Sunday, August 12, 2012

Night World Volume 2 by L.J. Smith

Night World, No. 2 (Night World, #4-6)

Night World Volume 2 by L.J. Smith

Fourth, fifth, and sixth in the Night World series

5 stars

I haven’t written a review in forever. OK, maybe not forever, but it was since Friday or Thursday… I lost track of my dates. Night World Volume 2 is a collection of the fourth, fifth, and sixth novels in the Night World series. The first (or fourth) novel is Dark Angel. Dark Angel follows Gillian who dies and is saved by an angel. When the angel starts to make requests that turn violent she begins to question if he is an angel. The next novel is The Chosen, which follows Rashel. Rashel is a vampire hunter who can resist mind control and ends up meeting her soulmate, Quinn, a vampire while on a hunt. The last (sixth) novel in the collection is Soulmate. Soulmate is about Hannah who has dreams of an apocalypse and learns that she is the Lord of the Night World’s soulmate. This collection was a thousand times better than the first one. Even though I enjoyed the first one I didn’t love it. These three stories were just a lot more interesting and held my attention more than the first Night World novels.

Book Four- Dark Angel

*Read the summary for a refreshed memory*

The main female character is Gillian. Gillian’s story consists of her struggle for wanting to be seen and heard. Gillian is very small for her age and people have always thought of her as a kid and when she dies and the angel offers her a chance to be heard she takes it. Gillian was a relatable heroine. I think almost everyone teenage girl has felt like she wasn’t being heard or seen by her peers. I’ve felt that way a time or two and I guess that’s why I could somewhat relate to her, but I think some of the stuff she did was way to over the top and made me shake my head at her.

Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 8

The main male character is David. David is really nothing special, but he isn’t a complete jerk. In my opinion he didn’t really need to be in the novel. I thought he was just thrown into the novel because a main part of the Night World series is soulmates, but I don’t think he needed to be Gillian’s soulmate. I think I would’ve liked it if Gillian had stayed single.

Swoon Worthy Scale: 5

The Villain- The villain is Angel or at least that’s what he tells Gillian to call him. Angel is a good villain because he had depth. Towards the end we got to learn about him and I just wish he would’ve gotten more spotlight than David.

Villain Scale: 8

Character Scale: 7.5

Final Thoughts: Dark Angel is probably the most relatable novels of the Night World series and I really liked it. I sped through it and was engrossed in Gillian’s voice. I want more background on Gillian’s witch heritage though. I feel like it was just mentioned and brought up, but not really dug into.

Book Five- The Chosen

The main female character is Rashel. Rashel is probably one of my favorite heroines in the Night World series. I just really liked her and enjoyed her story. I didn’t want to talk about her, but I feel like I want to just say one thing or two. Rashel is the most feared vampire hunter and has been nicknamed ‘The Cat’. Rashel can kick butt whether it’s vampire or human. She’s one girl you don’t want to mess with.

Kick-Butt Heroine Sale: 9

The main male character is Quinn. He’s one of the first vampires ever, which means he wasn’t born a vampire, but turned. I liked Quinn and thought he was pretty cool. I don’t really swoon over these males in this collection, but Quinn is one of my favorites.

Swoon Worthy Scale: 7.5
The Villain- A man whose name I forgot, but I do remember that he killed two people close to Rashel (not saying who) which made her become a hunter.

Villain Scale: 6.5

Character Scale: 8

Final Thoughts
: I really liked The Chosen. I think it was my favorite read of the three.

Book Six- Soulmate

The main female character is Hannah. Hannah has a pretty much perfect life and then she started to have nightmares and write notes she had no recollection of writing. Hannah was a good character, but she wasn’t an amazing one and to be honest she never stuck in my mind and I forgot about her while reading Thierry’s POV.
Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 6

The main male character is Thierry. Thierry is so cool. He was definitely my favorite male of the three stories and he was definitely an interesting character.

Swoon Worthy Scale: 8.5

The Villain- Maya… I don’t like her and that action scene at the end wasn’t that bad. It was pretty interesting.
Villain Scale: 8

Character Scale: 7.5

Final Thoughts
: I really liked the story. It was mainly about reincarnation and I thought it was a really good story. This story seemed to really start to set the tone and show that something bigger was about to happen than people just finding soulmates. I think that’s what I liked most about it. The story had a purpose and it wasn’t just a story.

Night World Volume 2 was a lot better than the first and if you didn’t love the first I recommend giving this one a chance.

Cover Thoughts: This is my favorite cover of the three. I love the blue coloring and black together. The girl looks so kick-butt (I’m pretty sure it’s Rashel) and it’s like she’s looking into my soul, but it’s not a terrifying or creepy feeling like some covers are.



  1. I like how each book has different female leads! So the reader meets new characters and learns more.

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  2. I haven't started the series yet, I have so many other books that jump in front of the line but now, thanks to this review it's moving on up.

    1. Glad I encouraged you to bump it up on your TBR list. I have so many series on mine I just read whatever I find at the library or bookstore.