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New Girl.
New School.
Old Evil.

From the author of the Chicagoland Vampires novels.

A new series about a boarding school filled with something worse than homework.


Lily's parents have sent her to a fancy boarding school in Chicago filled with the ultra-rich. If that wasn't bad enough, she's hearing and seeing bizarre things on St. Sophie's creepy campus. Her roommate, Scout, keeps her sane, but keeps disappearing at night. When one day Lily finds Scout running from real-life monsters, she learns the hard way that Scout is involved in a splinter group of rebel teens.

They protect Chicago from demons, vamps, and dark magic users. It's too bad Lily doesn't have powers of her own to help. At least, none that she's discovered yet...
Published: Penguin Group on Jan 5, 2010
ISBN: 9781101171301
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Quick & Dirty: A solid start to a new series with magical world-building, a touch of wicked humor, and lurking danger.Opening Sentence: They were gathered around a conference table in a high-rise, eight men and women, no one under the age of sixty-five, all of them wealthy beyond measure.The Review:Lily Parker is just your average middle class teenager. Her life in upstate New York is drastically changed when her parents decide to go on a two year sabbatical to conduct research at a German University. Lily is devastated when her parents tell her that she will have to attend an elite boarding school in Chicago. Naturally, when Lilly arrives at St. Sophia’s, she’s confronted with your typical “mean girls” scenario. They’re also affectionally known as The Brat Pack. However, Lily makes fast friends with her new roommate, Scout. Lily knows that Scout is into “something” because she’s always disappearing late at night. When Lily decides to do some investigating on her own, she inadvertently gets caught up in a magical war taking place beneath the city of Chicago.The book starts out pretty slow, but ultimately I was invested in the outcome. I wanted to see what happened to the characters and see what mysteries were revealed. Lily is certainly a compelling character. She struggles with her new environment and with issues of parental abandonment. I really enjoyed the interaction between Lilly and Scout, which felt very authentic. The offbeat humor that they share is very endearing. In contrast, I felt that Jason’s character lacked both depth and character development. He seemed like an afterthought. I never felt as if he had chemistry or an emotional connection with Lily. Otherwise, the vivid secondary characters hold plenty of promise. The mythos surrounding the Reapers and Dark Elite powers is intriguing. I was left with a few questions, which I imagine will be addressed in the next installment.Overall, Firespell is a solid entry into a new series. I definitely want to learn more about this multilayered world. Ms. Neill delivers a vivid setting with a mix of danger and secrets. It will be interesting to read the events that unfold and what’s revealed in the next installment.Notable Scene:The floor rumbled beneath me again, and I heard a growl, a roar, like the scream of an angry animal. I heard shuffling, the sounds of fighting, but I could do nothing but lie there, my body spasming as pain and fire and heart raced through my limbs. I blinked at the colors that danced before my eyes, the world-or the portions of the floor and room that I could see from my sprawled out position on the floor-covered by a green haze.FTC Advisory: Penguin provided me with a copy of Firespell . No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. In addition, I don’t receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.read more
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Ooh! I really enjoyed Firespell! I’ve heard mixed things about it, and while I totally get where other people are coming from, I thought the book really worked – especially as the first book in a series.I really haven’t read anything like Firespell before. The plot was pretty unique from anything I’ve read. I love the idea of teens running around catacombs under a boarding school, fighting monsters. There was a lot of backstory and explanation in this book at the start of this book, but it all led up to some pretty awesome action sequences. I enjoyed the backstory a lot, and the climax of the book, and I feel like it was all awesome buildup for the second book in the series.Lily was an interesting protagonist, and I really enjoyed the mystery behind her arrival at St. Sophia’s boarding school. But honestly – Scout rocked. I can’t wait to learn more about her character in the next book because she was such an awesome character with a lot of personality. Not to say Lily didn’t, but I was more interested in Scout overall. I enjoyed the romance subplots for both Lily and Scout and I can’t wait to see more of those relationships in Hexbound. I’d like to see how they develop.I really enjoyed Chloe Neill’s young adult debut. I thought it was well written and, as I said earlier, had a unique plot which is rare with paranormal books coming out left and right in the young adult market these days. If you’re interested in a quick, but intriguing read, definitely pick up Firespell. I can’t wait for Hexbound, which comes out in January 2011!read more
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About~ As the new girl at St.Sophia’s boarding school, Lily Parker thinks her classmates are the most monstrous things she’ll have to face-but oh, how wrong she is. When Lily’s parents decide to send her away to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, she is not happy. Lily’s classmates are the ultrarich brat-pack type-and if that isn’t enough, she’s hearing and seeing bizarre things on St.Sophia’a creepy campus. The only thing keeping her sane is her roommate, Scout, but even Scout’s a little weird-she keeps disappearing late at night. When a prank leaves Lily trapped in the Catacombs beneath the school, Lily finds Scout, who’s running from a real life monster. Scout is part of a splinter group of rebel teens who protect Chicago from demons, vamps, and gone-to-the-dark-side magic users called Reapers. She lets Lily in on the secret, even though Lilt has no powers of her own…or at least none she’s discovered yet.My Review~ This is my first book I have read from Chloe Neill, and it wont be my last. In the beginning of the book, I was a bit bored, but of course that was only because Firespell is the first book in the Dark Elite series. So in the beginning of the book it was all about the Intro. It was only until chapter 8 that things started to get interesting. Besides form that, it was fun getting to know about the funny and quirky characters. Scout with her humor, Lily with her sarcasm, Jason with his hotness…, etc. Overall I loved this novel. It’s a fun read. I can’t wait till book two Hexbound comes out in January. I wish Hexbound gets released sooner. Put this Novel on your TBR Pile.Plot: 4/5Characters: 4/5Ending: 5/5Cover Art: 4/5Pages in Novel: 246ISBN: 978-0-451-22886-4Other Books in the Series: N/Aread more
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Quick & Dirty: A solid start to a new series with magical world-building, a touch of wicked humor, and lurking danger.Opening Sentence: They were gathered around a conference table in a high-rise, eight men and women, no one under the age of sixty-five, all of them wealthy beyond measure.The Review:Lily Parker is just your average middle class teenager. Her life in upstate New York is drastically changed when her parents decide to go on a two year sabbatical to conduct research at a German University. Lily is devastated when her parents tell her that she will have to attend an elite boarding school in Chicago. Naturally, when Lilly arrives at St. Sophia’s, she’s confronted with your typical “mean girls” scenario. They’re also affectionally known as The Brat Pack. However, Lily makes fast friends with her new roommate, Scout. Lily knows that Scout is into “something” because she’s always disappearing late at night. When Lily decides to do some investigating on her own, she inadvertently gets caught up in a magical war taking place beneath the city of Chicago.The book starts out pretty slow, but ultimately I was invested in the outcome. I wanted to see what happened to the characters and see what mysteries were revealed. Lily is certainly a compelling character. She struggles with her new environment and with issues of parental abandonment. I really enjoyed the interaction between Lilly and Scout, which felt very authentic. The offbeat humor that they share is very endearing. In contrast, I felt that Jason’s character lacked both depth and character development. He seemed like an afterthought. I never felt as if he had chemistry or an emotional connection with Lily. Otherwise, the vivid secondary characters hold plenty of promise. The mythos surrounding the Reapers and Dark Elite powers is intriguing. I was left with a few questions, which I imagine will be addressed in the next installment.Overall, Firespell is a solid entry into a new series. I definitely want to learn more about this multilayered world. Ms. Neill delivers a vivid setting with a mix of danger and secrets. It will be interesting to read the events that unfold and what’s revealed in the next installment.Notable Scene:The floor rumbled beneath me again, and I heard a growl, a roar, like the scream of an angry animal. I heard shuffling, the sounds of fighting, but I could do nothing but lie there, my body spasming as pain and fire and heart raced through my limbs. I blinked at the colors that danced before my eyes, the world-or the portions of the floor and room that I could see from my sprawled out position on the floor-covered by a green haze.FTC Advisory: Penguin provided me with a copy of Firespell . No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. In addition, I don’t receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.
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Ooh! I really enjoyed Firespell! I’ve heard mixed things about it, and while I totally get where other people are coming from, I thought the book really worked – especially as the first book in a series.I really haven’t read anything like Firespell before. The plot was pretty unique from anything I’ve read. I love the idea of teens running around catacombs under a boarding school, fighting monsters. There was a lot of backstory and explanation in this book at the start of this book, but it all led up to some pretty awesome action sequences. I enjoyed the backstory a lot, and the climax of the book, and I feel like it was all awesome buildup for the second book in the series.Lily was an interesting protagonist, and I really enjoyed the mystery behind her arrival at St. Sophia’s boarding school. But honestly – Scout rocked. I can’t wait to learn more about her character in the next book because she was such an awesome character with a lot of personality. Not to say Lily didn’t, but I was more interested in Scout overall. I enjoyed the romance subplots for both Lily and Scout and I can’t wait to see more of those relationships in Hexbound. I’d like to see how they develop.I really enjoyed Chloe Neill’s young adult debut. I thought it was well written and, as I said earlier, had a unique plot which is rare with paranormal books coming out left and right in the young adult market these days. If you’re interested in a quick, but intriguing read, definitely pick up Firespell. I can’t wait for Hexbound, which comes out in January 2011!
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About~ As the new girl at St.Sophia’s boarding school, Lily Parker thinks her classmates are the most monstrous things she’ll have to face-but oh, how wrong she is. When Lily’s parents decide to send her away to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, she is not happy. Lily’s classmates are the ultrarich brat-pack type-and if that isn’t enough, she’s hearing and seeing bizarre things on St.Sophia’a creepy campus. The only thing keeping her sane is her roommate, Scout, but even Scout’s a little weird-she keeps disappearing late at night. When a prank leaves Lily trapped in the Catacombs beneath the school, Lily finds Scout, who’s running from a real life monster. Scout is part of a splinter group of rebel teens who protect Chicago from demons, vamps, and gone-to-the-dark-side magic users called Reapers. She lets Lily in on the secret, even though Lilt has no powers of her own…or at least none she’s discovered yet.My Review~ This is my first book I have read from Chloe Neill, and it wont be my last. In the beginning of the book, I was a bit bored, but of course that was only because Firespell is the first book in the Dark Elite series. So in the beginning of the book it was all about the Intro. It was only until chapter 8 that things started to get interesting. Besides form that, it was fun getting to know about the funny and quirky characters. Scout with her humor, Lily with her sarcasm, Jason with his hotness…, etc. Overall I loved this novel. It’s a fun read. I can’t wait till book two Hexbound comes out in January. I wish Hexbound gets released sooner. Put this Novel on your TBR Pile.Plot: 4/5Characters: 4/5Ending: 5/5Cover Art: 4/5Pages in Novel: 246ISBN: 978-0-451-22886-4Other Books in the Series: N/A
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Chloe Neill's debut YA book is about a girl named Lily Parker who is sent to a boarding school in Chicago while her philosopher parents are on sabbatical in Germany for two years. Lily is befriended by Scout who has secrets. Lily rapidy becomes involved in a battle between good and evil taking place in the undeground tunnels of Chicago. Lily is a smart and sarcastic junior in high school. The book was a great start to a series. The initial problem was resolved but lots of questions remain to be answered.
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I really liked the premise of this story, and the characters of Lily and Scout were well written. I love friendships like that, and I have a soft spot for the outcasts. This would have earned more stars, but it felt like the first half of the book dragged, the explanation of magic and how their society is set up was a little rushed. I would still recommend this book and I am eagerly awaiting the second book. I am hoping to see a little more of the romance that is started at the end as well!
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Firespell has a lot of my favorite things in it: boarding school, kick ass heroines, magical powers, and hot guys. And it did them justice. The book is full of action, suspense, some mystery, and a touch of romance. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would, and I'm glad that I picked it up.I really liked Lily as a character. She was strong willed, but not brash, and new how to handle herself. But she also had real emotions that we all could relate to. I think that Scout was my favorite character. She's the rebel with the nose ring, but she's not mean and she's really funny. In the beginning she's rather mysterious, sneaking out at night and not telling Lily where she's going, but I never got the feeling that she was doing anything bad.The part of this book that makes it not just another boarding school book is very original and compelling. It's well thought out and makes sense once you wrap your head around it. There's never a dull moment, and with a few more twists added in it's one heck of a read. It goes by super fast, and now I can't wait for the others in the series
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