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Young Adult Fiction 1345
Wanted more, but still a good read.
(Updated: May 02, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
This is a little bit of a hard review for me to write. This was an enjoyable read, but I didn't love it and I really was hoping that I would. I think part of it is that I wanted more depth to Lucy's character - for her to feel more alive or real to me. For some reason she didn't. Maybe some of that was that I thought she adjusted too easily to Nat and the clockmaker (who is basically Nat's adoptive father). She is taken in by them and even though she never mentions a father and hasn't had contact with any other people except for Norie (an older woman) for seven years (from the time she was eight) she doesn't seem to have any issues living with two gentlemen. The other thing was that I thought she was a little too easily seen when she was invisible when no one should have been looking for her.

With that being said, there are several things I did like. I loved Nat's character! He did seem realistic and well developed. He has a past that he wants to forget. He also hates magic, so he has a tough time accepting Lucy. I loved the setting! The Tower of London, the filthy streets of London, the group of men trying to continue their studies and their web of spies unbeknown to the Lord Protector and the king. I also liked the concept of Chantresses who use songs to weave spells.

I think that I just had really high expectations for this and it didn't quite meet those. However, I did still enjoy it and thought it was still worth a read. I would recommend picking this up if you like light historical witch stories.

Content: Clean
Source: ARC from Edelweiss, which did not affect my review in any way.
See my original review here: http://tressaswishfulendings.blogspot.com/2013/05/review-chantress.html
Good Points
Loved the hero
Loved the setting
The secondary characters
The idea of song being magical
Clean
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