Before I start my review, I would like to thank Chris Seabranch for allowing me to review Butterfly Islands.
**All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone. I received Butterfly Islands for free from Chris Seabranch for free for my honest and unbiased review**
Now onto my review:
Title: Butterfly Islands
Author: Chris Seabranch
Publisher: Chris Seabranch
Date of publication: February 4th 2016
Where the book can be found:
Part of a series: Yes
What series: Chronicles of the Twenty-One Butterflies
Butterfly Islands – Book 1
Maelstrom – Book 2
Wailers – Book 3
Ascension part 1 – Book 4
Book synopsis (via Goodreads):
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.
I was really excited to read this book. I mean, a book about girl pirates. I was a bit cautious because I have gotten my hopes up about books before and I ended up being disappointed.
This book didn’t disappoint, at all. From the beginning, when Casey makes her escape from her abusive stepfather and her evil (for lack of a better word) soon to be husband, it packs in action. The run through town and into the jungle, her near capture and Dusky Wing’s help was awesome.
I really liked Casey’s character. She evolved during the story. She went from being a upperclass, spoiled brat (even she admits it in the book) to a 100% bad ass girl pirate. I loved it. I also loved that she was totally confused about her equal attraction to Dawn and Blake.
The other storyline (the one where she meets Blake and Timothy Thomas in jail) was pretty interesting too. It centers around a lost shop, a map, a jewel and a betrayer whose identity made me really surprised when it was revealed.
Like I said, this book didn’t disappoint me at all. The ending was truly a reflection of how the character (and the book) evolved with the story. That is something you don’t really find in other books.
These characters weren’t one-dimensional either. I felt their grief, their happiness, their confusion (you will understand once you read the book). I came to care about Casey and her friends.
There is one thing that I absolutely loved about this book. It was the floating rock that is attached to the city. For some reason, that fascinated me and my imagination went overboard with what it looked like.
How many stars will I give Butterfly Island? 4
Why? This book was a great pirate adventure. It had everything in it and I loved it. From suspense to mystery to adventure to love (or wanna be love….lol) to a villain who is pure evil.
Will I reread it? Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes
Age Range: Teen on up
Why? Lots of violence, some sexual situations and some language