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The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and the Struggle


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ISBN13: 9780061140976
ISBN10: 006114097x
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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.


Collected here in one volume for the first time are the first two books in The Vampire Diaries, the tale of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them.

About the Author

Lisa Jane Smith realized she wanted to be a writer sometime between kindergarten and first grade. Her first novel, The Night of the Solstice, was published the year she graduated from college. Many of her books are based on her own nightmares and those of her friends. She lives in the Bay area of Northern California with one dog, three cats, and about ten thousand books.

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Crazycoupongirl, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Crazycoupongirl)
This is a great book for all paranormal fans! If you are a fan of Twilight or other similar titles you will most certainly enjoy these books. These books give more than just a great romance to root for but also suspense, danger, and mystery to keep you up at night. The storylines never follow the path you expect and are always surprising. L.J. Smith does a great job of mixing great characters with great stories for amazing effects!
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frankiemckenna, October 24, 2009 (view all comments by frankiemckenna)
I read these books as a YA and really enjoyed them. I was- and still am- usually willing to read anything with nighttime beasties that go bump in the night. It is a YA Fantasy type novel, and delivers on that. I am sure that if the author had meant to write something "realistic" that had a "meatier" storyline, she is well equipped enough for it.
This book shouldn't be compared to neither Meyer's books nor a more "classic" story by Stoker. The former because Smith wrote her books first. The latter because the stories have different intentions all together, so really are like comparing apples to bananas. Stoker's Dracula was a "one hit wonder" that sold because of the popularity of confronting taboos in literature. His intention was to horrify his (adult) readers, rather than present a paranormal romance-type book for young adults. His editor was asleep at the job for that one, because it is truly poorly written. I concur that it is a great story, but it is by no means a great literary masterpiece that other works should be compared to. If you want that, I suggest reading Blake or Keats instead.
Either way, there is no reason to compare books like that. You pick up a YA novel, you should expect it to address things they are interested in. Read an adult novel if that is the content you wish to entertain yourself with.
However, there is nothing wrong with wanting to read a book that is an escape from reality. All books by L.J. Smith were great to read when I was younger. Even as an adult, I have a special place on my shelves for them and I am looking forward to the ones she is finally coming out with now.
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Christy Valentine, September 15, 2009 (view all comments by Christy Valentine)
L. J. Smith's series is, overall, very simplistic and insipid. It's an easy read about a beautiful, popular girl and her brooding vampire boyfriend. That's about it.

Those who read this book or want to will know exactly what they're getting into: The prose is on par with nearly every other YA novel ever written. The heroine and hero are so incredibly gorgeous they could be models and every other character is madly in love with them. The romance is squeezed into a few brief encounters, resulting in Elena pledging her undying love for Stefan before they've shared even a hundred words. Elena's actions are pretty problematic, not simply because Stefan cuts through her hard despondency so easily, but also because she is willing to forsake all her friends and family for a boy with whom she has an obsessive and unrealistic relationship, and the reader is not meant to question the nature of this romance.

There is not much to recommend about this series aside from its quick-readability. It's cliched and vapid, like a story written for a high school English class. It's certainly better than Stephenie Meyer's vampire novels, if only because this series acknowledges the connection between vampirism and sexuality, and Smith probably had an editor, but it offers nothing new or honest.

For those who enjoy one-dimensional YA fiction or devour vampire fiction indiscriminately, this is probably a perfect pick. For those readers who want something meatier and more interesting, it's probably better to go back to Stoker and Lefanu.
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Smith, L J
Smith, L. J.
by L. J. Smith
Horror & Ghost Stories
Love & Romance
Horror 3.99
Horror tor and for every person who has one.” <i>-- <i>Philip Yancey, author of What Good is God</i></i>
Children s-Scary Stories
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Vampire Diaries
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Grade Level:
from 7
9 x 6 x 1.09 in 17.28 oz
Age Level:
from 12

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