The Awakening & The Struggle (The Vampire Diaries #1 & #2)
L. J. Smith
Released: 26th June, 2007
Age: Young Adult
From: Purchased paperback copy from unknown location
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.
What I like: The idea around the book was something that got me interested, and more importantly what had happened to the brothers and why was Damon so determined on revenge against Stefan? The side characters were developed and they weren’t just there to occasionally help move the plot, they were actually people who I could see had motives and goals and they weren’t all like-minded which was something I really enjoyed. The plot idea was something that really interested me and while it wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for I liked it.
What I didn’t like: In the first book Elena just didn’t seem very relatable, not that she had to be, but she just seemed determined to have things done her way and only her way which put me off for a bit. There were tropes in it that I’m very familiar with and think are overdone especially with how they were handled:
Overall review: Even thought there were things I feel could have been done better I enjoyed the dual book overall, especially the second book. There was tension and character development and you learn things about each of them and overall I felt it was an enjoyable read. There will come a day when I get the chance to finish the rest of the series and I’m excited to see what happens!
Recommend?: Yes! I enjoyed it and I’m certain that many people who enjoy reading books about vampires will enjoy it.
My Rating: 3.6/5
Don’t miss the second dual book in the series
The Fury & Dark Reunion (The Vampire Diaries #3 & #4)
L. J. Smith
Released: 26th December, 2007
Age: Young Adult
LOVE CAN KILL
Elena: transformed, the golden girl has become what she once feared and desired.
Stefan: tormented by losing Elena, he’s determined to end his feud with Damon once and for all–whatever the cost. But slowly he begins to realize that his brother is not his only enemy.
Damon: at last, he possesses Elena. But will his thirst for revenge against Stefan poison his triumph? Or can they come together to face one final battle?
Collected here in one edition are the third and fourth volumes of The Vampire Diaries, a riveting conclusion to the tale of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them.
About the Author
She loves to visit a friend’s little cabin in the Point Reyes National Seashore area, which has lots of trees, lots of animals, lots of beaches to walk on, and lots of places to hike. Once, while hiking, she saw a snow-white buck which allowed her to follow it nearly half a mile. She also likes to collect things: angels (they remind her of her late mother), tiny boxes from different countries or of fanciful shape, nineteenth century children’s literature, and books about quantum physics–especially about the mystery of the dark energy in the universe. A militant optimist, she is also part of the Velociraptor Sisterhood (a fancy way of saying that she likes to read, write and discuss books with strong female characters), and she has traveled extensively in Europe and the Far East. The two countries she loves to visit most are Great Britain, with its historic monuments and amazing country landscapes, and Japan, with its bustling urban life and exquisite mountain scenery.
Her favorite current writer is Terry Pratchett, the author of the Discworld series, for its wild and witty satires on life, death, war, love, assassins, coppers, and Australia. Her favorite classical writer is Jane Austen. Her favorite poets are Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson. Her favorite movies are The Seven Samurai and Avatar (analyze that!). She doesn’t have a favorite TV show, because she doesn’t have time to watch TV (and only owns one for playing movies).
Her favorite people are her readers, each of whom she cherishes with deep and lasting affection.
Review by Bri