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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L.J. Smith

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening (Book 1) by L.J. Smith
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Age Recommendation: 14+
Length: Full Length (322 pgs)
Sun Rating: 4 suns
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

A deadly love triangle

Elena: beautiful and popular, the girl who can have any guy she wants.

Stefan: brooding and mysterious, desperately trying to resist his desire for Elena . . . for her own good.

Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him.

Elena finds herself drawn to both brothers . . .

who will she choose?

High school can be a pain. If you’re a vampire, it sucks. If you’re a girl whose in love with said vampire... well, it can be the pits. But then again, if life were easy, what would a high school kid have to complain about?

Sound like your life? A little? Then you need to read The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening.

I know, I know. This story is on the television. It is, but I have to tell you, reading the book is much better than just watching it. Many stories lose something when they go from the written page to the small screen. This is one of those stories.

Elena has a lot of dimension beyond being a pretty high school senior. She’s smart, but she’s also nosy. I liked her adventurous spirit, although at first, I wasn’t real thrilled with her almost callous approach to her boyfriend. But then again, who is totally nice all the time when dealing with a pest? High school kids can identify with her actions.

Stefan and Damon are a great tag team in that both are handsome, damned, and enigmatic. You want to see Stefan get with Elena. The struggle to overcome evil and desire is interesting, but a little adult for some 'tween readers. Still, there is the expected drama of high school... the bullies, the drama queens, and then the paranormal happenings around them.

You feel like you’re in the story with them and watching them grow is like watching your friends come of age. Once you read this book, you’ll want the second and third installments, it’s that good.

If you like vampires and the strife of the teen years, then you need to read The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening. You don’t regret it. I give this book 4 suns.

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