Gr 9 Up-Seventeen-year-old Avaline Hall, alone in the world and not confident in her own sanity, is working at New York City's Triangle Waist factory to keep from starving. A devastating fire with links to her mother's mystery-shrouded death sets Ava on a path toward a life she never could have imagined. After a harrowing stay in Bellevue, where she is held captive, she is rescued by her estranged grandmother and sent to Blythewood, a boarding school full of secrets, magic, and danger. There she grapples to make sense of her mother's past and her own future. What are the bells only she can hear? Should she follow her heart and believe that a Darkling could be her friend, or listen to the Order who teach her that all faeries are evil? Who is she to believe as she comes into her own powers and uncovers pieces of the truth? The class struggles in this story set in the early 1900s are vividly depicted side by side with battles of magic and Faerie. Heavy in atmosphere with just enough romance, this novel is sure to find an appreciable following. Character development is strong as readers follow Ava in her search for answers to mysteries both external and internal. Fans will just have to hope that the rather abrupt ending means that a sequel is in the works.-Genevieve Feldman, San Francisco Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Goodman’s historical fantasy, rife with dark magic, ancestral secrets, and forbidden love, is a treat for lovers of the gothic. Avaline Hall is a chime child, able to hear phantom warning bells when danger is near. At 16, she hears them when addressed by a sinister man. Soon after, her mother commits suicide. Again she hears the bells when the man appears at the garment factory where she is a seamstress, and it burns to the ground. Rescued by a mysterious winged boy, she spends a brief but traumatic time in an insane asylum before her estranged grandmother sends her to Blythewood, the boarding school her mother attended. And that’s just the first 70 pages! There, the spellbinding story truly begins, as Ava investigates her mother’s past, is inducted into the demon-battling Order of the Bells, and falls for the winged boy despite warnings that evil lies at the heart of all faerie creatures. Occasional slow spots aside, readers should be charmed and thrilled by this darkly romantic, fantastical tale. Grades 8-11. --Krista HutleySee all Editorial Reviews
Why wasn’t this book on the top of the New York Times YA bestseller list? And how quickly can I start the second one? Read morePublished 20 days ago by Nichole B.
Blythewood is a boarding school. Ava Hall knows her mother went to school there and left it under reasons unknown. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Mahaffey
I would agree with others that this feels too much like another "Harry Potter" spin-off. Readable, but not as impressive as previous Goodman novels.Published 2 months ago by Tamara
I could kick myself for waiting so long to read this book. I haven't enjoyed a book so much since Harry Potter. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Marcie
I receive just as promised. Would definitely do business with this seller again.Published 4 months ago by Notwell
I didn't know much about Blythewood going in except that it took place at a boarding school and I thought it was about witches but no it's about faeries. Read morePublished 4 months ago by T. Geo
Once again Carol Goodman has written and wonderful and intriguing novel that's great to read! Would highly recommend!Published 4 months ago by LotusLily
Wonderful read. I can't wait to read the next book. Glad I came across this wonderful book. Hope other people enjoy it as much as I did.Published 5 months ago by Amanda
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was a paperback I got from the publisher for review. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ashleigh