Review by Ner
Author: Chloe Neill
Release Date: January 4th, 2011
Pages: 246 (Paperback)
Genre: YA | UF | Paranormal
Series: The Dark Elite #2
Read: from May 19 to 22, 2014
Source & Shelf: ebook | Kobo
ISBN: 9780575095458 (Paperback)
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…
Hexbound is the sequel to Firespell and like its predecessor, it was entertaining and enjoyable. This book kicks-off immediately after the first book with Lily and Scout the rest of the gang continuing their pursuit through the underground. However, they are face with a new dangerous species they’ve never encountered before and they have no idea how to deal with them.
Not wanting to ramble that much about this book – because there’s not actually that much to say that hasn’t been said in Firespell – I did enjoy this book though I prefer the first one. The new scary species that crawl the tunnels and scary the hell out of the Varsity team was interesting but not that well explored. I felt like Chloe Neill just gave us a head start about them and then forgot to mention those things.
I did enjoy the fact that we get to meet more supernatural beings and other Varsities that are scarred around Chicago. I was hoping, however, for more interaction between the groups. I was left a little bit wanting more because Detroit was such an amazing character to meet. Plus, I picture her like with this steampunk fashion-vibe which is always a positive thing.
Now, there’s the whole Sebastian-stalking-thingy going on. I can’t figure out his position, his role in all of this (even though I’ve already read the last book). I have this feeling he isn’t that bad but then I remember that he’s a Reaper and I want to do is ask “are you having an identity crisis?”
But there’s only one thing that bothered me during the whole book: Lily’s parents. She’s constantly asking herself endless questions about her parents without really taking a stand. We don’t get any hint about them – well, we do but it’s not developed – and we still have no idea if they are in Germany or not and what they’re doing.
I still enjoy Lily and Scout’s friendship and their bound. I find the dialogues between them hilarious and sometimes without any sense but that is what make them so special. But, Jason and Lily’s relationship is happening way too fast. I find their romance slightly childish with a lot of clichés but, I admit, I do like them together.
So, in general Hexbound was a nice sequel to a nice paranormal YA series that is a quick, easy and funny read. It might not be the best book in the whole world but it does have its perks: it’s entertaining enough to have you laughing.