blo Teens Read and Write: Firespell

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Firespell

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Firespell
by Chloe Neill
pub: Jan 2010
256 pages


Synopsis:
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 parents 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 roommat
e, 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…

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 get more of 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 ou
t 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 'f
all 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 fina
l 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 liked more paranormal
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!


The Cover: Again, I'm never a big fan of seeing a model's face - I like to use my imagination for my characters. But that aside, it's dark and mysterious and overall, I like it.

First Lines: They were gathered around a conference table in a high rise, eight men and women, no one under the a
ge of sixty-five, all of them wealthy beyond measure. And they were here in the middle of Manhattan to decide my fate.

Good. I'm intrigued to find out what a bunch of wealthy old farts decide about her fate.


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110 comments:

Anya said...

This is a great review! Ive been meaning to read Firespell but heard alot of mixed reviews. But yours is great and I guess if you can overlook that it takes so long till the actuon begins its great:)

Tina said...

Fantastic review! I'll add this book at my wishlist :D

brandileigh2003 said...

I can't wait to read this one!

Tynga said...

I have Firespell on my TBR shelf, I wished there were more hours in each so I had more time to read! lol

Lucía said...

Oh, I love Chloe Neill and her books, I've read Some girls Bite and Friday Night Bites and they're really great so I can't wait to catch this new series!

Shy said...

I've read couple of reviews on this but I don't think the book would intrigue me much. Though I'm glad that the action somewhat happened, even though it came out late then you expect it to be. I'd read couple of books, where I keep on waiting for something to happen, yet nothing happen till I reached the very last page. That was much more frustrating.

skyla11377 said...

I Have Been Wanting To Read This Book For Some Time Now. The Cover Looks Amazing And It Just Sounds Like AN Awesome Book.The Host By Stephanie Meyer Started The Same Way For Me. The First 7-8 Chapters Were Bland But The Rest Of The Book Was Really Good And I So Didn't Want It To End.

Elie said...

Great review. I will be curious to see where the rest of the series goes. Love the fact that the book is not $20.

Dwayne said...

I was just about to buy this - the review helped a lot. Thank you:)

BookFreak said...

Omg, this is by chloe neill! i LOVE her Chicagoland vampire series! its defiantly going on my TBR pile.

Chase92 said...

I heard a lot of great things about this book. Can't wait to read it!

thekams said...

I really want to read this, but my bookstore never brought any in (I'll get around to ordering it soon). I'm also not a fan of slow starts, so thanks for the heads up. Great review =)

Book Crazy Jenn said...

Great review, I cant wait to see where this series goes...it's such a fun start. :)

Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

I have been getting interested in this book recently. I don't really mind a slow start. It seems like a lot of the books I've been reading lately have had slow starts. The problem though is that they continue to disappoint even when the action picks up. Sounds like this is not the case with Firespell. Great review!

elizabeth said...

Great review! I don't like slow starts, so I think I will skip this one for now.

Raspberry said...

Definitely mixed about this one - I mean, I definitely want to read it, but....dont' wnat to be too disappointed. :)

Aleksandra said...

Great review. I can't wait to read it :)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

FAB first line :)

Raíla said...

This book seems fun, but it's not a book I am dying for.

Jessica Secret said...

I've got this one on my shelf to be read. Thanks for the awesome review!

Misty said...

Did you link me up? I was all set to link up, and what do I see but 'Book Rat' ;)
I agree completely. There was a fair bit of waiting, and a fair bit of the predictable. But good and quick nonetheless, so still worth a read.
Good job!

Blodeuedd said...

I can't say that I enjoy slow starts either, they make stop reading. And mean girls, sigh. Though I still wanna read this one day

Sasha said...

Fab review! I really want this one :)

Thanatos said...

Wow! I can't wait to read this book. :D Seems nice.

aprilnichole said...

I have this book in my pile to read. I'm a little weary now knowing that the action takes a while.

bookaholic said...

Your reviews are always so helpful because of your honesty! Thanks! But I am still very interested in the book...

InABox said...

I don't mind set-up books if the sequel is already out. :-P

I've been wanting to pick this up, and I'm glad the relationships and characters were realistic.

GMR said...

The first book in a new series can be a little dry at times, but I don't know....I still have high hopes for this one (glances at copy in TBR mountain)....glad to read your concerns though! At the very least, I am better prepared for it if I agree on the slow start...happy reading!

TJ said...

I've been hearing both great and bad things about this one, so I'm not sure if I want to pick it up. :P

Book Addict Girl said...

I swear, you read everything on my TBR and your reviews are always so fabulous. It helps me place priority on what I should be reading :P

donnas said...

Great review. The setup in the book was a little long but since its the first in the series hopefully the rest will be able to just jump right in and skip most of that. I did end up really liking the book and am looking forward to Hexbound. Just wish it wasnt so far off.

Jo said...

I really can't wait to read this book! It sounds so amazing, and I loved the first book in Chloe Neill's adult series! Thanks for the great review!

KC said...

Great review! I'm not sure if I'd buy this book, but maybe they have it at the library! Thanks!

melissa @ 1lbr said...

That book synopsis sounds rather like some other books I've read recently, but hopefully it's fairly unique.

Rosie said...

Thanks for the review of this one. It's on my TBR pile already!!

Bani said...

Wow, there are so many book series out these days. I was curious about this one, nice review. Glad to hear that it gets really good. Sounds a bit like Fallen by Lauren Kate, might read this when I'm in the mood for a sort of school drama.

joder said...

So many good books out there, so little time. I like the sound of this one and have it on my wishlist.

Trillian said...

Great review. It's a shame that so many 'first in the series' books have slow starts but it's good to know this one picks up.

jacabur1 said...

Read Firespell in one big gulp and am now awaiting the next installment by Chloe of Lily and Scout. I think that it is a wonderful YA book and even though myself am no longer a Young Adult still enjoyed the teenage characters and looking forward to more of their adventures. Thanks for the review and hope it creates a bigger fan base for Chloe Neill as she deserves to be widely read...
If I win the Mega Giveaway am glad to see that it is one of the books listed would love a copy to share with a friend!!!
jackie b central texas

Sapphire said...

Great review!!! The cover is cool

elaing8 said...

Great review. this is the book I'm reading next.

Kathy Martin said...

I enjoyed Firespell and didn't notice the slow start. I too am looking forward to the next in the series. I do want to hear more about the boyfriend.

elbereth said...

Thanks for the detailed review! If I were to pick up this book, I'd put it right back on the shelf because the cover probably wouldn't interest me very much. But reading your review, I think I'd enjoy it for the interesting, realistic relationships as well.

Ina said...

*lol* I already ordered my copy and can't wait to get it :)

MannaB said...

I just finished this and can't wait for the next book to come out!

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Kathrin said...

Hm, that one is on my TBR short stack, for some time before BEA... After your review, I'm glad it's not all on top of it, but rather to the end. At the moment, I really need fast reads with action and not too many introducions on the first pages. :-)

Dannie said...

Glad you liked it. I wasn't such a huge fan, but I feel like it can only get better, right?

YA Vampire Books said...

Great review! This book sounds good, but I can't help to get frustrated with slow starting books... Sounds like this book was worth it though!

Orchid said...

Great review! When I started reading your review I was a bit worried that Firespell would be a waste of my time, but at least it picks up. :)

Haku said...

well the mysterious of cover looks great but I don't know maybe the story isn't so nice to me, anyway I like your reviews so, no doubt this book become interesting if a try read it

Jen said...

I've been meaning to get to this sooner or later. And while your review doesn't make me want to go running for it, I'm intrigued now. Great review!

Sharli said...

I read this book recently and I LOVED it! The relationships were definitely the best part.
I'd recommend it :)

Awesome review! xD

Hesperus said...

That's the thing about book series. If it isn't handled well, the first book always feels like a world building / set up. That is what separates the good from the bad .. How well that first book is. :)

Great review!

oO Mariana Oo said...

Looks good, I might give it a try. The cover is great.

Great Review!

Kailia Sage said...

Great review! I really want to read this book, it sounds so good!

Kirthi said...

A slow beginning usually screams "bad book!" to me, so however great this book sounds, I have a feeling I don't want to read it! Great review, you hit everything about the book (I think, I haven't read it..)

Patty said...

Awesome review! I've been wanting to read this for a bit. I am not a big fan of slow starts but let's see...

vonze said...

I agree with you, I don't like seeing the model's face on the cover of the books I read. Kinda makes me feel: "This is the character! You can't imagine her ANY OTHER WAY!"

Wealthy old farts? LOL!

throuthehaze said...

Great review! It sounds pretty good :)

Ryan G said...

Great review, I will wait to see what you think of the next book before I look into them too heavily though.

May said...

I like the cover and its title, I just wished that it would not be a set-up book. Ah well, I'll still pick up this book at my local library when they have it.

Liz said...

I really like the cover and the argument.Its creative and i love everything.. Its in my wishlist^^

besos!

I am in the mega giveaway!

Lea said...

Sounds pretty good, despite the slow start. Kinda disappointing, though, that it seemed more like a set up book (that's always a bit frustrating).

Sassy CC said...

This review was well done. I don't mind not having the action/ supernatural aspects up front, so will definetly look out for firespell- I like the name scout.
I like the cover as well especially the colour and key. I think it is pretty.

Seahn

Leslie said...

Ah, another good book to add to my (growing) list.

Sarah said...

Great review, it's a shame that this one is slow to get started with the action but I'll probably still give it a go :o)

Cats on the Shelf said...

I'm still on the fence with this one. I want to read it yet I'm not completely sure. I've heard mostly good things about it. (35)

mariska said...

i'm still looking this book all around the blogs :)

aqtbenz said...

hmm might have to add this one to me to-read pile! Thanks for the review!

Aye.Me? said...

This one has been on my wishlist for a while, but 256 at pages, it's so short! And if the start is a bit slow in a short book, that doesn't leave much room for action. Your review is very helpful! :)

pepsivanilla said...

This book sounds pretty good, and YAY for realistic romance!

Bere said...

Hehe loved your review, it was brilliant!
I haven't read this one yet, but I'm
totally convinced that I need to pick
it up. Thank you for your awesome
review =)

Little Miss Youngblood said...

Oooh! Seems interesting. I've heard of it before, but never really looked into it. I'm not sure if I'm going to read it though. Great review!

Rheanna said...

I too get a little antsy when it takes forever to get to the interesting part of the book. I really enjoyed your review as I've heard mixed reviews on Firespell. And now I know why they were mixed I'll definetly remember to keep the slow beginning in mind if I pick this one up!

EVA SB said...

Great review though I'm not quite so sure about the book itself.

EVA SB said...

Great review though I'm not quite so sure about the book itself.

Bunny B said...

Great review! Slow starts as long as it doesn't last 10 chapters long!

Rebecca said...

I have Firespell in my reading pile right now. I'll be reading it soon too. Great review.

Lily Child said...

I whole-heartily concur! The action started too late and too much time was spent on Lily get settled in. I agree that the characters are wonderful and I will looking forward to the next book in the series as well! :) Yay! for Blog with Bite Books! :D

Aik said...

I look forward to reading Firespell after reading your review! Thanks!

Kristi said...

I don't mind a slow start sometime - and I like books set in Chicago and those in a series - so it has some positives for me! I will be adding it to my TBR list.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Awesome review!! I'm glad to hear there are some great relationships in this one :)

Lorielle said...

I would read it for the cover alone!

Sherry @ Flipping Pages for All Ages said...

I really enjoyed this one. I think I will have to read Neill's Chicagoland Vampire series as well! I'll link my review right now! :)

Sandra Stiles said...

Thanks for the review. I wasn't familiar with this book before reading your review. Sounds very interesting.

Jenny N. said...

Really great review, I finished the book a couple of days ago and thought the same thing. I kept wanting more action and wondering when Lily would get her powers.

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

Thanks for sharing about the beginning of this book. If I know that going into it, it will make it easier for me. I'm interested in this book. Funny thing that disappointed me about it when I saw it - the size of it. It's not as big as other books seem to be these days - I don't mean in length I mean in width. Just a weird thing that I found different about it.

babygirlG said...

I'm excited to give this one a try.

twipippi said...

Great review! Think I'm going to add this book to my wishlist.

Jenn-ay said...

Awww man. Another book I've seen around and another book I've been dying to get, but I think I can hold off on it a little bit longer. Great review!

samantha.1020 said...

I think that this sounds like a fun read. I've had this one on my TBR list but I just haven't picked it up yet.

Zombie Girrrl said...

Oh, no! A slow start! I'm not the best at plowing through the slow starters (on average, it takes about three false starts when the plot is slow going), but for this one, I'll try my hardest! I'm just glad I have advance notice that it takes a while to get going.
I'm not crazy about the whole boarding school bit, I feel that it's a little over played, but again, this sounds like a good read, so I'll try it. :)

Allison said...

Knowing the slow start, I feel more compelled to peek at the last few pages every once in a while. It's such a bad habit -_- The covers are absolutely gorgeous. That fuels me enough to read this the second I get it :)

InfinitePlaylist said...

this looks interesting, I'm curious whether I'd like it.

misskallie2000 said...

Wow.. Great review. First time I heard about this book I liked it and have read some great reviews.


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Amanda Leigh said...

Great review. I enjoyed Firespell quite a bit. The relationships really were the best part. I look forward to the next book, because the possibilities for it are wonderful.

Jacob Rice said...

This has gotten a lot of recognition. I am wondering if I should read it...

bookaholic said...

The opening lines of Firespell by Chloe Neill is indeed very intriguing...and I am as intrigued as you 'to find out what a bunch of wealthy old farts decide about her fate.'

bookaholic said...

I so wanted to own a copy of Firespell!!!!You have added it to the giveaway!!!!I am so happy!!!!Great review by the way!!

Alexa said...

The cover is what draws me into this book, but I normally tend to put books down if it's slow in the beginning. Hopefully I'll be able to get thought it because you made it sound pretty good other than that.

Sheere said...

I always have liked her books, so I should add this to my wishlist!

deeba said...

Cant wait to read this one, really love the covers!

great review!

A Life Bound By Books said...

Great review of yet another book I have sitting on my shelf to read. I think I need to read quicker lol.

Thanks again!
-Lisa

Sarah said...

I have been seeing a lot of reviews about Firespell. I guess I will have to check it out.

Brodie said...

While I do LOVE my action, I really don't mind when books go a little slow. Provided I'm not bored out of my mind. So I'm definitely interested in checking this out. I've been intrigued for a while - great review! I didn't realise it was in a series of books either... I'm always happy to see a book will have others to follow, mainly because I'm greedy =D

Miriam said...

Good review, very detailed. I've seen this book advertised on blogs but I'm not so sure. I like the cover and first lines (and your 'wealthy old farts' comment made me laugh) but I like action in my books so I'm not too sure. I do like the simpler romance though, so that sounds good.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Great review! I had never taken a minute to read the synopsis for this and it sounds really good. I'm a big action person as well, so I'll keep the slow start in mind if I decide to read it.

Bhumi said...

Even the title of this book sounds intriguing!

Jen said...

I was kind of on the edge about reading this book but you did a good job on reviewing it. It is definitely on my TBR pile Thanks!

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