Author: Chloe Neill
Publication: Signet; Original edition (January 4, 2011)
Description: 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...
My Thoughts: I enjoyed this second visit to the world of the Dark Elite. This one takes place shortly after the end of Firespell. Lily is getting used to the idea that she does have magic. She and her friend Scout are busy with all the usual school things like dealing with classes and bratty classmates. But they are also busy patrolling the underground areas of Chicago to fight the Reapers who want to steal magic and life from other people. In this episode, the group finds some fanged, rat-like beings that leave a trail of slime and attack anyone they see. Even the vampires are worried about the new creatures.
Lily is also deepening her relationship with Jason who just happens to be a werewolf. She is also eager to find out the secrets of the Sterling Research Group and to get to the bottom of the mystery of where her parents are and what they are doing. Philosophers shouldn't be doing genetic research but it seems that they are.
And then there is Sebastian Born - Reaper and hottie - who is trying to teach Lily about her magic. But can she trust him? What does he really want? Is there really a gray between the black and white that she wants to believe in?
This was an excellent addition to the series and would be entertaining for young adult and middle grade lovers of the paranormal. I can't wait to find out what happens next for Lily, Scout, and their friends.
"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?"