Book reviews.


Secret Vampire:

Secret Vampire was the first Night World book I read and I thought the characters of this book set L. J. Smith apart from other young adult authors of the supernatural genre. I fell in love with James Rasmussen. L. J. Smith had me wishing I had a boyfriend just like James. And Philip North had me laughing right to the very end of the book. I also liked that when I least expected it Ash Redfern handed Poppy North the happy ending she and James deserved. The twists in this book had me hooked. But seeing as this was the first book in the series I thought L. J. Smith could have dedicated a few more pages to explaining the concepts of the Night World better. She does however build on this in subsequent books.

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Daughters Of Darkness:

Daughters of Darkness contains plenty of information regarding Night World concepts. There is also information on the famous Redfern family. I liked that Ash Redfern and Mary-Lynnette Carter did not run off and live happily ever after. It would have been hard to believe had Ash gave up the Night World, his family and his principles in the span of a few days. There is also the suspense of wondering what will happen to this couple later in the series. I also liked that L. J. Smith did not define the relationship between Jade Redfern and Mark Carter. They are young and carefree and believe love is all you need. I did not think they were mature enough to know if they are truly soulmates. I found the story to be slow paced and predictable. The title of the book refers to the Redfern sisters Jade, Kestrel and Rowan and yet they were hardly the focus of the book. Great characters though so it is a pity that their part in Daughters of Darkness was kind of small.

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Spellbinder/Enchantress:

Spellbinder/Enchantress is the first Night World book starring witches. The book is full of information about the history of the witches and the times of Hecate, Maya and Hellewise Hearth Woman. And who does not like a book where the female leads compete for the same boy, especially when they are related? Blaise Harman was a brilliantly written character. She is the stereotypical popular girl. Beautiful but cold as an iceberg. At the end of Spellbinder/Enchantress Blaise shows a glimmer of compassion but she does not fully reform. Instead, L. J. Smith does something a little different. She keeps Blaise the way she is, unlike previous Night World characters. This is why I like Blaise. The character knows who she is. One thing I had trouble understanding was how Edgith Harman could have no problem saying farewell to her granddaughter for eternity? I thought her character came off cold in this book.

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Dark Angel:

I read Dark Angel seven years after I read my first Night World book. By the time I read the book I was aware that many fans considered this book their least favourite. I however thought the story was a good read. The storyline was unique for the series and I did not think the characters were bad at all. In fact, I admired Gillian Lennox. She was a real person. She wanted popularity and wanted a guy she never dreamed she could have. For those who have not read this book yet let me warn you that there is very little Night World involvement in Dark Angel. Some people also believe couples realise they are soulmates on first sighting. This is not the case with Gillian and her soulmate David Blackburn. Any one who thinks David does not deserve Gillian because he never paid attention to her until she became popular should realise that David begins noticing Gillian the day he rescues her which happens before she becomes popular. And he did not seem like an obnoxious type who goes for a girl just because of her popularity.

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The Chosen:

This book sheds more light on the Redfern family and we finally get to meet the infamous Hunter Redfern. The Chosen is definitely one of my favourite Night World books because it has John Quinn in it but I have a major criticism about this book. I felt as if Quinn did not appear in the book much. This sounds ridiculous when he is the male lead but I can count the number of times he appears in the story on one hand. Some of the times that he does appear he ends up getting knocked unconscious even though his character is meant to be strong and a strategic fighter. The Chosen contains my absolute favourite Night World scene when Rashel Jordan visits a night club and seduces Quinn. I thought this was the sexiest scene out of all the Night World books.

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Soulmate:

In Soulmate Thierry Descouedres sheds more light on the times of Maya and Hellewise Hearth Woman. Definitely read this book if you want more information about Night World history. Soulmate also contains an update on previous Night World characters. This is something to look out for if you are a fan of previous characters. I thought Maya was killed too easily. There was nothing spectacular about her killing. I understand that L. J. Smith chose to kill her in the most basic way because Maya was hyped up to be more superior to the ordinary vampires yet she could be killed just like any ordinary vampire. I would have liked to see more fight in her in her dying moments though. That is certainly what I would expect from a woman who never gives up.

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Huntress:

So the Night World stories are getting kind of predictable now. Night People are falling in love with humans and breaking Night World laws. Huntress introduces a new storyline to the series. The millennium is approaching and a period of darkness has been prophesised. Only the Wild Power children can stop this darkness from destroying the human world. The new storyline livens up the series. Jez Redfern and Morgead Blackthorn were the first couple in the series who were not constantly worrying about whether they were right for each other. They did not feel the constant need to define their relationship. This meant they could just be themselves with each other annoying and competitive. Reading their banter was amusing. What I did not understand however was why Jez was conflicted between loving Morgead or Hugh Davis throughout the book. The relationship between Jez and Hugh did not come across even slightly romantic or passionate. Reading about the confliction was a waste of time in my opinion.

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Black Dawn:

When I first started reading Black Dawn I thought the book was going to have a similar story to The Chosen both books are about slave trade. I am glad I continued reading however because Black Dawn does develop its own story and it is a great story too. Black Dawn stood out from other Night World books because for the first time the female lead Maggie Neely accepted her soulmate Delos Redfern immediately. I liked that Maggie was the first female of the series who did not anguish over who she fell in love with. Hats off to Maggie for being adaptable. I loved the scenes between Maggie and Delos. All the books have great scenes between the soulmate couples but there was something different about the scenes in Black Dawn. I guess it had something to do with the male lead and not the female lead being unwilling to fall in love. I also think Delos has the best dialogue of all the Night World characters.

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Witchlight:

Witchlight is the first book starring shape-shifters. There is information about the dragons, the Drache family and the history between the shape-shifters and the witches. If after reading Black Dawn you were beginning to think L. J. Smith is getting repetitive with her storylines you will be impressed by how great this book is. Raksha Keller and Galen Drache are two of my favourite characters. I liked that their coupling was different Raksha was the one protecting Galen while Galen was the romantic one. I felt that Raksha had many realistic qualities about her such as her impatience, her belief that everyone has to fight and her reluctance to allow Galen to interfere with her job. Something that L. J. Smith did not address in this book was the fact that Iliana Dominick is without a soulmate and we are told that the Wild Powers and their soulmates must survive to fight the darkness. If Iliana does not have a soulmate is she still able to fight the darkness?

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