From Mystic Falls to Night World (Night World No. 1 – A Book Review)

Night World No. 1
Author: L.J. Smith
Published: 2008 (for the version I read)

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This book includes the first three books of the series: Secret Vampire, Daughters of Darkness, and Spellbinder.

“None of the Night People could fall in love with a human. The sentence for breaking the law was death.” (James, p. 33)

From the author of The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle, comes a series about the laws of the Supernatural: The Night World. It is forbidden for Night People to fall in love with a human, unthinkable, but when it’s your soulmate, you don’t have a choice. Follow James, Ash, and Thea was they are drawn to their soulmates like magnets. With trouble lurking in the dark, they go to extreme measures to protect, even breaking the most sacred of laws—telling humans about Night World.

Secret Vampire: Terminally ill, Poppy discovers her closest friend, James is in love with and more than that, he’s a vampire. He’ll go to extreme lengths to make her well, even break the laws of Night World.

Daughters of Darkness: Three new girls come to town to live with their grandmother, but when she ends up dead and Mary-Lynnette and her brother Mark discover they’re vampires. To make matter more complicated, their brother, Ash, shows up and instantly falls in love with Mary-Lynnette.

Spellbinder: Thea and Blaise, sisters, witches, have a crush on the same guy, Eric. Blaise is dangerous and her history with boys ends with stalkerish obsession because of the spells she uses on them. Feeling such a strong connection to Eric, Thea threatens to use her own magic on him to protect him from her. She didn’t expect to fall in love with him though. Who will win in this game of magic?

Night World

This series was originally published 1996-1998 with the final installment coming out back in 2012. This isn’t the first series to be re-released but L.J. Smith. The Vampire Diaries had also been re-released with additional books added on to the series.

The first installment of the Night World series is tender and gives a strong sense of life or death in every detail, showing how important it is that Night World remains in secret. This was a very easy read. The characters carry themselves with such distinct individuality, and I really enjoyed reading from each character’s POV. The level of emotion and drama was taken up to an eleven, making it seem like some of the reactions by the characters are over-done.

There are some points that seem vague, but I could easily fill those parts in with my own imagination. Plus, all of these short novels come together as a connected storyline.

This is definitely a series I recommend for those who are looking for their supernatural and romance fix. L.J. Smith does a lovely job of keeping up with the originality of the supernatural as well as bringing in some new details to it. The idea of a whole world completely unknown is a chilling, haunting dream brought to life and I want to be a part of it. I will certainly be looking for the remaining books to the series.

On a side note, I have to wonder if Night World will eventually make its TV debut like Secret Circle and The Vampire Diaries. I’m curious about who’d make up the cast. Thoughts?

Damon Salvatore

 

Quotables:

“You don’t love a girl because of beauty. You love her because she sings a song only you can understand…With the thought came a strong feeling of protectiveness.” (James, p. 68)

“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 you destiny whether you like it or not.” (Kestrel, p. 362)

“Even when we’re apart, we’ll be looking at the same sky!” (Ash to Mary-Lynnette, p. 485)

“Maybe the old powers were waking and new times were coming. Maybe the world was about to change. Only one thing was sure. There were infinite possibilities.” (Thea, p. 729)

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And I’ll leave this last adorable gif of the Salvatore brothers from The Vampire Diaries; books written by L.J. Smith.

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Dangerous Type by Letters to Cleo.

Seeing Red and Silver (Red Queen – A Book Review)

Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Published: 2015

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Power is a dangerous game…

 

This does contain a bit of spoilers I believe.

Mare Barrows, the black sheep of her family because of her thieving ways, lives in the Stilts where all lowly Reds live while Silvers live in diamond halls like Gods. All of that quickly changes when it’s discovered that she is closer to being a Silver than a Red. Nothing is what it seems in the lavish life of Silvers however. You can’t trust anybody and Mare has to fight to stay alive and more importantly to keep her family alive. She’s not completely alone in the city of Silvers. Two princes vie for her attention while every other Silver can’t decide if she’s a threat or not to their existence.

This book was one of my nightstand reads so I got to revel in it for a month (reading a chapter or two at night). My mom got it for me for Christmas and I was a little wary because I have trouble getting into books with high castles and knights etc. Red Queen was nothing like that. Stone was in fact diamonds and high rises. The imagery of that alone was mesmerizing. And then, there were the God-like abilities that Silvers were born with. Aveyard certainly has a way with extraordinary scenery and keeping a steady fast pace in this book. I thought of the saying, don’t look back or you’ll miss what’s next, when I read this book.

One of my favorite things about this book is that Mare isn’t the underdog hero, not even for an ounce. She isn’t trying to save everybody. She only wants to protect her family and do something good for once. We’ve all experienced this in our lives and it’s selfishly beautiful. It’s sacrifice at its core. She is strong and a fighter and that is my kind of character.

All in all? I look forward to continuing on with this series because that ending! And no, I won’t tell you, but it’s fantastic and surprising, and I’m not one who likes surprises often.

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. The song today? Take on the World by You Me At Six Well, when I heard it (and put it on repeat) I thought of this book, actually.

 

 

 

The Classic Hybrid

Classic Literature is a staple in every bookworm’s life. While they tell a beautiful story of either love, tragedy, loss of sanity or death (or all of the above), they also show underlying themes that relate to the real world—the wish to turn back time, the destruction through paranoia, and the obliteration of families. And, let’s not forget, self-discovery. That’s a big one.

And now, there are versions of classics that have been morphed into something brand new (well not totally new, but you understand what I’m getting at) by including the infamous supernatural genre, creating a hybrid of sorts. I believe that the addition of zombies or vampires in a classic piece doesn’t entirely destroy the book, but instead tries introducing and involving new generations that are infatuated with the supernatural genre to them.

This new hybrid isn’t just for introducing future bookworms to classic literature though. Nope. Having read both The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim, I can say that there’s also a joy in having more fun to a classic novel, which is the primary reason I’m writing this entry (I enjoy werewolves, ghosts, witches and vampires, remember?). These types of books are fantastic for hooking a classic reader or a supernatural reader.

Down below are a list of ten classic books that while still spin the beautiful yet tragic stories of beloved classics they also give a dose of something wicked:

 

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Author: Jane Austen, Seth Grahame-Smith

Based off of the Jane Austen novel, the Bennet sisters have more to be concerned about than just experiencing the pressure of marriage, love, and going to balls. Zombies are afoot and these women take to the battlefield of the undead. A film came out based on the novel in 2016.

 

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim

Author: Mark Twain, W. Bill Czolgosz

A strange, mutant type of tuberculosis comes to nineteenth century America and it’s bringing its victims back to life. Huck Finn and his best, undead friend, Jim, go on the run when his abusive father comes home. Then, the virus mutates again…

 

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Android Karenina

Author: Leo Tolstoy, Ben H. Winters

Taking place in a dystopian society, this tale of true love and jealousy, is surrounded by AI in a steampunk world. Anna Karenina, Alexei Vronsky, Konstantin Levin and Kitty Shcherbatskaya try to find love as their high tech, high society lifestyle is threatened. Can they salvage it?

 

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Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

Author: Jane Austen, Ben H. Winters

You’re not going to find mermaids in here. If that’s what you’re seeking in this twisted classic novel then turn back. There are however octopi, giant lobsters and even two headed serpents among this retelling of the Dashwood sisters’ journey to find true love.

 

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The Meowmorphasis,

Author: Franz Kafka, Coleridge Cook

Why morph into a startling, crunchy beetle when you can morph into a cute, fluffy kitten? That’s exactly what happened to Gregor Samsa one day when he wakes up late for work.

 

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William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

Author: Ian Doescher

It’s Star Wars. That automatically makes it a classic, not to mention it’s Shakespeare rendition. Doesn’t that make it a double classic?

 

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Jane Slayre

Author: Charlotte Bronte, Sherri Browning Erwin

Enter Jane Slayre, a demon-slaying orphan. Enter Mr. Rochester, the master of the estate that she suddenly inherits. Both have a few secrets, including being raised by vampyre and a werewolf in the attic, but their love isn’t one of them. Will they get their happy ending?

 

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Grave Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens, Sherri Erwin

Blooming, wolfy, Pip fights alongside zombies in this classic twist, until suddenly he is mysteriously shipped off to a school for the best werewolves and away from his beloved Estella which may be a good thing because she has a couple secrets of her own.

 

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The Vampire Count of Monte Cristo

Author: Alexandre Dumas, Mathew Baugh

This story twists and turns as Edmond Dantes is falsely imprisoned and taken away from his fiancée, the lovely Mercedes. While imprisoned, Edmond makes a dark pact with dark magic be set free? The pact? He died and came back a vampire.

 

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Little Vampire Women

Author: Louisa May Alcott, Lynn Massina

The March sisters are dealing with a lot more than just sisterly squabbling in this book. They’re also avoiding hunters that threaten their immortal existence.

These can be found at Amazon.com, Quirk Book and Barnes and Noble

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. One day, I hope that one comes out about Moby Dick, the demonically possessed whale.