I've had high hopes getting into this series, The premise very much appealed to me. I love the idea of the Soulmate principle, an connection so strongI've had high hopes getting into this series, The premise very much appealed to me. I love the idea of the Soulmate principle, an connection so strong, nothing can break it.
You can kinda tell this book was to prepare you for the series. I thought the beginning to the point when Poppy dies as an human was well written. I really liked the James/Poppy relationship and the emotional intimacy when their minds linked was breathtaking. I also loved Phillip, he was an great secondary character. But (view spoiler)[after Poppy "died" (hide spoiler)] i felt it dragged on an bit, and as it was close to the end L.J. thought (view spoiler)[*Smacks forehead* "I forgot about Ash coming and the Night World consequences! I know! i'll cram them together!" (hide spoiler)] Still, The ending was touching and made up for it.
4 of 5 Stars
Daughters of Darkness
This one was my Huge favorite of the omnibus. I thought Ash was kinda an ass in SV but i loved his growth here, His and Mary-Lynnette's story was beautifully written. I laughed, I cried. I loved the way they struggled with the Soulmate principle, it felt realistic. I kinda wished we saw more of his sisters, the way the girls defended themselves was Awesome. also I wish we saw more of Jade/Mark and even Ash's POV when he realized (view spoiler)[Mary-Lynnette was his soulmate. (hide spoiler)] *Sighs* I loved the obvious Rear Window references. XD<3
4 of 5 Stars
This one felt very well rounded. an good balance. I knew(view spoiler)[Eric fell for Thea way before the spell casting took place, (hide spoiler)] Also i liked how Blaise wasn't as bad as i thought she would but it was messed up what happened to Randy O_o I absolutely loved Aradia! Dani vaguely reminded me of Bonnie though. The ending...Wow i can't wait for Circle Daybreak! *fingers crossed*
4 of 5 Stars
I definitely recommend this series, just keep in mind these were written in the mid 90s.
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Continuing on through Night World, I've noticed that while there may be some hit and misses in the stories, They are getting better with each book. ItContinuing on through Night World, I've noticed that while there may be some hit and misses in the stories, They are getting better with each book. It's an shame Strange Fate isn't be following the same way.
Anyways on with the reviews!
Dark Angel is about an shy, socially awkward girl named Gillian who after an event, meets an charismatic character dubbed "Angel" who helps her in ways she'd never imagined.
While this isn't the weakest of the Night World stories, It does have little connection. if not for (view spoiler)[Lost Witch/Ash Cameo (hide spoiler)] You probably would never guess this is an NW book. It was more of an ghost story or something you'd see in R.L. Stine's Fear Street. It's not bad whatsoever but it's definitely missing the spark that all NW have. That being said, I still recommend reading it, even though L.J. says to skip it, LOL.
Dark Angel gets an 3.5 out of 5 stars
The Chosen is about an Vampire Hunter, Rashel Jordan, who struggles to avenge the death of her mother, after having an run in with an certian vampire that shakes up even the strong, confident Rashel, she later finds herself in an much different predicament along the way.
I've noticed that this book is an HUGE favorite in the series. And I can see why, however I felt the story faltered for me. The first half of the book had good pacing but as soon as Rashel (view spoiler)[went on the Slave Trade mission (hide spoiler)] the book switched gears, disjointedly much like Secret Vampire did. The first half focused well on (view spoiler)[Rashel's past to Quinn's past to their initial meeting. (hide spoiler)] but then switched to the action and task at hand an bit abruptly to me. What I DID like was the development of Quinn/Rashel's relationship. I absolutely loved their connection and the way they talked in the beginning was very way done. Another complaint however, was the reconning of Quinn's character. In Daughters of Darkness, Quinn had an small but noticeable appearance and I had an good idea of what type of person he was suppose to be yet here Quinn is portrayed much more different and has an much older vibe that he lacked in DoD. I know L.J. (in an way) explained of how she could put two characters like Rashel and Quinn together, considering their backgrounds and characters but I felt it could have been done better.
The Chosen gets an 3 out of 5 stars
Soulmate is about teenage girl named Hannah who at first was having an great life and chance at an bright future, yet dreams and messages plagued her life and (to her) throws it into turmoil.
Ahh, you have no idea how much I've been looking forward to this story and I really got to hand it to L.J., She did an pretty good job. I thought Hannah/Thierry's story was touching, bittersweet and well done. I did get frustrated at the obvious parts (view spoiler)[Hannah not properly defending herself against the werewolf, Hannah being stubborn and not listening to Thierry, UGH (hide spoiler)] And I've been noticing how biased L.J. is with the feminist themes poking around. For instance, In Secret Vampire, Daughters of Darkness and Dark Angel, Werewolves are portrayed in an VERY bad light, especially in the I.Q department, HOWEVER (I'm saying however too much, LOL) she tries to redeem them with an Female werewolf, who is portrayed as smart and the complete opposite of the guy wolves we've seen so far. I know L.J. likes having strong heroines but painting guys in an very bad light like that is an bit much.
Soulmate gets an 4 out of 5 stars
Overall, An 4 out of 5 stars
Now on to remaining books until the dreaded wait for Strange Fate. LOL["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
These books are the strongest of series, since L.J. seems to have finally found her footing, rather than things happening along with the Soulmate PrinThese books are the strongest of series, since L.J. seems to have finally found her footing, rather than things happening along with the Soulmate Principal popping up, The plotline has been consistent with the stopping of the Apocalypse and searching for the Four Wild Powers.
Huntress is about an girl, who finds out during her gang's usual hunting games, that she was the child of an Vampire and Human who broke Night World's rules and were murdered, causing her to redeem herself and aid in the search for the Wild Powers.
This one was an great way of starting off the search for the Wild Powers. I loved the way L.J. perfectly balanced the storyline AND the romance. since there's an major storyline aside from random happenings while unexpectedly finding your Soulmate, the story is very consistent which I really appreciate, my only complaints was despite Jez's assessment that she and Morgead argued a lot, we never really saw it that much. Ash and Mary-Lynnette argued WAY more. too much repetition of how Morgead's eyes were like emeralds or gems, the lack of scenes with Jez's family ESPECIALLY Uncle Bracken, I really wanted to see more of him and that the ending was too clean cut yet vague. This one is definitely one of my favorites though, despite the flaws.
Huntress gets an 4 out of 5 stars
Black Dawn is about an girl named Maggie who hears that her brother is supposedly dead and goes on an mission to find out what really happened to him.
I'm not sure how to describe this one, It's definitely an favorite of mine yet there was quite an bit of flaws with it. L.J. seems to have recycled The Chosen's storyline right down to the (view spoiler)[Slave Rescue Mission along with the Cold as Ice Soulmate (hide spoiler)]. The whole looking for Miles thing seems to be an plot device of how Maggie ends up in The Dark Kingdom and while she still worries about her brother and keeps asking for/about him, She's more focused on (view spoiler)[helping the slaves and trying to convince Delos to join them as well (hide spoiler)]. The story is predictable in the sense of Bloodlines of where since we've read the previous books, it's fairly predictable and glaringly obvious for us yet for Maggie, since having no previous convictions about Night World, has no clue that she's staring at the (view spoiler)[2nd Wild Power (hide spoiler)] or who (view spoiler)[Cady (hide spoiler)] really is. The romance also takes an backseat since Maggie is running all over the place. That being said, I felt the story was truly engaging and the plot shifted much better than The Chosen and it was interesting how she made an supposedly sinister character redeemed near the end (though not without an price, sadly) and I was pretty teary eyed during certain scenes. Haha
`Black Dawn gets an 3.5 out of 5
Witchlight is about an shapeshifting panther named Keller who is assign to protect the supposedly 3rd Wild Power but she seems to be more interested in normal high school things and attending an party rather than...I don't know...SAVING THE WORLD?
This one is an perfect build up for the finale, Strange Fate. L.J. does an great job showing how the stakes are higher and how truly serious things are getting just to stop Circle Daybreak from getting another Wild Power. Keller is an likable character despite how mean, stubborn and frustrating she got, even though she, like Delos, had an justification with the tragic childhood past and had an belief of Love being Weakness. While the romance isn't as prominent since the focus is about protecting the supposed 3rd Wild Power, What little romance scenes we did get were sweet and well written. We are, however, left hanging regarding (view spoiler)[Who awoken the dragon (hide spoiler)] which possibly was saved for Strange Fate so I'll let that slide. The repetition seems to have gotten worse since L.J., Once again, repeats character features like how silvery Iilana's hair is and how Violet her eyes are, not to mention the word "cool" as in Cool grey eyes, Cool night air and such. I know I sound really negative but this is definitely one of her best books in the series and It really made me excited for Strange Fate. (The Original, really. =P)
Witchlight gets an 4.5 out of 5
As for the Strange Fate chapter excerpt, Not much happens really, Sarah just sleeps while Kierlan tries to get her to see that she belong with him and not Mal then encourages her to remember when they first met to which the excerpt ends.
It's an bit...forceful to say the least. Kierlan comes off really possessive in the chapter. I can understand him being frustrated that Sarah loves them both but he didn't need to act in such an manner. The writing is simple yet more complex so it didn't feel too off from Night World since I read it right after finishing Witchlight so that's an good thing.
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Even since Young Kim started adapting the first book to graphic novel form, I've been very appreciative to her work on it. Since it's my favorite in tEven since Young Kim started adapting the first book to graphic novel form, I've been very appreciative to her work on it. Since it's my favorite in the series (until Midnight Sun gets published =P) her adaptation is beyond amazing. she really does the first book justice. better then two certain hacks *Cough*CATHERINE&MELISSA*Cough* i love how she gets to the points of the story but keeps the precious scenes intact. I love the way she interpreted Carlisle's backstory, the intimacy between Edward and Bella... she reminded me why i love that book so much before Twilightmania blew up. and don't get me started on her artwork. I've been an fan of Manhwa for an while now but her art is just breathtaking. you can say whatever you want about Stephenie but you gotta give Kim credit for bringing the story and characters to life. I truly admire her for that. I hope she does other projects i can get my hands on in the future.
I Must say Bloodlines was definitely an improvement for me, though it was an bit predictable, It didn't make me roll my eyes constantly or Irritate meI Must say Bloodlines was definitely an improvement for me, though it was an bit predictable, It didn't make me roll my eyes constantly or Irritate me as much as VA, Well done Richelle let's hope you don't screw it up, M'Kay?
"One of my biggest issues with Bloodlines is that although it is being advertisted as a new series, nothing about it was unique. It didn't feel like a stand alone series, but rather another book in the Vampire Academy collection. The plot was completely dependent upon VA, so readers who are not familiar with that series will have no idea what is going on. Although the setting was different, the universe and even the events are almost exact copies of VA."
An few of the stuff in Bloodlines was fairly predictable for the get go if you already knew your VA stuff, not that it made the book less enjoyable, it's just you'd have to first trudge through the Frustrating nightmare of VA to already get what everyone means such as mentioning an certain character's lookalike.
I liked the plot with the Celestial tattoos, And it was interesting to find out more about How the alchemists work and Sydney and her secrets O.o It was refreshing being in her head and that she actually Thinks rather then acted stupidly impulsive.
I'm most likely in the minority but despite being an hopeless romantic, i'm glad that the possibility of Adrian/Sydney is happening slowly, developing first as Friends/Allies. Better then that slop that was Rose/Dimitri Richelle actually expected us to believe was true love but was nothing but hero worship followed by lust >.>
I was irritated that Richelle changed Jill's Element even if it was for the sake of (view spoiler)[revenge against Laurel or to help Eddie against the female strigoi (hide spoiler)] she probably figured that since Jill only said she did Air but never showed us it was okay to change it. *Sighs* she's still an air user in my opinion.
Though what the hell was up (view spoiler)[with Rose's cameo? Seriously? It strongly felt like it was Richelle saying through Sydney how Awesome Rose was despite the crap she pulled plus the way she described her was really bizarre. O_____________o" (hide spoiler)] and why does it get brought up constantly as if the sole reason adrian smokes is for the sake of annoying everyone? Doesn't anyone here comprehend he's dealing with spirit and has the possibility of going insane? show some compassion, i don't like smoking either but you don't see me constantly whine and bring it up EVERY time Adrian takes out an pack.
Adrian really shined in this one, I never get tired of seeing different sides of him, and i love how he has that big brother love for Jailbait XD<3 (view spoiler)[why oh why does he have to be tortured yet again by Rose and Dimitri? he's not even bothering them yet they constantly come his way? Just let him be happy already! (hide spoiler)]
despite the flaws and predictability, I'm already set for The Golden Lily. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more