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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield: Mini Book Review

by Amy Butler Greenfield
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4424-5703-4
Suggested Ages: 12+
Buy from Indigo

Description: Lucy’s Chantress magic will make her the most powerful—and most hunted—girl in England.

“Sing, and the darkness will find you.” This warning has haunted fifteen-year-old Lucy ever since she was eight and shipwrecked on a lonely island. Lucy’s guardian, Norrie, has lots of rules, but the most important is that Lucy must never sing. Not ever. Now it is 1667, Lucy is fifteen, and on All Hallows’ Eve, Lucy hears a tantalizing melody on the wind. She can’t help but sing—and she is swept into darkness.

When she awakes in England, Lucy hears powerful men discussing Chantresses—women who can sing magic into the world. They are hunting her, but she escapes and finds sanctuary with the Invisible College, an organization plotting to overthrow the nefarious Lord Protector. The only person powerful enough to bring about his downfall is a Chantress. And Lucy is the last one in England.

Lucy struggles to master the song-spells and harness her power, but the Lord Protector is moving quickly. And her feelings for Nat, an Invisible College apprentice and scientist who deeply distrusts her magic, only add to her confusion...

Time is running out, and the fate of England hangs in the balance in this entrancing novel that is atmospheric and lyrical, dangerous and romantic.

The Good Stuff
  • Unique premise
  • Nice to see the accurate historical information included after the story
  • Likeable heroine although you might want to smack her a couple of times 
  • Fabulous moody setting, felt I was part of the story and the ravens creeped me out
  • Beautifully written with a stunning cover
  • Unusual combination of fantasy and history
  • No ins ta-love - well developed romance - extremely well done

The Not So Good Stuff
  •  Really, another trilogy - enough already publishers. This book would be perfect as a standalone
  • Mother is horrific 
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I'm afraid that informers are everywhere, my dear. Fear is the very air we breathe. There is no room for dissent, no freedom to speak one's mind. Even the most innocent acts are now considered sedition and can land a man in front of the ravens."

"And I'm done keeping secrets. It never works out the way you think it's going to, anyway."

"My father used to say that if anyone is to be trusted, it is not the person who seizes power. It is the person who turns it down."

4 Dewey's 

I received this at the SimonTeen Blogger party at Book Expo America 2013 

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