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The Awakening

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  • School & Library Binding
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061396179X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613961790
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 12.1 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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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.

About the Author

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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Format: Paperback
i read this book first in 1994 when i was 15 and i fell in love with it so completly that i still have these books in my possesion today! Everyone who wants to escape the daily grin and fall in love just a little should read these books!!! Excitment, suspense, love and passion fill the pages from cover to cover. It is the ultimate test of whether you like Mr Right or if, like me, you have a soft spot for a bad boy!!! Enjoy!
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Super beautiful, super popular prom queen Elena becomes fascinated with aloof new guy, Stefan, who seems to have a secret.

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.
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The last time I read this series I was 15 years old I had two main obsessions - teen vampire novels and L J Smith. You can guess how much I viewed 'The Vampire Diaries' and the 'Night World' series as my idea of heaven! 4 years on and I'd like to think my taste in literature has matured and improved somewhat to now read novels that actually count as literature, but after reading Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series last week (a guilty pleasure, I know), and finding countless comparisons to 'the Vampire Diaries' I decided it was about time I re-visited the books I used to adore a few years back and see once and for all whether Smith's novels are purely for hormonal teenage girls or if they have any substance and audience beyond.

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.
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...and this is nothing like a good vampire romance novel.

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?

******************SPOILER ALERT********************
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!
*****************END OF SPOILER*********************

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.
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As a girl in my early twenties, i have to say that i was dubious to say the least at reading these books, but i am offically hooked!!!!!!!!!!!! The story is gripping and the hero (s) are heartbreaking! If you need to escape the daily grind, pick these books and give them a go! Trust me!!!!!
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