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The Connelly Boys

(Celtic Witches #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  374 ratings  ·  131 reviews
The Connelly boys are practically royalty at St. Andrew’s Prep. Popular, wealthy, and devastatingly beautiful, the four brothers have long cast a spell over their classmates and over the sleepy seaport town of Rosalyn Bay, Ireland.

There’s just one problem: they’re also cursed.

...Or so the rumors say.

Seventeen-year-old newcomer Scarlet Monroe has never been one for rumors,
Published September 12th 2018
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Debbie Turk
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read-s
This Book Is A Magical 5 Star Read!!🌟

I was caught up in this book from page one. The main character, Scarlet, is a new pupil at St Andrews all-boys Private Catholic Boarding School in Ireland. Her Dad is a Faculty member although they do take the odd scholarship student of either sex each year - she was a special case as she's a Teachers child!!

Scarlet's Mum had died, four months prior, from cancer. She'd moved from America to live with her Dad whom she barely knew!😢 In her very first lesson she
Jeanette George
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved The Connelly Boys.

Lily Velez is a fantastic writer. The story is fascinating: equal parts action, adventure, and mystery with the cool backdrop of Ireland. The plot is rich with Celtic folklore and magical elements. There is a sweet love story that is almost a whisper in the first book, but I expect it will flourish as the series continues.

I'm excited to read more in this series.

Jamie (The Kansan Reader)
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I really don't know how to feel about this one. I remember it but at the same time I don't. It started out good but then I started losing interest around 50%. I wasn't a big fan of the heroine. I didn't like any of the Connelly brothers. I knew who the reaper was before it was revealed. 

This wasn't my cuppa tea. I'm not saying it's bad. My younger self would have loved this but my adult self is just like eh.. For me anymore with YA it's
L.J. Bus
Celtic Witches and Irish lore, what’s not to love!

When Lily Velez announced the new series she was working on, I was so excited that I not only mailed her right away but I also kept an eye out for when the story was finished and I made my way on the ARC-team (Advanced Readers Copy). I didn’t have specific expectations but expected a great story nontheless.
Needless to say I like the content of this story. I’ve been looking forward to reading this for months. But would it be a great read? Fast pac
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of this book, and this is my honest review.

This book was a excellent read. If anyone knows me they would know that I am a fan of the raven boys and this gives me kinda raven boys vibes and I love books with good looking men, magic and spells. Very interesting read. Highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in this king of stuff. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Terrilynn Avery
I really loved the plot of this story! It takes place in the beautiful Ireland and it was a treat after already visiting to country and currently planning my next trip there. The story was rich in Celtic folklore and a beautiful picture of the country was painted. The action scenes were tense and I absolutely loved the magical element.

I would love to have gotten to know Scarlet a little bit better (I felt like I got to know Jack more), and her history. Looking forward to hopefully some more focu
There was quite a lot of world-building, it was well thought out. The author did a good job weaving in Celtic lore into the story. The character building needed more though, I just didn't feel any of our characters were 3 dimensional, there just needed to be more to them. I also feel this was a bit on the slow side and could be pared down some. This had a bit of the same feel as The Raven Cycle but not quite as dynamic and quite a bit slower.
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Katherine Paschal
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After suffering the loss of her Mom, Scarlet is sent to Ireland to live with her estranged father. To make matters worse, she now has to attend the elite boarding school her father works at, which just so happens to be all boys and the only school in the area. Scarlet is counting down the days until she can graduate from high school and move back to the states. But then she encounters the Connelly brothers, and everything changes.
Suzanna Williams
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
There’s nothing better than a ‘brothers’ story and The Connelly Boys didn’t disappoint with plenty of die-for-you moments, the way families should be.

On the death of her mother, our heroine, Scarlet, reluctantly arrives in Ireland from the US to live with a father she hardly knows. She is blissfully unaware of the supernatural world she is about to get drawn into, but it doesn’t take long before she’s in a race against time to save, not only her own father, but also the gorgeous, and cursed, Ja
Jesikah Sundin
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya, dark, cover-love
I absolutely loved this book! I'll admit, before I knew the story, I fell in love in the first chapter simply because one of the Connelly boys had freckles. Don't judge :-P

The story was gripping as I wove in and out of new and familiar Celtic lore with Scarlet, an American lass attending high school in Ireland at an elite academy. She stumbles upon dark and harrowing secrets surrounding one family--The Connellys. The brothers each have unique personalities and magic. But Jack . . . be still my
Kat T.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Wellll.....That was unexpectedly boring.

Don't get me wrong--this was actually well-written and I liked the world building. What I didn't really like though were the characters. Jack and Scarlet were bland, the other Connelly boys were permanently stuck on the sidelines, and that twist and reveal were somewhat predictable.

I expected this one to be along the lines of the Divinucus Nex series, but Scarlet and the gang had been very dull and flat so I wasn't really able to get into the story. Read
Jamie Lee Zonneveld
The Connelly Boys is the first book in the Celtic Witches serie by Lily Velez.

The Connelly Boys is about 17 year old Scarlet who moves to a sleepy town Ireland after her mom passes away to live with her father. There she meets the Connelly Boys. She especially feels drawn to the oldest, Jack. Before she knows it she is tangled up in their dark and mysterious world.

I really loved the story and the writing style. I loved Scarlet and I can't wait to see where Scarlet and Jack's relationship is goin
Erin Gossman
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-love
I loved this book. Flat out, I loved it. Especially the inclusion of so much History & Lore and the uses of some plants & stones that are used in Wiccan practice today. I was only disappointed when I got to the end because the second book hasn't been released yet! The worst thing I have to say was the first 4-5 chapters were a little slow, BUT that may have simply been because I was working on my own novel at the same time, so my mind could have been elsewhere. Definitely a book to recommend & a ...more
The Connelly Boys are a Brilliant blend of Harry Potter N Nancy Drew!

Lily Velez has Created a Spellbinding Story that will hold U captive from start to finish, With Magic, Mystery, Danger and a Delicious Dash of Romance! 😉
I love Scarlet and All of The Cursed Cuties aka Connelly Boys!

5 Bewitching Stars all the way!
I'm Dying to see what happens next in The Connelly Curse Celtic Witches book 2!!!
An educational look into Celtic witches. This started great but had a couple slow spots and I even skimmed a few paragraphs. Sorry. I just didn’t love it. It was good enough to finish but I’m not feeling any drive to read another one. The romance was clean but also slow and dry.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
It was so dull and predictable I couldn't even. DNF at 40%. I couldn't stomach it in.
Milena Ognjanovic
I was gifted with a free ebook and this is my honest opinion. This was an amazing book. I really enjoyed the adventures of Scarlet and the Connely boys. I loved Ireland and the Irish mythology. I can't wait for the next book.
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am probably in the minority...but I love Kai. That is the story I want..between him and Scarlet.

Lucas and his mischief is also another bright spot in this first novel for me.

A lot of mythology from Ireland within these pages.

I am very excited to see where this next novel takes the characters. A very complex story that I am excited to continue!
Being one of the handful of girls in the entire school stinks. But seventeen year old Scarlet Monroe has little choice in the matter. Everything in her world has changed recently. Her mom died after a long battle with cancer. She had to move to Ireland to live with her father, whom she barely knows. And now she has to go to the school where her father teaches. So here she is, a female in an elite all-boys Catholic Prep school just trying to make it through the day without incident.

Choosing a sea
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Note: I received a copy of this book and I voluntarily give this review.

The Connelly Boys is a fascinating read that is full of magic and adventure.

Scarlet Monroe's world has just been turned upside down. After a devastating tragedy, she is now moving to Ireland to live with a dad she hardly knows and to attend a mostly male boarding school. While there she encounters the Connelly brothers and she will learn the truth behind the nasty rumors floating around town. These boys are rich and beautifu
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a lot of fun, and non-stop excitement. I agree with those who have compared it to Shadowhunters, because it is the tale of a girl with a mysterious heritage and magical powers she didn't know she had. She stumbles into a supernatural world, falls for the aloof "golden boy" who is also very powerful, and embarks on a quest to rescue a parent. But that's about the extent of the similarities. For starters, this only deals with witches and demons. There aren't other monsters to contend ...more
Kris Riley
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
If you a looking for a great paranormal young adult read Lily Velez' The Connelly Boys has you covered. It's been a while since I've read a paranormal book that wasn't more strongly romance. The Connelly Boys, while it does have a romance in it, filled the ticket for me. The romance was more a secondary line in this book. The story of Scarlet Monroe is a complex situation and one that tugs at the heart strings. Scarlet has just lost her mother and has to leave her whole life in the states behind ...more
Mrs. Kenyon
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scarlet lost her mother to cancer a few months earlier and now she has moved to Ireland to live with the father she barely knows. She seems pulled to the four Connelly brothers, especially the oldest, Jack. There are rumors about the Connelly family; that they are descended from a witch who was burned and that Jack has his own curse. When Scarlet somehow banishes a demon that was attacking Jack, she begins to discover that she may have some magical powers of her own. After her father is attacked ...more
Phuong Mayer
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lily Velez has created a magical world in The Connelly Boys. Right away, I wanted to know more about these 4 intriguing brothers and their family history. The main character, Scarlet, is relatable and a healthy mix of tough and vulnerable. I always love me a good hot, broody love interest, and Jack was definitely that. What I liked most was the world that was created and the wonderful descriptions of how magic unfolds before Scarlet’s eyes. The story was very fast-paced and action-packed, except ...more
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scarlet Monroe is a 17-year old American girl who is forced to move to a small seaport town in Ireland named Rosalyn Bay to live with her estranged father after losing her mother to cancer. Scarlet is allowed to attend a prestigious all-boys academy because it is the only school in the town and her father is a professor at the academy. While at the academy, Scarlet meets the four devastatingly handsome Connelly boys: Jack, Connor, Lucas and Rory. Scarlet finds herself unexpectedly drawn to Jack ...more
I loved this book! It was such a good story!

From reading the summary, I assumed the book would be a YA romance with magic splashed in, and the Connellys would be entitled jerks who rule the school. I was so wrong on both counts. Not to say I don’t like those troupes, it was just really nice to read something new.

This book is about magic, witches, Druids, and demons. The magic was not splashed in, it was center-stage throughout and infused in the best way. It was also like a history lesson of t
Annalee P
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy of this book and this is my honest review. This was my first opportunity to read a by Lily Velez and I loved it!
From the beginning the development of the story line including the Irish/Celtic folklore, this story captivated my attention. I couldn't put the book down wondering where the story was taking me next. I really loved how different this story was from many I have read recently. It was quite interesting and refreshing!, especially since find the Irish/Celtic so
Tiffany Marin
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Connelly boys are practically royalty at St. Andrews prep. They’re popular, wealthy, and devastatingly handsome and they’re both feared and reviled at both their school and in their sleepy little town of Rosalyn Bay, Ireland. They’re feared because, according to many rumors, they’re cursed. New to Rosalyn Bay, seventeen-year- old Scarlet Monroe has never been one to pay much attention to rumors. But, when she rescues the eldest brother, Jack Connelly, by accidentally banishing a demon, she b ...more
Mirjam hoffman
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I just finished an advanced copy of this book. I enjoyed it immensely. It reminded me of The mortal instruments, but also Wicket like wildfire, but then with a twist. Scarlet, the protagonist, and the Connelly brothers meet in school and when they find out she is one of the long lost members of one of the tribes they experience many trials and tribulations together. Scarlet grows in her magic. The author does this by introducing myths and legends and incorporating it in the story. Not to make it ...more
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Lily Velez has been writing stories since she was six years old. Not much has changed since then. She still prefers the written word and her overactive imagination over the ‘real world’ (though to be fair, her stories no longer feature talking dinosaurs). A graduate of Rollins College and a Florida native, when she's not reading or writing, she spends most of her days wrangling up her pit bulls No ...more

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