Book Review: Chloe Neill’s Firespell

Posted September 17, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews, Young Adult readers

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Chloe Neill’s Firespell



Chloe Neill

urban fantasy in Paperback edition that was published by Signet on January 5, 2010 and has 2465 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Some Girls Bite, Friday Night Bites, Twice Bitten, Hard Bitten, Hexbound, Drink Deep, Charmfall, Biting Cold, House Rules, Biting Bad, Kicking It, Blood Games, The Veil, Midnight Marked, Dark Debt, The Sight, Blade Bound, The Hunt

First in The Dark Elite urban-fantasy young adult series set in a contemporary Chicago and based in a girls’ boarding school.

My Take

I will say that I enjoyed this and I would like to read more. It’s not a series I would collect—I like her Chicagoland Vampires much better. And primarily that is due to the target audience for this series. Neill does a good job of presenting the characters as teens and I do love the zingers and the slang the kids use. It is obviously centered on her young adult audience with Neill creating teen-to-teen and teen-to-adult interactions very much from a teen perspective. It reads very true in this respect.

I do have to wonder why it’s so impossible for Lily to share some pretty obvious issues. Why not ask her parents why Foley seems to have an odd idea of their professional activities? Why not ask Scout the meaning of that new marking on her back? And why does she have to actually consider whether she’d rat her friends out? I wish Neill had created more tension in the “let’s rescue Scout” episode. Bit tame, that.

The Story

Poor Lily Parker is stuck attending St. Sophia’s School for Girls in Chicago. A far cry from her rural upper New York public school! All because her parents got the chance to do philosophical research in Germany for two years. Two years!! Lily just doesn’t understand why she couldn’t have stayed in Sagamore with her best friend, Ashley, and finish school where all her friends are!

And it’s a cold introduction to her new school. The only person who seems interested in being friends is Scout Green. Fortunately, Scout is one of her suitemates but even Scout has her secrets. For just as long as it takes Lily to spy them out anyway. The results are…well, let’s just say, it’s bittersweet as Lily gets pulled into Scout’s nocturnal activities.

The Characters

It’s got all the usual. A snotty brat pack and a cold-hearted headmistress. Parents who are hiding some pretty major secrets. The class recluse with a magic touch on the cello. And BFFs with a goth sense of style.

The Title

I suppose the title, Firespell, is appropriate as it is the primary power of one of the characters in the book.