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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid second book! April 25 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Once again we're back with Chloe, Scout and the rest of the Adepts as they do their best to secretly protect Chicago. Chloe and Scout are tight as ever and still besties. They have great banter and back and forth which is one of the things love about them. I remember mentioning in my review of Firespell about where the vampires were...well they finally make an appearance in this book.

On the romance front I like both Jason and Sebastian. I'm really fickle so right now I can't choose between the two. Jason is super sweet and great boyfriend material plus he's a werewolf so its kind of a plus to me. We see more of Sebastian in this book but he's still very mysterious and it seems like he knows more than he's ready to reveal. He's sticking his neck out to help Chloe so maybe he has other motivations (not sure?) but I'm interested in where that will go.

Overall, Hexbound is a solid second book by Chloe Neill. The fact that there might be more to the Dark Elite than Chloe believes and also how her parents might be involved are two things I'm dying to find out and will keep me reading.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A charming tale of magic and the paranormal Jan. 15 2011
By Fiktshun - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.

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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.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars engaging young adult fantasy Jan. 8 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lily Parker attends St. Sophia's School for Girls in Chicago after her parents recently dumped her there while they conduct research in Europe. At the school, Lily discovered her paranormal ability to use the Firespell. Although she has improved at controlling this power, she knows she has a long way to go before she is comfortable using it if ever. Her biggest fear is becoming a Reaper who abuses their magical gifts. Lily's roommate and BFF Scout, who fights the otherworldly beasts, helps her stay anchored while her relationship with Jason is becoming more intimate.

As Lily trains to be an Adept, she fears the immortal words of Lord Acton ("Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.") and Darth Vader ("Give yourself to the Dark Side"), so she wants to go slow. However, when she observes strange creatures wandering around St. Sophia's, Lily realizes slow is no longer an option for her. With Scout at her side, she vows to learn who they are and what they want. Although she admits to herself she has made the same pledge re the enigmatic behavior of her parents and adversary Sebastian.

The second Dark Elite (see Firespell) young adult fantasy continues Lily's training in the paranormal as she learns more secrets, especially about her parents and her abilities, but is also is caught up in some sort of otherworldly "turf" war. Fast-paced and mindful of the Casts' House of Night saga and Claudia Gray's Evernight series, readers will enjoy Lily's dilemma. She would prefer to ignore the impossible and hang with the hot hunks rather than joining Scout and friends in mortal combat, but feels Hexbound to learn her craft expeditiously to keep her school, Chicago and the world safe from the others.

Harriet Klausner
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The good from the first book carried over into HEXBOUND, but the not so good carried over too. Jan. 18 2011
By AJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
HEXBOUND picks up just weeks after the end of FIRESPELL, Lily is still learning to control her new power and adjusting to her role as a member of the Dark Elite.

As with FIRESPELL, the dialogue is once again fantastic and there is plenty of it. Maybe a little too smart and clever for fifteen/sixteen year olds, but I didn't care.

The romance in HEXBOUND is much better developed than in the previous book. We find out quite a bit more about Jason than just the fact that he's gorgeous and a werewolf. There's plenty of believable new relationship angst and uncertainty too.

I still had problems with the pacing in this installment, as with the previous book, the plot doesn't really kick in until the halfway mark. It was also overall a thinner story that provided very little in the way of new info about Lily's abilities or her parents. We do learn more about Reaper and fellow firespell Sebastian, which added an interesting wrinkle to the black/white, good/bad line that Lily had drawn.

Overall, the good from the first book carried over into HEXBOUND, but the not so good carried over too. The dialogue is still super slick, a better romance helped compensate for a slower plot, and a questionable enemy/friend brought a much needed element of conflict that promises to make things even more confusing for Lily (and even better for us) in the next Dark Elite book.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first. March 21 2011
By Kale - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Strange things are happening in the city under the city of Chicago. Chloe Neill returns with Hexbound her follow up to last years Firespell. Lily Parker is back to trolling the underground of Chi Town with her magical neighborhood watch crew. One night they stumble upon some strange vampire like creatures and their slimy trail. After the near death experience, Lily and her friends get their Nancy Drew on to discover what the reapers are up to, and why they are creating hybrids. Meanwhile Scout's learning more about her powers, why she's so special, and what makes her so appealing to the reapers. Lily's night life maybe exciting, but her daytime life is getting just as interesting too. Lily is busy snooping into her parents employers, she's having strange nightmares that seem to have a prophetic quality to them. Super hot nemesis Sebastian happens to have an uncanny knack for being where she is, and is offering to help teach her about firespell. Her relationship with sexy wolf Jason is heating up, but complications are arising, that could put a huge wrench in her love life.

While I felt the overall book dragged a bit, there were some interesting things happening here. The new thread about her parents jobs are finally starting to develop. Some of the new characters from another dark elite cell are a welcome edition, and the new complications with Jason are enough of a promise for lots of drama in the next installment, as well as an opening for Sebastian. Though I don't think Hexbound is as good as Firespell the ground work set up here are a promise for a tasty third book.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No sense of high stakes Feb. 26 2011
By Kelly (Fantasy Literature) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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.

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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."
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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.
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