Sunday, April 10, 2011

Review: Night World No. 1 by L. J. Smith

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Novel: Night World No.1: Secret Vampire, Daughters of Darkness, Spellbinder
Author: L. J. Smith
Pages: 752
Genre: YA (Fantasy)

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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.

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(I will not be posting any spoilers! Only opinion for the sake of those of us who love to have our first look at a book be untainted by foreknowledge.)

Okay, since there are three stories in this one novel I will be talking about each. I love Poppy! And her story is amazing and heartfelt and you come to enjoy her… though there is one moment that I don’t get as much as others who are actually able to use candles might. Poppy was lovable and her story is wonderful.

Then you have the sisters of darkness who are all lovable in their own different ways and in some ways not as lovable but I still loved them each. The main girl is wonderful and a pleasure to read about especially because it is finally a character with a head properly attached to her shoulders and a strong mind even included! Which shows true in the second story. Even her brother is lovable in his own way. You even start to not hate one of the characters as much as you may have previously. (Nener Nener not going to elaborate you just have to read it!) The last story finished it off with a unique magical battle and Overall I think that L.J. Smith has done another wonderful job on another collection of short stories that are well worth your time.

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1st story: 5 stars!
2nd Story: 5 stars!
3rd story: 3 stars!

Would I suggest you read it:

Yes! You will want to read the first story if you are going to read the second so that you will understand specific points in the story. If you enjoyed ‘The Vampire Diaries Series’ then you will likely enjoy this as well, though maybe not as thoroughly as Stephan and Damon fighting over Elena. It is also great if you are wanting something to read after having finished what is out so far of ‘The Vampire Diaries Series’ and want it to have the same dark, alluring feeling yet enjoyable in every way.

Author’s Website:
http://www.ljanesmith.net/index.php

Extra Information:
The Author L.J. Smith is also known as L. Jane Smith and has an interesting gallery of images that were made for or by her of her characters. http://www.ljanesmith.net/gallery.php and there is even an image or two of her including her most well known image of herself hair flowing behind her and her hand stroking a unicorn made by Jan Sovak. There are images from this novel including of Poppy as well as from her other novels such as “The Vampire Diaries Series’. Hope you enjoy!

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