A SONG FOR ELLA GREY Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


I am thrilled to be today’s stop on the A SONG FOR ELLA GREY Blog Tour. This was an amazing book and I’m so glad to have been introduced to David Almond’s writing with this, his latest release.

For my stop today I’m sharing my thoughts about A SONG FOR ELLA GREY and I also have a giveaway for a copy of the book, courtesy of the publisher, Delacorte Press. So if you’d like to know what I thought, scroll down for my review. And if you’d love a copy of this gorgeous book, enter in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win.

And if you’d like to check out the other stops on this tour, the schedule with direct links to all stops is at the bottom of this post.


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Author: David Almond
Release date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 272
Formats: Hardcover, eBook


David Almond, recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, a Printz Honor for Skellig, and the Printz Award for Kit’s Wilderness, has crafted an enchanting modern take on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.

Written in lyrical prose, this novel for fans of epic romances and mythology retellings explores themes of love, loss, fate, and destiny set against the dramatic and diverse backdrop of Northern England.

Claire and Ella and their friends are bound by ties so strong they seem unbreakable. Then the strange and handsome Orpheus strolls onto the beach, and he sings them all into an astonishing new understanding of themselves. Ella is caught the hardest, fastest, deepest—and Claire is left with the pain of looking on.

Raw, emotional, lyrical, funny, and true, A Song for Ella Grey is a tale of the joys, troubles, and desires of modern teens. It takes place in the ordinary streets of Tyneside and on the beautiful beaches of Northumberland. It’s a story of first love, a love song that draws on ancient mythical forces. A love that leads Ella, Orpheus, and Claire to the gates of Death and beyond.


NOTE: This review is based on a finished copy received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

The Review

A SONG FOR ELLA GREY is an achingly beautiful and haunting story. The writing is exquisite. The words are poetry. The love story is fragile and tender and heartbreaking. It is mesmerizing. It is breathtaking. It is so very, very tragic. And so very, very sad.

This modern retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice has a lovely, ethereal quality to it. While set in the present, the story and characters feel timeless. Experiencing Orpheus and Ella’s love story through Ella’s friend Claire Wilkinson’s eyes makes it feel that much more illusory, dreamy, faraway.

The inevitability of their fate, the cruelty of their destiny, fills each moment of this story with melancholy. But the author’s words, and the way they flow, infuse this story with lightness and beauty.

Orpheus and Ella are not your typical teens in love. Their love is instant and eternal and so much bigger than the both of them, even though their time together is incredibly brief. Ella is willing to accept Orpheus for the wandering, free-spirit he is and share him with the world. And Orpheus is willing to go to hell and back, almost literally, for Ella. They are perfectly matched, which makes what happens to both of them all the more heartrending.

David Almond has penned a story that is powerful, yet delicate, emotional, surprising, wonderful. His writing is refreshingly different, captivating, fascinating, consuming. His narrator is likable and interesting and unusual and sympathetic.

Poor Claire. Poor Orpheus. Poor, poor Ella. Their lives became so intertwined and because of that those who remained were left more than a little bit broken.

A SONG FOR ELLA GREY is a story that will make you unravel piece by piece until you’ve come completely undone. You’ll mourn the loss of these characters. You’ll ache for Claire and all she’s going through for playing a part in sealing their fate. You’ll want to read this again and again just to know these characters once more and to read those words that will intrigue you, ensnare you, transport you.

It is unique. It is spellbinding. It is a poignant and absolutely brilliant retelling of this tragic tale. And it is perfect for those who are looking for something memorable, incredible, extraordinary.

The Rating


About David Almond


DAVID ALMOND grew up in a large family in northeastern England and says, “The place and the people have given me many of my stories.” His first novel for children, Skellig, was a Michael L. Printz Honor Book and an ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book and appeared on many Best Book of the Year lists. He wrote My Name Is Mina, the prequel to Skellig. His novel Kit’s Wilderness won the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. David Almond is a recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award. He lives in England. Visit him online at and on Facebook and follow @davidjalmond on Twitter.


The Giveaway

Courtesy of the publisher, Delacorte Press…

  • A copy of A SONG FOR ELLA GREY to ONE winner – US ONLY

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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The Tour Schedule

October 12th

October 13th

  • Fangirlish
  • Jessabella Reads

October 14th

October 15th

October 16th

October 17th

October 18th

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