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May 9, 2013

Blog Tour: Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield – Review and G1veaway

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Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield

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Chantress

 
 
 

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.

add to goodreadsChantress (Chantress Trilogy #1)
by Amy Butler Greenfield
Publication Date:  May 7, 2013
Publisher:  Margaret K. McElderry Books

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Gabby NewThe first thing that made me want to read Chantress by author Amy Butler Greenfield was the cover. Is it not beautiful? Just take a minute out of your life and look at it. It’s gorgeous and the whole ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ does not count in this situation—I judged Chantress to be awesome based off the cover and it totally was! Score! This is definitely a story unlike any other and one that I fell for hard. Chantress is a novel to look out for.

Set in the 1600s, main character Lucy has been living on an island where her only companion has constantly told her that if she sings the darkness will find her. One day Lucy hears music, something forbidden on the island, and when she’s accused to singing to it Lucy is brought to England and into the wicked Lord Scargrave’s manor. It’s there that she hears how Scargrave is hunting down women called Chantresses and it comes to Lucy’s attention that she is one of them.

A Chantress is a woman who uses her singing voice to bend the laws of nature and Lucy is obviously capable. When she escapes from Scargrave’s manor with a book thief she ends up in the care of Nat and Penebrygg, two men who want to defeat Scargrave and rid him of his ability to control the Shadowgrims; demonic beings that he work as his servants. Penebrygg and Nat reveal to Lucy that she is one of the last remaining Chantresses and that the fate of England is resting on her shoulders.

Lucy is the last remaining weapon against Scargrave and the Shadowgrims. With her help she can destroy them and his power, but in doing so Lucy must learn to control her voice and learn spells that must be sung and mastered. As time goes on Lucy prepares to defeat Scargrave and learns secrets about who she really is and the world her mother worked to keep hidden from her.

Chantress is a novel that is all around fun to read. There were parts that made me laugh, parts that wrung my heart and others that had me caught up in the novel’s quick pace and action. I’ve always been a fan of singing and besides sirens, I’ve never heard of a heroine who uses her singing voice to whip up spells that help her defeat evil. Definitely a refreshing read as well as something that kept me light on my feet while reading. One thing I learned from Chantress is that while awesome heroes are born, they also have to be made and Greenfield did an amazing job at making a hero that I wanted to cheer on right until the very end.

I’m pretty sure this is one of the few times that I’ve read a novel set in the 1600s and the author’s descriptions of the setting pulled me into the story and had me vividly imagining the world around Lucy in my head. With that being said about descriptions Chantress was a novel that, I found, clearly described everything to the point where an image was created in your mind, but you weren’t bombarded with information overload. Great because information overload slows down the pace and Chantress is a novel that keeps up consistent pacing.

Personally I thought that for around half of the novel Chantress is very introductory to the world that Chantress is set in. I found this beneficial since it lets the reader learn with Lucy and allows them to understand everything to the same extents that she would. I know that that might sound like the beginning half of the novel is boring but it’s far from it. The other half of the novel is full of Chantresses and magical singing being used to the best of its ability. Definitely awesomesauce and it made me love Chantress all the more.

I’d recommend Chantress to readers who are looking for a novel with a strong female protagonist, readers who are looking for a refreshing new title in the YA-verse that has all the best magical elements. I’d also recommend this novel to readers who are big fans of novels with witches and sorcery. Definitely something to pick up and get excited to read.

 

About the Author:

 

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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.

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24 Comments

  1. Melinda Dartmann
    5/9/2013

    Thank you so much for sponsoring this giveaway! What a wonderful book!

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  2. I could not find a Facebook Page for Amy Butler Greenfield. However I found an individual account by that name so I presume this is her. I friended her (since it is not a FB page, there is no “follow button” but has an “add friend” button instead). And clicked enter in the FB choice in the rafflecopter. :)
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  3. may
    5/9/2013

    This is the type of books that I like to read! Must look for it next time I am in the bookstore.

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  4. Gayatri
    5/9/2013

    Couldn’t find the Facebook page so haven’t added Amy. B. Greenfield!
    Thanks for the Giveaway!

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  5. StacyRenee C.
    5/9/2013

    Thank you for doing this giveaway! I really love books like this and the cover is simply gorgeous!
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  6. Nice review. Thanks for participating!
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  7. Tiffany Falick
    5/9/2013

    Not sure where her Facebook page is, can’t find one, but I did add her as a friend =) this book sounds fantastic, thank you for the chance!

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  8. vanessa
    5/9/2013

    Sounds like a great book.

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  9. ✽Laurenj426✽
    5/9/2013

    Thanks so much for the chance to win this book! It sounds really good!! I LOVE the cover :)

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  10. Erika
    5/9/2013

    Thanks for the chance to win! Looks great!

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  11. wanda
    5/9/2013

    Hope you have a great weekend thank you for this chance to win.

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  12. Ashtrie
    5/9/2013

    it reminds me of an episode on Once. Can I proof it?
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  13. Lacey G.
    5/9/2013

    Sounds amazing! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  14. CassandraG
    5/10/2013

    Looks real interesting. thanks for the chance to win.

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  15. pabkins
    5/10/2013

    Just thought I should let you know the ‘fan’ entry doesn’t work – I think its because its not a fan page but an actual “add as friend’

    Sounds like an awesome book!
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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    I did let the event coordinator know. Unfortunately, I can’t make any changes :( Thanks for letting me know though!

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  16. Amber Hsu
    5/10/2013

    Great review! This book seems really interesting… though magic and powers seem to be very popular with authors these days, this book seems to have a unique concept. For sure going to be at the top of my TBR list!

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  17. CassandraG
    5/11/2013

    Nice review. Looks really good.

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  18. Elke
    5/14/2013

    Thanks! This book giveaway is great :D

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  19. Josefina Carlos
    5/14/2013

    I Cant Wait To Read Chantress!!!

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  20. HollyB
    5/16/2013

    Thanks for being a part of the blog tour, ladies! Also for the great review and the chance to win a copy! I put the release date for this book on my calendar way back when the cover was revealed – which is a pretty rare thing for me to do. I just think it sounds fabulous and can’t wait to read it!! (Not to mention I immediately fell in love with the cover :))

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  21. Maria Behar
    5/18/2013

    I can’t wait to read this book! The plot is fascinating, and the cover totally GORGEOUS!! Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!! : )

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  22. Jolene A
    5/18/2013

    This book looks and sounds amazing!! Thanks for the chance to win

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  23. _Sandra_
    5/19/2013

    Can’t wait to read this book, sounds like the one right up my alley. Thanks for a giveaway!:)

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