Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Review: Firespell by Chloe Neill


Publisher: Gollancz YA
Format: Hardcover
Released: May 20th, 2010
Grade rating: B


Amazon summary:

When Lily's guardians 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 roommate, Scout, but even Scout's a little weird - she keeps disappearing late at night and won't tell Lily where she's been. 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...

Review:

If you're a fan of Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires series and haven't yet read Firespell, I really think you should. I found the character dynamics and plot very similar, but not in a you-stole-my-idea way. I could totally see Claire and Co. hanging out with Lily and Scout, and I don't know about you, but I think that's pretty cool.

Firespell has some awesome snappy dialogue, which was often uttered by seriously snarky teenagers. It moved as fast as a TV show script, with the banter between Lily and Scout being a definite high point of the book. Throw in some paranormal activity, two hot, sexy boys and a boarding school knee-deep in secrets, and you have a YA story sure to please many readers.

The plot itself isn't really anything new, but the characters make it interesting and exciting. It is predictable in parts, but hey, I don't mind - I'm willing to overlook anything for conversation this jazzy. I should also probably admit that I have a *tiny* crush on Jason. Even though his chemistry with Lily isn't off-the-charts hot, it certainly has potential, and I'm expecting good things from the rest of the Dark Elite series.

Don't expect this to be the next big thing, but do expect to have a fun read. It's great escapist fiction, and fits into my favourite genre nicely. Paranormal YA needs more magic-centric novels, and if you've had your fill of vampires and werewolves, mark this as your next stop on the book train.

12 comments:

Leanna (Daisy Chain Book Reviews) said...

I read this a while back, and thought it was OK. Fun in parts, but nothing astounding. That said, I liked the end of the book, things got exciting, and I think the next book definitely has potential to be very good!

Kelley Vitollo said...

Hmm, this sounds pretty good. I will have to check it out. Is there romance?

Carla said...

This actually sounds pretty amazing. And the cover rocks out, seriously, it really does.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Well, I do like Morganiville a little, so I should probably read this. :) I really love the sound of the dialogue, though. Very cool.

Splendibird said...

I just got hold of a copy this week and am looking forward to reading it. It is such a teeny tiny book, though (as in cover size). I feel like a giant holding it!

Missy said...

It's definitely on my TBR list. Thanks for the review!

Bookaholic (Jessica) said...

This has been on my TBR list forEVER! I'm so glad to see a review of it. I do love the Morganville Vampires series so maybe I will pick this one up soon. :)

Jess~

BrittLit said...

Thanks for this review. It was very informative and helped me decide to purchase it for our library today. Thanks

Miss Remmers said...

Looks like a great read! I definitely added it thanks to your review! Happy reading!

Rosey said...

Its in my TBR pile. I liked your honesty about it.

Becky said...

Hmmm... so I like Morganville but I don't LOVE it. I thought I would really enjoy this but if you say the plot isn't anything new I take your word for it. I'll keep going with Vampire Academy instead.

Anonymous said...

I totally LOVE the Vampire Academy Series! Their my fave books. Maybe I'll give this a try, sounds quite good =]