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The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle (original 1991; edition 2007)

by L. J. Smith

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Title:The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle
Authors:L. J. Smith
Info:HarperTeen (2007), Paperback, 512 pages
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Tags:Fiction, Fantasy, Omnibus, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult, Vampires

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The Awakening / The Struggle by L. J. Smith (1991)

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*The Awakening
a very bad book, the TV series is 100 times better and more interesting then the real novel.

Elena Gilbert is the most beautiful and popular girl in Robert E. Lee High School. She is driven by a desire to be best at everything, and takes an interest in a handsome new student named Stefan Salvatore, who repeatedly avoids her.

Stefan eventually rescues Elena from Tyler Smallwood on the night of the Homecoming Dance. Afterward, the two gradually bond, leading him to reciprocate her affections. As the pair fall in love, their town of Fell's Church is being terrorised by inexplicable, horrifying 'animal attacks', with Stefan becoming a suspect.

When Elena tries to confront Stefan, she discovers his terrible secret. Stefan is a vampire, born in the Italian Renaissance during the late fifteenth century. But Stefan isn't the one who has been committing the murders; the perpetrator is Stefan's diabolical brother, Damon Salvatore, who lives to wreak misery on Stefan's life. The two brothers were turned vampire by the coquettish German Lady Katherine edin Swartzchild, whom they both loved. Katherine was sent to stay with Stefan and Damons family to recover from an 'illness'. When Stefan and Damon had an argument over Katherine and asked her to choose between them she got upset and ran off. The next morning her dress was found with a pile of ashes and her ring under a tree. The two brothers had a fight to the death, in which they both killed each other. They wake up days later inside their tomb. The reason why Stefan initially avoided Elena was because Elena is a drop dead ringer of Katherine. For this same reason, Damon also chooses to pursue Elena, following her around in the magical disguise of a crow and he invades her dreams. Despite the duress, Elena rejects Damon's advances and remains stoically loyal to Stefan.

Elena's rejection angers Damon. In a fit of rage, he provokes Stefan to fight.

In the aftermath, Stefan disappears. The townspeople of Fell's Church believe Stefan's disappearance cements the truth that Stefan is behind the attacks. However, Elena's sure she doesn't know what had really happened. She thinks Damon is responsible for Stefan's disappearance, and she knows Stefan is in grave danger. When Elena is in class everything fits together and she storms out.

*The Struggle
I prefered this part, it was intresting and exciting, this part made me buy the 2nd book in the series.

Picking up where The Awakening left off, Elena confronts Damon about Stefan's disappearance. But when Elena stands firm on her rejection of Damon's romantic advances, Damon refuses to help find Stefan. Elena must turn to her best friends, Bonnie McCullough and Meredith Sulez. Bonnie, who is believed to have psychic powers, uses magic to track down Stefan. The girls discover Stefan trapped in the bottom of a well, close to death. After Stefan's rescue, Elena offers him her blood to recover.

While Stefan's ordeal counters the town's belief that he perpetrated the horrific 'animal' attacks, Stefan still faces hostility in the town. And as the town's monumental anniversary,'Founder's Day' approaches, Elena reaches her breaking point.

Elena's adversary, Caroline Forbes, has stolen Elena's diary. Elena confesses all her secrets to her diary, and its contents can be read as evidence that Stefan is a violent criminal. Worried about Stefan's mental well-being, Elena enlists the help of her friends to retrieve the diary. Bonnie, Meredith and Elena try to break into Caroline's house to find the diary to no success, and Caroline's family comes home too soon. In a mad attempt to escape, Elena gets isolated from the two other girls. She discovers Damon lurking in the shadows of the Forbes house. Damon offers to help Elena's cause - if Elena gives him blood in return. Elena refuses.

Vampires can only enter the house of a human if they are invited in, after they are invited in they can come and go as they please. To gain access to Elena's home Damon influences Elena's Uncle Robert to invite him in to their home for thanksgiving. Later that night Elena hears Damon break in. She knows she is safe because her room is in the older half of the house (half of Elena's house was burnt down hundreds of years ago and another half was built onto it, so somehow it counts as two houses and Damon has only been invited into the half where Elena's bed room isn't) But when Damon gives her a terrifying ultimatum, choosing between Damon bleeding Elena, or her baby sister, Margaret, Elena sacrifices herself. Damon compels Elena into a blood exchange.

Soon after, Elena tells Stefan about the diaries. Stefan tells Elena that even if Caroline reveals the contents of Elena's diary to the whole town, because of his love for Elena, Stefan will stay and fight for his innocence. Stefan then proposes to Elena, and they exchange blood.

On Founder's Day, Elena and her friends try their best to steal Elena's diary, but their attempts are futile. However, when Caroline tries to read the diary, it is discovered that the diaries have been switched - Caroline's reading her own diary. Damon had stolen back Elena's.

Damon smugly accepts Elena's thanks, but his satisfaction quickly turns to anger when he hears about Elena's engagement. Elena's Aunt and Uncle are also less than thrilled. Frustrated by their reactions, Elena storms off, borrowing her friend's car.

Elena angrily drives to Stefan's residence. But when she finally gets there, Stefan isn't home, and there is something peculiar going on with the weather. Elena thinks Damon's Powers may be responsible. But there's something malevolent about the weather. It is vicious and brutal, and it wants Elena dead...She feels there is something lurking in the dark. She jumps into the car and tries to cross running water, as she thinks this will keep her safe. The bridge then breaks and she drives into the water. She then drowns in the car.

Stefan, Bonnie and Meredith find her dead in the river. Stefan lies her underneath a willow tree and leaves to find Damon, believing he did it. Elena then wakes up as a vampire as she drank enough of Stefan's and Damon's blood to begin the change. ( )
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
*The Awakening
a very bad book, the TV series is 100 times better and more interesting then the real novel.

Elena Gilbert is the most beautiful and popular girl in Robert E. Lee High School. She is driven by a desire to be best at everything, and takes an interest in a handsome new student named Stefan Salvatore, who repeatedly avoids her.

Stefan eventually rescues Elena from Tyler Smallwood on the night of the Homecoming Dance. Afterward, the two gradually bond, leading him to reciprocate her affections. As the pair fall in love, their town of Fell's Church is being terrorised by inexplicable, horrifying 'animal attacks', with Stefan becoming a suspect.

When Elena tries to confront Stefan, she discovers his terrible secret. Stefan is a vampire, born in the Italian Renaissance during the late fifteenth century. But Stefan isn't the one who has been committing the murders; the perpetrator is Stefan's diabolical brother, Damon Salvatore, who lives to wreak misery on Stefan's life. The two brothers were turned vampire by the coquettish German Lady Katherine edin Swartzchild, whom they both loved. Katherine was sent to stay with Stefan and Damons family to recover from an 'illness'. When Stefan and Damon had an argument over Katherine and asked her to choose between them she got upset and ran off. The next morning her dress was found with a pile of ashes and her ring under a tree. The two brothers had a fight to the death, in which they both killed each other. They wake up days later inside their tomb. The reason why Stefan initially avoided Elena was because Elena is a drop dead ringer of Katherine. For this same reason, Damon also chooses to pursue Elena, following her around in the magical disguise of a crow and he invades her dreams. Despite the duress, Elena rejects Damon's advances and remains stoically loyal to Stefan.

Elena's rejection angers Damon. In a fit of rage, he provokes Stefan to fight.

In the aftermath, Stefan disappears. The townspeople of Fell's Church believe Stefan's disappearance cements the truth that Stefan is behind the attacks. However, Elena's sure she doesn't know what had really happened. She thinks Damon is responsible for Stefan's disappearance, and she knows Stefan is in grave danger. When Elena is in class everything fits together and she storms out.

*The Struggle
I prefered this part, it was intresting and exciting, this part made me buy the 2nd book in the series.

Picking up where The Awakening left off, Elena confronts Damon about Stefan's disappearance. But when Elena stands firm on her rejection of Damon's romantic advances, Damon refuses to help find Stefan. Elena must turn to her best friends, Bonnie McCullough and Meredith Sulez. Bonnie, who is believed to have psychic powers, uses magic to track down Stefan. The girls discover Stefan trapped in the bottom of a well, close to death. After Stefan's rescue, Elena offers him her blood to recover.

While Stefan's ordeal counters the town's belief that he perpetrated the horrific 'animal' attacks, Stefan still faces hostility in the town. And as the town's monumental anniversary,'Founder's Day' approaches, Elena reaches her breaking point.

Elena's adversary, Caroline Forbes, has stolen Elena's diary. Elena confesses all her secrets to her diary, and its contents can be read as evidence that Stefan is a violent criminal. Worried about Stefan's mental well-being, Elena enlists the help of her friends to retrieve the diary. Bonnie, Meredith and Elena try to break into Caroline's house to find the diary to no success, and Caroline's family comes home too soon. In a mad attempt to escape, Elena gets isolated from the two other girls. She discovers Damon lurking in the shadows of the Forbes house. Damon offers to help Elena's cause - if Elena gives him blood in return. Elena refuses.

Vampires can only enter the house of a human if they are invited in, after they are invited in they can come and go as they please. To gain access to Elena's home Damon influences Elena's Uncle Robert to invite him in to their home for thanksgiving. Later that night Elena hears Damon break in. She knows she is safe because her room is in the older half of the house (half of Elena's house was burnt down hundreds of years ago and another half was built onto it, so somehow it counts as two houses and Damon has only been invited into the half where Elena's bed room isn't) But when Damon gives her a terrifying ultimatum, choosing between Damon bleeding Elena, or her baby sister, Margaret, Elena sacrifices herself. Damon compels Elena into a blood exchange.

Soon after, Elena tells Stefan about the diaries. Stefan tells Elena that even if Caroline reveals the contents of Elena's diary to the whole town, because of his love for Elena, Stefan will stay and fight for his innocence. Stefan then proposes to Elena, and they exchange blood.

On Founder's Day, Elena and her friends try their best to steal Elena's diary, but their attempts are futile. However, when Caroline tries to read the diary, it is discovered that the diaries have been switched - Caroline's reading her own diary. Damon had stolen back Elena's.

Damon smugly accepts Elena's thanks, but his satisfaction quickly turns to anger when he hears about Elena's engagement. Elena's Aunt and Uncle are also less than thrilled. Frustrated by their reactions, Elena storms off, borrowing her friend's car.

Elena angrily drives to Stefan's residence. But when she finally gets there, Stefan isn't home, and there is something peculiar going on with the weather. Elena thinks Damon's Powers may be responsible. But there's something malevolent about the weather. It is vicious and brutal, and it wants Elena dead...She feels there is something lurking in the dark. She jumps into the car and tries to cross running water, as she thinks this will keep her safe. The bridge then breaks and she drives into the water. She then drowns in the car.

Stefan, Bonnie and Meredith find her dead in the river. Stefan lies her underneath a willow tree and leaves to find Damon, believing he did it. Elena then wakes up as a vampire as she drank enough of Stefan's and Damon's blood to begin the change. ( )
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
Meh. ( )
  Belles007 | Jan 17, 2016 |
There are a few similarities to the TV show. Mainly names and that's about it. ( )
  i.should.b.reading | Jan 15, 2016 |
After my buzz over the "Twilight" series, I've been obsessing over vampires. I've even started watching 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' on DVD because I totally missed out, and what a blast I'm having! Anyway, this book reads like a soap opera. Can someone shout MELODRAMA! Yeah, I know it's a YA book, but so was "Twilight". It wasn't awful, but it's nowhere near compelling as "Twilight" had been. Can I say "Twilight" again? Maybe the timing was bad, I mean... I JUST finished "Twilight"! There, I said it again!! Did I mention I was obsessing? ( )
  bouldermimi | Jan 13, 2016 |
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To my dear friend and sister Judy

A special thanks to Anne Smith, Peggy Bokulic, Anne Marie Smith, and Laura Penny for information about Virginia, and to Jack and Sue Check for all their local lore.
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Elena: the golden girl, the leader, the one who can have any boy she wants.

Stefan: brooding and mysterious, he seems to be the only one who can resist Elena, even as he struggles to protect her from the horrors that haunt his past.

Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Determined to have Elena, he'd kill to possess her.

Collected here in one volume for the first time, volumes one and two of The Vampire Diaries, the tale of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them.
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Elena: the golden girl, the leader, the one who can have any boy she wants.

Stefan: brooding and mysterious, he seems to be the only one who can resist Elena, even as he struggles to protect her from the horrors that haunt his past.

Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Determined to have Elena, he'd kill to possess her.

Collected here in one volume for the first time, volumes one and two of The Vampire Diaries, the tale of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them.

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Presents the first two volumes in the Vampire Diaries series, in which popular and beautiful high school senior Elena finds herself torn between two vampire brothers, the dark and brooding Stefan who wants to protect her from the horrors of his past and the dangerously attractive Damon, who is determined to use her to get revenge on his brother.… (more)

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