Vampire Diaries: The Fury and The Reunion – L. J. Smith
Naturally, once I started reading the Vampire Diaries books, I knew I wouldn’t be able to stop until I’d read them all. This is book two, which confusingly contains two stories, which are The Fury and The Reunion. Please be aware this review will be full of spoilers… don’t say I didn’t warn you.
The Fury: Having died at the end of the last book, Elena is undergoing the change. She had exchanged enough blood with Stefan – willingly – and even more with Damon – against her will, to enable her to become a vampire. Therefore the beginning of this story is taken up with everyone’s reaction to the change, and how Elena copes with her new status. However, Elena hasn’t got too long to think about things, as something bad is in Fell’s Church – the bad thing that killed Elena. And it’s not done killing. Elena, Stefan and Damon must ignore their differences and find out what – or who – is going on and do something about it before the whole town is destroyed. When they get to the bottom of the mystery, Elena is determined to save her hometown and puts herself in harm’s way – with devastating consequences.
The Reunion: Having died as a vampire, you could be forgiven for thinking that Elena was gone for good. But, no, it appears our girl can now communicate with her lover, Stefan, from the spirit world. And she’s helping Stefan, Damon and her friends to defeat yet more evil which is residing in Fell’s Church. There are lots of crazy things going on in this story – the oddest thing being that nobody seems to know, or question, why Elena is still able to communicate from beyond the grave. However, her “death” seems to have brought the vampire brothers closer together, much to spirit-Elena’s satisfaction. As the story climbs to its climax, the action is very exciting, but then the next twist in the tale arrives… Elena is back – again. And this time she’s not human or a vampire. She’s something else…
I have to say I wasn’t overly keen on this book. The first part wasn’t so bad, when Elena was a vampire. That was always inevitable. But the following section where she’s in the spirit world and comes back again just got a little silly. It was almost as if there were too many supernatural elements being crammed into one story, and even worse, one character. It’s an interesting stepping-stone to the next book, but I think the second half could have been cut altogether without detracting from the overall story.