The Awakening: Elena Gilbert is used to getting what she wants and she wants mysterious new boy, Stefan. But Stefan is hiding a deadly secret – a secret that will change Elena’s life for ever …
The Struggle: Elena is torn between her boyfriend, Stefan, and his brother, Damon. But these brothers hide dark secrets and a tragic past that threatens them all. Damon wants to lead Elena astray – and he’d rather kill Stefan than let him possess her …
Honestly? I was expecting to loathe every single minute of this, and rip it to shreds on here merrily by way of compensation for lost time. But it really wasn’t that bad. In fact, would you believe, I actually enjoyed bits of it! Smith’s writing is engaging and enjoyable, and although both books suffer from some seriously daft teenage ‘loveydoveyness’, and a few trite plot elements, on the whole it’s a reasonably fast-paced and entertaining read.
The characters worked really well for me, and I’ve got my eye on Damon….
(Sorry…I don’t know what’s wrong with me this week. Yesterday, squee’ing, today torsos….I’m scared for tomorrow. )
I’ve never watched any of the TV series, it always looked too cheesy and just that bit too ‘All American’ for me, but having read the first two books I’d swallow my words and give it a go if they ever show the first series again. As ever the ‘Bad Guy’ is by far the most entertaining and interesting character, and I’m curious to read more about the powerful, mysterious and really quite naughty Damon. Stefan, meh, he’s pretty standard, take him or leave him really. I thought Elena was interesting though, initially I was prepared to completely loathe her, but she showed some qualities I wasn’t expecting and I enjoyed that.
By far the most ridiculous and irritating thing about the books was Elena’s instant, all consuming love for Stefan. But I have a suspicion that’s standard YA fare and I’m just not used to it. See hot boy, get snubbed by hot boy, immediately realise that hot boy is only possible boy for you, and plan engagement accordingly. There was also the fact of Elena being so heartbroken over her lost diary that endangered Stefan, and venting all her fears by….buying a new diary and writing about it. Heh. It’s bonkers, but if you can ignore it and just have fun with the Good Vamp Vs Bad Vamp angle it’s OK, really, it’s not so bad. And in fairness, given that this was written a good ten years or so before Twilight, I think it deserves some respect. And an extra star in my rating. I also think that Ms Meyer may possibly deserve a little slap for some serious element robbing……imho, of course.
Would I read more of them? I would indeed…and no one is more surprised than me, trust me!