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Chime by Franny Billingsley
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Mar 30, 11

bookshelves: teen, historical, fantasy, suspense
Read from March 24 to 29, 2011

Chime is a novel with a unique look at emotional abuse and devastation. Briony is teeming with self-hatred, having let her witch-powers get the best of her and her loved ones. Eldric, a dashing young gentleman with a penchant for sarcasm and sly humor, enters the picture and begins to challenge Briony's view of herself.

Billingsley constructed a terrific narrative of self-actualization and forgiveness. Her characters are wonderful, well-rounded complements to each other. I particularly enjoyed watching Rosey Posey develop through the course of the book. My main qualm is Billingsley's prose - she repeats a lot of key descriptive phrases and has an odd way of turning out a sentence. I know it's historical fiction, but it was a little much to bear at times (and to follow). However, the whole plot and setting are so imaginative that it makes up for it. I don't know if my teens will like this one, though.
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