Review: Night World: The Chosen by L.J. Smith
Favorite Line: “This kitten had claws.” (1997 version p.19)
Rashel Jordan has been living a double life. High school student by day, vampire hunter by night. Ever since her horrifying encounter with a vampire at the age of five, Rashel vowed to hunt them. While scouring a warehouse district in Boston, Rashel sees a girl running for her life. Rashel saves the girl, Daphne, from the clutches of her vampire captors. From Daphne’s story, Rashel realizes she has stumbled upon something big and terrible. On top of all this, there’s the feeling she just can’t shake after meeting a vampire named Quinn. She can’t get him out of her head; how will this end?
Rashel is completely hardcore. She’s only 17, and has staked multiple vampires in her career as a hunter. I really like this character. Her attitude is fun, yet she means business. Her relationship she develops with Daphne is my favorite in the book. The two meet under such crazy circumstances, yet they find they have a lot in common and make a great team. At first Smith writes them to appear different, but then shows they are actually quite alike.
The only small problem I had with the bond between Rashel and Quinn. It seemed a bit forced and rushed. But I mark that up to the fact that is was a short book; and you can’t control love at first sight, right?
There was never a dull moment in this book. I often had to make myself put it down in order to get some sleep. I think I may have even found my new favorite L.J. Smith book.
For: Girls who can take care of themselves and L.J. Smith fans.