The first two books (The Awakening & The Struggle) are collected into the first volume of The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith, and form the first part of an ongoing . The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and the Struggle by L. J. Smith - The Awakening, Chapters summary and analysis. The Awakening / The Struggle. (The Vampire Diaries #). by. L.J. Smith ( Goodreads Author). · Rating details · 75, ratings · 3, reviews. This book.
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Smith, L.J. - Vampire Diaries 01 - The Awakening. Read more L. J. Smith - Vampire Diaries 02 - The Struggle Vampire Diaries #1: The Awakening. L. J. Smith - Vampire Diaries 01 - The Awakening. Read more Vampire Diaries #1: The Awakening Smith, L.J. - Vampire Diaries 02 - The Struggle. New York Times bestselling seriesThis special paperback bind-up contains the first two books in L.J. Smith's New York Times bestselling series The Vampire.
Smith, and form the first part of an ongoing series of vampire romance. Set in the fictional town of Fells Church, somewhere in modern North America, we find our protagonist Elena Gilbert, a teenage girl just about to attend her last year at Robert E Lee High School when she becomes entranced by the mysterious newcomer Stefan Salvatore. What ensues is a dark romance between the two protagonists as Elena Gilbert discovers that Stefan is in fact a centuries old vampire, who is locked into a terrifying feud with his older brother Damon. During the first book, The Awakening, Elena first decides to 'catch' Stefan for herself, not knowing the danger in which she is about to place herself. Stefan tries to resist her advances but is himself drawn to the strange similarities between this young woman and his only other lover, Katherine, who turned him into a vampire. As Stefan gives in and admits his feelings for Elena, a series of vicious attacks rocks the town and the finger of blame points towards Stefan as the source of these crimes.
Love is always a reaction to someone's beauty or passion. The protagonist is "queen of the school". In short, each book is like reading a super model photo shoot. There's just no way you'll ever be these fictional characters. Perhaps that is part of the allure for many kids who read these, but I distinctly remember talking with my friends about which character in the book we'd want to be The remaining question is why on earth after all this criticism did I give the books 4 stars.
Well, they were a welcome regression back to days of summer reading, of staying up too late to find out if the heroine would get the guy and save the town against forces of evil. As simple, mindless entertainment goes, they work just fine.
I don't know how a reader first approaching them now would feel about them, but with my childhood link to them, I was rather forgiving of the many glaring problems. Apparently a new book will be coming out in this series early next year. I must confess, I will most certainly be reading it. Nov 14, a rated it liked it Recommends it for: I either read an interview or saw one with Stephenie Meyer who remarked that she got her plot to Twilight from a dream that she once had.
After having read this, I can say in all certainty that if she got the idea from a dream, it was at some point after reading this series. Look no further for her source material, here it is. Just a few of the parallels that I noticed: Stefan Edward can read minds. Stefan and Elena fall splendidly and exquisitely in love with each other despite the fact that t I either read an interview or saw one with Stephenie Meyer who remarked that she got her plot to Twilight from a dream that she once had.
Stefan and Elena fall splendidly and exquisitely in love with each other despite the fact that there's little narrative to their love story. Stefan wants to stay away from Elena because he's a killer, and so on, ad nauseum. Credit L. Smith here, though, considering that she was the one that did it first and she did it better although I'd say not much, since I'm being honest.
Particularly in the first novel, "The Awakening", I found the main character - Elena - to be selfish, spoiled, and revolting. Perhaps it's because the popular, pretty girl foil is simply something that I can't related to, or perhaps it's because the idea of making my friends swear in blood that they won't stop until they 'get me' a boy is totally and completely absurd.
In the second book, Elena is a touch more palatable, but that might have been because the story as a whole got marginally better, leaving less time but still ample, believe me for Elena to wax poetic about the unexplainable love for Stefan that seemingly flourished after one kiss. I'll give this three stars because it did get better in the end, but a more realistic rating would have been two or two and a half. View all 13 comments. Okay, so I promised myself I wouldn't do this but here I go I hated all four of these books I had posted this as a two but am changing it to a one Elena is our spoiled, popular, idiotic MC She has no compassion and is completely self absorbed - how is this different than any other teenage girl you a Okay, so I promised myself I wouldn't do this but here I go She has no compassion and is completely self absorbed - how is this different than any other teenage girl you ask?
She is the embodiment of all that times ten!! I HATE her!! And I love L. Smith, guys I've read her Nightworld series many, many times Okay, okay And I'm gonna tell you why: He is sweet, he is funny, he is strong and he is kind He isn't brooding, he doesn't hold grudges, he is loving and understanding without being martyrish!
So why is he alone? He is alone because he is not supernatural Teenage boys have a raw deal right now, girls are fangirling all over vampires and werewolves and superheroes, how can a red-blooded - most likely clumsy - human boy compete with this fantasy world? He can't! And that makes me sad: Dear Ms. Smith, if you wanted to make me love Elena and Stefan View all 42 comments. Jul 24, Kati rated it liked it Shelves: I would give the first one two stars, the second one four.
The first one was namely too much of a sugary teenage romance - I'm probably too old to read young adult stuff anymore. There were some things that really annoyed me in these books: Elena was perfection incarnated, the prototype of a Mary-Sue, she had everybody wrapped around her little finger, she always got what she wanted be it the titl This omnibus carries the first two books of Smith's tetralogy - "The Awakening" and "The Struggle".
Elena was perfection incarnated, the prototype of a Mary-Sue, she had everybody wrapped around her little finger, she always got what she wanted be it the title of the Homecoming Queen or every boy in school and when she didn't, she let the waterworks flow, adopting the "you hurt me so" expression.
Because the horror part was really well written. It was even rather scary in some places. I suspect that the next two books in the tetralogy will be better. And yes, this is the series that the CW's adapting for TV. I think it'll fit their programing plan perfectly - it's Gossip Girl with vampires, after all Feb 19, Jeanne rated it liked it Recommends it for: Actually, it's kind of cheesy.
When Stefan Salvatore shows up at Elena's high school, it's love at first sight. He's gorgeous and exotic, and she's looking for someone new. She's fair-haired and popular and closely resembles his ex. Oh, there's one more thing: Stefan's a vampire. From renaissance Italy. And another thing: And they're battling for Elena's affections.
So corny, but so fun to read. The ending was a cliffhanger, so I guess I might just have to pick up the next book in the series. View all 4 comments. Apr 01, E. Potential Twilight readers. A pre-Harry Potter young adult series that was a guilty pleasure for me at age 26 to be reading in public. But I couldn't put it down. Smiths characters were a little flat, yes.
Her settings felt 2 dimensional to me and I often couldn't get a grasp of what exactly the characters were really like as people, sure. But that doesn't mean the story wasn't spot on! Once I ignored the flaws in Smiths construction of her Sunnydale-esq town with it's Vampire drama lurking in the shadows of a popular A pre-Harry Potter young adult series that was a guilty pleasure for me at age 26 to be reading in public.
Once I ignored the flaws in Smiths construction of her Sunnydale-esq town with it's Vampire drama lurking in the shadows of a popularity battle between 2 high school girls, I became addicted. I literally couldn't put the book down. I just couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. Vampire Diaries reads like a CW teen drama.
In a good way! Which made me wonder why this hasn't already been adapted to film or TV yet. Forget that other, hallow, vapid vampire series- This is the Girl-meets-Vampire story to read. Same plot- only L. Smith does it better! View all 6 comments. Jul 26, Sarah BT rated it it was ok. GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: This review contains spoilers!! And it's long-I had a lot of venting to do! With a TV show coming this Fall and Vampire Lit the hot genre, this book has been consistently checked out at my library.
A co-worker mentioned she had enjoyed them as a teen and my teen volunteer read it and loved it, so I thought I'd give it a try. I am so annoyed that I wasted my time. This is one example of when I think the TV Show might turn out better than the books.
I never felt any true chemistry between Elena and Stefan, but the previews for the show seem to add more depth to their relationship.
Elena is your typical beautiful popular girl. Everyone kept referring to her as the "ice princess" but I never really saw it. She's mostly selfish, childish, and only is interested in Stefan because he's new, hot and she gets whatever she wants. She even has a boyfriend in the beginning of the book, but dumps him because "it doesn't feel right" and Stefan is hot We're supposed to feel sorry for her because her parents died a few years earlier, but that never really seems important, except to give Elena a reason to say "you're not my mother" to her aunt towards the end of book two.
She also for some reason spent the summer in Paris, but that's really never explained-I guess it's there to make her seem rich and snotty?? Maybe she gets better by the second book, but she's pretty annoying throughout.
She also never tells her friends anything so half the time they have no true reason for being there, other than to prove Elena is popular. Stefan is handsome, brooding and your typical tortured vampire. He's haunted by his past love, who he and his evil brother Damon fought over, and centuries later he's still not over it all-until of course, he meets Elena.
Stefan ignores Elena, the two barely say anything to each other, but once Stefan saves Elena on Halloween after he snubbed her at the dance she tells him she loves him. The two start "dating" and sharing blood the equivalent of sex for these books and by Thanksgiving Stefan proposes and they're engaged!!! Ok, read that again, it's not even been a month, she's in high school, and they're engaged?? What the crap??? The thing I really hated about this one, and the few vampire novels I've read, is that the guy is tortured by his past, he's a victim, and claims he only wants to protect the girl and pushes her away.
This is not romantic-it's a pattern for a bad relationship. Maybe I'm just too cynical. The author isn't that great of a writer I've heard from those who have read her stuff that in the later books her writing improves but I found Elena's diary entries too angsty "I can't bear the thought of losing him","we didn't touch each other much-we didn't-but we talked and looked at each other a lot. I want to touch him. More than any boy I've ever known. Ooh-you really seem scary now!!
I think if you have middle school vampire fans who are eager to read anything with angsty vampire romance, this series would do. The first two books were pretty tame and although the characters are supposed to be seniors in high school, they acted like middle schoolers.
Even though they were written in , they don't feel super outdated. The only things I thought really seemed to age the books were the fact that the girls made a blood pact I remember adults always telling us never to do that but does anyone even do that anymore? Maybe if I had read these as a young teen, I would have enjoyed them. I just don't think Vampire Diaries has adult appeal. One good thing about reading this series is that I have even more appreciation for today's young adult literature.
These books are the perfect example of why I didn't read YA when I was a teen! What do you think? Am I being too harsh? Jan 26, E rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Anyone I dislike immensely.
Usually I can't resist these YA supernatural fiction series but Vampire Diaries is actually too wretched for me to enjoy and, oh man, that's saying something. Laughable prose, characters who are inconsistent at best and numbingly dull at worst, and a nonsensical plot cobbled together from various bits of mediocre films like some wrong Frankenstein. No, no, no!
Okay, but, see, I might still watch the TV series. Just one episode to see whether it's as bad. I actually saved t Usually I can't resist these YA supernatural fiction series but Vampire Diaries is actually too wretched for me to enjoy and, oh man, that's saying something. I actually saved the book for three weeks after finishing it just so I could include some hilariously bad quotes in review.
She could react no longer. She could only stare up at him with a kind of wonder. It made him hate himself more. I can cope with drab description, but why lay the angst on so thick the reader has to close the book because they're spasming with laughter?
And then it was as if every foreboding and fear and nightmare she'd ever had were coming true all at once. It was beyond screaming at; it was beyond anything. I made it to the end of the book but only just barely. Hey, maybe twenty years ago it was cutting edge, but today it's one worn, badly prosed paragraph after another.
Please, LJ Smith, give it up. View all 3 comments. Apr 24, Tatiana rated it liked it Shelves: Smith and, unfortunately, it shows. I enjoyed her later trilogies "Dark Visions" and "The Forbidden Games" very much and therefore had very high hopes for "Vampire Diaries. The characters are not fully developed and more often than not unlikeable. The romance also is not written very well.
It is very hard to believe in passion between Elena and Stefa "Vampire Diaries" are the earlier books written by L. It is very hard to believe in passion between Elena and Stefan.
The narration in "The Awakening" is too choppy; multiple POVs are sometimes confusing and distracting. In spite of all this criticism, however, I have to give credit L. Smith for creating characters and mythology that were later shamelessly "borrowed" by Stephenie Meyer. The similarities between "Vampire Diaries" and "Twilight" are undeniable. Human-vampire romance set in high school, blood lust, angst, "vegetarian" vampires - all was first written by L.
I will continue on reading this series and hope the books are going to get better. View 1 comment. View all 5 comments.
Actual Rating: I don't know why this took me a month to read, it didn't feel that long, I guess it was because of classes I'm familiar with the characters and the general storyline Atleast from book 1 from watching a little of the show, but it's so different in the book omg. I wasn't expecting it, till maybe a chapter before where I was like "Hmmmm maybe I really gotta pick up the next bind up and read more of it, I can't believe LJ Smith went there so early on in the series!
I also really want to find out more about Katherine, so I hope we get that too because I'm a sucker for the flashback scenes!
I also can't believe I haven't picked these up sooner, just because I really like Smith's writing style though I know the later books aren't written by her: Because this was a first time read for one of my favourite authors I actually sticky noted the entire book with my opinions and predictions.
That might even be the reason I found this book kinda kept me from a complete slump, because it was so fun to sticky note! My current favourite brother as of these books is Stefan Sep 27, Emilyadamc rated it did not like it.
I really didn't like these books. I didn't care about either Elena or Stefan. I saw the previews for the CW show and thought the story looked good.
But the TV show is a thousand times better than the book. I didn't like the self centered Elena or understand why anyone else would either. When she met Stefan I couldn't understand the obsession she had over him, and why she was so hurt that he didn't talk to her. When he finaly saved her at Halloween and they were in love I had to flip back in the b I really didn't like these books.
When he finaly saved her at Halloween and they were in love I had to flip back in the book to make sure I didn't miss something. I mean how are they in love already? They never talked to each other, and he seemed to have a distain for her. Their relationship seems empty.
I didn't feel like they cared for each other. At about page , when Stefan started to tell his back story and explain things to Elena, I thought that the series would start getting good. But no such luck, it was all contrite and boring. I didn't care what happened to anyone. I was almost hoping that Damon wouldv'e killed Stefan and then turned Elena.
I got to chapter 6 in The Struggle, and just couldn't waste my time any more. I had to stop reading. It has way more bites ;. Mar 07, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: Seeing as how in my life romance is moot reading about other people, fictional or not, is the only substitute I seem to have.
Much like everything else in my life, I turn to the books, to get my excitement and I mean the excitement where your body literally trembles with it and her heart races until you have to physically move around your bedroom or patio or backyard, wherever it is that you fellow good-readers go to enjoy an oh so lovely book.
Anyway I had a mental picture in my head about how this book was going to play out, I even thought I would make it to page fifty and then close the book uninterested. That however, is not what happened. Stephen Salvatore is the new transfer student at Mystic Falls and with his good looks, reserved attitude, and secretive nature everyone there seems to fall under his spell, that is of course until the sexy steadfast Damon Salvatore comes to steal Stephen's fame.
However, though they appear to be the normal fighting brothers underneath the service lies something no one in Mystic Falls is prepared for, will only destruction and chaos from these to dangerously handsome brothers or will it be them who saves the day.
And then filed away in her little bubble you have Elena Gilbert , who writes in a journal because she has no one to talk to. A horrible accident last year took Elena's parents away from her and left her in the hands of her aunt, but somehow Elena miraculously survived the crash leaving her with grief and guilt.
The town looks down at her with pity and for the new year Elena is determined to make a change but little does she know that the change Elena is searching for so desperately just might be the death of her. Will she uncover Stephen's secret before it's too late for her to come back from it or will she dive head first into uncharted and dangerous waters to follow her heart? This book just might have been one of the best books I have read in a long time. I have been debating about the differences and similarities between this and Twilight, if I am being frank I would say there really isn't many similarities.
Yes they both are books about vampires and they do have a romance in each of them but other than that they are completely different in many, many ways.
Though for some reason I have yet to add it to my personal collection. In other news I fully recommend that you read this book, if you have yet to pick it up that is. View 2 comments. Aug 14, Kelly and the Book Boar rated it did not like it Shelves: Find all of my reviews at: Read Find all of my reviews at: Then bask in the good vibes you feel being sent down from lumber heaven by the tree who so gallantly gave its life to become such a crap book Ermine optional, but highly recommended ; 5 Forget everything I told you about how bad the book version of The Vampire Diaries is and go watch every episode of the television series.
Not only is the T. Feb 02, Jenny rated it did not like it Shelves: While this book did come highly recommended from a friend, my reaction, over and over as I was turning the pages, was "seriously? Elena is the blond and, of course, beautiful Queen of the School who just spent her summer in France with her aunt and her little sister because he parents are dead.
Mary-Sue much?? She has a group of adoring followers, both male and female, as well as the requisite frenemy who is While this book did come highly recommended from a friend, my reaction, over and over as I was turning the pages, was "seriously?
She has a group of adoring followers, both male and female, as well as the requisite frenemy who is scheming to userp her position in the school's social heirarchy. BUT then a gorgeous, brooding stranger Stefan shows up at school and shows no interest in Elena at all. So she's determined to have him. He ignores her. She pretends to ignore him. Of course, he's actually ignoring her because he's in love with her and wants to protect her from his evil vampire-ness. Throw in a few random dead people, a jock with a grudge, and, oh yeah, Stefan's evil, uber-powerful vampire brother and you have the first two books in this surprisingly popular series.
What it boiled down to for me: Aug 23, Kia rated it did not like it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I wanted to read this series before the show started this fall.. I can understand why Stefan would fall for her instantly, but I thought it was kind of cheesy and far fetched that she would fall madly in love with him before she even knows anything about him.
I don't have any desire to read any further, but I will probably still try watching the show however I probably won't like that either. Apr 21, Kristy rated it liked it Shelves: Spoilers throughout this bad boy: This was so extremely different from the Vampire Diaries Show and not really in a good way.
Elena was not very likeable and she was blonde?!?!?! She is strong and Katherine is weak?!?! Katherine is dead??? I believe stefan and Damon believed her to be dead for a while in the beginning of the show, but she most certainly did not choose to kill her own self for their sakes Stefan wasn't as nice as he is in the show.
His darker side definitely was more prom Spoilers throughout this bad boy: His darker side definitely was more prominent.
Damon was pretty much evil. Not in a sexy and cool way, just plain evil.
Caroline is awful in the book as well. I adore her on the show, so it is just too weird for her to be so terrible. Bonnie's witchy-ness is not as moving of a story. Do you catch my drift? The Show is far, far better in my opinion than these two books. If I had been rating only "The Awakening", I probably would have given it a 2 star review.
I did not enjoy it. There was so much story building and the character were no likeable at all. Damon's character was still evil, but atleast it was entertaining.
Elena was more like the character from the show in it. Alone, it would have probably gotten a 2. I did not see that coming. Props for that!
This will not be a book for everyone. People who enjoy Twilight-esque books will probably be into this. Not bad, not great. I will probably give the next book in line a try just to see if it improves But, for the most part I'm sticking to the show.
Jan 17, Danielle is rad rated it really liked it. I loved this book! Okay, love is a strong word, so as you can tell I'm using it lightly. I did like this though, I, of course had seen the entire show before picking this up, and I have to say that they are nothing alike. Where did a little sister come from? There's no Jermey? Since when? I don't mind the differences though, because I'm getting two stories along the same premis.
What I didn't like though is how I never knew when Elena and Stefan got together, it kind of, just, happened I loved this book! What I didn't like though is how I never knew when Elena and Stefan got together, it kind of, just, happened.
I didn't like that, and I know I didn't skip pages, I know this much. I found myself taking a while to finish this, I don't know why. I assumed I would be heavily engaged with this read.
I did like it, just, I don't even know. I gave this four stars because, well, I like the characters, so I may be bias, I just don't know how I feel about the story in this book. Anyways, I did like the book over all, of course I am going to pick up the continuation of the books which I own , but I have more books to focus on.
I would recommend this book if you want a light vampire romance read, but if you are looking for something more rated R, I would recommend the Sookie Stackhouse series, and if you are looking for more thriller action, I would recommend the Anita Blake series! Oct 26, Jamie rated it it was ok. One of the very few times that the book is not as good as the show. Two books in and I still feel like Elena is a flat character. I originally read these as separate books but I now one this copy so I wanna add it to my GR books.
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