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Night World - A trip down memory lane!,
This review is from: Night World #01: Secret Vampire/Daughters of Darkness/Spellbinder (Night World (Special Bind-Up Reissues)) (Paperback)
Like almost every reviewer here, I first read the Night World series when I was 13/14 years old. The two stories that always stuck with me were Poppy & James' Secret Vampire, and Ash & Mary-Lynette's Daughters of Darkness. Fantastic tales, they were the pre-Buffy Buffy, and far superior to ANYTHING Stephanie Meyer has ever written!
For many years I feverishly kept an eye out for anything new coming from L.J Smith, and when nothing was forthcoming, sadly pushed the thought out of my mind. I began to believe that we would never see anything new from this author. Then, when we moved house a few years ago, my very battered but very much loved copy of the above stories (again in a trilogy bumper edition) was misplaced, perhaps lost forever.
Then, just recently, while browsing the bestsellers shelves at my local bookstore, I saw this newly printed edition sitting next to the Twilight series, and couldn't believe my eyes. At first I thought it was a new story, but even the knowledge that this is a reprint didn't diminish my joy. I immediately and without thought bought the book, and have immersed myself in that world again. And it doesn't matter that I'm 22 and should find a "teen novel" just that - for teenagers; it's not as twist-and-conspiracy-heavy as many novels of the genre today but having attempted to read the first of the Twilight series (and throwing it down in disgust after a chapter or two), I have no qualms in asserting that, even ten years on this series is a joy to read and holds itself in better shape than many novels of today. It is not merely nostalgia - though there is that, of course - it is also because of the strong characters, funny dialogue and very 'human' experiences (despite the content) that makes this series so great and timeless. A modern classic, perhaps.
Now I'm once again back to my teenage years, back to eagerly awaiting the next L.J Smith and not caring that, for the purposes of categorisation, this is a children's series. A must read for those who haven't so far, and for those who loved it as I did back when.