HEXBOUND Chloe Neill
A Novel of the Dark Elite, Book 2
ISBN: 978-0-451-2379-9
January 2011
Young Adult Fantasy

Chicago, Illinois Present Day

Lily Parker has a lot to deal with: a new school, a new crush, Reapers trying to suck the life out of people, and the pressure of being a not-so-average teenage girl. Lily arrived at St. Sophia's School for Girls only a short while ago, but so much has happened to her since, including the discovery that she can use Firespell. There's an entire community of teenagers adept at different powers and abilities, and it's up to the Adepts to keep the city safe from Reapers and more.

Lily and the Adepts are doing their usual sweep of the tunnels under the city when they discover something out of the ordinary, even for them. At first the group just found strange slime in the tunnels, but after further investigation they found the unfortunate creatures that left it. A horrifying mix of rat, fish, and who knows what else, they're vicious, and it's up to Lily and the Adepts to figure out what they are, where they came from, how to stop them, and what the Reapers are using them for. Oh, and do their homework.

An intriguing tale of gaining magic and dealing with the responsibility that comes with it, HEXBOUND features a delightful group of teenagers fighting the good fight. Following Lily Parker and her best friend and roommate Scout, HEXBOUND has just the right amount of quirk and suspense to keep readers interested. While I would have personally preferred a little more description of the creatures themselves, the author gave just enough information to get a general idea and let my imagination do the rest.

HEXBOUND is the second Novel of the Dark Elite , following FIRESPELL, which was released in January 2010. While the first novel is not completely necessary when it comes to the plot of the second, readers would do well to read the series in order for full comprehension of the Reapers, as well as Lily's role in the school and with the Adepts. And make sure to keep an eye out for book three in the series, coming out in late 2011.

Amanda Toth