I am not posting about NIKITA for a change. (LOL!) Guys, I am currently reading the Forbidden Game by LJ Smith and it is AWESOME!
(Off topic: is it just me or does she look uncannily like Nicci from Legend of the Seeker?)
I don’t know how I almost completely missed all L. J. Smith's books growing up. I read lots of R. L. Stine and Richie Tankersley Cusick but for some reason, L. J. Smith who writes in a similar vein never crossed my part. Unless you count ‘Daughters of Darkness’ which is a kick-ass story about a trio of kickass vampire sisters who run away from their chauvinistic, patriarchal Island of Vampires to live amongst humans; only to be chased by their brother who is like the atypical big bad Vampire Bad Boy; only for him to fall in soulmate with a human girl. Only being soulmates with a human doesn’t automatically redeem him and neither of them like each other much and they have to gradually fall in love in a more natural way throughout the course of the story and it ends with her deciding that she does not
want to become a vampire and a creature who kills or is killed (I can hear the anti-Twilight fans cheering!) and him leaving her to redeem himself/become a better person than he is now. And that story really stayed with me way back then but I never got the opportunity to follow up on the series or the writer and it just faded out of my sphere of attention. I didn’t even remember the writer’s name.
Now with TVD being the second-best thing on TV (after Nikita, naturally; and in episodes when the writers remember to treat Bonnie decently), I went hunting for the original LJ Smith Vampire Diaries because word-of-mouth told me that they were “really great!” And lo and behold, what do I find in Wikipedia but that the same LJ Smith wrote Daughters of Darkness
which is basically the only ‘Soulmate Story that isn’t a Eros ex Machina’ story I’ve ever read. So of course, I had to read her other books and luck of the draw picked Forbidden Game as my starting point.And Forbidden Game is FANTASTIC!
I am half-way through book one, specifically just after ( this spoilerish spoilery scene involve kick-ass girls and heartwarming female friendshipsCollapse )
and I’m going, “OMG! Where were you when I ran out of Nancy Drew books to read?”
Whew. I just did my good deed for today and recommended a great book series to the masses. Gotta go and finish the Forbidden Game. If you don’t hear from me again, I guess I lost.Rating
: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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