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)

Night World

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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.

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Sweet Moon, It’s Hard To Be A Wolf (Blood and Chocolate – A Book Review)

Blood + Chocolate
Author: Annette Curtis Klaus
Published: 1997

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Young, wild, and free (pretty close to the Wiz Khalifa song, just without the weed), Vivian loves to run under the moon. She had a great life in wild & wonderful West Virginia until the fire that consumed it entirely.

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With her father dead, the pack is in ruins and leaderless. Vivian struggles to find anywhere she belongs because it’s not with the pack anymore and it’s certainly not with humans. Not until she meets Aiden anyway. A meat-boy, he sweeps Vivian off her feet and into a life she didn’t think capable. As a wolf, she’s strong and graceful and she worries greatly about accidentally revealing herself to him as they grow closer.

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Soon enough it is time to move forward that means electing a new pack leader and many believe Gabriel should step up. Vivian, however, doesn’t. He’s cocky and thinks too highly of himself, in her opinion. His eyes never stray too far away from her though and he warns her to let Aiden go. What could he be hiding?

She has to decide who she is and what she and where she belongs. But who will she choose? Her pack or the sweet and invigorating life she has with Aiden? Blood or chocolate?

 

I read this book every single summer between June and July and actually had to buy a new copy not long ago to replace a really worn and torn version. This is a book I give five volts to easily. My heart and soul just fall into it and it’s such an easy escape. And, I did tell you that I love werewolves, so that helps.

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This coming of age novel puts us in the driver’s seat of what it’s like to be a teenager with Vivian, and then makes it more complicated because she’s a werewolf. She struggles with more than just teenage hormones and boy drama, but also trying not to reveal what she is. All the while she feels forced into a parental role due to the circumstances within her splintered family.

Every inch of detail in the book was laid out with such exquisite beauty. There are several parts I always revel in and let myself pause on just so I can linger in them. Annette Curtis Klaus did a wonderful job of describing the change from human to wolf down to the very follicle of fur as well. Backing it up with beautiful lore and history tied to in depth emotional attachment was really icing on top of the cupcake. I couldn’t get enough.

It’s not that Vivian is a relatable character for me because I can’t say that I’m as confident as her, and I can’t run as fast as her (stupid asthma), and I certainly can’t turn into a beautiful loup-garou under the moon. It’s how she is described as strong and free and how she embraces who she is, but then begins to contemplate it all. We all struggle with our identity and how the people in our life affect that. Being able to be in Vivian’s head and know her thoughts was also amazing. Her inner voice is very different than her real voice. She gives a perfect example of how different a person acts in reality compared to how they truly feel inside.

The comparison between blood and chocolate was beautiful as well. I’m not going to give away too much, but I will say that it really helps you define what you want versus what you need. Vivian’s struggle with this makes it extremely relatable. We all question what we really need.

 

It’s a fantastic story and yes, I recommend it. Am I biased? Of course, but I think we all get biased over our favorite book.

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Quotables:

I will howl for you, human boy, she thought. I will hunt you in my girl skin but I’ll celebrate as wolf.” (Vivian, p. 31)

“Don’t give that human anything we can’t have or we’ll give him something too.” (Finn to Vivian, p. 42)

“Isn’t midnight magical?” Vivian asked, and stretched her arms to the stars.

“Not real magic.” Aiden said. “I wish it was…I wish something magical would happen.”

You want magic? I could give you magic, she thought.” (Vivian and Aiden, p. 103)

“He was raw and sharp and rich and throbbing with life. He was sweet blood after a long hunt.” (Vivian, p. 263)

 

P.S. Song today? Howl by Florence + The Machine.

More to come soon…

K.

Run Away to the Carnival (Freeks – A Book Review)

Freeks
Author: Amanda Hocking
Published: 2017

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Living the carnie life is all Mara Beznik knows even though she can’t do anything cool like talk to the dead, rapidly heal or create fire in the palm of her hand, like her fellow carnies. The caravan she and her mom travel with comes to the sleepy town of Caudry, and though they’re falling on desperate times and the air about this place is strange, they set up camp.

The first night in town is promising for young Mara. She meets the mysterious Gabe Alvarado at a party and is drawn to him instantly. Then suddenly one of the people back in camp is attacked by something dark and mysterious that comes from the swamp. Blame is thrown around in light of everybody’s fears. Mara, however, is determined to find out whom or what is doing this while trying not to fall for Gabe. Something about him draws her in. Could it be connected to the attacks?

 

First of all, can I say thank you to Amanda Hocking for not adding clowns into this book? Because…THANK YOU!

 

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*Shudders*

 

I loved being in the 80’s in this book. It was so much fun and the attention to detail for the time period was great from clothing to music and more. The artwork of tarot cards that moved the reader from day to day was beautiful and a fantastic way to move forward in the book. However, the details felt listed from time to time and made me hiccup on the flow. Still, the book was fun and I got lost in it easily.

I think the only thing that irked me with this novel was how quickly the main character fell in love since the book spans a week. But then again, it only takes a matter of seconds to fall in love, so I guess it’s more of personal irk than an all-around irk with the book because the amount of time it takes to fall in love with someone depends on the person.

This book made me want to run off and join a carnival. It would have to be one like this though. I want to be surrounded by magic and lights and wonder.

 

Quotables:

“Maybe he’d try to kiss me, and if he was nice enough I might even let him. Or not, but the option of a real kiss was almost always better than a night in bed with a book.” (Mara, p. 25)

 

“It’s not the amount of time that makes something real. It’s what happens in that time.” (Gabe to Mara, p. 278)

 

More to come soon…

K.

 

P.S. Song of the Day? Funhouse by P!NK.

 

Also, I apologize for the long delay. Been a little busy of late. Sorry fellow bookworms. I love you.

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.