Vampire Diaries: The Return: Nightfall – L. J. Smith

Vampire Diaries: The Return: Nightfall is the third book (though the first two both contain two ‘parts’) in the series. It begins as Elena has come back from the dead – again. She’s no longer a vampire, but she’s also no longer human. Trouble is, nobody seems quite sure what she is. She’s temporarily forgotten everything and Stefan has to look after her as though she were a child. Somehow, Stefan knows that she will soon regain her memory and become more like the old Elena.

Stefan’s right, and Elena gradually remembers her friends and her old life. She’s still a little odd and seems to have very strong powers that she doesn’t really understand or know how to control. But she and Stefan are determined to muddle through and make the most of what they have. In the meantime, Stefan hears about some miracle-cure for his vampirism. When he travels away from Elena to find out more, he’s captured.

Panicking, Elena must turn to Damon for protection and help finding Stefan. The problem is, Damon isn’t quite himself. Yes, he’s still openly lusting after Elena, determined to make her his “Princess of Darkness,” but there’s something else. Damon’s behaviour is odd, even for Damon, and soon Elena realises he’s being possessed by something even more powerful than he – which is a frightening thought indeed. Can Elena find out what’s going on with Damon, find Stefan and rectify all the other craziness in Fell’s Church? Only one way to find out…

I enjoyed this book much more than the previous two. Probably because Damon’s in it more and being even more mysterious and sexy than normal. He and Elena have some close moments which manage to be very erotic in their own way, despite the fact they’re still quite ‘tame’ – particularly compared to what I normally read!

Overall, the best book in the series so far, and despite Elena’s almost “angel-like” status, which I think is pretty lame, it’s a good read.

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