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Firespell: Dark Elite, Book 1 | [Chloe Neill]

Firespell: Dark Elite, Book 1

From the author of the Chicagoland Vampires novels, a new series about a boarding school filled with something worse than homework. Lily's parents have sent her to a fancy boarding school in Chicago filled with the ultra-rich. If that wasn't bad enough, she's hearing and seeing bizarre things on St. Sophie's creepy campus. Her roommate, Scout, keeps her sane, but keeps disappearing at night. When one day Lily finds Scout running from real-life monsters, she learns the hard way that Scout is involved in a splinter group of rebel teens.They protect Chicago from demons, vamps, and dark magic users....
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Publisher's Summary

New Girl.

New School.

Old Evil.

From the author of the Chicagoland Vampires novels, a new series about a boarding school filled with something worse than homework. Lily's parents have sent her to a fancy boarding school in Chicago filled with the ultra-rich. If that wasn't bad enough, she's hearing and seeing bizarre things on St. Sophie's creepy campus. Her roommate, Scout, keeps her sane, but keeps disappearing at night. When one day Lily finds Scout running from real-life monsters, she learns the hard way that Scout is involved in a splinter group of rebel teens.They protect Chicago from demons, vamps, and dark magic users. It's too bad Lily doesn't have powers of her own to help. At least, none that she's discovered yet....

©2010 Chloe Neill (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Rocky Mountain Reviewer Colorado 06-03-14
    Rocky Mountain Reviewer Colorado 06-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Story is Good - But the Performance Is Lacking"
    What did you like best about Firespell? What did you like least?

    I've enjoyed the story so far and the dialogue is pretty decent. I'm not far enough into the story yet to know if it follows a coherent story line. The narrator is what I like least. I can get past the nasal New England accent. What I can't ignore is the odd cadence and what sounds like an underlying amusement throughout the narration. Mary Kane has a tendency to pause in the midst of sentences in such a way as to remove any meaning from them. She also sounds like she finds the entire book humorous. It's nothing overt, but it's hard to appreciate the serious thrilling parts of the book when the narrator sounds like she's amused by the whole thing.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mary Kane?

    I'd ask that they return to Cynthia Holloway or explore Amanda Ronconi.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Possibly, but it would have to be very well done - on par with Harry Potter, NOT Twilight.


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    Bri-al United States 03-25-14
    Bri-al United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Awful narration"
    Would you try another book from Chloe Neill and/or Mary Kane?

    Chloe...yes. Mary...no.


    What other book might you compare Firespell to and why?

    I don't know.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mary Kane?

    Katie Schorr


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Firespell?

    Book is fine but a very hard listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Not pleased at all. Get a new narrator!! Very robotic!!

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    KimLi Edmonton, Alberta. 01-30-14
    KimLi Edmonton, Alberta. 01-30-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Painful!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. I love Chloe Neill's books but I can barely keep up with the premise of this book, the narrator is so annoying.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its a Chloe Neill book.


    What didn’t you like about Mary Kane’s performance?

    Everything! I would give no stars if this review would let me. I don't usually complain about narrators, some are hard to listen to but I get by because I get caught up with the story. In this one I am so annoyed 5 mins into it I can hardly "hear" the story to carry on. I usually finish any Chloe Neill book in a day, two at the most. I have had this one for just over a week and I am really struggling to finish it.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Apart from choosing books by my favorite authors I also pick many of my titles from Audible, Inc. and Audible Frontiers. I must say I was very surprised and disappointed that this audio version is by Audible Inc. I don't think I will attempt the other two books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lauri bellingham, WA, United States 10-27-13
    Lauri bellingham, WA, United States 10-27-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Please have someone different narrate this story!"
    Would you try another book from Chloe Neill and/or Mary Kane?

    I love Chloe Neill but Mary Kanes voice is like fingernails on a chalkboard. it almost rendered this fantastically written book un listenable.:(


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mary Kane’s performances?

    no


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brandi Pleasanton, CA, US 09-16-13
    Brandi Pleasanton, CA, US 09-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Someone take the Clothes pin off her nose"
    What did you like best about Firespell? What did you like least?

    The story was definitely decent but the narrator was horrible. My husband even came into the room and was like oh my god what are you listening to This is painful. I agreed


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    And was nice still difficult to get into because of the narrator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I probably would've really enjoyed this book but the narrator was not becoming very nasally. I wouldn't even this series again unless there was a new narrator. And I am very much a series girl all the way to the end.


    Did Firespell inspire you to do anything?

    Choose a new book


    Any additional comments?

    This author is an amazing author I've read all of her Chicagoland series books but I can't get into this series because of the authors choice of narrator. Which detracts from the story line completely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angie B WV United States 08-08-13
    Angie B WV United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Terrible narrator ... So far good story"
    Any additional comments?

    Really bad narration. I am going to try to listen to all the book but not sure I can. I will not be purchasing more books from this series. Do the people responsible for hiring the narrators ever actually listen? If so, then maybe they want the audio sales to suffer or fail. It just doesn't make sense to take a book/series with great potential and ruin it with a horrible narrator.

    Same thing happened with another series of Chloe Neill only worse because it started with a great narrator and changed to one who should never have even tried to narrate. Cynthia Halloway would have been great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryle Moultonborough, NH, United States 07-25-13
    Cheryle Moultonborough, NH, United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent story but Narrator is horrible"
    What would have made Firespell better?

    A different Narrator


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the story and a new spin to popular fiction themes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I never like to leave negative comments, I believe if you have nothing to say do not say it at all etc.While I was first listening to the story I was going to ask for a refund because the narrator has a very annoying, monotone voice and made the book almost impossible to listen to. I decided however to give it more of a chance. The story did grab me in after listening to it for a while and I believe it would be more exciting with a different narrator. Even when she tries to do different characters it just gets more high pitched, piercing and annoying in sound. I am wondering if this is her first time narrating? I am reluctant to listen to the next installment just because of her voice.


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill United States 06-05-13
    Bill United States 06-05-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Chloe's done much better."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It's difficult to give a fair review of this book since the narration was so irritating that I almost gave up listening to the book. Then the book ends, just as the storyline begins to develop. The only reason to recommend this book to a friend would be based on the author's past performance and hope that sequels will build on the weak start.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The metaphysics and the characters both have potential, but the book was too short to really get hooked. I suspect the editor tried to make a trilogy out of one good sized book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Anna Lathrop’s performances?

    I wish I could post a note that would warn me the next time I'm about purchase a book narrated by Anna. She did get a little better as the book continued. She kept using the same cadence, for each sentence. Her main character's voice was this irritating whine and her range of voices was rather limited.


    Was Firespell worth the listening time?

    No. I like the author well enough that I might risk a sequel.


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    Amazon Customer HEMET, CA, United States 05-18-13
    Amazon Customer HEMET, CA, United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2010
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    Would you try another book from Chloe Neill and/or Anna Lathrop?

    I have read and listened to chloe Neill. But I did not like the narrators voice. I couldn't finish this book.


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