Night World series by L.J. Smith

There are 9 books in the series by L.J. Smith so far as I can tell although another one needs to come out to close everything up.  They are:
Secret Vampire
Daughters of Darkness
Spellbinder
Dark Angel
The Chosen
Soulmate
Huntress
Black Dawn
Witchlight

I got them all in three volumes. They are a young adult series but L.J. writes so well that despite the fact that many of stories are the same as far as the soulmate concept goes, with different characters and places, they were very enjoyable and kept you wanting to see what happens next.  I really liked them and plan to have them lying around for my daughter to find when she’s a bit older.

The books are about the Night World, a world that is not different from our modern day society but hidden and active within it.  Those that are part of the night world, vampires, shape shifters, werewolves, witches, are bound by night world law with two rules; they cannot fall in love with humans and they cannot disclose the night world to humans.  The first story introduces us to Poppy who is human and James who is her best friend and unbeknownst to her, a vampire.  She finds out she’s not got long to live.  James, trying as he might, realizes he’s in love with her and goes against everything he was brought up as to save her.  The soulmate concept comes up in each book so you get action, adventure, drama and love.  They’re a very nice, easy read and even though I’m way past young adult age, I would read them again.

I went to the author website to find out about the final book.  It says it is called “Strange Fate” and it is ‘to come’.  The last book in the above series was finished in 1998 so I am hoping that the final does make it’s way out so I can see the final conclusion.  Don’t let that stop you though – the books are individual and don’t even have to be read in order but it’s more fun that way because the characters from each book are spattered here and there through the following books.

Fantastic Fiction Website

A gal who came across my blog turned me on to a great website where you can type in an author’s name and not only see their wares but also see books that they’ve recommended.  It’s impossible to not find something interested (at which point I quickly log onto my library’s website and request it).  The website is bit too bright but gets the job done nicely.

I love the library.  After moving back from Australia a little over a year ago with nothing but our suitcases and under a hundred bucks, we have been rebuilding and are not quite to the point of buying books, leave alone a book shelf.  We’re almost there but until then, the library gives me what I need to fulfill my addiction.

Rebecca York (aka Ruth Glick): werewolf moon series

I recently went thru several of Rebecca York’s werewolf moon series.  When I got into the first book (Killing Moon) I wasn’t so into the extensive animal magnetism that was throughout the pages but the adventure and mystery was quite good.  I went through the second book (Edge of the Moon) and still wasn’t sure what I thought.  The book was good, I had to see what happened but the quantity of male / female stuff was, at least I felt, a bit over the top.  Now you should know that I don’t read “romance” novels generally and these definitely have that feel.

It was the third book (Witching Moon) that kept me really going.  Rebecca writes a great mystery and the characters are great.  I have since finished Burning Moon, Crimson Moon and Shadow of the Moon.  The rest are on my line to be read.  If you like romance, fantasy and mystery, you will probably really enjoy these!

Fallen by Lauren Kate

I picked up Fallen and it took me a while to get into it.  I didn’t have a lot of understanding of what the story was with the main character until you get further in. Once in the book takes you through twists and turns of mysterious happenings, like why does it seem that boys she gets friendly with, burn?  Her soulmate comes into play and acts so weird you can hardly wait to figure out what his story is.

What’s funny is I love to read stories with friendly monsters, faeries, demons etc etc and when I found out what the guy was it just seemed odd to me.  The ending was almost a let down the way it went.  I still haven’t decided what I think about it.  I noticed recently that it looks like there might have been a movie made about it.  I think I would probably watch it too.  I am sure a second book must be on the way or out and I think I will have to read it to see about getting further closure or understanding of this unusual couples otherworldly situation.

I’ll probably say more as I come to more firm decision on this one!

Eileen Wilks

I recently discovered Wilks because of her short story in one of compilations, I think it was On the Prowl.  I enjoyed it enough to make me want to check out her series.  I started with the second book as for whatever reason I couldn’t find the first one. Here’s the three I’ve read:

Blood Lines
Night Season
Mortal Sins

There are several characters, some werewolf, some with special powers and some not.  They have all the things that make an interesting read to me, action, mystery, adventure, romance with a twist here and there.  Enjoyable reads!!

Inked with Chance, Liu, Galenorn, Wilks

Inked is another compilation of four short stories by Karen Chance, Marjorie M. Liu, Yasmine Galenorn and Eileen Wilks.  I found the book because I read a series by Karen Chance, really enjoyed it and thought I would check out the story.

Karen Chance’s story is called Skin Deep.  It’s about a gal who was brought up around werewolf’s and a guy who was kicked out of his werewolf family.  They are both after someone who is killing werewolf’s.  They are old acquaintences and it’s an interesting working relationship. A pleasant read.

Marjorie M. Liu’s story is called Armor of Roses. It is part of her Hunter’s Kiss series which I have not previously read.  I enjoyed the story but it didn’t capture me enough to continue on with the series.  I can see how many would enjoy it though as it does have intrigue, action, adventure.  She has some real nice twists too.

Galenorn’s story is called Etched in Silver.  It was pretty good.  A very independent gal with part ‘elf’ blood meets up with one of the other breeds of elves who ooze sexual confidence to bring down a bad guy.  It’s curious, the characters are pretty cool and the story is good.

Wilks’ story is another short one involving Agent Yu who is part of her Lupus series.  Yu starts investigating a murder only to find that it wasn’t human and may not be the last.  I really enjoy Wilks’. Good stuff.

Cravings with Hamilton, Davidson, Wilks and York

Wow!  I have been slacking in my duties of noting the books I’ve read lately.  I have torn through quite a few books in the last almost two months as well as completed a short story which I am submitting to a couple of contests.

The first book on the line up was a compilation of four short stories by Laurell K. Hamilton, MaryJanice Davidson, Eileen Wilks and Rebecca York (alias for Ruth Glick).

Hamilton’s story is called Blood Upon my Lips.  I have read the fairy princess series by Hamilton and really enjoyed them so I expected a good read.  I don’t like to bash authors, especially ones that have written books that I liked so I won’t say anything on that accept that the story was very sexually oriented and when I finished it, it gave me no closure and left me with more questions than answers leaving me feeling dissatisfied.  But, her other books were great.

Davidson’s story is called Dead Girls Don’t Dance.  I don’t know that I have read Davidson before.  The story was about a young vampire who really just wanted to end her life and then an odd circumstance brings her to her pre-vamp college crush.  The story gets odd after that and yet stayed light and interesting.  I enjoyed it but not enough to run out and find other books by her although, I may do that eventually anyway!

Wilks’ story is called Originally Human.  I thought it was great.  It has a human turned succubus and an alien in human form that bond together and have to go on the run due to the sensitive nature of the alien and the fact that he is wanted desperately by some very powerful otherworldly beings.  It was good enough that I immediately ordered the series of books that enter briefly into the story.  More on those in a following entry.

Last we have York with Burning Moon.  This was about a werewolf whose mate was murdered and he was two years into tracking her killer.  It also has a psychic young blind woman who runs a bed and breakfast in the city where the werewolf tracked the killer to.  I won’t say much more without ruining the story but it was a nice read.  I went ahead and ordered York’s novels too which I will blog about later.

Overall, if you enjoy romance fantasy, this will probably be a nice read for you.  For me it was an effort to find some new authors to read and I am always learning what I like and don’t like so that I can write what I like.