Firespell by Chloe Neill

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Title: Firespell (Dark Elite #1)
Author: Chloe Neill
Release Date: January 5, 2010 (paperback)
Publisher: Signet
Pages: 246
Source: Bought

Overall: 4 Stars

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... 

I'm a huge fan of Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series, so when I first heard that she was releasing a YA series, it was a no-brainer I would read that too.

Firespell is a great first novel to the Dark Elite series, and if there was something to be disappointed about, it was that it wasn't long enough. I wanted more!

Left in St. Sophia's School for Girls, a prestigious private school in downtown Chicago after her parents leave for Germany for a two-year sabbatical, Lily Parker was definitely not looking forward to the next couple years of high school by herself in a school surrounded by preppy students. The only good thing that's happened to her lately is meeting her new roommate Scout, a girl who also doesn't seem to fit in with the St. Sophia's crowd either.

After a prank by some mean girls, Lily finds herself trapped underground, beneath the school, and in one moment, her life will be changed forever. She's about to become part of a world where the Adept try to stop Reapers, people with magic powers like the Adept except they harm others by sucking their souls.

Chloe Neill's familiar snarkiness, albeit on a YA level, shines in this novel. Lily and Scout easily become friends with their hilarious, sarcastic senses of humour... definitely the kind I love. And the boys? I need to know more about them! Jason, Michael, and even Sebastian...while certainly not as strong as their female counterparts, their flirtations seemed such a tease. I would have liked a little more romance, but I'm sure more will come in the next novel in the series, Hexbound.

Adept and Reapers? Two words. Cool. Concept.

Firespell introduces a great cast of characters and sets up the plot nicely for Hexbound, which I'm definitely looking forward to reading when it is released in January 2011.

Check out Chloe Neill's website here.

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