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Secret Vampire (1996)

by L. J. Smith

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Series: Night World (1)

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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.… (more)

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A teenaged girl is very suddenly made aware that she has a rare and threatening disease and has about 3 weeks to live. Fortunately for her, her best friend is secretly a vampire and offers to turn her. Poppy initially accepts, but then begins to think more critically about the idea, mostly due to the reaction of her skeptical brother who has never particularly liked that friend. The characters are also in danger from the Night World, an organized group of vampires, werewolves and witches who mostly keep their dealings secret and their membership in check. It's a huge no-no to tell humans about the Night World.

This is a good introductory book into the Night World series, briefly explaining the Night World and introducing some characters who will become more important later. It's a quick read; in fact so quick the reader might marvel at the pace with which these characters make such life-altering decisions. But then...they're teenagers, so I guess that's not so surprising. ( )
  EmScape | Aug 25, 2019 |
Easy read that's vampires for tweens. It seems a number of people have compared it to the twilight series but for the younger crowd. A young girl who learns that she's going to die soon of stage three cancer. She also learns that her best friend since elementary school is a vampire. He offers to change her but there's a problem. He's not supposed to tell about his world nor are they allowed to just change anyone. Now you see the similarities. Was rather more detailed in the death/change part then most vampire stories that mention that. Was good for what it was. ( )
  ChrisWeir | Nov 10, 2018 |
Laughably, hilariously bad. But entertainingly so. ( )
  dukedukegoose | Jan 26, 2015 |
The first of L.J. Smith's Night World series, in which a hidden society of vampires, witches and shape-shifters struggles to keep the knowledge of their existence from the humans around them, Secret Vampire is essentially a supernatural "Romeo and Juliet" tale. It follows the story of sixteen-year-old Poppy North, who discovers that she is dying of cancer, and her best friend James Rasmussen, who (unbeknownst to her) is a vampire and Night World member, with the ability to "save" her.

Narrative tension abounds, as Poppy struggles with the decision to become a vampire, and James seeks to circumnavigate Night World law, which forbids its members from revealing their existence to humans, or from falling in love with them. Yes, you read that right! This series is all about the redemptive power of (forbidden!) love, and every title focuses on a different Human/Night-Worlder romance...

This series made its debut in 1996, when I was running the children's section of a large bookstore, and I picked up the first title mostly out of curiosity. I had never really read any vampire fiction before, but it was rapidly becoming apparent to me that it was an immensely popular genre with younger readers. I am certainly glad I gave L.J. Smith a chance, because I discovered a series of well-written books, with engaging characters, suspenseful plots, and (ahem!) very romantic sensibilities. Yes, there's quite a bit of teen "cheese," but it's such good fun! I sometimes find it ironic that I was never able to appreciate teen fiction as a teenager, but that's another story altogether. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jun 26, 2013 |
A short story about Poppy, a teenage girl who is dying and her best friend James, who is a vampire. James has to follow 2 simple 'Night World' rules: 1) Never let a human find out about the Night World, 2) Never fall in love with one of them. The story plot line is easy to guess, James breaks these rules to save Poppy from dying of a painful and incurable disease. This book is aimed at teenagers, but as it was written by the same author of The Vampire Diaries series (which I love), I had to give it a go. Although the plot lines are easy to guess, this is a nice little book that is easy to read and enjoyable. Would appeal to all teenage vamp fans. ( )
  moosenoose | Feb 19, 2011 |
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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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