Friday, May 10, 2013

Chantress Blog Tour: Review + Playlist + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Chantress book tour! Thanks to Shane at Itching for Books for organizing the tour. This book was SO good; I'm so excited to host for it! I have a review and playlist coming up, as well as a giveaway for a copy of Chantress.  But, before we get to that, allow me to introduce the book:

Chantress (Chantress, #1)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 Rating: 4.5 Roses
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A hauntingly beautiful book! Chantress was a magnificent YA historical fantasy with a touch of romance. I loved this book!

I loved the idea for this book. It was interesting when I first heard about it and the execution didn't disappoint. The whole "chantress" thing is something I haven't seen in any other YA paranormal, and I loved that uniqueness.

I also really liked the atmosphere of the book. It was done so well. It was haunting, sumptuous, and transported to a world of magic and history. I loved that about the book.

Lucy was a heroine pulled in different directions. She is one of the last chantresses in existence and that makes her a hot commodity. The Invisible College wants to use her power to take down the Lord Protector, she wants to be able to use the power of wild magic, and her new chantress mentor wants her to limit her to tame magic. On top of that, she was being hunted by shadowgrims. She deals with it all admirably, without compromising her own morals. She was a great heroine; strong, clever, and very likable.

There was a touch of romance in this book, with Nat. Nat was also a great character with a lot of depth. He distrusts magic and that leads him to initially distrust Lucy. But, he is a good guy who was honestly trying to do what he though was best. He wasn't really one for wooing and sweetness. He was more the kind of guy who didn't show his feelings outwardly, but demonstrated them through his actions. He was easy to adore.
The romance developed slowly. As in, it took several months for them to begin to consider a romance. But, I thought that made it very believable, considering both Lucy and Nat had too much on their minds to get caught up in a romance. But there were still a few sweet moments. They were a great couple and I hope to see more of them together in book 2.

The plot was okay. It stretched over a long period of time, so there were a few parts where it dragged a little. But, overall, I was hooked throughout the entire story. The events of the climax were a huge surprise. I never saw it coming. Everything that It made my jaw drop. The ending was lovely, a nice wrap up that left room for the story to continue in books 2 and 3.

Chantress was an excellent read! If you like YA, historical fantasy, or touches of romance, this book is for you.

*Thanks to Edelweiss and Margaret K. McElderry Books for a copy!

For your listening pleasure, I have compiled a playlist for this wonderful book. Some relate to a certain scene or emotion in the book. Some, I was just reminded of from the story as a whole. Enjoy!

Up for grabs are a couple of copies of Chantress. More info on the rafflecopter. Ends May 20.
Good luck!

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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.


  1. great review. awesome playlist. thanks for participating.

  2. Congratulations on the publication of Chantress! Sounds like an intriguing book. Great review. Thanks for sharing.