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Review: The Vampire Diaries, The Awakening & The Struggle, L J Smith

05 Mar

6602822The 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….

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(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!

 

3A PhoenixFantasy Three Star Read

 

[The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening & The Struggle is published by Hodder Children’s Books and is available in Paperback and Electronic Format]

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Posted by on March 5, 2013 in Reviews

 

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4 responses to “Review: The Vampire Diaries, The Awakening & The Struggle, L J Smith

  1. Brass Buttons (@brass_buttons)

    March 5, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    my daughter loves the tv show and the books. As you know. She says the books are better, from what Ive seen, Damon is by far the hotterst *cough* more interesting out of them all and in the tv show elena is so blah bland and boring she makes me want to poke my own eyes out. Oh Amy (daughter) says in parts the tv show is actually not anything like the books…even down to the looks of the actors not being the same as in the book…weird 🙂
    x

     
  2. Brass Buttons (@brass_buttons)

    March 5, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    oh and squeeing is understandable in Damons case, if you do ever see the tv show keep an eye on his eyebrows. I think they are trying for an emmy award or something…lol

     
    • phoenixfantasy

      March 5, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      haha, well, I will definitely have to watch it now 😉

       
  3. phoenixfantasy

    March 5, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Ahh now I did wonder, there’s much talk of Elena’s white blonde hair, and yet missus on the cover doesn’t match up. Definitely an interesting read though, and it’s been really useful re “Project Wilt” 🙂

     

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