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The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle - L.J. Smith - Bogormen
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The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle - L.J. Smith
Title: The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle
Author: L.J. Smith
Genre: Paranormal
Rating: 3/5
# pages: 492
Date read: July, 2009

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.

Volumes one and two of The Vampire Diaries tells the tale of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them.

In style "The Vampire Diaries" is very much like Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight"-series, only a lot darker and therefore probably aimed at an older audience. I didn't think it as captivating as "Twilight" though, and was somewhat bothered by L.J. Smith's inclination to end each and every book with a cliff-hanger! There didn't even seem to be any real reason for this (other than prompt people to read the next book obviously), which left a very unfinished feel to the book - almost as if L.J. Smith had said "Right, each book has to be so-and-so many chapters long, so I'll end there, no matter if the plot agrees with me or not."

Obviously this subtracted a couple of stars in my rating, and I'm still debating whether or not I want to read the next volume as I assume that won't have a conclusion either.

The story in itself was enjoyable enough though. Your typical teen love triangle where two parties just happen to be vampires ;-) Unlike "Twilight" however, I appreciated that Elena actually appeared to have friends beyond the "dark and brooding" Stefan.

Reread in March/April 2010
Part 1
16 years before Twilight, there were the Vampire Diaries! Seriously, they are SO much alike. I still prefer Twilight though, and it wasn't really my own choice to reread this so shortly after my first read of it, but it's being translated to Danish, so I was asked to review it for my publisher. Thankfully it's a quick read! It's not bad - just nothing special either.
Part 2
Now I know why I didn't much care for the double album when I first read it. The Awakening was fine, but I did NOT like The Struggle. Its one redeeming factor is that we're supposed to find Damon dispicable. If it had been a book like Hush, Hush or Evermore where the dispicable guy is also the love interest, I would have thrown it across the room.

Gah! I promised to read the two first books before April 5th. That's done now. I think I'll take a bit of a break before tackling #3. At least they're quick reads - only took me about 2 hours.

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