Review by Ner
Author: Chloe Neill
Release Date: January 3rd, 2012
Publisher: NAL Trade
Pages: 242 (Paperback)
Genre: YA | UF | Paranormal
Series: The Dark Elite #3
Read: from May 25 to June 1, 2014
Source & Shelf: ebook | Kobo
ISBN: 9780451230805 (Paperback)
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 book follows up Hexbound but has a twist that no-one was expecting: both Adepts and Reapers don’t have any powers. They find themselves powerless and they have to figure out who took their powers and how to restore them.
The concept was interesting and I did want to know what was going on and how they would restore their magic and all. Chloe Neill really had this vision where she can distinguish good from evil and find that shade of grey in between. The whole series is centred on that shade, not on the good side neither on the bad. Especially because this book does bring up that question: what is good and what is bad and when both sides are faced with the same problem, a lot of questions are answered and a lot of things analysed. One of the main reasons I did enjoy this series.
And the reason why this book wasn’t my favourite has to do with, not only the slower pace, but also with the anti-climax ending. After an action-pace peak where the Adepts are fighting to get powers and all and then the whole Lily-Jason “did-they-broke-up-I-don’t-know” thing, the book simply ended. It felt rushed, with no consistence at all and that made me upset. The romance, which wasn’t in its best form in this book, was simply annoying and it closed the book in a way that didn’t make any sense.
Still, Lily continued to amaze me and I continued to enjoy her character. She’s definitely one of those bad-ass female characters that seriously don’t need anyone defending her. Scout remained the same freak but still an awesome friend and someone you can rely on.
Sebastian, the Reaper, makes a huge appearance in this book and I wish it had been more explored and developed. Though there were moments where I did feared a love triangle, I felt that his relationship with Lily was vague. Even though he’s a Reaper, I think his character could have been massive if the author allowed it.
Charmfall was still a nice reading and easy reading. It wasn’t the best book in the trilogy and there’s a lot more the author can explore within this universe she created. The book had an open ending which allows for a lot more of information and continuation to still be delivered. And if Chloe Neill does indeed write more in the series, I sure will continue it.