Title: Firespell (Dark Elite, #1)
Author: Chloe Neill
Publication: January 5, 2010
Summary taken from goodreads:
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...
3.5 STARS - I LIKED IT
- Lily. She's smart, she's brave, she's an amazing friend, and she doesn't let a boy effect her decisions.
- Scout and Lily's friendship. Their friendship is genuine and they're conversations are fun and funny since they like to joke around.
- The familial love. Even though her parents leave her at a boarding school in Chicago while they go to Germany for two years, they still keep in contact, and you can tell that they all love each other.
- Lesley. I feel bad that she wasn't involved in the book so much, but you can tell that she wanted to. I'm pretty sure she'll play a bigger role in the rest of the series.
- Sebastian. Even though he's on the bad side, with what happened near the end...I'm pretty sure that he's also going to play a bigger role as the series continues, which I'm anticipating.
- The climax. The tension! The suspense! The action! I couldn't tear myself away from the book for a second.
Things that I didn't like:
- Mary Katherine. She's not even the leader of the prissy girls who think that they rule the school, and yet she's the bitchiest. Although it's kind of cool that it's not the leader who's made it their mission to be mean to everyone against them...
So yeah, an all-around enjoyable read. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
(Now if only I wasn't on a book-buying ban... >__>)