From Chelsea/VBC: A couple weeks ago I started our new Keeper Shelf feature by singing the praises of Claudia Grey’s Evernight series. Today, I’m turning it over to associate reviewer Jo to tell you about the series that turned her into a paranormal fiction reader: L.J. Smith’s Night World series. As always, feel free to add your Keeper Shelf suggestions in the comments.
Since this is my first post on the Keeper Shelf, I thought I’d start with the books that had been on my bookshelf the longest. I picked up a copy of Secret Vampire (Night World #1) at my local library at the tender age of 11, and here began my love (cough obsession cough) with all things urban fantasy and paranormal romance.
If you’re a fan of paranormal romance series that have a cast of characters, with each book featuring a different couple (for example the Immortals After Dark series) then these are like a YA version. Featuring vampires, werewolves, shifters and witches, there is a little something for everyone in these.
The first book Secret Vampire features James, a young vampire from a prestigious family. When his human best friend Poppy is diagnosed with advance terminal cancer, he knows he will do anything to help her. The rules of the Night World are clear though, never reveal yourself to a human… and never fall in love with one. If he does save her, he might just end up killing them both.
Filled with soul deep romances and dangerous secret societies, these are action packed books. The writing style flows beautifully, making it easy to devour these one after the other. As the series progresses, the tension builds towards and epic battle for the survival of the Night World. (Strange Fate, the 10th and final book, will hopefully be out soon.)