This is the first book in the Dark elite series and introduces readers to Lily Parker, Scout and the rest of the people who populate a world where magic is a very real thing, as are the dangers that come because of it. When I read this I had the feeling that I had read parts of this before, possibly because there seems to have been a mini explosion of books about teenagers with magic who are living in a boarding school situation. That said, this is an interesting read that moves along at a decent pace, but there are some cliches that raise their heads so the speak - you have the mean queen bee, the braindead follower, the handsome boy who's just out of reach, the bad guys who may not be what they appear, and the superior bad guy who just oozes bad guy stuff.
It will be interesting to see if the rest of the series continues with the same speed and strength. This is not the best book of this type out there, but it is very readable and hasn't been dumbed down for a teenage audience (which sadly some authors do). This book is a nice balance between a fun read, and a read with real mythology and 'world building' behind it - a world that you can really believe exists within ours, just waiting to be discovered.
If you like this book then try:
- Hexbound by Chloe Neill
- Glass houses by Rachel Caine
- Hex hall by Rachel Hawkins
- Glimmerglass by Jenna Black
- Skin hunger by Kathleen Duey
- Impossible by Nancy Werlin
- Legacies by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
Reviewed by Brilla