Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and the Struggle – L. J. Smith

Due mainly to the ITV2 TV show, the Vampire Diaries is sooo hot right now. Given how addicted I’ve become to the TV show, I knew I had to read the books – it was just a  matter of time.

For some unknown reason, the first two books are in one – and even then, they don’t take much time to get through. The language is uncomplicated and the storyline fast paced. In The Awakening, we’re introduced to Elena – the “queen” of her high school. She lives with her aunt and sister, as her parents were killed. She’s quite the spoilt brat, and is used to getting everything she wants. So when the new boy at school, Stefan, ignores her, Elena wants him all the more. There’s something mysterious about Stefan and Elena won’t stop digging until she finds out what it is. Trouble is once she knows, there’s no going back…

Book two, The Struggle, deals with Elena being torn between the two Salvatore brothers, Stefan and Damon. Stefan is certainly the nicer of the two; his vampiric habits stretch only to animals, whereas Damon is quite the ruthless killer. Damon wants Elena as much as Elena wanted Stefan in the beginning. He’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants; including killing his own brother…

I have to admit these books aren’t quite what I expected. There’s some teenage angst, lots of action and not much anticipation. Often the build up is what makes a storyline, but in this case everything just happens. There’s very little sexual content, as you’d expect given the target market, which means it’s less exciting for me, as an adult reader. Elena isn’t a very likeable character, which is problematic for me as I find it much easier to read and enjoy a book if I actually care about what’s going to happen to the characters.

On the whole though, they’re good books and intriguing enough to make me want to read on and find out what happens next, but not as thrilling as the TV show.

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