Dark Elite, Book 1
Synopsis: When Lily Parker’s guardians decided to send her away to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, Lily was shocked. So was St. Sophia’s.
As the new girl 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 shadows of the creepy building. All building have their creaks and groans – but Lily could swear that she’s being watched.
The only 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 won’t tell Lily where’s she’s been… until, that is, a prank leaves Lily trapped in the catacombs beneath the school. Lost in the dark Lily hear’s footsteps heading towards her – it’s Scout and she’s running from a real moster.
Scout is part of a group of rebel teens with unique magical talents, sworn to protect the city against demons, vampires, 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 – especially if she’d have to go up against the firespell herself…
Review: Ah since the release of this book, I was curious to find out how it was, so when I had the opportunity to get into it, I did not hesitate. I must say that I have the Chicagoland Vampires series since its release but I haven’t read any yet. Yes! I know! I need to start them one day, especially considering the number of volumes I have and the beautiful reviews everywhere.
We discover Lily, a girl like others whose parents took a sabbatical holiday in Germany. And while they accepted she could stay to continue her studies as she wanted, they finally changed opinion and force her now to study in a private school she does not want to integrate. But despite her worst will, she is engaged in this new environment she knows nothing about. Of course, we always find the ideas that are usually in this type of novel: a group of mean girls opposed to others, a little eccentric and rebellious. And here she is, Lily, the girl who did not ask anything and yet who will immediately choose her clan. And when she befriends Scout, she will quickly upset the trio of girls. But while her life begins in this new place, our young heroine will immediately try to unravel the Scout’s mystery about her disappearances every night (as she doesn’t want to tell her the reason). By dint of hard, Lily will understand that the world in which she lives is much different than what she thought. Indeed, magic exists and there is a war in the shadows that nobody knows about. But more than that, she will have to call into question her entire existence and certain events will even force her to question her own parents she loves more than anything.
I confess that despite a somewhat slow start, I enjoyed reading the whole story. I was curious to understand Lily with everything that is going on and to see how the author had imagined the powers of her characters. Lil is a strong girl and she happens to be in pretty much self-control in appalling circumstances. Nothing could prevent her from understanding what is happening and curiosity could also cause her a lot of trouble. Of course we also quickly like Scout who is always there for our heroine even though it will take a lot for her to finally tell the truth. This is a person who does not care what others think about her and does what she wants, yet we feel perfectly that she is alone and needs a friend. There are also many other characters like Jason, and I’m sure we’ll learn more about him soon. I liked him too along the chapters and at the same time I think it’s a bit annoying that he acts differently depending on the people around him and apologizes later for his attitude.
I found that everything was accelerating in the second part of the novel which is suddenly much better for the rhythm of the story. I also had good some surprises and revelations and I hope we will have even more thereafter. I have now several questions related to some points that I wouldn’t reveal to you to keep the surprise and I look forward to learn more now! I’ll wait for book 2.
Read it ages ago..never read more, dunno why
I’ve never read this series either, I think it’s because most of my friends were sort of so-so on it. BUT MELLIANE, you haven’t read the Chicagoland Vampires books yet? You will love them!!!! One of my favorite UF series.
But you have to make sure you avoid reading reviews, because something really major happens in like the fourth book, and you don’t want it spoiled for you. One benefit of waiting this long to read is that you are able to pick up the book after that immediately, though. 😉
Wendy @ The Midnight Garden
LOL I’m ashame to say that I haven’t…. I’m a terrible reader. I really hope I’ll love them too. I’m curious at the end. Thank you for the recommendation! I think I’ll do that. LOL yes you’re right, like that I can read them all at once.
I agree with Wendy! I’m currently in the middle of a Chicagoland Vampires re-read/catch up and it is AH-mazing. I’ve also read the first two books of Dark Elite and I think they both rated around 3-ish for me too. I liked Neill’s adult UF series WAY more than I like her YA series. Great review, Melliane 🙂
I know everyone seems to love them, I really needto get into them too. I just hope I’ll like them as much as you all.
I haven’t started Firespell yet, either, but you need to lock yourself in your house for the weekend and read Chicagoland, Melliane 😀
Have a fantastic weekend, my friend.
LOL I definitely should try to do something like that.
I haven’t read Chicagoland Vampires shamelessly yet either, and I absolutely love my paranormals so heh I can understand.
Sorry the book had a slow start. I guess it happens sometimes in paranormals in the first books hopefully it will get better! it sounds like an interesting premise and the characters have a lot of growing!
yes, I hope it will be different with book 2… we’ll see.
I’m a huge fan of Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series, but I have yet to give her YA books a try. This one sounds promising though. Thanks for the review, and happy Friday!
I hope I’ll love her adult series as much as you did.
I’ve read the first two of these and just didn’t feel compelled to continue the series, I’m afraid. i liked the first one well enough, but I guess not as much as I needed to.
As for Chicagoland, I’ve had my ups and downs with it, but I really hope you’ll give it a try.
I think I’ll see with book2 if so… I know, I need to try and see how it is too.
You aren’t the only one to not read the Chicagoland Vamps. Yep, me. I haven’t yet, but have been told I must. This one does sound good and I hope you find the next to be even better.
Lol I’m glad I’m not the only one. I think we really should try them! I hope so too!
I’ve read the Chicagoland Vampires series and I quite love it 🙂 Though I do find that it’s beginning to drag just slightly. Suppose that what happens when a series gets to its 9th book. Still, it’s quite a great UF series 🙂
I’ve never actually heard of this book, so this review was quite enlightening for me. I totally know what you mean about books having a slow start, but with the second half being better. I’ve definitely experienced that.
Great review 🙂
wow it’s already book 9?*sigh* I’m sooooooooo behind! I really need to try them. Yes it’s often the problem with long series. Thank you!
Despite the slow start I’m glad you liked this one! I’m kind of in love with this cover, too! Also, you,re not alone I have not read the Chicagoland Vampires either BUT I do have book 1 on my shelves at home so that counts for something, right? Lol
totally! I think it’s already a great start, I have the 4 first books myself
I am glad this picked up in the second half and you found yourself engaged with the characters and story. psst..I still need to read Chicagoland too..LOL
LOl I’m glad I’m not the only one
I enjoyed this one too and laughed a lot
I haven’t read anything by Chloe Neill yet either Melliane, don’t worry. I do have this one on my shelves somewhere … bought it for my stepdaughter. I don’t think she has read it yet.