THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS
This review is about the Vampire Diaries book series (The Return trilogy will have it’s own post)
Most of my comments on this series, are about either the series as a whole, or the issues I had with certain books. Otherwise, I found most of the books pretty ‘Blah!’
The Awakening (The Vampire Diaries #1) – by L.J. Smith ★☆☆☆☆
Okay, first time, last year that I tried to read this, I didn’t get past page 2. It was that bad. I hated Elena, and her self-righteous attitude. I hated that she ordered people around.
I gave it a second shot, this time reminding myself that it’s barely anything like the TV show. The first two pages still bugged me, a lot but I pushed that aside and decided to focus.
Elena still really annoys me and she’s still whiny and self-obsessed. Matt was right about that. However, the story isn’t as bad as I initially thought. I’m still not a big fan, and I’d rather watch the TV show and get to see Ian Somerhalder on the screen. But at least Damon is exactly the same in both.
I have never liked Stefan, even in the show, he’s just too pathetic and wimpy but this is a teen romance and it’s suitably ‘teeny’ to be loved by pre-18s all over. I want to grab Elena and give her a shake…she’s got a choice of Matt, the lovable, sweet guy who is loyal and perfect, Stefan who is pathetic, miserable, depressing and a total woose, or Damon, mysterious, seductive, gorgeously dangerous and she chooses Stefan…bordering on obsessive stalker.
I am determined to finish the entire series, no matter how much I like or dislike the series. It was the same with Secret Circle, loved the TV show and found the books were entirely different.
The Struggle (The Vampire Diaries #2) – by L.J. Smith ★★★☆☆
Much better than Book 1, Elena’s still a snooty cow but Damon certainly makes up for what she lacks.
Overall, better storyline, still a teen romance and not much more, but I’m loving Damon.
The Fury (The Vampire Diaries #3) – by L.J. Smith ★★★☆☆
Much better storyline, and lots of Damon. Elena is still a pill.
Dark Reunion (The Vampire Diaries #4) – by L.J. Smith ★★☆☆☆
Damon still made this better, but Elena still made it bad. I can’t stop thinking about how teeny bopper it is. I’m determined to finish just because I have them and I want to see how the story compares to the TV show. So far the connections are loose at best.
As you can see, up until this point, I had very little to say about each book – and that’s bad. For a person who can talk for Scotland, you don’t want them to read your book and have nothing to say about it. Book 5, the first in the Return trilogy is where it all got a little bit wacky for me. And I mean, crazy town, psychiatric wacky. But that will come in another post 😉