➷ Firespell Free ➭ Author Chloe Neill – Thomashillier.co.uk

Firespell When Lily Parker S Guardians Decided To Send Her Away To A Fancy Boarding School In Chicago, Lily Was Shocked So Was St Sophia SAs The New Girl At The Elite St Sophia S Boarding School, Lily Is Surrounded By An Ultra Rich Bratpack She S Pretty Sure Her Spoiled, Petty, Fashion Obsessed Classmates Are The Most Monstrous Things She Ll Have To Face, And Surviving Them And Their Cruel Practical Jokes Is Proving Even Tougher Than The HomeworkBut On Top Of Being The Punchline To Every Joke, Lily S Hearing Strange Noises And Seeing Bizarre Things In The Shadows Of The Creepy Building All Building Have Their Creaks And Groans But Lily Could Swear That She S Being WatchedThe Only Thing Keeping Her Sane, So Far, Is Her Roommate Scout But Something Strange Is Going On There Too Scout Keeps Disappearing Late At Night, Reappearing Bruised And Tired, And She Won T Tell Lily Where S She S Been Until, That Is, A Prank Leaves Lily Trapped In The Catacombs Beneath The School Lost In The Dark Lily Hear S Footsteps Heading Towards Her It S Scout And She S Running From A Real MonsterScout Is Part Of A Group Of Rebel Teens With Unique Magical Talents, Sworn To Protect The City Against Demons, Vampires, And Reapers Magic Users Who Ve Been Corrupted By Their Power Much As Lily Would Love To Help, It S Too Dangerous Without Powers Of Her Own Especially If She D Have To Go Up Against The Firespell Herself


About the Author: Chloe Neill

Chloe Neill is the New York Times bestselling author of the Heirs of Chicagoland, Chicagoland Vampires Novels, Devil s Isle Novels, and Dark Elite novels Chloe was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest When she s not writing, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys her husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout.Connect with Chloe at www.chloeneill.com.



10 thoughts on “Firespell

  1. says:

    I was on the verge with this one, finger on the trigger, because nothing happened for fully a half of Firespell, but Chloe Neill did it again She s one of the few authors whose settings are as engaging as her characters She s intimately familiar with Chicago, and by the end of the book we know the Loop as well as Lily and her friends She spares the time to introduce us to St Sophia s boarding school with loving attention to class schedules and uniform, so that we re sitting alongside Lily I I was on the verge with this one, finger on the trigger, because nothing happened for fully a half of Firespell, but Chloe Neill did it again She s one of the few authors whose settings are as engaging as her characters She s intimately familiar with Chicago, and by the end of the book we know the Loop as well as Lily and her friends She spares the time to introduce us to St Sophia s boarding school with loving attention to class schedules and uniform, so that we re sitting alongside Lily It s all in the details and Neill peppers them economically throughout the novel infodumps are never a problem with Neill, my word on it.Neill s strengths, as always, are her wit in commentary and especially dialogue Her characters script worthy banter probably eat up only a few pages less than her exposition, if that, all together I won t be surprised if Firespell s optioned for film She s already fashioned an interesting wardrobe for the cast, described in a passing phrase because the author has an enviable fashion vocabulary I didn t know they were called baffled jackets, but it s a data bank of uncommon, specific words, be they argot or descriptors, like that that allow her to describe a person or place in ten words or less and her care selecting them that allows her to leave a lasting impression So yes, I am complimenting you on your diction, Ms Neill, LOL Her special care with language e.g she writes The other s still a frat boy in the worst connotation of the phrase instead of worst sense of the word, which isinstinctive but incorrect suggests a genuine delight in a turn of phrase Her pop culture references were engaging and fun without inundating the narrative In general, she avoided repeating descriptors which keeps characters fresh and interesting I appreciated that too One gets tired of seeing his cerulean eyes again and again Sometimes they re indigo and we also mention his dashing smile and so on Ah, yes, did I mention the cute boys Points for Michael Garcia and Jason Shepherd, also Derek and Sebastian and Daniel and before this becomes an awards speech, I want to say I expect to see Jason show his stuff in the next book show his magic, I mean Er, nevermind, LOL Also in the movie vein, she paints a scene pretty well She establishes everyone s places in a scene, sometimes picks out some vivid imagery, and pauses on particular frames we ve all seen in a blockbuster at some point, the girl falling to her knees as a big rock comes barreling towards her She even describes the effects in a familiar way so they re easily imagined The magic looks like a green contact lens, LOL Exposition as sparing as it is, however, these scenes actually move quickly, as they should She keeps them exciting and gripping, unsettling where appropriate The characters are unsettled where suitable and calm where suitable These are reasonable girls and probably one of the better examples I ve seen in the YA niche, and surprise of surprises, the heroine has a strong relationship with another female, which is rare in fantasy not surprisingly but an important aspect of the high school experience It would be nice to nix the Mean Girls, but depicting interpersonal relationships with sensitivity is this author s strength, so she s ideally placed to write about Lily s growth as a junior in high school I would say she s better at characters than plot, but the book did get exciting near the end and I m assuming since we ve already had the introductions that the next book won t take so long to get into the good stuff So I ll be watching out forHexbound , second book in the Dark Elite series Don t look for a ton of angst and intensity Her resolutions are a tiny bit neat but satisfying and tension continues in different ways


  2. says:

    This book takes about two seconds to read It s miniature size is indicative of several things 1 The plot is too hurried 2 The love story is underdeveloped 3 We don t learn enough about the characters and 4 We have to wait for a lot of storylines to run their course through the series.In my two seconds FINE, two hours of reading this book, I did come to enjoy Lily and Scout s friendship The aforementioned lacking love relationship was a big bummer for me, though Jason sounds pret This book takes about two seconds to read It s miniature size is indicative of several things 1 The plot is too hurried 2 The love story is underdeveloped 3 We don t learn enough about the characters and 4 We have to wait for a lot of storylines to run their course through the series.In my two seconds FINE, two hours of reading this book, I did come to enjoy Lily and Scout s friendship The aforementioned lacking love relationship was a big bummer for me, though Jason sounds pretty hot, but he was a douche for a lot of the book Michael and Scout s snarky relationship was of muchinterest I wanted to like this book and series as much as I enjoyed Chloe Neill s Chicagoland Vampire series, which I devoured like it was made of an ice cream sundae Sadly, I didn t, but I guess I will read the next one shrug


  3. says:

    2.5 3 stars.It was fun and everything but not that great I would have liked it a lot better, had I read it five or six years ago.


  4. says:

    Lily Parker s parents are on sabbatical teaching philosophy in Germany, and as such, they ve decided to send her to a super elite school for rich girls called St Sophia s, in Chicago There, she is the target of beautiful, rich girl bullies aren t they all , and makes a friend in the quirky, unconventional sounds familiar Scout Scout seems to be hiding some secrets of her own, and Lily soon finds out that she and her family are not what they seem.This is possibly one of the most confusing Lily Parker s parents are on sabbatical teaching philosophy in Germany, and as such, they ve decided to send her to a super elite school for rich girls called St Sophia s, in Chicago There, she is the target of beautiful, rich girl bullies aren t they all , and makes a friend in the quirky, unconventional sounds familiar Scout Scout seems to be hiding some secrets of her own, and Lily soon finds out that she and her family are not what they seem.This is possibly one of the most confusing supernatural stories I ve read I like boarding schools, I like paranormals I should like this book I do not After reading this book, I still have no idea what the hell is going on, and who are these people anyway The secret society and what they do is so poorly explained, and there is a half assed romance in the story that s not even worth following I m willing to give it the benefit of the doubt and will read the second book in hopes that the story will improve Right now it s a mess and a half There is no characterization at all, no thoughts and motivation behind the character Lily is left almost completely undescribed, and I guess she s a normal girl Only I don t read books about normal girls, I live the life of one What s the fun in books, if not escapism I want some insight into the characters, dammit


  5. says:

    Okay, the story was a tad choppy and the dialogue was silly BUT this book was refreshing to me in a couple of ways.I ve read a good bit of YA particularly urban paranormal fantasy where I absolutely loathe the main characters, especially the female characters This was not the case here, and it was SO nice.The 2 main characters are Lily Parker and her best friend, Scout It annoyed me that there was no particular reason why she was nicknamed Scout I think her real name was Millicent Green o Okay, the story was a tad choppy and the dialogue was silly BUT this book was refreshing to me in a couple of ways.I ve read a good bit of YA particularly urban paranormal fantasy where I absolutely loathe the main characters, especially the female characters This was not the case here, and it was SO nice.The 2 main characters are Lily Parker and her best friend, Scout It annoyed me that there was no particular reason why she was nicknamed Scout I think her real name was Millicent Green or something These girls are not pushovers, not at the mercy of hormones, and they actually go to class I read an entire YA paranormal boarding school series earlier this year where I m convinced nobody went to class after their first week at the school.I m not going to go into detail about the story because it s your run of the mill girl goes to boarding school, discovers secret magical group, finally discovers she has powers of her own, and saves the day It was a cute and fun read I want to read the rest, but unfortunately my library does not have the last 2 books so I probably won t be finishing the series until I can borrow it


  6. says:

    A couple things saved this from being a 3 1 Scout 2 ok, Lily I kind of feel like Scout is the main character, and Lily the sidekick.3 the Brat Pack bratty as they are, they re not completely horrible.What leans it in the direction of 3 stars 1 Mary Sue potential I know, I know I tried not to say it But it s looming like an albatross in there Only sequels will tell.Full review pending.


  7. says:

    Firespell started too slow for me I thought it spent too much time on Lily getting to school and getting settled Then we have to meet the typical brat pack of mean girls Then we go through what the food is like and, blah, blah, blah That stuff doesn t interest me I m an action girl so get on with it Let me get this out there My main complaint about Firespell is that the action started too late in the book From the synopsis I thought we would be getting to the fighting and supernatural bei Firespell started too slow for me I thought it spent too much time on Lily getting to school and getting settled Then we have to meet the typical brat pack of mean girls Then we go through what the food is like and, blah, blah, blah That stuff doesn t interest me I m an action girl so get on with it Let me get this out there My main complaint about Firespell is that the action started too late in the book From the synopsis I thought we would be getting to the fighting and supernatural beings much sooner We didn t However, when we did it became fun.Lily s friends are part of this elite group with special powers that they use to fight against other young people who want to use kids with powers for bad stuff There s a werewolf thrown in but there isn t much about his were ness in this book And there weren t a bunch of demons and vampires so I was a bit disappointed about that I imagine we ll getof that stuff in the sequel.The main characters are fantastic Lily is strong, smart and creative and her reactions to her situations ring true She is going through an emotional roller coaster between being seemingly abandoned by her parents, finding out they have been lying to her, trying to fit in, finding out she s hanging out with a magical bunch, dealing with magically powered enemies, checking out a little romance, and finding out she s got some powers of her own.Her best friend Scout is fun, sassy, loyal and sarcastic, and while she is tough dealing with the supernatural punks, she has her own abandonment issues and a vulnerable side The friendship between her and Lily is wonderful Not perfect they have their ups and downs but real.The relationships were my favorite part of Firespell The budding romances were realistic and not the fall madly in love and I will die for you at first sight kind of stuff.When it gets going, Firespell is a great adventure The ending is fun and exciting and certainly sets up the sequel The final pages introduce a new character that should be an interesting addition for the subsequent books.I enjoyed the characters so much that I will be happy to read the next in the series, Hexbound, coming out January 2011 I wish this one didn t feel like a such a set up book I would have likedparanormal and action but it was a good read that I recommend with the caveat that the action takes a while to get started.If you re willing to stick with it, and lots of folks don t mind a slower start, Firespell delivers a lot of fun and thrills with a dash of romance for spice


  8. says:

    Firespell was definitely an addiction It reminded me of Kelley Armstrong s YA series Not that they re a like, just both very addicting Firespell takes a slower pace then most UF books, letting you enjoy the world Neill has created The beginning of the books really helps to establish Lily so the reader can connect with her Getting a feel for her family life, and how even though they re dumping her for their sabbatical in Germany Lily understands and loves them But it doesn t mean she can t Firespell was definitely an addiction It reminded me of Kelley Armstrong s YA series Not that they re a like, just both very addicting Firespell takes a slower pace then most UF books, letting you enjoy the world Neill has created The beginning of the books really helps to establish Lily so the reader can connect with her Getting a feel for her family life, and how even though they re dumping her for their sabbatical in Germany Lily understands and loves them But it doesn t mean she can t feel a little spited and sarcastic about it.Lily ends up being one of the most mature characters I ve read She thinks things through and takes things in very mature strides She can concede a point, even if she feels she s in the right Lily s maturity does not take away from her sarcastic charm, and I greatly appreciated that She s still a teenager after all, so juvenile behavior is still a go.For some reason I though this book was about seeing when people would kick the bucket Instead, to my delight and surprise, I m introduced to the Dark Elite People who at puberty get special powers, spell casting, powers over elements, and even gifts of the wolfy persuasion When the Dark Elite get older their powers return back to the universe Unfortunately power corrupts and some cling to it The power eats away at the soul of the wielder unless they use the life force of other people The Dark Elite who choose this life style are nicknamed Reapers Which just tickles me Those who choose to do the right and give up the powers are called Adepts The cast of Firespell is pretty standard Lily, is a nerdy sarcastic trendy lass who could probably be on the top of the food chain at school, but chooses the forces of nerdiness Her punk goth new BFF, Scout, is the misfit of the school who talks big, but is really a softy Veronica is the evil blonde with the cash and rudeness to fit the role of Lily s rival Neill doesn t waist time getting these characters into their roles, I like to think Neill s just skipping to the good stuff The Mean Girl group is pretty standard, even leading up to Lily getting locked into a basement closet Which was really silly as the character saw it coming ad still fell into their girly trap The love interests are pretty basic too A werewolf lad, and a hint of an Evil, handsome, Reaper who helps her out.Even with the slow pace we get a lot of action packed in Lily s new powers, a rallying rescue, defying authority, mysteries about Lily s parents that could change her life forever, and private school fun.Bottom Line While this book is clearly not a genius piece of work, it is addicting and very fun The sarcastic humor was healing to the soul Certain cliffhangers about Lily s parents and the good or not Reaper leaves readers in desperate need for the next book I can not wait to see were Neill takes this series Until then I ll be checking out her Chicgoland Vampire series Sexual Content An almost kiss scene, Neill keeps it to hand holding But I m cheering for that kiss


  9. says:

    At least I made it through this Chloe Neill book I gave up halfway through the first book, Some Girls Bite, herfamous series, Chicagoland Vampires This book is definitely for a younger audience, and compared to many books out there that are meant for teenagers, this one actually has the correct content Meaning no swaring, no sex and the idea that best friends areimportant than other worldly things I am actually rating this book higher than it deserves considering all its faults At least I made it through this Chloe Neill book I gave up halfway through the first book, Some Girls Bite, herfamous series, Chicagoland Vampires This book is definitely for a younger audience, and compared to many books out there that are meant for teenagers, this one actually has the correct content Meaning no swaring, no sex and the idea that best friends areimportant than other worldly things I am actually rating this book higher than it deserves considering all its faults This book was horribly written The main character is flat Most the dialogue seems forced and false The Head Mistress is awefully written It really needed a bitediting since characters often stand up twice or grab their bags twice However, the story itself is good It is a nice concept which I enjoyed Lily s best friend Scout is well written and has the most personality, she has depth to her The story is set in Chicago in an old boarding school, a setting I really enjoyed The book has alot of mystery about it and sneaking around in the dark It sort of reminded me of Nancy Drew, but Nancy Drew meets Magic I ll read the next book because the story interests me, but I will be gritting my teeth through the writing, unless there is suddenly a major upgrade


  10. says:

    No this book isn t original, no this book probably isn t the best written thing ever, but what do I know..What I do know is that I enjoyed reading it Lily Scout are my kind of girls Witty, snarky and a lot of fun No this book isn t original, no this book probably isn t the best written thing ever, but what do I know..What I do know is that I enjoyed reading it Lily Scout are my kind of girls Witty, snarky and a lot of fun


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