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Barbed-Wire Butterflies

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Elani Benjamin had never imagined the level of fear and uncertainty that was now a demoralizing part of her everyday life. With freedom ripped from her world, Elani must stand alongside the hundreds of other women forced into slave labor by the mysterious organization that runs The Hub. At only thirteen years of age, she must decide if she will give in to the daily atrocit ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 23rd 2013 by Winter Goose Publishing (first published 2011)
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Dec 29, 2012 Susie rated it it was amazing
This is a tough read based on the horror of human trafficking. Jessica Kristie has taken a brave young girl, Elani Benjamin, and told her story from terror to triumph. Drugged and stuffed in a trunk she makes the journey from her home in California to hell along the Texas/Mexico border. What she experiences inside the Hub she is delivered to is harsh, horrible, inhumane; but Elani has the lion's heart of a survivor. Once I started reading I didn't want to put it down. Although it is labeled a no ...more
Dec 08, 2012 Vera rated it it was amazing
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I received a copy of this book thru Goodreads first reads program. I'm so glad I won a copy of this book as it tore at my heart but also lifted my soul. A fictional story of a young girl thrown into the world of human trafficking. A realistic look into the horror and despair of those living and trying to survive in a sweat shop. Ms. Kristie has done an excellent job of bringing this world wide problem out in the open. I admire her for all she is doing to help end this abomination. Kudos Ms. Kris ...more
Divine Hammer
Dec 27, 2012 Divine Hammer rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading the new novel Barbed Wire Butterflies by Jessica Kristie and was completely engrossed! Great Job, Jessica, on tackling such a heavy issue with so much empathy. In Elani, you've given slavery a very brave and realistic human face...and Eddie is such a wonderful, believable-yet-unlikely hero! I appreciate the finesse that it took to weave their tale. As I read, I found myself really relating to what it must be like to be held in bondage. I am so pleased that someone so sens ...more
Hemmie Martin
Dec 11, 2012 Hemmie Martin rated it it was amazing
This is a story of thirteen-year-old Elani Benjamin, who finds herself abducted and trafficked into a sweat shop. It's hard to read in places, as Elani tells of her daily struggles, and the misery of the other girls; all of whom come from broken homes and abusive backgrounds.
The characters are well drawn, making them easy to empathise with, which in turn makes Elani's journey painful to read at times.
Jessica Kristie has written about a problem that still troubles modern society, and donates 100%
Jan 31, 2013 Jessica rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013
This book just fell horribly, utterly, flat for me. The grammatical and spelling errors were distracting, the dialogue was stilted and unnatural, and I never felt connected to any of the characters. Worse than that though, the way that Elani was portrayed made it seem like she was supposed to have some reserve of strength and hope that made her special, something that the other girls must have obviously lacked, but I just never saw that special something. The only redeeming quality of this book ...more
Oct 31, 2012 Violet marked it as to-read
Thank you to Goodreads and Jessica Kristie for my copy of Barbed-Wire Butterflies.

Shocking, heartbreaking that this goes on in today's society. Your heart will go out to the victims of this terrible crime. A book all should read and educated yourself on this atrocity.
Apr 29, 2013 Ashley rated it it was ok
Barbed-Wire Butterflies by Jessica Kristie is about thirteen year old Elani who finds herself kidnapped and forced to work in a sweatshop as part of an underground human trafficking ring. She sees the hopelessness of her fellow prisoners and vows to not end up a zombie of herself. Through her determination and the help of a kind ex-military worker who is fed up with the system he's contributed to, Elani is able to hold onto her strength and hope. She is able to not only escape from the high-secu ...more
Anne Campbell
Jul 03, 2013 Anne Campbell rated it really liked it
This story was compelling to me, maybe because the sickening problem of slavery has never ended. Even though we have laws against it, human trafficking still continues. Another reason is maybe because Jessica Kristie will be one of our presenters (and the one who will listen to pitches) at the Write to Inspire Conference in Sacramento on July 19 and 20, 2013.

Thirteen-year-old Elani Benjamin has been kidnapped by people looking for cheap labor. Hundreds of girls work in an ugly, concrete-walled b
Genny Heikka
Jan 22, 2013 Genny Heikka rated it it was amazing
In Barbed Wire Butterflies, Jessica Kristie does an excellent job of balancing the horror of trafficking with the hope of survival. I would highly recommend this novel. I loved the main character--Elani Benjamin--and was drawn to her strength and determination. Her story, and the stories of the other girls in the novel, tugged at my heart. I loved Elani's fire for survival and her quest for freedom. This is a brave novel and Jessica Kristie does a beautiful job of telling one girl's heartbreakin ...more
Jessica Liu
Jan 31, 2013 Jessica Liu rated it it was amazing
I really loved the book, and the book helped me truly understand human trafficking. I knew about it before, but I never truly understood it until I read this book. It's not the best book I've ever read (but let's face it, hardly any book can compete with harry potter). However it is one of those books that I will reread when I'm down, or in need of inspiration. The Heroine in the story is strong, I look up to her, and I think of her when I'm down.It's a great book, and I would really recommend i ...more
Feb 05, 2013 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Barbed Wire Butterflies is about human trafficking and has a lot of little known facts about this despicable industry. It is interesting and poignant. I believe that it is a must read for anyone trying to educate themselves about a new and growing evil in our world. The characters are realistic and endearing. The plot is unfortunately a true reality for many people. Kristie is a good writer and her purpose is to bring awareness to the subject. Much of the profit will be donated toward helping re ...more
Monty Wheeler
Feb 06, 2013 Monty Wheeler rated it it was amazing
Jessica Kristie writes a well-paced novel and brings her passion in battling human atrosities to the forefront, as her young protagonist struggles to not only survive but to keep the last vestiges of human dignity in an inhumane and hostile world of the sweatshops. And will the rebirth of human kindness and sympathy in rare individuals be enough to combate the desensitized near-humanoid employees? Ms. Kristie's work explores a dark world human suffering with pure compassion and human kindness
Jan 30, 2013 Emily rated it liked it
Human trafficking and modern slavery. Young girls are stolen into slavery at 'the hub,' an isolated sweatshop in TX. Topic is good, but language is stilted, forced and unnatural, especially during dialogue.
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Jessica Kristie is an award winning author, social entrepreneur, and a lover of poetry. She is an advocate for art, an activist against human trafficking, and a soulful contributor to the strengthening of our creative communities.

Her novel, Barbed-Wire Butterflies, donates 100% of all print royalties and a percentage of digital copies and merchandise to fight human trafficking.

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