November 1, 2011

Night World 1 by L.J. Smith

read an excerpt here
Series: Night World 1-3
Format: Paperback
Release Date: June 3, 2008
Purchase Link: Amazon
Book 1 - Secret Vampire
Book 2 - Daughters of Darkness
Book 3 - Spellbinder

Vampires, werewolves, witches, shapeshifters -- they live among us without our knowledge. Night World is their secret society, a secret society with very strict rules. And falling in love breaks all the laws of the Night World.

In Secret Vampire, Poppy thought the summer would last forever. Then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now Poppy's only hope for survival is James, her friend and secret love. A vampire in the Night World, James can make Poppy immortal. But first they both must risk everything to go against the laws of Night World.

Fugitives from Night World, three vampire sisters leave their isolated home to live among humans in Daughters of Darkness. Their brother, Ash, is sent to bring the girls back, but he falls in love with their beautiful friend.

Two witch cousins fight over their high school crush. It's a battle between black magic and white magic in Spellbinder.
Volume 1 starts with Secret Vampire. It's about Poppy, a teenage girl diagnosed to have terminal pancreatic cancer. Vampire James is a friend of Poppy who for some reason is strongly disliked by her twin Phil. But our little heroine doesn't want to die yet and was propositioned by James to be turned into a vampire. Poppy agrees and with the help of her twin Phil they fake her death. Now Poppy is a vampire but a renegade one, turns out you can't just run anybody and when the Elders get wind of James' deed the consequences will be dire. Enter Ash, James' cousin who managed to convince Poppy to run away to Vegas with him in order to save James.

Poppy isn't really street smart. At first I was liking the girl because of her hippie name but as the story progressed I got annoyed with her. Where was she when her mom was giving them a lesson about not talking to strangers and more importantly trusting them? Psh! Well fortunate for them Poppy and Phil are descended from a family of witches so they are part of Night World and all is well.

In Daughters of Darkness, Ash's sisters, Rowan, Kestrel and Jade, ran away from Night World island to live with their Aunt Opal, a self-exiled vampire, in Oregon. When they got to their Aunt's house, they found her staked and decided to bury her in her own backyard. What they don't know is that their new neighbor, Mary-Lynette was stargazing that same night and saw them burying a suspicious looking garbage bag. Mary-Lynette is curious by nature and soon starts her own investigation. She eventually got sucked in the Night World and discovered that another Night World creature is in their midst not only hunting game but vampires as well.

This one is off to a good start but it didn't maintain its momentum towards the end. I loved the sisters, they remind me of the Greek Fates but the story got derailed and focused on Mary-Lynette and Ash which I didn't really care much for. I'd rather read more about these awesome sisters because I think their story would be more interesting than another human-vampire lovin.

Lastly Spellbinder is the best of the three. Teenage witches playing with spells that not only binds humans to them but resurrect crazy, dangerous, murdering spirits. The cousins Blaise and Thea, who appeared in Secret Vampire, are witches who got expelled from one school to the other. This time they landed on Vegas but Blaise is still doing her usual M.O. and that is enomoring teenage men until they're obssessed with her and their love remian unrequited. Thea on the other hand is starting to like this guy Eric but she was afraid that Blaise might get in the way and snare Eric for herself. So to protect him, she tried summoning a spirit but thigns go awry and she instead summoned the spirit of an evil with and ended up putting Eric in graver danger.

Night World is a very interesting read although it focuses more on the soulmate theory. Personally I can do away with that and just read up on Night World itself and all their fascinating members. The boys are dreamy indeed but there's more to want with the heroines. I love the different stories because it gives me a better view of this secret society and the Night World laws are very interesting and the Night World island sounds fun, it's like Renaissance Faire everyday!

I like volume one but I'm not crazy about it. The stories start off good but in my opinion it loses its momentum towards the end. I've never really read any L.J. Smith so I'm wondering if it's a smart idea to start with this series or just skip it entirely. I used to watch Vampire Diaries but Ehlena annoyed me so I reluctantly gave up man candy, Ian Somerholder, because I can't stand Nina Dobrev's skinny butt (is it me or is she using butt pads? It honestly looks plumper starting S2).

Anyway, I wish the heroines are more fiesty, they're superhuman afterall, and the Night World operates like the jungle, the fittest survives, so if they keep on breeding "weak" females then their kind will be extinct in a couple of years. And we don't want that...

1 comment:

  1. I read all but the most recent Vampire Diaries books, and the 3 Secret Circle books. And I'd advise just read Secret Circle, it is very "soul-mate-y", as is The Vampire Diaries, but Secret Circle far is better. If you found Elena annoying on the show, definitely don't read the books.

    There are reviews for all the Vampire Diaries books and the first Secret Circle book on my blog, if you want to know more about them.


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