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Chime by Franny Billingsley


by Franny Billingsley

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In a parallel early XX century England where witches exists and Old Ones interfere with human affairs, a young girl struggles with her guilt as she awakens to love.

A haunting story told in a poetic, broken cadence that draws the reader into the unstable mind of the protagonist.

The best book I read this year. ( )
  CarmenFerreiro | Mar 28, 2016 |
Narrated by Susan Duerden. Briony harbors a secret that could see her hanged: she is a witch. She can see and communicate with the Old Ones, summon the Boggy Man and Muckyface, and she does not fear the swamp. Her late stepmother warned her time and again never to reveal this secret and not to venture far from the parsonage, but there was a darker reason Briony’s stepmother kept her close. I think this would have been more enjoyable and less confusing if I'd read the print. Many of Briony's internal musings and ramblings confuse the story's flow in audio. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Reading this book was a chore, I won't lie. It was like rolling a huge boulder up a very steep hill. The end was worth it, it really was. I was almost about to give this book a bad rating, but it turns out the long and painfully slow journey was worth it. ( )
  gubry | Jan 24, 2016 |
In the early 1900s in the town of Swampsea, 17 yr old Briony, who can see the spriits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister's childhood injury as well as her stepmother's injury that led to her eventual death. Then Eldric arrives as a houseguest and questions Briony's assumptions about her wicked self. Briony slowly uncovers secrets her stepmother hid from her and by the end of the book, her self-perception has begun to change. Anachronistic speech which feels much older than the era portrayed. Sense of "magical realism" mixed in that felt "off" to me as well as the verrrrrrry slow reveal.
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  lillibrary | Jan 23, 2016 |
The story was interesting & the writing beautiful, almost lyrical at times. I really enjoyed it. ( )
  michele.juza | Feb 25, 2015 |
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Before Briony's stepmother died, she made sure Briony blamed herself for all the family's hardships. Now Briony has worn her guilt for so long it's become a second skin. She often escapes to the swamp, where she tells stories to the Old Ones, the spirits who haunt the marshes. But only witches can see the Old Ones, and in her village, witches are sentenced to death. Briony lives in fear her secret will be found out, even as she believes she deserves the worst kind of punishment.

Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and mane of tawny hair. He's as natural as the sun, and treats her as if she's extraordinary. And everything starts to change. As many secrets as Briony has been holding, there are secrets even she doesn't know.
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In the early twentieth century in Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister's horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about.… (more)

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