Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening & The Struggle by L.J. Smith

Title: The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle

Series: The Vampire Diaries

Book #: One and Two

Author: L.J. Smith

Pages: 492

Published: 2007

Reading Level: Young Adult

One beautiful girl torn between two dangerous vampires. 

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.

Amber's thoughts:
This is my second time to read this series. The fourth book recently came out, and I wanted to brush up on the series before starting it. When a friend first recommended this book to me, my expectations were low. I mean, come on.The Vampire Diaries? I thought it would be a total Twilight wannabe. Turns out, this series actually came out before the Twilight series did. I was really impressed with this novel and glad that my friend turned me on to this awesome series. 

I am a huge fan of L.J. Smith. Her language draws you in and captivates you from the first page. What impresses me most about her work is her character development. Smith is able to create such deep and relatable characters. That's what made me want to reread this series. I missed all of the characters and wanted more of them. 

Elena does get on my nerves sometimes. What's so special about her, anyway? Sure, she sounds like a life-size Barbie doll, but in this first book, she often comes across as somewhat bratty. I do think she matures and becomes more likable in the following books, so don't lose hope too soon. 

Hmmm. Stefan versus Damon. When I first read this book, I was a total Stefan fan. Then I read the second book, and I can now say that I am torn between the two brothers. I love sweet Stefan, and I think that Elena and Stefan should end up together, but something about Damon just makes you love him, too.

I would definitely recommend this series. If you read the first book, chances are you are going to want to read the second. The second book is one of my all time favorite books, and even if you didn't just LOVE the first book, I would recommend giving the next book a shot. 


Dahlia (TheBookShopaholic) said...

I've never take interest in reading this. You're read the series twice, wow. Great review!

Adriana said...

I'm really not sure about the books. I love the show, but I feel like I'd just be reading the same thing that's why I always read a book first.

Do you watch the show? If you do is it really different or similar?

Amber Skye said...

Well, I read books first and was really excited about the TV show. I was very disappointed with the first episode, and after I forced myself to watch the second, I stopped recording the series. I felt it was very different from the books, but maybe if I had stuck with it, I would have felt differently.