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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Review: Firespell by Chloe Neill

Firespell: Chloe Neill
Page count: 256

Publisher: Signet

Publication Date: January 5, 2010

From Amazon.com

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...

My review:

Chloe Neill's Dark Elite series begins with Firespell, which sets up a wonderful world of Adepts and the bad guys they seek out. The main character is Lily, a snarky teen who is shipped off to boarding school in Chicago so her parents may take sabbatical in Germany - or so Lily thinks.

At St. Sophia's, Lily meets and quickly befriends Scout, the loaner and seemingly outcast young girl who's just as snarky but way more mysterious. Lily follows Scout on one of her many nightly outings and discovers a hidden world of magical teens and monsters - the latter of which attacks Lily, ultimately "marking" her and giving her powers of her own.

The Adepts - the group Scout secretly meets at night - are a rebel group of magic users who want to keep peace and harmony in the normal world. They are willing to give up their powers once they reach the age where they would have to steal the "essence" from others to keep their magic. There are only a few of them - taking on the rest of the magical world who are abducting people. Lily is shunned by most members of this group for her lack of "abilities", but once she develops a power of her own, she leads the team in search of Scout, who has been taken.

Firespell is very well written and has a nice flow. It's a tad slow at the beginning - like most first installments in a series - but the characters are so well-developed and enjoyable that you barely notice. Lily's crush - a werewolf named Jason - is the one member of the Adept team (other than Scout) who believes in Lily and draws the other reluctant members to her side to find Scout.


Chloe Neill has begun such a wonderful world of magic and mystery and well-written characters that I find myself eagerly waiting for the next installment. I give Firespell 4 stars.


  1. Great review! I haven't had the chance to read this one, but the world that Chloe Neill has created sounds very unique. I'm big on character driven novels too, so I'll be sure to put this one on my tbr list!

  2. Why must you increase my TBR pile?? :)

  3. Great review!!! Im dying to read Hexbound! will have to dig in soon LOL

  4. I love the cover of this book.
    Competition over on my blog if you're interested.

  5. Your review is so weirdly timely! I just heard about a convention coming to my city this summer called Contagion and Chloe is listed as a guest. I hadn't heard of her before but read she'd written a YA book called Firespell. I looked on Amazon and added it to my wishlist to check out.

    Then I started reading all the blogs I love. I don't post much here, but I always read your blog, and when I click - there's the book I discovered only 5 minutes before!

    It must be kismet, I'm buying the book for my kindle right now.

  6. Carissa - I think you'll enjoy it!

    Pam - Sorry! :)

    Larissa - I gotta get Hexbound, too...hopefully today!

    Cozy - Thanks for the heads up!

    Sommer - So glad you visit my blog, and so glad my review helped you decide to read Firespell - you'll love it!

    Thanks for the comments, ladies!