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The Connelly Boys

(Celtic Witches #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  123 Ratings  ·  52 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,
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Published September 12th 2018
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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.

Debbie Turk
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
L.J. Bus
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Having lost her mother to cancer four months prior, Scarlett moves to Ireland to be with her father and enrols at an all boys Catholic school where her father is one of the teachers. Scarlett finds herself intrigued by rumours regarding the four Connelly brothers, Jack, Connor, Lucas and Rory. Rumours that the boys are in fact cursed. Despite this, Scarlett finds herself inexplicably drawn to the eldest of the brothers, Jack.

Scarlett is left bewildered and confused when she accidentally saves J
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
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
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
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I gave this book a 5 star rating but it's closer to a 4.5 to me. I don't know what it was about this book but I could not put it down. I was able to read this in about 3 days when I normally don't pick up paranormal fantasy novels.
I really enjoyed the characters and the relationships between the brothers and Scarlet. Scarlet doesn't know who or what she is but meeting Jack completely changed her life. The Connelly Boys are witches that have many secrets and one of them gets mixed up with dark m
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
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 Jones
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
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Big fat no. I really tried, I mean really really tried, I was 4% in and could tell I was going to hate it, but no, i decided to go back to check the reviews on this book, after seeing mostly high ratings I went back to give it a second chance, and about 25% I just couldn't being myself to read about this nonsense any longer. I mean bring on the cliche, he's so handsome, " like and Angel " eye roll insert. And our heroine scarlet makes no sense, she sees a vine moving on its own and want a to ask ...more
Beth C.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Superbly suspenseful!

Wow! This book was just full of fantasy! I loved how it really embraced the old Irish/Celtic traditions and beliefs. But more than that it was full of witches and demons and hunters and wraiths and magic. Scarlett and the Connelly’s have all gone through their share of heartache recently. Scarlett, fresh from the USA and her mother’s death has no friends in this new country and mainly boys prep school. Fate, or the gods, have brought her and the four boys, Jack, Connor, Luca
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I don’t leave reviews often, but this book was fantastic. I got it through kindle unlimited (and let’s be real, sometimes the writing is not always up to par) but I’m shocked this book wasn’t traditionally published. It was that good.

The main character Scarlet’s mother passed away and she moves to Ireland to live with her father. She goes to a school rugby game one day and saves the captain, Jack, from being murdered by another player (or who she thinks is one). She banishes the player with a bu
carrie thackston
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! I love everything Ireland and Celtic so I was very exited to read this. The book follows Scarlet and the Connelly brothers through many trials. Scarlet doesn't know she has powers and I was on pins and needles just waiting for her gifts to emerge. The research the author put in to this book is astounding. She introduces myths and legends in a way that is understandable and interesting. The imagery created had me in Ireland seeing everything as if I were really there. I had ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I gave it a chance.

I kept seeing this book as a recommendation everytime I came on Amazon. I finally gave it a go and I’m glad I did. I really enjoyed this book. I think I really liked seeing how powerful Scarlet became when she inbraced who she truely was! I was a bit disappointed on how jack and Scarlet kept each other at arms length almost. They like each other but are wrapped up in everything else that it’s always the back burner. Anyway, the book was great I couldn’t wait to read it everyd
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Once I started reading I didn't want to put it down. A lot happens in this book. A lot of secrets are reveled. Savings the world also needs to be done. There is also the start of a love story in this book but it's very slow to move forward. All the Connelly Boys are interesting in their own way and it's fun to see them interact with each other. I am looking forward to seeing where this series goes.

*I received a free copy of this book via Lily Velez and am voluntarily
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reverse-harem
To be completely honest , I almost regret discovering this book before the release of the second book. The anticipation is going to kill me ! I have always been a fan of myths, legends, and folklore. This book drew me in immediately. The journey between good and evil or right and wrong is never easy and this books speaks on just that . This is a book based strictly on love and what measures one are willing to take in the name of love . I have pre-ordered my copy of book 2 and cannot wait to see ...more
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had the wonderful opportunity to be an early ready for this book and it blew my mind away! It was so intriguing from beginning to end. There were so many times where I would say "let me just finish this chapter" only to find that I just had to read the next chapter to see what would happen next. The characterization is phenomenal and the folklore and background so interesting. Lily obviously did countless hours of research to make sure things were just right. The story was full of twists and t ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Discovery, friendship and loyalty. This book is a page-turner from beginning to end. The mission is filled with despair, hope and adventure. Who is a witch and are they good or evil? One of the elder Connelly’s commits suicide, but some of the family thinks it was murder. Evil demons are gathering and the family is searching for answers. The spells and the rituals are spectacular, you’re right there with them. Can’t wait for book 2.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy for an honest review. I liked it well enough but I expected there to be more of a romance between Jack and Scarlet. I have to say that I waited over half the book for the Connellys and Scarlet to realize the obvious. I was kind of disappointed that they hadn't figured it out sooner. My favorites of the Connellys are a tie between Rory and Connor. I really hope in the next book, Rory gets more of a speaking role. I look forward to more of their story.
Ashley McLeo
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful first in series. This book is filled with Irish mythology, magic, and endearing characters. In particular, the supporting characters of the Connelly boys and Zoe (particularly her) were my favorite. Scarlett was good too, but a less exciting compared to those already mentioned.
I'd recommend this to anyone who wants a well written, clean YA with emphasis on magic and Irish life/lore.
Wendy Wright
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me, but I am voluntarily leaving a review for it. I love the characters. Scarlet is so brave for everything she has gone through in her young life. The Connelly boys are diverse and make me want to read more about each of them. Ms. Velez certainly knows how to draw a reader in. Ireland and the Celtic culture. This is a great read! I can not wait to get my hands on the next one.
Jill Urbanek Gauger
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG this book was amazing. Fast paced and filled with action. The Connelly brothers are so different but fiercely loyal. Along comes Scarlet, new to the school.
Scarlet loses her mother to cancer and has to go to Ireland to live with her dad who she barely knows.
From the moment Scarlet and Jack meet the sparks fly and her life is changed forever.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves witches and demons and old Ireland folklore.
I received an advanced/review copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content and honesty of my review.

I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't stop reading it once I started. It also helps that the heart of the story is based on Irish folklore and mythology. Ugh, so good. I highly recommend this book!

If you'd like to read my full review, check out my blog :)

- alated bibliophile
Natalia Navarro
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first Lily's book I have read and I loved it!!!... Irish / Celtic folklore, magic is unique and wonderful... The Connelly brothers are awesome and Scarlet, the girl MC really grown up in this book, she finally found out whom she really is and embraced her legacy with honor and courage... Full of magic, witches, demons, friendship, betrayal... This book will keep you reading and wanting for more... Looking forward to read book 2!!! 🤓
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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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