Saturday 31 March 2012

Firespell by Chloe Neill

Pages - 278
First published in 2010 by Gollancz. This copy published by Indigo in March 2012.

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. And they were here, in the middle of Manhattan, to decide my fate. 

Goodreads Summary
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...  

Everyone knows I love a witch book and this one didn't disappoint. Chloe Neill's first offering for The Dark Elite series was seriously good.  Although technically they are not witches; they have powers, each one different, but they can do spells, so in my eyes they are sort of witches!
Lilly and Scout were amazing characters. I loved the instant banter between them as they enjoyed each others company. Their conversations peppered with humour, instantly found me loving them both.  I loved Lilly's voice, she was really a cool character, humorous in times of stress too.
The series is set in Chicago and I felt the writing really gave you a good feel for it; the attention to detail really encompassed your senses, allowing you to virtually walk into the setting. It definitely made me intrigued enough to want to find out more about Chicago. 
In this book there are hot boys all over the place, as you find Scout and Lilly fluttering their eyelids at them all. You find you don't know which one to look at first. 
This book really sets up the whole series. It felt like we were only seeing the tip of the iceberg we about to crash into as the series  begins to develop. Lots of unanswered questions, leaving you desperate for the next book. 
I loved the pace of the book and I found I couldn't put it down once I had started reading it. If you like books about boarding schools and magic, then this one will be just the book you are looking for. 


  1. Witches you say? Sold Jesse at the back :) Fab review, adding to my wish list now!

  2. I love books about boarding schools and magic. I'm definitely going to check this one out.

  3. I read and liked book 1, and I do want to know what happened to her parents

  4. I have this and it's bumping its way up my tbr list as we speak. x

  5. great review! I haven't heard of this one and it sounds like my kinda thing so I'll definitely check it out!

  6. I think the blurb does a great job of summarizing the story and I really don't want to give more away than that, because part of the fun of reading this book is discovering what exactly lurks below the halls of St. Sophia's. Lily Parker is dropped off at St. Sophia's and immediately bonds with her suite mate, Scout, who has been at the school since she was twelve. Scout has a "been there, done that" attitude and takes Lily under her wing. Scout has secrets though - secrets that leave Lily very curious about the "errands" Scout is running that keep her out at night many hours past curfew.


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