Monday, August 4, 2008

"Night World" Volume 1 is a Perfect Journey into the Magical World of the Night

Synopis from B&N.com:
The Night World isn't a place. It's all around us. It's a secret society of vampires, werewolves, witches, and other creatures of darkness that live among us. They're beautiful and deadly and irresistible to humans. The Night World laws say it's ok to hunt humans, to toy with their hearts-even to kill them. According to the laws, humans must never find out about the Night World. And members of the Night World must never fall in love with a human.
Told with interweaving characters, these are three stories about what happens when the rules get broken . . .
In SECRET VAMPIRE, Poppy is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Her only hope for survival is James, her friend and secret crush. A vampire in the Night World, James will risk everything to turn Poppy into a vampire and make her immortal.
DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS tells a tale of three vampire sisters who are fugitives of the Night World.
And two witch cousins battle using black magic and white magic for their high school crush in SPELLBINDER.

I have read L.J. Smith before, so it was no surprise to me that I loved this book. I fell in love with her books when I first picked up Vampire Diaries a few years ago, and I can't wait until she writes Damon's book. So when I realized that she has written so many other series over the years but they are all out of print, I was frantic, waiting for these three-books-in-one reprints. I just wish they'd print them faster!!

This book contains the first three books in her spectacular Night World series. The Night World isn't a place... no, it's all around you, it's everything. It refers to the creatures that belong to it, no matter where they are in the world. I can't think of a better setting for a series than that, can you? I mean, seriously, what more can you ask for? It's got vampires, both made vampires and born ones, werewolves, shape-shifters and witches. As if that's not enough of an incentive, add magical words like soulmate and true love, along with Ms. Smith's amazing writting skills, and you have the receipe for a perfect read! With the guarantee of more to come in the series, which is just a bonus!

Out of the three stories in this book, I have to say that I felt like the last one, Spellbinder was one of the 'weaker' ones, sorta speak. I liked it, don't get me wrong, but I like the other two more and felt like Eric and Thea's story was kind of rushed, not allowing the audience to really feel the connection that they, as soulmates, have. Still, an interesting story that grabs your attention.

For me, the first one, Secret Vampire was the best one of the series so far because I felt like she was able to tell James and Poppy's story without rushing it. By the end, you were happy, you know how things were going to turn out with them and you could easily imagine, in your mind, what their life would be like after the story ended. The ability to write a story like that defines a great author.

The middle story, Daughters of Darkness, was also very good. I fell for bad-boy Ash from the very start, and I thought that even though the ending was a little bit different from what I would have wanted, it was still good and I can still see their future together, some day, even if it's only in my own mind.

5/5 stars! L.J. Smith knows exactly what she's doing, creating a great fantasy world and mixing it deftly with feelings and emotions, with love and mystery, to provide a great read that any teen, or adults!, will love. Smith twines fantasy and magic with myths and legends, adds in plenty of love and even some adventure or mystery and the end result is world that you can usually only find in your dreams. This is an author that you should definitely keep your eyes on, because I think she's only going to get better as time goes on!

~TBQ~

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