Charmfall (Dark Elite Series #3)

Charmfall (Dark Elite Series #3)

by Chloe Neill

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Overview

Protecting Chicago from the dark side of life can be an exhausting job, especially when you're in high school. So when the girls of St. Sophia's start gearing up for Sneak, their fall formal, Lily decides to take a break from fighting to get ready for the event. But when a Reaper unexpectedly crashes the party prep and Lily's firespell fails, she realizes that she has a much bigger problem than a full social calendar...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451230805
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Series: Dark Elite Series , #3
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 461,515
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Chloe Neill is the author of the Dark Elite novels and the Chicagoland Vampire series. She lives in the Midwest.

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Charmfall 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
livabord More than 1 year ago
I am really beside myself waiting for this book to come out. Completely different style from the chicagoland vampire books but so very much the same in that the characters are so beleiveable, even though they are written in an au fantasy version of our reality. I have gotten several others hooked on this too!
burnha18 More than 1 year ago
I loved this next installment and I am already waiting for the next. I cannot wait to see more development between Lily and Sebastian...as I believe they should be together. Can't wait for more!
mommyof2AZ More than 1 year ago
Charmfall was an awesome book. Couldn't put it down. Can't wait for the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish she would continue this series, really enjoyed it
Some_Reading_Required More than 1 year ago
I was very eager to read Charmfall - book #3 in the Dark Elite series because I found the first two, Firespell and Hexbound witty and suspenseful. Since I’m reviewing the 3rd in the series I’ll start with a little catch up… Lily Parker the main character, has had it rough to say the least. In book one her parents uprooted her from her New York home and planted her at St. Sophia’s boarding school in Chicago. Before she knows it, Lily is thrust into the middle of a feud between Adepts (magical teens) and other underworld-like creatures. It’s important to note that the “underworld” is actually the slimy sewer tunnels (literally, there’s slime…) buried beneath Chicago. In this world various people develop gifts (magic) in most cases, when they are younger. Some powers include the ability to control elements, cast spells, and even manipulate technology. A drawback happens later in life when one’s gift begins to dissipate into nothing. However, there is a way to maintain it… some choose to become what is known as reapers who are able to maintain their power by “reaping” the energy out of others and then leaving their victims in a sort of “empty-shell” state. It is therefore the adept’s mission to fight the reapers and protect them from being reaped. I won’t go into too much detail as to ruin the first two book’s plots, but due to some extraordinary circumstances Lily learns that she really belongs at St. Sophia’s. Along the way she picks up some great friends including her ever witty and totally-lovable suite-mate, Scout, a dozen or so enemies, and 2 note-worthy crushes. One thing that I think Chloe Neill does particularly well is portraying teenagers, especially when it comes to writing dialogue. Here’s a small excerpt from Charmfall. “If you wake up,” I said, “I’ll let you wear my fuzzy boots-those ones you really like? And I won’t complain when you take my chocolate muffin anymore at breakfast. You can have it every day from now on. I swear-just wake up, okay?” Lily, pg. 18 Another aspect of this book series that I love so much is the deep and intriguing characters Ms. Neill has created. Lily is very strong, emotionally. Again and again she witnesses and participates in dangerous situations (sometimes life or death) and yet still manages to get out of bed each morning. She is extraordinary in the sense that she is able to see the world in shades of grey versus the black & white the reapers and adepts believe in. Another great character of course is, Scout. Although in the beginning of the books she couldn’t see the “big picture” with help from Lily however, she is quickly evolving into an even more complex character. She’s now realizing that there’s more to the magical power struggle they battle, the “white” way isn’t always the right way. Like the first two, Charmfall picks up close to where the previous left off and then undergoes a decent pacing. However, unlike the books before, you see a different dynamic between the adepts and the reapers. There’s a new enemy in town and this time it’s affecting both factions of the underworld. This forces and creates a surprising alliance in order to achieve a similar goal. There’s a couple questions answered, and like always, a half-dozen more created. Sometimes book sequels can take a dip but this isn’t true for Charmfall. It’s full of twists and adventures and leaves you guessing like the two before. I only have one real quip with this book. As a TEAM SEBASTIAN fan, I was sad to only see him in a few parts. Hopefully in the next installment he’ll get some more line-time. A couple questions I hope get answered in the next book or at least begin to: What the heck is Lily’s parents really doing in Europe? Will Jason have the ability to fight the customs that are threatening him from leading a life of his own choosing? How is Veronica going to react when she discovers or possibly (remembers) who/what her new dream man is?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book. Fingers crosses for a fourth book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was awesome. I mean well I like them all the 2 before this are awesome too. Ok let's say um get all these books!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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kmartin802 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was another charming episode in the Dark Elite series. I love that the author manages to combine the magical with the mundane as can be evidenced in the quote I chose. These are high school kids and they behave like them. I really like the friendship between Lily and Scout. And I like the relationships each have with their boyfriends. I like that Lily is worried about having her heart broken and is cautious as she goes into the relationship. I also like Lily's point of view in this one. She is new to having magic and being an Adept which lets her have some perspective that the other characters don't have. She is able to see the shades of grey while most of her friends in the Adepts are more tuned to seeing black and white. This does create come conflicts with her friends and especially with her boyfriend Jason. But it also makes the story more believable and realistic.The problem in this one is that both the Adepts and the Dark Elite have lost their magic. The loss was sudden and unexplained. The characters all react differently. Lily is least affected because she has had her magic the shortest amount of time. And the Adepts, unlike the Dark Elite, know that they will be giving up their magic when they get older but the shock of having no magic now is difficult for many of them.This was an entertaining and engaging story with real kids working through real problems (and some magical ones too.) I recommend the series to lovers of paranormal books.
AmberFIB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chloe Neill out did herself with this novel. Charmfall kept me reading until the early hours of the morning. I could not put the book down once I started it! Lily and the rest of the Adepts are experiencing a power outage. After she hears from Sebastian, super hot, though maybe evil (but maybe not?) Reaper, Lily learns that not only does the power outage affect the Adepts, but it also affects the Reapers. The only good part of this equation is that they're evenly matched, or are they? Someone has caused this power outage, and that means someone still has power. Lily and Scout work with Sebastian in order to determine who is behind the power outage plaguing Chicago and why. The characters in this novel are much better developed than they were in Firespell, and they keep growing and changing with each addition to the series. Lily is growing into her powers and becoming comfortable in her own skin. She has started to trust her "gut instinct," and that pays off. However, she still can't decide whether or not Sebastian is completely good or evil. She also can't decide if she's friends with him or if they're just using each other for information. This sets the stage for an interesting 4th novel, but don't worry Jason fans, he's in the novel, too, and Lily doesn't betray him. Speaking of Jason, his family keeps putting more pressure on him to fulfill his werewolf destiny. For those of you who read Hexbound, you know that means to marry another werewolf. He's on edge throughout the novel because of that, and so is Lily. It adds a tension to the plot that may not have been there with simply the disappearance of magic. Jason seems to really care for Lily and vice-versa. He has moments of immaturity in the book, but he always comes through for her when he's really needed, and that's what matters. However, his family "obligation" makes Lily (and me) uncomfortable. I am looking forward to seeing what Neill does with Jason's situation. Scout is angrier than usual in this novel. I'm noticing as the series progresses, Scout's bitterness keeps growing. I am not sure if that's just because of the situations she's faced with in the books or if it's setting up something for later in the series. I'll be interested to find out. Either way, Scout is still a good friend to Lily, and they fight this battle of having lost powers together. Scout surprises me when she stands by Lily no matter what and trusts her to make the right decision. It's obvious that their friendship has evolved and become more stable. They are very loyal to each other, and it's growing into a sisterly bond instead of just a friendship. There wasn't a lot of Michael in this novel, and I would have liked to have seen more of him. I don't know where he would have fit in more, though, so I understand why he wasn't present as much as usual. A character that I don't know what to think about is Sebastian. Part of me really wants to like and trust him (like Lily), but the other part can't help but think there's more going on with him than Neill is letting on right now. One thing is clear, though. He really seems to care about Lily's well-being, and super hot soul-sucker or not, that has to say something, right? I can't wait to see where Neill takes his character. What Dark Elite novel would be complete without the Brat Pack? Veronica and Co are back in action in this book, but Veronica is different. She has a love interest that's shocking to everyone. I'm not sure I'm buying what's going on with that, but again, Neill may have something up her sleeve that we readers don't know about yet. So instead of just writing it off all together, I'm going to wait and see what she has in mind. One thing I've learned from reading the Chicagoland Vampire Series and the Dark Elite Series, when Chloe Neill does something that doesn't exactly set well with me, she tends to fix it with a stroke of brilliance in the next book. So I'm just going to have faith in her ability as an author and see how this pla
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havennt read it yet but loved the first two way to go
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the first three books. I hope there are more adventures with Lily.
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These was my favorite out of them all. I could not put it down. I really want it to continue with more Lily adventures at St. Sophia's. Whooooooooo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It might not because not a lot of people are buying it. I LOVE THIS SERIES. So i you want it to continue tell your friends to get it
mrsd1411 More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed! I love her Chicagoland series but this one has no depth. I know it's intended for a younger audience but this was way to tame. What really makes it bad is how short a story it is for the amount being charged. Total rip off!
JenCal24 More than 1 year ago
I love stories of private school life and paranormal this is the best of both worlds...chloe leaves you in this one wanting more ...I hope she continues this series for a long time
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rustyray1 More than 1 year ago
Good story line. Is there going to be a fouth book?? All 3 were really good.
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