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“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 bu
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry
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***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield
Book One of the Chantress trilogy
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

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,
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Here’s what you need to know about Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield:
1. It is part one of a trilogy. Although there's nothing on GoodReads to indicate that this is a series (oh, GoodReads, how you have failed me) and the story has a nice, clean ending, Chantress is the first book in a trilogy. And thank goodness for that.
2. It is more than just a pretty cover. It’s true. These days, a pretty cover usually hides all kinds of nasty surprises, but not in this case. Chantress is a wonderful histori
Once upon a time, there was a boy who read a book. He really liked it, although if pressed, he couldn’t really explain why, because the book was kind of straightforward and full of exposition. Unfortunately, the boy had a friend who was a girl who kept him on a short leash, and for whatever reason his friend was exceptionally curious about the book that he couldn’t really explain, and continually harangued him for his opinion, even though she most likely would never read the book herself.

Sadly, it's not a heart that she's holding on the cover, it's her stone necklace! Boo! Just wanted to get that out of the way first. A gorgeous cover, however--though slightly less interesting than when I thought it was a heart--Chantress is pretty on the outside, and intriguing on the inside.

We begin this book in an interesting setting while we learn how Lucy was told never to sing or bad things will occur. I was made both curious and alarmed at the uncertainty surrounding Lucy's life and life
sunset shimmer
Yet another pleasant surprise.

I guess I can safely say that historical fiction is no longer out of my comfort zone now. From the growing number that I've read, I've loved all of them, save for one which fell in the "meh" category. Chantress could very well have fallen in that category too, but while some people could find the story slow-moving and even boring, because it's a character-based storyline, I found the book to be very entertaining.

I liked the characters a lot, and I also liked the rom
Tamora Pierce
The Lord Protector has done his best to eliminate Chantresses, the women who sing magic, because only a Chantress can destroy him. Lucy has been hidden away on an island by her mother, who then disappeared, but one night she hears music, and sings a reply--which almost drops her straight into the Lord Protector's hands. Now she must hide with the teachers of the Invisible College, learning a lifetime's worth of spells, as the Lord Protector searches all London for her.

This is a riveting read. Lu
Whitley Birks
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My Reaction: While many of the concepts and settings were interesting, I found the overall execution in this book to be bland and lacking. The characters were dull, the plot straight-forward, and the set up entirely too convenient. While not a technically bad offering, it still lacks the daring and creativity to do anything truly impressive. It also hit a few of the common problems in stories about female-only magic, which I’ll cover below in “Rants and R
A beguiling and mesmerizing story, full of mystery and song. I was enchanted by its unique twist on English history and by the compelling, magical, and loveable heroine, Lucy.
Review also on my website, My Friends Are Fiction

The Story:
Overall Chantress was an enjoyable read for me. It was fairly slow paced but this made for a relaxing read. I was able to comfortably sink into the story without feeling overly anxious or stressed until the very end of the book. A good amount of Chantress focuses on Lucy's journey to figure out who she is and what her powers are. Though our heroine faces a very real threat for the most part I felt like our characters were safe. I despe
3.75 stars

Sing, and the darkness will find you.

That's what Lucy was raised believing. Stranded on an island since she was eight years old with her elder sort-of maid, Norrie, that's all she knew. Past her fifteenth birthday all she knew was solitude, Norrie's cooking, and the island. She had no memories of her mother and the shipwreck that supposedly landed them on the island. But all she knew was that she was to never take off her necklace and that she was to never sing. However, on All-Hollows
Originally posted at Writer of Wrongst

An original, entertaining concept with a few too many info-dumps and a sagging middle. But I liked it, particularly the ending.

The cover: I LOVE THIS COVER. It is so pretty and dramatic, with the bright hot pink against the black and her awesome hood and branch-y, swirly bits. Mildly disappointed to realize she's holding a pendant in her hand, instead of a heart and a dagger, like I'd originally thought, but it ties into the novel, so I'll get over i
This review and a giveaway can also be found on my blog.

Lucy has been told never to sing, for if she does, nothing good will come of it. But when she hears a song on the wind, she cannot help but sing it herself, and this leads to her finding herself in London. She stumbles upon members of the Invisible College, a group dedicated to overthrowing Scargrave, the Lord Protector whose power has all of London terrified. The only one strong enough to defeat him is Lucy, who is thought to be the last C
Anasheh Satoorian
I have to admit that the first time I came across this cover at a Barnes and Noble I was immediately drawn in to the gorgeous cover. My friend Amber liked it so much that she immediately purchased it. After reading it she told me how much she adored it and that she was dying for the sequel. Fast forward a year and when I noticed on Edelweiss that the sequel was coming out I immediately texted and her and asked her if I could borrow her book. Patri had been contacting authors to participate in ou ...more
Dec 18, 2013 Nafiza rated it 3 of 5 stars
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It started off well. I was interested in the things that were happening. I could empathize with Lucy, stuck on that island with a caregiver who seemed content to live there while Lucy suffocated from the emptiness and the loneliness. She was forbidden from singing – something that came naturally to her and I would go so far as to say that it was something necessary for her to live. I expected something more when the first incident happens and the wild magic deposits Lucy into the library of the ...more
3.5 stars
Amy Butler Greenfield unleashes a unique and fresh tale of a supernatural element sure to mesmerize many readers.

Lucy lives on an island with her guardian Norrie, whom survived a ship wreak. Norrie had that was set above all others: There must be no singing. Ever. The next rule was to wear her necklace and to not take it off.
Pretty simple, right? Not for Lucie. Once she pulls the pendant over her head, music floats in the air, calling her to sing. Against her guardians warning and wi
Captivating from the very first paragraph. Chantress grabbed my attention and stubbornly refused to let go. Lucy has been shipwrecked on an island with her guardian for 7 years. She lost he mother on that journey (or so she was told). Her guardian Norrie has warned her to never sing. EVER.

But on Allhallow's Eve a song pulls at her and after discovering a letter from her mother she breaks the rule and immediately regrets it. Magically teleported to London into the home of Lord Scargrove, she over
Bieke {Istyria book blog}
Actual rating: 3,5 stars

Sing and the Darkness will find you.

With a sentence like that on the cover I was totally prepared to read an awesome book with some cool action and a kick-ass heroine. But... I expected to much because, although I liked it quite a bit, I still feel like it let me down. And I would've liked to know that the story takes place a few centuries ago. Between 1667 and 1669. Maybe that sounds stupid, but I like that kind of information beforehand. Not that it matters a lot in wh
What would you do if you were an obstinate young girl stuck on a remote island with a guardian that forbade you to sing? Seduced by a tantalizing melody in the air, and enraged after discovering that all is not as it seems in the world she lives in, Lucy opens her mouth to utter a few notes. She is then thrown into a society where she doesn’t know who to trust, and she is being hunted by mysterious, terrifying beings. England is under the control of the Lord Protector, who has the ability to con ...more
This book had so much potential, the idea is awesome and interesting it offers something intriguing and a little bit different, but somewhere along the line this book just got lost for me.

There were four real issues I had with this book. The first was the lack of action, not much seemed to happen for a lot of the book. There was a lot of sitting around and talking but not much else, I wasn’t exactly bored by it but it didn’t grip me either. I just needed more to happen.

The second problem was th
Note: I received an electronic ARC of this book from the publisher.

This book is sort of a cross between Star Crossed, The Singer of All Songs, and some book where the main character spends most of her time shut away in a dark basement studying.

The shut-away-studying part wasn't as boring as it could have been, but, well, it was a little boring, and I wish the plot had been a bit more intricate. It was fairly straightforward sort of three step plot:
1. Learn about the bad guy's evil doings.
2. Lear
Y. C.
Colour me surprised.

Chantress is a historical fantasy centering around a young girl named Lucy. At age 15, she finds out that when she sings, she brings forth magic into the world, and is accidentally whisked away to England where she meets a group of people plotting to overthrow the government, but require a chantress to do so. Unfortunately, Lucy has had no training, and she is the last of the kind.


==> There are no plot holes. Everything by the end of the book is neatly tied up, and
Teri Terry
I love this book! I read an early draft and that was 5 star, so I'm thinking this one is at least 6 or 7 star (but it will only let me go up to 5).
**3.5/4 stars**

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I love YA fantasy and I love historical YA, so when you put the two together, for me it’s the ultimate harmonious blend. Chantress, while there were a few glitches here and there, was an enchanting read. I’m on the blog tour for the sequel, Chantress Alchemy, and so I dove at the chance to read this book, which has been on my to-read pile for a long, long time.
First initial impressions? I was definitely taken by the sto
I can’t imagine a life without music, one where I couldn’t sing out loud (in the shower or in private) or where I couldn’t listen to my favorite songs over and over again. The fact that singing appeared to pose a threat to Lucy’s life was, in fact, the reason that I was drawn to Chantress initially. What kind of world was this where singing could bring evil to you? My desire to read this increased upon my discovery that it was a historical fantasy, the first I’ve ever encountered that is set in ...more
I was excited to have the opportunity to read and review Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield. I was drawn to the beautiful, and magical book cover. Once I read the synopsis, I was highly intrigued, for I had never read a book about a Chantress or anything similar. As I began this story, my interest was piqued, as I learned about Lucy, the main character in the story. She lived on a deserted island with an elder woman, her caretaker, Norrie, who was very superstitious, and had all kinds of rigid a ...more
Emily (Falling for YA)
Chantress wins my favorite cover of the year award. I love the pink’s and purple’s and the girl in the cape. Not to mention the cover matches the story beautifully. The story centers around Lucy, a girl who has grown up on a deserted island and after finally breaking the rules and singing is transported to England where she is the last Chantress.

I can only think of one other novel that I have read that is set in this time frame, Grave Mercy by R.L LaFevers, it is interesting to see how different
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
I've been anxiously awaiting CHANTRESS since reading the book's unusual, intriguing summary. It sounded like something that could have been influenced by Greek mythology, yet it was also original. And it involved singing. I would like to see more fantasy novels where singing is considered magical art in and of itself. I never had time to read the title, though, and it fell down my TBR list. I was recently lucky enough to take part in Lena Goldfinch's Blog Tour for her new novel SONGSTONE. I revi ...more
Sara Grochowski
I'm always searching for engaging YA fantasy novels to love, so I was absolutely thrilled to find Amy Butler Greenfield's Chantress. Set in 1660s England, the novel follows Lucy, a girl that had been, until recently, marooned on a lonely island, alone except for her guardian Norrie. When Lucy disobeys Norrie's strict rule of no singing, her entire world changes as she discovers who she truly is and the responsibilities that sit squarely on her shoulders... and her shoulders alone.

The magic in Ch
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

This book has a cover to die for, I fell in love with it the instant that I saw it. I decided in that moment that I wanted to read this book. So when I got a copy of it from the publisher to read, I was ecstatic! Before I started this book, I put my hand on it gently and prayed that it wouldn't disappoint me. I hate being disappointed by books that I want to read this badly. Let me just say t
YA Books of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Chantress was very different compared to most of the other YA books I've read. The beginning is very fast paced so it draws you right in once you start reading. To be fair though, the whole book is not fast paced. Some parts are fast, some are average and some are pretty slow but they balance each other out so it's not as boring as you'd expect it to be.

I really liked the fantasy part of the book. The idea of the chantress was very unique. I had mixed feelings
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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.

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 misch
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