Firespell is the first of the Dark Elite series by Chloe Neill.
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…
When I started this book I was having a hard time getting into anything. Was feeling a bit burnt out on reading, I suppose. So hopefully how I feel about the book isn’t reflected too much on that. That being said, I think this has potential to be a great series. As with many first books in a series it was full of world building and the main character learning all these new things about this world, etc. That made it drag a bit for me. I didn’t feel any urge to just keep reading, I had to push myself to read this one and get through it. But like I said, I’ve been feeling a little burnt out. Something to do with Spring, I think.
By the second half it felt like it was picking up a bit and I was feeling like I knew Lily better. Lily and Scout have this constant banter going on that I wasn’t sure whether I really liked it or if it was starting to annoy me. But I think I liked it okay and it made me ‘see’ them more clearly and their personalities.
I liked Lily once I got to know her better and felt like her personality did show up through the writing. I think she has potential to be great and I think in the future this series will be great. It gave me a Morganville Vampires feel even though it was totally and completely different. Maybe Lily reminded me of Claire or something. Not exactly sure on that one.
Overall I don’t feel terribly impressed with this one, but I think it’s a start to a series I may end up loving. I give it 3/5 moons.
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