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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Vampire Diaries: Dark Reunion by LJ Smith

The Vampire Diaries: Dark Reunion by L.J. Smith
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Age Recommendation: 12+
Length: Full Length (312 pgs)
Rating: 3.5 suns
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Elena: transformed, the golden girl has become what she once feared and desired.

Stefan: tormented by losing Elena, he's determined to end his feud with Damon once and for all—whatever the cost. But slowly he begins to realize that his brother is not his only enemy.

Damon: at last, he possesses Elena. But will his thirst for revenge against Stefan poison his triumph? Or can they come together to face one final battle?

Sometimes love isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Is the love of your life enough to make you shut out friends and turn away acquaintances?

The Vampire Diaries: Dark Reunion tackles that thought and much, much more.

When I first cracked the book, I thought the narrative was a tad corny, but it made me remember a time in my life—high school. L.J. Smith does a great job of taking the reader back to high school. But it’s more than just a run down memory lane. By the end of the story, I felt like I was leaving my good friends behind.

For all the great parts of this story, the jocks, the cool kids, the outcasts, there were a few things that might stick out to some readers. I found the switch to Bonnie’s point of view a little jarring, but I realize that there needed to be a bit of switching up. I got to see how she felt about having her best friend changed, how she dealt with life in general, and a picture of Elena and Stefan that the reader wouldn’t get through the eyes of Elena or Stefan. I wanted to see more of Damon who almost poofs out of this installment. Who doesn’t want to see what the resident bad-boy vampire is up to?

I thought the ending was a bit quick, but worth the ride. I must say, it had me aching to get the next book to see exactly what happens and to have the ending smoothed out. And it was worth it.

If you want a story with sweet romance and the confusion of the teen years, then you need to read The Vampire Diaries: Dark Reunion. I give this novel 3.5 suns.

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