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Review: Charmfall by Chloe Neill

Charmfall by Chloe Neill
Published by Orion

High school can be a battlefield, but for Lily Parker, surviving at St. Sophia’s School for Girls is a matter of life and death...

Protecting Chicago from the dark side can be an exhausting job, especially when you’re a junior. So when the girls of St. Sophia’s start gearing up for Sneak, their fall formal, Lily decides to join in on some good, old-fashioned party prep—even if it means not giving demons, vampires and the twisted magic users known as Reapers her undivided attention.

But when a Reaper infiltrates the school, Lily doesn’t forget what she’s sworn to protect. She reaches deep into herself to draw out her magic—and finds that it’s gone. And it turns out she’s not alone. A magical blackout has slammed through paranormal Chicago, and no one knows what—or who—caused it. But Lily knows getting back her magic is worth the risk of going behind enemy lines..


This is a series where there are a lot of things I like about the books but things that could be better.

I love the setting for this series. It is a boarding school set in an old gothic convent and I love the idea that all these magical going-ons happen underneath the feet (quite literally) of all the ordinary people. I love the concept behind the series and the idea of these teenagers with magic battling it out the save people.

My favourite thing about this book as with the previous ones is the relationship between Lily and her best friend Scout. I love seeing their interactions and how they get on and support each other as friends. This was particularly the case in this book where the pair (and all the others involved) lose their magical abilities)

As with book 2 I did feel there was a lot of faffing about. I was finding myself wanting something more to happen and for the characters to give up discussing events and just get on with it. I often find that the secondary characters, like the bitchy characters lily and scout live with, often hold up the story more than they add to it.

All in all a series I do quite enjoy on the whole even though it could be better. Anyone know if there is going to be anymore in the series???


Precious said…
Hi Kirsty! Great honest review! I loved the second book better than the first book. I'm hoping this will be a little bit better. I still haven't found a copy anywhere though.