Name: Butterfly Islands
Author: Chris Seabranch
Published: February 4, 2016 by Chris Seabranch
Purchased: August 11, 2016, free on Kindle, requested to read by the author.
Blurb: Casey is only fifteen years old when her stepfather tries to marry her to a perverted and brutal man twice her age. However, minutes before the wedding, Casey flees into the jungle where she is rescued from her pursuers by a mysterious woman who sets the terrified young girl on a path to becoming a pirate – a path full of adventure, danger, personal struggles, and self-discovery.
Struggling with her own fears and desires, Casey hovers between being an innocent teenage girl confused about love and her own sexuality, and becoming a ruthless pirate seeking revenge on those who have taken all she cherished away from her.
Casey strives to win the trust of the Twenty-One Butterflies, a group of female pirates living on Butterfly Islands, a mystic place filled with dazzling butterflies by day and swarms of moths carrying terrifying parasites by night. A disastrous trip by the Twenty-One Butterflies to a floating city in the sky known as God’s Mercy, changes everything. While trapped once more in the hands of her former husband-to-be, Casey discovers that there is a traitor in their midst. From that point on, it is a race to save her new friends’ lives and to escape from the man who wishes to make the young girl his wife and a slave to his twisted desires.
Review: This book is so good, even though it took me five days to finish, it wasn’t the books fault, my schedule interfered with it.
This, actually, is the fist book I’ve ever read about a girl questioning her sexuality and I’m very happy with how the book turned out. I would really love to read the rest of the series.
The traitor being revealed was a little anti-climactic though, I got the feeling that the author didn’t really know how to reveal them in a more interesting way. It felt a bit awkward to me.
I feel like there could have been a better description of the rock the city was on because I just kept seeing a round boulder and it was hard to imagine a city on top of it.
Everything except for the way the traitor was exposed was so good, I just wanted it to keep going and never stop. I wouldn’t really call anyone an in between character, they’re either villains that you hate or good, besides the traitor of course and I had my suspicions about who it was so I wasn’t really surprised.
I especially loved the way the author portrayed the zombies, I can tell my Zombie Culture professor about this! I loved how they were created and especially the five sisters. So different from what I’ve usually read.
Would recommend to anyone who loves female pirates, a girl questioning her sexuality, adventure and action.
Thank you for reading my review.