Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Review: Shadow Souls by L.J. Smith

Title: Shadow Souls
Series: The Vampire Diaries
Book #: Four
Author: L.J. Smith
Source: Bought
Published: 2010
Elena Gilbert is at the center of magic and danger beyond her imagining. But this time her vampire boyfriend, Stefan, isn’t there to help! Elena is forced to trust her life to his brother, Damon, the handsome but deadly vampire who wants Elena, body and soul. The tension between Elena and Damon mounts until Elena is faced with a terrible decision: Which brother does she really want?

The drama, danger, and forbidden love that mark the New York Times bestselling Vampire Diaries series are in full effect here, with Elena Gilbert once again brimming with supernatural powers.
(taken from goodreads.com)

Amber's thoughts:
The book prior to this one in the Vampire Diaries series went so far off track that I was a little worried about Shadow Souls. Still, the third book ended with a bit of a cliff hanger, and I couldn't help but want to know what happens next. So I bought this one in hopes of restoring L.J. Smith to her rightful place as one of my favorite authors. 

One of the things that bothered me the most about Nightfall (the third book in this series) was how crazy some of the supernatural aspects became. Odd things such as Elena's "wings" were definitely a turn off for me. This installment in the VD series still had some bizarre fantastical parts but they weren't quite as ridiculous. What started as a paranormal romance series has pretty much become a flow blown fantasy saga. The newest books are almost unrecognizable from the earlier ones. 

L.J. Smith is a master of character development. Interesting new characters were introduced, but Smith also elaborates on her old characters. While Elena may still be the star, Smith's greatest focus was Damon. I was so captivated by Damon's growth and fascinating personality that I found myself annoyed when he wasn't around. 
I used to believe that I was the Team Stefan kinda girl, but now I think I might be crossing over to the dark side. :)

This book wasn't a let down. Even if you hated the third book, as many people did, I suggest that you give this series one more shot before giving up on it. This installment just might surprise you and give you the exhilarating novel you were hoping for. The ending is a complete cliff hanger that will leave you begging for more! I definitely expect to see a sequel.