Saturday, March 12, 2011

Hexbound by Chloe Neill

Hexbound by Chloe Neill
Release Date: January 20, 2011
Publisher: Gollancz

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 Lily’s invited to a private meeting with Sebastian. He’s hot, powerful, and offering to help her harness the magic flowing in her veins in a way no one else can. He’s also a Reaper. Lily can’t hide her suspicions. But she’ll soon find out that the line between good and evil isn’t always clear.

There is something about a book set in a boarding school that I just love, and paranormal boarding school settings always seem to have a very gothic feel to them that I just love.  This Dark Elite series, that started with Firespell, is no exception.  I love the dark feel to the setting of the school itself, let alone the dark tunnels, basements, and other places that Lily and her crew have to go to.  It really adds to the suspense and mystery.

I really enjoyed the first story, Firespell, but I loved this one even more because we got a chance to see Lily growing into the power that she had only just discovered in the first book.  I love how she doesn't allow herself to be led along by the crew but offers ideas and solutions of her own.  So much of the time you see a heroine who discovers she has some great power and she kind of hangs back and lets others lead her around by nose since she's a "newbie," but this wasn't the case with Lily.  She was eager to get in there and work for the greater good.

I see a love triangle on the horizon and I have to say it's a welcome one.  Not that I don't love Jason, I do.  I think he's a great character and I sense that there is going to be some mystery around him in the future.  But there is just something about Sebastion that I can't wait to see more of.  He's dark and mysterious, and his motives are unclear.  He's sort of an ultimate bad boy, and I can definitely see sparks between him and Lily that keep things juicy!

This is another series that I'm going to devote myself to following, as I really enjoyed it!

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