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Release Date: November 18, 2008
Purchase Link: Amazon
Book 4 - Dark Angel
Book 5 - The Chosen
Book 6 - Soulmate
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 Dark Angel, Gillian is saved from drowning by her guardian angel. Only visible to Gillian, Angel will fulfill her heart's every desire. But when Angel starts making strange and sinister requests, Gillian must question who he truly is and where he came from.
Armed with a wooden stake, martial arts, and the will to resist a vampire's mind control, Rashel struggles to avenge her mother's death in The Chosen. Then she meets Quinn, her soulmate, who is part of the world she has vowed to destroy.
Hannah receives notes warning her of incredible danger in Soulmate. But if death is her destiny, is the Lord of the Night World's love strong enough to save her?
Volume two of L.J. Smith's Night World series starts with Dark Angel. Meet Gillian, an introvert girl who had a NDE by falling in a frozen creek and was brought back by her Angel. Immediately after Gillian was revived things started turning around for her. Her long time crush and uber popular guy, David Blackburn, came to her rescue. Eventually Gillian's anonymity became kaput as David starting hanging out with her. But her Guardian Angel had other plans, he started urging Gillian to dabble in the black arts in the guise of self preservation. Gillian discovers eventually that her Angel is not who he says he is and that her sudden popularity comes with a price.
The Chosen is Buffy-esque as it's the story of Reshel, The vampire hunter and the infamous vampire Quinn who found each other and fell in love. Nothing more to add here, maybe this is Smith's tribute to the now defunct but very popular TV show.
Soulmate reminds me me of Luce and Daniel of the Fallen Series by Lauren Kate. Hannah is a human who keeps getting reincarnated but dies before her 17th birthday. Thierry is a vampire who lived dozens of lifetimes waiting and trying to save Hannah, but in this lifetime, the cycle will be broken. Fortunately for me, Hannah has way more pizazz than Luce. She doesn't like being a victim and, round of applause, killed Maya, the first vampire ever as far as Night World is concerned.
Volume two is a leap of improvement from book one because the heroines are worthy of their titles. The soulmate concept is still present but the characters have more sense in them than clueless Poppy, martyr Mary-Lynette and goody-goody Thea. Gillian, Reshel and Hannah are badass babes who would probably outlive their Night World counterparts. In my opinion, this is the best of the trio (yup I've read the third one so I'm getting ahead of myself here).
Although Soulmate is my least favorite because Hannah is a little dense. So in her mind this is how her lifetime with Thierry will play out: she'll stay human and live to a ripe old age while Thierry stays youthful and watch her wither and die. In between lifetimes she expects him to wait and search for her until they find each other again. WTH!? Maya should've killed her or if Smith wants a lovely ending between the soulmates, she should've just turned Hannah.
But the Night World and Circle Daybreak outbreak starts on volume three although the impending rebellion have been alluded to already. It's all in the machinations of Hunter Redfern who we still have to read about. He's just being name dropped left and right and his more important and powerful allies have withdrawn their allegiance from Night World. I'm interested on how it will all play out because Maya, the most powerful vampire being the first, was killed unexpectedly by Hannah. I find this part ridiculous, you're invincible being a witch and the fount of the vampire race and a foundling staked you?!?! Smith should've saved you for last.