Sunday, December 26
By: Chloe Neill
Series: Dark Elite Series Book #1
Publisher: Signet Books (January 5th, 2010)
My Copy: Bought Ebook from Barnes and Noble
About the Book:
As the new girl at the elite St. Sophia’s boarding school, Lily Parker thinks her classmates are the most monstrous things she’ll have to face…
When Lily’s guardians decided to send her away to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, she was shocked. So was St. Sophia’s. Lily’s ultra-rich brat pack classmates think Lily should be the punchline to every joke, and on top of that, she’s hearing strange noises and seeing bizarre things in the shadows of the creepy building.
The only thing keeping her sane is her roommate, Scout, but even Scout’s a little weird—she keeps disappearing late at night and won’t tell Lily where she’s been. But when a prank leaves Lily trapped in the catacombs beneath the school, Lily finds Scout running from a real monster.
Scout’s a member of a splinter group of rebel teens with unique magical talents, who’ve sworn to protect the city against demons, vampires, and Reapers, magic users who’ve been corrupted by their power. And when Lily finds herself in the line of a firespell, Scout tells her the truth about her secret life, even though Lily has no powers of her own—at least none that she’s discovered yet…
Firespell is a tremendous start for the Dark Elite series that promises much more to come. While Lily Parker is a straight forward no nonsense kind of girl; she offers a very humorous balance of wit and charm. This is a very easy character to fall for immediately. Following this series is a no brainer after having met this one character alone, but Neill offers such a wide variety of awesome characters through this first novel readers will have many more to choose from. Unfortunately the storyline did seem as effortless as the characters in Firespell; from the start this story carried a very slow pace and the direction of the story was very unclear. While I know that some things are to remain a mystery; this story spent an excessive amount of time in the transition that left me wondering about quality of the story. Beginning to end this story is a short 204 pages, with the story transitioning for more than 100 pages I was naturally concerned about the direction of the story. Fortunately, once the story changed it’s direction in the second half the story soared; picking up speed and intensity that carries you throughout the remainder of the book. Rest assured that the second half definitely restores the entire book, but it was still frustrating to know that the first half was lacking in comparison. Neill is a fairly new author that proved her ability to run with the big dogs. This author has much more in store, and I look forward to the unfolding of Lily’s future, and the future of her new adept friends. Hexbound is my next to read, and having experience such brilliance in the second half of this novel; I am anticipating an excellent read.