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The Awakening and the Struggle (Vampire Diaries) (Vampire Diaries (Quality)) [Paperback]

L. J. Smith
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1 July 2008 Vampire Diaries (Quality) (Book 1)

Elena: the golden girl, the leader, the one who can have any boy she wants.

Stefan: brooding and mysterious, he seems to be the only one who can resist Elena, even as he struggles to protect her from the horrors that haunt his past.

Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Determined to have Elena, he'd kill to possess her.

Collected here in one volume for the first time, volumes one and two of The Vampire Diaries, the tale of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Harperteen (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006114097X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061140976
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 8 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lisa Jane Smith is the author of more than twenty books for young adults, including the bestselling Night World, Secret Circle and Vampire Diaries series (now a hit-series on ITV2). She lives in Northern California, in a rambling house in a small town.

Lisa knew that she wanted to be a writer since she was about six, when a teacher praised a poem she'd written. She wrote her first book in high school, finishing it in her first year of college. Then she became a special education teacher before she was able to become a writer full-time.

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A phenomenally popular vampire sequence - now showing on ITV2 - from the best selling author of Night World. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

L. J. Smith has written more than two dozen books for children and young adults. She lives in the Bay Area of California, but is happiest in a little cabin near Point Reyes National Park, which has lots of trees, lots of animals, lots of beaches to walk on, and lots of places to hike.

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99 of 103 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good 26 Oct 2009
I actually started watching this series on the TV before i started to read the books as i couldnt wait week after week to find out what happened....

Anyway, after reading some terrible reviews on here, i decided to give it a chance anyway, and im so glad that i did. I am not a teenager and i really enjoyed this book! I have read on some review about poor english etc etc, i think i must have got so wrapped up in the story that I didnt notice any poor english...

At first i couldnt identify with Elena...she is very self important...however, as the book progresses you begin to forget about this...

I am curently half way through the 3rd book and i am really really enjoying it!

Give it a chance! Dont believe everything you read...take it for what it is...a teenagers book...not some deep mind altering novel....
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop comparing to Twilight!!! Its amazing :) 12 Mar 2010
By Ms. C. A. Anderson VINE VOICE
I really wish everyone would stop comparing all vampire books to Twilight, as a major fan of the series I can see why but this book is different than the Twilight Saga. It is amazing in it's own right. I try to read a new book with fresh eyes instead of comparing it, think if you had not read Twilight, would you like it, and I say yes definetly!

I love the character of Elena who could so easily fit into any time or place, she is universal. At first I was annoyed by her bratty attitude and she came accross as 'pampered princess' but as the story progresses and with the arrival of our vampire; Stefan, we see that there is more than meets the eye to Elena. I deeply enjoyed the love that Elena and Stefan share and felt like I was witnessing its strength grow.

The story keeps you guessing with a number of unexpected twists and turns and I love the style that Smith imploys with the extracts of diary entries which put you in Elena's mindset and see everything through her eyes.

I loved the errieness that Smith manages to maintain with the Graveyard and the church.

The ending is shocking and I was left reeling and wondering if it could be so, so much so that I had to buy the next one in order to find out!

Take my advice, stop comparing to Twilight, every book you read will probably not live up if you keep doing that, so just look at it as it's own and I promise you will enjoy it and will not be able to stop! :)

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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Paving the way for the teen vampire sensation 20 Oct 2009
By Annabel Gaskell VINE VOICE
Anyone reading this book would be forgiven for thinking that it was rather derivative of a certain other one, (Twilight that is). It even has an apple on a black cover ... Amazingly, it was published over ten years before Stephanie Meyer had even started hers. Understandingly, the publishers have jumped on the bandwagon with a new edition. I didn't discover it until I had already read Twilight though, so my thoughts about Smith's book can't help but but be influenced by the other.

The Vampire Diaries was originally written as a trilogy in 1991, and extended to 4 parts a year later. This edition contains parts 1 & 2. Smith is now adding another new trilogy to the series, and inbetween also created the 'Night World' series of novels featuring many different supernatural races.

Smith's heroine is beautiful and popular, and when a new boy Stefan comes to school, she just has to have him. Sure enough he's a vampire with an evil older brother Damon. Back in the Renaissance they both loved the same woman, who became a vampire and then when they forced her to choose between them, she took both. Stefan still thinks she really loved him before she died; and Elena reminds him of her - so they're made for each other. Nasty things start to happen in this little town - there's a big black crow always around, then people get scared in the old ruined church, and an old guy is killed under bridge over the river. Then at the school's Halloween Haunted House party, someone dies - all fingers point to Stefan, but we know that Damon lives and he wants what his brother wants ...

Arguably, although more happens than in Twilight, I found the Vampire Diaries rather ordinary and humourless, somewhat full of stereotypes and also lacking the former's subtlety.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but shallow 28 Jan 2010
By Bamba
I have just finished reading this book and I have started reading books 3 &4. My main thoughts about books 1 & 2 was that they were wrote by an adult who assumed that was how a young teenage girl thought. I am much older than a teenager now but I remember clearly what it was like & no one I know was as brainless or materialistic as Elena, the main character in this series. The fact that she is so hard to like is a major flaw in this series. I dislike her & as others have, when you compare this to Twilight & the portrayal of bella swan (who I adore!) - its very inferior in comparision. The writing is supposed to be like a teenage girls (a 17 year old no less) but the pages are aiming for so young that it has no maturity about it or any levels at all. This is a major flaw as books like Potter & twilight have shown you can write a book for all ages, that is exceptional. This aims too low & at times is oddly childish.

The characters are two dimensional with thoughts you cannot understand (eg the 'I love you' comes so early, I had to re read to see how they could possibly have built up to that point so early on!). Damon is a good character but only because he has a few quirky lines, you don't really ever get to understand why he is so evil (the back story is dire & not powerful enough to be the basis this story is built on) and all 3 main characters are pretty much still cardboard cut outs by the end of the 2 books.

Having said that I did want to know how this ended & was intrigued to see what happened. However I don't particularly care about any of the characters as they are not built on enough & am reading it with a detached interest rather than the heart pounding anxiety that I get when reading Twilight or The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love
love it nothing like tv series but great
best book I have read in a while well worth reading .
Published 3 days ago by Olivia Wainwright
5.0 out of 5 stars very entertaining
am thoroughly enjoying reading this series. although I am far from being a teenager. am now reading volume 6.and have 7 waiting.
Published 1 month ago by L. P. Darragh
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I loved this book. So exciting, dark and mysterious. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who love's a good thriller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I have this book. When I first started reading it I was gripped from the beginning. I love the television series which I why I chose to start reading the books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I've seen the tv series and love it but with a book my imagination goes into over drive when I read it and that what I like when I read any book.
Published 2 months ago by Helena
5.0 out of 5 stars So addictive!!
I didn't think I would enjoy the book as much as I did because I watch the tv series but it's a great book similar to the tv series but different. I couldn't put it down!!
Published 2 months ago by Danielle
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampire - Romance
I really loved this book it was sad but you have to admit these books are just amazing Elena and Stefan are just so made for each other heartbreakingly Awsome
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brill
Great read, enjoyed the series. Well written, couldn't put it down.
Loved it, can't wait for more. Loved this, ta.
Published 2 months ago by Angelwings1104
5.0 out of 5 stars For a "vampire addicted"
Purchased for my elder daughter to let her improve (and even love) english. She's a vampire diaries addicted, so this book seemed a good gift for christmas. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Domenico
3.0 out of 5 stars Miss
I watched the tv series first and the book is alot different to the tv series, so I didn't bother reading it, after a few chapters I was lost with all the different characters.
Published 3 months ago by Kim
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