Friday, May 9, 2014

Chantress Alchemy Blog Tour: Book Review and Giveaway

Welcome to Unabridged Bookshelf's stop on the Chantress Alchemy Blog Tour! Today I have a review of Chantress Alchemy and a giveaway for you to enter! Make sure to check out everything going on during this tour by the tour schedule below or by clicking the banner above. 

About the Book
Title: Chantress Alchemy
Author: Amy Butler Greenfield
Series: Chantress Trilogy #2
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy
Length: 352 pages
Lucy races against time and magic in this sequel to the “richly and thoughtfully written” (Publishers Weekly) Chantress.
Lucy is the last Chantress, the only remaining girl who can sing magic into the world. Since she defeated the evil Lord Scargrave, England has changed—and not for the better. With crops failing and the people rebelling, Lucy is called urgently back to King Henry’s court. His Inner Council is convinced that making gold through alchemy will save England. But a critical element to the alchemical process has been stolen. Lucy is tasked with finding it with her magic…or else. And until she succeeds, the castle is on lockdown.
Court too has changed. Scargrave’s brutal Chantress Hunter has become King Henry’s closest advisor. Lucy’s beloved Nat has fallen out of favor and is shunned by his colleagues. Worst of all, Lucy’s magic has deserted her. She can no longer hear the song spells at court, and must find a way to access her powers soon—or be accused of treason.
Amy Butler Greenfield returns to the volatile world of Chantress for an exciting tales that weaves together courtly intrigue, mystery, romance, magic, and music.

About the Author
Amy Butler Greenfield was on her way to a history Ph.D. when she gave into temptation and became a
writer. Among other honors, her books have won a PEN/Albrand Award, the Veolia Prix du Livre Environnement, and a Beacon of Freedom Award.
Amy grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State and went to Williams College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a Marshall Scholar at Oxford, she studied Renaissance Europe, imperial Spain, and colonial Latin America. She now lives with her family on the edge of the Cotswolds in England, where she writes, reads, and bakes double-dark-chocolate cake.
She loves music, romantic adventure, history, quirky science, and suspense, which explains how she came to write her first YA novel, Chantress. Her next book, Chantress Alchemy, will be published in May 2014.

My Review of Chantress Alchemy
Chantress Alchemy reminded me why I love the Chantress series so much. The magic, hidden secrets and the danger around every corner always have my desperately turning page after page. Lucy is stronger than ever in Chantress Alchemy, and even with all the dangers around court, she manages to remain ever outspoken and strong. As the story of Chantress Alchemy twisted and turned, it always left me guessing the next turn or reveal. 

Lucy faces terrifying danger, and unknown foes at court, and the King is relying on her to find the thief in their midst. With Lucy left without her greatest tool, her magic, that is not going to be an easy task, and to show weakness among the wolves will only lead to her destruction. My favorite part of Chantress was Lucy and Nat’s relationship, but sadly, their relationship is no longer as easy. Elements are determined to tear them apart, and they may just succeed. 

Amy Butler Greenfield has out done herself with Chantress Alchemy, and it has me even more addicted to this trilogy. When I finished Chantress Alchemy, I wanted more, and while I know there is more to come in Chantress story, I do not want Lucy’s story to end quite yet. With the dangers that were present in Chantress Alchemy, I am nervous to see how Amy Butler Greenfield ups the stakes for the final installment. I know that Lucy is not going to finish her story without a bang. 

Chantress Alchemy is beautifully written, and this series is a definite must for fans of historical fantasy. This series has many elements that make it stand out among all the other young adult fantasy novels. I am anxiously awaiting the final installment in the Chantress Trilogy. 

**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book, in exchange for an honest review**

Tour Schedule

Week One:
5/5/2014- The Eater of Books!- Interview
5/6/2014- Word SpelunkingGuest Post
5/7/2014- Reviews By MollyReview
5/8/2014- A Dream Within A DreamInterview
5/9/2014- Unabridged BookshelfReview

Week Two:
5/12/2014- A Bookish EscapeReview
5/13/2014- Such a Novel IdeaGuest Post
5/14/2014- FiktshunInterview
5/15/2014- Fiction FreakReview
5/16/2014- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post

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