L.J. Smith – Spellbinder

Spellbinder
Spellbinder
Author: L.J. Smith
Series: Night World #3
Publishing date: October 1996
Publisher: Archway Paperbacks
Status: completed

Blaise’s black magic is powerful. The only way Thea can fight back is to use her own white magic, to bewitch Eric herself as a bluff. But soon Thea finds herself getting too close to Eric, feeling forbidden emotions, breaking Night World laws by falling in love. As halloween and the Night of the Witch draw closer, can Thea save Eric and herself from Blaise’s revenge?

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My impression:
Not a bad book, but somehow not that interesting than the first two books. Or at least, this is only my point of view. I finished the book 10 days after I started it (usually such kind of books takes me no more than 3 days). The story is yet so childish, even though the content is not much for kids, however it’s more like a fairytale, than real novel.

The main characters are not that interesting, as I imagined them while reading the synopsis, but at least it was little interesting.

General note: 4/10

L.J. Smith – Daughters of Darkness

Daughters of Darkness
Daughters of Darkness
Author: L.J. Smith
Series: Night World #2
Publishing date: August 1996
Publisher: Archway Paperbacks
Status: completed

There’s something strange about the new girls in town. Briar Creek, Oregon, has never seen anything like the supernatural grace of Rowan, Kestrel, and Jade, three sisters who move into the dilapidated old house next to Mark and Mary-Lynnette Carter. Mark is obsessed with Jade– but she and her sisters have a secret. And when Mark and Mary-Lynnette follow them into the woods one night, they are plunged into a nightmare beyond their imagination. Because the sisters are fugitives from the Night World, and their brother Ash is hot on the trail behind them. He’s ruthless, gorgeous, and he has orders to bring the girls back at all costs. And when he sees Mary-Lynette, he decides to take her too…

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My impression:
I’ll start with – this was better than the first one. For sure.
Even though there is not a big connection from the first book, I fell good to know at least one of the characters. But so what?
The story is a bit better than the firs one, a bit more “real” and a bit better written.

From all the characters I mostly liked Ash. Even though he is said to be the bad guy, as all the bad guys – he have good heart and trying to change. Mary-Lynnette is not the best main character, but not too bad either. The three sisters were totally crazy. Especially Jade.

However, I still think that this is mostly for kids. Not good, not bad.

General note: 6/10

L.J. Smith – Secret Vampire

Secret Vampire
Secret Vampire
Author: L.J. Smith
Series: Night World #1
Publishing date: June 1996
Publisher: Archway Paperbacks
Status: completed

Poppy is about to have a summer she will never forget.  First she is diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. Next, her best friend, James, tells her he is a vampire and can save her by making her like him.  Poppy is faced with a dangerous decision.  She must choose between breaking Night World law and risking her own life along with James’s or to die of a terrible disease.

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My impression:
First of all, I should mention that this book is written when I was a kid and is published when I was 6 years old. The bad things is that I read it now, and I’m 24 years old. Still. What should mean this and what is its connection with the book? Let me explain.
For me this book is totally and only for teenagers. The main character Poppy is 16 yeas old and book is written mostly from her point of view. Childish. The story is kinda boring, I can say. There is nothing so interesting, nothing I haven’t read yet. I should say of course, that probably this is the primary source book, from which most of the authors stole something.
I totally recognize 3 different series, with such story and absolutely the same story line.

Talking about characters – Poppy. Poppy is the common girl, which fell in love with the different guy – the vampire. And very soon that same vampire fall in love with her too. And then he turns her into vampire too. The only different, but strange character at the same time is Phil – Poppy’s brother. I would like to read some more about him, but the story ends in such unexpected way. There is even thing I didn’t understand why they are in the book.

All in all, this book is mostly for teens! Not so recommended!

General note: 3/10