“Part mystery, part fantasy, this beautifully-written page turner explores guilt, mercy, and love.”—New York Times bestselling author Holly Black Briony has a. “Part mystery, part fantasy, this beautifully-written page turner explores guilt, mercy, and love.”—New York Times bestselling author Holly. Review of Chime by Franny Billingsley () On its surface, Chime is a novel set in early 20th century England, a time when belief in witches and spirits domi.

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Return to Book Page. Lists with This Book. She is intricately detailed and her individuality is delineated even despite the fact that she has a twin sister. The characters are eccentrically wonderful and the story is charmingly written and full of surprises. Should I read this book? There were just tendons and blood spewing all over the place.

Chime finds itself a niche on my shelf of cuime. Dec 22, Lori Pure Imagination rated it it was amazing Shelves: Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and mane of tawny hair.

Chime by Franny Billingsley

It left me dying for more! I saw that this title was getting a lot of buzz so I grabbed it and read it all in one bililngsley, breathless gulp. And even when the big reveal occurs, it really makes absolutely no sense, in my opinion. I knew from the first page that Chime was something special. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

If you need to melt into a kneeless puddle at least once in each chapter, go search for another book. Think Tim Burton’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow with its almost otherworldly feel and magical yet sinister setting.


The stories are mysterious and powerful, with all the ingredients of a perfect potion: While I was able to guess at a few of the “big reveals” it took me more than half the novel to even begin to understand what was going on, and even then I couldn’t grasp it all. One would have to be VERY careful when traversing the swamp because if not, it will gobble you up.

This is a complicated book to review. I fell in love with it from the first sentence and remained enchanted through the whole story. Eldric is a great character too – I absolutely adored the different ways Briony described him.

Briony has kept her belief that she is a witch a secret. If not, take you time And I did not mind a bit that the hero did not possess superhuman qualities and the heroine did not perform magic and summonings and other acts, which are usually mandatory for the paranomal teen romance protagonist, day in and day out. I can, in all honesty, say that these are two of the most brilliantly written characters that I’ve ever read.

Kid, 11 years old August 20, I found myself appreciating her character much more when she and Eldric created this secret society of awesom Alright, so I was going to do a proper review, but I just can’t.

If Eldric were to tell the story, he’d likely begin with himself, on the day he arrived in the Swampsea. See what I did there?

She doesn’t love anyone. Dec 04, Lucy rated it it was amazing. Billingslet was a wolfgirl who let her jealousies bubble with the swamp; she set fire to the library and bought floods into the home. The characters were interesting, but I couldn’t connect with them.

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Briony lives in fear her secret will be found out, even as she believes she deserves the worst kind of punishment. And let me tell you: So Chime or Shine? This book sounds wonderful! They were no longer notes, they were plinks. If I even know where to begin.


The reveal at the end was predictable and expected. Crazy for Young A Shes incapable of crying, and she tells you these things countless times, but you as the reader can see all the billimgsley that Briony can’t. Because Eldric uncovers the truth, Briony Larkin is a witch, her Stepmother said so.

My First Read of 2011: Franny Billingsley’s ‘Chime’

CHIME has received biillingsley starred reviews and a nearly equal array of praise and protestation from bloggers. They spent a lot of time together, but they seemed more like friends or siblings to me.

So, I finished this book. All of those books I love passionately, and I can happily add Chime to that list. I long deliberated about whether to review this or not.

During this time Briony spends much of her time with Eldric, but also fends off the advances of Cecil, the son of the local Judge. This was largely in part due to the voice the novel is written in. On and on ring the lunatic bells. Chume, if you please. Despite all the confusion, I was certain I’d give the book four stars. Personalize Common Sense blilingsley your family. This is well written and Briony is a strong, snarky character!