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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...
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 246 pages
  • 104 x 170 x 20mm | 136g
  • Signet
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0451228863
  • 9780451228864
  • 67,002

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"A wonderfully compelling reluctant vampire heroine." -- Julie Kenner
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About Chloe Neill

Chloe Neill, New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels, the Dark Elite novels, and the Devil's Isle Novels, was born and raised in the South but now makes her home in the Midwest--just close enough to Cadogan House, St. Sophia's, and Devil's Isle to keep an eye on things. When not transcribing Merit's, Lily's, and Claire's adventures, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys--her favorite landscape photographer (her husband) and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)
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Rating details

10,465 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
5 27% (2,820)
4 31% (3,192)
3 31% (3,206)
2 9% (967)
1 3% (280)

Our customer reviews

My Review In this book, I fell in love with it straight away. I was hooked from the very first chapter and I really didn't want to put it down until the end. The main character Lily Parker, has just moved from upstate New York, to St. Sophia's all girl boarding school. She ends up best friends with a spellbinder called Scout, but she has many evil run-ins with "The brat pack" who are constantly trying to annoy them. I thought the book was very well written and gave good detail the whole way through. The character Lily was very strong and brave and in a way I wish I could have her confidence. But the one that stole my heart was Sebastian, the bad boy. I don't know why people go for the bad boys but I just found I wanted more and more of Sebastian and Lily, so I hope that they get together at some point. I think Chloe did a fabulous job writing the characters, because you had a fair good amount that, not just involved the main characters, but the side lined ones as well. It gets shared around and I thought that was a rally important part of the book, to have a lot of scenes with others characters. After I read this book, I wanted to hear more of Lily's story and her journey, but I had to wait a while for the sequel to come out, which is just as good, if not better. I recommend this book to all people wanting to read Paranormal stuff and even people that don't because if they read this book they will be hooked into the Paranormal world for life. Outstanding! Recommended to everyone and is on my book Shelf, ready to more
by Perri Harcus
Lily's parents just broke the news that they're taking a two-year sabbatical in Munich, Germany - and that she's not invited. Immediately, Lily has visions of staying with Ashley while going through the SATs, college application process, and the prom. Her daydream fades as her mom breaks the news about a boarding school in Chicago. The first day at St. Sophia's raises questions for Lily. She's so unsure why she's enrolled. Most girls have been coming here for years. She does connect with one of her suite mates, who could be her new best friend. But Scout has a secret, and it involves sneaking off until the middle of the night. Scout's not about to fill Lily in just yet, so unable to hide her curiosity, Lily follows her one night down into the depths of the school in a maze of twists and turns. She stays behind a locked doorway until she hears Scout on the other side. Lily has tons more questions that Scout refuses to answer in order to keep her safe. Trouble follows Lily around, and before long she falls victim to a prank and ends up locked in a room in the basement. By the time she figures out how to unlock the door, she runs into Scout and two boys running for their lives. Together, they race for the door to escape, but Lily get hit with magic and goes down. She wakes up in a hospital and forces Scout to spill the secret. Once she finds out, she wishes she didn't know quite so much. Chloe Neill starts off her YA debut with a bang and never looks back. The mysterious school, bratty classmates, secret societies, and one best friend combine together to make an awesome start to a new paranormal series. *Gold Star Award Winner!show more
by TeensReadToo
The world building is a slow build-up to a great architecture. The end result was beautiful and believable. I would give it a 4.5 out of 5. The story-telling quality was good and I would give it a 3.5 out of 5. The character development was superb and as a reader, I can connect with Lily and Scout. Here is the kicker: Towards the end, the good guys team and the bad guys team had a drama talk which read like a badly scripted movie. The book is trying to make me believe that teenagers (raging hormones, emotions and all) would just stand around and watch newbie friend exchange info with the bad guys team leader in a high-stress rescue situation. WTF! In my experience, teenagers jumps feet first and bounce with energy. Specially with all that adrenaline pumping in their veins having to do a rescue stint. I therefore find these scenes inconsistent. And this is not the only "inconsistent scenario" in the book. So, "suspension of disbelief" would have to drop to zero. That scene there, needs a lot of work. It also tells me that this author has a lot of imagination but little true understanding of teenagers. From my point of view as a reader, if somebody wants to write about a subject matter, he/she needs to understand, or at least research it, because it'll show. Overall, I would rate this book a 2 out of 5. Borrow this book from the library rather than waste your money buying it. Overall Rating: 2 out of 5show more
by Cherry
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