Book Review: Firespell by: Chloe Neill

Summary: 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...

Book Review: I enjoyed this book a lot. There are plenty of things going on with the characters, with the plot, with everything. There is magic, enemies, and plenty of mayhem. I enjoyed the dynamic Scout and Lily had together as friends, they are cute and sarcastic, it works. I also enjoyed the teen hormone filled relationship that Lily and Jason have as well. Wolfs are super sexy, if I do say so, so I am glad that they are working on whatever they are doing together.

I think the whole "my parents are secret geneticists" thing was a little bit weird and mysterious but I also think it definitely will have something to do with Lily's present state of being and her whole affiliation with the Elite (I am trying not to give spoilers). I think there is also something very off about the principal as well, she knows a lot about everything and about Lily, why send her to do the errand she sent her on if she didn't think that Lily's current state of being had changed. So, I guess we will see where that goes.

I think the fight scene towards the end could have been more dramatic and I was very intrigued by the enemy being of use to Lily there, just sayin...I can't wait for the next book, I really loved this one; Chloe Neill is a very talented author.

Discussion Questions:

- Lily and Jason.  Discuss. What do you think the next book holds for them?

I don't know but I love me some wolf so I hope a lot goes on with them, well as much as can happen in a YA book with teenagers, I guess *sigh*

- Lily & Scout's friendship had a lot of secrets, so in the end who did you relate to more, Lily or Scout? How about Lesley or Veronica? Would you hang with the brat pack or be a loner?

I would definitely be a loner, I always have been. I would relate more to Lesley, I have a passion for books, I always have and nothing and no one could ever get in the way of my reading, period. I think I relate more to Scout, she is definitely an outsider and beats to her own drum, I like it and that's just like me.

- What do think of the overwhelming trend in YA literature where the parents of the protagonists are either- dead, strung out or shipping their children off to boarding schools? Do you think this is a real look at parents today and what teens are dealing with? 

I honestly have no idea if this is really what is going on, although my Mother did announce if my sister didn't pick up her grades she was getting sent to an all girls prep school, so maybe it is. Weird. I don't agree with it though, parents should be around their children.

- Follow up to parental question.  Authors employ the missing parents to mature their teenage protagonist. The protagonist doesn't have the option to act as an irresponsible teen, because they do not have any parental supervision.  Did you find Lily's behaviour normal for a teenager, or more mature than most?

I think she is a bit more mature than most teens, she seems to have a sense of who she is and what she is about and a lot of teens are still trying to figure that out.

Received from: Purchased from the Sony E-store
For more information or for purchasing visit Chloe Neill's webpage.

I give this book 5/5 stars. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Monica S.

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  1. TOTALLY with you on the whole enemy thing there at the end - that was weird and cool, I am REALLY hoping we learn/see much more of THAT GUY in the next book - LOL I liked even the little bit we saw of him! :)

    Great review!

  2. Great review...I liked it as parents used to say the same thing about boarding school to me if you dont get your grades up missy you know where your going, ...;D

  3. thanks for your review - I will immediately buy Firespell *gg*

  4. Using the bad guys power was cool I wish he had been in the book more!


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