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Monday, December 28, 2009

Review: Firespell by Chloe Neill


where I got my copy: from publisher for review
where else can you buy: B&N, Amazon
release date: January 5, 2010

New Girl.
New School.
Old Evil.

From the author of the Chicagoland Vampires novels.

A new series about a boarding school filled with something worse than homework.

Lily's parents have sent her to a fancy boarding school in Chicago filled with the ultra-rich. If that wasn't bad enough, she's hearing and seeing bizarre things on St. Sophie's creepy campus. Her roommate, Scout, keeps her sane, but keeps disappearing at night. When one day Lily finds Scout running from real-life monsters, she learns the hard way that Scout is involved in a splinter group of rebel teens.

They protect Chicago from demons, vamps, and dark magic users. It's too bad Lily doesn't have powers of her own to help. At least, none that she's discovered yet...

I thought that I was going to encounter another novel about dull old gothic boarding school full of brats from old and new money who's main purpose in life is to make fun of the new kid. I was not entirely wrong but that plays a small role in the big pictur here. I am extremely glad that the action kicked off after a few chapters. Lily Parker's parents was granted sabbatical research in Germany for two years, and she cannot go with them. That being said, they enrolled her in a prestigious school away from her hometown in Sagamore to the windy city of Chicago. As soon as she set foot inside the walls of the St. Sophia school for girls she befriended this girl named Millicent "Scout" Green, eccentric weirdo that is surrounded by mystery. If you read the blurb at the top you pretty much know what happened next. Lily was thrown in the the world of magic. A magic that does not come without a price. In this book it was said that when you're young the magic makes you stronger, but as you get old the magic turns on to you, feeding off from your life source, it consumes you, in short people with this powers tends to become the walking corpse, there is a solution though, you become a Reaper (bad witches) they are the ones who think that they are the superior human beings, they suck out energy from human (psychic vampires?). To prevent the hideous side effects from happening. The good witches are called the Dark Elite, they are the ones who vows to return the magic to nature once they turn 25 to avoid sucking people's energy, the protector of the natural human community.

Our heroine does not possess such powers (as far as she was concerned) but then an unfortunate run in with a Reaper named Sebastian, who sic a firespell on her changed her life.

Lily is a very likeable character that is complimented by the existence of her new BFF Scout and two other boys Michael and Jason. This is one of the reasons why I like Chloe Neill, her supporting characters are awesome. In this particular book, however, I was more looking forward to what Scout is going to do next more than Lily. He midnight escapades are hard to ignore.

Firespell is your average magical related book but with never ending intrigue, suspense, a budding romance and pieces of a bigger mystery. I cannot wait to read more about the Reapers and Dark Elites, most especially Sebastian and more Lily's progress. Perfect for the urban fantasy YA junkie.

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1 comment:

Lucía said...

I've read Some girls bite and Friday Night Bites so I can say that Chloe Neill is one of my favourite writers, so I must check this book :D

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