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Firespell (The Dark Elite #1)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  8,892 ratings  ·  640 reviews
When Lily Parker's guardians decided to send her away to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, Lily was shocked. So was St. Sophia's.

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
Paperback, 246 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Signet
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I was on the verge with this one, finger on the trigger, because nothing happened for fully a half of Firespell, but Chloe Neill did it again. She's one of the few authors whose settings are as engaging as her characters. She's intimately familiar with Chicago, and by the end of the book we know the Loop as well as Lily and her friends. She spares the time to introduce us to St. Sophia's boarding school with loving attention to class schedules and uniform, so that we're sitting alongside Lily. I ...more
This book takes about two seconds to read. It's miniature size is indicative of several things: (1) The plot is too hurried; (2) The love story is underdeveloped; (3) We don't learn enough about the characters; and (4) We have to wait for a lot of storylines to run their course through the series.

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
Catherine Ford
At least I made it through this Chloe Neill book. I gave up halfway through the first book, Some Girls Bite, her more famous series, Chicagoland Vampires.

This book is definitely for a younger audience, and compared to many books out there that are meant for teenagers, this one actually has the correct content. Meaning no swaring, no sex and the idea that best friends are more important than other worldly things.

I am actually rating this book higher than it deserves considering all its faults.
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Reviewed by Jo for Book Chick City.

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
Alethea A
Jan 22, 2010 Alethea A rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans who need a post-Buffy fix
A couple things saved this from being a 3:

1) Scout!
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.
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
Lily Parker's parents are on sabbatical teaching philosophy in Germany, and as such, they've decided to send her to a super elite school for rich girls called St. Sophia's, in Chicago. There, she is the target of beautiful, rich girl bullies (aren't they all?), and makes a friend in the quirky, unconventional (sounds familiar?) Scout. Scout seems to be hiding some secrets of her own, and Lily soon finds out that she and her family are not what they seem.

This is possibly one of the most confusing
No this book isn't original, no this book probably isn't the best written thing ever, but what do I know..

What I do know is that I enjoyed reading it. Lily & Scout are my kind of girls. Witty, snarky and a lot of fun.
In Firespell, Chloe Neill expands on her take of underworld, paranormal Chicago (see the Chicagoland Vampires series). This time, Neill takes a foray into YA with the first book of her Dark Elite series, set in a Chicago boarding school where all is not as it seems.

Of course.

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
Shera (Book Whispers)
Firespell was definitely an addiction. It reminded me of Kelley Armstrong's YA series. Not that they're a like, just both very addicting.

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
I've had Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series in my TBR pile for a while now. After reading Firespell, I'm thinking I just might give it a try. After inauspiciously beginning the new year with The Candidates, it was a relief to know that I could and did move on to better things.

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
Firespell started too slow for me. I thought it spent too much time on Lily getting to school and getting settled. Then we have to meet the typical brat pack of mean girls. Then we go through what the food is like and, blah, blah, blah. That stuff doesn't interest me. I'm an action girl so get on with it!

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
There are YA books that translate well to an adult audience, and there are those that are best appreciated by their actual target audience. I suspect Firespell is one of the latter. I found it an average read, but I think I’d have really liked it at the age of thirteen or so.

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
I did not like this book. Lily Parker is sent to a private and prestigious all girls' boarding school when her parents have to travel to Germany for a 2 year research project for work. Once there she befriends Scout, a quirky and fun girl who has been a student at St. Sophia's since she was 12. I actually did like the characters - Scout was pretty cool and Lily was just snarky enough for my tastes. There were also quite a few one-liners that made me smirk while reading. But the book just started ...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

There are parts in this book that are ok, the main character and her friend are a bit interesting and some mysteries kept me reading, but mostly this book is ridiculous.

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
Cherry Mischievous
The world building is a slow build-up to a great architecture. The end result was beautiful and believable. I would give it a 4.5 out of 5. The story-telling quality was good and I would give it a 3.5 out of 5. The character development was superb and as a reader, I can connect with Lily and Scout.

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
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for

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
Firespell is the first book in a new series, the Dark Elite, by Chloe Neill. It's a fun read, albeit one which suffers a bit from a common problem with the first book in series---it spends a lot of time setting up the premise (an intriguing one, to be fair) and not as much actually moving the plot forward. Which means the second and subsequent volumes may hold my interest a bit more.

Lily Parker lives in upstate New York with her parents, professors of philosophy. When the senior Parkers take a s
I loved this book so much, I bought it a while ago and only recently decided to read it, and I'm glad because I just love Lily and Scout, their relationship is so great and funny. I never wanted the book to end. Lily's sarcasm is perfect and I cannot help but laugh. I also think Jason is just beautiful. I don't want to write more incase I confuse this book with the second one because I have already read it and it was just as good at this one in my opinion. I cannot wait to read the third one.
It was a fun read. In some ways it is sort of a cross between Evernight and The Mortal Instruments. I'll definitely read the next book in the series (I'm assuming there will be another one).
Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: A solid start to a new series with magical world-building, a touch of wicked humor, and lurking danger.

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.

The Review:

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
Lori (Pure Imagination)

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
FIRESPELL, a paranormal mystery/urban fantasy, is the first in a new series of books by Chloe Neill. I haven't read anything by this author before but I am impressed. It has a great storyline, likeable characters and well-written relationships. Nothing pretentious, it is just a smooth easy read. I believe it is aimed at teens and young adults but older people should enjoy it also.

Lily Parker, sixteen and from upper NY is shipped off to an all-girls private school in Chicago while her parents are
I expected more from Chloe Neill

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
For author Chloe Neill’s debut into the world of Young Adult fiction, I must say she has knocked it out of the ballpark! Firespell is one of the BEST Young Adult novels out there (in my humble opinion)! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!

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
What a pleasant surprise is this YA book. Sure we had high school kids, school, homework, a slight love interest schoolgirl-wise, but we had intelligent writing, focus, kick-ass goodies and baddies and no-one presuming instant knowledge of magic power. No teenage angst to drive the story.

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,
Miss Bookiverse
I stopped after 50 pages. I feel like I've gotten too old for these kind of books. The characters are all stereotypes (punky/gothicy best friend, blonde mean girl and her posse) and the wannabe-snarky voice of the heroine annoys me. Also the whole premise seems so unbelievable (parents leaving their 16 year old daughter alone in the States because they'd rather spent time doing studies abroad. And they don't even let her stay in her usual environment, she has to change states to go to a special ...more
Jun 21, 2012 Marsha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young Adults
I am a fan of Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampire series; so, I thought I would give the Dark Elite(YA) series a try. First let me start off by saying that I truly enjoyed Firespell; however, I had some problems with the writing.

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
I have a love / hate relationship with Chloe Neill.

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
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

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
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Chloe Neill is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels, the Devil's Isle Novels, and a YA series, the Dark Elite. Chloe was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. When she's not writing, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys--h ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Dark Elite (3 books)
  • Hexbound (Dark Elite, #2)
  • Charmfall (Dark Elite, #3)
Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #3) Friday Night Bites (Chicagoland Vampires, #2) Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4) Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires, #5)

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“Scout released me, then wiped tears from beneath her eyes. Catharsis, I guessed. “I’ve said it
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.”
“Oh please," Scout said."Don't take that tone with me. You know you'd love to have a minion. Someone at your beck and call. Someone to do your bidding. How many times have you said to yourself," Self, I need a unicorn to run errands and such?” 41 likes
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