This is catalogued in our library as a mystery Why I have no idea It is really not a mystery series at all That said I really liked this series These are reprints and were highly recommended in an issue of Booklist There are Werewolves, vampires, and witches that all live in the secret society of the Night World Humans are not just the enemy, but are considered vermin Each book seems to pick up a different story line about the world It was odd, but I think Stephanie Meyer has to have read this series at some point There is the idea in the series that everyone has a soulmate IT really really reminded of the whole idea of imprinting in the Twilight series It is the same theme of undeniable love whether you want it to be like that or not The concept itself is nothing new whatever you call it, but it was the way in which it was described that made me think there were a lot of similarities Or maybe not. GENERAL OVERVIEW At first glance, this book appeared daunting because of its sheer length, 729 pages, and the fact that it s comprised of three novels in one Once I started reading Secret Vampire, I discovered that this was going to be a quick and rather boring read It was similar to Twilight, although it should be noted that the original printing predated Meyer s series The characters were flat and undeveloped making it difficult to relate to them The plots of each story were rushed and relationships magically happened They were simply explained away by the idea of love at first sight or the fact that everyone was pairing up with their soul mates The only writing technique that stood out was the connections Smith made to the characters throughout all three stories Coincidentally enough, they shared familiar blood ties I couldn t tell if this was employed to transition between the three novels, or if Smith was planning to create a new version of the Night World adapted and changed by this specific family I guess I will have to read the rest of the series to discover this mystery, but that will probably not happen since I was so disappointed with the first book There was no wow factor to keep me engaged, especially considering all the hype built around the never ending battle of Smith versus Meyer I m still considering The Awakening, which I hear is a better reflection of Smith s talents, to give the author another chance For now, I m happy to regale eager readers with specific criticisms on each novel before concluding with some final remarks I have also included separate ratings next to each story to indicate its individual score The rating attached to this review is for the entire collection of three novels in one book read back to back SECRET VAMPIRE 1 STAR Secret Vampire is about your everyday family who receives some horrible news daughter Poppy also affectionately called Poppet, can t stand either name is sick with an incurable cancer pancreatic She only has a few days to live, and the news has devastated her family, comprised of Mom, Cliff step dad , and twin brother Phillip The biological father doesn t play a role in the book until the very end Since this isn t reality, we can pretend that someone can escape cancer by suddenly embracing the vampire lifestyle She s able to make this decision thanks to the secret her best friend James has been hiding it from her since they were little kids yes, vampires can age in the Night World Shock Gasp No He s a vampire Yeah, the title gave that away, right The rest of the book is about her decision to become a vampire everything she will leave behind , the transition, and the complications that arise Amidst all this is the realization that gasp another surprise James is her soul mate But can they still love each other despite the strict rules of the Night World Despite all my sarcasm, James was a intriguing male character than Edward from Twilight, but admittedly the standard was set really low if you re comparing a male to Edward The background information that Poppy and James as childhood friends was useful there s a cute story where Poppy defends James against some bullies Aw, the vampire needed human protection The fact that they haven fallen in love makes the most sense than the relationships in the latter stories because of this additional background detail I also liked the way James handles speaking with his parents, they are not on good terms, Poppy s brother Phillip, who always seems to get in the way, and his cousin, Ash, introduced at the end of the story as a villain Incidentally enough, Ash is the lead protagonist for the second story, Daughters of Darkness Ash also introduces Poppy to some witches who are the main characters in the third story Spellbinder My main complaints with this story is its simplistic nature It was predictable and too cute for a dark, paranormal, vampire story The reason behind Poppy s transformation, the fact that she was sick with cancer, also angered me Cancer is not something that should be taken lightly, which it was in this case It was glossed over and simply used as a reason for her to switch to the dark side Phillip s character was also weakly developed He s against the transformation from a moral standpoint, but he quickly changes his tune when faced with the real life consequence Poppy s death It s better that she lives as a monster than dies as a human His own struggle to accept the new reality is glossed over in lieu of Poppy s and James romance.The strengths of this story are their love I m not always against the cute stuff , some of the descriptions of the Night World, which will be analyzed in depth on my Lunch reviewing site, and Ash, who is truly the sole redeeming character in this story and the entire collection In fact, he is the reason I enjoyed the second story the best, especially the unique and different ending If you are going to read this book, read it because of Ash in Daughters of Darkness DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS 3 STARS This novel starts out with the names of new characters, three vampire sisters Rowan, Kestrel, and Jade oldest to youngest Side note I love their names Two humans sister and brother Mary Lynnette and Mark are talking about the sisters impending arrival to stay with their Aunt Burdock Like all the paranormal characters in this book, they are desperately seeking an escape from the restrictive Night World, which incidentally enough doesn t believe in feminism because the girls are expected to agree to arranged marriages and listen to their male elders Come on I thought this was a 20th century novel, so why would the Night World have such archaic rules, especially if they consider themselves to be light years beyond human development As can be expected from the rushed quality of this book, it s glossed over and ignored as a detail that needs no explanation So, the story is about the women escaping male oppression while their very masculine and chauvinistic brother, who happens to be Ash from Secret Vampire, is left with the difficult task of convincing them to come home where they belong Since Mary Lynette is a feminist, she gets into skirmishes with Ash, some of which are quite physical In the end, this story had similar themes as the first one 1 soul mate principal 2 vampire reveals 3 death 4 destruction 5 a little bit of a mystery 6 andbelieve it or nota werewolf The only thing missing was the kitchen sink.The weaknesses of this book singles on the idea of the soul mate principle, which is just another way of saying love at first sight My main contention is that the love is not described accurately enough for the relationships to feel believable Romeo and Juliet fell in love at first sight and are star crossed lovers They are believable Most of the relationships in this collection of stories are too pedantic Specifically in Daughters of Darkness, there are two characters who get together not who you are probably thinking of that are a constant annoyance throughout the entire tale It feels like puppy love and less like true love It was nauseating, and I wanted to skip the pages that contained their interactions.This novel actually had quite a few strengths, and it is the shining star of the collection If you are going to read this book, do it purely because of this story The interactions between the females and the males are priceless, like a children s or young adult s take on feminism I enjoyed that the story focused around women, but that there were quirky male presences to offer good character interaction and conflict The mystery was surprising and actually difficult to fathom despite some of the clues Best of all, the ending was a complete surprise I really love endings with a deeper meaning this one was about not compromising who you are, not even for love Though I started the book loving Ash and still ended it loving him , the characters that are the real heroes and who stand out the most are the female ones SPELLBINDER 2 STARS The final story, Spellbinder, was my second favorite one purely because the ending was a bit surprising, at least so than Secret Vampire It s about two very different witches, one light and one dark, loosing these terms lightly concept idea reminds me of Something Wicked This Way Comes Thea is the good witch while her cousin Blaise is the bad witch we were introduced to them by Ash in Secret Vampire The girls have just been expelled from high school again, thanks to Blaise and her bad magic They are now banished to live with Gran, who is one of the most powerful witches and teachers in the area If they get expelled again, well, the punishment is being locked in a convent with Aunt Ursula, a fate worse than death itself The rest of the story is about Blaise s shenanigans as an attention starved witch She must be noticed by men She must use them She s all about sexual prowess She s used to getting her way and enjoys the thrill of breaking the men she dates In fact, it sounds like she might have gotten some boys killed in the past She s not upset about this fact because she sees humans as vermin Their only purpose is to serve those in the Night World, and sometimes you lose servants Obviously, Thea disagrees with her cousin, or else there wouldn t be much of a story She believes all life is cherished and special She s a healer She can speak with animals, and she is about to meet her soul mate Can you guess whether he will be a human or someone from the Night World Ding, ding, ding You are correct, dear reader Needless to say, once Blaise realizes that Thea wants a man, well, she gets jealous and tries everything she can to steal him away So, this book is about two women fighting over one man It s a little sickening and trite, especially because Thea is such a pushover I was very frustrated by her character because she constantly lets her cousin get away with anything and takes the blame right purely because they are like sisters they were raised together from a young age It s not until the end of the story that Thea begins to fight back and fight dirty of course it all goes haywire and causes problems rather than fixing any.The weaknesses of this story are the premise age old story of two girls fighting over one man , the truly despicable and almost unredeemable character of Blaise you should see what she did to Randy Marik , and the rather docile character of Thea, who doesn t get any spunk until the last couple of chapters when she s trying to right all the wrongs she s caused.Strengths of the story include Rosamund, or Roz, the spunky, feminist younger sister of love interest Eric She s simply fascinating because she is such an extreme and unlikely feminist At one point she tries to change her identity to Fred because she believes the world is unfair to women That s when Thea tells an interesting story about a girl called Hellewise modeled from Thea s character and a vampire called Maya modeled from Blaise s character The entire exchange is the most fascinating part of the story, and it will be explored in depth on my Lunch reviewing site The final engaging portion is the ending, some of which was guessed and other parts which are a surprise, especially the shift in Blaise s character It was a nice reminder that no person or creature is ever truly evil in this world, maybe misguided or blind to the truth but not evil GENERAL OVERVIEW CONTINUED Overall, these three stories rate higher than the portions I ve read from Stephenie Meyer purely because of the emphasis on strong female roles and feminist themes In two of these three stories, the women don t need to be rescued by the male characters They are capable of fighting their own battles, and in fact, help the men out There are situations where they fight as equals, such as in Spellbinder, or cases where the females dominate the action, as in Daughters of Darkness There was also development of the interconnectedness of the paranormal universe of the Night World, especially the story about Hellewise and Maya, which explains the birth of vampires and the history of witches The most disappointing aspects that colored my reading of the volume were the promises that were never delivered On the very first teaser page, it s stated that The Night Worldlove has never been so dangerous Love was not very dangerous in these stories In fact, it was the magic that was dangerous Later on in this teaser description, it states The laws of the Night World are very clear humans must never learn that Night World exists And members of Night World must never fall in love with a human Violate the laws and the consequences are terrifying Liar There were no terrifying consequences In fact, in two of the stories, the elders never learned that the younger members of the Night World were breaking this forbidden law So, there are no consequences It s all about teens getting away with their hooligan activities In Spellbinder, where the adults discover that the Night World rule has been broken, they condone the engagement, to some degree, and encourage the member of the Night World to break free from the constrictive older traditions Only then can she create a Night World where humans can participate and learn about their cultures, especially if they are in love with said member of the Night World Talk about a cope out The adults are too lazy to create this version of a better and equal society, so they throw it on the young and unprepared teenager I guess they want to stay under the radar or leave the work to the next generation It s never explained why members of the Night World won t join in this endeavor If you are a parent wondering if this book is suitable for your youngster, I would say it depends on their age and what type of message you want to send to your child I do think that anyone could read this book because the writing is simplistic enough to follow However, I suggest older teens read the last story Spellbinder because of Blaise s actions toward men Secret Vampire and Daughters of Darkness are suitable for a middle school audience.Personally, if you are torn between reading this book or not, I recommend passing it up I m sure there are better books out there with similar themes If you are still intrigued enough or want to make a comparison with Stephenie Meyer, I recommend reading either Daughters of Darkness or Spellbinder The Secret Vampire is really a waste of valuable reading time. Includes Book Secret VampireBook Daughters Of Darkness Book Spellbinder 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 WorldIn 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 WorldFugitives 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 FriendTwo Witch Cousins Fight Over Their High School Crush It S A Battle Between Black Magic And White Magic In Spellbinder 3 Stars This is a three in one compilation book, of which I seem to own most of L.J Smith s series in, and as such I will once again be attempting to review them in their singular parts rather than a cohesive whole I am downgrading this particular volume to a three as when I joined GRs I just sort of slapped a bunch of ratings in here and left it as that Though I like this series, this particular volume is not a favourite This series is all about SOLE MATES Oh, ermm, sorry, I mean SOUL mates Whatever The belief that there is one soul out there floating around in the world destined to be linked to your own And while I find this concept distasteful I have to appreciate that Smith is seemingly using it s reoccurrence to mend or break the old school rules that inter species or race dating is punishable by death within the Night World Although I have to wonder if she herself finds it distasteful too because it certainly reads like being tasered while simultaneously having pink glitter thrown in your eyes, a concept which does not sound even remotely pleasing The Secret Vampire2 StarsThis is easily my least favourite story of this volume While I appreciate Smith s introduction to her world here and the explanations of the varying natures of Night World creatures and how they differ from the standard definitions in other stories I am left unsatisfied by the characters themselves James is quite literally the most boring vampire I have ever read about Other than the bizarre almost parental relationship between James and Poppy who have grown up together and are the same GODDAMN age that begs the question of how in the world they could ever have a lasting relationship or love and respect, there is nothing really offensive about this story It s just exceedingly boring, is all The truth is that I like Poppy, I think she s strong and quirky and fun, and I kind of hoped she would end up with someone who is interesting, to be honest James is the cookie cutter broodtastic vampire love interest that this genre is so famous for Daughters of Darkness3.5 StarsThis story takes place in a small town, far from the reaches of the Night World Three sisters, lamia vampires, have left their family behind and traded in patriarchal rule for the freedom of living with their Aunt amongst the humans However when they get to town they find their Aunt has been staked and left in the basement, maybe this safe little human town isn t so safe after all I enjoy the whodunit aspect of this story quite a bit and also the introduction to a new species of the Night World It s relatively light, and definitely easy to guess what is going on here but still fun to watch the characters stumble around each other My biggest complaint is that my favourite character in Secret Vampire becomes a big chump thank you, soul mate principle in this one I think that could have been handled in a better way, with him retaining his personality at least for most of the story and not doing a 180 the second he meets his soulmate Suuuuure, it does Spellbinder3 StarsIt this story we meet up with Blaise and Thea, cousins who were raised like sisters Hellewise women, WITCHES As far as stories go this is interesting in a vague way but doesn t really provide all too much new information In this story my favourite characters are human, Eric and his sister Roz I found Thea relatively boring, and Blaise of an evil or dark witch caricature than an actual character She s compared to Aphrodite a number of times, which is relatively valid I suppose, but there isn t really any other explanation of her It s all a bit overdone and unreal to me I wonder if Smith has any concept of paganism itself or if she is rather trying to create a whole different history for this term too I decided to re read this and annotate this, I haven t read it in years and it was pretty nostalgic to do so L J Smith has such an easy writing style to get into and her characters are always super likeable.I missed simple books like these, they re all under 200 pages each, they re so easy to readdddd I probably won t read the other 6 for a while, I always hate getting to book 9 and not having a book 10 to dive into. Night World is basically a series of short paranormal romance stories for young adults The premise here is that there are Night People vampires, witches, werewolves who live among regular humans and who are prohibited from disclosing any information about the secret world or fall in love with mortals Each story in the series is about a supernatural creature falling in love with a regular person.The first story Secret Vampire is centered around Poppy, who just found out she has a terminal form of cancer and has weeks to live The only way for her to continue her existence is to be turned a vampire, and accidentally her long time best friend and crush James is a vampire who could help her out It s a nice story, with quite a morbid air about it due to scenes of death, funeral, grave digging, etc Daughters of Darkness is a kind of a mystery which follows 3 vampire sisters arriving to a small town Their vampire aunt is recently killed, and a series of equally disturbing events follows Human sister and brother Mark and Mary Lynnette get accidentally involved in the whole ordeal They discover the true nature of their strange neighbors and to add to it, Mary Lynnette finds out that she is a soulmate of the sisters arrogant brother Ash and can t do anything about it This story is light hearted and Ash has some great lines here The last story in the book Spellbinder is about two witch cousins When her cousin Blaise, a witch of the black arts, sets her sights on star athlete Eric, white witch Thea casts a spell on the young man to protect him and falls in love despite the rules that forbid their relationship A lot of witchcraft and spells is in this book which I liked quite a bit.By current YA standards L.J Smith s books seem almost juvenile There is no sex, no drugs, or any gruesome violence, but I like her stories anyway She knows how to develop her characters, her stories are imaginative and romance scenes are very sweet and touching in an innocent way I still think that Smith s Dark Visions and The Forbidden Game trilogies are better, but these Night World are nicely done too and I will definitely continue on with the series.Reading challenge 14, 1 of 4 I can hardly believe alot of the reviews I have been readingYou have three stories which are tied together loosely Each story has basically the same and the plot line, which is the point, but then they are never expounded upon You would need less than ten pages, per story line, to tell each of the three stories that were toldthe rest was ridiculous and repetitive to the point of being ludicrous I am sorry that I always finish what I begin to read in this instancebut I stopped right there and haven t bothered to wonder what the titles are to the rest in this series. Love, love, love this book It good be because I enjoyed it so much 12 years ago, but I think it still holds up Within this book, my favorite story is Daughter of Darkness I just hope that L.J Smith is finally able to publish the last book in the series I ve been waiting soooo long to finally find out what happens. this volume ,opps i almost said book this volume hold the first three books in the night world series my favorite was most deffinatly secerate vampire one thing i love about thease books is they dont have actual romance untill the end when everything is sorted out This book had three stories combined into one huge book, and though they have different people as the main characters you can see all the stories start to combine into one huge story Its about Vampires, werewolves, witches, anything that you can think of that is not normal These creatures live on the fringes of society and they don t interact with humans too much except to feed or eat them, but some Night people fall in love with Humans and they challenge the rules and their death by telling the humans about their world, the Night World I loved this book it was fast pace and i literally couldn t put it down until i had finished one of the stories it was very exciting full of action making it a good read for just about anyone It gave me a new perspective on certain life elements So crack open those pages and fall into a book filled with romance and life threatening encounters.
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.
- 729 pages
- Night World, No. 1
- L.J. Smith
- 18 November 2019 L.J. Smith