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. 

Friday, 30 March 2012


April is nearly here all ready! Easter only  a week a way, so here are some books to read while munching on your Easter eggs.
Catnip Publishing
Random House Children's Books 
Anderson Press
HarperCollins Children's Books
Orion's Childrens Books
Simon and Schuster

Hodder and Stoughton
Hatchette Children's Books
Macmillan Children's Books 
Chicken House
Electric Monkey
Walker Books
Berkley UK

Wow! Some fabulous books this month. Which ones are you looking forward to?

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Hodder/Orchard Blogger Brunch

On Saturday I was invited along with other bloggers to the Hodder Children's /Orchard Books blogger brunch in Hatchette Towers just off Warren Street in London. The event was held on the 16th floor, with a ceiling to floor window overlooking London. The sun was shining and we were presented with a beautiful view of London.  
 There were lots of goodies there for us to have. A copy of Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley, Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake, but the book we were all waiting for, 
A Witch In Love by Ruth Warburton, who was there to meet us too.
 We were shown highlights of the books coming out between July and December and we were all taken with the artwork in the the little booklet about The  Blessed by Tonya Hurley. Raimy from Readaraptor and Lynsey from Narratively Speaking, being wowed by the new releases. 
 Victoria, Laure and Corinne entertained us with highlights of forthcoming books, teasing us with snippets of what is to come.
  It was amazing to get the opportunity to talk to Ruth Warburton about her writing and her new book, A Witch In Love. We were all fans of A Witch in Winter, the first book in the trilogy. 
Kirsty, Ruth Warburton, Caitlyn from The Cait Files and Sarah below.
 Laure and Victoria welcoming us to the event. 
We were treated to lunch which included mixed rolls and sandwiches as well as some extremely lovely tartlets!  It was a wonderful event, where we all got excited about the new books yet to come from Hodder Children's Books and Orchard Books this year. The ones below are just the books coming out in July! 
Thank you Victoria, Laure and Corinne for a lovely brunch.