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250 Word Review: The Awakening & The Struggle (Vampire Diaries Volume 1), L.J. Smith

Summary (From
Elena: the golden girl, the leader, the one who can have any boy she wants.

Stefan: brooding and mysterious, he seems to be the only one who can resist Elena, even as he struggles to protect her from the horrors that haunt his past.

Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Determined to have Elena, he’d kill to possess her.

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

The Awakening: Elena Gilbert is used to getting what she wants and she wants mysterious new boy, Stefan. But Stefan is hiding a deadly secret – a secret that will change Elena’s life for ever …

The Struggle: Elena is torn between her boyfriend, Stefan, and his brother, Damon. But these brothers hide dark secrets and a tragic past that threatens them all. Damon wants to lead Elena astray – and he’d rather kill Stefan than let him possess her …

Title: The Awakening & The Struggle
Author: L.J. Smith
Length: 416 pages
Series? Yes – 1st of 16

Plot: ★★
Characters: ★★★
Readability: ★★★★
Overall: ★★★

My opinion:
I read this years and years ago, thought it was okay, and have never thought about it since.  This year, we started watching The Vampire Diaries at uni, because season 1 was £6 in Morrisons and we were bored.  Last week, I spotted The Struggle & The Awakening in the library, and thought I might as well re-check out the books that inspired the TV show.

First thing to say about the book – it’s pretty different from the TV show (though that may change throughout the series). Meredith is a new character not seen in the show, there are name changes, Katherine is like a totally new vampire and Damon is less likable (on the show I am Team Damon, in the book…Team Stefan).  As well as that, the conclusion to the volume is a plot twist that doesn’t occur until the end of season 3 of the show.

Considering the book independently of the show, I enjoyed it, but wasn’t overly wowed.  I did certainly enjoy it more the first time, which could certainly mean that I’m now just biased in favour of the show.

Buy it? Not one I would purchase, personally.
In a nutshell: Very quick & easy – half a day’s read.  Was okay but didn’t love it.

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