Saturday, May 11, 2013

Blog Tour: Chantress (Chantress #1) By: Amy Butler Greenfield



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.


Release date: May 7th 2013
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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About the Author
Amy Butler Greenfield
Amy Butler Greenfield was a grad student in history when she gave into temptation and became a writer. Since then, she has become an award-winning author. 
Born in Philadelphia, Amy grew up in the Adirondack Mountains and later studied history at Williams College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Oxford. She now lives with her family in England, where she writes, bakes double-dark-chocolate cake, and plots mischief.


Title: Chantress (Chantress #1)
Author: Amy Butler Greenfield
Published: May 7th, 2013
 Source: E-Galley From  Publisher
My Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads Summary:

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

My Thoughts:

 I have to admit that going into Chantress I was a bit hesitant, the only reason that I felt this way was because I am not a historical fiction fan and I tend to get bored while reading them, I personally  was surprised that the book did not read at all like a historical fiction, which made me personally happy. 

All her life Lucy has been told that she can never sing, or even listen to music. Another important rule she has to follow, never remove her stone necklace (which is what we see in the picture of the cover) But, the music somehow still finds her even the remote island where her and her guardian Norrie, have  been living on for as long as she can remember. But as Lucy hears the music on the wind she can't resist the urge to hear it and sing, which  results in some very serious consequences. She wishes it would send her home, to London where she grew up.  As she comes to London the adventure  begins where she learns about who she is and what her destiny may be.

I really loved the whole idea of Chantresses , I hadn't read anything like them before which made the book that much more interesting for me. I really liked reading about the lore of it all, it kept me engaged and wanting to learn more about the story .

I do have to admit that the pacing was a bit slow at times and I was hoping that there would be more action in the book then their ended up being. I felt like some parts dragged on too long and was ready to move on with the plot and get to the good stuff.
Our main character Lucy was just average in my eyes, although of course she was a Chantress which makes her special  but, she didn't have the qualities that many YA main characters have yet, she was still endearing and I couldn't help  but like her.

Overall, Chantress was an interesting read, it is the first in a series and the ending of the first was wrapped up so well I have no idea where it could go next but,  I am definitely curious about where it could be going next!
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