Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Chime, by Franny Billingsley
Barnes & Noble
Briony has a secret. She believes her secret killed her stepmother, destroyed her twin sister’s mind, and threatens all the children in the Swampsea. She yearns to be rid of her terrible secret, but risks being hanged if she tells a soul. That’s what happens to witches: They’re hanged by the neck until dead.
Then Eldric arrives—Eldric with his golden mane and lion eyes and electric energy—and he refuses to believe anything dark about Briony. But he wonders what’s been buried beneath her self-hatred, hidden in Rose’s mangled thoughts, and whispered about by the Old Ones. And Briony wonders how Eldric can make her want to cry. Especially when everyone knows that witches can’t cry.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. Susan Duerden has a magical voice; I could listen to her for hours.
Briony. Is. Awesome. She's a strong, kick-ass heroine in a time when women should be sweet, pretty, and silent. I love her snarky attitude and laughed out loud constantly. Which makes people stare at you when you're out in public. Shopping. With your headphones on. That people can't see.