The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Shadow Souls: The Return: Shadow Souls by L. J. SmithThe Vampire Diaries: The Return: Shadow Souls: The Return: Shadow Souls by L. J. Smith

The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Shadow Souls: The Return: Shadow Souls

byL. J. Smith

Paperback | March 15, 2011

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New York Times bestselling series

The Return: Shadow Souls is the sixth book in L.J. Smith’s New York Times bestselling Vampire Diaries series.

Elena Gilbert is once again at the center of magic and danger beyond her imagining. And this time, Stefan isn’t there to help. Stefan is held prisoner in the Dark Dimension—a world where vampires and demons roam free, and where humans are at the command of their supernatural betters. To save the man she loves, Elena is forced to trust her life to his handsome, but deadly brother Damon. Damon has never concealed his love for Elena, and as the tension between them rises, Elena must face a terrible decision: which brother does she really want to be with?

The Return: Shadow Souls is perfect for fans of the hit CW TV show The Vampire Diaries, as well as fans of the original New York Times bestselling series who can’t wait to see what happens next with Elena, Stefan, and Damon.

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 Return: Shadow Souls: The Return: Shadow SoulsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.41 inPublished:March 15, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061720836

ISBN - 13:9780061720833

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I love how this book takes place in the Dark Realms and we meet new characters.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh This was so horrible in comparison to the original books.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book Love this book glad I bought it if you love the t.v. series you will love this book
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I've stopped reading this series. This is the book where I stopped reading the series. I am completely confused and I have no clue what is going on anymore. Things are changing without and warning and things need to be further explain that the writer assumes we will just understand. Sorry...I'm not dumb and I still have no clue what she is doing.
Date published: 2011-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from entertaining Although by no means a deep read, it was entertaining. It had its cheesy moments such as the whole wing powers thing and random and unexplained magic. Overall I felt the development of Elena and Damon's relationship made up for it and it was a really fun read.
Date published: 2011-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book my favourite of al TVD books I loved the growing love between Damon and Elena. They are the 'it' couple and its great to see them working together to rescue Stefan. Elena brings the best out of Damon and Damon brings out the real Elena. I personally did not particularly enjoy parts of Nightfall but I did enjoy Shadow Souls - much improved and lots of character development. The ending was an OMG moment and I look forward to seeing what happens in Midnight. Damon and Elena are magic - I was left thinking 'stefan who?'
Date published: 2011-02-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Stick with the TV show Ugh. I only suggest the die hard fans read this one, everyone else might as well stick with the TV show. I really hated the book prior to this, it was confusing on a whole new level and this book wasn't any different. But after reading the Stefan's journal series I had hope the writing style on this would be clearer. Nope. Between introducing new characters as if the readers should somehow magically accept them and know who they are (Sage), to constantly jumping perspectives, to an author spending too much time watching anime and dumping some filled with language Japanese folkore (the kitsune) and a very confusing love between Damon and Elena I really don't know where to start. We're introduced to Sage and a myriad of other minor/major characters who have too much detail in some areas and not enough in others. They seem rushed and not thought out. The perspectives keep jumping and Elena has become the biggest marry sue ever. Honestly, I think she beats out Bella at this point. And I cringe everytime she goes on monologs about her "wings" because it;s just. so. cheesy. It's like the author decided with this trilogy that this would no longer be a vampire novel. And of course, Elena is the martyr constantly. Oh- and she's suddenly a Virgin? The Elena Damon stuff is confusing. Her interactions with him are both too vague and too detailed at the same time. It's hard to know when they're kissing, hugging, feeding etc and quite often it's our of nowhere and confusing. I'm still not really sure if she's in love with both brothers and we're just assuming she's going with Stefan, or what. It's really really confusing and odd. The kitsune thing should have ended with the first book in the trilogy. Experiment gone wrong. Between the Japanese and Italian words being thrown around readers will find themselves skimming pages unless they know the languages. Often enough words don't end up translated and have no purpose. Again, we seem to be in the present day when the original books were set in the 80's so that's confusing.... and while Elena is somehow still a virgin she and stefan have a shower scene? wow, twilight eludes to Sex but there's certainly not a shower scene.... Elena's tears are also magical in every sense. Ugh. Mary sue! Honestly, I dont know If I can finish this trilogy! You read so much, you love the characters, but they're so far gone and the plot it so far gone and everything is so out in space... I think I get more of what I want with the TV show! I've never said this about a book ever, but the TV show is better. The characters are more than 1 dimension. Believable.
Date published: 2011-01-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Better than Nightfall First things first, it's an improvement from Nightfall. I was so bored and confused in nightfall that I almost didn't want to read this one. But I did and this is what I think of the novel. The author hasn't redeemed herself yet. Compared to the first two books, this doesn't stand out. I liked going to the Dark Dimension where Demons are Masters and Slaves are Humans but what she did with the characters kind of triggered me off. Damon has softened up a bit too much. Bonnie and Meredith are bystanders in the whole book. Matt could have done so much more in the book than he did. And Elena, I don't know what's up with her. I think the ending had a good twist to it but the way it was written felt like a laugh. There was nothing serious to it and it should have been explored a bit more. Overall, an improvement, but it's not better than the first ones. This book might take you a while to read not because there's 599 pages but because it drags on.
Date published: 2010-11-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Is this the new series for LOST?? I love TVD series, and was really disappointed with this one. It's all over the place and soooo unessessarily long. An unfortunet journey. I had to go back and re-read at times because I was literally lost in the story and not in the good way. Pros: I love Damon's character, you learn a lot about him.
Date published: 2010-11-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Really L.J.? Were you high while you wrote this? Wow, is all I can say. I love TVD, the show and the books, but THIS, this was just the loooooongest read ever. It was so boring! I was/am really disappointed in this read, because I was so excited to read it because it had more of my two favorite characters, Elena and Damon, but L.J. really let me down! The end was really a disappointment for me, because of what happened to Damon (if you read the book, you know what I'm talking about). If L.J. decides to write another VD book, I hope to god, it is better than this was!
Date published: 2010-08-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Double-yew-tee-eff? Ok LJ Smith. I sang your praises for the first books in this series. I even said that I liked the one published before this when other friends who were fans of TVD were not impressed. But The Return: Shadow Souls? I have absolutely no idea where you're going with this and I don't plan to actually find out because you've gotten *weird* on me. I don't get it. The first three Vampire Diaries were pretty awesome. But this is just, well, to be blunt, garbage. I won't be continuing in this series. Boy am I glad I didn't spend money on this book. Seriously.
Date published: 2010-06-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Longest road trip to hell ever.... The latest instalment in the Vampire Diaries was an alright read. It took a long time for me to get enthralled into the story. It never really grabbed me. The preceding books were better, but that’s only my opinion. Volume 2 of Shadow Souls takes off right where Volume 1 left off. Elena, Damon and Matt are off to find Stefan who is locked away in a prison in some parallel hell like dimension. Demonic spirits trapped him there by tricking him that there was a way of becoming human in this alternate dimension. In the previous book, Damon had been possessed by one of these demons. Through no fault of his own, he helped convince Stefan that this was possible. Now that Damon is no longer possessed, he feels the guilt of doing this to Stefan even if it wasn’t in his control. This only begins the unravelling of Damon. Elena gets glimpses of who Damon really is on this road trip to hell. He becomes vulnerable but still keeps his dark edge. Elena keeps falling deeper for Damon, regardless of her feelings for Stefan. I guess if you’re Elena Gilbert you can have both broody vampire brothers. The relationship between Damon and Elena is the only thing that kept me reading. Back in Fell’s Church, Bonnie and Meredith are working together with Mrs. Flowers to rid the town of the demonic spirits and the kitsune siblings. When Matt begins to see a spark growing brighter between Elena and Damon, he heads back to Fell’s Church and Bonnie and Meredith meet up with Damon and Elena before they cross into the hell dimension Stefan is in. To get in, the girls are degraded to be Damon’s slaves. The writing picks up more momentum and paints some pretty pictures as they work their way through this hell dimension. We see the extremes of the hell population, from the trying lives slaves lead, to the rich rulers of the land. It’s a bit disturbing at times to see how slaves are treated and what these beings see as entertainment. At times, the reader and the characters seem to lose track of why they are there. Things do get back on track though and the last quarter of the book finally gets into a better flow, the action increases and the ending had a great twist which made up for all the slowness of the 400 some pages before it. My main complaint to the book is that it was hard to relate to with all the aura talk instead of just raw emotion between characters. And all the terms regarding Elena and her crazy powers involving her invisible wings just was getting on my nerves. Otherwise, I would have been able to deal with the slow pace of the book better. Damon is the only thing that interests me and i'm curious as to what Caroline will birth, since Smith only hit the tip of the iceburg with her situation. Stefan still seems like a bit of a whimpering little vampire and i hope he mans up. I’ll still read the next book to see how everything gets resolved.
Date published: 2010-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shadow Souls *SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!* good book. i enjoyed think new book in the amazing Vampire Diaries series. Damon still makes me really mad and i still dont like him. TEAM STEFAN!!!!! i loved that they rescued Stefan from the jail and Elena & Stefan were reuntied!!!! i laughed when Damon became human from smelling the flower. not my favourite book in the series but still goood. i hope in the next book theres lots more Stefan&Elena. i also hope there is some Bonnie&Damon stuff. lol! :D
Date published: 2010-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "Awesome!" I'll start out by saying "I LOVE DAMON".. ok, now that that's over and done with.... I really really loved this installment in The Return series. I simply love The Vampire Diaries. This one was no exception. The struggles Elena goes through, and the confusion she feels. It makes the story so much more exciting. I cried, Laughed, and got pissed off.. but all in all. this book lives up to the Vamp Diaries name. Love L.J Smith. Cannot wait for The Return: Midnight <33333333 The ending of this one! OMG! makes the whole book worth while! READ!
Date published: 2010-04-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Going Anywhere? I'm not 100% sure how I felt about this novel. It was good for the most part, but it almost feels as though Smith has run out of ideas. "Wing Powers" for Elena, have made her seem like some sort of Pokemon at this point. The storyline isn't terrible, I actually enjoyed that part, but I did feel there were some uneccessary additions to the plot.
Date published: 2010-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Ending Ever! This book was my favorite in all of them so far. The character development was excelent and its about time it happened with Damen. We got to see into his soul, and kinda see what made him who he is. We saw another side of him and I loved it! I agree that it would have been nice to hear some of Stephans thoughts from his cell, but based on the state he was in, I dont really think any thoughts from him would or should have been proper, so in a way, I am kind of glad they were left out. The whole point of this book, is to 1. resuce Stephan of course, but 2. to show and develop Elena and Damen. It was nice to see them grow together as they did, and it also showed how True Elenas love for Stephan is. (I know in real life, this would not be how it worked, but as a story, I felt it worked really nice) The ending! OMG!! Last Chapter, I will not give it away incase anyone is reading this that has not read the book, but for those of you who have...did your jaw not completely fall off your face and hit the floor?!?!?! cuz mine sure did. I didnt know whether to cry or to laugh or to just stare dumbfounded at the pages. I was in utter shock! She definitly left it open enough so you know there will be another book, but she didnt really leave a cliff hanger. She actually ended the book in a way that if I died tomorrow, I wouldnt be that disapointed to not know what happens next. My favorite ending to a book thus far.
Date published: 2010-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I have been looking forward to this book since December. LJ Smith's last book was kind of boring, still liked it because it was the vampire diaries but I am really looking forward to Shadow Souls. I just started it and I'm really like it!
Date published: 2010-04-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Disappointment I really felt that this book was a disappointment personally. I felt that we didn't get enough Stefan, and really felt that she could have written his thoughts maybe once or twice while he was in the cell. I hope maybe she's done that for the last book or something because it was lacking. Also we didn't get enough of the girls, Elena/Bonnie/Meredith working together and really felt we got too much Damon/Elena for my liking. This isnt cause of how I'm a Stefan/Elena fan but just felt that we didn't get enough balance. Plus felt that the Hell Dimension should have been more, I was thinking that it was going to be worst. Not that it was perfect or good but just didn't feel as bad as it could have cause Damon really made it feel like it was horrible. So I personally was very disappointed and really hope that Smith can redeem herself with the last book. Cause the last book is going to determine whether or not I read her other books
Date published: 2010-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Wonderful I just finished reading it and I loved it. The ending was pretty surprising and I must say I found it funny. I got an laugh out of it at the end. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Out of 5 stars,I would give it 5 stars,I just can't wait till Midnight comes out.
Date published: 2010-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!! I'm more than half way finished this book with only about 10 chapters left and I have no disappointments so far! Damon no words but AMAZING LOVE HIM!!♥ Elena is fabulous with her warm heart, but strong head. I can't help but miss Stefan though . Can't wait to finish. L.J. Smith is still my ultimate favourite author she never lets me down with her books! :D
Date published: 2010-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I cant wait!! I love L.J. Smiths' books and I'm really excited for the next book in the vampire diaries series to come out. I wasnt verry happy with the last book that she wrote in this amazing series but I have a feeling that this one will be great! Like I said, I'm SO excited for this book to come out.
Date published: 2010-02-15