Night World No. 1
Author: L.J Smith
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published Date: January 1998
“When you’re soulmates, it hits you like lightning, and you know that’s the one person in the world you were meant to be with. You don’t think you’re soulmates; you just know it’s your destiny whether you like it or not.”
Night World is the ideal book for me, a story of vampires, werewolves and witches. Meet Poppy. Poppy has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. She has lost all hope, until her best friend James (who also happens to be the love of her life) offered her a chance to survive –eternal life. They find that they’re soulmates, but will she give into the darkness and follow him to the death?
The night world books with a set of trilogies within each book. The beginning of the first book (Secret Vampire) was slow to start – I must warn you, it’s a very slow start. The characters Poppy and James seem flat and I was pretty disappointed reading it again (I last read it about 6 years ago). I wasn’t as enthralled by the story line or the character as much as when I was younger – a clear sign that I have matured (Ha). There was a lot of stiff and awkward moments in the book that seemed almost robotic-ally written.
Regardless, the romance between James and Poppy is cute, if not a bit “twilight-ish” and obsessive. Seriously, it’s a cute concept, but just a little weird that they fall in love so intensely. The action in the novel was quick and it was as if Smith had just thrown the puzzle pieces together and wrapped their story up much too sweetly – I would prefer a book with a bit more drama and “pizaz”.
There was not much vampire lore in the first book. But reading onto the next one and we shall see what happens. This book is mildly entertaining, and there were a few good sarcastic bits, but overall, I think I will continue reading the rest of the books just out of curiosity – you never know, the rest of the books may be better.