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Not a fan
on 22 June 2012
It is very rare that I won't finish a book due to some OCD complex that I have about seeing something through to the end. This book tested my resolve. In fact I only finished it in the end because I set myself an insane task to read 100 books in a year.
Thinking back, in 1991, I would have been 11 years old and desparately not trying to be rude here, my 11 year old self was writing stories like this. It is a shame that I hadn't read TVD books before I started reading the more recent gems from Richelle Mead because they just don't compete. They don't even compete with the writing in LJ Smith's Night World novels which I read before TVD as well - and I wasn't a fan of those either.
It is perhaps unfair to judge a series written clearly for very young adults when you are a thirty something. However JK Rowling completely lifted the bar with children's writing, so it probably isn't unkind to say that these books are the equivalent of Mills & Boon for young teens but where you don't really care for the characters.
That said, LJ Smith clearly enjoys writing about her evil characters - Damon always seems a well rounded character which you can sympathise with while you just want to stab Stefan for being so.... blah.
Let's just say I'm trying to be nice because I adore the TV series (which doesn't escape from its own mediocre writing sometimes) but I really didn't enjoy this book. Although the taster chapter for book four at the end of the book was actually the best bit of LJ Smith's writing I've read and I found myself wanting to see if I could borrow it from the library.... yeek!