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

My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

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?

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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?

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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.

Midnight Tease

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Hello, bookworms! I have the monthly Midnight Tease. Basically what I’m reading, going to read and what it up on the chopping block for reviews.

Reading is a serious passion and I know I can’t be the only one, which is why I share what I read and my thoughts. As always, I’m thankful to those of you who are following me on my reading escapades which sometimes are sassy and sometimes they’re sarcastic or maybe just a little head over heels. Whichever it is, I have an update on my book queue and I’ve brought to you during this late hour because, who needs sleep?

 

Coming soon…

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History of the Future-Goodreads

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future.
Author: A.S. King

I’ve heard some good things about this author. The obscure title has me curious and being curious is so much fun.

 

The Legion

The Legion series
Author: Kami Garcia

A co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series, I’m very interested. Her style is long and dense, wild and detailed. I can’t believe that every author is capable of this and have the ability to keep the reader captivated, but she did well. Don’t let me down with this one, Kami.

 

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The Cabin
Author: Natasha Preston

I have heard do much hub-bub about this author and I’m deeply impressed to see writers coming from little spaces like Fanfiction.net and Wattpad. So many creative geniuses come from hidden corners like this and are just waiting to be discovered.

 

Triple Moon

Triple Moon
Author: Melissa De La Cruz

The author of Isle of the Lost also created The Witches of East End and in this book there’s also an excerpt for the finale of the TV show since it ended abruptly.

 

Currently…

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The Librarians

The Librarians and the Lost Lamp
Author: Greg Cox

(This gif is a splendid hint to how I’m feeling with this book so far.)

 

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I Know What You Did Last Summer
Author: Lois Duncan

 

Up for review…

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The Librarians

The Librarians and the Lost Lamp
Author: Greg Cox

 

Charlie St. Cloud

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud
Author: Ben Sherwood

 

Night World

Night World No. 1
Author: L.J. Smith

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions? Tell me in the comment section! I’m always looking for a book to add to my queue.

Ever the Cursed (Shadowland – A Book Review)

Shadowland (The Immortals)
Author: Alyson Noel
Published: 2009

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull bolt

 

This book is third in the series: The Immortals which follows Ever Bloom and Damen Auguste, two teenagers who have struggled to be together over the centuries. They face constant obstacles that threaten their true love.

Shadowland leaves off shortly after Blue Moon. Ever and Damen have been cursed by Roman. And there’s nothing like a good curse to keep lovers apart.

They can never touch each other, not kiss or even a brush of fingers. Should they touch, Damen could die. Ever is determined to find a way to break the curse and has little regard for the rules of magick. She’ll break all of them if that means she and Damen can finally be together. But will she stop when it risks the life of her best friend?

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This was certainly the best one that I’ve read out of the series so far. I’m not sure if that says very much though. Ever is still full of assumptions about people and self-pity. Both qualities are nasty, but! There’s a but! She’s given a purpose in this installation I feel. She wants to save Damen from a curse that is technically her fault so there’s more than just her wallowing and unending longing.

Ever thinks she knows everything which only gets her into more trouble. It’s terribly frustrating. I’ve yelled at this book a couple of times. And you know the saying about assuming. She makes an ass of herself A LOT.

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The love between Ever Bloom and Damen Auguste is what I would describe as all consuming. And while that is something to behold, it is also utterly consuming. By that, I mean that is Ever points it out constantly. While eternal love is the subject of this series as well as the complications of being able to have it, I wish it hadn’t been so repetitive. There has to be more than just being told about this everlasting love right?

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(Love this guy by the way. He’s fantastic.)

Moving away from the everlasting love (much like the song that never ends even though you wish it did), I have to mention Ever’s friends. I have to mention them because while Ever deems them her best friends, they act like anything but. To them it appears like she’s a burden. Like she’s only good enough because of the house her aunt owns. It’s pointed out that she’s a freak over and over. They might as well join in as antagonists because the actual friend moments are so small you need a microscope for them. It’s tragic.

The story is fast paced with twists and turns that’ll certainly keep you reading even though you’ll be shaking your head, wondering how the heck Ever Bloom made it this far. On top of that I found myself wondering why three-fourths of the details in the book was listed off. Personally, I don’t feel like you can see everything better by reading off a list. It’s less natural. Less smooth.

More so, the story is all over the place. It feels like you make a sharp turn at fifty miles an hour when you shift from one problem the character faces to another one that she nearly forgot about.

While I do believe it’s the best one in the series, I still couldn’t get on board with this book though it did better in adding drama. The writing still felt stiff because it kept  telling me what was happening instead of showing me. There wasn’t a lot happening and the way the characters came across was deeply unappealing.

Quotables:

“And even though you prefer not to believe it, take it from someone who’s been there all along. Damen waits for no one. And he certainly never waited for you.” (Roman to Ever, p. 25)

“We always want what we can’t have. It’s human nature. We’re hardwired that way…” (Roman to Ever, p.80)

“I’ve already tried a life without you, when I went back in time, and guess what? Fate sent me right back!” (Ever to Damen, p.238)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Eternal Flame by The Bangles

Trapped in the Underground (Survive the Night – A Book Review)

Survive the Night
Author: Danielle Vega
Published: 2015

Survive the Night

My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

“We’re all going to die down here.”

Casey’s first night out of rehab, she’s taken to a party by her friends where her ex’s band is playing. After hearing about the wild rave, Survive the Night, she and her friends go on the hunt. Finding the rave down in an abandoned subway, Casey is overwhelmed by the enclosed space and drugs and alcohol; everything she worked hard to get free of. She puts on a brave face and tries to have fun anyway…until she finds the body of her friend, Julie, completely mutilated. Her friends think she was just seeing things due to withdrawal, but Casey knows what she saw.

The rave is broken up by the police, and Casey and her friends search for a way out of the tunnels only to discover that they’re trapped…and they’re not alone in the darkness. By who or what, they’re not sure. All they know is that it has claws and teeth, and it’s hunting them and there doesn’t seem to be a way out.

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First things first. I’m a horror junkie. I live for the blood and guts when I’m not being a hapless romantic or thriving on paranormal adventures. If you’re searching for somebody to watch scary movies with then I’m your guy…girl. However, if there are clowns then I’m out. They eat people and are scary as hell. *shivers* Just no thank you.

 

This book was a lot of fun. It really made me think about the 90’s movies: I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream and The Faculty. Not so much because of plot, but because of the theme and style. I grew up with these movies and so many others, but this is the era that I flashed back to while reading. It made me giddy.

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There was the group of friends, but not really friends, and there was the drama between exes and of course, the big bad. I finished this book all in one day and then discovered that my mom took and read it. Now, she listens to audio books (big fan of Stephen King and Dean Koontz), so I was surprised she picked up this book, since it’s the first time she’s picked up a physical—pages and all—book in years. She enjoyed it as well.

While the plot was predictable, the story was still a lot of fun. I loved the exciting feeling of wondering what was to come and most importantly, when. With a perfect amount of gore, I couldn’t get enough. My heart ached with sadness and burned with anger on this trek (in a good way, of course). Now, I can’t say it terrified me and kept me awake at night. It takes a little work to do that, and I don’t just mean the occasional jump-scare. But it did give my blood a bit of an adrenaline rush here and there as well as making my breath catch in anticipation.

A fun read. Certainly no holds back on the gory details and to make it better, you’re stuck in complete darkness. It’s got my approval.

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Quotables:

“I inhale, trying to calm myself down, but the air tastes like fish and rot and something else, something sweet and familiar that makes me gag. I need to get out of here, The air’s too thick. I can’t breathe.” (Casey, p. 92)

“Then we’re running. Our shoes slap against the damp, trash-strewn ground and our breathing comes in gasps. My heart pounds in my ears, like a drum. We’re so loud. Everyone in the tunnels must hear us. I glance behind me, but the darkness is perfect. It presses against our backs like a solid thing.” (Casey, p. 134)

“I clench and unclench my hand, ignoring the sweat gathering on the back of my neck. I turn and stare in to the darkness. The sound cuts off abruptly. Like someone holding their breath.” (Casey, p. 189)

“This is it. I’m going to die.” (Casey, p. 249)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Trip Switch by Nothing But Thieves.

The Human Next Door (LUX: Oblivion – A Book Review)

Oblivion: A LUX novel
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: 2015

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

In Obsidian, Katy moves to Petersburg, West Virginia, and her life is never the same after meeting the Blacks, her next door neighbors. She never imagined aliens being real and she especially never expected to fall in love with one.

Now, in Oblivion, Daemon and Dee Black are still coming to terms with the loss of their brother and triplet, Dawson. And then, Katy Swartz moves into the house next door and all kinds of alarms go off in Daemon Black’s head. As a Luxen, the worst thing that can happen is for a human to get too close, and one living just next door is too close. Determined to keep her at arm’s length, his sister has other plans. She wants to be friends with their new neighbor and doesn’t care what her brother thinks.

That doesn’t mean he won’t find ways to make it impossible for Dee. It’s hard enough trying not give away that they’re aliens. His attempts to keep the two girls from being friends don’t end well, especially for him. Going back on what he swore (read Shadows), he begins to fall for her, though hiding it under a massive heap of denial. With dangers lurking in the shadows, he has to keep denying his feelings, if not for Katy’s safety than for his sister’s. If only he could stay away from Katy.

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I read this after finishing the entire series. It felt more special that way, like coming full circle.

I was quite surprised when I read this book. I knew that Daemon would have some dislike for Katy, but it caught me off guard that it was more than I expected. He wanted to burn her house to the ground and hadn’t met her yet! Dang!

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The heat that was in Obsidian was amplified threefold in this book. Capturing the essence of Daemon was something to behold. Witnessing the change in him from beginning to end was phenomenal. I loved seeing the person(…alien?) he became while around Katy. There was only glimpses at Daemon’s thoughts and feelings, guarded and unknown, when reading from her POV. It was like a dam breaking. The final pieces completing a puzzle. Everything we ever wanted to know and even more. This is a perfect example of writing the same story from two different perspectives. Neither story is the same in any way. Well, not true. The love and electricity that carries between the two characters is one.

The only thing that bothered me was Daemon’s tone. Every once in a while it didn’t sound like him at all from what I gathered in the Shadows and Origin and Opposition. I just found myself shaking my head here and there with befuddlement. More often than not though, I shook my head when the Daemon I discovered during the journey through LUX reared his head high and proud for being a sarcastic, narcissistic, caring young man.

This book astounded me. At first it was a bumpy ride, but when I finally got into it, I was a giggling puddle yet again. As I’m sure I’ve said before, I’m not into sci-fi. Not very much. Yet I fell into LUX so easily. Granted, there were other reason too, but that’s beside the point. Maybe I’ll tell you about it one day. All in all, this series is high up on my list.

I’ll be returning to this series one day. Until then….see you later, LUX.

P.S. Still picturing Daemon Black as this one….

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It’s not my fault. It just happened! It was the smirk, I’m telling you.

 

Quotables:

“The stars I stared at held no answers, and as I slowly lowered my gaze, I found my staring at the bedroom window of the house next door, my new problem. There was a part of me that had accepted there was nothing I was going to be able to do to stop Dee and her from getting closer, but I couldn’t just let it go.” (Daemon, p. 43)

“Closing my eyes, I swore under my breath. This thing with Kat…it was getting ridiculous, and it was unacceptable. Completely unacceptable.” (Daemon, p. 141)

“Something unexpected happened to my chest. It felt like someone had walked right up to me and socked me in it. I might’ve stopped breathing.” (Daemon, p. 261)

“My people believe that when we pass on, our essence is what lights the stars in the universe.” (Daemon, p. 312)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Always Be Together by Little Mix.

Losing Forever? (Blue Moon – A Book Review)

Blue Moon (The Immortals)
Author: Alyson Noel
Published: 2009

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull bolt

 

Ever and Damen are finally together. That is until Roman comes in, snuffing Damen out as the new kid. Ever doesn’t let his flirty ways get to her, not when it finally feels like everything going right in her life. Then strange things begin happening. Damen leaves her stranded when they were supposed to finally be together and then starts flirting with her enemy, Stacia. More than that and even more disturbing, he has aura suddenly. And the love he’s felt for Ever for over four centuries has turned to disgust. He’s losing his immortality.

Ever fights the clock to find out what has turned Damen against her and morphed the school into bizzaro-land. Discovering that she can save Damen from a terrible fate, Ever also discovers that she can have her family back. Ever has to decide if she’ll go to these lengths to save Damen. Is she willing to lose her true love to turn back the clock?

 

I found myself very intrigued by all of the properties of crystal magic that Alyson Noel added to this book. It’s very different from what I’ve in other books. Very spiritual. I just wish she would’ve taken the time to explain the properties and purposes that Ever used them for because I didn’t feel like Ever was mystified by it at all. Like in Evermore, I felt like it dismissed and rushed when they shouldn’t have been. But I found the deeper exploration of Summerland, that magical dimension that Damen showed Ever, to be a place of sheer imagination. It was gorgeous and rich, and I wouldn’t mind visiting the place myself.

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The pacing of the story was quick, moving in the blink of an eye, which is exactly how Ever perceived what happened in her life. It all changed so suddenly, which made this rollercoaster of dramatic life or death, emotional rollercoaster that much more interesting. I was racing against time just as Ever was.

I can’t say I was very interested in the narrative however. Ever had a way of repeating or overly describing as if the reader needed it. Honestly, I didn’t need constant recaps about how Ever knew Damen loved her and would never hurt her(<– only one example). It made me feel like she was trying to convince herself.

The storyline of this series is still my favorite. It’s breathtakingly haunting. Both chilling and beautiful. I’ve never come across anything like what Ever and Damen share in other books that I’ve read. It’s not every day that a guy will search for you generation after generation with determination that the two of you will be together. The sacrifices made by both of these characters for one another is chilling and beautiful. Definitely the works of true love.

Would I reread this? I’m not sure. There were certainly bits that I loved, but there were those that I didn’t. This was an iffy one for me.

 

 

Quotables:

“It’s like we’re always connected. And I have to admit that I like it that way. Because only with Damin can I be my true self—my thought-hearing, energy-sensing, spirit-seeing self. Only with Damen can I let my guard down and be the real me.” (Ever, p. 26)

“This sleek, new-millennium Damen is a strange to me. And as I look around this room once more, I wonder if it’s too late to save him.” (Ever, p 181)

“None of this should’ve happened. It’s unnatural, not right, and now it’s my job to put it all back.” (Ever, p. 203)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Love by Lana Del Rey.

It Calls Her… (The Siren – A Book Review)

The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass
Published: 2009 (though I read the 2016 edition)

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

A girl, Kahlen (which is pronounced Kā-len not KAh-len, and I didn’t know this until near the end of the book), is saved by the Ocean when the ship she is on sinks into its waters and takes away her family. For decades she has served the ocean in repayment for its mercy by singing and brings boats and ships to their doom. But while staying in Miami, Florida, she goes out exploring and meets a young man, Akinli. She doesn’t mean to be, but is taken with him instantly and even though she can’t speak, he is as well. But there’s a problem. She is not allowed to love anybody, but her sisters and the Ocean. It is simply forbidden otherwise. This doesn’t stop her from contemplating her loyalties and duties to the Ocean.

After only a couple of encounters, she can’t get away from him and her heart can’t bear it. With a couple decades of repayment to go, what can she do? What will she do?

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This book was so sweet and cute, which is odd for a book about a siren since their looked at as horrible creatures that yearn for nothing more than to drown men. So it was refreshing and new. I never would’ve envisioned sirens in a light where they’re actually good. That being said, I did feel like it was too much like a fairytale book. There wasn’t enough time interaction between Kahlen and Akinli. I ached for more and for deeper emotional attachment.

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More so, I just couldn’t fully dive in. I just felt like there wasn’t enough to keep my attention half the time and I feel like that’s because it felt drawn out just a tad too much.

BUT!! There is a but. Because I did find this book to be lovely contrary to previous words.

The tone & style of the story was my favorite thing about this entire book. It was light and beautiful and I swear I could see it all perfectly. It made me miss the ocean and wish I could sink my toes into soft, white sands. Kiera Cass created a breathtaking tale of love spanning more than just time, but across oceans. And the bond of family that Kahlen has with her sisters is something to behold. A bond such as that is certainly unbreakable and can weather anything and Miss Cass really gave me that. That alone is magic in my eyes.

It’s a book I enjoyed reading this summer. It really opened my eyes to the idea that even deadly creatures have capability to love and the struggle with living among humanity and yearning for that life. I’d recommend this for anyone who is looking for that love at first sight kind of book that’ll make your heart float, you know, much like that one scene from Titanic when Jack sees Rose up on the deck and not even his friends can break his gaze.

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Quotables:

“I smiled. For a minute, I admired myself, too. He didn’t know how deep my problems ran, but he was right all the same. It was no small think to try, to find out what you care about in life. Even this moment, with this wonderful, temporary boy beside me, was a tiny miracle. I ought to give myself some credit.” (Kahlen, p. 72)

“I couldn’t stay forever. But at least I could stay for a day.” (Kahlen, p. 161)

“There’s always room for love. Even if it’s as small as a crack in a door.” (Padma, p. 307)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Gemini Feed by Banks.