it. Second, there are Emery’s doctors, so determined to find an explanation that they treat Emery like a specimen instead of a human being. Then, there is Gia, Emery’s best friend. Gia allows Emery to think that she believes her, lets Emery down when she needs her most, and then finds Emery when no one else can. Lastly, there is Ash, who believes in Emery’s loops with all his heart, possibly because he is so close to them.Of all of these characters, Ash is easily the most likeable. Ash is the type of boy all girls fall for even though they know they shouldn’t. He is tortured and potentially dangerous, but that just means that he needs a girl to fix him. Ash’s character arc is probably one of the most touching I have ever seen. The guy who sleeps outside Emery’s cabin turns into the guy with secrets. Once his secrets are revealed, there is nothing—well, almost nothing—keeping Emery and readers from falling for him.Linko’s use of first person narration allows readers to be right there with Emery as she struggles to find answers before it is too late. I was able to feel Emery’s desperation—her desperation to understand the loops, her desperation for her father to understand her, her desperation to be with Ash. Emery acts exactly like someone who knows she doesn’t have all of the time in the world to live would act, and I appreciated the realism of that. I have seen Flutter referred to as science fiction, but to me, it’s a mystery. What are Emery’s loops? What is Ash’s secret? Will Emery’s loops kill her? Will Ash ever forgive himself? I cannot even begin to describe how amazed I was by the answers to these questions. Gina Linko has written a novel filled with questions that seem impossible to answer and then answered them in the most breathtakingly beautiful way imaginable.

  • Brianna
    2019-02-03 01:39

    I thought this was a great book. I probably read it at least a few times. I fell in love with Ash and I dreamed of living in their little cabin. I'd recommend reading this book on a snowy day in winter. It would really set the mood.

  • Melissa
    2019-01-25 07:50

    What an unexpecting and surprisingly good read!!4,5 starsREVIEW I had no expectations when I started this book. Just a random read I picked out. And it hasn't happened often that a book surprised me so much as Flutter did. This turned out to be an amazingly beautiful, sweet and heart touching read with a nice balance between friendship/love and a bit of mystery/suspense.I liked Emery's spirit and attitude. After being controlled by her father for so long she finally takes her life in own hands. I like a strong heroine instead of a damsel in distress. However, Emery's will to take care of everything herself balanced a few times to be almost (almost!) annoying. I didn't always understood her reaction towards Ash, who clearly just wanted to help.And then Ash... Yeah that guy got to me. With his mysterious thing going on. I liked the way how Linko kept the mystery around him going until almost the end of the book, but not in a dragging way. And I didn't succeed to figure out myself what his story is. After reading what he'd been through my heart ached for him. I liked the setting and the descriptions about Esperanza. While reading I could really imagine being there. The writing style just sucked me in. The twist and explanation about the seizures was nicely done. I have to give it to Linko, I really didn't saw that one coming. It was not a "wth!" kind of twist. Once I read it, it was acceptable for me. And then the end.. What an ending! Normally I'm not good in not spoiling anything but this time I'm really going to shut my mouth cause in my opinion the ending is the cherry on the cake. I think it is because of the ending the book will stick with me for even longer.I would have given this book 5 stars, if not for one tiny detail that didn't make much sense to me(view spoiler)[ The FBI and NSA that appeared to be looking for Emery cause of her father's connections was a bit overdone for me(hide spoiler)]To be honest, I am surprised not more people read/rated this book cause all in all Flutter really was one of the better books I've recently read!

  • Aanchal (Book Flame)
    2019-02-12 02:47

    I don't think I had any real expectations for this book, but Flutter really surprised me. It captured my attention from the very beginning and held it all the way to the very end.Seventeen year old Emery lives her life in a hospital, she has been having "loops" since she was little and as she became older it has become worse to where she can't even go on with day to day activities without looping (time traveling). The loops are slowly killing her and she knows it. When she loops she sometimes visits people from her past, she goes to the future and most of the time she meets up with a little boy. At first things are vague but eventually her time spent with the little boy becomes more and more vivid to the point where she runs away from the hospital and her father who looks at her as a lab rat to experiment on and ventures off to find out more about the little boy and what he wants from her.Hmm where to really start, I really thought I knew what was going on the entire time but boy was I wrong about everything literally. And I loved it! This book was not predictable at all, I would have never guessed what was really up with her loops and no way did I even imagine for it to the end the way that it did. After I was finished reading I was walking around just a little shocked because I did not see it coming, the ending came out of left field. It was sad and beautiful all at once.As for the two main characters Emery and Ash they both had depth to them, and I liked the fact that it wasn't all centered around Emery. Ash also had some messed up things going on in his life that made him and easily believable character. I loved the chemistry between the two and the fact that it took time for their feelings to develop for each other.Overall Flutter was a wonderful read and I really am looking forward to see what else Gina Linko writes in the future.

  • Charlotte
    2019-01-21 01:39

    Flutter followed a girl named Emery. She's haunted by seizures that transport her to other times, which she calls 'loops'. After being called to a place called Esperanza in her loop, she breaks away from her hospital ward where her doctor father is keeping her, and sets off on a journey. When there, she meets Ash, a boy with secrets of his own. Emery and Ash's stories are intertwined, and they must figure out how they're connected before it's too late.I may have given this book one star, but I did enjoy it throughout the beginning. A lot of little things began to pile up, which made me dislike it. Like the fact that, here's Emery, deathly ill and on her own in a cabin in the woods, making dinner because Ash asked her too. You don't have to be a feminist to get annoyed that this happens during the whole duration of her time at Esperanza Beach. Ash goes off and works, protects Emery, does his chivalrous duty. While Emery stays weak and fragile. (I understand, she's sick. That doesn't mean she has to be helpless.) And when her and Ash are making out, he's reaching up to hold her throat? I think that description needs to be rewritten ASAP. The loops were the best part of the book. But there weren't enough of them. I understand Emery didn't want them to happen to her, but I wish she hadn't spent the majority of this book pushing them back and stopping them. I loved the descriptions in the loops, and 'her boy'. I just wish the rest of the book was as good as the loop chapters. The whole mystery about the loops, and what was happening to her was intriguing but the ending ruined it.I'm not going to mention much about the end, just that it came out of NOWHERE. Not a good thing. This book was just a hyped-up romance, which I didn't realize until the end. I don't recommend this unless you're dying to read it. (view spoiler)[Haha I'm so punny. (hide spoiler)]

  • Angela Fristoe
    2019-01-28 06:47

    This is a very hard review to form. There was so much about Flutter that I loved, yet all of it is dashed by the ending. I promise no spoilers, no matter how hard they are to avoid!Linko has a beautiful writing style. The story had at times an almost otherworldly tone to it that I felt really built up the looping and the daze that Emery's life has become. The concept was awesome. That Emery is looping to another place or time was such an interesting idea. I loved that this wasn't an easy ability. By that I mean it wasn't something she just did with no consequences or notice. Her looping caused extended seizures which were causing her organs to shut down. She was dying and people around her were attempting to place a scientific explanation on it.The main characters are very well developed. Emery and Asher are complex people and each have their own secrets. While Emery struggles to trust Asher, he is driven by guilt to protect her and everyone else. Their romance builds slowly and it progressed naturally. That said I felt that the 'villians' in the story felt one dimensional. Oh, there were hints that maybe there was something more about them, but in the end they are simply bad guys doing bad things.So with an amazing concept, beautiful writing, and great characters, why didn't I love it? Two words. The ending.I stayed up until one in the morning reading Flutter, anxious to find out what happens and when I got to the last few pages I just felt let down. I wanted an explanation. I wanted a real conclusion to the story lines and closure to relationships. I got none of that.I've been going back and forth on my rating. I rated it a 3 at first, but I'm leaning more to a 4. The longer I think about it the more I realize that if I hadn't truly enjoyed the writing and story, I wouldn't have felt so let down by the ending.

  • Lyn
    2019-01-25 07:36

    Eighteen-year-old Emery Land has suffered from seizures for as long as she can remember. Emery is sure that her seizures are time loops. She thinks she's traveling to the past or the future. When she was young, she thought looping was normal. Her seizures changed as she got older. She is spending more time in the loops. Sometime she visits the future, but often she visits a young boy in the past. She doesn't know his name so she thinks of him as 'her boy.'Now her seizures are stronger, more frequent and longer in duration. They are affecting her health in ways that could lead to her death. She is hospitalized in a special hospital where an entire team of doctors is trying to find ways to control her seizures. Her dad is a scientist and he is part of her medical team. This should make her feel safer, but his interest is as clinical as that of the other team members.The doctors are supposed to get her seizures under control, but they seem to be more interested in studying her than stopping the seizures. They don't take her theory of time travel seriously. As the seizures continue, it looks like she'll be hospitalized until she dies. Her dad is no longer her dad. He is just a member of her medical team.Finally, Emery can take it no longer. She slips out of the hospital, discards her cell phone and takes a bus to Esperanza in Michigan's upper-peninsula. The last time she visited her boy, he mentioned Esperanza. Was he referring to the town? She hopes she'll find clues there that will prove her theory of time travel. Emery must keep a step ahead of her medical team who want her to come back to the hospital and resolve her seizures before it's too late.Flutter is not just another time travel book. The plot is fresh and the characters will make you care.

  • Krystle
    2019-02-01 08:36

    Time traveling? HECK YEAH! That’s awesome! Love time traveling stories! I always want to see how authors work around that paradox of potentially messing up the future, the effect of the self, and then how this then affects the other people.This story had me really going.Until I came to the ending.That’s not to say Gina Linko has bad writing. She doesn’t. She is a very capable writer that can do great description and emotion. Her framing technique of using Emery’s dreams as a portal to her future visions was an interesting way to break up the narrative and move the plot forward. Although the plot did get pretty stagnant in the middle where I thought nothing was happening.I wasn’t totally taken by the romance because while she is heads over heels for him rather quickly, they took a while to get into the relationship. They are kinda mushy and I’m not into that sweet romance. They took up the majority of the page time and I kept going, “okay, yeah, but what about that OTHER stuff?”The ending now, that was a huge mind trip. Biggest WTF ever. It totally came out of left field and didn’t seem really thought out thoroughly. Geh. And, also. I thought we were gonna have some Oedipus Rex moment there for bit. LOL. I think this book would totally have been awesome to cross that barrier. Kekeke. Maybe a good pick for those more interested in the romance component of the book.