Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hexbound by Chole Neill

Book Summery:
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…

Book Review:
Chole Neill has done it again! I found her second second installment of The Dark Elite series to be memorizing, enchanting, and action-packed. While I enjoyed Firespell (review), the majority of the book contained world-building and left us off with a huge cliffhanger ending. In short, it was a pretty good first-of-a-series-type-book, but left me wanting more. That's where Hexbound comes in. The story jump-starts on page one, and keeps going throughout the entire book. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I love Lily and her band of friends, supernatural and not. They're all great characters with vivid unique qualities. I still think there's more to Lesley than meets the eye...but that's another discussion all in itself. The mystery of the "rats" makes for a great plot, and meeting new adepts who help solve the mystery was a great way to introduce more vivid, lovable characters. Overall, Neill has won me over. I'll continue reading more of the series, as she releases them. I also want to finally pick up the Chicagoland Vampire series. If they're half as good as The Dark Elite series, I won't be disappointed!

Favorite Quote:
"Scout blew out a dramatic breath that puffed out her cheeks, grabbed Michael's hand, and pulled him down the hall. 'Fine. Have a hot make out session, But we're going to be like twenty feet down the hallway. I hope they get eaten by one of those headless horsemen.' She muttered. 'Or the Chicago version, anyway.'
As they walked down the hallway, I kept my glaze on them, still too nervous to look at Jason.
'What would that be exactly?' I heard Michael ask.
'What would what be?'
'The Chicago version of the headless horseman?'
'Oh, I don't know. Maybe a fangless vampire? Or-or a werewolf with mange?'
'We can still hear you!' Jason called out. 'And werewolves don't have mange!' (p. 18-19)

Cover Art Commentary:
Love the dark background with just a few highlights from Lily's "spark." Very fitting. Looks great next to Firespell, the first book in the series.

Overall Rating:


  1. Nom nom nom. I've been drooling over this book ever since you posted it in your "currently reading" box! Awesome review! (side note: I didn't know it was yet another series you'd get me turned on to!)

  2. Oh Tipsy! You're so sweet! :)

    I have this thing for series...I just don't like my books to end. :P

  3. I ordered this last week and really hoping it'll come soon especially after reading your review for it :)

  4. I read Firespell awhile back, and like you said in your review of it, I kind of also felt that things had just started getting interesting when it ended. I'm intrigued enough to give the sequel a shot though. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  5. I haven't read Hexbound yet but I enjoyed Firespell..especially Scout :)

  6. @Natalie
    This second installment really takes off! :)

    Scout is an adorable character! :)

    Thanks. I really thought Tipsy's comment was darling! :)

  7. So you got me...I so want to read this series

  8. Well Cleverly Inked isn't the only one who wants to read the book now. Somethimes some books just don't get my attention, I seriousley don't know why! This one sounds so good! Great review.

  9. I knew this one would be good! Firespell didn't wow me, but I had a feeling the action would pick up in this one. I must grab a copy soon! Great review!

    Love the cover, too!