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Review: Hexbound by Chloe Neill

Hexbound by Chloe Neill
Published by Gollancz
Challenge: None
Series: Dark Elite #2
Source: own copy

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.

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…

The Dark elite series is set in a boarding school in Chicago. The main characters are Adept (teenagers with magical abilities) who are fighting against the Reapers (teenagers who also have magical abilities but gain their power through sacrificing others) at night and trying to appear like normal teenagers during the day. Lily, the main character, has just found herself in this world only recently discovering that she also has such an ability and is trying to work out what that means for her.

While I'm not for a minute saying I didn't enjoy this book it certainly had a "middle book in a series" feel to it.

The things I enjoyed:
I love Lily and Scout as characters. I love how they spark off each other and love that they are feisty wonderful heroines without being bitchy or nasty.
I liked delving deeper into the world of the dark elite because I thought book one only scratched the surface.

Things that could have been better
I would have liked to have seen more happen. I just thought it this case the book trundled along a bit too slowly and nothing really was different by the end of the book
I wish that we weren't reminded every single chapter (maybe it just feels like that) that Lily is a vegetarian. I really don't care, it's not that interesting.
I would have liked more on Lily's own background.

I'm definitely still looking forward to seeing how the series pans out but please please give me some more of the kick ass action from book one.


prophecygirl said…
I think this series is kind of like Morganville in its format.. would you agree?

I haven't read this one yet but I'm looking forward to it. Bit worried there isn't as much action though.
I am now curious *looks at amazon*
Ooh, I don't think this book is for me (I possibly tried reading the first book and it didn't hold my interest) but I love your list of things you enjoyed/could be better! Great way to write a review :)
I can't wait to read this book series! It sounds great!