Monday, March 2, 2009

Night World Vol. 1 by L.J. Smith

The Night World is the secret world of Vampires, Witches, Werewolves, and Shapeshifters. They can be anyone, anywhere, and the Night World has only two laws. One: don't fall in love with a human, and two: don't tell anyone about the Night World. The penalty... death.

Night World is basically three stories in one book. The stories are all interconnected, but can be read separately if need be. However, there are references to previous stories and characters that won't make sense unless read in order.

In the first story, Secret Vampire, Poppy discovers that she has an incurable disease known as pancreatic cancer. The only way to save her is for her life-long friend, James, to change her, but can she make that sacrifice?
This story is told from the perspective of Poppy and is basically a classic love story. The beginning reads like a Twilight knock-off, but it gets a lot better after the first couple of pages.

The second story, Daughters of Darkness, is the story of three vampire sisters trying to escape the mediocrity of living on an all-vampire island. They travel to a small out-of-the-way town where their Aunt lives only to find her dead. Now someone wants them dead as well and the only ones who can help them now are two humans, Mary-Lynn and her brother. This is told from the point of Mary-Lynn and, although there is a very large romantic piece to this story, it isn't your typical love story. It also introduces the main aspect of the soul-mate principle which is mentioned in Secret Vampire, so it's kind of the opposite version of a love story.

In Spellbinder, two witches fight each other for a human. One to save her sister from certain death, the other for love. Thea and Blaise Harmon are the last of the famous Harmon witches, but Thea has found her soulmate and he's human. This story is told from the perspective of Thea Harmon and is similiar to the first story in this volume, except that she spends almost the entire story trying to fight her destiny. The story shows the power of the soul-mate principle and the fact that nothing can stop it once it has started.

The stories are excellant in my opinion, but very romantic and they all follow the same basic principle of a Night World person finding their soul-mate in a human. But very well written and there are some definant twists and turns in each one that make them unique. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes supernatural stories or romantic novels.


robin_titan said...

I really need to read this series, I think I have it...hehe :D

Christine said...

I read this book and I beleive that it is amazing. I was reading it while I was waiting for the new book to the series I was already reading to come out (House of Night series) and it was a Great substitute. I am buying Volume 2 soon when I have the chance.