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A fantastic new series from the bestselling author of Night World. Elena is the school beauty, but she's bored. Until a new boy turns up in her class. Stefan is dark and mysterious - and she's determined to get to know him better ... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Lisa Jane Smith is the author of more than twenty books for young adults, including the Night World series (Hodder) and the trilogies The Forbidden Game and Dark Visions (Scholastic). Since childhood she has been fascinated by the night and the way the ordinary world changes in moonlight. She lives in Northern California, in a rambling house in a small town. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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First of all, I cannot believe how much Twilight directly ripped this off! For shame, Stephanie Meyer!
I found this mildly entertaining. I couldn't really identify with Elena as she was so spoiled and popular, so I didn't really want her to get Stefan or anything.
Stefan is quite one-dimensional in this book, although I got the feeling he probably develops as a character. I thought the whole dark secret in his past was a bit contrived and not very fleshed out.
Not a lot seems to happen in the book, either. It got to the end and I was like 'what, is that it?' And then it ends on a total cliffhanger, like a serial.
The thing which struck me the most about this is how many supposed writing errors it makes; jumping between POV's in one paragraph etc. The author would never get away that stuff these days.
Overall, underwhelming but I can see how teens would like it.
The story will be familiar to those acquainted with Meyer's Twilight series, though this was written 15 years before Twilight was even published. Elena is a school girl restless of her life though she has everything she could want, until she meets Stefan Salvatore (the new, gorgeous and mysterious boy at school) and is determined to have him. Unlike most guys however, Stefan is not infatuated with Elena and treats her coldly, leaving Elena feeling humiliated> It is not until Stefan saves Elena from an attack from fellow school boy Tyler that Elena finally realises that perhaps Stefan's behaviour towards her isn't dominated by hate at all, and that the boy has many secrets to hide, the least of which being that he's a vampire. Add to this a string of unsolved crimes that begin as soon as Stefan steps into town (though he does not remember committing them) and a mysterious stranger that Elena is constantly running into, and you've got yourself a typical teen vampire novel, with one difference - L J Smith is the Queen of teen vampire novels.Read more ›
Where to begin? Okay, let's start with the leading lady, Elena. Shallow and vapid by nature, she's the most beautiful girl in school with men falling at her feet and a gaggle of equally vapid-sounding yes-friends. Halfway through the book she gets voted in as Homecoming Queen - a huge risk on the part of the author as the Homecoming/Prom queen is rarely the kind of character a reader can really get behind. And then Elena commits the most heinous crime of all: instalove. It's not even the traditional hits-you-like-a-bolt-of-lightening instalove - the only reason she decides she wants Stefan is because he doesn't want her. Seriously?
Gotta say, at first I thought Elena was going to be some throwaway character who we *think* is going to be the main character, only for her to get eaten at the end of the first chapter when the attention shifts to the *real* main character. Sadly, she doesn't die. In fact I skipped ahead to episode twelve of this series (I know! Twelve!) and she's still bloody alive!
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The love interest, Stefan, is like a cardboard cut-out vampire. Good-looking? Tick. Tortured? Tick. Flash car? Tick. Loads of money? Tick. Believes he's damned to hell for all eternity? Tick. Just couldn't see the attraction. He falls in love with Elena at first sight, not because she's beautiful in her own right, but because she looks like a dead girl he used to love, thus earning him the nickname Creepy McCreeperson.
His brother, Damon, is moderately more interesting and has some amusing lines, but nothing good enough to airlift this book out of Dullsville.Read more ›
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I didn't finish to end. I stop it on half way.I love watching it on tv series but not on the book :(Published on 9 Feb. 2014 by Sam Robertson
Now I love the TV series connected with these books - and when i first tried to read this series I struggled! but i thought nope, I will try and I am glad that i did. Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2013 by Miss Jennifer L. Clark
A very exciting good book for people who like adventurous stuff. I found it isn't like twilight at all it is an amazing book to read can't wait to read the second onePublished on 10 Mar. 2013 by really hood game
It is good, and it is delivered long before the due date but I liked it because it had this front cover( shown in the picture) but I got the normal apple one.Published on 26 Dec. 2012 by Phebe
I started to watch the series on tv and loved them!! Although i didnt think the book was like the tv series there are quite a few difference, but that didnt matter!! Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2011 by Loverxo
i was half and half om whether i should get this book or not as ive watched the tv series and thought they would be exactly the same and its suprised me as im only on the third... Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2011 by Rachael McCartney
a good book but after reading all the books let me tell you read the first four and leave the rest as it gets pointless and stupid. Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2011 by xxkittykatxx
A new series on ITV2 called the "Vampire Diaries" started a few weeks ago, and I really enjoyed it.
When I found out the series was based on novels by L.J. Read more