Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Re-read Review: Night World: Daughters of Darkness

Daughters of Darkness (The Night World Book 2) by L.J Smith
UK Publishing date: 19th March 1997 (my edition was published later, but I don't have it with me to check and it's not on amazon. I'd hazard a guess at early to mind 2000s)
UK Publisher: Hodder children's books

"The Night World isn't a place. It's all around us. It's a secret society of vampires, werewolves, witches and other creatures of darkness that live among us. They're beautiful and deadly and irresistible to humans. Your high school teacher could be one, and so could your boyfriend. 

The Night World Law says it's okay to hunt humans. It's okay to toy with their hearts, it's okay to even kill them. There are only 2 things you can't do with them.
1. Never let them find out the Night World exists
2. Never fall in love with one of them

These are stories about what happens when the rules get broken."

This is the second in the Night World series, but what's so great about these is that you don't necessarily need to read them in a particular order. Sure, the books are all gearing up to the (yet to be published) final book, and some of them include characters which then appear or are mentioned in later books, but you could easily read some of them as stand-alones.

This book contains one of my favourite ever male characters; Ash. He's fantastically written. He's so...misunderstood, and sarcastic and cool. He's kinda like Damon, but blonde and a bit less evil. In fact, that's something L.J Smith really excels at; her characters. She must've written tens and tens of them by now, in the Night World books alone there must be...30ish fairly prominent characters? But they're always different in looks, demeanour, behaviour etc. I always love reading her characters because she creates them so well. I often completely fall for her male leads. 

The story basically revolves around three sisters; Rowan; Kestrel;Jade. They're beautiful, and dangerous and they've run away from home. They move to a small American town to stay with their Aunt Opal where they hope they wont get found. However when they get there, Aunt Opal's not looking so hot. She's been staked. Mary-Lynette and Mark are brother and sister, who befriend the girls and together they  try to solve the mystery of Aunt Opal's probable murder-before the murderer can get the girls, who share the same secret as Aunt Opal.  Whilst they're off making suspect lists, and speculating, Ash the girls human-hating, ruthless but gorgeous brother has been sent to track them down and bring them back home. 

M-L and Ash's relationship is one of the best things about this book. Their mutual dislike turns to shock, which turns to reluctant acceptance of the bond they share. I love the three girls as well, their personalities are so well developed and contrasting.  Rowan is gentle and thoughtful, Kestrel is fierce and hard, and Jade is sweet and naive. 

The ending is a bit predictable but still enjoyable; this is definitely one of my favourite books of the series and I would recommend it to fans of LJ Smith's other works, or people for whom the vampire/werewolf books haven't become boring. To be honest, this book is one of the originals, and the premise is so interesting that anyone who loves YA Paranormal Romance should give it a go! They're really cheap too!!


  1. This was one of my favorite night world books, I love the old covers from the 90s, I couldnt bring myself to buy the new modern reissues. My FAVORITE one is Soulmate!

  2. OOH. Sounds good. :-) Creepy cover. My TBR list is getting way too long. LoL.

    Yeah, I wasn't madly in love with the story like I was hoping. I hate it when things don't live up to the hype. BUT there are still 2 more books, so we shall see how it ends up. :-)

  3. Can I just say how happy it makes me to see that you review this series?!! I read these way back when they first came out and I still have all of the original books! Growing up it was one of my favorite series and it's great to see it reaching a new generation of readers!

  4. E this was one of my favourite too! I like Soulmate also, but Chosen was my favourite!

    Plus there's the new one coming out in April Tara! I really hope you enjoy them =]

    Carissa it's been so many people's favourite! I first read them in my early teens and I still love them I think everyone who's a fan of this genre should read them!!


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