Firespell (Dark Elite Series #1)

Firespell (Dark Elite Series #1)

by Chloe Neill

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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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451228864
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/05/2010
Series: Dark Elite Series , #1
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 476,485
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Chloe Neill, New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels, the Dark Elite novels, and the Devil’s Isle Novels, was born and raised in the South but now makes her home in the Midwest—just close enough to Cadogan House, St. Sophia’s, and Devil’s Isle to keep an eye on things. When not transcribing Merit’s, Lily’s, and Claire’s adventures, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys—her favorite landscape photographer (her husband) and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)

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Firespell (Dark Elite Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 222 reviews.
Ora_Pro_Nobis More than 1 year ago
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.
The_BookishType More than 1 year ago
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
Book_WhispererJO More than 1 year ago
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.
Intrigued_by_Romance More than 1 year ago
I was held captive by this book! I finished reading this book in one day, I had a hard time putting it down. The story and the characters were well written. The story is about Lily (a young woman) who has to go to a private school in Chicago because he parents are going away to work out of the country. Lilly makes friends with Scout almost instantly. They become best friends. When you are new to a school, the best thing is to make at least one best friend; who will watch over you and someone you can confide in. The only problem is that Scout leaves the school every night; saying that she has something she has to take care of. What could be this secret; that she can't tell her BFF? Of course Lilly is nosey and tries to follow Scout to discover her secret. Strange things happen, and she is on a quest to find the answers. This story has quite a few twists and turns, and it keeps you guessing until the very end. One thing I might mention; there is something strange about Lilly's parents....but you need to read this book to find out. Thank you Chloe Neill for writing this book. I definately would be interested in reading more of your work....You are a good writer.
acornucopiaoflove More than 1 year ago
I picked up Firespell after seeing it on numerous blogs, and added it to my 2010 Debut Author Challenge list. I'm still debating how I feel about the story, because there were things that I really enjoyed, and a few things that pulled me out of the story. What I enjoyed most were the strong characters in the book. In particular, I thought that Lily was a strong, mature girl. She reacted pretty reasonably to being completely uprooted and shipped off to a prestigious boarding school. Lily was befriended almost immediately by one of her roommates, Scout. She was another strong character. She a loyal friend to Lily, despite only knowing her for a short time, and she had made the choice to use her abilities in a positive way. There was also a group of mean-spirited popular girls, nicknamed "the brat pack" , who served to make life more miserable for Scout and Lily. By the end of the book I realized that the brat pack was relatively harmless. Obviously they were obnoxious, but they paled in comparison to the real villains of the story. My main issue with the book was the pacing of the story. Despite the interesting characters, the plot was slow-moving for almost half of the book. While this lack of action gave me a lot of time to learn about Lily, and to question what was really happening at St. Sophia's, I would have enjoyed a bit more action. Firespell ends in a setup for a sequel, and I'm fairly certain that the issue of pacing won't be an issue. I would like to learn a little bit more about the individual abilities of the Adepts. I'm also looking forward to Lily confronting her parents about their lies. I'll be reading book 2, and it's a worthwhile read if you don't mind a slow start.
Burg More than 1 year ago
For her debut YA novel, I think Chloe Neill is off to a great start with the Dark Elite series' opener Firespell. I found Firespell to be a light and fun read and a nice chance to escape reality for a while and trek through the underground world that she has created with her fresh new characters. As light as this novel was I did find that it took me slightly longer to get through than some other novels I've read in the past, and would have liked some parts sped up, but overall it was worth the wait. If you're a lover of fantasy, this novel is right up your alley. Mystery, magical powers (and not just your normal hocus pocus), werewolves, vampires, energy sucking "reapers", oh my! Neill has created memorable characters in Lily, Scout, Jason and the rest of the gang. These guys are sure to stick with readers and keep them entertained throughout the pages. The protaganist, Lil Parker was adorable, she was funny, and easy going (maybe a little too much so at times, I would have been freaking out) and my heart went out to her on more than one occasion. But overall I thought her best friend Scout stole the show. She was sharp minded, had a quick wit and always managed to throw her sense of humor into the situations, no matter how dire they may have been. She never lacked for spunk and often kept the story moving, however I would have liked to have learned more of her back story. I'm hoping we'll get more info in the series later on. I also appreciated how she was completely reliant on herself and no one else, not even the adorable Michael Garcia. The two of these girls put together were fantastic, the perfect balance for each other and will be very relatable to most readers I'm sure. Now in these types of novels, there's always a boy...which is often why we love them so much, and Neill did not let me down on this one. I thought Jason was great, I will admit that a guy in a prep school uniform always did catch my attention, and let's not forget those gorgeous baby blues, right? Wow! Let's see more of him please! And just like the necessary male love interest, these novels rarely leave out the "mean girls", am I right? The brat pack, as Neill has dubbed them drove me up the wall, lol. I wanted to shake them half the time and just tell them to be nice, but regardless they were highly entertaining all the way through. As always, there's usually a background character that I'm always hoping to learn more about. With Firespell it was Sebastian who caught my attention. He's dark and mysterious and seriously on the wrong side of the whole good v. bad side of things, so-to-speak but what's his deal? I can't go into any more detail without spoiling it, but once you read Firespell I'm sure your curiosity will go up as much as mine did. I had fun reading Firespell and I'm looking forward to the next addition to the Dark Elite series. I can't wait to see what else Chloe Neill has up her sleeve.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little young for me but the characters were filled in and the writing style was good.
hobbitsies on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!
BookRatMisty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Firespell, Chloe Neill expands on her take of underworld, paranormal Chicago (see the Chicagoland Vampires series). This time, Neill takes a foray into YA with the first book of her Dark Elite series, set in a Chicago boarding school where all is not as it seems.Of course.Lily Parker is ready to start her junior year of high school in Sagamore, New York, when her parents inform her that they are going on a research sabbatical in Germany for two years -- and sending her to an elite boarding school in Chicago for the remainder of high school. Lily is packed off and installed at St. Sophia's School for Girls, in a new big city where she doesn't know a soul. That is, until she meets Scout Green, her slightly odd suitemate, who is prone to sneaking off in the night and seems to be harboring a secret. A secret that has to do with whatever's in the basement of the school. A secret that is dangerous, maybe even deadly. A secret that suddenly seems to include Lily herself, in ways she never could have imagined.What can I say about Firespell? It's not something that hasn't been done before; there are plenty of boarding school stories out there, and a good chunk of those stories have a magical slant with a new kid who finds herself in the middle of some magical feud, or the target of powerful mean girls, etc., etc., only to discover that she plays a bigger part in the battle than she thought. It's been done. And it will continue to be done, because for some unknown reason, we all seem enthralled by the idea, myself included. I mean, hell, I read all of the Gemma Doyle series, even though it's icky long and I didn't like it from page one.Firespell may not have been anything unusual, but it was certainly fun. Lily was a fine lead, but her friend and suitemate, Scout, stole the show. Scout was fun and quirky, and yes, I may be a little biased because her dorm room is overflowing with books which are organized by color. If you've ever been in my room (you haven't, and you never will), you would know that this makes her a girl after my own ¿.There was a bit of a mystery to the mystery. You know what I mean, right? You know something's coming, and you think you've got it pegged down, but there is a little doubt in your head. It was like that. It didn't go quite where I expected it. And Neill gave herself plenty of room to grow in the series. We get hints of other characters, but she judiciously avoided giving everything away in book one, so we'll get to explore them further as the series goes on, which is a good thing. A couple of them are swoon-worthy boys, if you're into that kind of thing. (You know you are; stop blushing.)There were some drawbacks, of course, aside from the somewhat cookie-cutter, slightly melodramatic plot, and these things were just sort of pet-peevish for me. Those of you familiar with Neill's adult Chicagoland Vampires series will know that there's a very collegiate, sorority/fraternity feel to it, with the different vampire sects being divided into 'houses' (think grown up Gryffindor), with house colors and coats of arms, and such. Firespell has a very similar feel, which is to be expected, as it is set in a school. I didn't have a problem with that, as such, though it makes me wonder if she's limited in her scope. What did bother me was the classification of the different magical beings in the book as JV and Varsity -- and then the continual repetition of these terms. Now, it's one thing to make an off-handed reference, but it just seems a little silly and thin when it becomes an actual element in the story. I'm not sure how to explain this without giving something away, but I just felt it was weak, and more so, irritating.Along the same lines, Neill seems to get stuck in these random patterns of weird word repetition, and it throws off the story. Now, this isn't a huge issue, and some people won't even notice it, but it's a pet peeve of mine because I believe that authors have a responsibility to put such insane
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chicagoland Vampires author Chloe Neill expands into the young adult genre with Firespell, the first book in a series known as The Dark Elite. Neill's entry into the YA genre is hardly unexpected, as several adult paranormal romance authors are trying out the growing YA genre and carving out new fans for their work (Kim Harrison, Kelley Armstrong and Rachel Caine to name a few).In Firespell, Lily is shipped off to a boarding school filled with preppy rich kids, new difficulties for Lily and, of course, dark secrets. As Lily gets deeper into the lifestyle at St. Sophie's, she starts to learn about the secrets hidden inside the school, and of a mysterious group known as the Dark Elite.I admit that I've never read Neill's other novels, but Firespell is a very strong introduction to her writing. Neill writes with a powerful, knowledgeable hand and paints tones, landscapes and characters very well. Lily, in particular, is a fun and believable character, though at times somewhat angsty.However, the pacing of Firespell felt really off for the first half of the book and, unfortunately, it was a little painful for me to get through. There was little action and I kept wondering when we would actually get to the parts about the famous "dark elite" advertised on the cover.Thankfully, things really pick up in the second half, and the book becomes more enjoyable. I wouldn't say that it completely won me over, I was still a little unhappy with the way it started, but by the end I was a little more excited about Lily's adventures. I'll probably go ahead and pick up the sequel when it comes out, but I probably won't be rushing out to buy it. Hopefully though, with exposition out of the way, there will be more action in future installments.
PattyLouise on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Firespell by Chloe NeillChloe Neill wrote a wonderfully fascinating story about students¿yes¿again¿with special powers. This book is different from others in this genre and quite interesting. The story begins at St. Sophia¿s, an all girl boarding school in the heart of Chicago. However, most of the excitement takes place in the underground tunnels beneath the school and beneath the city of Chicago. It is a classic story of good against evil with some mystery, some love and sexual attraction and some mean girl activity tossed together like a perfectly tossed salad. The good girl versus mean girl segments within the story are just totally delicious. The main yummy characters are Lily Parker and Scout Greene who are misfits who band together. There are other cool characters with unusual powers and even a handsome werewolf. The story is totally believable¿and has an ending that just cries out for speed reading. I have checked everywhere and right now there is no sign of a sequel, which is maddening. My only hope is that the book title says Book 1¿so I hope Chloe is furiously penning Book 2.
vampiregirl76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Firespell wasn't originally on my to buy list. I've seen lots of stuff about the book the last few months. Loved the cover, but wasn't sure If I wanted to read it. But when I saw it at Walmart, I snatched that baby up. It's so rare to find good new releases there. In the end I'm glad I picked it up, because I really enjoy the story.Lily has just learned that her parents will be spending the next two years in Germany on a research trip, while she will be attending a boarding school in Chicago. Needless to say Lily is less that thrilled having to leave everything she knows behind. On her first day at St. Sophia's Lily meet her new BFF Scout and learns somethings off about Scout's late night jaunts out of the suite.Lily and Scout are wonderful characters to read about. They are both snarky and compliment each other very well. Firespell pulls you in at page one. It was both suspenseful and charming, this will be a book you'll have a hard time putting down. I look forward to reading more installments in the series. I want to know more about the Dark Elite as a whole, the dark Sebastian and the blue-eyed hottie Jason, that has caught Lily's eye.
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
BookSpot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Firespell is the start of Chloe Neill's young adult series (her adult series is the Chicagoland Vampire Series). Being the start of a series it does do a fair bit of setting up the characters and the setting and getting to the actual paranormal activity (and yes, I do sound like Ghost Hunters or something) but none of that takes away from the story--just makes it hard to summarize.Sent to fancy, well to do St Sophia's boarding school in Chicago (from upstate New York) when her parents leave for work in Germany, Lily feels more than a little bit out of place. The old stone building is cold and full of girls she doesn't know in blue plaid uniforms. And it's not home.Scout, one of her suite mates, is about the only thing keeping her from going completely over the edge of homesickness. Except Scout disappears to strange places in the middle of the night.And that's where the fun-ness begins and my summarizing ends.Firespell is a book that gets you from page one. While it is true that it doesn't jump right into the action, I actually prefer that because you know who the characters are and where they are and why and then the spooky makes sense. (And really, really makes me want to read other Dark Elite books to see where it goes.)The things that literally go bump in the night for Lily and Co also aren't things that are in twenty other books out at the moment so it's a fresh take on things and a nice change of pace to read something new but still in the otherworldly area.All of that is not to mention Chloe Neill's writing and her characters (and especially their language/what they say-slash-think) which I just love. Like truly, madly, deeply in the way of the song ;)When authors who write 'adult' books or series then write YA series, I always wonder if their teens are going to seem like teens r just twenty-somethings who are attending high school, but these teens were teens. Super fun, evil fighting teens, but still teens.Being the first in a series it leaves some things open for future books, but not so many that you feel like this, the first book, is left unresolved.And it's in Chicago which I miss and love so that's points there, too. Oh, and it's $6,99 so honestly where do you go wrong?Read Firespell and you'l probably be looking for Some Girls Bite the first book in the Chicagoland Vampires series (it comes up whenever I search Some Girls Are so you can just buy both),9/10
kmartin802 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
OodsAteMyDingo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Firespell is about a young teen named, Lily Parker. Her parents go on sabbatical in Germany and instead of taking her along, they decide to enroll her into a private school. A boarding school no less, in Chicago (she is from Sagamore, New York), St. Sophia's.The school has the typical stiff (erm. cold shouldered?) headmistress, posh spoiled rich girls, and a few misfits thrown into the mix. Lily makes friends with a one of her dorm mates, Scout. But Scout has secrets of her own. She's always disappearing and not returning until late at night. Lily tries to figure out the secret, but only gets answers when the brat pack pull a nasty prank.This book is a great addition to my growing collection. The first in a series, and I can't wait to read the next book, to learn more about the characters, their powers, and the fight between them! A must read of the YA crowd.
dearheart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lily¿s parents announce that they¿re going on a once in a lifetime sabbatical in Germany for 2 years and send her halfway across the country to St Sophia¿s, an elite boarding school in downtown Chicago. The former convent with its stone architecture, regimented lifestyle and push for academic achievement by ultra-rich girls leaves Lily a little cold. But on day one she finds a kindred spirit in her roommate, Scout.There are many secrets at this school which is connected to a number of tunnels running under the city. Scout mysteriously disappears at night on missions she can¿t tell her new best friend about. Lily finds out accidentally when seeing Scout running from crazed people who are attacking them with magic. Lily can¿t be part of Scout¿s rebel group of magical users bent on saving the world because she doesn¿t have magical abilities. Or does she?It appears that this first book in a young adult urban fantasy series has only touched the tip of the iceberg with the things Lily is learning, including that her parents have apparently lied to her about what they do for a living and why they are in Germany; a dangerous mystery not yet revealed.The premise of the story in regards to those with magic and how they use it is fairly unique. Lily is somewhat mature for a sixteen year-old, but part of that is due to the philosophical teachings of her parents. But it¿s difficult to really connect with this character until she becomes passionate with what needs to be done. Her interactions and relationships with other characters, including a cute guy and the school¿s Brat Pack, do a good job of rounding out the story.
brandileigh2003 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!
cherrymischievous on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The world building is a slow build-up to a great architecture. The end result was beautiful and believable. I would give it a 4.5 out of 5. The story-telling quality was good and I would give it a 3.5 out of 5. The character development was superb and as a reader, I can connect with Lily and Scout.Here is the kicker:Towards the end, the good guys team and the bad guys team had a drama talk which read like a badly scripted movie. The book is trying to make me believe that teenagers (raging hormones, emotions and all) would just stand around and watch newbie friend exchange info with the bad guys team leader in a high-stress rescue situation. WTF! In my experience, teenagers jumps feet first and bounce with energy. Specially with all that adrenaline pumping in their veins having to do a rescue stint. I therefore find these scenes inconsistent. And this is not the only "inconsistent scenario" in the book. So, "suspension of disbelief" would have to drop to zero. That scene there, needs a lot of work. It also tells me that this author has a lot of imagination but little true understanding of teenagers. From my point of view as a reader, if somebody wants to write about a subject matter, he/she needs to understand, or at least research it, because it'll show.Overall, I would rate this book a 2 out of 5. Borrow this book from the library rather than waste your money buying it.Overall Rating: 2 out of 5
FantasyDreamer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chloe Neill has fast become one of my favorite writers so when I saw she had a new book coming out, I just knew I had to pick it up. Plus, I thought Firespell was such an enjoyable read that I'd share it with my 13 year old stepdaughter, Jessica. And I figured it would be a neat idea to have a review here by a person in who is in the targeted audience for this book. Below my ramblings is Jessica's thoughts on Firespell.I liked that this story is based in the bustling, windy city of Chicago in an old gothic style school. It was so easy to imagine the numerous tunnels running under Chicago, filled with things unimaginable. This set the atmosphere for me, giving everything a since of old mysteries waiting to be discovered.The story itself had many interesting and mysterious twists that keep me interested. For the most part I enjoyed reading Firespell. The beginning half of this book moved at a slower pace than I would've liked but the last half picked up the pace with an exciting ending. And there is twist to plot about the use of magic itself, that I'm very curious as to how it will pan out in the end for all the characters involved.Again the best part of a Chloe Neill novel for me was the characters. I love Chloe's ability to create companion characters that you can't help but feel the same passion and closeness as you do for the main characters in a story.This first novel has certainly laid the ground work for the next in the Dark Elite series and I look forward to seeing where it goes.Jessica¿s Thoughts:Rating: 5 starsI have to say Lily was one of my favorite characters. If she's being challenged by the brat pack or even a bunch of monster she doesn't back down even if she wants to. Scout was another one of my favorite characters. She was very unique and I just couldn't wait to see what funny thing she had in store for me next.There aren't a lot of books that make me want to read them over and over again but Firespell has me hooked in like a fish. If I could I'd read it again and again until I knew every line.
Jac8604 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great YA debut. The sense of humor is classic Chloe Neill - very similar to her Chicagoland Vampires series. I love how her love of Chicago comes through in her writing. The teens all seem very mature and verbose for their age but, I guess, that's better than the alternative. As typical of the author, the action is plentiful and good and the plot is well-paced. Lots of mysteries here that I'm looking forward to Lily figuring out in future books.
pollywannabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyOnce again set in the city of Chicago, author Chloe Neill starts a YA series about a group of magical teenagers who secretly battle the forces of evil. Great dialogue, an intriguing mystery, and likable characters make up for a few shortcomings.The first half of FIRESPELL was a little slow for me. Too many hints dropped about the school, the students, Lily¿s parents etc. over and over again with very little provided in the way of answers. Once Lily does learn the truth¿most of it¿things picked up noticeably.The dialogue was sharp, smart, and rapid-fire quick from start to finish. Another high was the private girls school of St. Sophia¿s that was very reminiscent of the school Rory went to on Gilmore Girls, Chilton, even with the same snooty girls and crazy hard academics. The romance, what little there was, felt tacked on. Lily spoke only a handful of sentences to Jason, and knew even less about his personality before they both started acting like a couple. The book might have been better off if the entire romantic subplot had been pushed to the next bookHEXBOUND, the second book in the Dark Elite series, is available now and I¿ve been drawn in enough by the mysteries surrounding Lily (and the snarky fun exchanges between her and Scout) that I¿ve already got it on my shelf. Sexual Content: None
SaTh0921 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Magic, and love, and the discovery of new power makes it so much more exciting. I can't believe her parents left her to fend for herself in the dark when they went to Germany. Good book overall.
_Lily_ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Firespell by Chloe NeillReviwed by Moirae the fates book reviews.As a huge fan of books like Harry Potter (My childhood!) when I found this book on the shelf at my library I picked it up, after reading the cover blurb I knew it would be a interesting read.Firespell is about a girl named Lily Parker who hails from New York. Her parents go on sabbatical and send her to St. Sophia¿s school for girls, a boarding school in Chicago. Lily is very unhappy with this new arrangement to say the least. The school is packed with the stereotypical super rich bratty girls. Which Lily is not a fan of. She wants to know where her new friend and roommate Scout goes each night when she sneaks out. Lily soon learns about a world in Chicago that she never knew about a world with magic, vampires and demons. Lily must learn fast how to protect her self and Chicago from these creatures and from the Reapers who use dark-magic.I really enjoyed this book. The book was fast paced and fun. Neill¿s Chicago is a fun one, but it can also be a frightening one. I really enjoy her writing style and how she tells a story. She gives you enough information, but she also keeps a lot from you and upon finishing the book, if you are anything like me you¿ll groan, not in a bad way, but in more of a I-have-to-wait-a-whole-year kind of way. I know I did that. There were so many questions left unanswered about Lily, her friends and her parents. Neill is not afraid to let her characters have flaws nor is she afraid to let them fail. They are real characters, I love that! I am so glad that none of them were Mary-Sue. The dialog felt real to me. It didn¿t feel forced or feel like Neill was ¿Trying to sound like a teenager¿. The character development is great! We get to see how Lily grows from page one to two-hundred forty-six. I am waiting very anxiously to read Hexbound the next installment due to be released January 4 2011. Over all rating:I would give this book a ***** 5 out of 5 stars if you like Harry Potter and Hexhall you¿ll love this book.Cover art:I think the cover art is creepy in a good way, the darkness of it makes it that much more mysterious and I think it captures the mystery of the story.Obtained:My local library, then I bought a copy for myself.
blodeuedd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My thoughts:I did enjoy Chloe Neill's voice, and reading this one made me want to check out that adult series of hers too.Sure not that much happened at first, but I liked that. the book was building up to something. We got to see the school, see her make a friend, meet the Mean girls (oh why are there always mean girls, they are so bitchy and think they are all that.) And then she started having doubts about why her parents had gone away, why she was there, and what the heck Scout was up too. When she finally did learn the truth things picked up, and there was some action at the end. It also promised for one exciting book 2.I liked Lily even if she was a bit too curious for her own good at one point. She was also very human in her fears later, and she showed great courage. There was also this love interest with a boy from a boy's school and he seemed sweet. I do like some romance with my action. Scout was one cool kid, and the mean girls, well they were mean. But then this was a private school and what would that be without the brat pack.The world was interesting, people have magic and they either go bad, or they hunt the baddies. They are supposed to be some vamps and demons too, guessing from the blurb, but did not get to meet those yet.All in all, I was happy with this book. I never know with YA, but this one delivered. Final thoughts and recommendation.It seems UF YA fits me better than PNR YA, and I enjoyed this book. It was a fast read, an interesting world, budding romance, and some action. I would give it a 3,5 cos it is a YA I could recommend to adults and teens. It also has promise to get even better when the real fighting starts.Reason for reading:Curious about Chloe Neill