Book Review: Secret Vampire by L. J. Smith

Edition: Omnibus Volume 1 of Night World - Secret Vampire, Daughters of Darkness, Enchantress
Release day: May 7th 2009

Book Description:

Vampires, werewolves, witches, 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.

In Secret Vampire, Poppy thought the summer would last forever. Then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now Poppy's only hope for survival is James, her friend and secret love. A vampire in the Night World, James can make Poppy immortal. But first they both must risk everything to go against the laws of Night World.

Fugitives from Night World, three vampire sisters leave their isolated home to live among humans in Daughters of Darkness. Their brother, Ash, is sent to bring the girls back, but he falls in love with their beautiful friend.

Two witch cousins fight over their high school crush. It's a battle between black magic and white magic in Enchantress.

Note: Review of each story separately.

Review #1: Secret Vampire (Night World 1)
Release day: June 1996

My Thoughts

 This is not a bad book. Yes, I know, not the perfect sentence to start a review, but still. The book is not bad, but it is not a read that has left me with that "wow-feeling". I like the story well enough, L.J. Smith is a generous author, providing with a great background story. She gives as a world of vampires, witches, werewolves and humans, all interwoven together in some way.

Since this is my first L.J. Smith read, I am not quite fitting to judge the authors style but I do have to point out that I have found all the writing a little on the plain side. The sentences are short and simple, the descriptions of the setting not really picturing place or time, and witty humor, few if any.

On the other hand, the story gives connectedness of all different species of people which would be just an introduction to the main story. From that aspect the book has served its purpose.  The title is a great invocation and reference to the two main characters, male and female heroes that fall in love. No, actually are soulmates. There is no scene between them that would make a romantic soul say it such a cute scene, or passionate or whatever. The side characters are mostly just there, but except for the heroine's brother, they are also, like the story, just introduced for the rest of the series. However, the book ends with a kind of a cliffhanger to entice the reader to read the next in the series. Which obviously I will do. So that means I kind of liked the book. Not catch-you-breath-read, but still good.

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