Title: Firespell: A novel of the Dark Elite
Author: Chloe Neill
"As the new girl at St. Sophia's Boarding School, Lily Parker thinks her classmates are the most monstrous things she'll ever 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, who's running from a real-life monster. 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."
"They were gathered around a conference table in a high-rise, eight men and women, no one under the age of sixty-five, all of them wealthy beyond measure. And they were here, in the middle of Manhattan, to decide my fate."
Before I picked up this book, I had read several advanced reviews that said it was amazing. I'm glad I listened to them and finally read it. They were so right! This book was wonderful!
One thing I really loved about this book was the dialog. There was something about the way the characters played off of on another that reminded me a lot of that tv show Gilmore Girls a few years back. It was fast, funny, and they just worked so well with each other. That really goes for almost all of the characters - they are all wonderfully written. It was also really fun to get into their new friendship and how things progress. Doesn't everyone want a person to declare them friends on their first day of a new school? That's just really cool and the characters have a lot of depth to them. There is definitely romance, but it doesn't smack you in the face. It's just the right amount. *applause*
I thought the concept was really fun - not to mention in a cool setting. There's something about boarding schools that is so exotic. I know I love the idea of them :). Not to mention the urban fantasy aspect that's used in this story - nothing better than a spooky boarding school! It's just really cool and the descriptions are wonderful.
Mixing in the whole mystery aspect with the urban fantasy made this book a bit more deep than I was expecting. There are a lot of questions to be answered in the end, but some are left hanging a little bit. But i know there's another book on the horizon (like, January 2011), so I feel like I can wait for my answers. I am excited for the next book though because this one was so well done.
I'm definitely recommending this book to anyone loving paranormal stories - even when they're looking for romance. Fans of the Kelley Armstrong series will find this one interesting. But so will fans of vampire/werewolf stories. It's great for everyone! :) This one also counts for my Debut Author Challenge - even though she has written one series for adults. So maybe check those out to see her other stuff! Here's her website.
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