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Lily Parker is new to St. Sophia's School for Girls, but she's already learned that magic can be your best friend-or your worst enemy. That's why Lily has to learn how to control her newly discovered paranormal abilities while fighting the good fight with her best friend Scout as they take on Chicago's nastiest nightlife-including the tainted magic users known as Reapers..Lily Parker is new to St. Sophia's School for Girls, but she's already learned that magic can be your best friend-or your worst enemy. That's why Lily has to learn how to control her newly discovered paranormal abilities while fighting the good fight with her best friend Scout as they take on Chicago's nastiest nightlife-including the tainted magic users known as Reapers... ...

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ISBN : 9781101476741
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Hexbound Reviews

  • Kat Kennedy
    2019-02-03 03:24

    Chloe Neill, popular Paranormal Romance author of Chicagoland Vampires takes a stab at the Urban Fantasy YA genre in her new book, Hexbound.Neill demonstrates that stabbing isn't nearly as fun as it looks.Hexbound is the story of sixteen year old Parker, who is sent to boarding school by her elusive and myterious parents. Her new friend, Scout, is kidnapped by Reapers, magic stealers, to have her soul sucked out until she dies. The Enclave, group of good magic users, refuses to rescue her so Parker must amass whatever friends will help in order to get her friend back. While partaking in the rescue effort, her own magical abilities are sparked by a mysterious Reaper, Sebastian, who saves her life.Sound interesting? Intriguing? Yes, unfortunately you don't get to read that novel because the story actually starts a week later when Parker is doing her Trig homework and painting her nails. Okay, I lie, she wasn't painting her nails.But that might have been more interesting...So Parker has rescued her best friend and they're doing the usual. Homework, classes, hanging out in dank tunnels hunting things. It's all very apathetic and you get the sense that if the story doesn't care, why should you?Oh no! The rat people are advancing on us at a rate of two feet per minute! Whatever shall we do? Oh that's right, our magic. Done. Let's go get kebabs.Oh no! The hobo vampires who live in the pedway and camp out in unused offices are going to suck us dry while they style their repetitive emo fringes! Whatever shall we do? Magic! That will solve our problems! Except where to get a kebab at this time of night...Then comes the Reapers. You'd think things would get a little more interesting and tense when their arch nemesis show up because they can do magic too. After all, why shouldn't things get intense? They want to suck out your life source and kill you. They kidnap you guys for their sadistic magic addiction. So you'd think when Parker and Scout trap two of them as they're sneaking into the school to do something predictably nefarious, that shit would get real!No.The Reapers get bound by invisible ropes and dumped just outside the school. Parker doesn't even knock them out because then the slimy rat people might get them.I'm sorry. What? What part of evildoers trying to kidnap you and steal your soul do you not comprehend? Understand, they're not after your school spirit here guys, though you'll be mistaken for thinking that when you meet them. You're not even going to take them back to basecamp and interrogate them for information? You're not going to inprison them to STOP them from killing OTHER people? You're just going to remind them that they're on your turf and move on with your life?Okay, your decision. All I'm saying is that if some peeps show up in my home and I catch them with the intention to kill my family and I... Well, I'm probably going to do something about it.So besides the fact that this novel is painfully boring and nonsensical, there is the problem with characterization. It would be unfair of me NOT to pull Neill up for basically copying Mallory from Chicagoland Vampires and making her into a teenage Scout. They're pretty much the same person.Every single character in this book is a shallow two-dimensional walking plank.The brat pack are evil bitches with no redeeming qualities. Scout and Parker are incredibly cool with ever ready quips and zingers as if they're reading from cue cards and everybody who isn't evil loves them or is obsessed with them. Actually, scratch that, everyone is obsessed with them. It's all so sickeningly perfect and at the same time interminably dull.Pretty much exactly like thisWhich pretty much sums up this entire book.

  • Dinjolina
    2019-02-07 01:03

    I am going to use Chloe's own sentence to begin my description:'This place is like a dismal swamp of blah'What does it mean?No idea.It's supposed to be a teen driven sentence.But the bottom line is- it's not a good thing.And this book? Not a good thing.I didn't even like the first one BUT I just could not stop myself from reading this one. I still had hopes for this author.But all the time i just thought- THIS is what she is writing when instead of the CL Vampires? Eeek!The Scout?Lilly dialogues? Gosh.And they hate 'The brat pack'?Why?It is obvious they had a frontal lobotomy themselves and are able to speak like morons only.It was not cute or funny.No.I wanted to say-Lily,darling,can you still brush your teeth? Walk? It seems your central nerve system is having glitches, because there is no other explanation for a person to talk like you do. 'Are you like going to start dating? That is like,huge!' -not a thought from the Brat pack members. Get my drift?The others are no better.Lilly/Jason? Or Jason/Micheal? Same.'Say something!''Something'.Ha,ha. Why are you not laughing? It's humorous! What do you say?Yeah, I get it. It's not funny at all. :/'Michael turned around and offered Jason his fist and they did a manly knuckle bump thing'I feel lobotomized.Do you?Maybe the author is the one that is missing the frontal lobe.The important question is this- was this book lectored?I think not.How else could Lilly see Jasons eyes in the dark?The COLOUR of his eyes? She just turned of the lights with her darn power! HOW CAN YOU SEE, WOMAN?But hell,if Jason can transform with his clothes and,and have them intact afterwards? Well then,why not?I just wonder...are they fur? Do they become fur?If he transforms without them is he bald like one of those cats?No, I'm not joking. I actually want to know! What if you wear low cost clothes? Is your fur mangey? Go buy some Armany,werewolf!But fear not! Magic solves all!Our Adepts just zoom in there and save butts with magic ALL THE TIME.Just like that. No plan at all.Not we should to this and this because of this.Just-What do we do?We do magic!Or firespell them!Wooope!How?Well read and find out.Because its like a damn dictionary.Every step if Scout's rituals is in detail.And when something is missed Lily goes all 'Why,why,why?'Well I would not ask why but HOW.How do they use granola bars in representation of the earth and soil???!I imagine Jamie Vegas from Kelley Armstrongs Women of the Otherworld looking in on this and answering the question 'What kind of ritual is this' with 'Human.Nobody with magic would do this. Humans are just crazy and don't know a thing!' That all aside, really did their lector die?Observe:'Smith and Katie were Varsity Adeptsand former leaders of Enclave Three. They held the rains when Scout had been kidnapped. Good riddance, if you asked me'So basic English sentence management- good riddance to what?Yes, she meant that they are no longer in charge. But in the construction it seems that the 'good riddance' apply to the rain holding or Scouts kidnapping.How is this book out? Where were the re-readers? Were they sick and somebody just skipped a part of the process? I was not just bored. I was bored and IRRITATED!!If I was older by now I would have to botox the permanent frown I had attached while reading.I tried...I really did.I put the book down just to pick it up again,because hey!I gave my money on it rather then the meybeline lipstick I liked.But the more i read the more my teeth were on the edge,so I just stopped.It would be a much larger investment to chip a tooth.A goofreads friend wrote that Neill took a stab at paranormal YA fiction.In my opinion she did an imitation of Hickocks 'Psiho' on it. Then went for the butchers knife. Then burned the peaces and covered them with HCl. Then jumped up and down on it.I think the only rival to this mess is the Need series.Zara from Need and Lilly should form a club of undeveloped and boring characters that talk without making a point. Ever.

  • Paradoxical
    2019-01-22 03:13

    Ah, I figured out what was bugging me about these books. They just sound so juvenile that I wrinkle my nose and roll my eyes and feel like I have to slog through them. I am well aware that they are YA books, but YA books don't have to sound so... argh. It seemed like the dialogue was forced at times--like the author had to make the characters sound modern and try to sound cool. I don't care if you're trying to write teenagers. I don't mind it once in a while, but it's all the time and they never switch it off. Also, knuckle bumps are stupid. Give me some skin? Arghhhh.All of the characters were flat to me. And cliche. Did I mention the huge cliches? There is the small popular crowd headed by the bitchy queen of the school, affectionately called the brat pack by the Lily and Scout. There is no redemption there, there is not even a token attempt at rounding them out. Michael and Jason are interchangeable in my mind and Scout is just... annoying. Kind of like the main character, actually. And arggghhh. I'm sorry, you trap a couple of Reapers who, dear characters, please remember, like to drain and kill people for their power and what do you do? You chat with them. No, not even chatting. It's godawful teenage banter. Yes, nice to see you taking this so well, but I really didn't need to read pages of them talking with absolutely nothing substantial coming out of it. Overall the book was horrifically dull. It was worse than the first book by a large margin (not that I especially liked the first book or anything). I'm pretty much dropping the series at this point. 1-2 stars. I could hardly stand reading this book, so rounding down.

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
    2019-02-08 22:21

    I don't know what kind of game Chloe Neill is playing. All I know is that she’s selling an unusually large chapter for the price of a novel. That’s exactly how Hexbound felt to me. Other than that, there’s really not much to tell. I had some problems with the way friendships were made in Firespell, and that continued in this book. Here's how it goes: Lily arrives to her new school, Scout approaches her, introduces herself and boldly announces that they are now best friends. And God says: “It shall be done!” I don’t know about you guys, but that’s how I made friends in preschool.The best I can say about Hexbound is that I finished it. I made it through somehow. Admittedly, I laughed out loud a couple of times, but I was also rolling my eyes every time Jason changed into a werewolf. If Neill had a problem with nudity in a YA novel, why on earth has she decided to involve werewolves?!? Jason changes form every other minute, but there is no mention of clothes anywhere. I’m still waiting for the next chapter. The first two books together were one half of a proper novel at best. So we just have to wait and see where all this is going.

  • Lady Allison
    2019-02-20 21:00

    Officially up on Chloe Neill's blog:CHAPTER ONE[Note - This is pre-edited copy, and may contain grammatical and typographical errors; no worries--they've been fixed.]I stayed absolutely still, my eyes closed, the sun warm on my face. As long as I didn’t fidget too much, the noon sun was just strong enough to cancel out the chilly October breeze that blew through our part of downtown Chicago.I guess there was a reason they called it the Windy City.It was a Sunday afternoon at St. Sophia’s School for Girls, and I was squeezed into a tiny square of sunshine on the lawn with my friend Scout. She sat beside me with her arms stretched out behind her, eyes closed and head tipped up to the sky. I sat cross-legged, art history book open in my lap. Every few minutes we’d inch our legs a little farther to the left, trying to take in the last warm bit of fall.“This totally beats sitting in class,” Scout said. “And wearing uniforms.”Scout was dressed in a black skirt and shirt she’d sewn from two White Sox T-shirts. It was quite a change from the navy and yellow private school plaid we usually wore. And then there were the shoes (Converses she’d coated in gold glitter), the hair (a short blond bob with dark tips), and the silver nose ring. Even in the uniform, there was no mistaking Scout Green for the average “St. Sophia’s girl.”“You are totally rocking those clothes today.”Scout opened an eye and glanced down at her jersey skirt. “I appreciate your appreciation of my obvious good taste. Besides, someone had to rock it out. This place is a like a dismal swamp of bleh.”I put a hand over my heart. “Thank God you’re here to save us, Saint Scout.”Scout snorted and crossed one ankle over the other, her shoes glinting in the sunlight.“And now I know why I keep finding glitter on my bedroom floor.”“Whatever. My shoes do not shed.”I gave her a dubious look.“Seriously. That’s just . . . um . . . horn dust from the unicorns that braid your hair while you sleep.”Scout and I both looked at each other. Unfortunately, while I didn’t remember waking up with any mysterious braids, we couldn’t exactly rule out the unicorn part.Oh, did I mention Scout could do magic?Yeah, you heard me. And I know what you’re thinking: “Lily Parker, there’s no such thing as magic. The tofu is starting to go to your head.”You’re going to have to trust me on this one. See, as it turns out, Chicago is home to an underground world of magicians battling it out while the rest of the city is asleep. And those magicians included the girl beside me, who was now humming a song from High School Musical 3.Scary, right?Millicent Green, AKA Scout, was actually an Adept and a member of Enclave Three.And here’s the second twist—so was I.See, I was actually from upstate New York, but when my parents decided to head to Germany for a research sabbatical, they figured St. Sophia’s, deep in the heart of Chicago, was the best place for me to spend my junior and senior years of high school.They said parents knew best. To my mind, the jury was still out.I didn’t come to Chicago with any powers, at least not that I was aware. And my parents certainly weren’t doing magic in their free time.Again, at least not that I was aware. But with a secret trip to Germany? Who really knew? I’d been told by Marceline Foley, the headmistress of St. Sophia’s, that their work had something to do with genetics. She’d changed her tune later on, but there was no unringing that bell—or the fact that their European vacation was related to a place called the Sterling Research Foundation. For their safety, I’d made a promise to let my parents’ secrets, whatever they were, stay secret.Anyway, it took a trip into the basement of St. Sophia’s—and a shot of magic from one of the bad guys—to trigger my own magic.Firespell.To be honest, I’d been an Adept for only a few weeks, and I was still fuzzy on the details. But firespell had something to do with light and power—manipulating it and throwing it back at the bad guys.And that’s exactly how I’d ended up with firespell—a shot from Sebastian Born. He might have been tall, dark, and handsome, but he was also a Reaper. A teenager who refused to give up his magic when the time came—and it came for everyone—and who now spent his time recruiting kids the older Reapers could feed from.As it turns out, magic’s only a temporary gift. We have it for only a few years, from puberty to age twenty-five or so. After that, the magic begins to degrade you, to devour your soul like some kind of rangy tentacle monster.As Adepts, we promise to give up our magic, to give it back to the universe before it turns us into soul-suckers. Reapers don’t. And in order to keep their suddenly hungry power from devouring them from the inside out, they have to feed from the souls of Adepts or humans.So, yeah. Reapers—or, as they called themselves, the Dark Elite—weren’t going to win any congeniality awards.That put us pretty squarely against each other, like a football rivalry but with much higher stakes. So by day, we were high school juniors—wearing our plaid uniforms, doing our homework, ignoring our brattier classmates, and wishing we were in a public high school without a two-hour mandatory study hall.And by night, we were dueling Adepts.Scout suddenly sighed, a long, haggard breath that made her entire body shudder. She still looked a little pale, and she still had blue circles under her eyes.A wounded Adept.These were the scars leftover from her own experience with the Reapers. She’d been kidnapped and her room ransacked, and it had been me and the other Junior Varsity Adepts from Enclave Three—and very little help from the Varsity Adepts, the college-age kids—that had fought to get her back from the Reaper sanctuary where Jeremiah, the baddest of the baddies, had begun the process of stripping away her soul.It was days before she could sleep without nightmares, nearly a week before she was mostly back to her old self. But I still saw shadows from her time in the sanctuary—those moments when she disappeared into herself, when her mind was pulled back into the empty spot the Reapers had created.Regardless, she was here now. We’d gotten her back.Not everyone was so lucky. Sometimes we discovered too late that a Reaper had been befriending someone, too late for Adepts, friends, family, coaches, or teachers to pull him or her back from the brink.Sometimes, fighting the good fight meant losing a battle or two.That was a hard lesson at almost-sixteen.“Lils, any thoughts about running away and joining a circus?”I smiled over at Scout. “Are we talking pink poodles and clowns stuffed into a car, or creepy freak show?”Scout snorted. “Since it’s us, probably freak show. We could travel around the country from city to city, putting up one of those giant red-and-white striped tents and sleeping in a silver trailer shaped like a bullet.” She slid me a knowing glance. “You could bring along your own personal freak show.”This time, it wasn’t just the sun that heated my cheeks. “He’s not my freak show.”“He’d like to be.”“Whatever. And he’s not a freak show.” I glanced around to make sure we were alone. “He’s a werewolf.”“Close enough. The point is, he’d be your werewolf if you let him.”It was the “letting him” that was the hard part. Jason Shepherd, the resident werewolf of Enclave Three, was definitely interested. He was sixteen years old and, like Michael Garcia, another Adept with a massive crush on Scout, was a student at Montclare Academy, St. Sophia’s brother school. I’d learned Jason had been born in Naperville, a suburb west of Chicago, listened to whatever music happened to be on the radio at the time, and was a devoted White Sox fan. He didn’t like football and loved pepperoni pizza. And, of course, there was the werewolf thing.I guess I was interested back, but spending nights fighting evil didn’t exactly make it easy to get to know a boy.“It’s too soon,” I told her, trying to make my voice sound as casual as possible. “Besides, you’re the one who warned me away from him.”“I did do that,” she quietly said. “I just don’t want you to get hurt.” Problem was, she wouldn’t tell me why she thought that might happen. She kept saying I needed to hear it from him, and that wasn’t exactly the kind of thing that made a girl feel comfortable about a boy.“There’s always something,” I whispered. As if on cue, a grim-looking cloud passed over the sun, a dark streak in the sky that sang of impending rain. The breeze blew colder, raising goose bumps on my arms.Scout and I exchanged a glance. “Inside?” I asked.She nodded, then pointed at her shoes. “The glue’s not waterproof.”Decision made, we gathered up our books and walked back across the campus’s side lawn and around to the main building. The school—a former convent—was dark and gothic-looking, a weird contrast to the rest of the glass-and-steel architecture in this part of downtown Chicago.That’s what I was thinking when I happened to glance across the street . . . and saw him.Sebastian Born.He stood on the sidewalk in jeans and a dark polo shirt, his hands tucked into his pockets. His blue eyes gleamed, but not like Jason’s eyes gleamed. Jason’s eyes were spring-bright. Sebastian’s were darker. Deeper. Colder.And those eyes were focused on me.The Reapers obviously knew Scout attended St. Sophia’s, since they’d kidnapped her from her room. And another Reaper, Alex, had seen all of us one day in the concrete thorn garden behind the school. But that didn’t make me any less weirded out by the fact that Sebastian was standing across the street, perfectly still, gaze on yours truly.“Lily?”At the sound of my name, I looked back at Scout. Frowning, she moved toward me. “What is it?”“I think I just saw Sebastian. He was right . . .” By the time I’d pointed to the spot on the sidewalk where he’d stood, he was gone.“There,” I finished, wondering if I’d actually seen him, or if I’d just seen some tourist with the same dark hair and blue eyes and I’d imagined it was him.I wasn’t crazy about either idea.“Sebastian? Out here? Are you sure?”“I thought so. I mean, I thought he was right there—but maybe not.”Scout put her hands on her hips and frowned as she scanned the street. “There’s no sign of him now. I can text Daniel”—he was the newish leader of Enclave Three—“and let him know something’s up.”Gaze scanning the street, I shook my head. “That’s okay. Maybe I imagined it. It was only for a second—maybe I just saw someone who looks like him.”“Simplest explanation is usually the truth,” she said, then put an arm around my shoulders. “No more sunshine for you. You’ve been indoors so much, I think the sun actually makes you crazy.”“Maybe so,” I absently said. But I had to wonder—was I losing it, or were the Reapers watching us?# # #I had a dark-haired, blue-eyed boy on my mind.This was a bad idea for two reasons.First, I was in European history class, and said dark-haired boy wasn’t a king or soldier or historical figure of any type.Second, the boy I’d been talking to was definitely not dark-haired.The boy, of course, was Sebastian. And the obsession? I don’t know. I’m sure he was on my mind in part because I’d (maybe?) just seen him. But it also felt like we had unfinished business. In a couple of glances and whispered instructions, Sebastian had taught me how to use firespell—that it wasn’t about controlling the power, but trusting the power enough to let it control me. It was about letting the power move, instead of trying to move the power.But why had he helped me? He was a Reaper, and I was an Adept, and at the time we’d been trying to rescue Scout and escape the Reaper sanctuary. There was no reason for him to help me, which made the act that much stranger . . . and meaningful?“Ms. Parker.”I mean, not only had he helped me, but he’d helped me in the middle of a battle against him and his Reaper friends. Was there a chance he was really . . . good?“Ms. Parker.”Finally hearing my name, I slammed my elbow on the top of my desk as I bolted upright and glanced up at Mr. Forrest, our civics teacher. “Yes? Sorry?”The classroom burst into snickers, most of it from the three members of St. Sophia’s resident brat pack: Veronica, Mary Katherine, and Amie. Veronica was the queen bee, a blonde Gossip Girl wannabe currently wearing a pair of thousand-dollar designer ballet flats and at least a couple of pounds of gold around her neck. Veronica and I had tried being friends one Sunday afternoon after I’d first seen my Darkening—a mark on my lower back that pegged me as an Adept. I had been in denial about my new magic, and in the middle of a misunderstanding with Scout, so I’d offered Veronica a shot as best friend.She didn’t make the grade.M.K. was the haughtiest of the crew. Today she was dressed like a goth-prep mash-up—a navy shirt and cardigan over her plaid skirt; knee-high navy socks; and black platform heels with lots of straps. Her long hair was tied in long braids with navy ribbon, and her lips were outlined in dark lipstick.Amie was the quiet one—the type who seemed to go along to get along. She was also a roommate, sharing a suite with Scout, me, and a cello-playing, mostly quiet girl named Lesley Barnaby.“Is class a little too difficult for you today, Parker?” M.K. snickered.“Since you were apparently absorbed in your own thoughts,” Forrest said, “anything you’d like to share with the class?”“Um, I was just”—I glanced up at the scribbled text that filled the whiteboard at the front of the room and tried to make sense of it—“I was just . . . thinking about federalism.”More snickering, probably deserved. I swear I was smart, even if I was still adjusting to the run-all-night, study-all-day schedule.“And did you reach any conclusions about federalism, Ms. Parker?”Deer in headlights, much? “Well,” I slowly said, trying to buy time to get my mental gears moving, “it was really important to the founding of the country and . . . whatnot.”There was silence until Peters huffed out a sound of intellectual irritation and looked around the room. “Does anyone have anything more enlightening to add to the conversation?”Veronica popped a hand into the air.“Ms. Lively. Can you contribute to our conversation?”“Actually, I need to make an announcement to the class.”He looked suspicious. “About what?”“Well,” Veronica said, “regarding our upcoming girls-only health education class, if you get my drift.”Forrest’s cheeks flushed pink. He nodded, then cleared his throat, and after tapping some papers together on the podium, headed for the door. “For tomorrow,” he said on the way, “finish chapter two.”With Forrest on his way out, Veronica rose and moved to the podium, Amie beside her. Veronica tucked her hair behind her ear, her gaze on the door until Forrest was out of the room. As soon as it clicked closed, she turned her attention to us.“It’s time to begin planning our annual holiday festivities.”The girls began to hoot like boys at a frat party. I glanced back at Scout, who rolled her eyes and propped her hand on her chin. I have to admit, I was mostly relieved I wasn’t going to have to listen to Veronica drone on about sex ed. I mean, surely St. Sophia’s could afford an actual teacher for that kind of thing.“And when I say holiday, I obviously mean this year’s Halloween Sneak. As you know, it’s up to the junior class to plan the Sneak. This year’s theme will be Glam Graveyard.”“Gravestones and glitter,” Amie added.“Precisely,” Veronica said. “Our first planning committee meeting will be tomorrow. You can sign up on the sheet outside the door. Weirdoes need not apply,” she snarkily added, haughty gaze pinpointed at Scout.“She’s just so high school,” Scout muttered behind me. I bit back a smile.“Anyone interested in the planning committee has to swear not to squeal about the location of the Sneak, because the final location won’t be revealed to the rest of the class until it’s time to go. Any questions?”M.K. raised a hand. “Will there be boys there?”Veronica smiled smugly. “We’re playing sister school to Montclare Academy again.”That smug look on her face worried me. Jason went to Montclare, but I wasn’t so much worried about him. Michael, however, was a different matter. While Michael had a pretty big crush on Scout, she was playing very hard to get. Veronica, on the other hand, seemed determined to take her place. Veronica had made a point of asking Scout about Michael one day, hinting around that she had a thing for him.The interest was understandable. Michael was totally cute. Dark, curly hair. Big brown eyes. A huge smile that was impossible to ignore . . . unless you were Scout Green. She managed pretty well. Of course, if Scout didn’t ask Michael, technically he was fair game.The bell rang. Veronica made a little curtsy before she and Amie were joined by M.K., and they headed out the door. I waited for Scout to gather up her books.“So,” I began, “exactly how uncool would it be if I wanted to be on the Sneak committee?”Scout pulled her messenger bag over her shoulder and gave me a sideways glance. “Purposefully involve yourself in brat drama? Why would you want to do that?”“Decorating and design and stuff is right up my alley,” I reminded her. “My art studio hasn’t started yet, and I really need a creative outlet, even if it does involve the brat pack.”“Don’t you already have a creative outlet?”I rolled my eyes. “I’m not sure I’d call what we do ‘creative.’”“Have you ever done it before?”“Well, no.”Scout grinned at me. “Then it’s creative.”Drama notwithstanding, I concluded I was going it alone on the planning committee front. But as we walked down the hall toward our lockers, I decided to try something else Scout might be interested in. “Do you think Veronica asked him?”“Asked who?” She sounded completely unconcerned, but I knew her better than that.“I know your real first name, Scout. Don’t make me use it.”“Fine, fine. Don’t have a conniption. Yeah, she probably asked Garcia. Or she will, if she hasn’t already. It’s just the kind of thing she’d do.”“Maybe he wants to ask you.”“Then it serves him right for waiting,” she muttered.I slid her a glance. “So if he asks you, you’ll say yes?”“Just because I don’t trip over him every time he comes into the room doesn’t mean I don’t, you know, appreciate him.”“I knew it,” I said, a grin breaking out. “I knew you had a thing for him. So, are you going to tell him? Are you two going to start dating? Officially, I mean? This is huge.”“Pump the brakes,” she warned, heading into the bay where our fancy wooden lockers were located. “Pump the brakes, or I tell Amie you want decorating advice. You’ll have to wear shades just to sleep in your room.”Virtually everything in Amie’s room was an eye-scarring shade of Barbie pink. “Now, that’s just rude.”“I’m not above rude, Parker. You keep that in mind.”I took her word for it, which is why I snuck back alone to sign up for the Sneak committee. An artist had to do what an artist had to do, right?

  • Kelly
    2019-02-03 23:05

    The second in Chloe Neill’s Dark Elite series, Hexbound follows the continued adventures of Lily and her friend Scout at St. Sophia’s School for Girls, as they face both teen drama and evil magicians.I’ve had a bit of trouble getting into this series from the beginning, but couldn’t initially put my finger on why. I got a little over halfway through Hexbound and encountered a scene that made the issue clear to me — and sapped my interest in the book. Neill tells us that the conflict between the Adepts and the Reapers is a matter of life and death, but the way these scenes are written, they don’t feel any more tense than the scenes of ordinary teenage conflict between cliques or romantic rivals. There’s not a sense of high stakes. This scene is a good example of the problem. A ward has been tripped, alerting Scout and Lily to a pair of Reapers breaking into St. Sophia’s via the underground tunnel system. The two good girls have just dragged the two bad girls back over the threshold and off St. Sophia’s property, and they’re all arguing.Scout rolled her eyes. I raised a hand. “While we’re here, I have a question.””Go for it, Lils. All right, cheer-reaper and gatekeeper—“”I’m in the band.””Sorry?””You call her cheer-reaper, I figure you should call me by my title, too. I’m in the band. I play the French horn.”After some more bickering, Lily and Scout leave the bad girls outside the door with a flashlight to help them get out of the tunnels safely. The bad guys get indignant about the French horn; the good guys don’t even try to detain these people who mean them harm; and I’m left with the sense that neither side is taking this conflict seriously. It feels like they’re playing magical Capture the Flag, rather than fighting a secret, deadly war. At that point, I lost interest.Neill’s portrayal of Chicago remains one of her strengths, however, and I think I’ll give her adult Chicagoland Vampires series a shot. I have a hunch it may feature more danger and less drama.

  • Bry
    2019-02-02 20:59

    It boils down to one word - GREED. Greed on the part of the publishers, greed that books cannot be stand alone novels anymore. Or even just a single book and a single sequel. I hate all of this dragging out what could be a good story into multiple books that end up too short with not enough plot to justify an entire book. This book was just that - too short, not enough plot, not much of a climax - basically disappointing. Nothing much happened in this book aside from a deepening of Lily's and Jason's relationship. Nothing was answered in terms of Lily's parents, her powers didn't advance very much, only more questions in terms of Sebastian - hell even the main plot of this book, strange, vampire like creatures wandering the city wasn't completely solved and explained. Basically the book wasn't done. This book and the next should be a single installment instead of 2. It is really disappointing that series these days are evolving like this. Sad too since the first book was actually entertaining and fun.

  • ☘Misericordia☘⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ❂❤❣
    2019-02-02 19:18

    Q:Scout and I had just taken breakfast (hot tea and giant muffins) to a table when they walked in, Veronica in the lead, M.K. and Amie behind. They wore the same skirts that we did, but you could still tell they were different. They had swagger. They sauntered across the room like every eye was on them—and they usually were—and like there was no doubt in the world who they were, what they wanted, or what they were going to get.The attitude aside, you kinda had to admire the confidence. Even Amie, who was a worrier, moved like the cafeteria was her personal catwalk.“If you keep staring, your head’s gonna get stuck that way.”(c)

  • Andreea Pop
    2019-02-18 02:28

    This was an enjoyable read, but I'm somewhat dissapointed. I'm in love with the Chicagoland Vampires series and since I've devoured those books in one week, I expected more from Chloe Neill. I feel like this is a filling book in the series -- one with that dreaded sequel syndrom. Considering it took me almost two months to finish it, I have a couple of things to say.1. The pace was really slow for my taste and it's the main reason I wasn't glued to the pages like I was at the first book. A little bit of action thrown here and there, but not exactly much for a good plot. The appearance of some new creatures only managed to make me roll my eyes. 2. The characters seemed flat this time. Lily got on my nerves quite much and I don't know what to say about her relationship with Jason... *shrugs* Okay, I think it was boring. No chemistry. No smexy times. No nothing, actually. But Sebastian, oh Sebastian, that boy got my undivided interest. And there were sparks between him and Lily -- literally. I want to know more about him and I hope my wish will come true once I read the next book.Overall, Hexbound was an okay read. Not terrible, but definitely not great. A few interesting characters (mainly Sebastian), some action, a lot of not-so-well-explained magic and some laughs -- courtesy of Scout. Firespell was better, but hopefully the third book will exceed my expectations. P.S.: Dear Chloe Neill,You're good at YA novels, but the Adult ones are fantastic! My point? Right as many many Adult Paranormal books as you can. And please let them all be for the CV series. I don't mind if there are going to be fifty. :)Sincerely,Andreea (avid reader and fan of your amazing writing skills)

  • Lori (Pure Imagination)
    2019-01-31 21:01

    Chloe Neill doesn't disappoint with the second installment in The Dark Elite series. In fact, she proves that this in a series you must read! Hexbound picks up right where Firespell left us. I was engrossed from the first chapter. I love the world that Neill has created in this series.Once again I'm enchanted by Lily and Scout. They make a great team and their quick wit and banter make this such a fun read. All the characters were fantastic and interesting. We were even introduced to some new characters. One of which I can't wait to read more about! I'm talking about Detroit. She was awesome! She even had a steampunk feel.The romance between Jason and Lily develops more in this one and I must say that it is swoon-worthy. I love Jason, but I'm also very interested in Sebastian...I want to see where that angle leads! Mostly, I just want book three as soon as possible.If you are a fan of well written and original paranormal (who isn't?) this is a series you need to check out. You will be pulled into the world of The Dark Elite and Adepts from the very first page and you will be craving more after the last page. Don't miss out on this series!

  • Tammie
    2019-02-03 22:04

    Good sequel to Firespell. I like that these don't end in cliffhangers. The mystery in the book is wrapped up nicely and we are just left with a few on going threads.

  • The BookWhisperer
    2019-01-26 22:22

    Any doubts left after completing Firespell were immediately dissapated from the start of Hexbound. This novel was action packed from page one. Lily is not only a newby to the Adept Society, but she is a newby to magic in general. After suffering from an direct hit by a Firespell user she has miraculously appeared to have Firespell magic of her own. With help from her new Adept friends, and others maybe not easily considered friends, she has found herself growing in her abilites. Lily is a very take charge kind of girl that readers will fall in love with. Being new to the world of magic it is interesting to watch Lily's experiences; she seems very open minded which leaves her consistently questioning the nature of everyone she interacts with whether friend or foe. Being a rarity with the Firespell powers it seems Lily is becoming an interest of everyone in the magical world. Although, Jason's interests seem to go far deeper than her magic; that attraction between the two allows for a deeply romantically charged atmosphere. Unfortunately, I am not sure what the future holds for this couple especially with the regular appearances of one mysterious Sabastien. It seems that his attention is for far more than the simple teachings of Firespell. Above all else Lily is constantly looking for answers to questions about her parents. After having just discovered that they are not teaching Philosphy at the local college or on a sabbatical in Europe; she is discovering that her entire world has been packed full of lies and betrayals that she can't seem to unravel. With nothing but times; she spends her day learning, night fighting everything creepy, and any spare moments looking for answers about her estranged family. With nothing but questions the future for the Dark Elite Series is unclear, but what is clear is the promise for a action-packed thrill ride of answers for the books to come.[return][return]

  • Julia
    2019-02-04 00:00

    Once again, Chloe Neill writes an exquisite storyline for her vibrant characters in the second installment of the Dark Elite series. Hexbound is a unique, quick read. Those that read and loved Firespell, Dark Elite #1 will fall in love with Hexbound. Scout and Lily are still best friends. They've got this wonderful, silly dynamic that I love. This is what holds the Dark Elite series together for me. This book, much like the first, had a hard time holding onto my attention and making me believe I was there with the characters. The characters and the story have evolved though and I found myself caring much more for them here in the second installment than I did in the first.Lily is finally getting used to the idea that she has magical powers as an Adept. She is even learning to control them when foul creatures happen upon them on their way to a Dark Elite meeting. Though they've conquered the creatures, they still have no idea what they are or where they came from. She's burdened with figuring out these icky creatures AND her parents true occupations that have been so carefully hidden from her.Again, I have to say that any fans of the Morganville Vampire series should give this one a try. I think you'll love it. And though I'm giving this book a relatively mediocre review, I will continue to read the Dark Elite series because there is SO much Neill can do with this series. It has great potential and I can't wait to see where she takes Lily next.

  • Savannah (Books With Bite)
    2019-02-19 20:09

    I just love this series. A school with secret society that protects the world with magic. Sweet! Lily Parker is finally settling in as a Adept. She is learning to control her Firespell when weird like creatures start to roam the halls at St. Sophia's. Now it is up to them to find out what those creatures are...What I love most about the book was the unique story line of it. Even though it may seem the same with the school and of course the hot boys, I love how everything play out well in the book.The romance had just the right touch. Lily's progressing relationship with Jason was sweet and enduring. Even the mysterious of Sebastian made me wonder what exactly is going on. I have a feeling there is something more to the picture than what we see.The secrets learn in this book were dawning. Poor Lily had to grow up fast and learn things the hard way. Even though she is still pretty much in the dark, Lily gets closer every second as she picks up clues as to what her parents are really doing. (I, for one, am waiting for this bomb to drop.)The Dark Elite series is absolutely gripping and definitely a page turner. I could not resist this book and read it quickly. If you haven't pick up this series you need to. This is one book that will rock your reading world.

  • Alexis
    2019-01-27 19:29

    I already love Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series, so naturally I decided to check out her other series. Honestly, I did not like the first book in the Dark Elite series, Firespell, as much as I hoped. It took a while for me to get into it, maybe because I was trying to compare the characters of The Chicagoland Vampires to these characters. They are much younger, teenagers compared to the adult characters of CV. But anyway, I waited to read the second novel, and honestly was not expecting much, but once I began reading I could not put the book down! It was an amazing read, I just loved the turn the story made! Especially towards the end when Jason admits his secrets and fears to Lily, and I'm actually rooting for her to be with Sebastain instead. Weird I know, but just like her I'm drawn to his Evil Bad Boy character. Def excited about the third book!

  • Niahara Erskine
    2019-02-07 01:16

    God this has to be one of the worst books I've ever read!!!What in the world happened to the author when she wrote this book? Book 1 held so much promise, but this one is complete and utter crap. Only good part was the end with Sebastian -__-

  • Rachel
    2019-02-12 22:20

    There’s never a dull moment at St. Sophia’s. Ever since Lily Parker arrived at the Chicago boarding school she has been going nonstop.From discovering her suite-mate Scout’s secret about being an Adept, one who fights against the Dark Elite to keep the people of Chicago safe, to finding out that she is also an Adept with the power to wield firespell, her arrival in Chicago has been anything but boring.Only weeks since rescuing Scout from the Reapers, a new threat has arisen. This one comes in the form of hideous creatures with fangs and claws that have been leaving slime trails in the tunnels leading to St. Sophia’s.Still no closer to discovering the truth about Lily’s parents and what they’re really working on, she, Scout and the other Adepts in Enclave Three manage to get caught in the middle of vampire territorial wars as they try to uncover the source of these slimy new beings.To top it all off, Sebastian Born, the Reaper who activated Lily’s firespell, is following her.And let’s not forget Veronica and her brat pack who just can’t seem to mind their own business.With Scout still recovering from her abduction by the Reapers and Lily still not in control of her firespell power, will they be able to figure out and defeat whoever is behind this?With the help of some new friends from Enclave Two and a few surprising allies, it may just be possible.***Hexbound is the second book in the Dark Elite series and picks up the story just weeks after the events that occurred in Firespell. Lily Parker is still working with the other Adepts to ensure that the Reapers do not harm the innocent by taking their life force to sustain themselves, when she, Scout, Jason and Michael encounter some never-before-seen creatures in the tunnels connecting to St. Sophia’s.In their attempt to get more information about what these disgusting and slimy beings are, who created them and why they are trying to get into the school, they will have to turn enemies into allies and put their trust in someone who should not be trusted.Hexbound, like Firespell, is another delightful and quick read. The banter between Lily and Scout makes this story. If anything, Lily is even more sarcastic and clever in this book than in the first and her humorous interactions with Scout continue to entertain throughout the story.Author Chloe Neill has introduced a few new characters with some different powers, of which Detroit, the petite, blond, punk, techie machinist from Enclave Two, is the most interesting. The author has also made the vampires of Chicago a major player in this story, adding in yet another element to this world.In Hexbound, we do see less of the Reapers, however, aside from Sebastian Born. And, although Veronica and her snooty friends make an appearance, there is less of a focus on them, too.This second book in the series moves the plot forward and the ending wraps up nicely, although there are plenty of questions that still remain open from the first book and a few new questions that have been introduced in Hexbound.Another book in the series is planned which will hopefully explore these answers further.On a personal note:I absolutely loved Firespell and I love this one, but just a little bit less when compared to the first book in the series. In book one we got to meet the characters, learn about all their powers and explore the world of the Adepts and Dark Elite. The different powers that each of the characters had, and especially Lily’s firespell were so interesting to learn about, and although used in this book, they didn’t seem to take center stage.There were also a number of questions that I was dying for answers on (ones I won’t share as they are completely spoiler-y), but only a few were touched upon in this installment. And of course I would have liked to find out more about Lily’s parents and why everything is so hush-hush.I’m sure as the series progresses all will be answered, but I had hoped certain portions of the plot would have moved forward a bit more to begin to address these questions.I would have also loved to see more of Sebastian Born, John Creed and the Reapers in general. Not that I didn’t like the vamps, but I kind of missed those evil Reapers!I remain a huge fan of this series and am looking forward to book three.

  • Kt
    2019-02-03 21:13

    Lily had thought her life couldn't have gotten more turned upside down than it did when her parents sent her to St. Sophia's. She was wrong. Now she has to deal with powers that she doesn't know how to control, and fighting against the Dark Elite or Reapers, all the while trying to keep up with the school's rigorous curriculum. Of course there is a bright side to all this as she met a cute boy for her affections, but of course he has his own secrets as well. Meanwhile, a member of the opposite team corners her, leaving her with more questions than she can handle as the lines between good and evil get blurry.I'm having a hard time deciding how I feel about Hexbound, and this series in general. In the first book, Firespell, I had an extreme case of plot deja vu. It just felt like the same story I had heard countless times before. However, about halfway through things started to pick up and spark my interest a whole lot more. So, when starting Hexbound I was disappointed to see that yet again, the beginning was very slow. To make matters worse, not a whole lot of time has been covered, making the series have a lack of momentum, or at least it really feels that way to me. Unfortunately, when things finally started to pick up, I realized that although there was more action, there wasn't really a substantial plot. In fact it felt more like a set up for the future, adding to my lack of momentum feeling. That all being said, I do very much enjoy the characters in these books. I love seeing things through Lily's eyes as she is going through the growing pains of her new powers as well as all the secrets surrounding her parents. (On a side note, that was another disappointment for me, as nothing was really revealed there.) Scout adds just the right amount of wit and sarcasm to lighten up things just the right amount. Although, she herself is dealing with some things on her own, making me thoroughly impressed at how she was able to keep herself almost as cheery and spunky as always. As far as the love interest, Jason, I was glad to see more of the interaction between him and Lily, making the romance a little more established rather than the forced feeling from before. However, some reveals were made that may just threaten things, and when you combine that with the hints of a possible love triangle, this series is threatening to turn me into a cranky blogger. Its funny how as I'm writing my review, more and more things are popping out to me as issues I had with Hexbound. However, as I was reading it, those things didn't seem so terribly bad, so I was able to enjoy it while reading it. So, while those issues are there, they aren't so horribly "glaring" to ruin the book, but that could easily change in the future. I'm really hoping for some concrete action as well as some definite forward momentum in the next book, otherwise I can see myself easily losing interest in this series. That would be a shame, because of the great characters, and the potential behind it all. In the end I can honestly say I enjoyed Hexbound, and sometimes that is really all that matters in the end.

  • Imo (Omnom Books)
    2019-02-18 01:01

    To be honest, the main problem with this book is a lack of, just, anything. With more work and motivation she really could have made it an exciting read, but it just fell a bit short.I think the author was using this book as a set up for the rest, but really, at least try to make it interesting, come on. So basically Hexbound starts off about a week after Firespell, Lily is a member of the Adepts and everything is peachy. But then one night they go into the tunnels and find, to their horror, small creatures moving at, and this is the scary part about a metre an hour!, shocking, i know. Now, of course, Lily and her friends are petrified as they should be, but then they remember they have, oh yeah, MAGIC.So they deal with the creature thingies, and then find that the vamps are having a massive turf war and that some of them are going missing. Add that to finding a secret 'clinic' and the head reaper flirting with the heroine and you have yourself a Hexbound.I will say, i liked the relationship between Scout and Lily, they have the easy going sarcasm and conversations that i share with my lucky friends. It's surprisingly real, and gives the story a lighter feel in some moments, which make it feel less hopeless.On the subject of relationships though, Jason and Lily's was just...empty. There was no real development, not even a cliched 'oh, it's the first time i've seen you but now we're madly in love!' theme.And then of course he had to go on at the end and say that, which made him a bit of a douchebag in my mind. Michael and Scout's was also sadly lacking some enthusiasm, leaving me with hope that Ms. Neill with at least have a go at giving it some depth.Right...time to drag up the positives...well, it is obvious that the author knows and loves Chicago intimately, and her settings are as vivadly real in my mind as any other book's. She manages to capture the mood nicely in her descriptions, allowing the right emotions to be instigated in each chapter. Lily herself is not the worst heroine whose mind i have delved into, she's sensible, and has a youthful voice that some writers have trouble capturing. I likes how Ms. Neill kept her morales on the right path, not allowing her to be swayed by Sebastian to 'the dark side' as some other books do and keep her on the straight and narrow.Overall, this was a quick read that will not be put on my re-read shelf. If you like fantasy books with a bit of action, mystery, romance, and stereotypical 'populars', then this is the book for you. However, don't beat yourself up trying to buy a copy, if there's one at your local library though, i'd give it go.

  • Kathy Davie
    2019-02-12 01:12

    Second in The Dark Elite urban-fantasy young adult series set in a contemporary Chicago and based in a girls' boarding school.The StoryLily is settling in to school and her new Adept status pretty well, heading out with Scout most nights to fight the Reapers. Although, that one Reaper boy, Sebastian Born, he's an odd one. Helping her out like that. Wanting to teach her. Giving her hints. What's up with that?In the meantime, Lily is wading through vampires at night, stealing minutes to be with Jason, worrying over her parents while sneaking about the headmistress' office, and giving it right back to the brat pack as she learns more about her particular brand of magic.The CharactersNeill's characters have healthy combination of stereotype and reality to them although I'd like to see more tension and depth to them.My TakeNeill does a lovely job of teen slang and I love the snark between Lily and her friends. I'm rather suspicious of Lesley; there's an odd feel of evil about her! Neill raises a number of questions in this second installment. Just what research does SRF fund? Why does Sebastian seem so sympathetic one moment and toeing the party line the next? Just what is it that Nicu feels about Victoria? Whose side are her parents on? What's the deal with the other Enclaves being told a different story about Scout's rescue?The relationships at school are too tame. Lily easily has Jason for a boyfriend. Although, Neill does create what I consider an extremely minor problem between them. I mean, gimme a break, they're only 16. It's not like they're going to have a lifelong love affair! There's a teeny bit more tension between Scout and Michael while there's a bit more between Victoria wanting Creed who seems more interested in M.K. It'll be interesting to see what happens at Sneak.Then there's the school's defenses. It seems pretty wide open. What is it that keeps the Reapers out as well as it does??The TitleThe title was a blip on the radar. Only once is Hexbound mentioned in the story.

  • Crina (Reading Addict)
    2019-02-19 03:03

    Prima data postata pe, cand am terminat primul volum ca al doilea va fi mai bun, dar n-a fost sa fie. Fiind o carte subtire, cu scris mare si destul de usoara, m-asteptam sa o citesc in cateva ore. Dar am stat toata ziua dupa ea, citind, mai facand altceva, iar citind si tot asa. Zau, n-aveam asteptari prea mari, pentru ca deja am invatat pe de rost toate cliseele existente in universul YA si nu cred ca ma mai surprinde ceva, chit ca-i paranormal sau nu. Dar conteaza si felul cum e scrisa, iar mie asta mi s-a parut or ca sa fie or la plictiseala, pentru ca n-am simtit nimic, nu m-a interesat de niciun personaj, abia am asteptat sa se termine si chiar daca rar zic asta despre o carte... imi pare rau c-am cumparat-o. Si ca m-am apucat de serie. Si de parca in cartea asta nu-i destula magie si e si un varcolac autoarea s-a gandit sa mai aduca si alte creaturi si hai si niste colti si mai baga si niste fantome, ca sa fie tot tacamul. Dar mie tot degeaba mi s-a parut, pentru ca a fost o carte plata, iar acum cheful meu de a continua seria/trilogia e mai mort decat un vampir, dar stai, aia inca sunt vii.Iar acum ar trebui sa va zic de personaje, dar cred ca as repeta ce-am zis la prima recenzie, a primului volum, pentru ca eu n-am observat o evolutie, in niciun sens, iar daca un farmec, doua si niste scantei verzi reprezinta o evolutie atunci....mnda. As putea zice ca-i cea mai slaba continuare pe care am citit-o, dar nu stiu, oricum e una din ele.In concluzie nu va pot zice ca cititi seria, pentru ca n-as recomanda-o sau daca as face-o n-as stii cui. Cel mai probabil am sa citesc ultimul volum in engleza, pentru ca nu vreau sa las lucrurile neterminate, dar sigur nu-l mai cumpar. Or eu imbatranesc, si n-am decat 20 de ani, or autorii nu mai stiu sa scrie si ce sa scrie, ca sa fie si ceva bun nu doar ceva ce se vinde si inglobeaza mai multe clisee decat contine o mancare ghiveci legume. Oricum, nu ma mai lungesc pentru ca deja am zis tot ce era de spus.

  • Michelle
    2019-01-31 23:15

    Y'all. I love this series. I really enjoyed the first book, Firespell, but the second book was great. I love the different world that Neill created - full of all the normal paranormal creatures but with a different twist. Lily and Scout's friendship is so easy and snarky and believable. The storyline is great and never dull - from dealing with boys and bratty suite mates to finding a way to stop the Dark Elite there is always something going on with the gals and their boys. I also liked that this series was clean - it would definitely be something I would not hesitate letting my middle schoolers read - no cussing or sexual content. *Spoilers for previous book ahead*These two girls are St. Sophia Private School students by day but at night they are Adepts - people with magical power (which they lose after so many years) who are battling the Dark Elite (people trying to keep the magic longer by draining humans). So, this book starts where Firespell ends - with Scout dealing with her kidnapping and draining by the Dark Elite and Lily trying to learn to control her firespell (her newly discovered magical power). And if that's not enough they both have crushes on boys - Jason and Michael (who are also Adepts) - from the neighboring all boy private school. On duty one night the run across some creatures they have never seen before - scary creatures that ooze slime and have fangs for teeth. As they work to discover where these creatures come from and what they are doing in the tunnels beneath the school - they discover warring vampire clans that make their lives even more complicated. And then, surprisingly, Sebastian, a Dark Elite who is responsible for triggering firespell in Lily, offers her help and makes Lily think maybe things aren't as black and white as they might seem.Overall, I loved this book. Neill ended it so that you know there is going to be another one. I can't wait to find out what happens with Lily and Scout and how the stop the Dark Elite.

  • Nora-adrienne
    2019-01-24 20:12

    HexboundBy Chloe NeillCopyright January 2011Publisher Signet Novel“Lily Parker is new to St. Sophia’s School for Girls, but she’s already learned that magic can be your best friend…or your worst enemy. They say absolute power corrupts absolutely. Turns out, even a little magic can turn you to the dark side. That’s why Lily has to learn how to control her newly discovered paranormal abilities, on top of avoiding the snobs who think they run her school, nursing a crush on a cute sophomore with a big, werewolf-y secret, and fighting the good fight with her best friend Scout as they take on Chicago’s nastiest nightlife—including the tainted magic users known as Reapers. Then one night Lily and her friends are attacked by creatures like nothing they’ve ever seen before. And in the aftermath, she realizes she’ll have to use her growing powers sooner then she thought – because she’s smack in the middle of a paranormal turf war that could tear Chicago apart …”Lily and Scout are going to need all their skills to stay alive in this book. They are battling not only the Reapers but a new enemy. Some sort of creature that looks like a rather large rat with very big fangs. Scout will learn new spells, and Lily will learn new ways to control her Firespell. This is the second book in Chloe Neill’s Dark Elite series and I’m enjoying it immensely. Forget the YA tag the publishers put on it. It’s a book for anyone who likes Magic, Powers, Werewolves and other things that go bump in the night. This is definitely a FIVE STAR READ.Chloe Neill can be found at and on FB at!/pages/Chl... FTC Full Disclosure: I took this book out of my local public library for the express purpose of enjoyment and sharing a review

  • Skye
    2019-02-18 22:27

    This review is also posted on my blog, In The Good Books.What's been happening to me lately is that when reading a sequel to book I read and liked a while ago, I'm underwhelmed because my taste in books has completely changed. I liked Firespell (the first book in The Dark Elite series), but I can't say the same about Hexbound. Though, if I reread Firespell, I probably wouldn't like it anymore either.I'll start with the good thing about this book: its premise. Lily's recently discovered she's an Adept - a teen who has a magical talent, but a temporary one. The Adepts mainly work to keep the city safe from things that go bump in the night, but also work at keeping the Reapers at bay - Adepts who aren't content to give their powers up, and resort to evil means to keep them. The premise is unique and has the potential to be really captivating, but to me, the characters really let me down.The characters all felt cliched to me. Our main character is the new girl; she quickly finds herself at odds with the school's 'brat pack' (a subplot that adds nothing to the story); she makes friends with a sassy, alternative schoolmate; she has an mysterious, overprotective love interest with a dark secret. All the male characters seem to be hot, and everyone drops one-liners (which irks me because not everyone in real life is funny).Their personalities didn't feel genuine, and I couldn't connect with Lily.The plot feels rushed, with tension leading up to a quickly-resolved and anti-climactic conflict. The book was so short that there wasn't a lot of suspense, either. Like in the last book, a lot of subplots are introduced that could have had something to do with the big picture, but are left hanging for further books in the series.I give Hexbound a 2 out of 5.

  • Rachael
    2019-02-22 02:01

    At St. Sophia’s School for Girls, dealing with the Brat Pack is the least of Lily Parker’s worries. And that’s actually saying something, because queen bee Veronica has practically made it her mission in life to make Lily’s life miserable. But Lily’s a little too busy fighting Reapers and figuring out how to control her firespell to be bothered by such little things. Things take a turn for the more sinister when Lily and her friends are attacked by strange creatures of the likes they’ve never seen before. Where did these enormous rat-like beasts come from, and more importantly, how can the Adepts destroy them before things get too out of hand? Hexbound is the very exciting sequel to Firespell, and Neill does not disappoint on any accounts. I was already thrilled with the secret magical world in Chicago that Neill introduces readers to in Firespell, so I was hoping for some new action as well as character development in Hexbound. Neill delivers both. The war between the Adepts and the Reapers is complicated by the appearance of the strange monsters, and interaction with different paranormal species brings the paranormal politics to a new and thrilling level. What I enjoyed most of all, though, was character growth. Lily and Scout in particular have to learn how to deal with new physical and emotional challenges. The whole story was very fun and entertaining to read, but I was particularly intrigued by bad boy Sebastian. I certainly hope he’ll play a larger role in the next installment in the Dark Elite series. Hexbound will be enjoyed by fans of its prequel Firespell, as well as by those who also liked Revealers by Amanda Marrone and Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins. reposted from

  • Lisa
    2019-02-03 23:09

    A little slow at the start, but then after a couple of pages it got better.A quick read filled with all the things I like: Vampires, wolves, magic, etc.Though the main focus was on the magic, I still enjoyed those additions.I like how Chloe Neill writes. Her characters really do sound like teenagers.I will admit that at the end I felt like something was wrong.I think there may be drama in the next book.I'm not a fan of love triangles and I think things may be headed in that direction.I liked how we got to see Lily's power develop and how she learned the different ways it could be used.Firespell is turning out to be a pretty cool power.It was cute to see Scout loosen up a bit and show Michael that she did have feelings for him.As for Jason, I think he may have broken my heart with his secret. It's not like Lily (the heroine) is head over heels for him, but I think she may be very close to falling in love with him.I mean, who wouldn't? He's such a sweet talker! And really adorable.Of course there is still some mysteries that need to be solved:Like, what are Lily's parents actually working on?We know it has something to do with genetics, but are they on the good side or the bad side?And why the change of heart all of a sudden for Sebastian?Chloe Neill really made him seem... normal. He wasn't trying to hurt anyone, he actually defended Lilywhen one of the brat pack girls was messing with her.I found that this book left me with a lot more questions that answers, but still managing to keep me entertained and intrigued.Looking forward to reading the next installment in the series.

  • Monica
    2019-02-04 21:11

    I really like this series. I love the friendship and dynamic between Scout and Lily, they are so cute and funny together. I love all of the characters in this series, they are all very vibrant for YA fiction and they stick with you for a long time after you close the cover. I also enjoy the dynamic between Scout and Lily in conjunction with the brat pack and with the boys, Chloe Neill has a wonderful talent for writing excellent relationships.The plot, or rather the climax of this book was a tad bit off for me. I had a hard time pinpointing where it was. I was just reading, there was drama, stuff happened, and then the book was done. I didn't get the "oh no, stuff is about to hit the fan" feeling, nor did I get the satisfaction of a nice well rounded ending because of the climactic moment. I am not saying the plot is bad, or that I didn't enjoy it, just something I noticed and I hadn't realized how much book structure meant to me.As I said, I enjoyed the characters in this book, and I enjoy the world that Chloe Neill has created and superimposed on our own. I can't wait to see where she takes this series, there are so many things she can do, and so much growing for a lot of the characters. This book also showed us another side of the Dark Elite and I even believe caused Lily to do some doubting of the Adepts. I love the layer of conflict Ms. Neill is setting up for Lily, can't wait to see where she takes that as well.Overall this is a short entertaining read and I will definitely keep reading Chloe Neill, she has a lot of stuff to still bring to the table.

  • WildAboutBones
    2019-02-20 03:13

    This is the second in the Dark Elite series and is even better than the first one. This young adult urban fantasy has everything you could ask for in a paranormal story ... vampires, werewolves, magic, nasty creatures, good guys, bad guys, conspiracy and even a hunky teacher. And don't think that just because it is in the young adult category that those who are "no longer young adults" will not enjoy it - I think all fans of the urban fantasy or paranormal genres will like this series. Neill's characters are so well written that it feels as if you are in the story, if not an active participant, a very interested silent observer. At 246 pages, it is a little on the short side but considering the target audience has short attention spans, I can see why. However given that the Twilight saga books are all more than 400-600 pages and are geared to this same audience, I think it is safe to say that the market will bear longer stories. I hope the sequels will be much longer.This is written in such as way as to ensure there are many avenues to be explored and places to go in the series. I look forward to reading many more future books in this series. I thoroughly enjoy Chloe Neill's books and I think paranormal and urban fantasy fans will as well.

  • Ellz Readz
    2019-02-13 20:16

    My thoughts...Book two in the Dark Elite series brings us back with the characters from Firespell. Lily is still working on developing her magic and a relationship with a very warm-blooded boy from a neighboring school. Readers are introduced to new characters and my favorite part, new magic. Along with new magic of course comes new enemies and new dangers. Also, Hexbound does quite a bit more world building.Cons...While I enjoyed reading Hexbound, I had several issues with it. First was the predictability. I quickly solved the mystery and occasionally grew frustrated when the clues were very obvious to the characters. Secondly, I was really hoping for more development with the relationship between Lily and Sebastian. His intentions were very unclear and his character was very mysterious. I am hoping to learn more in future books. Overall, I enjoyed Hexbound. The series reminds me a lot of Rachel Caine's Morganville series in that the books are quick reads, almost like episodes. Each book offers readers a peek into the world and enough of a hook to keep you wanting more. I will be watching for the next book in November of 2011.

  • Tina
    2019-01-30 22:27

    2.5 stars - I felt the same way about this book as I did Firespell ... it was okay. It's aimed at a younger audience. It was to juvenile for my taste. I was expecting a sweet romance at least to follow. Nope, the love birds ignored each other more than they talked. I have a problem with this world. I don't like it. Adepts have powers but by the time they turn 25 they have to give up that power, or it eats them from the inside. There are no adults in the Enclave just a bunch of teens running around sewer tunnels. They fight Reapers who are teens that don't want to give up their powers. Am I boring you yet? Because the lore is kind of lame. On the plus side, the book is tiny! You zip right through it.Plot 2 stars Cover 4 stars Writing 3 stars Setting 2 stars Originality 4 starsCharacters 2 stars Romance / Chemistry 2 starsDrama : Romance Ratio 90:10 Ending 2 starsGood enough to pick up again 1 starsSexual Content - G rated kissing scenes.