Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Book #12: Huntress

Title: Huntress (Book #7 of the Night World series. Book #1 of the third omnibus edition)

Author: L.J. Smith

Date started reading: Jan. 25, 2012
Date finished reading:  Jan. 26, 2012

Publish date: Originally 1997, omnibus April 2009
ISBN: 978-1416974529
Number of pages: 237 in Huntress, 752 in full omnibus

Official summary: "Jez, with flaming red hair and silvery blue eyes, is the epitome of the wild teenage vampire, riding her motorcycle and chasing skinheads through the woods. She and Morgead regularly challenge each other for leadership of the gang, and Jez believes — naturally enough — that the handsome, dark-haired vampire hates her. But suddenly the world changes for Jez. She discovers that she has no right to the Night World, because one of her parents was human. Now Jez has turned into a vampire huntress, and one with a special job: find one of the four Wild Powers who can fight off the Apocalypse, the end of the world. To do so, though, she must challenge her dearest enemy once again for the leadership — knowing that she has only half-vampire Powers." (http://www.ljanesmith.net/www/author/booklist)

Book trailers:

How I obtained the book: Received through the Paperback Swap book club. (I had to pay to mail a book to another member in order to receive a credit to request this book)

Memorable quotes:
  • “Rule Number One of living with humans: Always wash the blood off before coming in the house.” ~ Jez
  • "Ghouls weren't smart, but like the Energizer Bunny they kept going and going."
  • “Are you going to try to kill me now? Or is the engagement just off?” ~ Jez 
  • "Fear was good; it added that extra spice to the taste. Like SweeTarts."
  • "She could look human, she could act human, but she couldn't be human."

My commentary:
  • I find it relatively humorous that people have been so vocal in their annoyance with the "Twilight" series for having vampire Edward get human Bella pregnant when there are all sorts of book series, "Night World" included, in which vampires can procreate. Some series have types of vampires who can procreate amongst themselves, and then there are some where vampires and humans can have children together. In "Huntress," Jez is the daughter of a vampire father and a human mother. Frankly, I think people should be more annoyed with the fact that the "Twilight" vampires sparkle in the sun instead of the fact that Bella gets pregnant.
  • "Huntress" has made me be less bothered by the series' soulmate principle. It was getting so old because in each book, there are two characters who discover that they're soulmates against the rules of the Night World (meaning a vampire with a human or a witch with a human). Jez and Morgead being soulmates even though they start out hating each other and Jez's absolute denial that it's possible that they're soulmates is an interesting change of pace.

Buy on Amazon.com: Night World No. 3: Huntress, Black Dawn, Witchlight

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