Hey guys! First of all I want to apologize for overloading everyone's Google Readers unintentionally :/ I'm not going to renew my self hosted blog, so I've been trying to move all of my old book reviews back over to this blog. Of course self hosted wordpress won't let you just import to Blogger....so I'm stuck copying and pasting old posts. Well I back dated all of the reviews for when they were originally published but I noticed they're showing up in feed readers all at once now :/ I am SO sorry everyone!!!! I'm going to try to find a way around it...if I can't though, I'll give everyone advanced warning and maybe you can just unsubscribe to my blog for a day or something while I move everything over? I don't know....
In happier news, I read an AMAZING book!!!! Chime by Franny Billingsley! Ana put this one on my radar a while back and then Renay reviewed it the other day which caused me to go out and get it right away! Damn was it ever good!! If you're looking for an amazing female character, here's your book. An amazing male character as well actually. Just great characterization all around.
Set around the turn of the 20th Century in the swamps of England, Chime tells the story of Briony and Rose Larkin, twin sisters, who are living with their father, a minister, shortly after the death of their stepmother. There's a past to this family. The sister's stepmother died under strange circumstances and Briony blames herself. She blames herself for more than that though, often reminding herself that she hates herself and that she's worthless. Briony was told by her stepmother that she was a witch and was to protect her sister who can come off as a bit bizarre at times, but Briony feels that she sometimes uses her powers for the wrong reasons.
Briony doesn't let herself get attached or close to anyone for fear of hurting them, which causes her a problem when she meets Eldric, the new boy in town. I can hear the groans now. I sort of groaned myself...same old trope, right? No, it's not. Eldric was so different. He didn't fit your traditional male role in this type of novel. I loved him so much! He was so three dimensional as was Briony. Billingsley must have said, let me take this standard plot line and just go further with it. It doesn't just have to be a surface story. These characters can be real. They can have emotional complexities. They can CHALLENGE social issues instead of just FITTING into them.
There are many reveals along the way that just make the pacing of this book increase along the way and by the end, your just glued to the pages. And those last few pages....well they're just tear jerkers! Of course you'll have to read it for yourself to see if you'll be crying happy or sad tears ;)