Firespell (Dark Elite, #1) by Chloe Neill

Pages: 246
Published June 17th 2010
Publisher: Gollancz
Genre: YA Fantasy, Paranormal 

As the new girl at the elite St. Sophia’s boarding school, Lily Parker thinks her classmates are the most monstrous things she’ll have to face…

When Lily’s guardians decided to send her away to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, she was shocked. So was St. Sophia’s. Lily’s ultra-rich brat pack classmates think Lily should be the punchline to every joke, and on top of that, she’s hearing strange noises and seeing bizarre things in the shadows of the creepy building.

The only thing keeping her sane is her roommate, Scout, but even Scout’s a little weird—she keeps disappearing late at night and won’t tell Lily where she’s been. But when a prank leaves Lily trapped in the catacombs beneath the school, Lily finds Scout running from a real monster.

Scout’s a member of a splinter group of rebel teens with unique magical talents, who’ve sworn to protect the city against demons, vampires, and Reapers, magic users who’ve been corrupted by their power. And when Lily finds herself in the line of a firespell, Scout tells her the truth about her secret life, even though Lily has no powers of her own—at least none that she’s discovered yet…


Firespell is the first in a new series called the Dark Elite by Chloe Neill. It's a very interesting story and would have been a very quick read for me if I hadnt been so unwell ='(

It really had me drawn into the story from the get go. Being set in a boarding school it kinda had that Harry Potter feel which is a compliment because I love Harry Potter. Being set in a school is has a mishmash of characters, strong, weak, nerdy, mean. It has it all. Lily is the main character and she is a great read, she is strong and independent. I real role model for younger readers. Her best friend is Scout, who at first is very mysterious but as the story develops we find out more (trying so hard not to give spoilers here lol)

One aspect I really liked was that is so not a romantic book. There is a love interest for Lily in the form of rather yummy yummy Jason. However, the story line isnt revolved around that (thank god).

Firespell is full of mystery and packed with action from very early on in the story. A fantastic read for anyone who enjoys books with a strong action pack story line with a dynmatic group of characters.

Bring on Hexbound next year!!!!

Rate: 4/5

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