Thursday, January 24, 2013

Teaser Thursday: Firespell (Dark Elite Series, #1) by Chloe Neill

Firespell (Dark Elite Series, #1)

Author: Chloe Neill

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Synopsis: New Girl. New School. Old Evil.

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 . . .

Sneak Peek

It took me a minute to find her in the forest of them. And when I reached her in the middle, she wasn't alone.

Scout stood stiffly, lips apart, eyes wide, staring at the two boys who stood across from her. They were both in slacks and sweaters, a button-down shirt and tie beneath, an ensemble I assumed was the guy version of the private school uniform. The one on the right had big brown eyes, honey skin, and wavy dark hair curling over his forehead.

The one on the left had dark blond hair and blue eyes. No-not blue exactly, but a shade somewhere between blue and indigo and turquoise, like the color of a ridiculously bright spring sky. They glowed beneath his short hair, dark slashes of eyebrows, and the long lashes that fanned across those crazy eyes.

His eyebrows lifted with interest, but Scout's voice pulled his gaze to her. I, on the other hand, had a little more trouble, and had to drag my gaze away from this boy in the garden.

"What are you doing here?" she asked them, suspicion in her gaze.

The boy with brown eyes shrugged innocently. "Just seeing a little of Chicago."

"I guess that means I didn't miss a meeting," Scout said, her voice dry. "Don't you have class?"

"There wasn't a meeting," he confirmed. "We're on our lunch break, just like you are. We're out for a casual stroll, enjoying this beautiful fall day." He glanced at me and offered a grin. "I'm guessing you're St. Sophia's latest fashion victim? I'm Michael Garcia."

"Lily Parker," I said with a grin. So this was the boy Veronica talked about. Or more important, the boy Scout had avoided talking about. Given the warmth in his eyes as he stole glances at Scout, I made a perdiction that Veronica wasn't going to win that battle.

"Hello, Lily Parker," Michael said, then bobbed his head toward blue eyes. "This is Jason Shepherd."

"Live and in person," Jason said with a smile, dimples arcing at each corner of his mouth. My heart beat a little bit faster; those dimples were killers. "It's nice to meet you, Lily."

"Ditto," I said, offering back a smile. But not too much of a smile. No sense in playing my entire hand at once.

Jason hitched a thumb behind him. "We go to Monteclare. It's down the road. Kind of."

So I've heard," I said, then looked at Scout, who'd crossed her arms over her chest, the universal sign of skepticism.

"Out for casual stroll," she repeated, apparently unwilling to let the point go. "A casual storll that takes yoy to the garden next door to St, Sophia's? Somehow, I'm just not buying that's a concidence."

Michael arched an eyebrow and grinned back at her. "That's because you're much too suspicious."

Scout snorted. "I have good reason to be suspicious, Garcia."

Michael's chocolate gaze intensified, and all that intensity was directed at the girl standing next to me." (Chapter 4, pgs. 41-42)

Fun Quotes

“He grinned at me, his ridiculously blue eyes tripping my heart. “You say what’s on your mind, don’t you, Parker? I like that.'
I rolled my eyes. 'You have to stop flirting with me, Shepherd, or we’re never going to get anything done.'
'Flirting? You’re the one who’s getting me all riled up.'
'Oh, please. You’re all, ‘Here, Lily, have some candy.’ It’s obvious who’s flirting here.'
'Then maybe I should kiss you.”  ~Lily and Jason

"She arched an eyebrow. 'You said you had a weapon.' She scanned me up and down. 'Exactly what weapon was that? Flip-flops?'
I held up a foot and dangled my thick, emerald green flip-flop in front of her. 'Hey, I could have beaned a pursuer on the head with this thing. It weighs like ten pounds, and I guarantee you he would have thought twice before invading St. Sophia's." ~Lily and Scout

"Well, then, I suppose you'd better thank your lucky stars that you found me. 'Cause I'm going to be on you like white on rice. I'm a hard friend to shake, Parker." ~Scout

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