Sunday, October 14, 2012

Dark Angel - Serial Sunday Review

Dark Angel
Book 4 in series
by L.J. Smith
Genres: Paranormal, Romance,
  Young Adult

     This week's Serial Sunday review is a continuation of the Night World series from our featured author. Near death experiences often give people a new lease on life. To realize how one almost cashed in their chips can lead to reflection as to whether they have wasted their life or made the most of it. Gillian realizes that she is in the latter category. The fact that she returns to her life with an angel that has plenty of advice on how to reach her goals helps her immensely.

     In Spellbinder, Smith briefly touched on the theory that we can never have what we want most. As soon as we get what we want, we want something else. Smith exbounds on this theory through Gillian's desire to be popular. Many movies and books have explored the phenomenon of the "popular crowd" and that it really isn't all that it is cracked up to be. Many times those who strive to be popular end up losing themselves and their own personality as they try to fit in. Is this what happens to Gillian? You will have to read this story to find out, I'm not going to ruin it for you.

     This fourth installment in the Night World series is completely stand alone as the previous books have been. I commend author L. J. Smith for not bowing down to the poplar compulsion to end stories with cliffhangers in order to sell the next novel. Instead she relies on creating characters and a world that readers want to explore further, as it should be.

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