Saturday, December 27, 2008

Night World: Soulmate by L.J. Smith

Book-wise, I feel like I've won the not-as-good-as-a-million-dollars-but-one-hundred-thousand-dollars-is-good-enough lottery. Honestly? I'm ecstatic. I'll elaborate in a few hours probably. *winks*

~*~Night World: Soulmate by L.J. Smith~*~
Originality- 10/10 (is that always a good thing?) (eh, probably)
Characters- 18/20
Remembrance- 9/10
Setting- 18/20
Plot- 19/20
Ending- 9/10
Recommend To Read- 10/10
Total- 93/100 (if I didn't know any better, I'd swear that this is yesterday's score...)
Grade- A
(if it's the same then this is pretty ominous)
(sorry for so many parenthesis)

Sixteen-year-old Hannah goes to a psychologist to understand the meaning of her the notes she keeps finding—in her own handwriting. “Dead before 17,” “He’s coming,” “Watch out.” Only under hypnosis is their cryptic meaning revealed. Hannah is actually an Old Soul, a girl who has been reincarnated many times and can remember her past lives. And in every one of them, the fair-haired stranger appears—and Hannah loves him—and Hannah dies at age 16. Meanwhile, the leader of all the vampires of Circle Daybreak, all those who have human soulmates, Lord Thierry, is searching. He’s looking for her—the girl he loved and accidentally killed thousands of year ago. Who will find Hannah first—her vampire soulmate, or Maya, the first of all the vampires who has murdered Hannah a thousand times to keep her from Thierry. And who will Hannah believe when they do find her?

Okay, I admit, this is probably the strangest Night World story I've read--excluding Dark Angel which really wasn't all that strange compared to this one. Reincarnation has intrigued me alot before, but I haven't read, y'know, fiction or any type of book about it so this was very new. This story had many traces of mistrust and deceit in it. More than usual in Smith's books that I know of. Which isn't much. Just the first six Night Worlds, the first four Vampire Diaries, and one and a half of The Secret Circle. There isn't too much deceit in there. Maybe for Secret Circle, but what else can you expect from a bunch of rambunctious teenage witches with hormones and ego issues? Not much, my readers, not much. So Hannah's trust in anyone she somewhat recognizes in a somewhat positive light annoys me. What happened to Smith's characters where they always have some sense of right and wrong and aren't so absolutely innocent? Well, she broke the mold--or rather, finally used the mold--with Hannah. But, I like her anyway and her trust issues is really her only problem, not that she is perfect. I can't imagine an author making a completely perfect character. *cringe* Well, elaborating (second time I've used that today) on what I said earlier, I don't understand why Hannah is so trusting of Maya just because she'd seen her in her "visions" and Maya had apparently "helped" her. I'm sorry, but I would have my reservations about trusting a chick who ominously (second time) shows up at night on my back porch with floor-length black hair who ultimately looks evil without the hair because of her swirly color-changing eyes and tells me to stay away from the guy whom I'd loved in all my past lives and am attracted to in my current life. Frankly, I'd tell her to get off my f***in' property just because it would amuse me. But, whatever, creepy first vampire in the history of ever aside, I'm just glad how things turned out. And this story has a moral! It is: never trust chicks who show up on your porch. And also, never trust the first vampire because they are always scheming. Always.