Thursday, December 11, 2008

Omigosh! This is like a Vampire Party now.

I am so so so so sorry that I didn't post earlier because if I did then you guys could see what a razzmatazz book I'm reviewing today. And I am not kidding! It's from my absolutely favorite book series! And you guys thought that I gushed about The Vampire Diaries. Hah.

~*~Secret Vampire by L.J. Smith (from Night World No.1)~*~
Originality- 9/10
Characters- 20/20
Remembrance- 10/10
Setting- 20/20
Plot- 20/20
Ending- 10/10
Recommend To Read- 10/10
Total- 99/100
Grade- A

The Night World isn’t a place. It’s the world of vampires, witches, and shapeshifters who live in the human world—by their own rules. And the first two rules of the Night World are simple: 1) Never tell any human about its existence, and 2) Never fall in love with a human.
Spunky, sassy Poppy has always been in the best of health. Until today, when she discovers that she has a rare disease, and only weeks to live. James, her best friend, and the coolest boy at school, is confronted with a frightening decision. He can make Poppy a vampire like him, or he can let her die. But telling Poppy about the Night World is almost as dangerous as letting her die of a human disease, for he’s broken both of the Night World’s rules, and fallen in love with her.
I put the two covers there to show you that, yes, it used to be just one book, but you can buy it in a big volume now. But I've chosen to review them all seperately. After reading this story, I fell in love. Poppy and James are perfect for each other in most ways (except for being entirely different species. technicalities...). I love their story, though. I hadn't read a vampire story like this, and it was completely original. The Soulmate Principal was completely new to me, too, and it made things seem more romantic, more for forever. It seemed more serious and loving than Edward and Bella's relationship. I know, I know. You guys all probably think I'm nuts for suggesting such a radical concept, but it's true! And, somehow, Smith didn't make it seem in the least bit cheesy. I'll show you guys. Oh, gosh. There isn't a very good example in this one. Sigh... Well, I don't think anyone will mind if I use one from another book... And even if you do, it's been done.
And, okay, this part is long and from the second story, but I need you guys to fully understand the soulmate thing.
It happened like this: Mary-Lynnette had her eyes on the carpet as she came in, which gave her a good view of his Nike tennis shoes and the ripped knees of his jeans. When he stood up she looked at his T-shirt, which had an obscure design--a black flower on a white background. Probably the emblem of some rock group. And then when his hand entered her field of vision, she reached for it automatically, muttering a greeting and looking up at his face just as she touched it. And--
This was the part that was hard to describe.
Something happened.
Hey, don't I know you?
She didn't. That was the thing. She didn't know him--but she felt that she should. She also felt as if somebody had reached inside of her and touched her spine with a live electric wire. It was extremely not-enjoyable. The room turned vaguely pink. Her throat swelled and she could feel her heart beating there. Also not-enjoyable. But somehow when you put it all together, it made a kind of trembly dizziness like...
Like what she felt when she looked at the Lagoon Nebula. Or imagined galaxies gathered into clusters and superclusters, bigger and bigger, until size lost any meaning and she felt herself falling.
She was falling now. She couldn't see anything except his eyes. And those eyes were strange, prismlike, changing color like a star seen through heavy atmosphere. Now blue, now gold, now violet.
Oh, take it away. Please, I don't want it.
And before you think that it is something horrible...
"I like a girl with spirit," Ash offered, as if he'd worked hard on finding the most obnoxious thing possible to say. Then, with a sort of determined bravado, he winked, reached out, and chucked Mary-Lynnette under the chin.
Fzzz! Sparks. Mary-Lynnette sprang back. So did Ash, looking at his own hand as if it had betrayed him.
Mary-Lynnette had an inexplicable impulse to knock Ash flat and fall down on top of him. She'd never felt that for any boy before.
She ignored the impulse and kicked him in the shin.

And yes, the boy feels it too. With a soulmate, you'll never get them saying that they don't feel that way about you! Haha. I mean, in these stories, people always try to act like they don't feel that way about their soulmate, but it's a love at first sight type of business. You'll recognize them if you happen to see a silver cord binding you and some guy/or girl together. And only you two can see it. It wasn't very obvious in Secret Vampire that they were soulmates. Sure, I knew that they definitely felt that strongly for each other (I sometimes skip ahead to have something to compare to) but I didn't see any tell-tale signs they were soulmates. No pink haze, no silver cord, no intense description whatsoever. But I still loved it all the same. I actually had a friend read this and he said that Poppy and James' story alot in the First Volume and kept asking about them. It makes sense really. Poppy and James are interesting. I understand why I didn't see all the signs though, because they grew up with each other so Poppy was probably so used to it that she felt that it didn't need mentioned or something. I dunno. But I don't want to give away all the stuff about it because...
CLICK HERE and you'll find out why. I don't mind thank-you's. Just tell me what you think.
Wanna see what Poppy looks like after the big moment? CLICK HERE! And please don't click here unless you've clicked the first link.
If you guys haven't realized yet, that first link is the complete Secret Vampire story for free! For FREE! Until the 21st that is. So get a move on it! I'm pretty sure it's print-able. And, hey, if you love the story, I recommend you getting the whole volume. It has to be an awesome book to get a 99/100 after all.