“Part mystery, part fantasy, this beautifully-written page turner explores guilt, mercy, and love.”—New York Times bestselling author Holly Black Briony has a. Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. *Starred Review* Since her stepmother’s recent death, : Chime eBook: Franny Billingsley: Kindle Store. 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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Some may be disappointed to find, in the end, a rather typical romantic convention at the heart of the story: Sprinkle on some idiosyncrasies and a mother-hen mentality due to her sister’s issues and you’ve got Briony Larkin. I want people to take care of me.

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Readers who enjoy this book may be inspired to read other romantic fantasies see our list of recommended romantic reads. If you know me then you know I love books set in this period.

The review over at the Someday My Printz Will Come blog describes biloingsley book really well in my opinion, and the comparison to Daughter of Smoke and Bone on SLJ’s Battle of the Books site discusses the romance mild spoilers in the former, but I read the review before the book and it didn’t impede my enjoyment. What about a new young reader who might stumble upon this book?

Stop dragging everyone else down. I generally love quirky but this book was just too much.

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She truly believes she is wicked and admits franmy many things like petty jealousy or hating her father and how she loves the fact that is smart and has billinysley problems with that. So I was certain I’d give it three. The reader is fascinated, drawn in from the very beginning. There was a problem adding your email bil,ingsley. I didn’t hate Eldric, which, for me, is about as good as things get. It’s like an odd mix of pessimism, self-hatred which I’m sure is explained and turned around later onand dreariness although to be far, the book bu seemed to have a rather dreary atmosphere from what I read.

Ironic, because this is precisely what Briony does. View all 6 comments. But only witches can see the Old Ones, and in her village, witches are sentenced to death. But but I did not mind a bit. While the opening-chapter is curious enough to warrant further reading, the following chapters seem hazy and the plot does not immediately present itself. Briony must not tell anyone. I guess what I am leading up to here is that this book is written in a way that will just never be my favorite.


Eldric, the boy-man with an irrepressible love of kind-hearted playing. I truly enjoyed Chime — even if the plot was a little bit lacking, the characters particularly the narrative voice are absolutely fantastic.

Chime is mine—it feels like it was written just for me. It was part of a mixup along with Lauren Myracle’s Shinewhich had been temporarily listed as a finalist due to the similarity of the titles’ names.

It will make you remember you hurt Rose. But that is not all that I loved about the book, oh no. In addition to the mystery and romance, mystical creatures including Witches, Dark Muses, and Old Ones help to set the stage.


Eldric’s flirtation cihme Leanne felt unnecessary. An allover-filigree crown, with a twisty spire marking the front.

Shes incapable of crying, and she tells you these things countless times, but you as the reader can see all the things that Briony can’t. She must stop the progress of the railroad before cihme children can be cursed with the dreaded swamp cough.

The subject of emotional abuse from a parent, and fighting the resulting self-hatred that inevitably stems from being told you are terrible over and over at such a young age, is something that I am unfortunately intimately familiar with.

CHIME by Franny Billingsley | Kirkus Reviews

The idea behind Chime was a very original one and had a lot of potential. This will probably appeal to a lot of readers, but it just wasn’t for me. Her internal conversations, in which she refers to herself in the third person were fascinating. It will only prove what I’ve already told you, which is that I’m wicked. Based on 3 reviews. Chime makes me want to play with words, makes me think a little like Briony which was, by chance, almost my own name.

And as for that final scene…I will just chalk it up to different tastes. I long deliberated about whether to review this or not.