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    Review: Hexbound

    Hexbound is the second book in the Dark Elite series by Chloe Neill. It was released on January 4, 2011 in the U.S. in paperback and eBook formats. Published by Signet, the paperback edition is 256 pages.

    Hexbound is available to purchase in both formats from Amazon and Barnes & Noble and is available from other booksellers online or in stores.

    Goodreads description:

    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…

    There’s never a dull moment at St. Sophia’s. Ever since Lily Parker arrived at the Chicago boarding school she has been going nonstop.

    From discovering her suite-mate Scout’s secret about being an Adept, one who fights against the Dark Elite to keep the people of Chicago safe, to finding out that she is also an Adept with the power to wield firespell, her arrival in Chicago has been anything but boring.

    Only weeks since rescuing Scout from the Reapers, a new threat has arisen. This one comes in the form of hideous creatures with fangs and claws that have been leaving slime trails in the tunnels leading to St. Sophia’s.

    Still no closer to discovering the truth about Lily’s parents and what they’re really working on, she, Scout and the other Adepts in Enclave Three manage to get caught in the middle of vampire territorial wars as they try to uncover the source of these slimy new beings.

    To top it all off, Sebastian Born, the Reaper who activated Lily’s firespell, is following her.

    And let’s not forget Veronica and her brat pack who just can’t seem to mind their own business.

    With Scout still recovering from her abduction by the Reapers and Lily still not in control of her firespell power, will they be able to figure out and defeat whoever is behind this?

    With the help of some new friends from Enclave Two and a few surprising allies, it may just be possible.


    Hexbound is the second book in the Dark Elite series and picks up the story just weeks after the events that occurred in Firespell. Lily Parker is still working with the other Adepts to ensure that the Reapers do not harm the innocent by taking their life force to sustain themselves, when she, Scout, Jason and Michael encounter some never-before-seen creatures in the tunnels connecting to St. Sophia’s.

    In their attempt to get more information about what these disgusting and slimy beings are, who created them and why they are trying to get into the school, they will have to turn enemies into allies and put their trust in someone who should not be trusted.

    Hexbound, like Firespell, is another delightful and quick read. The banter between Lily and Scout makes this story. If anything, Lily is even more sarcastic and clever in this book than in the first and her humorous interactions with Scout continue to entertain throughout the story.

    Author Chloe Neill has introduced a few new characters with some different powers, of which Detroit, the petite, blond, punk, techie machinist from Enclave Two, is the most interesting. The author has also made the vampires of Chicago a major player in this story, adding in yet another element to this world.

    In Hexbound, we do see less of the Reapers, however, aside from Sebastian Born. And, although Veronica and her snooty friends make an appearance, there is less of a focus on them, too.

    This second book in the series moves the plot forward and the ending wraps up nicely, although there are plenty of questions that still remain open from the first book and a few new questions that have been introduced in Hexbound.

    Another book in the series is planned which will hopefully explore these answers further.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=4]

    On a personal note:

    I absolutely loved Firespell and I love this one, but just a little bit less when compared to the first book in the series. In book one we got to meet the characters, learn about all their powers and explore the world of the Adepts and Dark Elite. The different powers that each of the characters had, and especially Lily’s firespell were so interesting to learn about, and although used in this book, they didn’t seem to take center stage.

    There were also a number of questions that I was dying for answers on (ones I won’t share as they are completely spoiler-y), but only a few were touched upon in this installment. And of course I would have liked to find out more about Lily’s parents and why everything is so hush-hush.

    I’m sure as the series progresses all will be answered, but I had hoped certain portions of the plot would have moved forward a bit more to begin to address these questions.

    I would have also loved to see more of Sebastian Born, John Creed and the Reapers in general. Not that I didn’t like the vamps, but I kind of missed those evil Reapers!

    I remain a huge fan of this series and am looking forward to book three.


    Click here to read an excerpt of chapter one from the author’s website.

    If you haven’t yet read Firespell, the first book in the series, and would like to check out my review, click here.


    Book Watch: Releasing This Week

    There are so many great YA releases coming out this week I thought I would highlight a few of them here in a special “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post as a last minute reminder for anyone who might not have pre-ordered them.

    First up is Awakened, the eighth book in the House of Night series by P. C. and Kristin Cast. It releases in the U.S. on JANUARY 4, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. If purchased from Apple’s iBooks or Amazon it will download after midnight on January 3rd. (If you’re in the Pacific time zone it will download from Apple after 9 p.m. local time.)

    I cannot wait for this one. I liked Burned but missed seeing things from Zoey’s perspective. I plan on reading and reviewing it some time this week!

    Shadowspell, the second book in the Faeriewalker series by Jenna Black will also be released on JANUARY 4, 2011 in the U.S. It will be available as a paperback and an eBook. To purchase from Amazon click here.

    To read chapter one online click here.

    To download (or read online) chapters one and two in pdf format from the author’s website click here.

    Another one that I have been dying to read. I just re-read Glimmerglass and loved Remedial Magic and so am completely ready for this book. I plan on reading and reviewing this book this week too!

    Hexbound is the second book in the Dark Elite series by Chloe Neill. It, too, will be released on JANUARY 4, 2011 in the U.S. as a paperback and eBook. All electronic books are available for download just after midnight local time from Amazon.

    Click here to read a chapter from the author’s website.

    Yet another one I’ve had pre-ordered forever. It’s always so unfair that you can pre-order the print versions long before the eBooks, but at least this one is in my queue. I hope to read this one next weekend so the review should be up some time next week. I would love to read it sooner, but there is only so much free time in a week!

    Night School (A Blood Coven Vampire Novel) by Mari Mancusi is the fifth book in the series. It will be released on JANUARY 4, 2011 as a paperback and an eBook. It can be ordered from Amazon and other booksellers.

    To read an excerpt click here.

    I’ve read all the books in this series and enjoy them so much. They are fun and easy reads. I originally liked Rayne better than Sunny but now I like them both equally. I hope to get to this book next week also and will post my review then.

    XVI is the first book in a new series by debut author Julia Karr. It will be released on JANUARY 6, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is sold at Amazon, Borders, Barnes & Noble and from other booksellers.

    Chapter one can be read online at the author’s website. When you get to the site just click “XVI CHAPTER ONE” on the menu and start reading.

    I just loved the cover and dark premise of this book and have had this in my pre-order queue for awhile. I plan on reading this book this week and reviewing it either this weekend or on Monday of next week. I’m glad it comes out a couple days later than the other bunch so I don’t have as much of a backlog!

    Unearthly is the first book in a new series by debut author Cynthia Hand. It is also being released on JANUARY 4, 2011. Currently Amazon only has the hardcover version for sale as does Barnes & Noble. It is already on shelves at B&N in some stores so you might be able to grab it prior to Tuesday’s release.

    I’ve already read and reviewed this book, but have listed it here as it’s an amazing book, which I will definitely read again. I received an ARC from NetGalley, but as soon as this is available as an eBook I plan on adding the final version to my permanent collection.

    The Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries #2: Bloodlust is the second of Stefan’s Diaries inspired by The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith and based on the TV series on the CW. It will be released on JANUARY 4, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. To buy from Amazon, click here.

    Click here for a sample of chapter 1.

    Note to readers: The Stefan’s Diaries books tie into the TV show. The facts about Stefan and the other characters match the information on the television show and not the books by L.J. Smith. (For example: The TV show has the Salvatore brothers born in a much later century and different country than the books.) So, if you have read the books but not watched the show, you will probably not want to read the Stefan’s Diaries books.

    I do plan on reading this book, but haven’t yet gotten into the first book. When I pre-ordered that one I hadn’t realized it was a TV show tie-in so I was a tad confused when I started to read. I plan on reading both books and reviewing but it probably won’t be until later this month or next month.


    I KNOW THERE ARE A NUMBER OF OTHER WONDERFUL BOOKS RELEASING THIS WEEK. Please do not consider a book’s absence from this list to mean that I do not want to read those books. The above are just the books I have on pre-order and one amazing book I’ve already read early and reviewed (but plan on buying the final version when it’s available for the Kindle).

    Typically, if a book hasn’t been made available as an eBook I haven’t yet purchased it. That doesn’t mean I won’t. BUT IF YOU KNOW OF ANY OTHER BOOKS that I haven’t mentioned that you think I should have, PLEASE LET ME KNOW! If I have forgotten to buy something that I should be reading I think I’ll be heartbroken if I miss it!