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An excellent pre-twilight vampire series!

  • Aug 12, 2010

This is a combination of books one and two of L.J. Smith's series entitled The Vampire Diaries. The name may ring a bell since it has recently been picked up by CW as a TV series. I havn't actually seen the show so please feel free to correct me if i am wrong but from what i can tell from the previews and still photos of the cast it really does not follow the story being told in the books. One thing that people (especially young people) must keep in mind when reading this book is that it was originally published in 1991, so much of the language and other things may seem out of date to today's readers. A note to concerned parents, this book contains very minimal questionable language and no sex scenes that i can remember, making it appropriate for your younger audience.

The first book in this series entitled The Awakening, is about Elena Gilbert a high school socialite and her friends. She is described as being the queen of her school, the most popular, most attractive excetera excetera. She has never had a problem sinking her claws into any boy she desired until the dark and mysterious Stefan moves into her town. He continually shuns her advances and outright ignores her attempts to be nice to him. At first his character seems very weird and withdrawn, i really didn't like him to much. Elena's character however is strong, bold and almost animalistic in her pursuit of Stefan. At first i thought her to be really overpowering and a little crazy. This book is not written from the point of view of one character or another, we are privy to the the thoughts and emotions off all the major characters. Because of this privilege the reader learns before Elena does that the reason for Stefan's attitude is that Elena reminds him of the girl who made him a vampire in Renaissance Italy so many years before. We also know that Stefan falls in love with Elena, and wants nothing more than to have her by his side. Not to far into the book Elena accidentally finds out about Stefan's true nature, bringing them closer than ever. Not long after Stefan arrives in Fell's Church strange attacks upon the townspeople begin to happen. Elena knows that Stefan is innocent, but Stefan is not so sure himself. This is all solved when Stefan realizes that his brother Damon is in the town as well and is responsible for the attacks. But what concerns Stefan more is the fact that Damon claims to be in town for one reason and one reason only....to claim Elena as his own. From the very first time Elena meets Damon she is attracted to him whether she is aware of it or not, but still her love for Stefan is the stronger connection in their little triangle and soon after she tells Damon this Stefan mysteriously disappears, leaving the reader with a huge cliffhanger ending.

That cliffhanger ending leads us right into book two entitled The Struggle. This book is much more dramatic than the first, starting right off in the first chapter. Elena is confronting Damon about Stefan's whereabouts when he pretty much tells her that her choosing his brother over him will cause her and her loved ones pain and suffering. He also informs her that she need not search for Stefan because he killed him the night before. Elena knows this isn't true due to a rather interesting twist in the plot, one of her best friends, Bonnie is a psychic (she is new to her power but it is still there none the less). Bonnie sees that Stefan is alive but trapped somewhere dark and wet. Elena, with the help of her friends, frees Stefan, and helps him regain some of his strength. Trouble is brewing in the town, people are becoming more and more convinced that Stefan is the one committing the weird attacks from the first book. Because of this both Stefan and Elena are slowly becoming social lepers. To make matters worse not only is  Damon is still harassing Elena, but her diary containing entries that may be used as evidence against Stefan was stolen. Whoever the thief is continues to leave Elena not so suttle reminders that they have her backed into a corner. Elena is beginning to feel the pressure crashing down upon her little world. She can't tell anyone about Stefan's true identity, and she can't tell Stefan about Damon or about the fact that her diary was stolen, she is slowly drowning in a pool of lies. About halfway through, the book gets pretty dramatic. Elena discovers who stole her diary and she and her friends are doing everything possible to get it back before her most private thoughts are exposed to the entire town. When i first read this book i thought that the recovery of the missing diary would be the dramatic ending of the story but i was wrong. i won't spoil the ending but i will say that the last few chapters contain a chase scene that is so dramatic i could practically hear the dark music playing in my head as i read it. This scene could only be topped by the unexpected cliffhanger that Smith leaves us with involving a death of a major character.


An excellent pre-twilight vampire series!

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Elena: the golden girl, the leader, the one who can have any boy she wants.

Stefan: brooding and mysterious, he seems to be the only one who can resist Elena, even as he struggles to protect her from the horrors that haunt his past.

Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Determined to have Elena, he'd kill to possess her.

Collected here in one volume for the first time, volumes one and two of The Vampire Diaries, the tale of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them.

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ISBN-10: 006114097X
ISBN-13: 9780061140976
Author: L J Smith
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Vampires, Teens
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date Published: June 26, 2007
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