The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening And The Struggle: The Awakening And The Struggle by L. J. SmithThe Vampire Diaries: The Awakening And The Struggle: The Awakening And The Struggle by L. J. Smith

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening And The Struggle: The Awakening And The Struggle

byL. J. Smith

Paperback | June 26, 2007

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New York Times bestselling series

This special paperback bind-up contains the first two books in L.J. Smith’s New York Times bestselling series The Vampire Diaries, The Awakening and The Struggle.

Elena Gilbert is a high school golden girl, used to getting what she wants. And who she wants. But when the boy she’s set her sights on—the handsome and haunted Stefan—isn’t interested, she’s confused. She could never know the real reason Stefan is struggling to resist her: Stefan is a vampire, and Elena’s in danger just by being around him. What’s more, Stefan’s dark, dangerous vampire brother Damon has just arrived in town. And wherever Damon goes, trouble always follows.

Binge-read the first two books in the New York Times bestselling series that inspired the hit CW TV show The Vampire Diaries with this bind-up.  

L. J. Smith has written over two dozen books for young adults, includingThe Vampire Diaries, now a hit TV show. She has also written the bestselling Night World series and The Forbidden Game, as well as the #1New York Timesbestselling Dark Visions. She loves to walk the trails and beaches in Point Reyes, California, daydreaming about h...
Title:The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening And The Struggle: The Awakening And The StruggleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.15 inPublished:June 26, 2007Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006114097X

ISBN - 13:9780061140976

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my absolute faves! The series was one of my absolute favorites! I was also a huge fan of the TV show. I had started the show before the books (I normally read the books first), so it was a bit weird at first, especially seeing the differences in the characters appearances described and their personalities compared to the show. I really enjoyed it though, enough that I've re-read the series three times!
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This review being for the whole series - I found it cool to read the books and later watch the tv show and see the differences between the two. I very much enjoyed reading this series. Would recommend to anyone who likes supernatural fiction and romance!!
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I read this specific book before the TV show happened. It's a book that's targeted for teens. I remember liking it at the time. It was cool. Many characters and story arcs within the narrative. Comprehensive.
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Its a great book, however, i keep envisioning the show rather than the book itself. Read the book before watching the series because you will most definitely get confused!
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Captivating and hard to put down!
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! I do agree with some of the reviews, if you like the TV show and expect the book to be exactly the same DON'T! The book is slower and some characters names are different but overall a great read.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely adored this book. Despite all the backlash, I really think this is a well written, perfectly paced, and great start for anyone interested in vampire books. Keeping in mind that it is a little dated, it still is an amazing read and I much prefer it over the show.
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from This is a review for the whole series If you have time to get into a book for maybe 3 or four sequels...thats great but this one will leave you bored after the 4th into the fifth and so on and so forth it really drags out and has no sense of where the story started off in the first place..... the show is just a horrid. you have been warned.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Different from the tv show, but still amazing :)
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a Great Series This review is for this entire series. You'll hardly ever see me use this next phrase - the show was better than the books. The characters are not all that likeable in the books, except maybe a few. Many of the plotlines had my head spinning like I was in a really strange dream that didn't make all that much sense even as I was dreaming it. Some of the writing was choppy, with mistakes in each of the books. I ended up reading the series to see just how different it and the show were and wow are the differences ever vast. I'm a big fan of the genre, and there are just much better vampire novels out there.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don't read this if you think it'll be the same as the show I watched the tv show and because I enjoyed it so much, I decided to read the novel. The novel is very different from the show. I didn't think it was that great and I had to sort of force myself to finish this book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect for teens Bought this since I liked the TV series and wanted to read the novels that they were based on. They're easy to read and perfect for teens.
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I loved this book. Always better then the tv show.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great series I loved this series when I was a teen, and they are so much better than the show!
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVE I love the show and I love the book!!
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Excellent read if you want to escape for a day. I started by watching the television series by the same name. I have to say that I enjoy the television show better than the books. However, these books were incredibly well written and the story draws you in so that you do not want to put the book down.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from OK An ok series, convenient to have the first two books
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from boring couldn't get in to this book but love the tv series
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it One of my many fave book series and I loved the TV series as well.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book once you are able to seperate tv show and book At first had a hard time to read the boo as the caracters are very different from tv show to book but once you get into it it was a great book. Easy to read and great story.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Vampy and Campy Wow. That was very different from the TV show. It was good, though. Not shout it on a mountain top good; just good. The world building was incredibly easy to slip into. I actually prefer the blonde Elena from these books to Nina's portrayal in the show. The most glaring difference has to be Damon and Stefan themselves. And the lore, any old human will do to let a vampire in to my house, eh? Don't know if I like that. Somehow I actually prefer Caroline the way she is in the books; vindictive. Somehow the town being named Fell's Church makes more sense than Mystic Falls. Reading this book something clicked into place for me. I now get the characters motivations and actually like the story for once.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good if you love vampire books you will like this book
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as the TV series I usually favour books over the TV show/movie adaptations but in the case of TVD, the TV show is way better. I usually like the background detail you get from books and not the TV, but I didn't get those feelings from the book. I like the characters and story line much more in the show vs book as well - way better developed, more exciting, and more drama
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Love Vampires I really enjoyed this book. At times the plot was a bit slow, but it had fantastic characters and a fantastic atmosphere. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good The first 4 volumes of the series were wonderful. When she started writing more after the TV show came out to bank on it, the plot went way downhill.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Series I started reading this series when I was 15 years old, flash forward 10 years later and I'm still finding myself loving both the books and the TV Series. When I heard that they were making it into a TV Series, I was so excited to see these characters come to life and to see who would be bringing Elena, Stefan and Damon to life. For me, both the books and the show will hold a place in my heart for years to come. The books have so many lessons within the story that I feel that a lot of teens today need to hear or in this case read. Yes, it's a story about Vampires, Werewolves and love but its more then that. It's about a girl who met a boy that would take her on a journey that people can only dream of. If you're looking for a fun, and mysterious love story then you need to read this series. Trust me, you won't regret it!!
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! One of the few series that I find myself reading too fast. Love these books. Only downfall is L.J. Smith isn't writing the books anymore.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Who doesn't love TVD? Although the books and the tv show are different, I love both! Gotta love some L.J. Smith!
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Series! Loved the series. The show is great too but you have to think of them as two different series. SO much more real than twilight. Could relate more to it than other young adult fiction. Love the time period flash backs.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tv vs. Book The books are so much better then the tv show
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy read I liked this book, though it is meant for youth with little focus on real life-homework, financial challenges-and more on developing lasting relationships (with a whole bunch of supernatural drama thrown in) but it definitely kept me interested and I enjoyed seeing the story and characters develop
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love them all Yes this series is great!!! I love it!!!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from relly good not a bad book to the series
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from easy read These teen vampire books have been out for more than a decade, but have been merged into two single volumes, rather than the original four. It's a familiar-enough story, a little similar to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight books but NOT (note that it was published in 1991, more than 10 years before Twilight - still, comparisons crop up, though if anything, this could have been inspiration for Meyer). This is a much darker story than the Twilight books - people actually die in The Vampire Diaries, and Damon is a truly malevolent character. There are the usual elements of "normal" teenager life: home troubles, back-stabbing friends, parties and lusty teenage boys who drink too much. The writing style is succinct and to-the-point, but the details necessary for a dark atmosphere strumming with tension are all there. I would recommend this double volume, for the first book, The Awakening, ends on a bit of a cliff-hanger, while the end of The Struggle is not quite so bad (though very exciting!). I can wait to read the second volume. I certainly want to find out how it is resolved, since what happens to Elena at the end is a bit frightening, and I was surprised at my sympathy for Stefan, whose pain is very real.
Date published: 2012-10-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it was good well gonna start off by saying that i thought it was gonna be better then what it was i think thats what happends when u watch the tv show first but it was good
Date published: 2012-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! A friend recommended it to me and I decided to give it a try, I couldn't get into it throughout the 5 chapters, but when I passed it I was sucked in! I couldn't put it down and I read the whole series up to moonsong and It is Amazing! I strongly recommend it to everyone who is looking for a book to read because this certainly delivers!
Date published: 2012-04-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Vampire Diaries The supernatural aspect of this book is really pushed to its limits and it was a struggle to get through a few of the books because of the characters. I cannot relate to some of the characters because I feel they are childish and wouldn’t act as I would. Listening to Elenas’ thoughts about how she feels about Stefan just sounds immature and cannot always relate to older readers such as myself. The book itself has a good story-line about the supernatural living in a human world; however it starts to get confusing towards the end. I really had to slow down and think about what I was reading to understand and picture the scenes. I would not recommend this series; I am only continuing to read them because I’ve read almost the whole series.
Date published: 2012-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it! I started reading the series before the TV show and actually like the first book. It was interesting and different.
Date published: 2011-05-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from UMM Not Great It definitely wasnt bad but i found it slow and it dragged in some places.It has an overall good plot but i felt you could have written that entire 2 books in like 10 chapters. I have not seen the show and have no comment on the relation between the text and show. But based on the book i dont want to watch the show
Date published: 2010-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dear Diary: This Novel Was Awesome I've had this novel on my TBR pile for a long, long time. I kept looking at it when I went into stores but I never ended up buying it. Then I saw a commercial for the new tv series so that finally pushed me to get the novel. But I already had three or four novel series I was reading so I decided to wait for the end of the first season before I started reading it. About halfway through my mother found out this new tv show was based on a novel so she said something along the lines of "It's a book? I want to read it." With my reply of "I have it, do you want it?" So she started reading it. I told her not to tell me anything that happened and she kept getting antsy. But I still had two more books to finish on my list. I decided to skip those ones for now and start up the Vamp Diaries series. It's very different from the tv series, so if you've seen it don't think you've read the novel ;) Some parts I thought could've been better, but for the most part I loved the novel. The ending was really refreshing. Some people probably won't like it, but I thought it was a great way to do it. If anything, this novel was made a lot better in my mind because I also visualized some flair from the tv show, which being honest, is better than the book. My favourite part was when Damon got into Elena's dream. It reminded me so much of the dream scene in 'The Labrynth' (with David Bowie). Despite her distress, I thought it was beautiful and a little romantic *melts a little*. Alaric was weird for me. Who invites students to their house for mandatory talking? Is that even allowed? Creeper. And everyone keeps comparing it to Twilight, so I guess I should go there too. They do have some of the same elements, but only in it's very basic sense. Please don't ask me to list them off right now.. I knew them as I was reading and I went "What is this, Twilight?" but they were only small so I don't remember them now. Vamp Diaries the tv show is heaps better than the Twilight movies. I'm not going to compare the books because I haven't read Twilight in a couple years, but if memory serves I /might/ go with Twilight as the winner (minus the ending.. Vamp Diaries had the better ending).
Date published: 2010-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It Down When I picked up this book I knew what I wanted. Something that wasn't Twilight... This book certainly delivered. I was immediately pleased with this knew ambitious narrater, and found it refreshing that she, well, not Bella. The book was dark, mysterious and had many creepy aspects that were well written. Of course it ended with a cliffhanger but I was too pumped for book number 2 to care.
Date published: 2010-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to get into, fast to read Stefan is a new boy at school, and Elena is “queen” of the school. She has always been the most popular girl. When Stefan doesn’t take an interest in her like every other boy does, she has to find out why. In the meantime, people around town are being attacked, and there are other weird things going on, like that crow Elena keeps seeing… It’s hard not to compare this to Twilight, even though it was written long before Twilight (in the early 1990s). I also watch the tv show, so there are comparisons there, too. I really liked the book. It was easy to get into, and fast to read. It does end on a cliffhanger, so I’ll have to find the next book in the series soon. It is darker than Twilight (but I expected that because the tv show is, too); I like that, though. There are differences from the tv show, as well, though most of the characters are there, but they aren’t quite the same.
Date published: 2010-04-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I'll Never Read This Again And I most likely won't finish reading the series either. This was horrible writing. I am surprised it was published. The story could have been told so much better by another writer. The characters in this book are flat. If you want to kill the main character yourself because she is so annoying, you know there is a problem. So much potential, but couldn't deliver.
Date published: 2010-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright At first it was a bit hard to get into seeing how I am a big fan of the TV show. It made it difficult to visualize the characters because they sound completely different in the book then what they look like on the show. The Awaking was okay, and thankfully The Struggle was better. I must say, it is not as good as the Night World series and I was a bit disappointed.
Date published: 2010-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A teen read... I've read the Twilight series and enjoyed them extremely even though the target audience was teens... This is another teen vampire novel but not as enjoyable as Twilight. You just can't relate as much to the teenagers in this one... Good story though... but not a must-buy!
Date published: 2010-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle, 3.5 Stars So, I know there is a show for this and I watched the show before I read the books. Honestly the shows are more epic. In The Awakening Stefan Salvatore a mysterious, and handsome man who comes to Robert.E.Lee the school Elena Glibert attends. Elena is the queen bee of that school, can have any guy she wants, everyone likes her, pretty, approchable. Once Elena sees Stefan she wants him, needs him. And she will go through the impossible to have him. Stefan tries his best to resist Elena. Due to the death of the woman he loved Katherine. And he can't help but notice the similarities Elena and Katherine have in their features. Gloden hair, blue eyes. Stefan doesn't want to fall in love and he wants to keep Elena safe from his dark secret of his immortality... In The Struggle Elena gets to know Damon Salvatore. Stefan's brother who are both fighting for Elena. But Elena doesn't want Stefan to get hurt by fighting for her. So she hides the secrets of herself running into Damon several times. She wants to protect Stefan she wants to be there for him and not put him in a battle of the brothers who have so much hatred towards each other. Elena also has trouble with her ex-best friend Caroline. Who is trying to kick Elena off her throne so she can have it all to herself. Luckily Elena has Meredith and Bonnie by her side to help stop Caroline fromher evil plan and keeping her and Stefan together no matter what. In my opinion, I thought that The Struggle was way more entertaining than The Awakening. I didn't like the way Elena HAD to have Stefn NO MATTER WHAT! Plus she made her friends to swear that they will help her get Stefan. She even breaks up with her loyal boyfriend Matt to have him, when Matt has been faithful, and there for her throughout her life. I liked The Struggle more because Stefan shows more love towards Elena than he did in the first book. The only reason I am going to continue the series is because of The Struggle. If I read the Awakening alone I don't think I would have kept reading it, I would have just stuck with the shows. But thanks to the second book I will be reading The Fury and The Dark Reunion....
Date published: 2010-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AAAmazing!! wooow!! these first two books in the vampire diaries series by LJ Smith were crazy good!! SOOOOO worth reading & buying!! consider it you will noot be diaspointed!! soooo awesome!!
Date published: 2009-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from F a n t a s t i c I read this book 1 month ago , and i loved it . This book is a romance, horror book. Main characters are: Elena Gilbert who just lost her parents. Stephan Salvatore: Gorgoes guy, who is a vampire and meets Elena .
Date published: 2009-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I absolutely love this series! Reading this series changed my whole perspective on vampires! The writing was crisp and fresh! The author's ideas were original. I was hooked onto this book after the first page! If you love vampire books, you must read this book!
Date published: 2009-10-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was okay It’s geared toward teens and I found it easy to read. Two brothers who have been rivals for a long time are fighting over Elena because she looks like Katherine, another girl they fought over. I started reading the book because of the show; however, I find the show’s plot more intriguing. I found it hard to stay interested.
Date published: 2009-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good The writing was good and flowed. It was a YA paranormal romance with an interesting story of two vampire brothers fighting for one girl. The ending begs you to start the next book.
Date published: 2009-09-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad... I read both books (all four parts) in about 2 weeks. I found it an easy read, definatley geared towards teens. However, I was disappointed. I found the plot weak and Stefen's character to me lacked some description or background information - he just seemed to weak for my liking. I must admit I did enjoy that it had some twists and turns I did not expect.
Date published: 2009-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow!! This book is soo bloody good, I just couldn't put it down. I think any person who loves Vamp books will definitely find themselves adding this to their favourites list!!
Date published: 2009-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully written Great character's and wonderfully written! Will Elena get Stefan or will Damon win her over? What will Elena's friends be willing to risk for her and who are her real friends? You'll fall in love with these characters and turning the pages so fast to find out how it will end.
Date published: 2009-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Vampire Diaries: It Will Make You Crave More! In this novel, the first two volumes of the series are in one. In my opinion, the name "the vampire diaries" does not really suit the series, especially since there are only a few actual diary entries. Please note: there are minor spoilers in the following review! The Awakening: Volume 1 This volume is the beginning of the series. A new guy comes to Elena's high school named Stefan and she is determined for him to be her boyfriend. He's mysterious and beyond handsome but ignores Elena completely, making her more determined to become closer to him. Finally, Stefan begins to open up after he saves Elena from being raped by Tyler. However, Elena senses that he keeps a dark secret hidden from her that is ripping the happiness out of his soul. The story also shows both sides of both Elena and Stefan, telling the reader all about Stefan's big secret that he does not want anyone to know. There are also many flashbacks of Stefan's life and how he became what he is today, which makes the story have much more meaning. What Elena does not know is that Stefan desires her blood but he is tempted to control himself at all costs in order to live a normal life among humans. Elena and Stefan's love for each other evolves, but she is still wondering what Stefan is keeping from everyone. Meanwhile, Elena and her friends are chased in the cemetery by some unknown dark force, which is also later described in the book as eyes in the dark and mist all around. On top of that, there's also some creepy guy following Elena everywhere and all of a sudden students are being attacked randomly and a teacher was also murdered. Love starts to evolve quite fast between Elena and Stefan, which makes the novel seem a bit rushed. Flashbacks of Stefan's life also continue, giving the reader a chance to really get to know Stefan and how he once was in love with a vampire named Katherine and how she drove Stefan and her brother to become dangerous enemies. Elena, while learning all about Stefan's secret, becomes more attached to him, and she also figures out who the creepy stalker is. Damen is back and he wants Elena, or he will kill Stefan..... The first volume was mostly all about the relationship evolving between Stefan and Elena and all about Stefan's past and the introduction of the dangerous brother named Damen to the story. The novel seemed pretty slow but also seemed too rushed as well by having their love somehow evolve basically overnight. However, I quite enjoyed this volume. The Struggle: Volume 2 This is the second story/volume of the series. Damen starts off the novel by threatening Elena to join him as a vampire or else she and her loved ones (including Stefan) will be in danger from him. Damen begins to show up at random places with a false identity in order to taunt and scare Elena even more. On top of that, Elena's diary goes missing, which has evidence that Stefan was in the locations of all the town's murders at that time. Elena must get back the diary before it is exposed to the whole town, which will cause the townspeople to drive Stefan out of town. In addition, she must keep her family and friends, as well as herself and Stefan, safe from Damen's dangerous games. The two brothers continue to try and kill each other in order to have Elena. Suddenly, Elena is chased by a dark and dangerous force of power of a harsh winter storm that is caused by Damen and she becomes in horrible danger..... The second volume was much more suspensful and action-packed than the first volume. The ending was so shocking that my rating for this book went from 3 stars to 4, just because of the amazing and terrifying ending! You will want to start the next two volumes immediately, so make sure you have it on hand before you finish this volume! This is definitely a dark vampire romance series, and the author makes the reader keep reading past midnight from the suspense and shocking events that will leave you wanting to read more on the edge of your seat.
Date published: 2009-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SUPER AMAZING WANT MORE KIND OF BOOK Okay, so I totally loved this book. It was interesting and captured my interest and attention from the very beginning. One thing I find a little strange though is how everybody is obsessed with Stefan and Damon, but the guy that really seems worthwhile to me is Matt. He was so kind and acceped defeat like a gentleman, and he was so sweet- especially to Elena nut she seemed to only like him for his car in the end of this book.
Date published: 2009-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Vampire Diaries When I started this book I thought it was so much like Twilight but it is not, general things are alike but it stops there, nothing specfic is common in these two books. Still I think that everyone who enjoyed Twilight would love this book. I really like this book but I think the author wasn't explaining well her vampire's limitations and powers. I was a little confuse about what they can and cannot do and how they were superior to human. Overall it's a great book.
Date published: 2009-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved the second book as well as the first one I really enjoyed the 2 book's I just wish there was more to it that there would be more book's to go with it!!
Date published: 2009-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cool I loved this book! Just recently I started reading vampire books and this one was really original. I loved how it was really moderne but includes the past alot. I think the conflict between Stefan and Damon is really interesting. Out of all the other books I've read this no doubt has the best conflict. The only thing I don't like about the book is how it ends, it really doesn't. But otherwise it's great!!
Date published: 2009-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review Title! A new twist on the classic vampire tales! Elenausually gets everything she wants, but when something comes that she doesn't get, she will try anything and everything to get it(or him). Stefon thinks he can resist Elena, but since when was thinking the same as knowing. Damon wants Elena but Elena doesn't want him....or does she??
Date published: 2009-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! I have to say that at the beginnig of the Vampire Diaries I was a little put off by the story of a popular girl who falls in love with a vampire. But I was drawn in to this deep, riveting world of Stefan, Damon and Elena. Although some moments were slow and uninteresting the book as a whole was good and I can't wait to read more of this great series!
Date published: 2009-06-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good I enjoyed the first two volumes. It did take me awhile to get into it. The characters seemed a bit shallow to me at first.. not the writing.. just the characters. But half way through I started getting more into it. The characters become lovable.. there's someone for anyone to relate to. All in all it was a good read.
Date published: 2009-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suprised This is Volume one and 2 of the Series This Book suprised me, I didn't think i would like it as much as i did. The Story is full of twists and turns and has all kinds of suspense. The book will make you angry and sad. It was definitely a great read. The story is about Elena, A beautiful, popular High school girl, who thinks she has it all. Until the new guy comes to town, Stefan. He's gorgeous, and mysterious. Elena right away knows she has to have him. One night while trying to find him and talk to him, She learns Stefans Deep, Dark Secret. If your into Love stories with a paranormal twist, then you should give this book a chance. Don't go into this book comparing it to Twilight, although it does have the similarities, The Vampire Diaries is a completely different book in itself.
Date published: 2009-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite Book! I am a big fan of vampire books and I have read many so far, but I must say Vampire Diaries is definitely my favorite! L.J. Smith is a fantastic author and I love how she writes her stories. I probably like Vampire Diaries more then Twilight. It has a better story and you can feel the chemistry between Stephen and Elina. I just convinced my friend to read Vampire Diaries too, and she adored it. I think this book is a must-read for any Vampire-Book fan :)
Date published: 2009-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than Twilight! The Awakening and The Struggle are the first two books in popular series The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith. Elena is the most popular girl at school, all the girls want to be her and all the boys want to be with her. When she comes back from holidays in Paris, to Robert E Lee High School there is a new boy, Stefan Salvatore. However, despite active pursuing mysterious Stefan doesn't want anything to do with the beautiful Elena. Having never been refused before Elena decides she must have him, even it means the death of her. As a fan of vampire stories, I found these two books really enjoyable. I have often heard these books described as "just like twilight, but better". That is the complete truth. What starts out as a simple story of "girl falls in love with vampire" turns into a battle for the young lovers as Stefan's dangerous, older brother, Damon, arrives on the scene intent on having Elena as his own. LJ Smith writes with wonderful clarity and portrays the characters beautiful. Elena is a strong girl, who is determined to have what she wants, even if she has to battle the dark forces to keep it. She makes for a beautiful heroine that readers will fall in love, and want to read more of. The books are deliciously dark, and there are so many twists and turns that the reader will be kept in suspense, even past the last page. Originally there were four books in this series, but LJ Smith is writing a trilogy to continue on. The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Nightfall, the first in this trilogy, was released in February, 2009. The Vampire Diaries has also been picked up by the CW Television Network, and I'm looking forward to seeing this series on the screen. Please go to LJ Smith's website for more information, along with a couple of stand-alone stories from The Vampire Diaries.
Date published: 2009-03-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Confused Ok I haven't read the books yet. but i dunno witch one is the first second or third And i want to know so i can start reading it . So some one PLEASE. List them in order for me Please. Thank you to who ever does it's a big help.
Date published: 2009-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great! This book was actually Absolutely Great. Its a whole new look towards vampires. L J Smith's vampires have some charateristics like Twilight but its easyier to be around them. The book is about a girl stuck between two vampire brothers trying to win her love! She falls helplessly in love with one brother Stefan who's always trying to avoide her. While being stocked by they other brother(Damon) trying to win her love so she can be his queen! The ending was a total shocker and I can't wait till I start the 2nd book! <3
Date published: 2009-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing!! This book is oh so very thrilling!! i am such a big fan of adventure and things beyond the norm, so when i read the back of the book i thought "I'VE GATTA HAVE IT" Elena and Stefans love for each other is so fasinating and there friends and rivels and so cool! I hope that everyone loved this book aas much as i did!!
Date published: 2009-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good start This is my second look at L.J Smith and I have to admit I think I enjoyed the Secret Circle better, however still a good read. I am just worried that I may get a bit sick of the whole STEFAN or DAMON thing, but we will see as I just started the next book.
Date published: 2009-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Kept Me Entertained There’s Elena, the golden American human poster girl, Stefan, the brother who’s resisting his bloody nature, and Damon, the older brother who revels in his cruelty. Ah, another vampire love triangle. How original. Overall, nothing about these books stood out, but they managed to keep me reading onto the next page. The writing just seemed to be lacking a little extra something to make this a great story. These were originally published back in 1999, but I’m very glad the publisher combined the two since there is no break at all between the novels. The Awakening ends and carries on in The Struggle just like reading the next chapter. I believe, L.J. Smith’s The Vampire Diaries, and Night World series are being combined into two and three part novels, instead of the original individual books. Recommended For: 12+
Date published: 2008-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Twilight or What??? OMG!!! This book is SO similar to Twlight that I actually thought that certain ideas of Twlight come from here however we don't know the truth! I would recommend this novel to anyways that LOVES The Twilight Saga. It is a must read novel. I won't write an ACTUAL summary of the plot because I don't want to give out spoilers but this book leaves you in a REALLY HUGE cliff hanger wanting u to grab the next one! I couldn't put this book down at all! I finished it in a day! :)
Date published: 2008-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating, intrigueing, and SPECTACULAR!!!! This book held me captive. It kept me up long nights of reading. I couldn't stop!!!!!!!! As great as this book was, Twilight is better, but I recomend this book to anyone who likes Twilight, vampires, romance, action, and thrills.
Date published: 2008-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Ok so I debated buying this book for a very long time, then finally one day at chapters there didnt seem to be anything I wanted to read so I just gave in and bought this book and the sequal to it. Boy am I glad I did!! It was great from the very beginning! I ended up staying awake most of last night just to finish it and thank heavens Im lazy or I would have stayed up the rest of the night to read the next one! (lol it was downstairs and I was upstairs!) So today I will start the next one and Im sure I will love it just as much as the first! I think its pretty obvious that I would recommend this book to anybody! Seriously if you loved Twilight I think you will love this, infact IMO its a bit better than Twilight!
Date published: 2008-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blood Thirsty? This omnibus collection of the first two volumes of the vampire diaries series were both very exciting and intriguing. It was filled with twists and turns in the plot; many of which i never would've guessed, and it left me thirsty for more. I happen to love vampire novels and these are two of the best novels I have ever read on the subject. Its geared towards a more teen audience, for there are little details that younger children would not understand. But i highly suggest this book for vampire lovers.
Date published: 2008-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stefan, Damon. Elena... Alright, when i first started reading it i didnt know what to expect. At first when i read the first couple of pages i was a lil bored...But then later i couldnt put it down i was amazed i really like it. Reminded me a lot of twilight tho lol! well some parts. But either way i do recommend this book. I was quite glad to have both books in it. I cant wait to read the 3rd and 4th book lol!! =)!
Date published: 2008-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Literary Quicksand...An awesome start! The Awakening ~ It was amazing! I loved every minute of it and couldn't put it down. It was amazingly written. I found the story line captivating and interesting. LJ Smith certainly did not disappoint with this novel. I feel in love with Stefan the minute he was introduced. It kept you on your toes and guessing. The Struggle ~ This book was amazing as well until the last three or so pages. Still LJ Smith did not disappoint her fans with the second installment of the seies. This book was amazingly written and perfect for those among us who are Stefan lovers. This novel also kept you on your toes and guessing especially the last chapter or two. The last few pages were completely unexpected and somewhat disappointing. It wasn't that it wasn't written well it was the idea itself. For those of you who are Stefan lovers you will understand what I mean. Overall an amazing beginning to what I hope continues to be an amazing series. LJ Smith's Night World series is still my favourite but The Vampire Diaries does run a dangerously close second.
Date published: 2008-10-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Could have been better It doesn't help that I read far better vampire books before I read this one, but all in all... yawn... The story dragged on too much, and it's hard to believe that this volume is actually two separate books.
Date published: 2008-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The BEST vampire love story I first read this series when I was 15 years ago (when I was 13 - I am now 28) and I have to say it has remained one of my favourites to this day. The characters are well developed and the story is extremely well really feel for the characters and get emotionally involved in the story. All four books in the series are fabulous reads. My original copies are in pretty rough condition due to multiple readings by myself and friends and family that I loaned them to. When I picked up the Twilight series I was hoping for a series that lived up to the Vampire Diaries, and while the Twilight series was good (I wasn't too big of a fan of the last one though), they just didn't compare to the Vampire Diaries. (although some of the story lines are vaguely similar.....) I just wish the author, L.J. Smith had experienced the same kind of superstardom that Stephenie Meyer has, because her books are by far superior (in my opinion). I also enjoyed L.J. Smith's series "The Secret Circle" when I was a young teen. Give them a try if you like fiction about witches.
Date published: 2008-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Original Twilight?! The Awakening Though this novel came out more than 15 years ago, it's surprisingly still relevant today, especially with the vampire genre now blowing up for teens. If anything, the only thing young readers might notice is the lack of cell phones! I remember reading these when I was younger, and was so glad to see the Vampire series being republished. After reading the first novel again, it only makes me happier that they've been published in sets of two novels. The first story has such a cliffhanger ending that it'll leave readers chomping at the bit to get more. It all starts off rather softly and sweetly. I always found it a little hard to like Elena right away, if only because she was written as the "popular girl" and is rather self-involved. But as you move along, the story gets darker and Elena sort of grows on you. You can see her fighting with herself and realizing that there's more than just her life in Fell's Church in the world. I also like the backstory a lot more, with the brothers fighting for hundreds of years, torn apart by the twisted love of a woman. There were a few occasions when I sort of wished we could be reading that novel, rather than the modern one. All in all, the story moves along at a great pace and there are a lot of great characters and elements to keep you reading. The Struggle There's major trouble in Fell's Church and it starts with a capital D! The second novel in the Vampire Diaries series starts at the exact point that the first novel ends... and finishes us off with another cliffhanger, so have Volume 2 ready! At least we don't feel we've missed anything, though, and reading the stories back to back just makes it feel like one long novel. In this second story we really start to get to the meat of it all and the action definitely picks up. I was left a little puzzled, though, as to why Elena just didn't tell people about Damon. Maybe she couldn't have revealed all the secrets, but at least she could have warned people about him. It seems to me that would have made things easier on her to a certain extent. Aside from that, there's a little more revealed about the universe's vampire lore, and that includes the inability to cross over moving water. I've never particularly understood this part of the myth and I imagine it must have made it very difficult for the vampires to come over from Europe! But I guess that's just a little detail. Also, we find out that the stronger the vamps become, the more they are susceptible to the things that hurt them. This will probably prove useful to Elena in the future. I also liked the balance of danger from Damon and from humans. It makes for a great connection between evil beings, and just plain mean-spirited people. I am hoping, though, that by the end of it all, we really get to find out why Caroline has such a beef against Elena. As it is, it feels like it just sprouted out of nowhere. The ending leaves you with a really big question and it looks like things are really starting to shake up.
Date published: 2008-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A bit like fanfiction... Honestly I loved the book...however, I felt that it read a bit like fanfiction. The relationships between the characters (especially between Elena and Stephan) developed a little bit quickly in an unrealistic way. The storyline is great though. I have no actual complaints about the book. I'm just saying that if you don't like the "fanfiction-y" writing style, you might have a hard time getting past the first few chapters (until you really get into the story and the writing style stops mattering).
Date published: 2008-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ah-Mah-Zing!! This book was amazing! At the begining it was a little like twilight and You started off without really any introduction, but as the book went on i got really engaged and kept reading until i was done. I love how Stephan is so mysterious and then he learns to trust Elena. I also like how Elena is the queen of the school and she learns that not everyone will like her though she is really into Stephan at the begining and he is trying to show he doesn't like her and can stay away from him. I enjoy reading about how tense the brother's relationship is because it may show how they let something get in the way of their family. Just like Kathrine did and selflessly made a mistake thinking it may bring the two brothers together. I'd reccomend this book to any Vampire lover out there! The intensity will keep you reading throughout the who book!!
Date published: 2008-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very nice♥ Loved it!! @ first i totally thought it was exactly like twilight (but it came out before twilight!!!) anyway i loved how stephen was so mysterious and how damon was like obsessed with Elena. In a way it was very romantic!! For fans of Vampire books♥
Date published: 2008-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazaing I simply loved this book. I liked the fact that the book was in Elena's and Stefan's perspective. It is extremely well written and I recomend it to anyone who loves a vampire novel.
Date published: 2008-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from For the love of vampires... When I first read the back of this book I thought "This sounds interesting", and so it was. This is two books in one, but the endings for both novels are quite abrupt, so making it into one was a smart move. Character wise, they were created quite well. Stefan definitely comes across as brooding, and he does seem to carry a sense of age. It's not hard to believe that he is nearly 500 years old. And Elena, well, she covers that average teenage girl persona very well. Damon, even though he isn't seen very often in this set, does come across as very evil, and therefore is believeable as well. Now, the beginning of Stefan and Elena's love does seem to be a bit rushed, but that's what makes it romantic. It does go at a fast pace, but when you are reading it the emotions really do come across, and not all books can achieve that. All in all, an enjoyable read, with lovely characters and storyline.
Date published: 2008-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing! This book blew my mind! I loved everything about it and I recommend this to everyone. It doesn't matter if you like vampires, or love stories, or adventure, this book has it all and more and I can guarantee that you will love it.
Date published: 2008-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT This book is one of the best books Ive every read. Its so good. I say everyone who likes Vampires to read it.
Date published: 2007-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book EVER! I got a hold of some books by L.J. Smith 10 years ago when I was 12. I must have read this particular series about a million times, it is an absolutely fantastic read and I would recommend it to anybody and everybody. To this day she remains my favorite author.
Date published: 2007-08-06