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A slow but exciting plot supports the dynamic development of a forbidden relationship.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 26, 2013
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.
Quick & Dirty: A slow but exciting plot supports the dynamic development of a forbidden relationship.
Opening Sentence: "Rowan, Kestrel, and Jade," Mary-Lynnette said as she and Mark passed the old Victorian farmhouse.
It's not uncommon for me to be unsure of how I feel about a book before I finish it. This is one of those instances because looking back, I don't actually remember feeling one way or another about what was happening. All I know is, I could't stop reading. It wasn't the murder mystery that kept me inticed. It wasn't the need for Mary-Lynnette, a simple astronomy loving girl, to get to the truth about the three mysterious sisters that moved into the home near hers that kept me turning pages. I kept reading this story because the whole thing just flowed so smoothly from one point to the next that I never felt like there was an appropriate place for me to walk away. So I didn't, I kept right on reading happily.
The biggest saving grace for this story has to be the characters. The three sisters, Rowan, Kestrel, and Jade have very different, very defined personalities which don't actually change at all with the development of the story. They are the characters that readers can kind of choose to side with in a way. Rowan is described as gentle and wise, where Kestrel is fierce and intimidating, while Jade is young and innocent. These girls speak to all the teenagers out there who just want to see if they can make it out in the world alone. They have to make a lot of decisions that could determine the rest of their lives, but they don't actually develop in any way. Usually their lack of growth would bother me a lot, but their brother Ash goes through enough change to pacify me.
Ash Redfern is the usual vampire bad-boy type with the better than everyone mentality and the usual predjudices against humans and other creatures of the night. He's a loner who only uses human girls for food and whatever else he wants from them. However, his whole personality is challenged when he meets Mary-Lynnette, a human girl with a fighting spirit he's never seen before. The development between these two is fast but realistic. At first, they hate each other pretty completely. She hates cocky guys who appear to get by only on their looks, and he hates girls who are...well...human. So naturally their relationship is tense, but then we are introduced to the Soulmate principle. The principle comes up in this story's prequel, but it is far more exciting in this situation. It describes the feeling of love as shocking and intense. Soulmates recognize each other through the instant electricity they feel at contact. If two souls accept this "forever love" the feeling can cause extreme ecstacy and warmth, but if the two try to fight it, it becomes a bit terrifying with lightning errupting within each of them as they fight what's meant to be. I doubt I'm the only one who thinks this, but watching a sexy man struggle to protect the woman he loves from not only himself but also the evils of the world while trying to also keep her at a distance to protect is own heart, is possibly one of the hottest things ever.
Anyone who loves watching a forbidden romance grow without dominating the storyline will enjoy this book. And everyone who enjoys reading about hot guys should take heart and know that Ash shows up again later as the series continues.
FTC Advisory: I purchased my own copy of Night World, Vol. 1. No goody bags, sponsorships, "material connections," or bribes were exchanged for my review.