Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Night World No. 1 by L.J.Smith

After the last L.J. Smith book that I read I told myself I would never read another one. However, I stumbled upon this book when I was in a hurry and it was only $8.99 so I figured why not.

Night World actually contains three smaller stories, Secret Vampire, Daughters of Darkness, and Spellbinder. So I'll give a quick overview of each story and what I thought.

Secret Vampire is the story of Poppy and James who are best friends since childhood. However, James has been keeping a secret from Poppy and it isn't until she finds that she has a terminal cancer that he tells her: he's a vampire. And James can save Poppy, but it means changing her into a vampire and breaking two huge rules in the Night World.

I liked this story a lot. It was interesting to see how this author took vampires in compared to other vampire books that I've read. Poppy was a good character and James had something slightly Edward-ish about him. Definitely can't complain about that!

The next story was Daughters of Darkness. This is the story of three vampire sisters who have fled the Night World in order to find something more. They meet a brother and sister who accidentally discover that they're vampires - this puts everyone in danger of being killed if the Night World finds out. When Ash, the sisters' brother, comes to find them, they're scared to let him know that the brother and sister know about them because Ash hates humans and he'll most likely kill them on the spot. However, there's a twist when Ash finds out that his soulmate is, indeed, the female human.

I think this story had a little more depth than the first one, with characters who were flawed but likeable all the same. Ash, who appeared in the first story, finally found his soulmate and like James told him in the first story, "You'll find your soulmate and it's going to hurt."

Finally the last story, Spellbinder. This one, unlike the other two, is about witches instead of vampires. It's the story of two witch cousins, Blaise and Thea and the boy that they meet, Eric. When the girls begin to fight over Eric, Thea quickly realizes that he is her soulmate and that she must do whatever she can to protect him. When a spell goes horribly wrong, she realizes that now not only must she protect Eric but also the whole town.

I think this actually might have been my favorite story. I liked that Blaise didn't turn out to be quite as horrible as I first thought and I loved Thea's bravery. They were both fun characters to read about and the way the ending was tied up ended up being pretty darn good.

I have to say, this book changed my opinion of L.J. Smith and I'll most likely read books 2 and 3 also. The whole soulmate theory is really interesting - I wonder if Bella and Edward ever thought about that!

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