Saturday, October 22, 2011

Supernatural Saturday Review: Night World #1

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.
 [from Goodreads]

Rating:  2.5 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience:  Fans of LJ Smith
High point:  Daughters of Darkness
Low point:  Didn't get to know the characters well enough
Reader maturity:  13+

Surely by now it's no secret that I love the works of LJ Smith. I recommended several of the series here and you can find my reviews of the four original Vampire Diaries books here.

But when I tried out Night World, it was missing something. I think maybe it's that Secret Vampire, Daughters of Darkness and Spellbinder are stand-alone novels, and I felt like I didn't get to know the characters well enough.

Of the three, I liked Daughters of Darkness best. It was missing the rose-colored glasses of Secret Vampire (Poppy is just a little bit too emotionally buoyant for me) and the unsubstantiated drama of Spellbinder (I don't see how someone could be so mean to someone else just because, especially with an ending like that). The characters really seem like family, and the story was one of the more creative ones. It was full of tension with secrets and danger popping up around every corner. I really wanted to know what happened to Mary-Lynette after the closing of the novel!

Overall, Night World #1 left me unmoved, due to something I can't quite put my finger on. However, it's written in true LJ Smith style with lots of innocent passion and everygirl tales so if you enjoy her other works, Night World might be right up your alley.

Title:  Night World #1:  Secret Vampire, Daughters of Darkness, Spellbinder
Author:  L. J. Smith
Genre: Young Adult Horror and Suspense
Year: 1996
Book Source:  Purchased

1 comment:

  1. I read this one forever go and remember liking the stories well enough that I bought the second in the series. Sometimes I enjoy quick little novellas that you can speed through. Not the same as a novel though. Depends on my mood.