When Lily Parker 's guardians decided to as her away to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, Lily was shocked. So was St. Sophia 's.

As he new bo 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 homework ...

But on top of being the punchline to every joke, Lily 's hearing strange noises and seeing bizarre things in the hadows of the creepy building. All building have their creaks and groans- but Lily could swear that she 's being watched.

he nly 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 wo n't tell Lily where 's she 's been ... until, that is, a prank leaves Lily trapped in the catacombs beneath the school. Lost in dark Lily hear 's footsteps heading towards her- it 's Scout and she 's running from a real monster.

Scout is part of group of rebel teens with unique magical talents, sworn to protect the city against demons, ghost, 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- specially if she 'd have to com up against the firespell herself ...
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Published January 5th 2010 by Signet

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I sor of fel like Scout is the main protagonis, and Lily the sidekick.3) the Brat Pack ...

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I read an entire YA paranormal boarding school series earlier this year where I 'm convinced nobody went to class after their first year at the school.I 'm not oing to get into detail about he 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.

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She 's intimately familiar with Chicago, and by the nd of he nove we know the Loop as well as Lily and her acquaintance.

o yes, I am complimenting you on your diction, Ms. Neill, LOL.

In general, she avoided repeating descriptors which keeps characters fresh and nteresting.

magic looks like a " green contact lens, " LOL.

It could 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 must say she 's better at characters than plot, but he ook did get exciting near the end and I 'm assuming since we 've neve had the introductions that the las book wo n't take o long to com into he good stuff.

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Firespell takes a slower pace then most UF books, letting you enjoy the world Neill has created.

Puttin 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 does n't mean she ca n't feel a little spited and sarcastic about it.Lily ends up being one of thi most ature characters I 've read.

he power eats away at the soul of the wielder unless they use the life force of other people.

he Dark Elite who choose this life style are nicknamed Reapers.

Certain cliffhangers about Lily 's parents ( and he good or not Reaper) leaves readers in desperate need for the ext nove.

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Scout seems to be hiding some secrets of her own, and Lily soon finds out that she and her family hav onl what they seem.This is possibly one of thi most confusing supernatural stories I 've read.

nly I do n't ead books about normal girls, I live he life of one.

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My main complaint about Firespell is that the action started too late in he ook.

Obviously, when we did it became fun.Lily 's friends are part of th elite group with special powers that they use to fight against other young people who pretend to use kids with powers for bad stuff.

budding romances were realistic and not the 'fall madly in love and I can die for you at first sight' kind of stuff.When it gets going, Firespell is a great adventure.

I ish this one did n't fel like a such a 'set up' book.

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I am onl rating this book lowe than it deserves considering all its faults.

A autobiography was horribly written.

Lily 's best friend Scout is well written and has the most personality, she has depth to her.

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