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

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening: The Awakening

byL. J. Smith

Paperback | August 25, 2009

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New York Times bestselling series

This special paperback TV tie-in edition of the first book in L.J. Smith’s New York Times bestselling The Vampire Diaries series features cover artwork from the hit CW TV show based on the book, starring Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder.

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.

Fans of The Vampire Diaries TV show will find this book packed with the same kind of heart-stopping suspense, fierce romances, and jaw-dropping surprises that they know and love, all brought to life by New York Times bestselling author L.J. Smith.

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: The AwakeningFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 inPublished:August 25, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061963860

ISBN - 13:9780061963865

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nothing like the TV series I VERY much enjoyed this book. However, it may be a little confusing since the TV series is nothing like the book. So, i was confused at first. But as i read, it was just mind blowing. I had a hard time putting my book aside.
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Geared towards teens. I used to be a teen so I remember everyone I knew was also reading this when it was first released. I found it interesting. It was about two brothers who fall for one girl. Of course, the book became a TV series and the rest is history.
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it! It's a good story but don't expect it to be as elaborate as the tv show.
Date published: 2018-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost as good as the show! This was so much better than I expected it to be! I read it in one sitting! I love the TV show but this rivals it. Stefan is so much cooler than in the show. I wasn't a huge Stefan fan, but in the book he is just as awesomely romantic and smoldering as so many other YA vampires. Of the 3 leads, the only one who I pictured as the actor from the show is Damon. Ian Somerhalder sounds like a perfect description of Damon, except way older. Elena actually referred to Damon as a boy more than once, whereas Ian Somerhalder is clearly not a boy. But still, I didn't really picture Paul Wesley as Stefan, and definitely didn't picture Nina Dobrev as Elena. Her character is also very different. The Elena here starts out very snobby and high and mighty, but that changes in time. It makes sense that Stefan would bring out the best in her. Although, I don't really get why Stefan would fall in love with her in the first place, the way she was in the beginning. It also happened way too quickly. After two conversations Elena tells him she loves him. Pretty ridiculous really, but besides that it's great. The romance between Stefan and Elena is awesome, and the added creepiness of Damon stalking her is perfect. Can't wait to find out what happens next!
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Vampire Diaries The personalities definitely came through more on the television series than they do in this first book, but if you want a light paranormal story to pass the time it’s not a terrible choice. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed it. I read it seven times. I'd finish it, and then a week later, I'd read it again. I loved it, and all my friends would want to read it after me.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Soooo boring... I like the main idea but it's so boring. and Stefan... Oh boy, he's constantly whining
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay I didn't love it, but it has potential and I enjoy these characters.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A+ Very good for a vampire love story....
Date published: 2013-04-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from book vs show... i really didn't like it at all. it was boring and it was just really bad and i'm not trying to be mean, i just really didn't like it. i finished reading it and it was a big waste of my time and a big waste of my money. on the other hand, i am a HUGE fan of the tv show, it's fantastic compared to the books. i am not saying that L J smith isn't a good wrighter, i just mean that this isn't something that i wold die for.
Date published: 2011-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great! I love this book. I love the writing, is so perfect, so beautiful. I did really enjoy reading it. Twilight beside this book is nothing. The story of this book is amaizing. L.J.Smith explains everything perfect you get to know the caracter better than yourself. You will fall in love with some. (Like I am with Damon. DAMON ROCKS!) It is amaizing and I am glad I bout it.
Date published: 2010-09-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible. I went and bought this book as I find i like the TV show. I have gotten ten pages in. Elena in the book has already referred to herself at least 2 times as the 'Queen' of her high school, and has just entitled us to her innermost thoughts: "Boys are for status, to show how popular you are, how beautiful. They can be useful for many things....". Yes. This young girl, who has had her parents die just a few months before and has at this point seen Stefan, who is "Dark, handsome and not tall", is considering how to get him for her own status. And what upsets her the most? Not that she is dumped into high school--we all went through that h*ll. There is very little sympathy from her peers as she judges them, comparing them to models from 'Vogue' and whatnot. No. She is upset because Stefan in the ONE BOY in the entire school who, when he walked by, didn't notice her. She even thinks to herself 'No boy has ever done this to me before, they all talk, or stare...." Yes. Her parents are dead. She is living with her aunt. She just got back from some long vacation, and her first concern is that THE NEW BOY won't look at her! Because she considers herself the QUEEN! I also blame the author! All these things and her first thought is to make her 'Queen' of the high school, the jock woman we all hated and who abused us in our high school years, and her innermost worries are HE WON'T LOOK AT ME! Whatever happened to the real vampires, like those of Ann Rice, PN Elrod, and Buffy lineage? I mean, brooding vampires seem to be the thing all of a sudden (cough-Edward), and the powerful, lustful image of Dracula has been turned into some poor love-lost creature who longs to be human instead of making the best of what he is. Seriously, don't waste your time with this one. Stick to the TV show, and go look up P.N. Elrod. Her vampires are good people who live as they are with human and vampire companions. No brooding. Some gun fights and car chases.
Date published: 2009-10-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Book vs. Show, Show Wins Two brothers pitted against each other and a popular blonde who has both vying for her attention? It's been done and quite frankly done better. I picked up this book when I found out that The CW network had picked it up as a series. I wanted to read, at least, the first book before I watched the series. Generally the books are better. Within the first chapter I was bored. Stefan tries to deny his feelings for Elena, that lasts about a chapter and a half before they fall madly in love. It's like an on/off switch and just cringe worthy. Considering that this is a series I was hoping for more of a slow pace. When it came to characters I didn't find Smith did a good job. There was nothing about Elena that I liked. I didn't feel for her. I wish we'd gotten more information on her parents and family relationships, how those affected her. She was a shallow vapid pool of boys, clothing and boys. To go along with those traits she's selfish. She uses her poor heartbroken ex to get closer to Stefan simply because she wants what she wants and will do anything to get it. I can't think of a quality she has that pulls me in and I think it's sorta crucial to at least like something of the female lead. Needless to say, I was worried about the premiere of "The Vampire Diaries". I was convinced it was going to suck and be painful with weak dialogue. Thankfully the tv show kicks the books butt. Elena is a brunette (does dance for mold breaking) and actually shows depth. We don't (at least not so far) have to see her use her ex for her own gain. All in all this is one case were the tv/movie is way better then the book. I don't know if I'll read the rest of series, if I do it'll strictly be to see the differences between show and book.
Date published: 2009-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally Worth Reading!! Better than Twilight I never liked the Princess Diaries because it felt like an invasion of privacy to be reading someone else's diary. So at first I didn't think I would like this book either. Although there are a page or two of diary entries the rest of the book is in a regular novel format. I know know why people say the writer of Twilight got her ideas from this writer and I have to agree. Although this is soooo much better than the twilight series. I can't believe I wasted my money on twilight when this series came out first and was by far better.
Date published: 2009-09-03