Secret Vampire (Night World Series #1)

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Overview

The series takes place in a world similar to our own but one where vampires, witches, werewolves and shape-shifters live among humans without their knowledge. These supernatural races make up a secret society known as the Night World, which enforces two fundamental laws to prevent discovery: 1) Never allow humans to gain knowledge of the Night World's existence and, 2) Never fall in love with one of them.

In Secret Vampire, Poppy thought the summer would last forever. Then she ...

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Overview

The series takes place in a world similar to our own but one where vampires, witches, werewolves and shape-shifters live among humans without their knowledge. These supernatural races make up a secret society known as the Night World, which enforces two fundamental laws to prevent discovery: 1) Never allow humans to gain knowledge of the Night World's existence and, 2) Never fall in love with one of them.

In Secret Vampire, Poppy thought the summer would last forever. Then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now Poppy's only hope for survival is James, her friend and secret love. A vampire in the Night World, James can make Poppy immortal. But first they both must risk everything to go against the laws of Night World.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441804358
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Series: Night World Series , #1
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

L.J. Smith is the bestselling author of the Night World and The Vampire Diaries series, and has written over twenty-five books for young adults. She lives in the Bay Area of California where she enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling. Her favorite place is a cabin in Point Reyes National Park.
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  • Posted June 6, 2010

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    It is a good book for teens,it left me with questions.

    As an adult I rated this as a 2 star. The story had potential and the characters are likable. Poppy was well developed and we learned about James as we read the book. Phil, Poppy's twin brother acted in many ways that any brother who cared for his sister would act. Phil also did some things a sane person would not if the situations were real. I feel the mother and step-father should have played a bigger role in the story. It was like they were there only because Poppy is a teenager and they HAD to be there.
    From a teenager point of view the brother was brave and amazing, maybe a little too involved but acceptable. The lack of parents except during important stuff (Poppy's diagnosis) was acceptable and enjoyable.
    As an adult I was a little board with the book. I was a little more than half way into the book and I thought there was not going to be any action with the little amount of pages I have left to read. Once the action started, it moved so fast the book was over. Questions were left unanswered, one I thought was important to the story. What was the dream about?
    From a teenager point of view, the book probably moved quickly and exactly how it should have. The end of the book explanation is probably accepted with no questions left over.
    As someone who reads many vampire stories, it is the typical male vampire/ female human love story. I saw some similarities with this series and newer released vampire series. Some examples of this are character similarities (vampires going outside during the day) and even character names (Quinn, Claudine, and Eric). I will say Eric might not be anything as it is a common name but it was pretty odd considering the other two names. It makes me wonder if the other two authors read this story before writing their own series.
    As a mother, I like is how L.J. Smith wrote about Poppy being in love with James but did not make or imply they had a sexual relationship. Young teens are faced with enough sexual media that it is nice to have one talk about emotions. In my personal opinion James should have been a little more aggressive considering he is a vampire and all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2010

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    good book

    i like this book if you like short stores with some fun in it reed this

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2009

    Night World: Secret Vampire Book Review

    Poppy has just discovered that she has been diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas and she has it bad. The only one who can help her is her mysterious best friend, James.

    Night World No. 1 includes three different stories; Secret Vampire, Daughters of Darkness, and Spellbinder. In Secret Vampire, the main character, Poppy, has discovered that she has cancer. The doctors tell her that nothing can help her; she doesn't have long to live. Her family is miserable when they hear the news. So is her best friend, James. Knowing that she is going to die has made him notice his feelings for her. He is willing to do anything to save her, even if that means breaking Night World law. He's going to change her into a vampire.

    I liked Secret Vampire because I thought it was well written and very suspenseful. It made me want to keep reading until I finished the story even if it was three in the morning. You'll love this book if you like to read about vampires, werewolves, or even witches. If you liked The Twilight Saga or The Summoning, then you'll love this book.

    You should read this book because it's a great way to spend the day. If you just want to have a lazy day and curl up with a book, this is the one you should read. I would recommend this book to everyone I know.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

    Poppy North is a typical sixteen-year old--she gets through school by being smarter than her teachers; likes to irritate her straight-laced twin brother, Phil; listens to New Age and techno music; has a secret crush on her best friend, James; and wakes up on the first morning of summer vacation before her senior year of high-school with nothing more paramount on her mind than what she can do with an entire summer spent with James. <BR/><BR/>Until the pain in her abdomen, which has steadily been increasing, working its way around to her back, keeping her awake at night, and causing her to lose weight, sends her to the doctor. Who then sends her to the hospital for tests. Where doctors then inform her that she has pancreatic cancer--the kind that will kill you within three weeks to three months. <BR/><BR/>Poppy, of course, isn't ready to die. Watching the reaction of her family--twin brother Phil, her mother, and step-father Cliff--only brings the truth closer to home. Poppy is going to die, there's nothing anyone can do about it, and it's going to be painful. <BR/><BR/>Except there is someone who can do something about it. James Rasmussen, her best friend from El Camino High School, her secret crush, a boy who now tells her something impossible--he's a lamia, a boy who was born a vampire, a member of the Night World, and he can change Poppy into a vampire to avoid certain death. <BR/><BR/>Of course Poppy doesn't believe him at first, but then what choice does she have? There's always been something different about James, and now she knows exactly what the difference is. So she agrees to become a vampire, knowing she'll have to leave her family behind, but knowing it's the only way to avoid certain death. <BR/><BR/>What follows is a fast-moving, interesting story about Poppy's immersion into becoming a vampire, the toll it takes on her brother, Phil, who finds out what they're doing, and the danger it puts James in. Because there are only two rules of the Night World: Never let the humans know it exists, and never fall in love with one of them. James has broken both of those rules. <BR/><BR/>What a great start to the Night World series! Towards the end of the book we meet some other interesting characters, which I'm guessing will play major roles in future books, so I can't wait to get started on the next read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    night world

    i love this book.........I think poppy and james likes eachother i mean why does he help her if she is sick and he might get in trouble with the night counsile

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2008

    Excellent YA Vampire Fiction

    I stumbled across a nearly-complete set of the 'Night World' books at the local paperback-trade-exchange a few weeks after having received positive recommendations from another vampire reader. Poppy, a sixteen-year-old peppy redhead, is given the death sentence of cancer in the beginning of the novel her only alternative to a painful death is, in fact, undeath at the fangs of her best friend and crush, James Radmussen. But consequences must follow their desperation, and our quick-decisioned pair is no exception. 'Secret Vampire' has an ethereal quality to it that's somewhat unusual, especially in young adult literature the only book with similar overtones that I can think of off the top of my head would be the mega-bestseller Twilight, albeit 'Vampire' is of a much more abbreviated length. Smith hits the nail (or stake, as you prefer) on the head with this novel, an excellent pick for younger readers who haven't yet progressed to the full-out selection of heated paranormal romance. But 'Vampire' is enjoyable for anyone. The characters are sympathetic if a bit unexplored -- but that comes with the terrain of short novelettes. It's certainly no slight to James or Poppy -- I just want to learn more about them, as well as James' nefarious cousin, the enigmatic Ash. Entertaining with a dark taste of romantic flair a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2006

    Courtesy of Teens Read Too

    Poppy North is a typical sixteen-year old--she gets through school by being smarter than her teachers likes to irritate her straight-laced twin brother, Phil listens to New Age and techno music has a secret crush on her best friend, James and wakes up on the first morning of summer vacation before her senior year of high-school with nothing more paramount on her mind than what she can do with an entire summer spent with James. Until the pain in her abdomen, which has steadily been increasing, working its way around to her back, keeping her awake at night, and causing her to lose weight, sends her to the doctor. Who then sends her to the hospital for tests. Where doctors then inform her that she has pancreatic cancer--the kind that will kill you within three weeks to three months. Poppy, of course, isn't ready to die. Watching the reaction of her family--twin brother Phil, her mother, and step-father Cliff--only brings the truth closer to home. Poppy is going to die, there's nothing anyone can do about it, and it's going to be painful. Except there is someone who can do something about it. James Rasmussen, her best friend from El Camino High School, her secret crush, a boy who now tells her something impossible--he's a lamia, a boy who was born a vampire, a member of the Night World, and he can change Poppy into a vampire to avoid certain death. Of course Poppy doesn't believe him at first, but then what choice does she have? There's always been something different about James, and now she knows exactly what the difference is. So she agrees to become a vampire, knowing she'll have to leave her family behind, but knowing it's the only way to avoid certain death. What follows is a fast-moving, interesting story about Poppy's immersion into becoming a vampire, the toll it takes on her brother, Phil, who finds out what they're doing, and the danger it puts James in. Because there are only two rules of the Night World: Never let the humans know it exists, and never fall in love with one of them. James has broken both of those rules. What a great start to the Night World series! Towards the end of the book we meet some other interesting characters, which I'm guessing will play major roles in future books, so I can't wait to get started on the next read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2003

    excellent book but a lil slow!!

    this book was really great but in the beginning things start off kinda slow. Poppy has found out she was dying from cancer. only her best friend james can save her but it will reveal his darkest secret to her, something he kept hidden for so many years. James is a vampire. but only he can save poppy, so she must decide if she wants to be a vampire and stay alive or she will be killed from the disease. Ash is introduced in this book as well almost at the end of the book thats the best part cuz Ash is the best!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2002

    Awesome

    Was a a good book with plenty of imagination. Been a fan of LJ Smith since Vampire Diaries and am always willing to read new stuff by her (even if I dont fit the 'Young Adult' age group anymore). :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2002

    Absolutely Awesome

    It was absolutely great. I loved it. It kind of makes you think to yourself,Could there really be an entire other world out there that is hidden so carefully from us humans. It was a great book and it really ties in love,lust,bravery, friendship,and even betrayal.Read it I know you'll love it whether you like the supernatural or not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2001

    LOVE IT!!!!

    When i first started reading this book i couldn't put it down. I love the mystery and how love and friendship ties into it. The only ones i haven't read yet are huntress and witchlight!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2000

    Secret Vampire

    I enjoyed this book I couldn't put it down. I feel like if I was there my self taking the place of Poppy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2000

    Book worm 101

    This book ruled. I was so surprised since I'm not into Vampires and such. L.J smith has some great books out. It was a fantisic book!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2000

    A Great Book

    This was a really good book. I really loved James. Probably my favorite part was when Ash showed up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2000

    imaginative, great plot

    The book is spectacular! Enjoyable to the last page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2000

    The book is brill (in other words IT'S WORTH BUYING)

    I have only read the first two books in the series because I live in the middle of nowhere and it's hard to find the books you want.I'm looking out for the next couple I've only seen them here once and it was like up to the near twenties I think. Anyway I decided I'd give the first one a try and it was absolutely brlliant!I then saw the second one a couple of months later stuffed at the back of this books store and decided to grab it thinking hey,so the first one was good the first ones usually are but then they usually start to go down the tubes. I got it home and realized that James and Poppy weren't in the second!! Needless to say I was dissapointed you kinda get attached to the characters but it was even better than the fist I'm hoping I'll come across the third one soon I can't wait to read it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 1999

    great book

    what a cool way to cure any diseases! It shows that her Vampires can be very caring, loving and positive. I've read many other vampire type books but she portrays them as positive role models.

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    Posted May 26, 2010

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    Posted October 29, 2008

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    Posted October 26, 2008

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