- File Size: 2671 KB
- Print Length: 233 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Chris Seabranch; 1 edition (February 4, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 4, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BHVED0I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,337 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Butterfly Islands (Chronicles of the Twenty-One Butterflies Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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The story starts when Casey, a fifteen-year old girl, is about to marry the town governor’s son against her will. Being torn between choosing her own happiness and her mother’s safety, she flees and promises herself to eventually come back and save her mother.
Uncertain of what her future will look like, she decides to join a group of female pirates known as the Twenty-One Butterflies. This decision gave her life the change she was seeking, but it didn’t last for long until chaos started to make her wonder if everything was a big mistake.
This book is a different story about pirates, there were times that reminded me to “The Princess Bride”, times that reminded me of “Cutthroat Island” and even the well-known “Pirates of the Caribbean”, it’s full of action, sword fights, treasure (and ships) hunting and it addresses some important topics like betrayal, loyalty, love, slavery and even homosexuality.
However, it wasn’t all perfect. There were some chapters that explained the events occurring back in God’s Mercy that bored me a little. I know the author felt the need to explain those events, that would be important for the plot development, but during those chapters I found myself reading faster and even skipping a few sentences. Maybe it was that I liked Casey too much and wanted to go back to read about her. Nevertheless, the good parts surfaced and I really liked the story.
During the whole book, I thought that illustrations and maps would look really nice across its pages, when I finished reading and saw the author’s note at the end, I learned that there is some art on their website and rushed to look at it. It looks wonderful, to be honest, and I wish there were more of it, specially a Butterflies Island map and a map showing the whole Islands area.
I’m very excited to read the next 5 books in this series, I know there are still a lot of adventures to change the Butterflies’ lives and I wouldn’t like to miss them.
“One day they will regret what they have done and I will be there when it happens.”
I enjoyed this book, it was not a typical Young Adult fiction where frequently there is a fairly strong love story very close to the surface. This book was written with a strong female protagonist and many strong females around her - not that all strong women get along! Ms. Seabranch took new perspectives on female pirates and how the female-led community would function. Twenty-One Butterflies was a good book and I look forward to reading the next installation in this series.
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