FIRESPELL by Chloe Neill
Series: The Dark Elite #1
Released: January 5, 2010
Page Count: 246
Rating: Really liked it!
As the new girl at St. Sophia's Boarding School, Lily Parker thinks her classmates are the most monstrous things she'll have to face - but oh, how wrong she is.
When Lily's parents decide to send her away to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, she is not happy. Lily's classmates are the ultrarich brat-pack type - and if that isn't enough, she's hearing and seeing bizarre things on St. Sophia's creepy campus.
The only thing keeping her sane is her roommate, Scout, but even Scout's a little weird - she keeps disappearing late at night. When a prank leaves Lily trapped in the catacombs beneath the school, Lily finds Scout is part of a splinter group of rebel teens who protect Chicago from demons, vamps, and the gone-to-the-dark-side magic users called Reapers. She lets Lily in on her secret, even though Lily has no powers of her own . . . or at least none she's discovered yet.
It's been a year since I read this book, but I pulled it off the shelf to page through it before reading an ARC of Hexbound. Last year, I wrote tiny reviews, if anything at all, so my only note says: "Firespell is a tantalizing mix of magic, intrigue, and romance. This book promises great things for Chloe Neill's new young adult series." That sums things up pretty well, though. Firespell was my first Chloe Neill novel, and what an introduction it was! Neill has crafted an intriguing universe, and Lily Parker is the perfect protagonist to introduce the reader to the magical underbelly of Chicago's youth. Innocent and too curious for her own good, Lily has no idea what she's getting herself into when she follows her roommate, Scout, into the catacombs beneath her new boarding school. When Lily is struck by firespell, she is thrown headfirst into a treacherous world of magic and deceit. And if she can't learn to control her new powers, she's not the only one whose life is on the line. This is one of the few first-in-a-series novels that doesn't suffer from first-in-a-series syndrome (too much information, not enough plot). It's a great read, and I highly recommend it!