Saturday, February 11, 2017

Book Review: Paper Butterflies

Title Paper Butterflies
Author Lisa Heathfield
Release Date June 30, 2016

June's life at home with her stepmother and stepsister is a dark one—and a secret one. She is trapped like a butterfly in a net.

But then June meets Blister, a boy in the woods. In him she recognises the tiniest glimmer of hope that perhaps she can find a way to fly far, far away from her home and be free. Because every creature in this world deserves their freedom... But at what price?

I was not prepared for Paper Butterflies. Somehow, I didn't get abuse from the blurb and it caught me totally off guard. To be honest, I'm not sure what I was expecting since I've reread the blurb and clearly see it's about something dark and sinister. Just be prepared.

Paper Butterflies was an incredibly heartbreaking book to read. The injustice of it all was infuriating. The thought that though this book is fiction that something like this can and does happen in the world is mind-boggling. How can we live in a world so cruel?

Though June's life is filled with horrifying scenes at every turn, both at home and at school, there is happiness in her life. Her time with Blister is so separate from the rest of her life. It astounds me that the author can write both the cruel injustices in June's life and still show her true happiness with Blister. She's able to show these conflicting moments in raw and real ways that you can't help but emotionally connect with June. You can feel her fear and pain just as strongly as her love and happiness.

Though very different from Lisa Heathfield's debut, Seed, I enjoyed this one just as much. She's an author that evokes such strong and powerful emotion. I can't wait to read more from her in the future.


5 out of 5 stars

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