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Nightfall (Vampire Diaries: The Return) [Library Binding]

L. J. Smith
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10 Feb 2009 Vampire Diaries: The Return (Book 1)

A phenomenally popular vampire romance sequence - now showing on ITV2 - from the best selling author of Night World, L. J. Smith.

Elena Gilbert is alive - again.

When Elena sacrificed herself to save the two vampire brothers who love her she was consigned to a fate beyond death. Until a powerful supernatural force pulled her back.

Now Elena is not just human. She has powers. What's more, her blood pulses with a unique force that makes her irresistible to any vampire.

Both brothers still want Elena to be theirs, but something bigger and more powerful than all of them may want her more...

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Product details

  • Library Binding: 586 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Teen (10 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061720798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061720796
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 13.9 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,421,346 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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Book Description

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

About the Author

L J Smith is the globally best-selling author of more than 20 books for young adults, including the cult phenomenon the Night World sequence. Since childhood she has been fascinated by the night and the way the ordinary world changes when darkness falls. She lives in Northern California in a rambling house in a small town. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very strange, but highly enjoyable 18 Sep 2009
Format:Hardcover
I was obsessed with these books at a young teenager. They were one of the first vampire series I read and were the start of what was, and still is a huge love of mine: vampire fiction.

I recently re-read the first three books and while I enjoyed them for the sake of posterity, I found them to be slightly juvenile, partly in the writing, but mostly in the characterisation.

Don't get me wrong, I loved these books as a teenager along with The Secret Circle series and have recently got them all in the library in the school where I work as an English teacher and am always recommending them to my students, but as an adult they weren't something that gripped me particularly.

That is where this book differed, I was actually really drawn in to the characters this time, especially Damon and Elena.

I also think that the whole feel was much darker and more adult than the rest of the books, for example, the idea of vampires being sexual beings is kind of skirted over in the original books, due to the age range that they were aimed at. But that is a theme which is explored in more detail in these books, both with spirit Elena and Stefan's exchange, as well as Damon's growing desire not just for her blood, but his desire for her as a woman.

This book also had a more grown up and mature version of Elena in many parts, who has begun to embrace her darker side and do what needs to be done, even if it is something that will degrade her or go against her conscience. This was a refreshing change from the puritanical girl we saw before.

I also think the large focus on Damon's character is a huge plus for this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Vampire Diaries yet!!!!! 16 Mar 2010
By Ms. C. A. Anderson VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I really loved the first two double duo installements of the Vampire Diaries so of course I wanted to read this follow up, and I was not disappointed!!!

It is a little more edger than the last two, with more dark and seductive elements to it which I found fit further into the Gothic theme of the books. For fans there is more adventures with Meridith, Matt, Bonnie, Elena, Damon and Stefan and of course the regulars such as Caroline and a welcome bigger appearence from Mrs.Flowers (Stefan's Landlady).

It is to note though, that although I, myself, love Elena and Stefan together, his absence from most of the book allows for the relationship between Elena and Damon to grow and develop. Having believed like Elena, that Damon is not as much of the bad guy as he makes himself out to be, this book helps to shed light on this instinct and investigate it further.

With the appearence of two new evil and sinister characters set on destroying Fell's church, Damon's inner struggle with evil and good is played upon heavily in this book and it is not as simple as choosing a side...

I welcomed the refreshing look on the evil bad boy Damon and his struggle with his feelings toward Elena too. Without spoiling anything, whether Damon feels for Elena is purely beacuse she is something he can not get or that she is his little brothers vs. that he may actaully want more than just her blood are brought to light and a sensitive side of Damon is shown but not without consequences.

I would go as far as to say, that while the first two double installements were not really for adults, the shift to more adult matters in this book and hopefully the next allows it to be an adult book in my mind.

I Loved it and could not put it down, I can not wait for The Return: Shadow Souls which is out out in May. I have mines pre ordered :).

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard Work 10 May 2010
By Bamba
Format:Paperback
I am not a huge fan of the Vampire Diaries books, I found them very juvenile with no character development, but liking Damon's character & also loving the Vampire Diaries TV series wanted to read the new book.

It was bizarre to say the least - Elena changed from being fine at end of Book 4 to being a child in Book 5. The book was not very visual, even with strecthing my imagination I had a hard time visualising exactly what the author was trying to put across. The characters ran from one disaster to another, appearing slightly dumb as they did so. There was a bizarre chapter in an imaginery house, & young girls acting provocatively which was just stomach churning. Bonnie, Meredith & Matt appear to be saints, who will do anything for their friend who consistently lets them down! Stefan has become this spineless simpering idiot, who with every usage of the phrase 'lovely love' made me gag & close my eyes in horror.

It was like a bizarre series of events randomly thrown together. Again no character development which was seriously needed. And people with teenagers should be warned, that I wouldn't suggest anyone under 16 reading this book - which is also interesting because it is not grown up enough for adults, but has too many mature themes for young teens.
However people will want to read this book, as it is a continuation of a series that many people are fond of and Damon is still a good character that I find interesting.

I guess it is worth a read for fans of the original books, but be warned - it is very strange & bizarre!! The TV series has much better character development & much better storylines, so perhaps best just to watch that.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
It has some good parts but I got a little distracted whilst reading it. I think it's worth reading though because the next two books are a lot better. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Julie Winsland
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A gift for the wife that left her happy and kept her off my case for a bit.
Published 27 days ago by Chris Longden
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
its completely different to the t.v series, i couldnt put the book down, my fave character still damon the untamed panther, i do hope he wins elena in the end in the books too,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This is a good book in the series I love it and can't wait to read the next ! :-)
Published 3 months ago by Christine McKay
5.0 out of 5 stars :)
Brilliant better than the actual series, loved watching it on tv couldn't bel how much better the book was :)
Published 3 months ago by yvonne rawson
3.0 out of 5 stars Vampires
it was alright. I did enjoy it but found that it took a long time just to say the story. it could have been cut down by 200 pages to be honest. Read more
Published 4 months ago by C Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
It was good but I cried a lot about Stefan and its sad what Damon does to Stefan and Elena and Matt
Published 5 months ago by E
5.0 out of 5 stars Say no more I am hooked
just love the vampire diaries cant get enough of them. I have also read more of LJ Smith books she is fantastic
Published 5 months ago by shedevil
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read
I Was completely pulled from the start to the end L.J.Smith Done an Amazing job please write more vampire diaries books.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
If you enjoyed the previous books then this one will not be disappointing. Thoroughly good read. Looking forward to the next one
Published 6 months ago by GillP
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