Friday, May 1, 2015

Chantress Fury Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway! @ab_greenfield

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Welcome to my post for the Chantress Fury book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for copies of Chantress Fury. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Chantress Fury (Chantress, #3)
Release date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: YA Historical/Paranormal Romance
Series: Chantress Trilogy #3

Power and politics, heartbreak and danger, magic and mermaids—Lucy must conquer it all in the compelling conclusion to the enchanting series that began with Chantress and continued with Chantress Alchemy.

With a song, Lucy can control the wind and the water; she can bring castles and kingdoms to their feet. Since Lucy mastered her powers, King Henry has kept her close. And now he’s called her to investigate attempted murder—by a mermaid. All Lucy can glean from the creature they’ve captured is a warning: The sea is coming. We are coming. And we will drown you all.

And then the floods begin. Swaths of London are submerged as the people scramble to defend themselves against the water, and the monsters, that are flooding their streets. As mistrust of Lucy’s magic grows, the king relies on Nat, Lucy’s great love, to guide them through the storm. But Nat is cold and distant to Lucy. He swore his love only a year before, but now he calls her “stranger.”

Lucy is determined to defeat this powerful new magic alone if she must. But then she hears an eerie song within the water…can it mean that she is not the last Chantress after all?

My Rating: 5 Roses

An absolutely perfect way to end the series, Chantress Fury was a fantastic YA read. With a mix of court politics, sweeping magic, and sweet romance, this book was wonderful and I loved it.

Lucy got stronger and smarter over the last two books and that trend continued in this book. Lucy was clever, tough, and determined to put a stop to the attacks if she had to do it herself. I thought she was lovely.

We already knew that Nat was clever from the previous books and, in this book, Nat had made sure that the rest of the world knew that as well. He made himself into a respected court member and proved to himself that he could do it on his own. He was smart, sweet, and a great hero.

The romance was mostly good. Despite the nearly 2 years separation, they both clearly still loved each other, even both they had both changed. My issue with it was that they seemed to make problems for themselves when it was clear to literally everyone else that they were perfect for each other. It was a little annoying but not a big deal. I still thought they were a lovely couple.

The plot was fast paced and riddled with thrills and twists. I was hooked from page 1. I really liked that we got a look into the origins of the Chantresses, which allowed me to understand that whole thing so much better. The story was wonderful and the ending was a lovely conclusion to the series.

Chantress Fury was an amazing YA read that I loved. It tied up the series perfectly, with thrills, secrets, and romance along the way. Fans of the series, you won't be disappointed with the conclusion. And, YA lovers, this is a series worth the read. 

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

I looked at the mermaid, and she looked at me—and I gave myself over to listening.

At first I only heard the water in the barrel, and its vexation at being contained. Round and round it went, an endless circling melody. But then I caught a glimmer of something else: A chilling music that told me that something in the barrel felt hunted; something felt afraid. And it wasn’t the Frustrated, I wrapped my fingers around the edge of the barrel. She was right there in front of me, but I couldn’t reach her, and I didn’t dare touch her, not when she was so frightened already....

The water in the barrel bobbled. As it washed over my fingertips, a wave of feeling washed over me, too: a bath of remorse so strong that it made me pull my hand from the water in shock.

The mermaid was sorry?

With a twist of her fins, she broke the surface again. Liquid streamed from her hair, and down over her skin. It took me a few moments to see that it wasn’t just seawater, but tears.

I touched the water again, and again the tide of remorse washed over me—remorse and pain and fear.

She hadn’t wanted to hurt anyone. I knew that now, without a doubt. And I knew something else, too: She was dying.

The gag wasn’t just cutting into her skin, and it wasn’t just stopping her from singing. It was suffocating her. The wadding had wound around her tongue, and now it was trailing down her throat, a little farther with every swallow…

Her panic felt like mine.
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About the Author:

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.

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

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