25 Jan 2015

Book Review / Night World Volume One by L J Smith

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 is dying. Her best friend, James can offer her eternal life - as a vampire. One kiss and she sees into his soul. But can she follow him into death ... and beyond?

In 'Daughters of Darkness', there are three sisters with a secret, on the run from their cruel and ruthless brother. Can their new human friend Mary Lynette resist the powerful charm of their brother -and save the sisters and herself from a deadly fate at the hands of a werewolf?

In 'Enchantress', Blaise is irresistible. She's lethal. She bewitches boys for sport. then she meets a boy who matters to her cousin. Thea. They become rivals in love. It's Thea's white magic against Blaise's black magic. They're both breaking the rules. But it's Thea who risks expulsion from the Night World ...

Published:     7th May 2009
Publisher:  Hodder

Author Website:  Click here
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Volume 1 (inc. books 1, 2 and 3) Night World

 Source:  Bought
Review:   4 out of 5


My Review

What I loved about this book...
Out of the three books that is in this bind up, my favourite by far was the first one - Secret Vampire.  I instantly felt for the main character, Poppy who is dying (as mentioned in the description above).  You have a best friend character, James, who is more than what he seems and more than what Poppy realises.  It has been a while since I last read a vampire and I am so glad I decided to pick up this one not only to be one of the first books of 2015 but one of my first books I reading for #projecttbr (challenge for this year which aims to reduce your tbr pile). 

Daughters of Darkness takes us in the same world (Night World) but we follow different characters, thi stime the there sisters.  They are part of the Night World and it was very interesting to see how they interacted in this world.  It was definitely fun to find out what they are up to and trying to figure out whether they are on the side of the good or on the side of the bad.  

Enchantress I will talk about more in the next section. 

What I was not fond of with this book...
Unfortunately, Enchantress was the third book in this series and it was one that I did struggle to get through.  Not because the story was not interesting enough but for the sheer fact that didn't like the character of Blaise.  I thought she was very selfish and hurtful I was pretty much annoyed with her for most of the story. 

About the Author
(from Goodreads)

L.J. SMITH, Lisa Jane Smith, is the New York Times #1 Bestselling author of The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, The Forbidden Game, Dark Visions, Wildworld and Night World series. She has written over two dozen books for children and young adults, and has enjoyed writing every one of them. She lives in the Bay Area of California, with a backyard that is full of flowers, which she adores, especially with many different shades of roses.

She loves to visit a friend's little cabin in the Point Reyes National Seashore area, which has lots of trees, lots of animals, lots of beaches to walk on, and lots of places to hike. Once, while hiking, she saw a snow-white buck which allowed her to follow it nearly half a mile. She also likes to collect things: angels (they remind her of her late mother), tiny boxes from different countries or of fanciful shape, nineteenth century children's literature, and books about quantum physics--especially about the mystery of the dark energy in the universe. A militant optimist, she is also part of the Velociraptor Sisterhood (a fancy way of saying that she likes to read, write and discuss books with strong female characters), and she has traveled extensively in Europe and the Far East. The two countries she loves to visit most are Great Britain, with its historic monuments and amazing country landscapes, and Japan, with its bustling urban life and exquisite mountain scenery.

Her favorite current writer is Terry Pratchett, the author of the Discworld series, for its wild and witty satires on life, death, war, love, assassins, coppers, and Australia. Her favorite classical writer is Jane Austen. Her favorite poets are Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson. Her favorite movies are The Seven Samurai and Avatar (analyze that!). She doesn't have a favorite TV show, because she doesn't have time to watch TV (and only owns one for playing movies).

Her favorite people are her readers, each of whom she cherishes with deep and lasting affection.

Note: L. J. Smith wrote books 1-7 of The Vampire Diaries series. After that, a ghostwriter took over the rest of the series. L. J. wrote books 1-3 of The Secret Circle series. After that, a ghostwriter took over the rest of the series. L. J. did not write any of the Originals or Stefan's Diaries. These were written by Kevin Williamson and/or various ghostwritters.