Volume 1: The Awakening & The Struggle : Books 1 & 2 Paperback
by L. J. Smith
Part of the The Vampire Diaries series
A phenomenally popular vampire romance sequence - now showing on ITV2 - from the best selling author of Night World, L.
J. Smith.The Awakening: Elena Gilbert is used to getting what she wants and she wants mysterious new boy, Stefan.
But Stefan is hiding a deadly secret - a secret that will change Elena's life for ever ...The Struggle: Elena is torn between her boyfriend, Stefan, and his brother, Damon.
But these brothers hide dark secrets and a tragic past that threatens them all.
Damon wants to lead Elena astray - and he'd rather kill Stefan than let him possess her ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
- Publication Date: 01/07/2009
- ISBN: 9780340999141
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Review by gaskella
Anyone reading this book would be forgiven for thinking that it was rather derivative of a certain other one, (Twilight that is!). It even has an apple on the black cover ... Amazingly, it was published over ten years before Stephanie Meyer had even started hers. Understandingly, the publishers have jumped on the bandwagon with a new edition. I didn't discover it until I had already read Twilight though, so my thoughts about Smith's book can't help but but be influenced by the other. 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 vampire and then when they forced her to choose between them, she took both, but Stefan still thinks she really loved him before she died. Elena reminds him of her - so they're made for each other. Then 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, more happens than in Twilight, however I found the Vampire Diaries rather ordinary and humourless, somewhat full of stereotypes and also lacking the former's subtlety. Also, for a book with the word 'Diaries' in the title, the few diary pages included were strangely uninvolving to me. I would describe the book(s) as competent, and fans of her Night World series will surely enjoy these vampires.
Review by moosenoose
Normally I like to read a book before seeing the TV show/movie, however in this case the TV show came first. I love the TV show (especially Damon) and am totally hooked on it. This made the book very hard to read at first. Considering the TV show is meant to be based on the book, I was surprised at how different they are. Some of the characters are missing or very different, for example Elena is very sweet and almost innocent in the TV show (typical American teenage castings) whereas in the book she is selfish and unaware of anyone but herself. Her alter ego vampire doppelganger Katherine/Katarina is a harsh, forceful bitch in the TV show but quite weak and wimpy in the book. I guess this was done to attract to right style of audience and obtain ratings. At first I found the storyline/characters were not going how I expected/wanted due to thinking of what had happened so far in the show. I found it hard to warm to Elena and didn’t enjoy the book. However, after a couple of chapters, I found that I kept wanting to read more and eventually managed to switch off from the story I already knew and read the book as if it was something fresh and new. This increased my enjoyment of the books, and the rating I was thinking of awarding it shot up. This is by no means the best written book or the most original storyline, but it is a good YA read and I am looking forward to the next book in the series. Oh and for all those people who insist on making the usual Twilight comparison with any YA vampire story, TVD’s were here first, are far superior to Twilight and the Twilight saga is a blatant rip off of this series by L.J. Smith!!
Review by wonderperson
Very good gonna get next installment of this YA book. YA is not my thing but this book is definitely the exception along with the Hunger Games.
Review by whimsicalwattle
I must admit. At first I kind of hated what I was reading. The characters were bitchy and one dimensional and I wanted to take Elena and give her a good hard shake. What a selfish brat!<br/><br/>In fact. I sort of hated them all, even, perhaps in particular, Stefan and Damon. It probably didn't help that they were going into Twilight territory half-way through *eyeroll* but toward the end I found myself enjoying it.<br/><br/>It is very different to the tv show that is based on these, something I am glad for. I think the show's writing and characters (which aren't the same as the novels) are so much better than the books themselves; and I'm glad they changed so much.<br/><br/>But as a standalone the first two books aren't so bad, once you get past the grating characters. I still don't really like any of them (aside from Matt) and they don't seem to have motives for anything that they do. The dialogue is...at times quite awful, and the writing isn't all that great. But it is ridiculous fun.<br/><br/>I will keep reading the series. But I'm not sure if I'd recommend it.
Review by wyvernfriend
It wasn't bad but the TV series is better, and being brutally honest the TV series is fluff.Elena in this is the girl with everything, Blonde, wealthy, popular; but there's one thing she wants, the new student, Stefan Salvatore. So she pursues him resentlessly, while he tries to avoid her, even though the only reason he's really there is for her.Yes, he's a vampire and he's attracted to her and when his brother Damon turns up to get his revenge on him, again, he has to protect Elena from him and try to keep too many people from dying, unsure if he's one of the major reasons people are dying, he's been losing his memory.You can see where some of the concepts for the show came, they did a good job of changing a lot of it to make it better.
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