“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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But Briony is so completely obtuse. Lyn Hill Are you talking about Mr. There were just tendons and blood spewing all over the place. Necromancer’s teen daughter fights the dead. Franny Billingsley has set fantastical characters against the muddy backdrop of an English swamp town. This is well written and Briony is a strong, snarky character!

Well, I was so right: It twists your gut like a worm. That said, being cognizant of the twist does not detract from the pleasure of reading the book, and the manner in which Briony discovers the truth is what makes Chime work in spite of its simplicity and lack of true plot.

So I was certain I’d give it three. To be honest, I was originally very skeptical about reading Chime. Where do I begin to talk about Chime? After my first re-read I feel so mushy and so abundantly happy inside and I can only barely refrain from quoting half the book. Much chkme coffee, my brain needed a lil time to percolate. Briony LarkinEldric. I loved Chime so much I do not have words.

Children’s Book Review: Chime by Franny Billingsley, Dial, $ (p) ISBN

Or, hey – what’s the Brownie doing in the room? Can’t say as I know.


On and on ring the lunatic bells. I really cannot recommend reading this book enough – a constantly compelling fantasy plot, an intriguing and malevolent swamp setting and a set of the most quirky and captivating characters you’ll ever come across. Some authors are simply good, Franny Billingsley however, has true talent.

Mix of forbidden romance, drama, and danger; OK for teens. My early books were simply awful, but I did not let rejections and criticism stop me from writing. And I understand why Briony would need to alter her memories to forget about her step-mother after the library fire, to avoid suspicion.

Yeah wrap your head around that one, boys. When ibllingsley I get here? Howl at the moon, at the blood-red moon.

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

She must stop the progress of the railroad before more children can be cursed with the dreaded swamp cough. I have been raving about Chime for a couple of months, now, and am hoping many more chme us read it soon so we can all start talking about it with others who love it as much as we do! User Reviews Parents say Kids say.

This page was last edited on 25 Septemberat This is the best book I’ve read in a long time. Her characters are strong and, for the most part, appealing. The writing is beautiful and sharp, there are many layers here of plot and clues, some of the characters are fascinating and the setting interesting though with some off-putting words now and then like “genetic”.

The swampsea was a place of mystery and magic where witches go to do “witchy” things. View all 7 comments. While we’re talking up the positives I’d like to also commend Franny Billingsly on crafting a very original story. Female citizens who are fond of dancing or giggling and look quite the biolingsley are swiftly hanged when not able to produce a watertight alibi.


Chime (novel) – Wikipedia

The only thing missing is the tree house. Chime Cover for the first edition hardcover. In the cup of his hand lay his fidget of paper clips.

So, this book was clearly not for me. Stop dragging me vhime. I can’t relive those memories—the touch of the Dead Hand, the smell of eel, the gulp and swallow of the swamp. Briony does not kill Leanne, but walks away from her because Leanne is incapable of siphoning creativity from any other person than Eldric.

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While they were children, Briony grew jealous of the sudden amount of attention that their stepmother was paying to Rose and caused Rose to fall off of a swing set. Should I read this book? It requires thought, pa Where do I begin to talk about Chime? Like her sister, she was too honest and she took everything literally which made for some very funny conversations between the sisters. But srsly, this book reminded me much of my favourite Scottish ballad Tam Lin.

Come close and I will tell you a love story: This may be one of the most challenging reviews I’ve ever had the joy of writing simply because this book is so wonderfully unique and cleverly written that it’s nearly impossible to put into words why it’s so unique and clever.