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Firespell (Dark Elite Series #1)

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A light and quirky read

Chloe Neill spins a tale that is light, fresh and easy to read. The narration reads like a conversation with the heroine, and the main characters will instantly feel like the reader's best friends. Though the beginning of the novel feels a little contrived (why is Lily ...
Chloe Neill spins a tale that is light, fresh and easy to read. The narration reads like a conversation with the heroine, and the main characters will instantly feel like the reader's best friends. Though the beginning of the novel feels a little contrived (why is Lily so obsessed with Scout's behavior? How does she sense that there is something monstrous in St. Sophia's?), the quirky characterization more than balances it out. Lily is energetic and adventurous, providing an interesting blend of wild imagination and cool level-headedness. Her character feels rounded and fully alive, drawing readers into her story with irresistible charisma. The stereotypical alpha clique with their catty angst is a little frustrating, but the narration provides a sassy, tongue-in-cheek humor that keeps the novel from falling headfirst into the teenage melodrama. The romance that develops over the course of the novel is also sweet and believable -- authentic teen infatuation, with the potential to be something more -- but none of the overdone love-at-first-sight that pervades too many YA novels. Overall, this novel is a fun, fast read that provides just the right mix of magic and mystery, snark and adventure.

~Review from thebookishtype[dot]blogspot[dot]com

posted by The_BookishType on March 23, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Don't Judge a Book by Its Cool Cover

When I saw the cover of Firespell, read all the glowing reviews, and read the intriguing summary, I was sure this would be a worthwhile book. I bought it with high expectations of a weighty, thrilling start to my summer vacation only to be shipped a slim, pint-sized pac...
When I saw the cover of Firespell, read all the glowing reviews, and read the intriguing summary, I was sure this would be a worthwhile book. I bought it with high expectations of a weighty, thrilling start to my summer vacation only to be shipped a slim, pint-sized packet of inconsequence.
My disappointment began with Neill's handling of Lily Parker, the protagonist, because, for me, the credibility simply wasn't there. Neill has Lily make the same dim-witted choice to do the same dim-witted thing with the same girls she already knows to be trouble at least three times and explains away Lily's actions as "nosiness" and "adventurous spirit", but that isn't how it comes across. Lily's actions and Neill's justification of those actions comes across as Neill obviously needing to somehow get her train of plot chugging doggedly down the tracks and using a sterotypical means of fuel to do so. Seriously, between every dramatic moment the reader can almost hear Neill thinking, "Oh, boy, how am I going to get Lily down there? Oh, I know!" And just like that, here Lily comes doing something stupid so Neill can get from point A to point B.
Other than the transparency of the protagonist, I did think Neill pulled some unique twists to a fairly typical plot. More than anything, though, the story reads as some sort of history lesson seeing as it's set in Chicago and almost at every turn Neill has character, Scout, raving about what a great city Chicago is. Personally, I would've liked those scenes to be replaced by scenes that built up more intensity and character development, but remembering this is intended to be the first in a series, I suppose character development will come later...though I can't imagine why it was so wrong to explore in this present book.
I'm not saying this book should never be read. I'm just saying that it reads like a good book that's been rained on so now the words are blurry and the story is a bit out of focus. Because of that, I don't recommend paying full price. I don't recommend that anyone recommends this book to anyone else. I don't recommend that anyone forgoes buying another book in favor of this book. Firespell should be read if you're very, very, very, very bored and desperately want a YA love/action story yet for some reason can't get your hands on any other book. In short, it should be a last resort.

posted by Ora_Pro_Nobis on June 13, 2010

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    Posted February 2, 2013

    Kemon miller Kemon miller

    I love this book ya :
    Bykarmen&kemon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Tell yout friends

    This book is really good. But Chloe might not write any more in this series because not a lot of people are buying it. I ABSALUTLY LOVE THESE BOOKS SO SAVE THE DARK ELITE!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2012

    Great

    I want more...I cannot wait to see what Chloe has in store for this series....i am hooked....i love private school stories too

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    It's So Frickin' Good!

    Okay, so when I first saw this, I thought it was cheesy. But I bought the book anyways, so when I start reading it I couldn't stop! It's so romantic with Lily and Jason with Scout and Michael! It's about a girl name Lily Parker, whose parent ship her off to a private school. There, she found out she have magical powers after getting Mark by a Reaper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2011

    read it read it read it!

    if you like magic love at first site and a little werewolf love in the mix you will absolutley love this! so check it out read a few pages and you'll be automatically hooked!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2011

    Story then magic

    Chloe Neill did a great job building up to the magic with story. She builds her characters masterfully. Scout and Lily are both sarcastic which makes for witty conversation, and retorts when talking to the brat pack. Ms. Neill also paints an enticing picture of Chicago, helping the reader understand that it is old and has aged beautifully. All-in-all, a great story worth owning and sharing.

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  • Posted May 13, 2010

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    2 thumbs up!

    I have only 80pgs left or so but I can tell you this, I cant seem to put it down and I honestly dont want to.

    It took me a bit of time to get into, just because I wasnt really in the mood to read but once I finally made myself pick it back up, Im definitely having a hard time putting it back down. Im definitely loving the characters Scout, Lily and Jason and to find out what is going on under Chicago and such.

    All in all I would highly recommend this to someone who loves this genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2010

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    Greatly Anticipating :)

    I bought this book on a whim. It seemed like it could be pretty good. There are so many pro vampire books these days, why not read something about the other side of it?
    I won't lie, it sat on my shelf for a couple of weeks. When I finally picked it up, I couldn't put it down! I really like the premise. The characters have a great dynamic and you really want to know what's going to happen next. It's a little like DaVinci Code meets Kiki Strike meets teen girl drama. Definately the next big thing.

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

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    AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!!!!

    i loved this book! at first it didn't really attract me to the book, but after reading more into the book i wanted to read it more. i had finished before i knew it. the characters were great and the romance between lily and jason was undeniable. i loved the book and cant wait for the next one in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2010

    Good read...

    This book was a good read.......but was very predictabe

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  • Posted November 10, 2009

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    exciting teen urban fantasy

    She is unhappy that her parents are going to Germany to conduct research while she is being dumped at the elite Chicago boarding school St. Sophie's Academy. She has no choice in the matter, but becomes friendly with one of her new roommates Scout, who has a tendency to disappear in the middle of the night and return exhausted. Scout refuses to tell Lily Parker what she does during her nocturnal ramblings.

    Worried about Scout, Lily follows her friend on one the evening ventures. Lily finds herself trapping a monster in one of the catacombs underneath the prestigious school. The newcomer learns that Scout is a magic user who must give up using her magic when she gets to her mid-twenties. She fights the Reapers: spell casters who use magic as they age which turns them evil because they have to take the life essence from a person to survive. The Reapers believes it is okay to apply magic past twenty something even if that means Adepts must die to fuel them. Lily learns first hand that Adepts protect normals from monsters and the Reapers. Although she might lose her life she cannot sit on the sidelines or hide in the sand especially as through a series of odd circumstances, Lily is caught in the crosshairs of the war although she has no magical powers; or does she?

    Lily's life radically changes from attending a middle class public high school living with her parents to an elite boarding school while her family is in Europe. That change soon proves minor as the teen heroine adapts as needed. Her best skill is adjusting to what happens t her although even she is unprepared for the circumstances she faces when she has the back of her BFF. She keeps the exciting teen urban fantasy focused as a heroine ready to fight monsters.

    Harriet Klausner

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