Sunday, October 23, 2016

Butterfly Islands review

Butterfly Islands (Chronicles of the Twenty-One Butterflies #1)

by Chris Seabranch

"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."


Butterfly Islands had a fairly good plot. It started off strong, but a few times the writing seemed incredibly rushed, although that could be in part because the author had a goal to write six books in six months. There were times when Chris bounced around between different characters POV's within the same scene, which can confuse some readers. I myself am used to characters having their own scene, not three different characters POP's within sentences of each other. While I did notice similarities, the characters did have their own personality traits. I do worry about the MC Casey, though. Her heart and emotions are all over the place. I will be sure to read the next book and see how it all goes from there.

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