Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Vampire Diaries by L.J.

The Awakening & The Sruggle
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. --Goodreads

The Fury & Dark Reunion

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.--Goodreads

The Vampire Diaries

Elena Gilbert is alive—again.
When Elena sacrificed herself to save the two vampire brothers who love her—the handsome, brooding Stefan and the sleek and dangerous Damon—she was consigned to a fate beyond death. Until a powerful supernatural force pulled her back.
Now Elena is not just human. She has powers and gifts that were bestowed on her in the afterlife. What's more, her blood pulses with an overwhelming and unique force that makes her irresistible to any vampire.
Stefan wants to find a way to keep Elena safe so that they can make a life together. Damon, however, is driven by an insatiable desire for power, and wants Elena to rule as his princess. When Stefan is lured away from Fell's Church, Damon seizes his chance to convince her that he is the brother she is meant to be with. . . .
But a darkness is infiltrating the town, and Damon, always the hunter, is now the hunted; he becomes the prey of a malevolent creature that can possess him at will, and who desires not just Elena's blood but her death.--Goodreads

The Return

My comments:

I picked up these books after learning it was going to be a TV Series and wanted to check out the original story. The first two books were good..not great but good. I found myself taking a much more liking to Bonnie, Meredith, and Matt than I did to Elena the heroine. Stefan, I liked. He was a gentlemen, kind and caring. He struggles with the insatiable thirst that drives all vampires to kill. Trying to live amongst humans as one of them he happens to find his soulmate once again ,a centry later, in Elena. The love story between the two is rocky but never wavering. This is a classic love story of soulmates finding one another through adversities.
Now let's talk about Damon, Stefan's older brother. He is the epitome of "Bad Boy." He's sexy, strong, bold, but also uncaring, selfish, and reckless. The total opposite of his brother except in looks. They are both hotties. It seem that Damon's part in these stories is only to come between Stephan and Elena. Damon is also in love with Elena but is obviously second choice because he embraces his natural vampire instinct to hunt and kill. I still don't know if I like him but I do admire his honesty.  

The Return took the story in a whole differnt directions which left me with the this question,"What the Heck is going on here?" I wasn't lost but I think there were too many things going on and the two brothers loving the same girl sinerio got a little old by then. In this book we are intruduced to Shinichi and Misao two mind controling demons that enjoy watching their human puppets mutilate themselves while wrecking havoc on their town. Elean by this point has now died, resurected, and transformed into an angle. I don't mind angels in my story but to me it just doesn't flow with the story. I mean she's an angel. Stefans a vampire. I don't know I guess it could happen. It's a fictional story right. I did try my hardest to get into this book. I stuggled but I finished. This story was just not for me and I feel bad saying that because I love to read. Plus, I understand how hard it is for authors to get a piece of work published that they wrote with all their sweat and tears. But, everyone has their own tastes and this one just didn't sit well on my taste buds.


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