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The Vampire Diaries: Volume 1: The Awakening & The Struggle: Books 1 & 2 Paperback – 6 Aug 2009
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A compelling sequence from the best selling author of Night World!
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.
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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....
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! :)
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.Read more ›
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I have never read a book with such an unlikeable lead character. most other characters seem to be written in as simple padding and have no background or distinguishable emotions. Read morePublished 5 days ago by stephaniejay
In her teen words: These two books include so much amazing detail although it does not make the book any longer so there is always something happening. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Paul Traynor
I watched the series before reading the books. The books are awful, even if treated as their own entity. Don't even get me started. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hakuouki
Very compelling, dark and addictive. Damon is mischievous, more sinister than in the series yet he's the villain that you'll love to hate and hate to love. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nikki
I have been watching the vampire diaries tv series for a couple of months now and I was recommended to read the books. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Blessing