Friday, September 9, 2011

Book Review: Firespell

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 (Dark Elite #1) by Chloe Neill
Papaerback, 278 pages
Published 2010

I'm not entirely sure why i bought the book. Yes it has boarding schools and magic that i love, but from the summary it doesn't really strike for something original.

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 mostly action. Page by page you get to learn something new about Neill's world and i like that so far is not a "world domination" or "i'm the strongest wizard" plot but just two different teams with different opinions who fight. 

Another thing that i really liked was how Lily treated people. She was giving second chances even to the "popular" girls who gave her trouble. She didn't have problem to belong in both teams and it was a nice change. Except that i can't say she is a remarkable person. She seems normal and ordinary, so i didn't hate her or loved either.

Lasly, even though the book is really good introduction for what's to come, with only little questions left unanswered, and flows okay, there were times i got bored. I don't believe the first part of the book, and so many slow details on the powers,the school, the walks and stuff like needed so many pages.The second part saved it for me and make it far more interesting and it was the last chapters that made me really want to read the next book.

Firespell is a book i recommend, if you have nothing else to read or you are bored. You will pass your time with something good and small.It has its funny moments, and it can be read fast but it's not the most original concept ever that you will stay for you. Even now, about a 2 months later i'm missing details.


  1. Ok, even though the story sounds good, the cover is not that attractive....So are you going to continue the series??

  2. Not immediately but due time yes. It's quite interesting at the end.


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