Review | The Butterfly Circus by Francesca Armour-Chelu

The Butterfly Circus

The day has happened, everybody! TheDeeWhoLived received their first ever gifted item! I know the term ‘gifted’ isn’t the right lingo but it’s still super exciting! It’s actually thanks to the author Francesca Armour-Chelu that I received this so thank you!! I was really interested in The Butterfly Circus when I saw it advertised on the Walker Books twitter since you guys know I love a bit of fantasy in my life!

Sisters Tansy and Belle are the stars of the circus, soaring through the air on trapezes like shimmering butterflies…until one night, Tansy falls. Now terrified of heights, all Tansy can do is watch from the ring below while Belle shines above. But when Belle mysteriously vanishes and Tansy’s shadow miraculously comes to life, Tansy discovers that the courage she needs to rescue her sister may have been inside her all along.

RATING: ★★★★

First off, can we just take a moment to appreciate the gorgeous front cover?! It’s so cute! The trapeze helps make up a butterfly and then you have lots of teeny circus things inside the wings. Beautiful work! You open the book and you actually get a map of the world it is set in which is drawn by Francesca herself! Reminded me a lot of Chronicles of Narnia!

One of the things that you will notice at the beginning of each chapter is that you get a definition for an odd word that is important inside the chapter. For example; at the start of Chapter One, we get ‘Corde lisse’. What is that I hear you say? You’ll have to either buy the book or just check Google. Haha!

I adored Tansy and Belle as characters! They seemed both in-sync and polar opposite at the same time! You have Tansy, who narrates the story, who is super-pale with red hair while Belle has curly black hair. Tansy is the flyer and Belle is the catcher! Reading these moments made me wish that I was anyway flexible! I can’t even touch my toes. Though I may be tempted to see if there are any circus classes nearby to me that I can try! You then have Mrs Fratellini with her thick accent that I tried to speak aloud as I read…you try it! It’s a lot of fun! She is the ring mistress who doesn’t seem to particularly care about health and safety.

There are so many characters through the book that really added to the whole magical feel especially when were introduced to Tansy’s shadow. I always said I’d be honest in my reviews and I’ll admit that I did get a little lost during part of the book but found myself again when Belle was found and everything really kicked off!

Overall I really enjoyed The Butterfly Circus and you guys really need to check it out! Thanks again to Walker Books for gifting me this book!

Have any of you wished you could do some circus tricks?

*This post contains a gifted item but all opinions given are entirely my own. 

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