Firespell (The Dark Elite #1)
As the new girl at the elite St. Sophia's boarding school, Lily is surrounded by an ultra-rich bratpack. She's pretty sure her spoiled, petty, fashion-obsessed classmates are the most monstrous things she'll have to face, and surviving them and...more
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In my two seconds (FINE, two hours) of reading this book, I did come to enjoy Lily and Scout's friendship. The aforementioned lacking love relationship was a big bummer for me, though. Jason sounds pret...more
This isn't necessarily a new plot, a girl moves into a boarding school where it is not as it seems and there are mysteries abound. But saying that, it was an enjoyable, fun, quick read.
After her parents announce they are going on a research trip, Lily is suddenly moved to St. Sophia's School for Girls, a boarding school in Chicago. Lily soon finds out there are mysteries in the school, including her room mate disappearing during the night and something very sec...more
What I do know is that I enjoyed reading it. Lily & Scout are my kind of girls. Witty, snarky and a lot of fun.
Lily Parker is ready to start her junior year of high school in Sagamore, New York, when her parents inform her that they are going on a research sabbatical in Germany for two years -- and sending her to an elite boarding sc...more
Firespell takes a slower pace then most UF books, letting you enjoy the world Neill has created. The beginning of the books really helps to establish Lily so the reader can connect with her. Getting a feel for her family life, and how even though they're dumping her for their sabbatical in Germany Lily understands and loves them. But it doesn't mean she can't...more
2) ok, Lily. I kind of feel like Scout is the main character, and Lily the sidekick.
3) the Brat Pack... bratty as they are, they're not completely horrible.
What leans it in the direction of 3 stars:
1) Mary-Sue potential. I know, I know! I tried not to say it. But it's looming like an albatross in there. Only sequels will tell.
Full review pending.
There's nothing spectacularly new in Firespell, the first in the Dark Elite series. And may I add, by the way, how hard it's getting to find a good stand-alone book these days? And the ones I do find, end up sounding...more
Let me get this out there. My main complaint about Firespell is that the action started too late in the book. From the synopsis I thought we would be getting to the fighting and supernatural bei...more
Case in point: Here is how magic works in the Dark Elite series. If someone has magical talent, that talent manifests at puberty. From puberty to the age of twenty-five, the magic is a really cool enhancement. But after the...more
Rating: 3.5 stars
Chloe Neill has fast become one of my favorite writers so when I saw she had a new book coming out, I just knew I had to pick it up. Plus, I thought Firespell was such an enjoyable read that I'd share it with my 13 year old stepdaughter, Jessica. And I figured it would be a neat idea to have a review here by a person in who is in the targeted audience for this book. Below my ramblings is Jessica's thoughts on Firespell.
I liked that this story is based in the bustling, windy city...more
The main character arrives at this boarding school in Chicago while her parents take a 2-year trip to Germany to do research. She's mopping around about her bad luck for two seconds until she mets her new BFF, a girl who appears to have secrets. Well, the relationship between these two is nice and funny, but a bit far-fetched. W...more
Here is the kicker:
Towards the end, the good guys team and the bad guys team had a drama talk which read like a badly scripted movie. The book is trying to make me believe that teenagers (raging hormon...more
Lily's parents just broke the news that they're taking a two-year sabbatical in Munich, Germany - and that she's not invited. Immediately, Lily has visions of staying with Ashley while going through the SATs, college application process, and the prom. Her daydream fades as her mom breaks the news about a boarding school in Chicago.
The first day at St. Sophia's raises questions for Lily. She's so unsure why she's enrolled. Most girls have been comin...more
Lily Parker lives in upstate New York with her parents, professors of philosophy. When the senior Parkers take a s...more
Opening Sentence: 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.
Lily Parker is just your average middle class teenager. Her life in upstate New York is drastically changed when her parents decide to go on a two year sabbatical to conduct research at a German U...more
Lily is expecting her junior year of high school to be normal. How can it be anything but normal in her small town of Sagamore New York. Lily's parents have other ideas. When they get the opportunity of a lifetime--to do research in Germany for two years--they send Lily to boarding school. Yes, you heard right, boarding school. Snotty rich girls, plaid skirts, headmistresses and all. How can it get any worse? Lily is about to find out.
In a genre laden with boarding school dramas how can one poss...more
Lily Parker, sixteen and from upper NY is shipped off to an all-girls private school in Chicago while her parents are...more
A huge fan of Chicagoland Vampires, I was thrilled when I heard Chloe Neill had started a new series for young adults. I promptly ordered Firespell on my Kindle and sat down for what I was sure would be a delightful few hours distraction from the agony of waiting for Richelle Mead's Spirit Bound (which was FANTASTIC, by the way).
Several pages in, my thrill promptly died. The plot in this thing was painfully predictable. The characters lacked the pizazz of the Chic...more
The characters are developed well. The pacing of the story is perfect, beginning at medium speed then throwing you forward, into one hell of an adventure! The descriptions are just enough to help you capture the story without feeling overloaded or as if the author is t...more
Our heroine Lily is sent to St Sophias School when her parents go on sabbatical to Germany, she becomes BFF with Scout and learns about Magic.
There is more going on though than the baddies, called the Reapers,...more
When 16 year old Lily Parker's parents inform her they are going to Germany on sabatical for two years, she is excited until she is informed she will not be going with them nor will she be able to stay with her best friend finishing her Junior and Senior year at her high...more
I love her heroines, and the heroine's best friend. In both her series, that core relationship has been fun, funny, and undeniably real - it is well-drawn and compelling.
I love her world, and the systems of magic that she creates. The details are rich and captivating.
But here's what I hate: in both her series (CLV, which I have quit reading, and this one, which I expect I will also quit), the heroine is a fucking doormat. True to form, in this b...more
Once again set in the city of Chicago, author Chloe Neill starts a YA series about a group of magical teenagers who secretly battle the forces of evil. Great dialogue, an intriguing mystery, and likable characters make up for a few shortcomings.
The first half of FIRESPELL was a little slow for me. Too many hints dropped about the school, the students, Lily’s parents etc. over and over again with very little provided in the way of answers. Once Lily does...more
And indeed as an idea it's not something we haven't seen before. Still Neill's writing is easy and light. It was easy to read it and enjoyable. The time was passing by and when i finished i would love to have more. You can say the book is basically in two parts. First, before Lily learns about her powers and the second part which is...more
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before and I’ll say it again—you seriously rock, Parker.”
"Tell me again, Green,” I said as we switched on flashlights and headed through the tunnel.
“Seriously, you rock.”
“One more time.”
“Don’t press your luck.”