Thursday, December 16, 2010

Firespell by Chloe Neill [Review]

4 out of 5 Robots!
Title: Firespell
Series: The Dark Elite, 1
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: Jan. 5, 2010
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Signet
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451228863
ISBN-13: 978-0451228864
My Copy: Trade with Blogger
Reviewer: Rex

Summary Courtesy of
New Girl. New School. Old Evil. 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...

My Review:
I have to admit that Firespell is one hell of a story- the plot was brilliant. Neill knows how to tell a story to her readers. It was fast paced and had action trickled throughout book. However, this book had a hard time keeping my attention. Its main audience is young adult and it could probably be extremely well received by any paranormal fanatic in their teens- but something about it kept me from gripping on to the characters and really connecting.

We've got a love interest for Lily- his name is Jason and he is a werewolf. Their lips never touch and there isn't much sexual tension- their romance is very cute and very PG. The PG nature of the romance leaves something to be desired. I don't necessarily need an overabundance of affection in my Young Adult, but I felt like there wasn't much emotion put forth either.

Now, the major kicker is that a nasty encounter with a Reaper throws Lily's magical powers out of hibernation and into full swing. She's got rare powers of her own and she's ready to use them. Luckily for her she's got the Dark Elite to tell her all about them. And not only was she left in the dark about her magical powers prior to joining St. Sophie's School for Girls, but she's just figured out that her parents aren't exactly what they seem either...

At 256 pages, this book was a quick, fun and easy read. I read it in one sitting- though it may be a bit boring for the more mature audience, it is great for teenagers. Those of us that prefer a little more tension in their paranormal novels would love Neill's other series, The Chicagoland Vampires. Highly recommend this series to those that love Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampire series!
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  1. Hi Rex!
    Great honest always. Just because it's YA doesn't mean it has to be all "spice"...only a little bit more "flavor" Taha! I so know what your talking about. :)

  2. I'm so glad you get what I'm saying, Mina! I was worried about getting some flack for it. :) Thanks for stopping by!



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