Volume 1: The Awakening & The Struggle: Books 1 & 2
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 ...
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I completed the novels some years ago, but in doing a comparison to the television series for my blog I gave them a second read…
I did like the darkness in the novels, especially in the debut, and the premise of the story has great potential. There are a great many elements I find intriguing in L.J. Smith’s books, but ultimately it was their execution, and possible the writing style that fell short of making Stefan and company compelling for me.
Maybe I’ve grown any fascination for Smith’s world?
I will say I like the characters of Stefan and Damon are wicked and mysterious; and even though they are aged vampires, they still manage to connect and project a lot of teen angst. As for Elena, she’s innocent, wounded and ballsy.
The style of the novels is more for a tween market as evident in the narrative, resulting in an easy and fast read. Though there are a great many unpredictable plot twists that kept me entertained.
An okay read, but nothing I would recommend to anyone over the age of fourteen.
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