Saturday, January 30, 2010

Vampire Diaries: The Struggle by L. J. Smith

Vampire Diaries:
The Struggle
by L. J. Smith

Published: 2007
Genre: Romance, Vampire
Paperback: 512 pages
Rating: 3

Description from Jacket Flap:
In book two of the Vampire Diaries Elena Gilbert quickly realizes that the only thing more dangerous that being in love with a vampire is being desired by two. As Stefan struggles to suppress his instinctive thirst, Damon persists in his quest for Elena′s heart. A dark turn of events forces Elena to risk her mortality to save one of her immortal suitors.

My two-bits:
In-a-word: struggle

A struggle for Elena and a struggle for me.

It was a struggle for me to get through this book because of the pacing and because I love the tv show characters much more.

I had to constantly keep the book story and tv story separate in my mind. It was confusing because the same names are used but they are and act different in each storyline.

I am now enlighted with how vervain works:

That's an herb that's supposed to protect you against bewitchment, and it can keep your mind clear even if someone is using Powers against you. People used to wear it around their necks.
-Stefan (chapter 7, page 346)

So, the book series does provide some background info that is not necessarily explained in the tv show.

Regarding the book story, it was slow going with Elena's struggle to find a missing Stefan, to find a missing diary and to deal with an exasperating Damon. However, the last chapter is what grabbed my attention. I was going to stop reading the series altogether. But now, Elena has changed. For the better? I hope. I want to find out.

Anyhoo, I'm going to continue reading this series after the tv season of Vampire Diaries has ended in May (i think).

The Awakening - my review
The Struggle
The Fury
Dark Reunion
The Return: Nightfall

*part of my Vampire Diaries challenge
*part of Ms V's Vampire Week
*don't forget to enter the Vampire Haiku giveaway offer this week
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How to Catch and Keep a Vampire:
A Step-By-Step Guide to Loving the Bad and the Beautiful
by Diana Laurence
from Vampire Romance Reads
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  1. hmmm... I liked the books a little more then the T.v Series.Hopefully you'll enjoy the next book!

  2. The books are soo different from the TV show. I agree with you though because I like the characters in the show a lot more too. The last chapter is what's kept my attention as well. Had it ended any different I don't know that I'd ever finish the series.

  3. I haven't read the books and haven't see the TV show...! But reading about them is quite interesting ! Thanks for sharing. And by the way, you've got an award waiting for you here :

  4. Since I've not had the chance to catch the Vampire Diaries like I'd like to, this probably would not be a very satisfying read for moi :) lol

    But enjoyed reading your review, as always =)


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