Sunday, January 1, 2012

Book #1: The Chosen

Title: "Night World: The Chosen" (Book #5 in the "Night World" series. Book #2 in volume #2 omnibus edition)

Author: L.J. Smith

Date started reading: Jan. 1, 2012
Date finished reading: Jan. 2, 2012

Publish date: Original Feb. 1997, Omnibus edition Nov. 2008
ISBN: 978-1416974512
Number of pages: 244 for "The Chosen;" 688 for entire second volume

Official summary: "Rashel Jordan lost her mother to a golden-eyed vampire at the age of five—and just barely saved herself by her wits. She’s grown up to the age of seventeen as a vampire hunter—the best. But when a group of hunters captures Quinn and decides to torture him, Rashel feels something in her soul twist. Left alone with Quinn, she goes along with her mad impulse and allows him to escape. But Quinn, a vampire with one of the darkest reputations in the Night World warns her not to expect him to return the favor. Nevertheless, when Rashel gets herself chosen for a bloodfeast and finds that Quinn is in charge of gathering girls for the dark ceremony! Enemies—and soulmates—what will happen during their final fight?" (

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How I obtained the book: Bought for $2.99 at thrift store around the corner from my house

Memorable quotes: L.J. alludes to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." The cheesy movie, not the TV show, of course, but it was awesome. Gotta give props to L.J. for this. The character Quinn compared vampires hunting humans to humans using slaughterhouses to kill cattle for the beef for McDonalds hamburgers, which is a great way to explain it

  • “Every time I meet you, I seem to end up hog-tied and unconscious. It's getting monotonous.” ~ Quinn

My commentary: The first two books in the series ("Secret Vampire" and "Daughters of Darkness") were great. The third and fourth ("Spellbinder" and "Dark Angel") were pretty much a disappointment. The series' "soulmate principle" was getting really old, but "The Chosen" is the best book in the series thus far. It's no wonder that "The Chosen" has become a cult classic (as reported on Wikipedia).  Quinn and Rashel are by far the best characters so far in the series. I have a strong feeling that after I finish all the books in the series, this one will end up being my favorite

Buy on Night World No. 2: Dark Angel; The Chosen; Soulmate

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