Book Review: Night World

images (1)Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, and Shape-shifters; 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 World. A good comparison to Adrienne Monson’s vampire novel “Dissension” is L.J. Smith’s “Night World” published by Simon Pulse.

A young adult series that also features Vampires and other supernatural beings; the author also has a similar tone of voice to Monson’s. You might know L.J. Smith better for her bestselling series “The Vampire Diaries” – the books that inspired the popular TV show on CW.

Night World is comprised of four volumes, each including three separate tales. At first, these stories seem to have nothing in common, other than the fact that a human(s) comes into contact with a member of the Night World, the encounter changing the course of their lives forever. However, each tale intertwines into a rich tapestry of death, magic, danger, mystery, ancient civilizations, blood, and forbidden love.

In Volume One of this Saga the three tales are: Secret Vampire, Daughters of Darkness, and Spellbinder.

Secret Vampire: fun-loving Poppy discovers two startling truths: first, she’s dying of terminal cancer. Second, her best friend, and secret crush, James, is actually a born Vampire (she explains this concept in the book; you’d have to read it to understand). James could save Poppy by making her immortal, but it’s against the Night World’s law to make new Vampires. The punishment for breaking this law is death.

Daughters of Darkness: When three Vampire sisters are on the run from The Night World, they hope to take refuge with their estranged aunt who lives in a small human town… only to find out that their aunt has been murdered. With the help of siblings, Mary-Lynnette and Mark (humans), they set out to solve this mystery, all the while trying not to get caught by their own kind.

Spellbinder: Thea and Blaise, high school seniors, have been expelled yet again. The two witch cousins find themselves starting a new school in the middle of the school year. If they get into any more trouble they’ll be sent to stay with Aunt Ursula at her place, nicknamed “The Convent.” Everything would have been fine if Thea hadn’t met her true love on the very first day of school. Blaise, who’s used to getting all the attention from the opposite sex, can’t stand that there’s a guy in school who is resistant to her charm. It’s dark magic verses white magic as the cousins battle over Eric. But neither realizes that far more is at risk than just a broken heart.

Night World Volume 1 is a great read. It’s fast-paced, yet descriptive, with interesting characters and plots that grab your attention from the first page and never loses it. L.J. Smith’s writing is so well done that even someone like me (who’s picky about YA books) could enjoy it. Over all, I would give this book four stars! It’s a great escape from our mundane human reality.

Now go forth and give it a read. Each book in the series is even better than the last. You won’t regret reading it.

R.J. Craddock is the author of The Forsaken,book one in an urban fantasy series.